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bing, from microsoft

Looks like Microsoft are launching their next attempt to try and steal a slice of the search market from Google.

Quotes below are taken from the BBC’s Darren Waters.

Microsoft’s expensive experiment in search reflects the insatiable appetite of chief executive Steve Ballmer to take on Google.

I can say that Bing is very aesthetically pleasing, and that its design feels intuitive and practical. It groups together relevant information quite well and could improve on the paradigm of searching that we have all become used to.

There are some concerns, however. Microsoft decides which associated and relevant information it will show you – based, in part, on partnerships with local content providers.

This may well be the best related information; it may well not. Who decides, and on what basis?

» read more: Microsoft’s bada Bing (BBC)

google wave

Google Wave is a new model for communication and collaboration on the web, coming later this year.

A wave is equal parts conversation and document. People can communicate and work together with richly formatted text, photos, videos, maps, and more.

A wave is shared. Any participant can reply anywhere in the message, edit the content and add participants at any point in the process. Then playback lets anyone rewind the wave to see who said what and when.

A wave is live. With live transmission as you type, participants on a wave can have faster conversations, see edits and interact with extensions in real-time.

» read more: about Google Wave

ff1 update: monaco

So, we leave the glitz of Monaco behind, with Jenson Button extending his lead, but with a certain element of unpredictability with the rest of the field. It’s certainly shaken our FF1 table about a bit.

So, how early in the season can Button seal his first championship?

1 Lynne Rodden The Gherkins 1903
2 +2 John Rhodes The Peasants Revolt 1734.5
3 -1 Tracy Forster Wacky Racers 1699
4 +3 Chris Illingworth Brains 1694.5
5 -2 Peter Jones No Driver Aids 1670.5
6 Simon Rodden Last Minute 1656
7 -2 Susanna Rodden Susie’s Stars 1644.5
8 Phil Smith Diffuser Debacles 1626.5
9 +1 Sean Fleet Roadkill 1581.5
10 -1 Andy Moore Mooresport 1552
11 Ruth Moore Curse of KERS 1550.5
12 Helen B Foxy Five 1526
13 +1 Ruthe Holden Dooby 1258
14 -1 Howard Moore Clueless but Enthusiastic 1216.5
15 +1 David Holland Xanthor’s Avengers 1201
16 -1 Gaynor Bingham Bingleys 1195.5
17 Andy Showell-Rogers Eat My Dust 1089
18 Josh Rodden Creme Egg 896.5

ff1 update: spain

After Bahrain there were very few changes to the table. But after Spain, only 3 people hold the same position they did before the race. Take a look at the table below to see where the shake-up has left your team.

The glamour of Monaco next – always a favourite to watch, and it will be interesting to see how KERS is used on the narrow roads of Monte Carlo. Who do you predict to win? Another Brawn one-two?

1 Lynne Rodden The Gherkins 1568
2 +1 Tracy Forster Wacky Racers 1458
3 +1 Peter Jones No Driver Aids 1418.5
4 +2 John Rhodes The Peasants Revolt 1406.5
5 -3 Susanna Rodden Susie’s Stars 1383.5
6 -1 Simon Rodden Last Minute 1051
7 +1 Chris Illingworth Brains 1356.5
8 +2 Phil Smith Diffuser Debacles 1307.5
9 -2 Andy Moore Mooresport 1287
10 -1 Sean Fleet Roadkill 1276.5
11 +1 Ruth Moore Curse of KERS 1262.5
12 -1 Helen B Foxy Five 1235
13 +2 Howard Moore Clueless but Enthusiastic 1024.5
14 -1 Ruthe Holden Dooby 1000
15 +1 Gaynor Bingham Bingleys 998.5
16 -2 David Holland Xanthor’s Avengers 957
17 Andy Showell-Rogers Eat My Dust 858
18 Josh Rodden Creme Egg 699.5