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where Google is not leading

The FT has a good overview of some markets where Google is not leading search including China, Korea, Japan, Russia, Czech Rep. In addition to these, you can add Taiwan too. If there are other markets where Google isn’t leading, please leave a comment.

Yandex, which handles 46 per cent of search queries in Russia, has been preparing since the spring for a listing on the US stock market. Seznam, which controls 63 per cent of Czech searches, has been the subject of a number of buy-out approaches, according to two internet industry insiders.
Along with just three others, these represent the only local companies that have prevented the global search business from turning into “Planet Google.”
Baidu in China and Naver in South Korea each handle about 60 per cent of internet searches in their respective countries, while Yahoo Japan claims slightly more than half of its local search market.

Google still struggling to conquer outposts

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the tyranny of QWERTY

I have a longer discussion about whether the iPhone will do well in Japan planned for when I have more than a moment to blog, but I wanted to point folks to an article on alternative interfaces to computers which Jeff Yang recently wrote in SFGate: ASIAN POP / Off key
My quote is:

“To a certain extent, Asia is a slave to the alpha keyboard,”

I’m pretty sure I said qwerty keyboard, but I’ll let Jeff slide 😉

“Many input methods for languages like Chinese and Japanese require knowledge of the Roman alphabet to use, which is crazy when you think of it. Imagine if the PC was developed in China and everyone in the rest of the world needed to know Chinese before inputting their own alphabet. Well, that’s the case for a lot of PC users in China and Japan.”

My blog’s comments are still broken and I haven’t had time to fix them, so I’ll close comments. Once I have time to fix the comments, I’ll re-open comments and inform you here. Apologies!

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Korea

SpringNote

It’s great to see a non-Western web service (in this case, the Korean wiki service SpringNote) getting a thorough review at ReadWrite Web.
It’s disappointing that SpringNote, who is trying to appeal to users outside of Korea, did not invest throughly in localizing their interface in English.

Unfortunately, the English version of the site also suffers from some real usability problems. I don’t mean to be overly provincial, but the company ought to hire someone more conversant in the English language if they are going to offer an English interface and market to native English speakers. I want to see projects birthed far from Silicon Valley thrive, but a small investment in a copy editor who speaks your chosen interface language as their native language could make a big difference in product usability.

SpringNote Launching Impressive Wiki Platform from Korea

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an update on the cost of monoculture

Some of you may remember a popular post I had earlier this year called “the cost of monoculture” which looked at the de-facto monopoly that Microsoft Internet Explorer has in South Korea for a number of historical and technical reasons. There has been some movement on this topic recently and I wanted to share this information.

I’ve posted the updated information over at my Mozilla in Asia blog: update on the cost of monoculture in Korea.

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billions and billions in Asia…

I don’t have time to parse this article. Hoping Fukumimi will do it for me 🙂

In Asia, Private Equity Is Still Bullish – New York Times