Google launch Knol – the Wikipedia Killer

Here it is! “KNOL” Yet another move by the Dark Lords of the internet’ Google. This obvious move is an attempt to move deeper into the world of online research as they attempt to knock Wikipedia off their perch.

Read the official blog from Google.

Forget the Daleks! Googles coming!!


According to this year’s Superbrand survey, Google have overtaken Microsoft as the UK’s most popular brand.

This is just another sign that super giants Google are starting their campaign to take over the world with a battle strategy that would make Edmond Blackadder proud as he swiftly beat Baldric with an oddly shaped turnip while announcing that his mother was coming for tea and realising that Baldric had the numeracy skills of a Sopwith Camel.

At least Microsoft will take some consolation from the fact that they came in 2nd and comfortably thwarting Apple who came in at a dismal 11th place.A few months ago, the online giant also beat Microsoft to the top of the Business Superbrands list which looks at the brands making the most impact in the business sector.

With my last blog in mind it’s now clear that people at home and in business are starting to move away from the traditional and safe options of the other brands and starting to put a good amount of value on the Google product for offline and online business solutions.

Stephen Cheliotis, chief executive of the Centre for Brand Analysis and chairman of the Superbrands Council said, “A few months ago, the online giant also beat Microsoft to the top of the Business Superbrands list which looks at the brands making the most impact in the business sector. With high profile clashes ahead, such as the dealings with Viacom, Google may have a difficult time ahead in maintaining people’s affections”

Forget the Daleks, Googles coming!!


This year’s top 10 Superbrands:

1. Google
2. Microsoft
3. Mercedes-Benz
4. BBC
5. British Airways
6. Royal Doulton
7. BMW
8. Bosch
9. Nike
10. Sony

Telegraph Media Group Drop Microsoft Office for Google Apps!

The Telegraph Media Group made an interesting move on Thursday 17th July 2008 by announcing that Google Apps will replace the excising Microsoft Office as the productivity suit for their 1400 employees. In my opinion this land mark move shows that Microsoft might have a battle on their hands in the future if they do not keep a serious eye on Google. Ok fine, it’s not like Microsoft are going to miss the 1400 business users but I do think this is the start of large business taking a chance and breaking away from the safe option.

When you look at it in the context of what it represents, The Telegraph Media Group completely rely on the software it uses to deliver their documents safely and efficiently and will not have taken this decision lightly.

Paul Cheesbrough, TMG chief information officer reported “We had the same reservations as many technologists about moving our software into the cloud. But increasingly so much of our business is on the Internet, in terms of the content we produce for our customers and the news feeds we use from the likes of Reuters. The deal is also a key part of our plan to move TMG towards a ‘cloud computing’ model.”

Companies that rely on the web to run their business will eventually reach the same conclusion as The Telegraph Media Group. When it comes to software Microsoft have by far the largest installed customer base but now the internet is becoming more and more important for business to deliver their messages across to the masses it makes total sense for Google to want a piece of the Microsoft Pie. Its gone beyond the office politics question and moved straight in category of good business sense.

I say go for it Google!

Yahoo still say Google deal doesn’t rule out MSN buyout

In a move that’s sure to further speculation over whether merger talks between Yahoo and Microsoft are really over, Yahoo emphasized in a letter to shareholders Wednesday that its agreement to outsource some search advertising to Google does not preclude a sale of the company to Redmond. “Because the agreement can be terminated by either party upon a change of control, it would not preclude a transaction with Microsoft or any other potential acquirer in the future,” Yahoo said in the note, a copy of which has been filed with the federal Securities and Exchange Commission.

Yahoo earlier this month agreed to a deal under which some queries entered into its sites will return search ads pulled from Google’s network. Yahoo says it expects the deal will generate between $250 million and $450 million in additional revenue for the company in its first 12 months of implementation. The fact that Yahoo is emphasizing that the agreement does not rule out a Microsoft takeover will likely add to speculation that talks between the two companies are quietly ongoing.

The blog TechCrunch, which broke news of the Yahoo-Google search deal, earlier this week cited insiders at Microsoft and Yahoo in reporting that merger talks between the tech giants haven’t died. In its letter to shareholders, however, Yahoo also noted that Microsoft officials told the company on June 8 that they have no further interested in acquiring all of Yahoo. Yahoo also said in the letter that it rejected an alternative proposal from Microsoft, which would have seen Redmond acquire Yahoo’s search business for $1 billion, because it contained a number of onerous terms. Among other things, the deal would have given Microsoft veto rights over a future sale of Yahoo, the company reported. “The Google agreement is far better than Microsoft’s search-only hybrid proposal, that’s why we moved forward with it,” Yahoo said.

