Monday, August 28, 2006

Google Apps for your Domain - Office for Free?

Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) today announced the launch of Google Apps for Your Domain, a set of hosted applications for organizations that want to provide high quality communications tools to their users without the hassle of installing and maintaining software
or hardware.

In addition to customizing the user interface with their own branding and color scheme, organizations can tailor the service to their needs by mixing and matching the email, messaging, calendaring and other tools offered through Google Apps for Your Domain. Over time, Google
will offer versions of Google Apps for Your Domain that are oriented toward the needs of a variety of organizations, from family websites and community groups to non-profits and small businesses, as well as universities, large enterprises, and ISPs.

Google Apps for Your Domain, an expansion of the Gmail for Your Domain service that launched in February 2006, currently includes Gmail web email, the Google Talk instant messaging and voice calling service, collaborative calendaring through Google Calendar, and web page design,
publishing and hosting via Google Page Creator. Domain administrators use a simple web-based control panel to manage their user account list, set up aliases and distribution lists, and enable the services they want for their domain. End users with accounts that have been set up
by their administrator simply browse to customized login pages on any web-connected computer. The service scales easily to accommodate growing user bases and storage needs while drastically reducing maintenance costs.

I was just in Mountainview and viewd the products from Google. They have a good strategy to use ads to pay for software.

For more information email

Friday, August 18, 2006

IA and Search The Next Thing in Search


While most would agree that Google has set the current standard for Web search, some technologists say even better tools are on the horizon thanks to advances in artificial intelligence.

Search is like oxygen for many people now, and considering Google's breakthroughs in Web document analysis, supercomputing and Internet advertising, it can be easy to think this is as good as it gets. But some entrepreneurs in artificial intelligence (AI) say that Google is not the end of history. Rather, its techniques are a baseline of where we're headed next.
Proponents of AI techniques say that one day people will be able to search for the plot of a novel, or list all the politicians who said something negative about the environment in the last five years, or find out where to buy an umbrella just spotted on the street. Techniques in AI such as natural language, object recognition and statistical machine learning will begin to stoke the imagination of Web searchers once again.

"This is the beginning for the Web being at work for you in a smart way, and taking on the tedious tasks for you," said Alain Rappaport, CEO and founder of Medstory, a search engine for medical information that went into public beta in July.

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Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Google Maps to offer Coupons

Google Maps will begin offering printable coupons for everything from Dry Cleaning to Movies as the internet search giant makes a move designed to appeal to peoples' search for bargains.

Google Maps and rivals Yahoo Maps, Microsoft Maps and AOL have been racing to offer the most bells and whistles to attract more eyeballs that can then be fed advertisements.

Google is the first to offer coupons, which not only appeal to cost-conscious consumers but also offer advertisers a reliable way to gauge the success of an ad campaign.

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Sunday, August 13, 2006

Notes From SES San Jose 2006

SES 2006 in San Jose

Some interesting presentations at the SES show this week in San Jose.

Corporate Chief Search Officer:

Presentatons and discussions by Citi and New York Times about the rollof search advertising, web marketing, and the value ofsearch engines to thier organizations.

Bottom line: Search Expertise within large enterprises is still in its infancy. Many organizations are notaware of the valueof using search to promote thier business, thier brand, and to improve employee productivity.

Decisions are made in silos with no overall strategy.

Email or call David Goebel to get more details.

Monday, August 07, 2006

Watson From Intellect Information Source Addons

Watson Information Source Addons
Customize Watson to search the information sources that matter most to you, creating your own personal search tool!

Now availalbe on free version.

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

FAST Announces Center for Search Innovation; Search Industry Visionary Hadley Reynolds to Serve as Center's Director

Fast Search & Transfer(TM) (FAST(TM)), the leading developer of enterprise search technologies and solutions, today announced the creation of the FAST Center for Search Innovation. The Center will provide research programs, thought leadership content, and exclusive knowledge exchange opportunities to executives in the corporate, government, and academic communities. Hadley Reynolds, former senior vice president and director of research at Delphi Group, will lead the new Center.

The Center for Search Innovation builds upon the success of FAST's unique Search Best Practices consulting offerings, which includes sponsorship of more than 200 workshops with FAST customers, partners, and prospects. The new Center offers a centralized resource for catalyzing the development of intellectual capital, methods, and best practices that leading organizations can leverage to take advantage of the expanding business uses of enterprise search. The outcomes generated by the Center's work will help FAST and its customers cultivate new management approaches and technology applications to meet the needs of global markets.

Google offer IDE for Desktop Search Gadget

The Google Desktop Gadget Designer is an integrated development environment (IDE) for Sidebar gadget design that lets you quickly prototype or modify your gadget's UI and test its performance. This document assumes familiarity with the principles, objects, and interfaces described in the Sidebar Scripting API document and the Sidebar Gadget Design Guidelines. Here, we only explain how to use the Designer and do not go into any detail about object or property types, design guidelines, how gadgets are packaged for Sidebar use, how to write associated scripts, etc.

Desktop Search Info