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Tuesday, December 06 2011

          The launch of the YouTube domain by Google in Uganda
Uganda is steadily taking it's position in Africa when it comes to issues of the internet. Kenya and South Africa have for long been dominating some of these innovations when it comes to which countries to consider in Africa, but not anymore as Uganda has now joined them.

This can be further seen from Youtube launching a local domain tagged to Uganda www.youtube.co.ug which is the world's largest video sharing service owned by Google. On YouTube, you can upload your own videos that can be shared  and viewed globally.

"Through such platforms like YouTube, Uganda will be able to market itself to the rest of the world more easily. YouTube has presented us with a unique opportunity, and I call upon all Ugandans to use it as a platform to showcase the features of our country that make us fully Ugandan - music, wildlife, news, tourist sites, and so on," said the Information and Communication Technology Minister, Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda.
Filed under Google, Business

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Wednesday, July 29 2009

Microsoft, Yahoo Team Up to Wrestle Google
                  Microsoft, Yahoo Team Up to Wrestle Google
Microsoft Inc and Yahoo have gotten into some sort of partnership that will last for ten years. In the deal Microsoft will access Yahoo's search information and audience which is the reason for the partnership. Microsoft will use the deal to promote it's recently launched search engine, Bing. 

As part of the deal, Yahoo will retain 88% of the income generated from search requests in the first five years, It will also be free to sell advertising space on some of Microsoft's sites.

Yahoo is of the view that the deal will increase its annual profits and reduce on its annual expenditures now that there isn't any major investments that will be required to pump in its own search technology. During a Wednesday conference call, Yahoo's chief executive Carol Bartz said some engineers will have to loose their jobs in the process.

Google is an authority in search and Microsoft is an authority in Operating System(OS) through its Microsoft Internet Explorer. However, Google has come up with Chrome an operating system for cheap PCs which will divert some revenue from Microsoft. Just recently Microsoft launched Bing which is by far and large the closest competitor to Google. The fight between the two simply means great things are in the offing for the users. 

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Google Gets Competitor in Search Biz

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Monday, June 29 2009

Google in partnership with MTN Uganda and other companies have launched a Short Message Service (SMS) to improve the flow of information to those with no access to the internet. The mobile phone will be handy in this service.

6001: SMS Tips which can be accessed by sending a message to 6001 will return with Health tips and Agricultural tips, weather plus details of a clinic near your location.

6006: Google SMS Search returns with horoscope information, stock quotes, flights and currency converter among others.

6007: Google Trader is what was most interesting. With this you can sell and buy using your mobile phone. The aim of this will be to find what you need to buy or what you want to sell. To start using this service you send REGISTER to 6007 and you will be registered after a confirmation message returns.

You can reply to that message with a word SELL if you want to start selling followed by the details of what you want to sale, pricing and contact details to 6007.

For as long as you are a registered you can sell as many items as possible which comply with the law of the land. For details on how to delete or list items and other policies you can visit this link. http://www.google.co.ug/mobile/sms/#6007

            

Updated: 2-Nov-2009  The SMS version now appears automatically on the web as seen from this link http://www.google.co.ug/africa/trader/home?gl=UG

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Wednesday, June 10 2009

              Bing Vs Google
The search engine giant has got a competitor with the launch of a new search engine called Bing. Microsoft has for long been making plans of running over Google with little success. Just recently Microsoft tried to acquire Yahoo in abid to out compete Google but those talks are yet to be concluded.

The latest attempt of Microsoft unveiling Bing which many look at as the closest competitor to Google will certainly see Google making drastic changes to their service to not only sustain the market they have enjoyed for close to a decade, but also make it the preferred search engine it has always been.

Bing is different even when you open. It goes into a little bit of detail by showing you related searches, search history, website details with mouse over website link. In case of an error as a result of a typo, the results will automatically redirect to the correct keyword, but also give you an option of going to the wrong one just in case the word exists. Otherwise Google would ask you whether you meant to go the correct way as opposed to the wrong way.

In just two days of its launch, Bing was able to beat Yahoo in terms of traffic according to startcounter which compiles aggregate data of 3 million websites. Bing is aware Google exists "But It's Not Google" that is why they chose BING as the name.

Its beating Yahoo in two days via traffic is due to the fact that it is new and the massive traffic was as a result of wanting to know what Bing looked like and what it had to offer. Otherwise the best it can settle for is the third place with Google way ahead of the game followed by Yahoo and then the new kid on the block, BING.
Related: Google Apologizes for Slow Service

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Friday, May 15 2009

Google has become a way of life to many that when it goes off for a second or it is slow for any reason, the world over seems to notice in a bit. We are talking about the most popular online service in the world.

Services like News, Gmail, You Tube among others were yesterday affected as so many users could not access their information for about an hour. Google was quick to apologize but also blamed the problem on the high traffic from Asia.

"An error in one of our systems caused us to direct some of our traffic through Asia," said Urs Hoelzle, a spokesman for the company. "As a result, about 14% of our users experienced slow services or even interruptions," he said. "We've been working hard to make our services ultrafast and 'always on', so it's especially embarrassing when a glitch like this one happens.
 
"We're very sorry that it happened, and you can be sure that we'll be working even harder to make sure that a similar problem won't happen again," said Mr Hoelzle, Google's senior vice president of operations.
 
Giants like Google being faced with such problems simply means that one search engine is not enough and therefore need for others to ensure that we do not loose the one thing we have learnt not to live without.
Early this year the Gmail and search service broke down leaving many users in an information black out of information and data that had been stored on their emails.
Related Link: www.google.com
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