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Is Google Losing Sight of Search Technology?

Nowadays, when you use it to do a comparative search on consumer and small-business offerings, Google hacks and totally unrelated sites keep popping up to the top--and the problem is getting worse. Yet instead of solving the problem, Google is creating more e-mail and IM services.

Google Talk won't set the world on fire. Businesses have little need for it--it's really a consumer product. All these ancillary capabilities may or not be good business for Google, but the company needs to recognize that its bread and butter, the search engine, is losing its superiority. Google, please, let your next project be cutting down on Google hacks.