Google is serious about Chrome

Barely 14 weeks since it launched Chrome, Google has taken it out of beta – that is really fast compared to the trend that Google typically follows for its products.  I also see that they are promoting it quite heavily – i saw 2 Ad placements for Google Chrome on YouTube

Right hand side

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At the bottom

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— Thyaga

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Yahoo!’s new Search Ad Campaign

If you thought that the current economic climate will curtain spending from companies, think again. Yahoo! is kick-starting a Search Ad campaign (radio and web) that takes a direct dig at Google’s search and tries to highlight some of the key differentiators in Yahoo! Search:

  1. Search Assist, which provides users with smart search suggestions
  2. SearchScan, which protects searchers from dangerous sites
  3. SearchMonkey, which allows publishers and developers to provide more useful search results.

What do you think?

— Thyaga

Apple’s iPhone 3G

As you can well imagine, i have been playing around with the iPhone 3G quite a bit over the past few days. No questions that the iPhone is definitely one of the most cherished electronics gadget i have ever bought / owned :). Having said that, here is my initial review of the phone:

(1). The touch screen is very cool – doesn’t take too much time to get used to. However, typing anything by “tapping” into the touch screen will take time, especially if you have thick fingers like me :).

(2). The native Application such as You Tube, Y! Weather, Y! Finance etc are great but they do not use your online settings. For example, I had created multiple portfolios created in Y! Finance but there is no way to import them into the native Application.

(3). Using 3G / Wi-Fi often consumes a lot of battery 😦

(4). 3G is not fast at all places, but it is definitely better than having no connection 🙂

(5). What makes the iPhone really cool are the APPs that can be downloaded into the phone – either FREE or paid. Some of the popular FREE APPs that I have tried are the Facebook (cool), LOOPT (did not work for me), YELP (good), WHERE (good) APPs.

Do you know of any good APPs that you have used? – e.g. IM, VOIP ?

More later,

Thyaga

Yahoo! and Google testing Ad Search Partnership

Yahoo! and Google are testing Ad Search Partnership – this is very very interesting considering the whole environment that Yahoo! is in right now with the whole Microsoft cloud hanging over it. Although the ads would be only on 3% of the total queries, I wouldn’t be surprised if this extends to a longer relationship. The plot really thickens now.

Cheers,

Thyaga

Microsoft offers $44.6 Billion to acquire Yahoo!

Mircosoft made an unsolicited attempt to acquire Yahoo! for $44.6 Billion. Obviously, both the software giant and the Internet media giant are currently struggling to compete effectively with Google in the Internet search advertising industry, with Google’s market share increasing its lead over them with each passing day. The offer effectively means that the price per share for Yahoo! is $31 and it is a 62% premium over Yahoo’s current $19. The offer sent Yahoo!’s share soaring to ~28 a share by the end of trading day.

Obviously this saga is not going to end soon. I am pretty sure Yahoo! will now mull over the offer, maybe ask for a higher price ($50 – $60 B?) and then Microsoft might come back with a counter offer. Whatever happens, it has definitely marked the beginning of an interesting phase for Yahoo!. With layoffs within Yahoo! confirmed, it emphasizes the need for Yahoo! to get its act straightened out.

What do you think? – is it better to take the offer or not?  – let me know.

— Thyaga