This is going to be a killerG

iPod is a killer of many things…your stress, lonliness, storage limitations and many bulky audio players out there. Now it seems there is one more killer coming on the way for iPod itself.

Gigabeat S Series from Toshina is going be give a tough fight for iPods for sure. Read engadget page for this gadget. This gadget is priced at around 399 USD. Not bad !

A quick look at specs..

  • Compact dimensions with 60 gigabytes of storage space
  • FM radio tuner
  • Extended battery life (20 hours of audio and up to 5 hours of video)
  • Familiar Windows Mobile software navigation
  • Compatible with popular media file formats, including .wma, .wmv, .wav, JPEG, and MP3
  • Media download from Media Center PCs
  • Recorded TV download from TiVo Series2
  • Audio integration with Xbox 360
  • 10 years of Search Engine Watch

    Dan Sullivan, editor of the famous SEW remembers his journey of 10 years in writing on search engines in this interesting writeup. Read it.

    Some interesting milestones in those 10 years..

    1997: 

    Microsoft Planning Own Search Engine? & Microsoft ToLaunch Search Engine: Microsoft's going to wipe out Google? Nine years ago, it was wondering if they were going to wipe out Yahoo, Open Text and others.

    Search Engines Are Dead Discussion: Some marketers believed search was overblown as
    a publicity venue and would soon go away. Hmm — I still hear this, yet they still seem to be important.

    1998: 

    Counting Clicks and Looking at Links: Meet Google and the second generation of search
    technology.

    Ask Jeeves: Asking Questions To Give You Answers: Meet Ask Jeeves, which seriously
    challenged Google with relevancy. It's just that those pesky editors to review results cost so darn much.

    1999: 

    AltaVista To Go Public, Partner With Microsoft: Alas, they didn't go public, and that
    partnership didn't last long, either.

    Google Loses Virginity But Gains A Virgin: Larry and Sergey start making money by selling
    ads on Google

    2000: 

    Yahoo Partners With Google: Google cements its stature in the search world by
    getting search kingpin Yahoo to carry its results.

    Google Gets Paid Links, Quotes and More Languages: Seeing GoTo's success, Google unveils its own self-serve ad program, AdWords, where pricing is on a CPM model.

    2001: 

    Bush's Dubious Victory At Google: Google's link system takes another blow as the
    number one result for motherf***r is the official George W. Bush campaign web
    site.

    The End For Search Engines?: A look at why so many search engines were on the ropes or dead by this year but how paid listings gave hope and life for new ones.

    Google Acquires Deja Newsgroup Service: Google gets its first real heavy dose of
    criticism after Deja junkies freak out when Usenet features get lost temporarily
    after the acquisition.

    2002: 

    Death Of A Meta Tag & Revisiting Meta Tags: The meta keywords tag loses further support.

    Google Sued Over PageRank Decrease: Google finds itself sued over reducing the reported PageRank of various sites. A court later rules PageRank is a opinion, and that
    Google can say whatever it wants.

    2003: 

    Google Throws Hat Into The Contextual Advertising Ring: Later to be called AdSense,
    Google starts an entirely new economy of bloggers and publishers depending on
    its ads — plus ironically begins funding a lot of the same spam that screws up
    its search results.

    Microsoft's MSN Search To Build Crawler-Based Search Engine: Hmm. Maybe Google's going to eat us for lunch, so we should own our own search technology. So thinks and
    acts Microsoft.

    2004: 

    Google's (and Inktomi's) Miserable Failure: Looking at the now famous query for
    "miserable failure" and how it brings up the official President George W. Bush
    biography on Google and elsewhere.

    Yahoo! Birth of a New Machine: From Chris Sherman, Yahoo finally unveils its own
    search technology (and gives Google the boot).

    Google Launches Gmail, Free Email Service: Google hits portals coming at it from
    the search side where they thought they were safe, by offering free email, a
    core portal feature. Tons of storage and fast searching changes the email
    landscape.

    MSN Search Gets New Look; Microsoft Gets New Search Engine & Microsoft Unveils its New Search Engine – At Last: One from me; one from Chris Sherman
    on MSN finally releasing its own search technology.

    2005: 

    Google, Yahoo, MSN Unite On Support For Nofollow Attribute For Links: The first cooperative move for nearly ten years, where the major search engines unveiled a new
    indexing command for web authors designed to help reduce link and comment
    spam.

    2006: 

    Gates Dings Google, Yet Fails To Impress On Search Himself: Microsoft execs keep dinging
    on Google's and its "honeymoon period," but Microsoft's had its own extended
    honeymoon period in search and failed to deliver as promised.

    Google Now Censoring In China: The irony. Less than a week after Google said it would
    fight the US government to defend its users, news came that it would cave into
    the Chinese government's demands for censorship on its new Google China web
    site. (Google's Chinese Censorship "Absolutely The Right Move," Says CEO Schmidt has links to
    updated info and developments).

    25 Things I Hate About Google & 25 Things I Love About Google: A rant on stuff Google should fix before continuing its breakneck expansion, soften by a look at the many things I love them for. 

    Great Effort Dan ! We love you for SEW.

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    Google is concerned about a Searchbox and updated Homepage

    If you have'nt read about the buzz around google's cry over IE 7's search box. Read it here : Memeorandum Buzz

    As an immediate action, google has updated the home page as shown below.

    According to Dean hachomovich from IE team, the default search provider for IE 7 search box was not set to MSN Search but they are copying the user setting from IE 6 search provider. I found this reason very genuine, because I got google as default search provider when I installed latest build of IE (IE 7 Beta 2). What is your problem google? 🙂

    FireFox 2.0 comes with some features cut.

    Via OSDir,

    Yes the new bookmarking system you might have seen (if you have Bon Echo installed on your machine) is out due to lack of time in the current time frame.

    An excerpt : "In an announcement posted to the Mozilla development USENET group, developer
    Michael Schroepfer said that the feature can’t be completed adequately within
    the the 2.0 timeframe, and that saving it for a future release will give the
    core development time more time to focus on ensuring that Firefox 2 is as
    polished as possible. Although the bookmark and history system will not be
    included in the next major update, the underlying SQLite-based MozStorage
    engine, which was built for the new bookmark and history system, will be
    included for use by plug-in developers. Developers beware: the API for the
    MozStorage system hasn’t frozen yet, so plug-ins that take advantage of this new
    feature may have to undergo rewrites in the future."

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