Bill Gates Comments on Google

SmartMoney has some choice comments from Bill Gates…

Gates said excellent people work at Google, based in Mountain View, Calif., but he said the state of Internet content search remains terrible compared to what the industry can achieve.

He also said the company has no intention of trying to acquire Google or any another major player in the Internet-search category, the paper reported.

“We do not fear Google, but there is intense competition between us”

“We do not fear Google”…I guess he missed the Sunday-school class on David and Goliath then.

Check Airline Info with Google

CNet has details of how you can use Google to check flight information.

Users can type in two different cities, or airport codes, in the Google search box to bring up two boxes for entering departing and returning flight dates. Below those are links to several travel Web sites including Expedia, Hotwire and Orbitz. Clicking on one of those links leads directly to flight options on that site.

Google Loves Open Source

eWeek interviews Chris DiBona, Google’s open source program manager, and learns about the company’s passion for open source.

Highlights include…

“Google has no plans to release an operating system or an office suite.”

Within the company itself, “most Google developers use Linux desktops.” It’s not just the technical staff that is Linux and open-source users and supporters. It comes from the top.

Sergey Brin and Larry Page, Google’s founders, are both “passionate about open source” according to DiBona.

Google has also been supporting open source by encouraging students to develop it. The most prominent example of that was its $2 million “Summer of Code.”

Google has donated $350,000 to a joint open-source technology initiative at Oregon State University and Portland State University.

The Top Halloween Costumes According to AOL

Proving that you don’t have to launch a new product to make a press anouncement, AOL sends word of the top Halloween costumes this year.

The top 10 costume searches on AOL Search for Halloween 2005 are:

1 Star Wars Costumes
2 Pirate Costumes
3 Tinkerbell Costumes
4 Fairy Costumes
5 Wonder Woman Costumes
6 The Incredibles Costumes
7 Power Rangers Costumes
8 Yoda Costumes
9 Police Costumes
10 Alice in Wonderland Costumes

UPDATE: It’s now 2006, what are the top Halloween costumes for 2006?

1 Pirate Costumes
2 Disney Costumes
3 Indian Costumes
4 Little Red Riding Hood Costumes
5 Star Wars Costumes
6 Playboy Bunny Costumes
7 Tinkerbell Costumes
8 Fairy Costumes
9 Geisha Costumes
10 Gypsy Costumes

Search, Aggregation, Distribution to Hit $59.6B by 2008

Head over to MarketingVox for details on just how big the information industry will grow.

Revenue projections for 2005 are $37.6 billion, with information industry growth of 18 percent in 2005 and a 17 percent compounded annual growth rate from 2005 through 2008.

Google Running Geo-Targeted RSS Ads

Kevin Newcomb looks at the not so widely known practice from Google.

Google has quietly been running geo-targeted contextual ads in RSS feeds for several months, but many advertisers, agencies, and analysts contacted by ClickZ were surprised to learn about the placements.

The targeting came to the attention of a New York City-based ClickZ editor when an ad for a nearby single-location spa showed up on an RSS feed for a blog about Apple Computers. The same ad was targeted to other editors in New York, but not to others outside the city. The ad did not seem to be contextually targeted, but entirely targeted by location.

Fortune Interactive Taps Cindy Akus to Lead Marketing Efforts

Andy Beal and Cindy Akus are no longer associated with Fortune Interactive. View Andy’s consulting services.

I know you may not want to hear about Fortune Interactive’s growth, but I’m excited to announce our latest team member, Cindy Akus, Marketing and Communications Manager.

Cindy is an award-winning PR practitioner with extensive media relations, marketing and events planning experience. She comes to us from French/West/Vaughan (FWV), the Southeast’s largest public relations, public affairs and brand communications agency and is going to be instrumental in the growth of our company and the launch of new products that focus on online media relations (more to come soon).