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[News] Google Rises at Expense of Company That Attacks Linux (Microsoft)

  • Subject: [News] Google Rises at Expense of Company That Attacks Linux (Microsoft)
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 18 Sep 2009 23:45:44 +0100
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Google brand value 'on the rise'

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| In these uncertain economic times, people want answers - 
| one reason perhaps why Google's brand value is soaring 
| and bank brands are plunging.


Governing from the cloud

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| It could also create major market opportunities for 
| companies focused on the technology like Google Inc. and 
| Salesforce.com, but raises some troubling questions 
| about privacy and security, observers say.


Analogue or Digital? - Both, Please 

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| This is a huge breakthrough. At the moment, you have to 
| choose between the pleasure of reading an analogue 
| artefact, and the convenience of its digital equivalent. 
| With this new scheme, Google will let you find a 
| particular phrase - or even word - in the book you have 
| in your hands, because the latter is a physical 
| embodiment of the one you use on the screen to search 
| through its text.
| The trouble is, of course, that this amazing facility is 
| only available for those books out of copyright that 
| Google has scanned. Which gives us yet another reason 
| for repealing the extraordinarily stupid copyright laws 
| that stop this kind of powerful service being offered 
| for *all* text.



Microsoft screwing themselves while they try to screw Google

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| It turns out Microsoft has been busy holding weekly âScrew Googleâ meetings,
| trying to figure out how to throw roadblocks in front of Google as they
| continue to dominate the search arena. Itâs easy for me to say, but doesnât
| it make a lot more sense to spend millions of dollars making something thatâs
| actually better than Google rather than simply trying to make them look bad?
| [...]
| Itâs time for Microsoft to stop wasting their money worrying about Google,
| and start breaking their own trails. Microsoft does have some diamonds in
| their rough though â one example is their development tools, frameworks and
| platforms. This includes WPF, Silverlight and Microsoft Surface â and in my
| opinion, Microsoft needs to invest more heavily in those technologies.


Corn Farmers Against Google?

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| Only if they're planting in AstroTurf
| [...]
| How do you know the organization, and the op-ed, weren't created by LawMedia
| Group at the behest of some well-funded clients? If they did their jobs
| right, you don't know.
| Some of them have left digital fingerprints here and there, though, says
| Declan McCullagh, in a blockbuster of a report exposing the intellectual
| whoredom offered for various important issues. Shortly after Microsoft hired
| LawMedia, for example, legislators, national agencies, and news outlets
| received pointed complaints from coalitions of farmers, rural voters, and
| geeky Latinos about how Google's advertising deal with Yahoo would wreck
| everything.
| [...]
| Don't call them a PR firm or a lobbying firm though, Law Media â which has a
| ton of lawyers working for them tooâis a "public affairs firm" specializing
| in producing "remarkable coalitions" for anything one might need a coalition
| for.

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