U.K. Online Adspend Up 62 Percent

MarketingVOX reports

Internet ad spending in the U.K. increased to $861 million in the first half of the year, up 62 percent from the first half of 2004, and is now worth more than outdoor advertising…Online advertising accounted for 5.8 percent of the U.K. advertising market in the first six months of 2005, more than outdoor’s 5.1, and well ahead of radio’s 3.6.

Sun Microsystems and Google Announce Partnership

Stephen Shanland comments on the announced deal that will make it easier for consumers to acquire Sun’s Java runtime, Google’s Toolbar and the OpenOffice.org desktop suite.

Sun will include Google’s Toolbar as a downloadable option to consumer versions of its Java runtime environment. In addition, the companies will explore future opportunities to “promote and enhance Sun technologies” such as Java and the OpenOffice.org suite.

Can Google Beat Microsoft?

Interesting article at InformationWeek looks at the new book by Stephen E. Arnold, “The Google Legacy” which suggests that Microsoft could be the hunter that became the hunted.

“Bill Gates is basically in the same spot he had IBM in. IBM was challenged by Microsoft and IBM didn’t understand Microsoft’s business model. It’s history repeating itself.�

Arnold, author of “The Google Legacy�, said in an interview this week, that it appears that Microsoft doesn’t understand Google in much the same way that IBM didn’t understand Microsoft 20 years ago. “It will be the Googleplex from 2004 to 2020 – a network paradigm,� said Arnold. “It will be enabled by Google’s approach to innovation.�

Hat-tip to Slashdot.

First Ever Wedding Proposal via Search Engine

Congrats to Barry and Yisha.