Meanwhile, Nielsen/NetRatings figures for August 2007 put Google at 53.6 percent U.S. market share, Yahoo at 20 percent, Microsoft at 13 percent and AOL at 5.6 percent.
As expected, the proposed union of Google and ad-tech firm DoubleClick is about to get some congressional scrutiny.
According to an aide, the U.S. Senate Judiciary subcommittee that deals with antitrust issues has scheduled a hearing for September 27 entitled "An Examination of the Google-DoubleClick Merger and the Online Advertising Industry: What Are the Risks for Competition and Privacy?"
A witness list hasn't yet been finalized but is likely to be released Thursday, the subcommittee aide said. But the Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday that lawyers from Google and its rivals Yahoo and Microsoft are likely … Read more
This time, I have the numbers from an unimpeachable source close to the company. Zimbra has been doing much better than we knew. Importantly, Zimbra has demonstrated the kind of success one can have in open source, success which would be expensive and difficult to achieve in proprietary software. Here's the real data:~$6 million in 2006 (bookings) On track to hit $20 million in 2007 (bookings) Most importantly, the company has been profitable on and off, and could be profitable today.
Net net? Maybe not everyone can build a sustainable, innovative business with open source, as Microsoft has slurred. But Zimbra can, and has.
Think about what these numbers mean....… Read more
Nathan Weinberg at Inside Google sure can write a dramatic blog entry. For instance, in this one on Google closing a security flaw in its new Presentations feature of Google Docs, he starts out with a screen capture of e-mail addresses that were leaked through that flaw. Of course, the addresses are obscured. It's a graphically appealing but very scary image.
Weinberg explains what happened:
"Google Presentations has a chat feature, based on Google Talk technology, that lets people chat while viewing a presentation. I embedded a presentation here, as did Matt Cutts on his blog, and a … Read more
Web site owners and SEOs alike often feel at odds with the search engines, but times are changing. This was often the case in the past when the engines made updates and changes to their algorithms that seemed to send Web sites into a SERP tailspin, leaving everyone scrambling to regain their precious page-one positions. The engines were also a lot less forthcoming with information and guidance, perhaps taking the view that giving this information gave too much power to the spammers and phishers.
While this view was understandable on the surface, it didn't float all that well in … Read more
Quite a bit of talk has arisen today over two of Microsoft's competitors (Google and IBM) offering free office suites in an attempt to supplant Microsoft as the office king. And now that this is happened, some are wondering if Microsoft will finally face reality and offer its own Office product for free so it can compete.
The possibility of having Word, Excel, PowerPoint and the rest for free sure sounds awfully nice, but if you think Microsoft would give it up for free, you're dreaming.… Read more
This is just in time for all those teams considering building a robot lunar rover to win $20 million in the Google Lunar X Prize.
NASA said Tuesday that it has added new lunar imagery to Google's Moon Web site, a photographic display of the moon with information graphics about the Apollo landings.
The additions are part of an ongoing partnership between NASA and Google, which signed a Space Act agreement in December 2006 to work on Web projects together. NASA, for example, recently added photographs taken from the satellite sensor Landsat into Google Earth.
The updated moon site … Read more
If you've kept an eye on the gestures scene, you'll be familiar with the concept of controlling various apps and services with hand gestures. The idea is to help you escape the use of traditional peripheral devices like a mouse or joystick in place of your body and hands. Lately we've seen examples from Microsoft, as well as a slick peripheral from 3dconnexion that's specifically been designed for navigating 3D spaces. Xtreme Reality is a software that captures body gestures via Webcam and converts them into keyboard and mouse inputs. You can create your own keyboard … Read more
Google Presentations, which is free, is part of the company's online office suite, Google Docs.
Right off the bat, you will notice that Presentations has some of the same basic functionality as Microsoft's PowerPoint. It does enable you to create some really basic presentations, with themes, but the lack of features and slide show polish are real turn-offs for me.
Yes, there are nice collaboration features, just like the other Google Docs applications, but if the final product isn't on par with what … Read more
Tonight the stars have aligned in Mountain View, and the long-awaited Google Presentations is finally live, and a working part of Google Docs for all users. Here are some of the specs from Google's release:
"-Create and keep presentations in one place on the Web that's accessible anytime, from any Internet-connected computer.
- Manage, update, and share presentations with colleagues by sending them a simple e-mail invitation.
- Edit together online and in real time, or contribute at different times to the same presentation on the Web.
- Present and control slide shows for all viewers over … Read more