Some outsiders are continuing their push for a Microsoft-Yahoo marriage. Billionaire investor Carl Icahn is seeking to oust Yahoo’s current board and replace it with a merger-friendly group. Icahn plans to present a slate of candidates comprising his rival board for election at Yahoo’s annual meeting next

Evil genius or simply a god? Bill gates retires today!

Friday marks Bill Gates’ last day in his corner office at Microsoft, the company he built into a technology and profit-making powerhouse. While he will remain chairman of the board and will serve as adviser to the company, he now turns the bulk of his attention to his philanthropic foundation, the wealthiest in the world.

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Yahoo and Microsoft: It’s not over till the fat lady sings

And you thought a deal between Microsoft and Yahoo was over and done with?
Not so fast.
Microsoft has signalled that it is willing to sweeten its previous offer for a partial buyout of Yahoo’s search business, according to one major investor who has been in contact with both parties.
Neither Microsoft nor Yahoo had immediate comment.
After the termination of discussions with Microsoft less than two weeks ago, Yahoo’s board said in a statement that a sale leaving the company without an independent search business “would not be in the best interests of Yahoo stockholders.”

But the source noted that several of Yahoo’s nine board members, including its chairman, Roy Bostock, have since indicated a willingness to hold further discussions with Microsoft on a possible deal to sell the search operations.
“When Microsoft made its offer to acquire Yahoo’s search business, Yahoo rejected the offer outright. There was no negotiating beyond the ($9 billion offer) Microsoft was offering,” the source said.
After the Microsoft negotiations collapsed, Yahoo struck a search advertising outsourcing deal with Google. But that hasn’t impressed shareholders. Shares of Yahoo, which traded at $23.52 the day of the Google announcement, closed at $21.45 on Monday.
Meanwhile, rumours of an impending Yahoo reorganisation–a big one that could come as early as this week–continue to swirl.
Investors clamouring for change have pointed to the approximately 35 percent decline in Yahoo’s share price since Microsoft’s $33 per share offer to acquire all of Yahoo. Microsoft withdrew that offer in May after failing to get a “yes” from Yahoo. Shares of Yahoo are now within hailing distance of the $19 per share trading level they hovered at prior to Microsoft’s unsolicited bid in February.

Blogger arrests hit record high

More bloggers than ever face arrest for exposing human rights abuses or criticising governments, says a report.

Since 2003, 64 people have been arrested for publishing their views on a blog, says the University of Washington annual report.

In 2007 three times as many people were arrested for blogging about political issues than in 2006, it revealed.

More than half of all the arrests since 2003 have been made in China, Egypt and Iran, said the report.

Jail sentence

Citizens have faced arrest and jail for blogging about many different topics, said the World Information Access (WIA) report.

Arrested bloggers exposed corruption in government, abuse of human rights or suppression of protests. They criticised public policies and took political figures to task.

The report said the rising number of arrests was testament to the “growing” political importance of blogging. It noted that arrests tended to increase during times of “political uncertainty”, such as around general elections or during large scale protests.

Jail time followed arrest for many bloggers, said the report, which found that the average prison sentence for blogging was 15 months. The longest sentence found by the WIA was eight years.

It acknowledged that the true number of bloggers arrested could be far higher than the total it found as, in some cases, it proved hard to verify if an arrest had taken place and on what grounds.

For instance, it said the Committee to Protect Bloggers has published information about 344 people arrested in Burma – many of whom are thought to be be bloggers – but the WIA could not verify all the reports.

It also noted that many nations, perhaps as many as 30, imposed technological restrictions on what people can do online. In nations such as China this made it difficult for people to use a blog as a means of protest.

The report pointed out that it is not just governments in the Middle East and East Asia that have taken steps against those publishing their opinions online. In the last four years, British, French, Canadian and American bloggers have also been arrested.

The report predicted that the number of blogger arrests in 2008 would exceed the 36 seen in 2007 thanks to greater popularity of blogging as a medium, greater enforcement of net restrictions, and elections in China, Pakistan, Iran and the US.

Blog complements of the BBC