It wasn’t that long ago – a little under 5 months – that we were all in a twitter about the release of the iPhone. Monday brought about the next big thing in mobile technology, and it looks as if it is going to be even bigger.
Apple fan-boys and girls may scream at me if they wish, I’m not really in a mood to care. The simple fact is that Google is about to provide a service that Apple could only hope to achieve.
Let’s look at what Google announced on Monday, and see what it means.
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Google released a new mobile search engine yesterday designed to make it easier to find Web information using a handheld device. The new service can be accessed from a mobile browser and customized to feature preselected weather, news, stocks, and movies information, tailored to a specific geographic area. By using improved algorithms and factoring in a user's location, the new mobile search engine delivers a more relevant list of Web results than its previous version.
Google founder Larry Page takes the stage and talks about artificial intelligence and how the human brain compares to that of an operating system. Page never finished his Ph.D at Stanford because of the demands of launching Google. "We had to use all of our credit cards and our friends' credit cards and our parents' credit cards," Page has said of his early efforts starting Google, which has a current market cap in excess of $150 billion. Posted by Casey Kazan.
Long Bets Prediction: In a Google search of five keywords or phrases representing the top five news stories of 2007, weblogs will rank higher than the New York Times' Web site. Check out the Pro and Con at the very cool Long Bets site.
At last week's Google Unbound event in New York City on digital publishing, Web 2.0 guru and technology publisher Tim O'Reilly described the evolution of a subject entry in Wikipedia graphically based on the cumulative number of changes, edits, and additions contributed by our planet's human knowledge engine. In many ways the image looks like the journey through time one sees in layers of eons geological strata (image left -sort of a human-created Grand Canyon of knowledge).
As Tracy Sheridan points out in the attached link, there's a reason Wikipedia is one of the world's major brands (right behind Google and Apple, and hand-in-hand with You Tube) ... and it has everything to do with free culture. Wikipedia founder, Jimmy Wales, will be applying the same power-of-the-people structure to the world of search, which he's naming Wikia, currently dominated by Google. In the new world of Wiki's, people are the algorithm.
Don't miss this brilliant discussion on MarketWatch with Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia, on how the power of the people will be brought to the next major search platform, Wiki Search, and how it will challenge Google for global dominance.