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Google Squared Launched

Gordon Kelly


Google Squared Launched

Wolfram Alpha may divide critics more savagely than a jar of Marmite but it certainly re-enforces a new paradigm in search - and something Google is keen to home in on...

Consequently, the (by far and away) leading industry search giant has today announced public availability of 'Google Squared' - a concept project it first unveiled last month and which tallies user queries into neat, comparable tables.

"Google Squared is an experimental tool that takes a category (like US presidents, roller coasters, or digital cameras) and attempts to create a starter "square" of information, automatically fetching and organizing facts from across the web," said the company in a launch statement. "You can modify your square by removing rows and columns you don't like--or by adding new rows and columns and having Google Squared attempt to fetch the relevant facts. Verify and correct the facts in your square by exploring the original sources and investigating other possible values. If you're happy with your square you can save it and come back to it later. Google Squared does the grunt work for you, making research fast and easy."

Certainly the ingenuity behind Google Squared cannot be denied. Consumers clearly would like to compare data, not just be presented with web pages linking to hundreds of pages of potentially useful information. On the other hand, much like Wolfram Alpha, results can be garbled or misunderstood more often than not and Squared remains several quantum leaps behind the Wolfram computational engine.

That said, competition is the spice of life and if anyone can bring competitive search offerings quickly up to speed it's Google...


Google Squared


June 5, 2009, 7:25 pm

I give up.

Nair Satheesh

August 21, 2009, 10:48 am

Google Squared appears to be similar to my patent application:

Frankly, I am getting a Déjà vu effect while going through the &#8220Google Squared&#8221 application because it appears to be very similar in function to my United States patent application which was filed on April 12, 2007 and as publicly disclosed by the United States Patent and Trademark Office on October 16, 2008, when the patent application was published.

My patent application is titled as &#8220Method And System For Research Using Computer Based Simultaneous Comparison And Contrasting Of A Multiplicity Of Subjects Having Specific Attributes Within Specific Contexts&#8221 bearing Document Number &#822020080256023&#8221 and Inventor name &#8220Nair Satheesh&#8221 which may be viewed at http://patft.uspto.gov/ upon Patent Applications: Quick Search.

Google Squared appears to be using at least some if not many of the same methods and systems as set forth by me more than two years ago in my patent application. In fact there are many more methods and systems disclosed in my patent application which I believe will help resolve certain inaccuracies found in current Google Squared application.

I have issued legal notices to Google through my Patent Attorney in the US but Google has not responded yet to any of my notices.

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