FryUp: Search engines soiled by oil

Good things come in tiers

Not buying yourself out of this one

This internet is of course much more than a modern day samizdat set up, one that can be used for bad as well as good.

How very refreshing then to see BP fail miserably at subverting public opinion through the use of search engine term buying.

- Reporter scuba dives in oil-polluted waters

- BP buys 'oil' search terms to redirect user to official company website

- BP spills coffee

- Environmental issues in the Niger Delta

Redmond sheds tiers for us

Were you wondering why the Aussies for instance get to party like it's Office 2010 over a month ago, but Kiwis get like… well, not a lot in comparison? Or why early adopters and tech evangelists in NZ have become frequent flyers and importers as well?

Wonder no more: that's because according to certain large IT and telco vendors, we are not Tier One. Now, not being Tier One means people and companies in other markets such as North America, Europe and chunks of Asia get to wallow like pigs in mud when new stuff comes out whereas we have to wait, sometime in vain.

Market maturity in New Zealand appears to be a problem of sorts, and size.

Rejoice, my fellow New Zealanders… this is about to change. And who leads the charge if not Microsoft?

Goodonya. Can we get some Tier One t-shirts now?

- NZ now tier one with Microsoft

Insert ob. iPhone 4 here

A good example of the corporate tier-aways is Apple. New Zealanders flock in large numbers to the US to worship with their dollars at Apple Stores when new products come out. That's because some people justifiably believe Apple stuff is good, and they don't want to wait and wait and wait until months after the initial release in Tier One countries.

Very tier-dious and very expensive, but can work some times, as certain senior Vodafone staffer discovered when he sold his imported Apple iPads for twice the expected retail price on Trade Me.

Oh, and the iPhone 4 looks very cool.

- Apple announces iPhone 4

The Lone Engineer

It's official: nobody believes Google anymore, when it says it accidentally siphoned off data over people's w-fi networks while it was doing the StreetView thing around the world, not even officialdom.

In fact, nobody believes Google accidentally used a lone engineer's code for the Streetview stuff either.

Accidental privacy poo storm ahead then for the Do No Evil crowd.

- NZ authorities consider investigation of Google

- Google accused of criminal intent over StreetView data

This edition of the Friday FryUp is Juha Saarinen's last. Computerworld thanks Juha for his contributions

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