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Google leaving China is just a threat

Google ChinaIt is very interesting that there are a lot of talks about Google leaving China on the Internet now (A New Approach to China). More interesting since I just came back from China and expressed my totally dis-satisfied about the Chinese Great FireWall and Internet censorship. But I really do not think Google decided to withdraw because of my complaint LOL, not the recent cyber-attacks either. My thinking is that Google’s behavior  is purely political and business oriented strategy.

As a big entity appears in Internet Cyber world, it is a very usual thing to have cyber attacks. I can say the so-called sophisticated cyber attacks to Goolge’s infrastructure (GMail, etc.)  is not the first one, and not be the last one either. Then why Google screams now? why now?! It was just “enough is enough” as it indicated, or something else?

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Google Enterprise Search and Apps are nice, but no, thanks

This morning, I got a meeting pop-up prompt reminding me I have a meeting with Google’s representative. I was excited since I thought we were going to talk about Free Wi-Fi cooperation (confused with the other topic with Google before). But when I sat down and had the introduction, I realized he was a local account manager from Google and he was going to talk about Google Enterprise application with us.

Which was still cool, since we had such similar interesting discussions  internally a few weeks ago anyway. Then he started to introduce 3 types of Google productions which can be sold to enterprises: Google Enterprise Search Appliance; Google Map & Earth; Google Apps.

But unfortunately we did not get much interesting on all of these offers above.

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How to use the new Google Real Time Search

Google Real Time search is available in most English language searches. Here is how and what you can get from this new feature.

Go to Google main site, and type any keywords you would like to search. And then on the search result page, look for the Show Options on the top of your results. When you click the Expand plus sign +, you will have an extra side bar on the left of the result page.

Now, you can click the Latest option from the list, and then you will see the Google Real Time Search in play.

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Fixed the Outlook 2007 continuously crash issue

I just decided to upgrade my main work machine to the Outlook 2007 after testing on the laptop for the past weeks. But I did not expect it would cost me two days to trouble shoot an annoying issue: the Outlook 2007 just kept crashing on me when it tried to open my Exchange profile.

Here is the details: After the installation, Outlook 2007 crashed whenever I tried to open it. After crashing, Outlook would offer to open in safe mode the next time I tried to run it, again crashed. Then it offered to detect and repair,  and I did (a couple of times), but with no good news. I unloaded the whole Office 2007 and re-installed again, but with no results.

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How to use Google Voice to dial out free long distance phone call

Google VoiceIf you are the user of Google Voice (formerly GrandCentral), you already enjoyed the advantages of centralized virtual phone number, receiving forwarded calls, checking voice messages in email, etc. And last week, I discovered another good feature of Google Voice, you can use it to dial out phone calls as well.

Yes, it is true. And it is a little different than it was in the Grand Central period. Before, we just used the Google Voice or GC to receive phone calls. But when you dial out the phone calls and the recipients still see your real phone number. So what did the new feature of Google Voice  make differences? Well, you can allow you to make calls with your own phone set but the other side will see your Google Voice phone number on their in-coming caller ID screen. Continue reading

New updates on Mico-hoo

I guess you guys already know from today’s Tech News about the official search partner between Microsoft and Yahoo. I did not want to talk more about it since it was only a inked agreement between Microsoft and Yahoo, and will not start till 2012(?) if the competitor (Of course, Google) won’t against through the regulators.  And what kind of happiness it would bring to us? After all, it was to combine two declining search engines together which might lead to more search engine market decline. Think about it, Yahoo search is in the distance second place compared to Google in the search engine market. And now if they use Bing to replace Yahoo search, it is hard to see these Yahoo users will buy it. Even they are on Yahoo portal sites, but Google tool bar is everywhere anyway.

And anyhow, since I traced Mico-hoo events before, let me continue this topic one more time.  There are some key components on the Microsoft and Yahoo deal:

  • The deal is for 10 years.
  • Microsoft will license Yahoo’s core search technologies for 10 years;
  • Bing is the “exclusive algorithmic search and paid search platform for Yahoo sites’.
  • Yahoo is the worldwide sales force for both companies. Self-serve and search advertising will be built on Microsoft’s AdCenter platform.
  • Yahoo will own the user experience on its properties.
  • Microsoft will pay traffic acquisition costs to Yahoo at a rate of 88 percent of search revenue on Yahoo sites for the first five years. Yahoo will continue its search affiliate partnerships. On a conference call, Ballmer said: ”We paid a high TAC rate. There’s no question. He added that the upside comes as Microsoft improves relevance due to more scale. “Our upside comes as execution really builds,” he said.
  • “Some Yahoo engineers may move to Microsoft,” said Ballmer.
  • Microsoft guarantees Yahoo’s owned and operated revenue per search in each country for 18 months;
  • After 5 years, Microsoft can retake premium ad sales back from Yahoo.
  • The implementation will occur within 2 years after regulatory approval.

Now let us sit back and watch what Google will re-act in the next few months.

Add Google Driving direction gadget to your webpage

Last week, I got an email from Google and was asked to test their new Google Driving Directions gadget on our newly re-design web site. If we like it and decide to use it on our web site, then they will mention our website as the feature user in this new gadget public release next month.

