Case Against Google May Be Undercut by Rapid Shifts in Tech

“The analogy I like to use is, complaining that Google is lifting its own vertical search engine over other vertical search engines would be like complaining that The New York Times is not carrying The Los Angeles Times’s sports section,” said Danny Sullivan, founder of Search Engine Land, an online publication that tracks the search industry. “You don’t expect The New York Times to carry a rival sports section. But you do expect it to have a sports section. When people go to a search engine, they’re looking to search across everything.”

.. Goldman Sachs recently determined that Google makesthree-quarters of its mobile revenue through advertising on Apple’s devices, and only a small share from Android devices. This gives Apple a huge competitive weapon over Google; if Google were removed as the default search for the iPhone, Google’s mobile revenue could tumble.

Google: Sergey’s Affair & Eric’s High Living

A year later, Wojcicki gave birth to their first child just as Google executives started enjoying life as some of the richest people in the world. Schmidt was a pilot, and, according to the friend, he encouraged other Google executives to indulge their desires for yachts and planes.

.. Schmidt’s wife, Wendy, however, retreated to their compound on Nantucket and didn’t often make the Google social scene. Schmidt, now 58, was sometimes accompanied by younger women, one of whom briefly worked at Google.


Google wants to rank websites based on facts not links

Google’s search engine currently uses the number of incoming links to a web page as a proxy for quality, determining where it appears in search results. So pages that many other sites link to are ranked higher. This system has brought us the search engine as we know it today, but the downside is that websites full of misinformation can rise up the rankings, if enough people link to them.

A Google research team is adapting that model to measure the trustworthiness of a page, rather than its reputation across the web. Instead of counting incoming links, the system – which is not yet live – counts the number of incorrect facts within a page.