Google tops Apple in 2005 brand poll | CNET News.com: "Internet search engine Google has retaken first place in the 2005 global poll of the world's most influential brands, while the eBay-owned Web phone service Skype makes its debut at No. 3.
The annual survey compiled by online branding magazine brandchannel.com often throws up controversial results, such as in 2004, when Arabic TV station Al Jazeera was voted the world's fifth most influential brand (down to 25th place this year).
But this year, the 2,528 branding professionals and students who voted came up with more conventional and--perhaps unsurprisingly for an online poll--tech-heavy answers when asked 'Which brand had the most impact on our lives in 2005?' "