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Google vs Bing on Easter
Slate ^ | March 31, 2013 | Matthew Yglesias

Posted on 03/31/2013 1:18:10 PM PDT by Steelfish

Google vs Bing on Easter By Matthew Yglesias March 31, 2013

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Conservatives' longstanding complaints about Google's choice of "Google doodles" are only going to be reenforced by today's decision to commemorate Easter as the birthday of Latino labor leader Cesar Chavez.

Google's main competition in the search field, Microsoft's Bing, offers a more Easter-themed graphic for today but one that highlights the secular traditions that have grown up around the holiday rather than its religious themes:

But for those seeking a little more Jesus with their Easter, here's a portion of Rafael's "Resurrection of Christ":

The doodles are, obviously, not significant in and of themselves. But Google's ability to indulge the whims of its staff rather than cater to mass opinion on them is a highly visible signpost of its extremely strong market position. The same phenomenon is why it can plow search-related operating surpluses into speculative ventures from Android to Glass to self-driving cars.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: antichristian; bing; communist; google; internet; unionthug
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1 posted on 03/31/2013 1:18:10 PM PDT by Steelfish
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To: Steelfish

is anyone really surprised?


2 posted on 03/31/2013 1:24:04 PM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: The Looking Spoon

Over here maybe...?


3 posted on 03/31/2013 1:24:15 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (LBJ declared war on poverty and lost. Barack Obama declared war on prosperity and won. /csmusaret)
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To: Steelfish

I’m not sure this will work as it’s a facebook link:
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=528362833882143&set=a.222999781085118.77101.100001252938890&type=1&theater


4 posted on 03/31/2013 1:24:17 PM PDT by for-q-clinton (If at first you don't succeed keep on sucking until you do succeed)
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To: Steelfish

Geez, all Cesar ever gave his people were outside toilets. He died and lived like a king telling “his people” he lived and was as poor as them. I would say he was more a con than anything.


5 posted on 03/31/2013 1:25:20 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: Steelfish

Let me know if that FB link works.


6 posted on 03/31/2013 1:25:28 PM PDT by for-q-clinton (If at first you don't succeed keep on sucking until you do succeed)
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To: Steelfish

Cesar Chavez is dead and Jesus is alive, so maybe only dead people are acknowledged by Google.


7 posted on 03/31/2013 1:26:02 PM PDT by Anitius Severinus Boethius (www.wilsonharpbooks.com)
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To: for-q-clinton

8 posted on 03/31/2013 1:26:52 PM PDT by for-q-clinton (If at first you don't succeed keep on sucking until you do succeed)
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To: for-q-clinton

It does.


9 posted on 03/31/2013 1:27:55 PM PDT by Steelfish (ui)
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To: Anitius Severinus Boethius

Let the dead acknowledge the dead ... He is risen, alive forever more!


10 posted on 03/31/2013 1:31:23 PM PDT by MHGinTN (Being deceived can be cured.)
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To: freekitty

Ixquick.com


11 posted on 03/31/2013 1:40:46 PM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: Steelfish

So which outfit really has the most noxious statists at the helm?

Google with Schmidt, Brin, and Page?

or

Microsoft with Ballmer and Gates?


12 posted on 03/31/2013 1:42:21 PM PDT by nascarnation (Baraq's economic policy: trickle up poverty)
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To: Steelfish


13 posted on 03/31/2013 1:42:34 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: Steelfish

ANTI-CHRISTIANS!!!!!


14 posted on 03/31/2013 1:45:26 PM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion.....the HUMAN Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: Steelfish

The eggs on Bing are really beautiful, and some interesting information to boot. (Sorta like an Easter egg hunt)


15 posted on 03/31/2013 1:47:19 PM PDT by svcw (Why is one cell on another planet considered life, and in the womb it is not.)
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To: Steelfish

Don’t use google products.

Outlook.com for mails

Bing for searches

Not Android for phones.


16 posted on 03/31/2013 1:52:53 PM PDT by NoLibZone (I predict the exact same Freepers will hate the GOP Candidate for: 2016,2020,2024,2028, 2032.)
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To: Steelfish
ixquick
17 posted on 03/31/2013 1:59:45 PM PDT by TigersEye (The irresponsible should not be leading the responsible.)
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To: TigersEye

Thanks, I had not heard of it before. It looks quite good.


18 posted on 03/31/2013 2:02:32 PM PDT by Steelfish (ui)
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To: Steelfish

What a downer to see Chavez picture when I turned on my computer. But I don’t expect anything else from these pagans.


