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Dell embraces GoogleHigh Impact Click Here Deal between the search giant and the PC maker gets Google into new territory. It's a strike against Google rival Microsoft.
[...]Under the deal, millions of Dell PCs will be loaded with the Google toolbar for Web and PC search, along with a co-branded home page, before they're shipped to consumers[...]
But what if I don't want Google on my machine? ;)
A Dell representative said that the deal will not hamper consumer choice on the Dell desktop, however. "Our motivation is to deliver customers tools that enable them to search and organize information quickly and easily, right out of the box...Dell customers will have the option of choosing Microsoft as their default if they prefer."
I picked up a new dell laptop (the inspiron) in addition to the dell pc I have, about 2 months ago, after the deal was annouced.
Forget about Verisign's 404 traffic steal!
Every typo, every DNS that does not resolve, every domain that doesn't load quickly enough redirects to google's sponsored links page, co-branded by Dell with dell's product line on the top, like a nifty DHTML menu...
Talk about big traffic...
With the prices of systems today they are looking for any change that may be on the table. They seem to have squeezed most everything they can on production cost. I don't know about the G return but Dell made a good low/no cost deal.
Seems like Google's playing catch-up over the Yahoo/eBay deal announced yesterday. The stock market's not reacting to it as far as I can tell as Google is down and Yahoo and eBay are both up.
I'm employeed at will. They can fire me without cause.
And unless they only provide internet access to those whose job is "searching the net." It's doubtful they are going to fire anyone for searching Google. Unless they are going to monitor all my phone calls too. In that case, no one would want to work there.
Just so you realize how strong this can be, I work for not only sets Google as the default search engine, it's also a featured link on the IE toolbar.
Gateway computers have the Google toolbar installed and (I really hated this one) a Google/Gateway branded 404 url redirector.
I did an un-install from Add/Remove programs and a re-boot and desktop search was still indexing. I had to do a registry edit to stop it (gtb.exe and gtb2.exe).
There is no way the typical consumer will ever stop desktop search if they want to. By the way, isn't it still a beta?