Eric Schmidt thinks Bing rules

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Image source: Google, with a little help from MSPaint

Was Eric Schmidt defending Google or Bing in his testimony to Congress on Wednesday? 

Google’s chairman mentioned Microsoft’s search engine 11 times in his speech, praising it in every instance. He noted how Bing has “continued to gain in popularity,” and delivers richer results than Google.

"In fact, according to an October 2010 study published by Comscore, Bing contained these ‘rich results’ on their results pages 54 percent of the time, while Google only provided rich results 33 percent of the time," Schmidt noted in his prepared testimony.

Schmidt also noted that Bing’s search integration with Facebook gives it a “tremendous competitive advantage.” 

And then, Schmidt landed a whopper, saying Bing could even eclipse Google by next year: “Microsoft’s Bing launched in June 2009 and has grown so rapidly that some commentators have speculated that it could overtake Google as early as 2012.”

Obviously, Schmidt is lavishing an arch rival with praise to explain how Google is not a monopoly (which isn’t even the issue, but I digress). But that last quote really stands out as complete and utter nonsense.

The “commentator” is Mashable’s Christina Warren (this is not meant to be a judgment on Warren, I’m sure she’s great). The “speculation” was from an April article, extrapolating out trend lines of seven months of Hitwise data. The trend lines crossed in January 2012, with Bing overtaking Google.

To get there, the extrapolation predicted that by now, Google would have just 55% of the search market, while Bing would command 40%. We know neither is true — Microsoft just said last week that it has less than a 15% share.

Also, Hitwise is great as a marketing tool, but comScore’s metrics are preferred by the industry (including Microsoft and Google).

The point is that Eric Schmidt knows all of this. And presented Congress with a bald-faced lie. -David

Google’s Eric Schmidt is an awesome PR nightmare

Google CEO Eric Schmidt lets deliciously bad lines fly all the time (I like to call them Schmidticisms), and his appearance last night on CNN’s Parker|Spitzer was no exception.

Kathleen Parker mentioned an ubercreepy statement Schmidt made at a recent press conference: “We Know Where You Are. We Know Where You’ve Been. We Can More Or Less Know What You’re Thinking About.” Dun dun DUNNNNN.

So Parker asked Schmidt what he knows about where she lives. At about 1:09 in the video above, Schmidt drops a new bomb: "Street View, we drive exactly once. So, you can just move, right?"

Parker was like, “Um, that’s a lot of trouble! Heh!” Awkwarrrrd. Was he joking? Maybe. But still.

Schmidtty, I love you. You and your beady little eyes and your candid statements that make PR people want to shoot themselves. No one else in tech is quite so fun, or such juicy fodder for blogs. -Julianne

Google CEO: We’re the inverse of Apple

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photo: All Things D

All Things D has a great 3 a.m. post about part of Google CEO Eric Schmidt’s speech at TechCrunch Disrupt yesterday. The gist, according to All Things D: Google is the inverse of Apple.

“Apple’s core strategy is closedness,” Schmidt said re: mobile products. “With Apple’s model … you have to use their development tools, their platform, their software, their hardware,” Schmidt added.

Google’s Android system, on the other hand, often receives praise from mobile developers for its open platform.

Of course, none of this is new news. But All Things D makes a good point: For all its claim of openness, Google is really open only on products that don’t generate a lot of revenue. Apple’s “closedness,” on the other hand, nets the company a good chunk of change on its mobile model. Inverse though the strategies may be, so far it seems to be working well for both. -Julianne