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Three ways to make Live Search different

Folks in the Live Search team do not have an easy task. Their main competitor is strong, has a very efficient product, and has a much better (who said cooler?) image. Even worse, by being the almost-monopolistic leader of the internet search market (at least in Europe), it can shape the taste and expectations of almost all users. Therefore, an obvious solution for other engines would be to copy Google. They have this super killer feature that brings users to their website? Let’s copy it! Their interface is all white with just a text box in the middle? Let’s have the same! Many people, including many Microsoft employees, think that a successful Google competitor must have a similar look and similar features, and that the only differentiation criterion will be result quality.

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Sun/MySQL: Charity is not free

Some days ago, I read a story about a MySQL support engineer named Andrii Nikitin, whose son, Ivan, has a mortal disease and is requiring a bone marrow transplant operation to keep living. Unfortunately, Andrii Nikitin lives in Ukraine and it seems this country does not have locally the technology to perform this complex surgery operation, which does not seem to be covered by their social security system either. The total cost of the operation is expected to range between $235.000 and $400.000 (gotta love accurate estimates, but I guess it can’t be helped with health issues).

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