An Indian Google

Guruji
Guruji.com is the first crawler based search engine for India and India related content. Two Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi graduates have returned from the Silicon Valley to launch a home-grown search engine with loads of Indian content.Its proprietary algorithm automatically identifies India related content on the web and organizes it in such a way that the users get the most relevant results fast.

Gaurav Mishra, co-founder and coo, guruji.com explains, “90% of Internet search queries are local in nature, and guruji.com will deliver better search results than any other search engine in these instances. For example, if a user types a search “Pizza in Koramangala, Bangalore ” or “Chinese restaurant Juhu, Mumbai” the user will be able to see local business listings as well as articles, reviews, blogs, or any other web references.”

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Its ‘YouTube’s turn now…Who Will Google Buy Next?

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Google is buying the video sharing web site “YouTube” for $1.65bn! The YouTube is started by Chad Hurley, 29,and Steven Chen, 27 in February 2005. In YouTube we don’t have to mess about with video standards. Just upload your film and the website does all the heavy lifting. Watching is just as easy. There are no worries about having the right video player. Through this we can rate films, recommend them to friends, comment on them – and even integrate them into your own website, without any technical knowledge. Little wonder fact about YouTube is that, in August 2005 the site had a measly 2.8 million users a month. One year later YouTube’s audience had grown to 72 million people !!!

I think after some more days we can signin to this site using our existing Gmail account. And in future the interesting facilities that are providing through this site will be through our gmail id. The millions of gmail users will defenitly help for the YouTube growth. This is the same thing done by Google in the case of online word processor “Writely“. There is one thing I noted is, these sites are with very useful and interesting to the people and with a cute interface too. Orkut, Writely and now its the turn of YouTube :)…..Who Will Google Buy Next?

When we go through the Google’s past conquests, we can see they acquired a lot of smallish Internet companies that are doing cool stuff. Some of them are listed below.

Deja News (Google Groups) – This web-based Usenet archive started life in 1995. Between 1999 and 2000, Deja over expanded into a comparison shopping portal. Losing money, Deja sold the shopping component to eBay in late 2000, and it became part of Half.com. In February 2001, the big G entered the game and snatched up the Usenet archives, reintroducing them as Google Groups and extending them back to 1981 with the help of private collections. Today, Google Groups features Deja’s Usenet, mailing lists, and Yahoo! Groups-esque features with a Gmail-like interface.

Outride – Outride, Inc. was an information retrieval spin-off from Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC). Google acquired certain technology assets in September 2001 and quickly integrated them into its search engine. Outride.net currently forwards to Google.

Applied Semantics – Google bought up this contextual advertising company in April 2003 and used it for its AdSense/AdWords services, allowing it to compete with Yahoo!’s Overture.

Kaltix – This 3-person personalized search startup company was quickly picked up by Google in September 2003. Kaltix formed the foundation of Google Personalized Search. Kaltix.com currently forwards to Google.

Blogger – Blogger was the flagship product of Pyra Labs. For a long time, Blogger was free of fees and ads, but it wasn’t making money. After the original capital for Pyra dried up, a number of employees resigned, including the co-founder. In an effort to become profitable, Pyra introduced the ad-powered Blogspot hosting and the pay Blogger Pro service. It wasn’t quite enough, and Pyra needed more resources, so Google stepped in during 2003. Blogger was redesigned by professional web designers in May 2004, and is now one of the most-used blogging tools.

Picasa – Picasa, a $30 photo organizer program, was first released in October 2001. In May 2004, Picasa announced integration with the Google-owned Blogger, and in July 2004, Google bought the company. Soon, Picasa was free, and it featured Google trademarks like an “I’m Feeling Lucky” button. The software routinely wins awards from leading PC publications.

Keyhole – Keyhole is a digital mapping company founded in 2001. Presumably to cut out the middleman for the not-yet-released Google Maps, Google bought them in October 2004. Since then, there has been an immediate price reduction for the Keyhole software (from $69.95 to $29.95), and integrated satellite photos in Google Maps.

Zipdash – Google acquired this traffic/mapping company in 2004 and put it to work in Google Maps. Although the acquisition was not publicized, Z

ipdash is mentioned in Google’s 2004 annual report.

Where2 – This Australian mapping company was also mentioned in the 2004 annual report, but not much is known about it. It also had something to do with Google Maps.

Urchin – In March 2005, Google acquired Urchin, a web analytics and statistics company. Though we haven’t yet seen what they’re up to with it, it will probably be used with AdWords/AdSense, with statistics about clickthroughs and such.

Dodgeball – Google acquired this two-person cell phone social networking company in May 2005. The company was looking for investors, and Google apparently fit the bill. So far, nothing has happened with this company, but it will probably have something to do with Google Mobile.

Reference of this list: http://www.kuro5hin.org/story/2005/6/12/143721/743.

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Eclipse Dominates Grassroots IDE : An eWeek Report

The Eclipse platform dominated a straw poll on integrated development environments, more than doubling the ranking of the next closest IDE in the survey, Microsoft’s Visual Studio.

About 58 percent of developers polled said Eclipse is their favorite IDE. Visual Studio came in second with just over 18 percent of developers claiming it as their favorite.

The third place position was “text editor all the way,” meaning more than 14 percent of developers polled said they prefer to use text editors as their main development environment. Sun’s NetBeans came in fourth with nearly 8 percent. The fifth spot was taken by developers who simply responded: “IDE?” That accounted for 3 percent. Adobe Systems’ Dreamweaver was sixth with 1 percent, and Zend Technologies’ Zend Studio came in last with 0.67 percent.

Reference: http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1759,2017113,00.asp?kc=EWRSS03119TX1K0000594

Sun to shine on AJAX

Sun Microsystems will shine more light on accommodations for AJAX in their future projects. They will also provide an update to Java Server Faces(JSF) component for Web application development. Through this sun focusing on making the Javascript more available to the developers. Through this accomodation with javascript will make AJAX much much simpler.

One of their future project “jMaki” enables Java developers to use JavaScript in Java applications as either a JSP (Java Server Pages) tag library or a JSF component.Basically, jMaki will generate all the JavaScript, everything necessary to put that in the page for the developer. Sun is planning to release a beta version of jMaki in this November itself.
Another upcoming openspurce project, “Phobos” is a way to script server-side code in JavaScript, rather than write a JSP page or a servlet. The technology is planned for release early next year.
Sun anticipates making jMaki and Phobos add-ons to the Java Enterprise Edition 5 platform.

The future of JSF, meanwhile, involves an upgrade being called Project Dynamic Faces or JSF 2.0. This version will extend the component model for server-side components to better support AJAX. This release is driven by feedback from users who seek AJAX functionality, but want a strict programming model for the server, which JSF provides.

Reference: http://www.javaworld.com/javaworld/jw-10-2006/jw-1003-ajax.html?lsrc=jwrss

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