Items tagged with GOOG

It sort of makes sense, since Google recently paid NASA $1.3 million just to be able to land their jet at NASA's Moffett Field.  Google is funding a $30 million dollar prize for a privately developed moon rover.The Google Lunar X Prize, announced today by the search-engine giant and the X Prize Foundation at the Wired NextFest in Los Angeles, ranks among the richest contests ever offered for technological innovation. It follows up on the $10 million Ansari X Prize for manned spaceflight, which was won nearly three years ago by the SpaceShipOne rocket plane.The new prize calls upon teams to create autonomous rovers that could land on the moon, travel at least three-tenths of a mile (500 meters)... Read more...
Many have expressed concern over the privacy aspects of Google's Street View.  Although Google is now allowing anyone to report identifiable faces, license plates, etc., which Google will then zap, Canadian privacy law may not be satisfied by the "zap process." Canadian law obliges businesses wishing to disclose personal information about individuals to first obtain their consent. Stoddart said pictures of people on Street View were clear enough to be considered personal information. "The images ... appear to have been collected largely without the consent and knowledge of the individuals who appear in the images," wrote Stoddart.... Read more...
Some have suggested that the terms and conditions in the EULA for Google Docs & Spreadsheets imply that Google actually "owns" the words "held" within those documents.  Looking at the clause in question carefully, it looks like the sentence simply needs rewording for clarity.The controversy centers on Google's use of the word "public" in its terms and conditions for Google Docs. One clause states, "By submitting, posting or displaying Content on or through Google services which are intended to be available to the members of the public, you grant Google a worldwide, nonexclusive, royalty-free license to reproduce, adapt, modify, publish and distribute such content on Google services... Read more...
For a long time, people have thought of Google as a sort of wildy successful lemonade stand. Two young fellows and their friends giving away a white page with a little rectangle to type in what you're looking for. They actually claimed to do no evil.  Well, Google is big enough to hate now, I guess; and between their loopy explanations of why they archive all sorts of information about what you're searching for on the internet, and simply the size of their market share, they're starting to have to deal with the scrutiny that comes with being the big dog. ...Google's acquisition of DoubleClick could help it dominate the rapidly growing market for Internet advertising, combining Google's... Read more...
Some Easter Egg!  It's not going to make you want to quit Microsoft Flight Simulator, but there's a hidden flight simulator inside Google Earth. You can even use a joystick with it. Though it’s nowhere close in features to the competition, Marco Gallotta found a hidden flight simulator feature inside the newest version of Google Earth — it’s actually not too shabby for the first go-around. There are two airplanes to choose from, several airports and of course the satellite imagery you have come to love in the actual Google Earth application. It would be cool if they took this free product - a flight simulator with satellite imagery - and turned it into a real product.  'Course, Google has... Read more...
If you've used Google News, you know typically it carries a headline and a few snippets of text but sends readers to publishers' sites for the full story.  This means that you might end up at the Seattle Times for an AP story.  Now, however, Google will host wire service stories on its own site, instead of redirecting users to other sites. The four agencies – the Associated Press, the Canadian Press, the Press Association and Agence France-Presse – will supply a "feed" to Google News, allowing its algorithms to detect which sites are running wire copy and remove them from the search results. Because the four wire services do not have their own consumer news websites,... Read more...
A number of Blogger users, ourselves included, have noticed a series of publishing and saving glitches on Blogger lately.  There was even an outage this week, though that may have been the result of patches that Google performed to fix the issue.  Additionally, on Friday, Google added direct video upload services to Blogger. An undetermined number of Blogger publishers had trouble performing various editing and posting operations on Monday and Tuesday, but by Wednesday the problem had been solved.After marking the eighth 'birthday' of this free blogging service on Thursday, Google announced the video upload feature on Friday. "This feature allows you to upload videos and create... Read more...
