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Google's been noticing the browser market share stats, obviously.  Anyone looking at those would have noticed just how quickly the iPhone browser's market share has risen.The company said at Macworld Monday that it will retool its all-in-one Google application for the iPhone, improving the UI and speeding up loading times.The new UI is better suited for the touchscreen capabilities of the iPhone, Google claims, and applications such as Gmail and Calendar have been sped up.For example, Gmail has gained the ability for new e-mails to appear without the need for refreshing of the page. Additionally, the application has gained the ability to auto-complete e-mails like its desktop sibling. Calendar... Read more...
Even though Microsoft has a search engine, Google and Microsoft don't often get portrayed as competitors in the press. Redmondmag explored the complex relationship that Google has with the open-source community, and answers the question: "What's the greatest threat to Microsoft's dominance, Google or open source? " with a resounding "both."Google's links with this increasingly serious rival to Internet Explorer [Firefox] go much deeper, however. Google is the main search engine for Firefox, both in the dedicated search box and on the default homepage when Firefox is first installed.In October 2007, it was revealed that the organization behind Firefox, namely the Mozilla Foundation, had earned... Read more...
'Tis the season to be upset - upset at Google over privacy, at least.  Actually, it's year-round, and here's yet another.On Dec. 14th, in Google Reader Help and on the Official Google Reader Blog, they posted about a new feature, which, as they put it:The short description of it is this: If any of your friends from Google Talk are using Reader and sharing items, you’ll see them listed in your sidebar under “Friends’ shared items.” Similarly, they’ll be able to see any items you’re sharing. You can hide items from any friend you don’t want to see, and you can also opt out of sharing by removing all your shared items.This is still a very experimental feature, so we’d love to hear what you... Read more...
Romanian antivirus firm, BitDefender, claims to have discovered malicious code in Google's AdSense service.  Google has been swift to respond:Google said on Wednesday: "We have canceled customer accounts that display ads redirecting users to malicious sites or that advertise a product violating our software principles.""We actively work to detect and remove sites that serve malware in both our ad network and in our search results. We have manual and automated processes in place to detect and enforce these policies."Being proactive against malware is an uphill battle to be sure, and Google certainly has their work cut out for them.... Read more...
I'm a big fan of Wikipedia. It's easy to find foolish or inaccurate things on it of course, but on the whole it's a fantastic and useful utility. If you do a lot of websearches on Google, you'll notice that Wikipedia has become a sort of default top of the page result for a lot of queries. That might be set for a big change, now that Google itself appears to be gearing up to have a Wikipedia of their own. Earlier this week, we started inviting a selected group of people to try a new, free tool that we are calling "knol", which stands for a unit of knowledge. Our goal is to encourage people who know a particular subject to write an authoritative article about it. The tool is still in development... Read more...
Interesting week for the mapping folks at Google. First they release Terrain View for Google Maps, and now they have released a location service for cell phone users, and you don't even need GPS on your phone.The new tracking feature introduced Wednesday is being touted as an added convenience because it will enable people on the go to skip the task of typing a starting address on a mobile handset's small keys when they turn to Google's maps for guidance.Using the technology, dubbed "My Location," simply requires pressing zero on a mobile handset equipped with the new software. The sender's location shows up as a blue dot on Google's mobile maps.The tracking system isn't set up to collect a user's... Read more...
You break into the blog of a security team -  worthy of crowing to your friends.  But they break your password back - using Google.You shouldn't, in theory, be able to extract the original text from an MD5 hash. That would take millions, or at least thousands, of computers running all the time.But Steven Murdoch began thinking. Who is there out there who has thousands of computers running all the time? Um, everyone. And some might be generating MD5 hashes and putting them on the web...He took the hash - 20f1aeb7819d7858684c898d1e98c1bb - from the database and stuck it into Google. Lo and behold, it turned out to be "Anthony".Worrisome though, if it worked there, what about your own... Read more...
