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Bill Gurley, one of the smartest thinkers in the technology industry, did a big interview last week at the Sailthru e-commerce conference.

During the interview, he said he saw shades of 1999 in some companies getting millions of dollars in venture funding. Those comments, naturally, garnered a lot attention.

He had equally startling comments, however, about Amazon and Google.

After listening to Gurley, it's hard not to be impressed by Amazon. It's equally hard not to be pessimistic about the future of Google

Source: Business Insider

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Google dominates the overall search landscape, with 63.8% of the US desktop search traffic in August 2015, according to comScore. Its next nearest competitor is Microsoft's Bing, which has a 20.6% share.

But search is facing a huge challenge. The paid search business was built on a desktop browser model. And consumers are increasingly shifting to mobile. On mobile, consumers say they just don't search as much as they used to because they have apps that cater to their specific needs. They might still perform searches within those apps, but they're not doing as many searches on traditional search engines (although Google, Bing, and so on do power some in-app search engines.)

It sounds obvious, but there's new data to show it's a trend that's really happening. And it could have a severe impact on Google's (and Bing, and Yahoo's) core search business. Indeed, data from eMarketer shows search ad spend growth is set to decline from 2014 through to 2019.

Source: Business Insider

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  • Price hike to directory enquires numbers means calls can cost up to £6
  • Study of 118 services found calls cost 15 times as much as they did in 2003
  • If caller chooses to be put through could be charged £20 for 5-minute call
  • Charities have warned elderly people are most likely to be hit by charges

Source: Mail Online

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I admit: I'm a tree hugger. A nature lover. A fresh air fanatic and avid recycler. So it's not a stretch that I'm incensed with the Yellow Pages. (Or rather "YP" -- brilliant brand refresh -- seriously. Much cooler now.)

Is it just me or do you too find it incredibly irresponsible to waste all of this paper for a service that is no longer relevant? When was the last time you said to your partner, "Hold on! I'll grab the Yellow Pages to look up that number for the take out Chinese place!"?

At one time, a long time ago and before the dawn of the internet, the Yellow Pages provided a valid service. But that was when rotary phones were around. Now it's not too difficult to see their existence is purely to sell advertising to every insurance broker and injury lawyer in your town. And that magnet that's glued to the cover? That small business paid extra for that. I wonder if their appliances are stainless steel like so many of us.

Even still, the most egregious thing about YP remains opting out. After jumping through several security hoops, you will have to open an account with them. That's right: You cannot opt out of delivery of the YP without first opening an account with them.

Source: Huffington Post

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Ever wondered how much code it takes to run Google’s services? Rachel Potvin, an engineering manager at the company revealed at a recent @Scale conference that it’s in the neighborhood of 2 billion lines.

That’s roughly 40 times the size of Microsoft’s Windows XP OS and 100 times that of Facebook’s primary app. And it’s all stored in a single repository. Potvin guesses that it’s the largest code base on the planet.

Source: The Next Web

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