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From: Sr K7/31/2007 10:22:18 AM
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Friday, July 27, 2007

Building a Better Search Engine
A new natural-language system is based on 30 years of research at PARC.

technologyreview.com

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From: KeepItSimple11/14/2007 7:50:16 PM
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*tap* *tap* *tap*

is this thread still on?

check 1 2 3.. sibilance.. sibilance..

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From: Julius Wong12/11/2007 7:14:24 AM
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China Can't Spell G-O-O-G-L-E as Search Engine Falters as Verb
By Janet Ong and John Liu

Dec. 11 (Bloomberg) -- Google Inc., the owner of the world's most-popular Internet search engine, is struggling to become a verb in China.

``G-O-O-G-L-E is not a normal Chinese spelling and people don't pronounce it right,'' Kai-fu Lee, Google's president for Greater China, said in a Nov. 30 interview in Beijing. ``Most people call us `go go.'''

Mountain View, California-based Google, so well-known in most countries that the Oxford English Dictionary lists its name as a verb, has less than half of Baidu.com Inc.'s 61 percent market share in China. Lee, recruited from Microsoft Corp. in 2005 to expand Google in China, said he will try new advertising strategies to overcome the language barrier. He declined to provide more information.

``Very few people know Google and what they stand for'' in China, said Charley Kan, managing director of Mediaedge:cia, a unit of WPP Group Plc, the world's second-largest advertising company. ``Compared to Baidu, it is in a weak position.''

China, the world's second-largest Internet market with 162 million users, may overtake the U.S. in three to five years, according to Oppenheimer & Co. analyst Sandeep Aggarwal in San Francisco. Online advertising, the source of 99 percent of Google's revenue, may quadruple to 20 billion yuan ($2.7 billion) in China in the four years ending in 2010, according to Beijing- based Analysys International.

Google generated 250 million yuan in search revenue in China last year, Credit Suisse Group estimated in June. That's less than 1 percent of the company's $7.3 billion total in 2006. Google doesn't disclose sales in individual countries.

No `gle' Sound

Internet addresses in China are based on the Hanyu Pinyin system that translates Chinese characters into roman letters. Sounds such as ``gle'' don't exist.

``That's a big problem for us,'' Lee said.

Google last year acquired the ``G.cn'' domain so users who misspell the company's name still get directed to its Chinese- language Web site ``Guge,'' or ``harvesting song.'' The adoption of the name in 2006 prompted criticism that it was a song about something going downhill because ``gu'' also means valley.

``It's a name that would appear to have been picked by someone who doesn't know Chinese,'' said Liu Bin, an analyst at Beijing-based researcher BDA China Ltd. ``It hasn't helped their marketing.''

Yahoo! Inc., owner of the world's most visited Web site, is also struggling. Its market share in China slipped to 10 percent in the third quarter, from 13 percent a year earlier, Analysys said. Yahoo owns 39 percent of Alibaba.com Corp., which took control of the U.S. company's China unit in 2005.

``We set our sights on the leader. Google is still doing what Google does, but it is not our focus,'' said Porter Erisman, an Alibaba spokesman in Beijing. ``Our main concern is building a long-term sustainable business.''

Hundreds of Times

Baidu, meaning ``hundreds of times,'' widened its market- share lead to 61 percent from 57 percent after offering bulletin boards and an encyclopedia service, according to Analysys estimates. Google's share rose to 24 percent from 16 percent.

Beijing-based Baidu's shares have surged 15-fold since their August 2005 initial public offering, valuing the company at about 100 times projected 2008 earnings, estimates compiled by Bloomberg show. Google's stock more than doubled over the same period and trades at 35 times estimated profit. Yahoo trades at a multiple of 48.

`Very Good Company'

``Baidu is a very good company that has been able to meet the needs of the Chinese advertiser and user more effectively than Google,'' said Walter Price, who owns Baidu and Google shares as part of the $120 billion he helps manage at RCM Capital Management in San Francisco.

Google failed to close the gap with Baidu after providing Web searches for mobile phones and online maps, and buying minority stakes in China's Tianya Internet Technology Ltd. and Shenzhen Xunlei Network Technology Ltd. to offer social- networking services.

Lee also faces the challenge of expanding in a country where the government bans criticism of the state. Google's China service excludes some information censored by the government, such as material about the Tiananmen Square protests in 1989.

Yahoo Chief Executive Officer Jerry Yang last month apologized to the mother of Chinese dissident Shi Tao, who was arrested in 2002 after the company gave his e-mail records to Chinese officials. The arrest prompted the U.S. Foreign Affairs Committee in October to approve a law that outlaws aiding countries in limiting Internet access to restrict human rights.

``Google definitely doesn't want the same thing to happen to them that happened to Yahoo,'' said Elinor Leung, an analyst at CLSA Ltd. in Hong Kong.

Google has increased the number of engineers in the Greater China region to 200, its biggest research and development team outside the U.S., by offering higher salaries and perks such as free massages.