Google seems to be interested in everything even tangentially associated with their main business, which is selling web ads to display while they find stuff you're looking for. They've been granted an interesting patent recently, one that shows just how far down the road they think about things: Google Magazine.Consumers may purchase a variety of publications in various forms, e.g., print form (e.g., newspapers, magazines, books, etc.), electronic form (e.g., electronic newspapers, electronic books (”e-Books”), electronic magazines, etc.), etc. The publishers define the content of such publications, and advertisers define which advertisements (ads) may be seen in the publications. Since consumers... Read more...
Recently Time Magazine printed an article about doctors and their aversion to Googlers; specifically, patients who check out their diagnoses before coming to the doctor.  Network World has a rebuttal to some of the doctor's somewhat pompous comments.Haig authored this diatribe in Time about his distaste for patients who have the audacity to research their own medical conditions online. The screed and its headline – “When the Patient is a Googler” – drip with contempt for these medical do-it-yourselfers and their inability to trust their doctors over whatever latest quackery they’ve stumbled upon via the Internet.My point is not that he doesn’t have one, but that in making it in such a ham-handed,... Read more...
For months there has been wild speculation about Google getting into the mobile phone business or getting into the OS game, strangely enough both rumors are actually true.  Even stranger is that they're actually the same rumor: Google and partners are developing a completely new mobile device platform: Android.So what have Google and their partners managed to come up with?  A completely open OS with a lot of promise:“Android holds the promise of unprecedented benefits for consumers, developers and manufacturers of mobile services and devices. Handset manufacturers and wireless operators will be free to customize Android in order to bring to market innovative new products faster and... Read more...
As rumors about the gPhone platform circulate, so do reports of Google negotiations with Sprint and Verizon. Two of the country's largest cell phone carriers are considering offering phones featuring software by Google, according to a news report Tuesday. Both Verizon Wireless, the second largest carrier by number of subscribers, and Sprint Nextel, the third largest, are said to be in "advanced talks" with Google, the Wall Street Journal reported on its Web site late Tuesday. Google is expected to announce new mobile software, dubbed by some the "gPhone," in mid-November. If Google can strike a deal with a U.S. carrier, phones with its software could reach American consumers by the middle of... Read more...
If you don't live under a rock, you've seen a PowerPoint presentation. Al Gore won an Oscar and a Nobel for what is essentially a PowerPoint presentation, although since he sits on the board of Apple he must use Keynote. But a series of slides designed to drive home the points of a speaker in a meeting is as common a computer utility as you can find.  And Microsoft's PowerPoint is so dominant that it's become the defacto name of the idea.  Google's bag of web-hosted applications, called Google Docs, is designed to compete with Microsoft Office Suite.  Can you bore an audience properly with Google Docs version of PowerPoint? Slate says: no.One of PowerPoint's basic, indispensable... Read more...
Much as their search market share has increased, so has the amount of money in Google's coffers. Third-quarter net income rose to $1.07 billion, or $3.38 per diluted share, compared with the year-earlier quarter's $733.3 million, or $2.36 per diluted share. Excluding one-time items, profit was $3.91 per share in the latest quarter. Gross revenue rose 57 percent to $4.23 billion. Google's stock rose to $645.18 in aftermarket trading.  How much higher can this stock go?  Berkshire Hathaway is starting to take notice.... Read more...
Anyone who's been surfing the web long enough has probably run across some interesting figures relating to Google searches.  Examples of search results can range from comical easter eggs in Google, to intriguing search results that bring out the sociologist living in all of us such as the word porn returning more results than the word Jesus.For those who are curious about what keywords are popular in various countries, here's a brief list:“Germany, Mexico and Austria were world's top three searchers of the word "Hitler" while "Nazi" scored the most hits in Chile, Australia and the United Kingdom, data from 2004 to the present retrievable on the "Google Trends" Web site showed.Chile also... Read more...
Google has been buying up  so-called "dark fiber," fiber optic lines in place but unused that have the capacity to carry enormous amounts of information. There's been a great deal of speculation that Google intended to become a sort of newfangled Ma Bell telco.  The truth just might be more interesting than that. Does Google intend to buy the internet? I mean: become the internet?The probable answer lies in one of Google's underground parking garages in Mountain View. There, in a secret area off-limits even to regular GoogleFolk, is a shipping container. But it isn't just any shipping container. This shipping container is a prototype data center. Google hired a pair of very bright industrial... Read more...
