Goliath

Interesting times on Google these days. They’ve been taking some decisions lately that some tend to see as the big win over Microsoft, where other people say it’s about Google making their first crucial mistakes. Is the AOL deal really good for Google or do they give too much away of their pure, powerful search results? And what’s the story on charging for access to its API? Time will tell what it really is, but here are some interesting articles on the subject:

Search THIS: Google in 2006. iMedia Connection’s search editor takes you on an inside tour of the Google mind: fasten your seatbelts!
Official Google blog about the AOL announcement proving that not all of us are on the same level on the AOL – Google announcement.
Google clarifies. John Batelle on his searchblog with his thoughts on clarification of Google.
Google set to flank rivals with AOL deal. “The rumored deal would disappoint Microsoft,” Rob Helm, director of research for Directions on Microsoft in Kirkland, Wash., told the E-Commerce Times. “Working with AOL gives Google ad revenues that will be difficult for Microsoft to compete for.”
Google, Time Warner strike $1 billion deal on AOL. Google will invest $1 billion for a 5 percent stake in Time Warner’s America Online unit as part of a partnership that expands their existing search engine deal to include collaboration on advertising, instant messaging and video.
Microsoft looks beyond AOL. Time Warner has chosen Google as the most suitable partner for its America Online Internet unit–but the game isn’t over for jilted suitor Microsoft.
Op-Ed: Has Goliath (Google) Stumbled? Mediasmith’s chief search officer Bob Heyman looks at the implications of Google’s decision to charge for access to its API.