The company will begin ``some experimentation'' for advertising in the next 30 days, Lee said. ``In China, we need to do more. If people don't know Google is a search engine, or if they can't spell Google, they don't know you are better.''

bloomberg.com

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From: Mick Mørmøny8/6/2008 7:14:30 PM
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Google Employee Uses Street View for Marriage Proposal
by Tim Stevens, posted Aug 6th 2008 at 1:17PM



We've seen some odd things from Google's Street View, which provides a 360-degree view of the highways and byways through many towns to help you find your way, but we haven't seen any geek marriage proposals yet. It took a Google employee, Michael Weiss-Malik, to pull that off. Weiss-Malick took advantage of a GoogleMobile drive-by to show his undying love for his fiancee, Leslie.

Yes, she was already his fiancee, having accepted an earlier (and far less geeky) proposal. For round two, though, Michael decided to go a little more high-tech, which you can see for yourself here. So, congrats on the engagement Michael -- and we hope Leslie doesn't ever find you doing something shadier via the service. [From: ValleyWag]

switched.com

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From: JakeStraw1/15/2009 11:20:19 AM
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Google lays off 100 recruiters

Cutting contractors in the recruitment operation wasn't enough, so Google's own employees got cut as well. Also: adios bottled water?
Wed, Jan 14 17:06:00 PST 2009
ct.cnet.com

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From: Sr K8/18/2009 9:57:11 PM
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AUGUST 19, 2009

Backdating Conviction of Reyes Is Overturned

By PHILIP SHISHKIN

A federal appeals court overturned the conviction of Gregory Reyes, the former chief executive of Brocade Communications Systems Inc., and accused prosecutors of lying during Mr. Reyes's landmark 2007 stock-options backdating trial.

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From: Sr K12/1/2010 11:10:59 PM
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Google Acts to Eliminate Distasteful Web Sellers

By DAVID SEGAL
Published: December 1, 2010

Google announced on Wednesday that it had changed the way it ranks search results so that unscrupulous merchants would find it harder to appear prominently in searches.

The change was prompted by an article in The New York Times on Sunday about Vitaly Borker, a Brooklyn-based online seller of eyeglasses. Mr. Borker claimed that he purposely shouted at and frightened some of the customers at DecorMyEyes.com because the online complaints actually worked in his favor in Google search results.

In essence, he claimed, Google’s search engine is unable to tell the difference between positive posts and withering online critiques. Therefore, the more complaints posted about Mr. Borker’s site, the more likely customers would be to find his store ranked high on a Google search, which yielded him more revenue.

In a blog posting titled “Being bad to your customers is bad for your business,” Google said that it had revised its algorithm so that it could detect Mr. Borker and “hundreds of other merchants that, in our opinion, provide extremely poor user experience.”

Google did not reveal how it had changed its algorithm, or how that change would affect online sellers like Mr. Borker. It simply said that the more it reveals about the changes it made, the easier it will be for unscrupulous sellers to game it.

nytimes.com

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From: JakeStraw9/8/2011 1:19:49 PM
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Google buys Zagat, in original-content gambit

In a blog post, Google said that Zagat will "be a cornerstone of our local offering." Zagat is best known for its original reviews and rating service.

ct.cnet.com

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To: JakeStraw who wrote (343)11/10/2011 2:47:54 PM
From: engineer
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Is google headed the way of Microsoft? Late to market, copying people, and hten not fully implementing it?

This google Advisor is the worst thought out, implemented peice of software yet to come out of google. but in typical Google fashion, they are way too arrogant to care. Mistakes, bad info, overselling, not completing hte process, etc.

Why try to take over a market when you know NOHTHING about what you are doing?

Google did hte same thing by introducing a google end customer phone,the Nexus. No customer service, no thought out business process, a total fiasco.

Now the bait and switch stuff has started. google is selling things on this site at rates other than what is really offered.

time to call the FTC. It would be nice if there was something that actually had some truth in in out there.

I would expect better from google.

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From: Sr K7/2/2016 12:30:47 PM
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Alphabet to Create New Equity Awards for ‘Other Bets’

July 1, 2016 — 8:00 AM EDT

bloomberg.com

Google reorganized into Alphabet Inc. last year partly to give each new business, such as its fiber internet service or life sciences group, the independence to operate more like a startup. But there was an important part missing: how to incentivize executives and other employees with stock tied to their performance.

Alphabet is fixing this. Divisions within the company’s “Other Bets” group are creating new types of stock that will rise and fall in value depending on how each unit performs, according to people with knowledge of the plans. Executives of these young businesses are at different stages of implementing the compensation system, but in coming months, this new equity will be awarded to more employees as a big part of their pay, instead of the publicly traded Alphabet shares they currently get, the people said.

Verily, a health care business, is adopting the new approach, according to the people, who asked not to be identified discussing plans that haven’t been made public yet.

Executives at Other Bets companies have the option to not use the new stock system, said one of the people. Employees may also be given the choice to receive the new equity awards or stick with Alphabet stock grants, this person added.

Alphabet’s research lab, called X, already uses a system like this, another of the people said. Executives at Fiber, a fast internet service, decided not to use the compensation tool for now but haven’t ruled it out because it could help attract candidates from other parts of Alphabet, who may otherwise leave for jobs at startups promising equity riches, this person said. It’s not clear if Nest, another of Alphabet’s Other Bets, is doing it, another person said. An Alphabet spokeswoman declined to comment.

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