Google's GrandCentral has promised its clients a single phone number "for life."  Unfortunately, after local carriers dropped out, Grandcentral had to change the numbers of 400 clients. GrandCentral, which Google acquired last month, had to change about 400 of the supposedly perpetual numbers it had assigned to clients. By doing so, the call-management company may be creating for these clients the main problem GrandCentral was founded to solve. The numbers had to be changed after a "local carrier partner" recently notified Google it would stop its service and thus would be unable to connect calls to the GrandCentral numbers issued in its coverage area. How could you complain... Read more...
Phishing has become a very serious problem recently.  In fact, it has become so serious that new versions of leading browsers have anti-phishing technology built into them.  That doesn't mean that phishers are out of business.  No sir.In fact, it just means that they're trying to find new methods around new security measures.Phishers have actually devised not only a clever way around the issue, but a way to cast some doubt over the entire anti-phishing campaign in one audacious stroke: “Attackers could create a phishing site on the gmodules.com domain and then send that URL to victims. Because Google's gmodules.com domain is trusted by antiphishing filters, victims might then go to the phishing... Read more...
Google is a very powerful thing, whether you're referring to the search engine or the company that offers it. Microsoft feels Google's breath on its neck now, and is purchasing web-based companies to help them get into the lucrative online advertising business that is Google's strength. And Google continues to  buy companies that can help it assemble a web-based alternative to Microsoft's  lucrative suite of office applications. But while they were busy clawing and scratching at each other, Yahoo snuck up on the outside. Data from the University of Michigan American Consumer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) showed Yahoo had seen its customer satisfaction score rise 3.9 percent from a year... Read more...
And we thought Google promised we would never have to delete email again.  After all, every time you look at the Gmail Login screen storage is creeping up, right?  However, Google has decided to add paid storage upgrades for Picasa and Gmail users. For $20 per year, customers can use up to 6GB of storage, $75 for 25GB, $250 for 100GB and $500 for 250GB. At the moment, the new storage applies only to Gmail and Picasa, but Google says the capacity will soon be expanded to cover Docs & Spreadsheets and other Google Apps. $500 for 250GB of storage?  If I needed that much, I think I would do it offline, since I can get a 500GB external drive for $120 without even looking hard.... Read more...
I'm guessing the Custom Search Blog team hasn't been checking it too much. For one thing, as of this writing, the last entry was 7/17/2007. Because of that, the blog was accidentally marked as spam, and then released ... after which it was promptly snapped up by a cybersquatter. The change was first noticed by the Google Blogoscoped Web site, which noticed that posts on the Custom Search Blog had been deleted and replaced by a strange comment from someone identifying himself as Srikanth."Google Custom Search, is the wonderful product from Google which many webmasters have been looking and dream for," Srikanth wrote. "Also Google Custom Search is integrated... Read more...
Wikipedia co-founder, Jimmy Wales, has plans for an open source search engine that he believes will rise up to challenge Google.  Considering the dominance Google has in the online search field, it seems like Mr. Wales is taking on a monumental task. “Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales said on Friday he is putting the building blocks in place for a community-developed Web search service that would rival search engines such as Google or Yahoo.Wales told a conference of software developers in Portland, Oregon, that his commercial start-up, Wikia, has acquired Grub, a pioneering Web crawler that will enable Wikia's forthcoming search service to scour the Web to index relevant sites.” There’s no word... Read more...
Google shelled out $625 million for Postini, the messaging security company. Why would they do that?  According to Google: "Google already has world class spam and virus protection as part of the Gmail service." Well, that's nice. But in the big business world, that won't cut it, and Google knows it.  On the official Google Blog, Dave Girouard, the vice president and general manager for Google Enterprise, wrote that the company decided to purchase Postini because its hosted security tools will give Google the ability to address the complex security and compliance issues faced by larger businesses. "Though [larger enterprises] want to deliver simple, useful hosted applications... Read more...