When Google stock first appeared, it seemed overpriced to many. It wasn't company valuation per se, but the price per share --- which basically meant it was difficult for the small investor to buy any large quantity of shares. Yet Google has not split its shares, and its price continues to soar. The Mountain View-based company's shares traded as high as $601.45 before slipping back to $600.33 in early afternoon trading, a gain of $6.28. It marked the sixth time in the past 12 trading sessions that the stock has reached a new peak, indicating investors are confident Google's third-quarter profit will be impressive. The results are scheduled to be released Oct. 18. The latest milestone served as... Read more...
Not only is Google a young, vibrant company, apparently so are its employees, and they tend to look askance at their elders.A tech industry legend who claims Google fired him because he was too old to fit into the company "culture" has just won another shot at making his case in court.A California state appeals court in San Jose on Thursday threw out a lower court's decision to dismiss a lawsuit brought by Internet pioneer Brian Reid. He's best known for helping to create the first firewall, the pioneering AltaVista Internet search engine and the alt.* hierarchy of newsgroups in Usenet.Reid, who was 54 when he filed his lawsuit in 2004, came to Google as its director of operations and director... Read more...
The company whose name is virtually synonymous with on-line searches has been rumored to be interested in getting into the telecom business for quite a while now.  Apparently that rumor may be more fascinating than the truth: Google has a need for speed that only fiber optics can fufill:Google does have an abiding interest in bandwidth. Google's previous fiber optic cable purchases have been to connect its data centers and to "peer" with telecommunications companies. Google's peering arrangements help ensure that its traffic gets delivered in a timely manner to points where the network infrastructure can handle the load. Google's taste for fiber to date has been mainly to keep its data moving... Read more...
Around midday on Friday Google Inc.'s stock hit an all time high price of $560.55, which would give the 9-year-old company a market value near $175 billion.For those of you hoping that the new advertisements on YouTube, Google's video service, would be going away, this should probably be proof that it isn't likely to happen any time soon.  Those ads, along with other advertising technologies paired with Google's dominance in many aspects of daily web life are considered key factors for share prices having reached that new summit.“Despite aggressive challenges by rivals like Yahoo  Inc. and Microsoft  Corp., Google has been able to widen its lead in search - the activity that triggers the text-based... Read more...
Google didn't want Microsoft's ubiquitous PowerPoint presentations to be the only way to put people to sleep in a business meeting, so they've come out with their own version of the slide software they call Presentation. "The new program will be included in Google's free software bundle, called "Docs," which users must be online to employ. And the company will sell a souped-up version to businesses, universities and government agencies for $50 a year per user. As PowerPoint does, Google's presentation software enables users to create a series of slides with a mixture of text and graphics on each. PowerPoint is widely used in business meetings." Google:... Read more...
Google Earth is already "sharp" enough.  So sharp that insurgents in Iraq have used it to pinpoint troop positions, and so sharp that some countries want Google to restrict the images that it publishes of their land.  A new satellite will be launched Tuesday that will produce even sharper images.DigitalGlobe, provider of imagery for Google Inc's (GOOG.O) interactive mapping program Google Earth, said a new high-resolution satellite will boost the accuracy of its satellite images and flesh out its archive. The new spacecraft, dubbed WorldView I, is to be launched on Tuesday. Together with the company's existing Quickbird satellite, it will offer half-meter... Read more...
Google has begun challenging various governments (via the U.N.) to adopt a global standard for protecting users' private data.Peter Fleicher, Google's chief privacy officer, has set himself up with quite a serious challenge.  Laws in different countries are quite different, as is they degree to which they are enforced.  Even here in the United States laws vary from state to state, and even within each state. “Another problem facing companies such as Google is that many of the laws are extremely out of date when compared to how the Internet has progressed.  An Internet law created by lawmakers just 10 years ago cannot fairly be used today.”With technology changing faster than some government bodies... Read more...
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