Leaked a week before it is officially released are leaked details of Google’s storage service named Google Drive.
Here’s how it compares with Dropbox:
Google: 5GB free
DropBox: 2GB free
Google: Very best & fast servers
DropBox: Probably not nearly as good
Google: Loathed as a company
DropBox has first mover advantage. Most likely DropBox will keep their existing customers, because people are loathe to mess with switching providers, no matter how easy it will be. But Google will certainly snare customers from their other products who are considering such a service. With time most internet users will have a need for cloud space, and Google is certainly capable of being the biggest provider.
The minor, but excellent, Google competitor Duck Duck Go has announced it is now receiving a million search queries per day – a number that would have excited Page and Brin when they were starting out.
See the numbers here:
I like Duck Duck Go, they rank my Men in Black 3 site at #1
As search engines increasingly gather and store data about their users, there is an opportunity for a new search engine that just provides good results, and nothing else. Which is easy to achieve when you are starting out – but if such a search engine ever does well, there will be pressure to start doing the very things they were against, for the $$$. Of course Wikipedia have stuck to their no-ad promise, so it’s possible for a search engine as well.
Stealth doesn’t record any info, and routes your search query through other servers so that the link you click on doesn’t pass on referrer data (browser, IP, search query, cookies etc).
In their F.A.Q there’s this:
Where does Stealth get its search results from?
We do a good bit of our own crawling and also utilize many different API’s (Google’s Ajax API, Bing’s search API, etc) as well.
From looking at their search results, I think it is fair to say the results are 100% lifted from Google. So for now, if you like Google results (just web, not universal) and care about privacy, use UseStealth.com
Maybe ranking services could use it, and maybe it could become the de facto standard for determining a site’s ranking in Google.