Nokia Browses Open-Source

Nokia seems to be doing some interesting things with open source software these days, and had two releases that show a interest in open source.

The first one I noticed today was a new site from the mobile phone giant – Open Source Nokia.

The second was the announcement of an Open-Source Browser

If that’s not proof that handhelds are coming on strong, Nokia also released three new Multimedia computers today.

How will the future of search be shaped by smarter mobile phones? Something to keep in mind.


Online Services from Microsoft

If you haven’t tried out Windows Live (now Bing) yet, you might want to give it a look. You’ll want to do that with Internet Explorer, because it isn’t quite ready for Firefox (it is a beta, but you would figure that Microsoft could have waited a day or three to work with Firefox, too.)

I tried it out earlier, and there’s some nice drop and drag features, that let you set up a home page the way you might want it. Is Microsoft catching on? Or is this something they’ve been trying to get right for years?

The Financial Times looks at some of Microsoft’s earlier attempts to provide online services to people, with mentions of services from the end of the 90s that didn’t quite make it. In Microsoft ogles Google’s goodies, we get a sense of how the advertising model that Yahoo! started and Google has perfected may be the type of thing that lets Microsoft see some success offering online information services.


Enterprise Google

If you are an SEO, chances are good that you’ve been keeping an eye on the news about Google and web searches.

There’s another place where Google’s search ambitions have been developing, and that’s behind corporate firewalls. But they aren’t going it alone.

About a month ago, Attunity sent out a Press Release announcing their partnership with Google in the area of enterprise search.

Attunity isn’t the only company that Google has partnered with. Google lists a number of their other Google Enterprise Professional partners on their site, along with information on how to become a Google Enterprise Professional.


Selling Trademarks as Keywords: Office Depot vs. Staples

Somewhere at the intersection of trademark law, and rival businesses using their competitors’ trademarks as keywords in search engines sits companies like Google, who will sell those keywords to the highest bidder. takes a look at a lawsuit between business supply companies in Office Depot Sues Staples Over Google Ads.

Some interesting thoughts from a Gartner analyst in the article, on Google’s role in the dispute.


Fast Desktop Search to Rival Google Desktop

Fast Search and Transfer hasn’t been much of a player on the web search scene in a few years, but that doesn’t mean that they haven’t been active.

They’ve been focusing upon Enterprise level search, and they aren’t the only ones. One of the applications where they’ve seen fit to take on Google is in the area of Desktop search.

Information Week takes a look at their search service, and how Fast is positioning themselves as a way for Corporate customers to keep Google off the desktops of their employees, in InformationWeek > Desktop Search >FAST Desktop Search Platform Comes Gunning for Google.

One of the issues that may make this attractive to corporations, is that people within their organizations are installing programs like Google Desktop Search without asking if it is okay first, or checking with their IT departments. A potential issue with this practice is that Google might gain access to information that it indexes that the businesses may not want to share with Google.

The availability of an alternative like that offered by Fast may make IT departments a little more comfortable and feeling more secure about corporate information.


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