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Wolfram|Alpha goes live

Wolfram|Alpha is live since last night.

What Wolfram|Alpha? Although it may look like a search engine characterized by its simple interface, Wolfram Alpha can more be defined as a knowledge base or an answer engine. This “Computational Knowledge Engine” as they call it has been developed by a team led by British mathematician Steven Wolfram.

The lon- term goal of the site is to make “all systematic knowledge immediately computable and accessible to everyone”. The site, which is very focussed on the “English-speaking knowledge” today, will not give you a list of web sites as a traditional search engine, but the answers to your questions in a structured form. A dream for every lazy student. Continue reading “Wolfram|Alpha goes live”

Truvolabs launches private beta

Truvo LabsWith the team Truvolabs, a small group of Ruby on Rails experts installed in the Netherlands, Truvo has been working for the last few weeks on a new concept of local search online, which will be simply called Truvo.com for the time being.

The concept’s goal is to combine the strengths of Web 2.0 with the structure of a traditional publisher. Truvo invites surfers to sign up to be able to share their opinions and discover the ideas of other surfers in their community, but on the basis of a quality database that has been pre-treated, enriched, and distilled by the team responsible for the edition of the Golden Pages in print and online. Continue reading “Truvolabs launches private beta”

Traditional advertising is still relevant, even Google thinks so

For years, Google has succeeded in building the most valuable brand of the world while hardly doing any traditional advertising.

Whether it’s through technical innovations or with anecdotes, Google succeeds to appear in the media very often against a very sharp marketing budget.Google New-York Times Ad

Having said this, let’s not forget that Google isn’t always number one. It’s actually pretty common to see Google struggling in other domains than search.

The most typical case is probably the web browser Google Chrome, which seems to be the exception to Google’s marketing rule of not marketing in a traditional way. It started in Japan with a TV advertising (pretty conceptual) in the beginning of the year and more recently in the States.

Last week, Continue reading “Traditional advertising is still relevant, even Google thinks so”

Scoopeo, it’s over

Scoopeo was a French-speaking “Digg-like” site of Belgian origin that has known its best times around the end of 2007, early 2008. As time went by, Scoopeo had become -like many such sites- victim of ‘spamming’ and lost its image as only funny pictures of videos seemed to get some visibility. But it remained yet a good Belgian initiative that had its audience.

In a mail sent to its members earlier today and on their blog, the Scoopeo creators announce the definitive end of the site by next Wednesday at the latest. Continue reading “Scoopeo, it’s over”