I went to their new gadget creator web site (link here), and found there are two basic setting categories. One for the Display setting, and the other is the Gadget Setting.

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Microsoft Commercial TV ads Bill with Seinfeld 1 and 2

image Not from TV, but I viewed these Commercials from TechCrunch Website. Although there were some “do not understands” on these TV commercials, but I believe Microsoft Public Relation and their hired ads. talents. Let us wait and see what the next serials of these commercials. And most of important part,  both of Bill Gates and Jerry Seinfeld are idols to me. It is great and funny to see both of them in such long minutes commercials. Do not you think so?

I put both of the serial 1 and 2 in the post to share with you.

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Will Cuil kill Google?

cuil Yesterday (7/28/2008) all media were talking about a new launched search engine called CUIL (pronounce cool). Does it really become a threat to Google or other search engine? I say no, at least not now. The conclusion was based on my own tests and comparisons. What is Cuil anyway? Cuil was founded by a former Google employee named Anna Patterson along a few other former Google engineers. Instead searching keywords in web pages like Google is doing, Cuil is trying to analyze the contents of all web pages and give the search results. The following is what it says about itself.

About Cuil

Cuil (pronounced COOL) is a search engine that combines the largest Web index with content-based relevance methods, organized results, and complete user privacy. The company’s next generation approach to search is the result of proprietary breakthroughs in search architecture and ranking algorithms. Cuil’s employees have extensive experience in search, having worked at Google, IBM, eBay, AltaVista, Stanford University, the Internet Archive and other technology companies and research centers. Cuil is located in Menlo Park, California and has received series A funding from Tugboat Ventures and Greylock Partners, and series B funding from Madrone Capital Partners. Cuil derives its name from an old Irish word for knowledge, reflecting the background of co-founder and CEO, Tom Costello, who hails from Drogheda, Ireland. For more information, please visit www.cuil.com.

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The latest updates on Micro-hoo acquisition war

Micro-hooWell, from Yahoo’s own finanical portal site http://finance.yahoo.com the headline for today morning is “Yahoo Formally Rejects Microsoft Offer”. And it says:

Monday February 11, 9:58 am ET
Yahoo Formally Rejects Microsoft’s $44.6 Billion Takeover Bid As Inadequate

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Yahoo Inc. spurned Microsoft Corp.’s $44.6 billion takeover bid as inadequate Monday without explaining how its management will match the payoff that the slumping Internet icon’s shareholders would have received had the unsolicited offer been accepted.


That is not surprised to me, since I already reported last week the “enemy” of Microsoft, Google will help Yahoo on anyway it can to defeat Microsoft’s hostile take over. Of course, the 10-member board of Yahoo strongly “believes” that it can get more money from the world’s largest software maker since the Redmond needs it badly, or the board thinks Jerry Yang and its management team will finally be able to deliver on its repeated promises of a turnaround that has been in the works for the past 18 months.

According to the news, Microsoft will eventually raise its bid to $35 to $40 per share, sweetening the pot by $5 billion to $12 billion in an effort to negotiate an amicable sale. Or at last, Microsoft could take its original bid directly to Yahoo’s shareholders.

What is the market’s response?
Yahoo shares rose 62 cents, or 2 percent, to $29.82 in early trading Monday while Microsoft shares lost 24 cents to $28.32.

What is Google’s plan to Microsoft’s acquisition on Yahoo!

Microsoft and Yahoo!Thing will turn into more interesting in IT area if it has anything do with money.

Good: We still see innovations and competitions going on the Internet.
Bad: No matter from which side you see, we will still see one or two big guys in this search engine game.
Ugly: More finger pointing will come up and Monopoly accuses another Monopoly for the Monopoly.

Now it is Monday, and it is enough with a weekend of news about Microsoft will buy out Yahoo! for 44.6 billion dollars. Let us see what is the plan from Google. Because the whole world knows that the acquisitions is nothing but all about Microsoft trying to beat Google.

According to the blogs from ZDNet, now Google launches its “let’s annoy Microsoft” plan with two strategies: the first to help Yahoo to make Microsoft’s buyout more miserable. and the second one is to work on the regulators.

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Microsoft Proposes Acquisition of Yahoo! for $31 per Share

Microsoft and Yahoo!In a recent statement issued today from Microsoft, Microsoft proposes to buy Yahoo! for nearly 44.6 billion dollars. It is like $31 a share, which is at a 62 percent premium to Yahoo’s closing price of $19.18 yesterday (1/31/2008). And the investors of Yahoo! can elect to accept cash or exchange with Microsoft’s share in the a total half of half ratio. Why should Microsoft do that? Well, it is obvious that this move is to give the software giant more market share and become a significant threat to Google.

The following is what Microsoft says about this acquisition:

Transaction valued at approximately $44.6 billion in cash and stock; provides 62 percent premium to current trading price for Yahoo! shareholders; combined entity to create a more competitive company, providing superior value to shareholders, better choice and innovation for customers and partners

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