Showing posts from August 5, 2007 going public...Why ?

Mashable mentioned that accoona is going public. It says... Most of Accoona’s revenue comes from its e-commerce business, which operates in North America. It’s online lead generation and search engine services are used in the US, Europe and China. Its search technology was hailed as a viable competitor to other major search engines such as Google, when it launched its Internet service a few years ago. Accoona’s attempt at differentiation is that of its semantic search, incorporating the meaning of words into your queries, allow you to further filter your search results based on your highlighted keywords, and will revise information in real time, offering relevant data such as fax and phone numbers, addresses, etc. for particular information you look up. My question is... why ? The site itself looks unpleasant to visit, slow to search and has at least a few implementation bugs at least. On top of that I found the advertisements annoying to look at and the search

New Talks and Slides links from Aug 5 2007

If you haven't seen these links before.. you should check this page first " Talks and slides from web architects ". But if you have already seen that page... here are the updates from last week.   PDF Case for Shared Nothing   PDF The Chubby Lock Service for Loosely-Coupled Distributed Systems     Building Highly Scalable Web Applications 1/1/2006 Slides The Ebay architecture 1/1/2007 Slides PHP & Performance 4/20/2007 Video Brad Fitzpatrick - Behind the Scenes at LiveJournal: Scaling Storytime 5/4/2006   Scalable computing with Hadoop 6/3/2007   Hadoop Map/Reduce 8/3/2007   Introduction to hadoop 6/1/2007 Slides Hadoop distributed file system     Yahoo experience with hadoop 7/25/2007   Meed Hadoop 8/3/2007 webpage The Hadoop Distributed File System: Architecture and Design 7/25/2007 Blog Yahoo's Hadoop Support 7/18/2007 Blog Running Hadoop MapReduce on Amazon EC2 and Amazon S3 8/3/2007   Interpreting the Data: Parallel Analysis with Sawzall 10/18/2005 Video BigT

Crowdsourcing the google way

Remember googles innovative image labeler idea ? They seem to be doing it again with getting the masses to build maps for Google in india. India unlike US and many other western countries doesn't have well documented maps for its streets. Eicher is the only organization I know about which actively maps and provides printed maps in india . Here is what Braddy Forrest has to say... " Google has been sending GPS kits to India that enable locals to make more detailed maps of their area. After the data has been uploaded and then verified against other participant's data it becomes a part of the map. The process is very reminiscent of what Open Street Map , the community map-building project, has been doing. The biggest difference is that the data (to my knowledge) is owned by Google and is not freely available back to the community like it is with OSM."