19 posted on 03/31/2013 2:02:57 PM PDT by certrtwngnut (')
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To: NoLibZone
I can agree with all but the last. Sorry, but Blackberry is dead, Apple is no better than Google -- and in many ways worse -- and Microsoft really hasn't yet produced a quality phone product. Smartphone buyers have no real choice except Android.

And, unlike iPhone, unless you're actually buying a Motorola Phone, the Android OS itself doesn't put much money in Google's pockets. Samsung, LG and HTC have all done more to promote Android and protect its intellectual property than Google has.

20 posted on 03/31/2013 2:04:41 PM PDT by FredZarguna (The one exception: Burn After Reading. Just. Not. Good.)
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To: NoLibZone

Outlook.com for mails>>>>>>>

Very sleek I like it. It is like gmail but better


21 posted on 03/31/2013 2:06:18 PM PDT by dennisw (too much of a good thing is a bad thing--- Joe Pine)
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To: FredZarguna

Me thinking Google engineering Android operating system does not cost them billions the way it costs Microsoft. A few years back I read that MS spent a billion on Windows 7


22 posted on 03/31/2013 2:08:47 PM PDT by dennisw (too much of a good thing is a bad thing--- Joe Pine)
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To: FredZarguna

The news about Blackberry’s death is greatly exaggerated.

Blackberry and Microsoft are now fighting for third place in the smart phone market. This is significant, because carriers do not want to deal with a duopoly — they really want to offer a third option. More here:
http://www.engadget.com/2013/02/10/battling-for-the-bronze/


23 posted on 03/31/2013 2:18:12 PM PDT by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: Steelfish

You’re welcome. It works well for me.


24 posted on 03/31/2013 2:23:25 PM PDT by TigersEye (The irresponsible should not be leading the responsible.)
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To: Steelfish

I will never be using Google again after today. Bing it is!


25 posted on 03/31/2013 2:36:50 PM PDT by Halls (Jesus is my Lord and Savior)
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To: Anitius Severinus Boethius

Cesar Chavez is dead and Jesus is alive

You got it.


26 posted on 03/31/2013 2:38:56 PM PDT by handmade
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To: TigersEye

I use ‘ixquick’, but I thought ‘Dogpile’ had a cute page today...as for Google? ESA...ah, never mind.


27 posted on 03/31/2013 2:42:56 PM PDT by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: Steelfish
I always enjoy the last "holiday" of the silly season.

I actually have it in my trust documents that that if I manage to accumulate enough assets between now and the time I become incapable of dealing with my own affairs, I want to be put into a medically-induced coma from shortly before haloween until shortly after easter every year for as long as the money holds out.

That way, I not only get to avoid Winter, but I get to avoid all the ensuing silliness.

I pity my poor father. My mother died in 1992. He remarried in 1995 and died in 2005.

If the theory of heaven and hell holds up, whenever his 2nd wife dies, he gets to spend eternity with 2 psycho-b@tches from hell.

I'm not buying any of it.

28 posted on 03/31/2013 2:45:55 PM PDT by elkfersupper ( Member of the Original Defiant Class)
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To: FredZarguna

I’m posting this on my Nokia 920 windows phone and its great. Plus it has best camera out of any phone.


29 posted on 03/31/2013 2:48:15 PM PDT by for-q-clinton (If at first you don't succeed keep on sucking until you do succeed)
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To: FredZarguna

Also windows phone is getting really good reviews. It just needs people to buy it.


30 posted on 03/31/2013 2:50:34 PM PDT by for-q-clinton (If at first you don't succeed keep on sucking until you do succeed)
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To: USFRIENDINVICTORIA
You just have to draw some people a picture.


33 posted on 03/31/2013 3:53:56 PM PDT by FredZarguna (The one exception: Burn After Reading. Just. Not. Good.)
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To: Steelfish

Today I switched my defaults to Bing. ‘Nuff said.


34 posted on 03/31/2013 3:56:13 PM PDT by Windcatcher (Obama is a COMMUNIST and the MSM is his armband-wearing propaganda machine.)
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To: Steelfish

I switched-over to Ixquick and Bing on Opera and FF. FYG scum!


35 posted on 03/31/2013 4:22:41 PM PDT by carriage_hill (The most insidious power the news media has, is the power to ignore.)
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To: for-q-clinton
I wish you were right, since I have made a great deal of money writing apps for the PPC (and Android, and iOS.) But I'm not sure you are. For one thing, the way Microsoft withdrew from the handheld (non-SmartPhone) market left a great many formerly loyal developers with a very bitter taste.

