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Google, Yahoo Vie For India’s Attention

It looks like one lucky American search engine may soon cozy up to the Indian government – both Google and Yahoo are in talks with India’s National Informatics Centre.

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Google Library Project Befriends Belgium

Ghent University is located in Ghent, which is a city in Flanders, which is a region in Belgium.  You probably recognized at least one or two of those names, but you’re sure to know this next one: Google.  And Google has just partnered with Ghent University.

Guruji.com Offers Indian Alternative To Google
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The term “Google killer” is bandied about every so often, but let’s face it: no one company is going to kill Google anytime soon.  But a company could “stump” the search engine giant – particularly in a foreign market – and Guruji intends to do exactly that.

Google Sallies Forth Into Singapore
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After months of rumors, Google has finally opened an office in Singapore.  The search engine giant is also reportedly in talks to open a research and development center on the island city-state – yes, let another round of rumors begin.

Yahoo oneSearch Shows Up In India

Seven countries in one day – whew, Yahoo oneSearch must be tired.  All right, that was a little silly, but the service has been through a lot of launches in recent days, and it’s now freshly available in India, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

Google Sets Sights On Indian “Techno Complex”

Never mind another research facility, and a call center is so comparatively small as to be out of the question; Google intends to build a new “state-of-the-art techno complex” near Hyderabad, India.

Yahoo India Looking for Travel Partner

Business Standard has reported that Yahoo! India is looking for a partner in India to offer travel related services. George Zacharias, MD, Yahoo! India has said that “We want to be in this space and we should be finalising our partner pretty soon.”

Google India Appoints Rao As MD

Google India has appointed Shailesh Rao as managing director for, sales and operations in India. Shailesh Rao will reportedly be based in Delhi and manage Google’s business and partnerships in India.

Google India to Establish Rule Over Rural India

Google India plans to establish their rule over rural India. Business Standard informs, “It is developing with local vendors a simpler search engine, as well as content tailored to the needs of rural users.

Changes Abound For Google India

It’s a mixed bag of good news, bad news, and just plain “news” news for Google in India this week.  One piece from the region describes the company’s expansion in glowing terms; another reports that its site ranked low in terms of usability.  Lastly, there’s a new man in place to deal with all this: Shailesh Rao was appointed managing director of sales and operations for Google India.

Google Grants Police Quick Access To Records

Never mind the bat signal – cops in India have been equipped with a sort of “red phone” e-mail address at Google.  The search engine giant, according to various Indian sources, wants to help put a stop to hate speech and other objectionable content that’s been showing up on Orkut.

Yahoo India (Sort Of) Apologizes For Stolen Recipe

Almost two months ago, Yahoo India was accused of redistributing a woman’s recipes without her permission.  Now the company is apologizing (in a corporate-speak kind of way).  Yahoo is also blaming the incident on another business.

Thoughts From An Introverted Entrepreneur

For those of you that have not heard yet, yesterday (February 24th) was the big kick-off for Entrepreneurship Week USA.

I had not really heard about this event before, but it has been brought up on a number of blogs that I read, so I thought I’d go check it out.  As a passionate, but introverted advocate of entrepreneurship, I thought I’d look into the event and what it means.

Yahoo India Denies Stealing Recipes
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Following claims that Yahoo India stole content from some other businesses’ blogs, the company’s representatives want everyone to know that “we do not admit of [sic] any copyright violation.” The content in question, by the way, was a recipe.

Developing Countries Breeding Grounds for Open Source

Red Herring’s Falguni Bhuta predictsMore (Open Source) momentum in developing countries“:

Orkut Sued Over 300 Year Old Dead Guy

If you’re ever in India, steer clear of snide remarks about one Chhatrapati Shivaji. He’s been causing trouble for Google’s Orkut social networking site and Internet caf owners in India. And he’s been dead for three centuries.

Yahoo Research Branches Out In India

Yahoo Research is preparing to establish a research lab in Bangalore; it is also going to begin a string of lectures in India called the “Big Thinker Series.” And while that rather silly name may not demand respect, the series should focus on serious and relevant issues within the fields of “science, technology, and the internet.”

More Marketing In India

Shopping in India can be a bewildering experience.

Marketing in India

In Jaipur at the Alsisar Haveli, I met a young puppetmaster and his ten year old brother. Together they performed puppet shows outside the main restaurant at the Haveli, with the older brother expertly controlling the puppets with every finger of both hands behind a curtained backdrop, and the younger brother playing the dholak in accompaniment.

Google Travels To India

Google search engine is now available to subscribers of Indian mobile phone company, Airtel.

Google Not Having Luck Hiring In India

The Times Of India reports that Google has had trouble finding enough quality talent to hire for its Indian offices.