Recently Robert Scoble presented a few videos on the topic of Why Mahalo, TechMeme, and Facebook are going to kick Googleâ€™s butt in four years. It was a controversial topic, and generated some signficant and emotional responses, such as the following two posts from Rand Fiskin and Danny Sullivan. I Used to Respect Robert Scoble’s … Read more On Google Plumbing References from Social Networking Sites Such as Orkut to Rank Articles
Google has many patents listed at the USPTO that have little to do with search. I thought it might make a fun post to make a list of some of the ones that made me scratch my head a little, and wonder why Google might be interested in things like a waterproof cellular telephone case, … Read more Google’s 10 Oddest Patents
The next time you visit an amusement park with a group of friends, or explore a shopping mall or other large building together or go off on a pub crawl, and you all have mobile phones, Yahoo may have a way for you to keep in touch with each other and find one another if … Read more Private Maps from Yahoo to Let Friends Track Each Other
In April of 2006, I wrote about a patent application from Google that described a micropayment system. Since then, we’ve seen Google launch another payment program, Google Checkout, that differs in a number of significant ways from that micropayment system. It’s a pretty simplified way of making payments. Google just published a new patent application … Read more Google Checkout Precursor Gpay More Ambitious Than Paypal?