Full disclosure: I personally am not one of them, no hard feelings from me. They made a business decision, and I made mine, and there was a ton of cash to be made in Android and iOS apps. But Microsoft handled the "announcement" as if they were the Microsoft of old: a behemoth with no competitors that could do whatever it pleased. There was no indication that development support for PocketPC and CE was being pulled until Visual Studio 2010 hit the streets and -- surprise! -- it had no mobile support. At that point the Windows Mobile development world went wild. This is not the way you treat people who code for your product, and have been doing so for years.

And before you tell me that it doesn't matter what developers think, have a hard look at why a company with a largely clobbered-together bare bones OS that owes most of its robustness to running on top of Linux has been able to come from WAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYYY back in the field and completely destroy Apple? Why? For the exact same reason that it happened in 1985 -- Apple learned nothing going from complete market dominance to niche personal computing overnight, and now it's happened again. The "Apple ecosystem" is nothing more than a rolling anti-competitive SEC violation designed to force consumers to by bundled products and developers to be cubicle slaves to iEvil. You can't even code an app and download it to your own phone for less than $100 and a bunch of legal mumbo-jumbo. I can send a new App to my Galaxy SIII in literally ten seconds. So yes, it does matter what developers think, and in the mobile world right now Microsoft is not perceived very positively, and getting trust back will take a long time.

For another, Microsoft appears to be adrift in terms of market positioning. Do they understand that most Windows developers are not very interested in Metro Apps precisely because their app store (already rejected once before on Windows LONG before Apple stole the idea) is EXACTLY why many developers want no more to do with Apple's business model than they have to?

If you bought a Zune (vastly superior to iPod as a dedicated music player) are you going to go back and be an early adopter of Windows Phone after being burned so badly? I'm certainly not. I LOVE MY ZUNE. Thank God for eBay, and NO THANKS to Microsoft, I can continue to use it.

Why does Windows RT even exist? And why was that prioritized so that it took until the beginning of the second quarter of 2013 for the first REAL (x86/x64) convertibles to appear? That is killer hardware... but a lot of people have already bought tablets and won't be back in the market for a few years.

And so on, and so on, and so on...

Finally, let's point out that from a purely political point of view, Bill Gates is every bit as awful as anyone at Google. Yes, I know he's an emeritus chairman or some such garbage, but the point is, is Microsoft really all that much more palatable politically than Apple or Google? They still seem to back ALL of the wrong causes.

36 posted on 03/31/2013 4:27:43 PM PDT by FredZarguna (The one exception: Burn After Reading. Just. Not. Good.)
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To: FredZarguna
Here's another picture:



Telcos want a third option in the smartphone market. Blackberry is still in the running for third place. The trend doesn't look good for Blackberry -- but, these graphs were created before the Blackberry 10 was released. Will the "10" be enough to save Blackberry? We'll have to wait a bit to see. Meanwhile, Mozilla (i.e. Firefox) recently released a new open-source smartphone OS.

It's not over until it's over.
37 posted on 03/31/2013 4:30:13 PM PDT by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: Steelfish

just call them what they are... religious bigots

repeat it. often.


38 posted on 03/31/2013 4:34:04 PM PDT by sten (fighting tyranny never goes out of style)
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To: dennisw

Of course it doesn’t. First, it’s just a little VM running on top of Linux. Second, if you talk to the hardware guys they will very frankly admit that Android doesn’t scale very well and that multi-core processors make very little difference to the performance of Android apps as a result. Second, all the hardware abstraction layer is being done by Linux, so somebody else does the heavy lifting where the OS meets the metal, and third, outside of Motorola other people are doing most of the marketing, sales and distribution on Google’s behalf.


39 posted on 03/31/2013 5:02:04 PM PDT by FredZarguna (The one exception: Burn After Reading. Just. Not. Good.)
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To: FredZarguna

Not saying anything original here but the reason Gooogle develops and gives out Android for free to Asian smart phone makers is to keep Google search up on top (making money) and is the default search for Android users


40 posted on 03/31/2013 5:11:58 PM PDT by dennisw (too much of a good thing is a bad thing--- Joe Pine)
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To: USFRIENDINVICTORIA
Telcos want as many options as possible, because that means they can pressure hardware/os vendors at the price and content points somewhat. That doesn't translate into: Telcos want Blackberry to succeed. Telcos certainly have no interest in pushing an OS perceived as providing a poor customer experience knowing they'll also be caught up in the wash.

