Google Stares Down Microsoft And Wins

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micogoogle.pngMicrosoft has agreed to make changes to Vista in response to a complaint by Google alleging that Vista’s inbuilt search functionality competed unfairly with Google Desktop Search.

According to a NY Times report, Google’s complaint was made confidentially in line with rules established as part of a previous settlement over anti-competitive behaviour by Microsoft. The settlement between state prosecutors, the Justice Department and Microsoft will avert the prospect of litigation over the matter.

The changes Microsoft will make to Vista have not yet been made public.

It’s an interesting case. Microsoft has a long history of anti-competitive behaviour however in recent years the company has been a far better corporate citizen, in large part due to the terms imposed on it by previous settlements. On the surface it seems a little strange that Microsoft could be in this position; Vista’s search capabilities really do nothing more than deliver decent search functionality out of the box for Windows. Search functionality has been available in some form or another in ever version of Windows since Windows 95, the difference being that previously those search capabilities have been substandard compared to offerings from Google and Yahoo with their own respective desktop search programs. Whatever the actual details of the case may be (and we may never know) it’s a win for Google. For Microsoft, questions remain: is this simply a case of Microsoft waiting to fight another day, or is the company now seriously spooked by both the threat of anti-competitive litigation and Google? It’s certainly very un-Microsoft like to simply settle without a fight.

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Yahoo Mail Announces Unlimited Storage

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yahoo-gradly.gifYahoo is announcing that all Yahoo Mail users will have unlimited storage starting in May 2007. The current storage limit is 1 GB per account (2 GB for $20/year premium users). With this change, Yahoo leapfrogs Gmail (2.8 GB and growing) and Live.com Mail (2GB). Yahoo mail currently has 250 million global users, more than any other online service (Live.com has 228 million and Gmail has 51 million users). See this feature by feature comparison of the services for more information.

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Google may lose exclusive use of its own trademark

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One of Google’s worst fears may have been realised. The latest edition of the Merriam-Webster Dictionary includes the word “google” which means to use the well-known search engine to look for information on the web.The entry means that in addition to being a proper noun, the word “google” – without capitalisation of the “g” – is now a common transitive verb.In the latest publicly available filing to the US Securities and Exchange Commission made available earlier this week, Google identified the key risks it faced in seeking to maintain its dominance in the search market and preserving its revenue growth rate.

Among the risks listed by Google in its what is called the Q-10 filing was a concern that there may be a downside to too much success.

To quote Google: “We also face risks associated with our trademarks. For example, there is a risk that the word ‘Google’ could become so commonly used that it becomes synonymous with the word ‘search’. If this happens, we could lose protection for this trademark, which could result in other people using the word ‘Google’ to refer to their own products, thus diminishing our brand.”

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary, the pre-eminent dictionary in the US, now defines google as “to use the Google search engine to obtain information about (as a person) on the World Wide Web.”

The entry explains that the the word’s etymology is “Google, trademark for a search engine”, but this could be the first step in the slippery slope to common usage for “internet search”.

In June, the Oxford English Dictionary also added “Google” as a verb, retaining the capitalisation.

Last year, the word “google” was included in the 4th Edition of Australia’s Macquarie Dictionary as an intransitive verb (to search for information on the internet), a transitive verb (to google a research topic) and as a noun (as in “I’m going to have a google”).

The publisher of the Macquarie Dictionary, Ms Susan Butler, said that the slippage of trademarks into use as common words was a real concern for some companies.

“If you can bring evidence to show that such a word has general currency, then anyone can use it,” she said.

She said Google may have to come up with a simple and easy-to-use replacement and educate the populace to adopt that instead.

Coca-Cola successfully defended the exclusive use of its name and the diminutive form “Coke” by offering the alternative of “cola drink” as a way to describe similar types of carbonated soft drinks.

Ugg Boots, Band-Aid, Kleenex, Rollerblade and Xerox are among companies that have seen their trademarks slip into common usage over the past few years.

In one of the most celebrated cases of trademark loss, the German pharmaceutical firm Bayer lost Aspirin – an abbreviation for acetylsalicylic acid – as a US trademark in 1921.

A reported comment from a Google spokesperson describing the Webster-Miriam Dictionary move as “appropriate” may only hasten the widespread adoption of google with the lower-case “g”.

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Google TiSP : Internet through your Toilet

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TiSP Kit

Google TiSP (BETA) is a fully functional, end-to-end system that provides in-home wireless access by connecting your commode-based TiSP wireless router to one of thousands of TiSP Access Nodes via fiber-optic cable strung through your local municipal sewage lines.

Installing TiSP :

Installing a typical home TiSP system is a quick, easy and largely sanitary process — provided you follow these step-by-step instructions very, very carefully. 

#1 Remove the spindle of fiber-optic cable from your TiSP installation kit.

#2 Attach the sinker to the loose end of the cable, take one safe step backward and drop this weighted end into your toilet.

#3 Grasp both ends of the spindle firmly while a friend or loved one flushes, thus activating the patented GFlush™ system, which sends the weighted cable surfing through the plumbing system to one of the thousands of TiSP Access Nodes.

#4 When the GFlush is complete, the spindle will (or at least should) have largely unraveled, exposing a connector at the remaining end. Detach the cable from the spindle, taking care not to allow the cable to slip into the toilet.

#5 Plug the fiber-optic cable into your TiSP wireless router, which has a specially designed counterweight to withstand the centripetal force of flushing.

#6 Insert the TiSP installation CD and run the setup utility to install the Google Toolbar (required) and the rest of the TiSP software, which will automatically configure your computer’s network settings.

#7 Within sixty minutes — assuming proper data flow — the other end of your fiber-optic cable should have reached the nearest TiSP Access Node, where our Plumbing Hardware Dispatchers (PHDs) will remove the sinker and plug the line into our global data networking system.

#8 Congratulations, you’re online! (Please wash your hands before surfing.) + locate the source here

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