Daily Archives: February 1, 2011

Richard Waters

Google’s accusation today that Microsoft’s Bing is copying its search results feels like a telling moment in the long-running Search Wars.

When I caught up just now with Matt Cutts, Google’s head of search quality, he didn’t mince his words: “It’s crazy. I haven’t seen anything like this in ten years in search.” For Microsoft, it raises an uncomfortable question: after years of work and hundreds of millions of dollars, is it still unable to match Google without hanging onto its coattails? 

Tech news from around the web:

  • Apple is tightening the control of purchases made outside of the App Store. The New York Times reports that the company has rejected Sony’s iPhone app that would let users buy and read e-books from the Sony Reader Store.
  • Google has unveiled Google Art Project, a new tool announced on their blog that will put “more than 1,000 works of art at your fingertips, in extraordinary detail.”

 

Richard Waters

Full marks to Google for coming up with a clever way for people inside Egypt to retain a voice on Twitter – while showcasing two of its own technologies into the bargain. SpeaktoTweet is partly the product of the voice-to-text technology that plays an important part in the search company’s mobile strategy.