Update: Google on 60 Minutes

The Google story on 60 Minutes just aired and a summary of the story is now available here. This summary was posted on the CBS web site for for a few hours on Friday. I posted a couple of comments here.

Two additional notes:
1) The 60 Minutes correspondent, Lesley Stahl, called paid keyword ads “revolutionary.” OK. However, the fact that the concept didn’t originate at Google isn’t included. Sorry Overture/GoTo!

2) As noted in my Friday post, the story also points out that Google is developing mechanical translation software. They’ve offered some of these services for a while. No mention that Babel Fish (orginally part of AltaVista) and others have also these services for many years. Babel Fish has been around since December 9, 1997. See: AltaVista Debuts Translation Service.

Like I’ve said before, Google’s competitors need to continue developing and offering great technology while also trying to challenge the Google pr juggernaut. This is no easy task.

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