Sun Microsystems Working on Search Software

Looks like Sun is working on three different software projects that are designed to help the world find what it needs.

Lots of details, but here’s the 411…

…a system that studies the sound qualities of a song a user likes. It uses that information to find similar or diverse music, depending on the listener’s mood.

…software that would automatically organize text documents into folders with related files.

…the speech search project, Sun researchers are using speech recognition technology to create a searchable index of text. It combines that with time stamps on the recording so users can zero in on the audio snippet they’re looking for.

There you go, that should save you a few minutes of reading. ;-)

Ex-Microsoft Exec Alleges Incompetence Forced His Move to Google

AP has details of former Microsoft Corp. executive Kai-Fu Lee’s testimony. Which includes…

The former executive testified that one of the lowest moments of his career with Microsoft was a conversation in which Gates yelled at him and said that the company had been “f—–” by the Chinese people and its government. Lee did not clarify the context of Gates’ comments.

Seems there is no love lost between Google and Microsoft. This is better than The Young and the Restless.

Stretching the Google Brand Too Far?

The Houston Chronicle (via SeattlePI) asks if Google might be stretching its brand just a little too far. The article points to the recent launch of Google Talk and the shift away from pure “search”.

Google Talk, is such a radical departure that the company had to change its near-legendary “10 Things We Know to Be True” page at www.google.com/intl/en/corporate/tenthings.html because, well, one thing wasn’t true anymore. This page used to say, “Google does not do horoscopes, financial advice or chat.”

I’ve mentioned before that Google runs the risk of brand collapse, but I don’t think they are anywhere near that, yet. Their brand still remains strong and I think a controversial product launch – not the volume of new products – could be the only thing to bring them down, at least a notch or two. They managed to side-step the controversy that came with the Gmail launch, but another new product that over-steps the bounds of either privacy or security, could see the beginning of the demise of Google’s rubber-band brand.

Direct Marketers See Cents in Online Advertising

MarketingVOX points to a new survey that reveals…

…41 percent of direct marketers’ marketing budgets are being allocated to online channels this year, and 57 percent of direct marketers plan to increase their online spend in 2006

They’re also seeing 25% of total revenue originating from their online sales, with seach marketing a key factor.

Post-Katrina images of New Orleans on Google Maps

Google Maps now has post-Katrina satellite images uploaded, according to the Google Blog.

Surprise, Surprise, Microsoft’s Ballmer Hates Google

It’s been interesting to see the longevity the “I’ll kill Google” story has.

“I’m going to f—— bury that guy. I have done it before, and I will do it again,â€? the declaration quotes Ballmer as saying. “I’m going to f—— kill Google.â€?

I’ve seen this quote more than a dozen times (plus one more, with my re-print) and I’m surprised by the attention this has gotten. I’m pretty sure Ballmer has said a lot worse about Google (and many other competitors) in the past. Then again, if I was getting my butt handed to me, I’d be upset too.

Welcome to Marketing Pilgrim

Ok, I’m back!

After taking a couple of months to get my head together and travel half-way around the world, I’m back (“I’m” being Andy Beal, of course).

I hope you missed me…in fact, my delicate ego would not be able to handle it, if you didn’t miss me (so fake it, if you need to). I’m now fully removed from Search Engine Lowdown (I feel like the divorcee that couldn’t even keep the CD collection) and of course, no longer at WebSourced. That’s about the only thing that is different though. I’m still opinionated, still cynical and still willing to stamp my thoughts on any search related news – even if you disagree with me or whether I’m just plain wrong.