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Great Article On Google’s Intentions to Control the Internets

I posted the other day about Google coming to North Carolina, but here is another article that goes a little more indepth on Google’s intentions. Think Google + ATT + Time Warner.

http://www.pbs.org/cringely/pulpit/2007/pulpit_20070119_001510.html

here are a couple notable exceprts:

GoogleBell? Google Google & T? GoogleVision?

The answer is pretty simple. Google intends to take over most of the functions of existing fixed networks in our lives, notably telephone and cable television.

I love BitTorrent but this is scary

Looking at this problem from another angle, right now somewhat more than half of all Internet bandwidth is being used for BitTorrent traffic, which is mainly video. Yet if you surveyed your neighbors you’d find that few of them are BitTorrent users. Less than 5 percent of all Internet users are presently consuming more than 50 percent of all bandwidth.

$500 Google stock a bargain? Hey, Thomas, sure glad we didn’t buy that IPO

Seeing Google as their only alternative to bankruptcy, the ISPs will all sign on, and in doing so will transfer most of their subscriber value to Google, which will act as a huge proxy server for the Internet. We won’t know if we’re accessing the Internet or Google and for all practical purposes it won’t matter. Google will become our phone company, our cable company, our stereo system and our digital video recorder. Soon we won’t be able to live without Google, which will have marginalized the ISPs and assumed most of the market capitalization of all the service providers it has undermined — about $1 trillion in all — which places today’s $500 Google share price about eight times too low.

How long before we see a Google tax?

Top 10 Reasons to Hate Google

The Motley Fool has a good article on the top 10 reasons why he hates google

here are points 4 and 5

4. Grab your tinfoil hat. In the words of Kurt Cobain, “Just because you’re paranoid don’t mean they’re not after you.” When the U.S. government demanded Google’s search results, many of us had probably been conveniently ignoring the fact that Google stores up our data in the first place. Of course, Google says that only machines, not humans, scan your data, and that’s only so Google can serve up targeted ads. But still, the idea that Google’s got a repository of what you search for — not to mention what you say and do by way of Gmail, Google Calendar, and the like — makes me wonder whether people might start worrying about what could happen if all of that data fell into the wrong hands.

5. Don’t bother rolling up your pant legs. For a sustainable competitive advantage, a company needs a deep moat to ward off encroaching competitors. But Google’s moat is only ankle-deep. Anybody could get into the game, and its competitors are established names with plenty of cash and resources to do battle. They’re doing just that.

Top 25 CIA Search Phrases

This is a cool little nugget. It is the top 25 terms used to search internally on the CIA’s website.

oviet analysis: 1647
ufo: 1066
iran: 690
cuba: 652
south africa: 457
assassination: 400
brazil: 367
iraq: 366
area 51: 364
soviet+analysis: 358
afghanistan: 352
bay of pigs: 323
jfk: 304
israel: 295
chile: 294
kennedy: 280
vietnam: 244
nicaragua: 231
france: 226
poland: 215
pbsuccess: 212
nato: 202
soviet: 198
korea: 175
turkey: 170

The Question is, DO YOU BELIVE IT???

Quintura Visual Search Engine

Not too long ago I posted my thoughts on why people should look towards other search engines and not rely so much on Google. Like the Ask.com commercial says “It’s not better, it’s just more popular.”

It’s a statement I couldn’t agree with more, there are other engines out there that will provide you with the results you want instead of a lot of fluff. One of those Engines is Quintura, but with a twist.

Quintura is a VISUAL search engine which you can see in this screenshot Visual Search. Unlike your every day engine Quintura pulls its results from a wide range search engines such as Yahoo!, MSN Search, Google, Technorati, and many more.

Quintura sort of uses the Ask.com technology of being able to refine your search with a single click, but in my opinion the execution is a better with Quintura.

Quintura is def one of those engines that could change the way YOU search. You can see a demo of Quintura Search in action here and here, but you should download the Quintura’s search client here and try it out for yourself.

Google Updating?

There is a big Google Update going on today. Rankings and Page Rank. Keep an eye on your SERPs and your toolbars.

ProBlogger reports

“I’ve also talked to a few Australian bloggers in the last few days who have noticed significant changes in google.com.au’s results and some UK based publishers who are noticing google.co.uk changes

Personally, I’ve noticed some of my sites see a nice PageRank update, although not EKR.com just yet 🙁

I’ll post anymore findings later as i hear them but WebMasterWorld has a discussion about it. Could this be something big? or just some minor updates.