One of the big selling points to Smartphones is Mapping/Navigation. I have not seen one review that had positive things to say about the Maps app in 10. As even Apple very quickly learned, your Maps app must be as good as Google Maps or you're in trouble.

Most reviews overall have said, "10 it's a 1.0 release." Meaning, if you've been waiting for Blackberry to catch up, it hasn't happened yet. That's not good news.

The big danger isn't that Blackberry will die. The big danger is that Blackberry won't die, leaving loyal customers with an increasingly hidebound mobile device with the company living off one disappointing marketing ploy after another as it slowly spirals around the drain.

41 posted on 03/31/2013 5:19:38 PM PDT by FredZarguna (The one exception: Burn After Reading. Just. Not. Good.)
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To: dennisw
Yeah, but this is like Apple fanbois constantly pointing out that "Apple is still the BIGGEST single SmartPhone maker." Well, I believe Samsung's numbers, so that claim is probably untrue, but even supposing it is, so what? Apple is a hardware company, and Google isn't, so every non-Apple Smartphone sold hurts them, and if it's Android it not only passively helps Google by harming a competitor, but actively helps Google (as you point out) by selling more of what they really sell, which is "searches."

Is it an accident that the network with the most color programming and earliest adoption of color technology also "just happened" to be owned by a corporation that made and sold TV's? Nope. Aint nothing wrong with that.

42 posted on 03/31/2013 5:26:16 PM PDT by FredZarguna (The one exception: Burn After Reading. Just. Not. Good.)
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To: FredZarguna
"That doesn't translate into: Telcos want Blackberry to succeed. "

That's correct -- and that's why I never suggested that Telcos want Blackberry, specifically, to succeed. They do want at least 3 players in the market, for the reasons you state. Or, turning that around, they don't want to become totally subservient to a single vendor. My point was, and remains: even if Android, and (say) Apple had 95% of the market between them; the Telcos would continue to offer the products of at least one other vendor. That vendor might be Blackberry. We'll likely know in a few months.
43 posted on 03/31/2013 5:33:28 PM PDT by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: FredZarguna

I like your sagacity!


44 posted on 03/31/2013 5:40:51 PM PDT by dennisw (too much of a good thing is a bad thing--- Joe Pine)
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To: FredZarguna
"The big danger isn't that Blackberry will die. The big danger is that Blackberry won't die, leaving loyal customers with an increasingly hidebound mobile device with the company living off one disappointing marketing ploy after another as it slowly spirals around the drain."

Having the "best" device (or the illusive "optimal" solution) doesn't matter to everyone. Many of us are "satisficers", rather than "optimizers", or "maximizers". (E.g. do you really need a million apps?) I don't rush out to buy a new computer, cell phone, TV, etc., unless the one I currently have quits working, or doesn't meet all my needs. If I had a Blackberry 10 (I don't), and it did what I needed a smartphone to do, I wouldn't care how "hidebound" it was.
45 posted on 03/31/2013 5:48:08 PM PDT by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: Puppage

The apartment was for show. He actually lived in a very nice house. I am not sure if his daughter lived there or not. He was a scammer.


46 posted on 03/31/2013 6:40:19 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: FredZarguna

I completely agree with you on developers matter.

But the rest I’m not so sure about. ARM Windows RT exists because it has excellent battery life and very light weight. Read reviews of Surface Windows 8 and you’ll see why it exists. It’s lighter and has excellent battery life. Even Apple is considering ditching x86 for Arm.

Also Microsoft’s marketing does stink and that’s their albatross. But their products are very solid even though their marketing isn’t.


47 posted on 03/31/2013 7:04:02 PM PDT by for-q-clinton (If at first you don't succeed keep on sucking until you do succeed)
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To: FredZarguna

Uh Bill Gates is not really Microsoft any longer so try again. That’s like trying to say Steve Jobs is still at Apple.


48 posted on 03/31/2013 7:05:34 PM PDT by for-q-clinton (If at first you don't succeed keep on sucking until you do succeed)
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To: for-q-clinton

Well Ballmer certainly is.


49 posted on 03/31/2013 7:11:15 PM PDT by nascarnation (Baraq's economic policy: trickle up poverty)
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To: for-q-clinton
Try reading it again.

I made it clear that he's an emeritus board member. Nevertheless, the corporate culture at Microsoft is still that of a typical left-leaning corporation.

50 posted on 03/31/2013 7:35:45 PM PDT by FredZarguna (The one exception: Burn After Reading. Just. Not. Good.)
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