Perhaps some of us remember that at around the same time a year ago, we heard about Google’s scheme to use a computer’s built-in microphone to listen-in on the TV shows that we happen to be watching and to use such information to connect us to websites of interest. Although the details were unclear at the time, a recent patent application has clarified a few things. "Imagine that you are watching the latest episode of Friends on television and discover that the character Monica is pregnant. You want to chat, comment or read other viewers' responses to the scene in real-time.""By eavesdropping, Google says it could offer you relevant websites automatically, perhaps even generating them on the... Read more...
Google today announced that it has reached a settlement to acquire Postini, a company that provides clients with security services (protecting instant messaging, e-mail, and other modes of communication). The $625 million deal gives Google access to an established clientele of over 35,000 businesses and 10 million international users, and is expected to close by the end of September 2007. “‘With this transaction, we’re reinforcing our commitment to delivering compelling hosted applications to businesses of all sizes,’ said Google Chief Executive Eric Schmidt in a statement.” Google believes that the deal will allow them to supply organizations with more hosted services that are comparable... Read more...
HotHardware told you earlier about the nifty web-based phone service GrandCentral. It allows you to ring every number you have on any phone of your choosing, along with a powerful caller ID and a host of other features. Well, Google was interested in the service, too, and thought GrandCentral would make a grand addition to their stable of web-based widgets.  They announced the purchase of the company on Monday on their official blog. "We think GrandCentral's technology fits well into Google's efforts to provide services that enhance the collaborative exchange of information between our users," Google product manager Wesley Chan wrote in a post on the company's blog. Over... Read more...
Google Inc. has installed solar panels on the roofs of two of its carports and eight of its buildings. This is only the beginning of a massive project that Google has launched, which is to build America’s largest corporate campus solar panel system. "Google has produced enough electricity from its headquarters in the last four days to watch about 251,073 hours of television on a flat screen." Google has been keeping a close eye on the system ever since it first fired up on Monday. The solar panel system has been producing an average of 10,000 KWh per day, which they say is equivalent to operating 8,347 coffee makers for an hour, running 6,257 dishwasher trials, or having 41,737 alarm clocks... Read more...
Google’s search engine is the world’s most visited page. According to ComScore Inc., last month, Google furthered its lead over Yahoo and Microsoft in Internet searches to a new milestone: a majority market share. 50.7% of Internet searches done in the U.S. were done through Google, which is a gain of about 1% from the previous month. Yahoo and Microsoft’s pieces of the pie were 26.4% and 10.3% respectively. “The battle for online searches is closely followed by advertisers, who use it to judge where to buy ads. Mountain View, California-based Google is adding images, book excerpts, news and video to its search results to attract more users and create new space for advertisements.” 7.6 billion... Read more...
Google saves too much information about you, and keeps it too long. At least that's the general consensus among privacy watchdogs and various governmental agencies. But Marissa Mayer, VP of Search for Google, said Google is trying to find a way for Google to allow you to explicitly consent to archiving your search data for longer than the current standard 18 months, in an effort to more finely tune search results to the user and return them faster. Speaking at a press event in Paris, Ms Mayer said: "Personalised search tracks and shows you in your search history the clicks and trends of your searches. "Based on what we see as your searching pattern it ultimately can enhance... Read more...
Google released their "Google Gears" open source tools to software programmers yesterday . It's a handy virtual widget that allows users to work on web-based applications when they are off-line. Web-based applications that handle e-mail, news, and process information like spreadsheets and text documents can be altered or generated anytime, and then updated automatically when you return to the web. It's in direct opposition to Microsoft's vision of two sets of tools for online and offline functions. Google has been among the most enthusiastic proponents of this new computing model, and its executives say it will help usher in faster innovation because many Web applications can... Read more...
Google is gearing up to offer what could be a very attractive bundle of apps and branded services to ISPs.  Here's what their web site has to say about Google Apps: "Google Apps brings together essential services to help your business, school, group or family communicate and collaborate more effectively. These services are powerful, easy to set up, require no maintenance, and you can get them for free. Everything is unified by the Start Page, a central place for your users to preview their inboxes and calendars, access your essential content, and search the web." There are currently 2 packages: one being supported with advertisements, and the other option costs $50 a year.  The packages include... Read more...
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