this business of mash-ups will do better and better. google stock may hit $400 :-) i should have bought at $120, but no, i was too hesitant.
now that indian stocks are tanking, and so is the rupee, this is a good time to buy into india mutual funds especially sectoral ones. p/e ratios are not too high yet, and the indian market has some way to go still. we're seeing a temporary trough because FIIs are re-evaluating the american market, and the bite of high oil prices is hurting.
back to the article, two things google has done well:
1. using ajax technology to make the online experience *almost* indistinguishable from the experience you get with locally loaded software
2. opening up the apis to their various products, esp. google maps and google earth which may be big winners
google map (because of ajax) is a quantum leap over mapquest and other mapping programs because of its dynamic nature: you can drag things around just as though you had the software loaded locally.
i think there's a big opportunity for outsourcing AJAX and Google API skills. what do you think? btw, there is increasing interest in legal, medical and financial outsourcing to india.
i liked the trulia and homepricerecords sites in particular. good to know how much my house is worth, not that i am selling it :-)