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YouTube has been a marvelous success. That's why Google paid 1.65 billion dollars to get their hands on it. Well, Google has decided to try to identify copyrighted material on their shiny new toy, and in a very serious way: A technology designed to detect copyright material could give YouTube a needed dose of legal legitimacy and calm any concerns Google Inc. has about spending $1.65 billion on the Internet video site. But that same technology could hurt YouTube's edgy appeal. While YouTube is known as the place to find almost any kind of video clip, recent agreements with high-profile content creators require YouTube to deploy an audio-signature technology that can spot a low-quality copy... Read more...
Hot off the presses from both MSNBC and Fox News, it appears that the acquisition of YouTube by Google is official.  Google, in its largest purchase in its 8 year history, agreed to buy YouTube for an estimated $1.65 billion dollars.  YouTube has yet to turn a profit, but no doubt they did today.  Under the agreement, YouTube would retain its 67 employees and branding.  Head on over to the above news services for the latest details.   EDIT:  CNN also has a pretty good read on the acquisition as well.... Read more...
CNN Money is reporting that Google has entered talks with Youtube about a potential purchase agreement.  Youtube has become an internet sensation over the past year with users from around the world posting random videos for viewing.  With viewership ranging in the hundreds of millions, Youtube is not without its own controversy.  Universal Studios has recently begun challenging the content on Youtube as being in violation of copyright laws and hint at possible legal action in the near future.  Todays report indicates Google would pay $1.6 billion dollars for the company. YouTube, based in San Mateo, Calif., allows viewers to upload and share video and it estimates that... Read more...
Well, the life of the pocket protected just got a little easier. Google has gone live with a search engine for computer code. Google is applying the same machine-driven techniques it uses to help consumers search the Web for text, images, video and books to help professional programmers as well as computer enthusiasts overcome stumbling blocks to writing code. Searchers can seek out specific programming terms or computer languages and dive deep into compressed code to locate specific features. Users also can narrow a search to find software code based on specific licensing requirements, which is a big deal in warding off future patent litigation. Google already has dozens of search engine types,... Read more...
Once just a search engine, Google has become so much more over the years. From providing video services, to e-books, to even an e-mail service, Google has become a part of our everyday lives. Google's latest web contribution to the internet is in the form of "gadgets", pieces of HTML and Java code that can be inserted into web pages, that provides easy access to many of Google's services, such as Google Maps. These "Universal Gadgets" are a great idea, an idea that rivals such as Yahoo and Microsoft are sure to also explore. "Yahoo, through its acquisition of the Silicon Valley start-up Konfabulator last year, boasts... Read more...
We all know Al Gore invented the internet. Did you know Bush invented Google? Search Marketing Info has a fascinating history of search engines, chockablock full of useful information about both their history and the nuts and bolts of how they work. And according to them, back in 1945, Bush came up with the idea of a searchable database, and published it in the Atlantic Monthly. No silly, not George Bush; Vannevar Bush: Specialization becomes increasingly necessary for progress, and the effort to bridge between disciplines is correspondingly superficial. The difficulty seems to be, not so much that we publish unduly in view of the extent and... Read more...
Google does all sorts of neat things. Remember when Google first made their search engine available, and all you could do was look for pictures of fetching young ladies without all their clothes on? Well, they're working overtime adding to all the things Google will fetch for you in a pinch. How about text messaged answers to just about any query? Kevin Kelly at Cool Tools does it all the time: Using my cell phone to Google is one of my favorite cool tools. When I'm on the road or out of my house, and want to find the phone number to a restaurant, movie times, or the Oakland A's score I use my cell phone to ask Google (# is 46645). I even used it in a class to find the capital of Bhutan (Thimphu)... Read more...
The University of California has struck a deal with Google in which Google will scan several million of the 34 million titles that UC has in its libraries. UC is just the latest addition to the vast amount of support Google has obtained for its ambitious "Google Books" project. High profile schools and libraries such as Stanford, Harvard, Oxford, the University of Michigan, and the New York Public Library are already on board, and there's a good chance we'll see more in the future. "In response to the legal threats, several of Google's library backers said last year they would proceed with the scanning of public domain works,... Read more...
Google has been under fire from a few different news organizations recently, as they claim Google violates Copyright laws with its Google News service. Google has struck a payment deal with the Associated Press, though details have yet to be disclosed. Agence France Presse, a French news agency, is still seeking $17.5 million through their suit, and hope Google's decision to pay the Associated Press will work in their favor. "On the surface, paying the Associated Press seems to conflict with the stance Google has traditionally taken regarding its Google News service. Because Google News is an aggregator, the company has argued, Google... Read more...
All the goodness that is Google maps can now be accessed from your cell phone. Location searches, maps, satellite imagery, all of it's there, and there's also the new feature of real-time traffic information. Click here for the details. "Combining directions, maps, and satellite imagery, Google Maps is a free download that lets you find local hangouts and businesses across town or across the country - right from your phone."... Read more...
