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Google is once again on the move

2006 appears to be a banner year for Google. It purchased the highly popular YouTube online video site in early October and saw its stock price dance with the $500 mark in November. Now according to ComScore Networks Inc., Google Inc. has slightly edged in front of Yahoo! Inc. to become the second most visited website for the month of November.

ComScore's figures show that Google's site traffic rose by 9.1% to 475.7 million visitors while Yahoo's traffic rose just 5.2% bringing its tally to 475.3 million visitors. Microsoft still held on to a 26 million visitor advantage at 501.7 million.

News Corp.'s Fox Interactive Media sites also saw a significant increase in traffic thanks to the booming popularity of MySpace.com. Traffic for the company rose to a healthy 130.4 million visitors.

YouTube, Google’s recent acquisition, saw its visitors rise 24-fold to 107.9 million.



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RE: Microsoft
By sprockkets on 12/26/2006 10:26:17 AM , Rating: 1
Don't forget firefox defaults to google.


RE: Microsoft
By stmok on 12/26/2006 11:30:59 AM , Rating: 2
But Firefox and Google aren't from the same company.


RE: Microsoft
By Ringold on 12/26/2006 2:38:01 PM , Rating: 3
Important to point out the market reasons for an IE default homepage.

Microsoft exists to generate wealth for its stockholders in the way it knows best, and to do absolutely nothing else. Firefox is a subsidiary of Mozilla Foundation, which according to their website is a nonprofit. Therefore, Mozilla exists to give us free stuff that they can't profit from and they hope we like, but... really doesn't exist to put food on anyones table or work in a marketplace.

It should, in that light, be easy to see why Firefox would default to Google (it thinks its cliche would enjoy it most) and IE would default to its own page (they think enough people won't care that they'll keep them and the ad revenue they generate and those that do care wont mind as they can easily change it).


RE: Microsoft
By masher2 (blog) on 12/26/2006 2:46:45 PM , Rating: 2
Good points, but I'd like to add that Firefox is a product of the Mozilla Corporation, which is a for-profit entity which just happens to have the non-profit Mozilla Foundation as its sole stockholder.

In any case, rest assured that the executives of both entities are well-compensated.


RE: Microsoft
By cochy on 12/26/2006 3:43:51 PM , Rating: 2
But even if it's a non-profit it still needs to generate revenue to pay off it's expenses. Don't start believing that non-profits don't make money, they have staff that need to be paid, they have electricity and bandwidth bills to pay. In any event, if Google is the default page in Firefox, wouldn't it be fair to assume that Google in fact paid Mozilla for this pleasure?


RE: Microsoft
By masher2 (blog) on 12/26/2006 4:26:31 PM , Rating: 1
> "even if it's a non-profit it still needs to generate revenue to pay off it's expenses. Don't start believing that non-profits don't make money..."

That was exactly my point.

> "if Google is the default page in Firefox, wouldn't it be fair to assume that Google in fact paid Mozilla for this pleasure?"

A fair assumption, yes...indeed a likely one.




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