Googleâ€™s Ups and Downs
Last week, it was Yahoo slamming Google on usability (though you can decide for yourself if that wasnâ€™t the pot calling the kettle black). This week, Microsoft attacks Google on copyright, basically accusing the search giant of providing no additional value or innovation, enabling video pirates and stealing book content.
Is it just me, or is this starting to sound a little like the FastCompany debate last week? I thought Danny did a good job defending Google there, and I think he does a good job defending them (or refuting Microsoftâ€™s points) this time, too. See also The New York Times and Techmeme.
In other news, the blogosphere is abuzz with Google phone rumors. C|net and SEL reference Simeon Simeonov, who references an Engadget post from January for a leaked photo of the â€œGoogle Switchâ€ phone. Looks a bit like the iPhone (unsurprisingly). Lots of specs (both specifications and speculations) all â€˜round.
Finally, Google execs keep their $1 salaries, preferring instead to live off millions from stock. Go figure. SEL does give an interesting analysis of the incomes of several top search execs at Yahoo and Google (and I canâ€™t go a paragraph without linking to them).