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By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2006-06-23 Print this article Print

With regard to mobile search, Ask.coms Lanzone said Americans want to get the Internet on their devices "the way they get it on the computer. Here [in the United States] it is about rendering and speed," he said. While his company is aggressively looking at this space, U.S. customers see SMS (Short Message Service) as complex and slow and want a more robust experience, he said.
Technoratis Sifry said people want devices to be more aware of factors such as location, so if they were in San Francisco searching for, say, a store, they would not have to specify their location.
Google GM David Girouard outlines the companys strategy for enterprise search. Click here to read more. There is also a lot of opportunity around notification-based services in the mobile search space, he said. With regard to privacy and the possibility of more information available on the Web moving behind a firewall, Sifry said there will always be "people out there who want to be found. I am not concerned about the entire Internet going behind a firewall," he said. "But it puts an enormous amount of responsibility on us as service providers as to what we turn on by default. We also only index publicly available information and will not make information available that the owner does not want to be public," he said. Jooksters Thomas said his company empowers users by giving them options as to what information they want public and what they want to remain private. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news, views and analysis on enterprise search technology.

Peter Galli has been a financial/technology reporter for 12 years at leading publications in South Africa, the UK and the US. He has been Investment Editor of South Africa's Business Day Newspaper, the sister publication of the Financial Times of London.

He was also Group Financial Communications Manager for First National Bank, the second largest banking group in South Africa before moving on to become Executive News Editor of Business Report, the largest daily financial newspaper in South Africa, owned by the global Independent Newspapers group.

He was responsible for a national reporting team of 20 based in four bureaus. He also edited and contributed to its weekly technology page, and launched a financial and technology radio service supplying daily news bulletins to the national broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Corporation, which were then distributed to some 50 radio stations across the country.

He was then transferred to San Francisco as Business Report's U.S. Correspondent to cover Silicon Valley, trade and finance between the US, Europe and emerging markets like South Africa. After serving that role for more than two years, he joined eWeek as a Senior Editor, covering software platforms in August 2000.

He has comprehensively covered Microsoft and its Windows and .Net platforms, as well as the many legal challenges it has faced. He has also focused on Sun Microsystems and its Solaris operating environment, Java and Unix offerings. He covers developments in the open source community, particularly around the Linux kernel and the effects it will have on the enterprise.

He has written extensively about new products for the Linux and Unix platforms, the development of open standards and critically looked at the potential Linux has to offer an alternative operating system and platform to Windows, .Net and Unix-based solutions like Solaris.

His interviews with senior industry executives include Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Linus Torvalds, the original developer of the Linux operating system, Sun CEO Scot McNealy, and Bill Zeitler, a senior vice president at IBM.

For numerous examples of his writing you can search under his name at the eWEEK Website at


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