Back in March of 2005, Google was hit with a lawsuit by french news agency "Agence France Presse". AFP claimed copyright infringement over Google's use of their content with Google's own news service. Though Google agreed to stop, they apparently haven't called it quits just yet. "A lawyer for Google declined to comment, while a Google spokesman couldn't immediately explain why AFP links and content are still appearing on Google News. An AFP official in its North America headquarters in Washington, DC referred questions to its lawyer, who didn't immediately reply to a comment request."... Read more...
Google has partnered with quite a few other nations to provide more content through their Google Video service. France, the UK, and Canada are just a few of the nations which Google will be focusing on. "Google hopes that the eight national editions will grow to reflect the likes of the countries each site serves - visitors can rate videos to help sort which ones are the most popular. Included in the list of partners are ITN, Wimbledon video rights holder IMG Media, the Cousteau Society, Talkback Thames, Buena Vista International, FC Barcelona and France's National Audiovisual Archive." Google still faces some extremely strong competition from competitor YouTube.com though.... Read more...
Google has launched a free version of the 3D modeling software it acquired when it bought @Last Software last month. Google SketchUp, which is free for personal use, includes simple tools for creating 3D models of a variety of items, including houses, sheds, decks, home additions, and woodworking projects. The software comes with a plug-in for Google Earth, so that 3D items created with SketchUp are picked-up by the service that typically provides satellite views of geographical locations. In addition, Google has also released 3D Warehouse, which is the online storage for work created in SketchUp. The service enables users to search and share... Read more...
Is the convenience of Google Desktop worth the privacy risks? As with a lot of "free" software out there, or almost anything free for that matter, there's always the fine print you need to consider. With privacy concerns being raised over Google's service, Bigbruin.com has taken some time to examine the old Convenience vs. Privacy debate. "Google recently released an update to its desktop search product, Google Desktop 3. It offers several different features which add both a convenience factor and privacy issues. I am going to be looking into these, seeing how they relate, and if the convenience is out weighted by the privacy issues.... Read more...
Search giant Google has denied requests by the United States government to hand over it's search results. Though the Department of Justice(DoJ) claims the search results are needed for their investigation, Google has responded by claiming the requested information will not help in the DoJ, due to the way Google's search engine works. "The DoJ has made the request to shore up attempts to show that voluntary regulation is not doing a good enough job of keeping children free of the unsavoury material, largely pornographic, that exists online. The document expressed its disbelief in US goverment assertions that the list of search words would help... Read more...
The sharp eyes in the forums at Notebook Review have come across some very interesting information regarding Dell's upcoming notebooks by using a simple search on Google. This search exposed a spreadsheet on Dell's FTP server that outlined in explicit detail the company's plans for launching their wave of Intel Core Solo and Core Duo notebooks. Taking a quick glimpse at the suggested MSRP's for these notebooks, mobile users can rejoice as it appears we'll be getting much more "bang for the buck" than we're used to. Looking for more infos about new Dell notebooks? Just make a simple search on google by using the following keywords:... Read more...
Be it software, service, or just about anything else, there's almost always some teething problems. Google's Video Store is certainly no exception. As Ars Technica explains, there are some serious issues Google needs to deal with, and some areas Google is improving on. "The Google Video Store may have launched more than two weeks ago, but it's still clearly not ready for primetime. The company and its partners have taken notice of the lackluster launch and concomitant panning of the service in the press, and they've taken some steps recently to improve things. How does the situation stand now? Read on for my look at some of the initial problems... Read more...
As Google continues to strengthen their hold on just about every type of media possible, they've released little information as to what kind of DRM solution they will use. We know they will use they're own software, but as The Register reports, other details are still unclear. "We might be less nervous about Google's DRM revelation if it provided more information on the technology. Page refused to say anything beyond the two sentences above, and played off the whole DRM thing as no big deal."... Read more...
Gmail Mobile is out and ready for use. Gmail Mobile is the latest addition to Google's ever expanding range of e-mail services. Heading to https://m.gmail.com on your mobile phone will let you access your Gmail from anywhere. If you've never surfed the web with your phone, Google will help you get started. Now you can access your Gmail messages from the web browser on your mobile phone or device. Read and reply to your Gmail messages any time, anywhere. * It's free. (But your wireless plan might still charge, so you might want to check with your provider first.) * It's smart. It can handle attachments like photos and .pdf files.... Read more...
And I thought our little shop here at HotHardware had some hot-stuff hardware capacity coming on line with our new fancy-pants Dual 3GHz Xeon front end web box.  Google on the other hand likes to throw a few thousand Opterons at a time at the situations and own the backbone connection as well.  Oofaa..."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 designers to figure out how to cram the greatest number of CPUs, the... Read more...
Shimmer me timbers, they're at it again. Most of you should remember the texture shimmering problem with Nvidia's recent 77.77 drivers, which Nvidia claimed to be a bug and quickly fixed the problem. Now it's ATI's turn to address the issue since it also seems to suffer from a similar problem. As usual, we'll keep you updated on any new driver changes. Ahanix MCE 601 HTPC Case @ HTPCnews "Some HTPC enthusiasts are videophiles, some audiophiles, some are even organization addicts but the common denominator among ALL HTPC enthusiasts is that we all want, nay we demand, a high quality, silent, cheap, custom case with a universal IF/RF remote, a VFD, and it must have optional components that... Read more...
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