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A new kind of search

About one year ago was released Cuil, the self-proclaimed Google-killer. Although Cuil's search quality has significantly improved since the grand (and failed) opening, the site could only grab a negligible share of the overall search market and does not currently propose a compelling enough service to grab more. People are still waiting for the real Google-killer to come... So this is no surprise to have a huge buzz around WolframAlpha, the new "search engine" sponsored by Stephen Wolfram, the world-class scientist behind Mathematica. But…

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The second browsers war

FFChrome Some days ago, a BetaNews article caught my attention with its sensational title “Can Mozilla escape a premature endgame for Firefox?”, which hypothesizes that the popular web browser can’t last long, especially since Google’s arrival on the market with Chrome. It is true that the browser’s market has been rather busy in the last months, especially in the Windows area with the arrival of two challengers, Google Chrome and Apple Safari, in an area which was thought to be locked down by both Microsoft with IE, and Mozilla with Firefox. It is funny to remember that roughly 10 years ago, the first browser war was raging between Microsoft and Netscape for the domination of the Windows browsers market and the winner remained unchallenged for a bit less than a decade. Let’s see how things are changing with the appearance of outsiders and what it means for each of the warriors in the arena.

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Are we still controlling the web?

Everything began a few years ago, when Al Gore (or somebody else) created the web. Internet was meant to link people together and to bring accurate information to everybody. At that time, websites were updated manually, once a day, a week, a month, sometimes less. Only the webmaster, the all-powerful website god, could perform this operation and change the information flow. At that time, we controlled the web.

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Why is Google a startup killer?

A couple of days ago, Nik Cubrilovic published a very interesting post on TechCrunchIT, trying to find the reasons why startup integration in Google is often a failure. The list he provides is indeed quite impressive, and the company itself often stresses that its best products were developed as internal 20% projects, not by acquired startups.

According to him, the main issue is the technology gap between Google and the acquired startup. Usually the startups use quite standard tools with well-known languages (C++, Java and Python among them), while Big G uses its own set of proprietary technologies, especially for distributed computing. Then, when joining Google, the startup developers have to adapt the existing architectures to the new one, which they don't know since it is proprietary. A lot of headaches in perspective...

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