Coffee Break: Google, Google, Gmail, Bing Vs. Google, Blogs on Paper, and Michael Jackson doesn’t crash the Internet


Morning coffee mugI’ve got six goodies for you today.  Google just announced a new operating system based on their recently released web browser, Chrome.  Is it a threat to Windows? They also recently removed a little word that’s been hanging around your Gmail screen since you joined the tens of millions of users of that popular email service: “Beta”

Just to transition away from a heavy Google news day, we’ve also got a review of Microsoft’s new search engine, Bing, which was launched about a month ago, and how it compares to Google.  David Pogue seems to be quite smitten, but the numbers aren’t in Microsoft’s favor.  Since launch, Bing has been hovering at around 3% market share, while Google is still at around 89% (source: StatCounter).  But just because it’s the little guy doesn’t mean it’s not great.

Now, I know the web is a big part of your life, so why not take it with you?  Well, many of us do, in the form of smart phones, net books, laptops, and even the Kindle.  One guy thought it would be great to offer a different take, and started printing a newspaper of sorts with only blog content.  I don’t think it’s as crazy as it sounds, but the venture has recently closed.  This is a good read for anyone starting a new business.

And finally, in case you haven’t heard, Michael Jackson has died.  How much of an effect did he have on modern culture?  Enough to make people wonder if following his death and memorial online would cause the intertubes to crash. The internet pulled through just fine – but take a look at this article to get a sense of the scale of these things.

Happy reading!

1. Google Plans a PC Operating System
By MIGUEL HELFT and ASHLEE VANCE
Published: July 8, 2009
Google announced it is developing an operating system for personal computers, a direct challenge to Microsoft.
Source: NYTimes.com

2. In Chrome, Hints of a Real Rival to Windows
By MIGUEL HELFT and ASHLEE VANCE
Published: July 9, 2009
Google promises that its Chrome operating system will put an emphasis on speed, simplicity and security.
Source: NYTimes.com

3. After Five Years, Gmail Finally Sheds the ‘Beta’
By MIGUEL HELFT
Published: July 8, 2009
By signaling that its online applications are mature, Google is hoping to increase its minuscule share of the business software market.
Source: NYTimes.com

4. Bing, the Imitator, Often Goes Google One Better
By DAVID POGUE
Published: July 9, 2009
Microsoft’s rechristened search engine, Bing, makes a concerted effort to organize search results in more helpful ways than Google, and often succeeds.
Source: NYTimes.com

5. Blogs-on-Paper Idea Runs Out of Steam
By Claire Cain Miller
Published: July 7, 2009
The Printed Blog, an audacious experiment in printing blog material to distribute in newspaper form, has stopped publication.
Source: NYTimes.com

6. The Web Holds Up During Jackson’s Memorial Service
By Jenna Wortham
Published: July 7, 2009
Video sites and social networks appear to have kept running smoothly during the memorial service and tribute held for Michael Jackson.
Source: NYTimes.com

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