Google To Chinese Searchers: Your Search Interruptions Are Not Our Fault

Google announced on their blog that they have noticed an increase in complaints from searchers in mainland China. The issues they are reporting is that Google.com and searchers are not coming up, as if Google.com is down. So Google investigated their servers and operations and noticed no issues with anything on Google's side. So they ran some tests and were able to confirm that many queries lead to Google acting as if Google is unreachable. They produced a video showing this in action, where one query would work but then another query would lead to a response of either "This webpage [...]


Fastest Growth For Baidu, Second Place For Yandex & Google Is The Runner Up?

Last time, I was analysing the financial performance for the quarter of Google and demonstrated that internationally -- excluding the UK -- Google's growth rate over last year was around 44%. We have now seen the same quarter's figures from other major international search engines and we can conclude that Baidu's growth rate in China tops the lot, followed by Yandex in Russia. Even though Google's rate of growth outside the US and UK exceeds the US by some 20%, it still seems significantly behind both the Chinese performance of Baidu at 85% growth over the same quarter in 2010 or Yandex's [...]


Yandex Expands To Turkey, First Shots Fired In New Google, Baidu & Yandex Stand Off

yandex-baidu-google-featured Did you think the search engine war was over and that Google had won? Perhaps you believed that there were a few outposts still resisting the Google conquest, but expected that they’d give in eventually? If so, you’d better sit down and take a strong drink as the first salvos in the new Search Engine War has just been exchanged -- and this time, it’s not going to be so one-sided. Google’s ‘Blitzkrieg' from 2003 to 2006 took out many locally strong search engines who simply couldn’t find the resources, couldn’t match Google’s pace of innovation or couldn’t resist Google [...]


Google China: Congressional Praise; Microsoft Supports Tyranny & Google Eats Poo Cartoon

The reactions to Google's partial withdrawal from China continue. Yesterday, there were hearings in the US Congress where representatives showered praise on Google while competitor Microsoft was said to be supporting tyranny. Meanwhile, there is a nice round-ups of reactions from China folks on the web, including a great cartoon of something you never see -- Google being forced to eat shit. CNN Money has the congressional rundown where Google received plenty of praise for its move. Representative Chris Smith, a Republican from New Jersey, called Google's move: A remarkable, historic an [...]


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