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Siri will chip away at Google’s mobile search business (via @arstechnica)

Think of all the times you’ve found yourself Googling stuff on your iPhone to settle a friendly debate with friends about a movie or athlete. There are a million things mobile users query Google about every day on their phones, but I theoretically could have used Siri to look up that entire list for me, and with much less effort on my part.

For Google, this is not good news.

Google recently stated during its testimony in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee that a whopping two-thirds of its mobile search traffic comes from iOS devices. If even half of those users eventually migrate over to Siri for the majority of their basic inquiries from their iPhones, Google’s mobile search business could find itself in flux. When roughly 66 percent of your mobile search traffic comes from a platform that now has an “intelligent assistant” making its own queries without the help of Google, a strategy change may be in the cards sooner than later. So far, Google is remaining mum on Siri.

Siri: Apple’s secret software ninja? Sneaks in through your phone, ends up taking over your life. In such a nice way.

Internet’s Influence On Language: “OMG”, “LOL”, “wassup” ” added to OED; Google In Cherokee

The Internet’s importance as a preserver and driver of language use has been reinforced this week with two key symbolic developments.

The first is the news that the Internet-isms OMG, LOL and the usage of “heart” as a verb have made the Oxford English Dictionary, throwing purists into a tizzy, because basically people generally hate change (it took about fifteen years for people to finally accept that the doubled-up adjectival noun “web site” would inevitably become the all inclusive noun “website.” And it took the AP Stylebook about twenty to eventually join the two).

The second development is that you can now search Google in Cherokee; In an effort preserve the endangered language Google has partnered up with the 300,000 strong Cherokee Nation, adding the traditional language to its repertoire of 146 interface languages here.

The most significant action the OED has taken for the development of linguistics in my lifetime is the inclusion of ” < 3 ” (the ASCII graphical-art representation of the noun [and now, verb] “heart”) in the dictionary as a word.