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European parliament set to call for break-up of Google in antitrust case

Submitted by: Hologram @ 10:35 AM | Saturday, November 22, 2014 | (url: http://www.thegua...)



The European parliament is reportedly poised to call for a break-up of Google in a drastic escalation of Europes long-running antitrust case against the tech giant.

A draft motion seen by the Financial Times, and expected to be agreed next week, calls for the unbundling [of] search engines from other commercial services as a potential solution to Googles dominance of the search market in Europe.

The European Commission has been investigating concerns that Google has abused its dominant position in search since 2010 and the dispute has become increasingly bitter. In September the EUs incoming digital commissioner Gnther Oettinger warned that any settlement with Google could cement its strength in the market rather than diluting it.

German, French and Spanish politicians have attacked the company over a variety of issues including revelations from National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden and right to be forgotten legislation that allows people to delete information from search results.


Googles Project Loon can now launch up to 20 balloons per day, and they fly 10 times

Submitted by: Hologram @ 10:28 AM | Saturday, November 22, 2014 | (url: http://venturebea...)

Thursday, Google shared an update from Project Loon, the company's initiative to bring high-speed Internet access to remote areas of the world via hot air balloons. Google says it now has the ability to launch up to 20 of these balloons per day. This is in part possible because the company has improved its autofill equipment to a point where it can fill a balloon in under five minutes. This is a major achievement, given that Google says filling a Project Loon balloon with enough air so that it is ready for flight is the equivalent of inflating 7,000 party balloons.


Chrome's next target: Your meeting room

Submitted by: Hologram @ 12:37 AM | Friday, February 7, 2014 | (url: http://news.cnet....)

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. -- Armed with a plethora of hardware weapons, Google wants to take over meeting room teleconferencing systems with a low-cost Chromebox for Meetings.

Announced on Thursday, the new system provides what Google calls a compelling suite of hardware and software tools to get more businesses to buy into video-conference calls. The system retails for $999 per meeting room, includes a new Core i7-powered Chromebox, remote control, microphone-speaker combo, and high-definition Webcam, and is available immediately in the US.

"We want to redo the meeting room," Caesar Sengupta, the vice president of product management for Chromebooks, told a press gathering at Google's headquarters.

He said that the system combines new hardware and new ways of using existing Google services to create a low-priced alternative to complicated, expensive teleconferencing systems. From low-quality video streams, to difficulties identifying other people on your conference call, Sengupta enthusiastically described how Chromebox for Meetings will change the workplace -- if businesses flock to it.
The initial $999 fee includes service for one year. Thereafter, Chromebox for Meetings will cost $250 per year.

Sengupta said the reason that Google developed the Chromebox for Business was utilitarian. The company needed to solve its own teleconferencing problems.

He described teleconferencing systems as "too complicated for most regular users," and said that the problems start with trying to get somebody to join in remotely.

"Even I can't remember 20-digit numbers," he said. He wasn't joking.


200,000 Android Phones Sold a Day

Submitted by: KnightMare @ 08:01 AM | Thursday, August 5, 2010 | (url: http://www.reuter...)

About 200,000 smartphones based on Google's (GOOG.O) Android operating system are sold every day, CEO Eric Schmidt said on Wednesday, underscoring the strong challenge to rivals like Apple's (AAPL.O) iPhone.

Schmidt told reporters on the sidelines of an industry conference in Lake Tahoe that Android -- a mobile software launched just over a year ago -- was gaining momentum in a fiercely competitive tech arena.

Smartphones running the fledgling software topped the list among U.S. consumers in the second quarter, industry tracker NPD said on Wednesday. The operating system powered a third of all smartphones sold from April to June, with Research in Motion's (RIM.TO) (RIMM.O) BlackBerry sliding to second place for the first time since 2007. [ID:nN04255464]

BlackBerry lost 9 percentage points of market share, diving to 28 percent. The iPhone came in third with 22 percent.

Android is now on smartphones made by a number of different manufacturers, including a revitalized Motorola's (MOT.N) Droid -- the best-selling Android handset in the second quarter among U.S. consumers -- and Taiwan's HTC (2498.TW).

Google said recently that 160,000 Android phones had been activated each day during the second quarter, up from 65,000 in the first quarter.

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Google drops support for "Wave"

Submitted by: KnightMare @ 07:59 AM | Thursday, August 5, 2010 | (url: http://googleblog...)


We were equally jazzed about Google Wave internally, even though we werent quite sure how users would respond to this radically different kind of communication. The use cases weve seen show the power of this technology: sharing images and other media in real time; improving spell-checking by understanding not just an individual word, but also the context of each word; and enabling third-party developers to build new tools like consumer gadgets for travel, or robots to check code.

But despite these wins, and numerous loyal fans, Wave has not seen the user adoption we would have liked. We dont plan to continue developing Wave as a standalone product, but we will maintain the site at least through the end of the year and extend the technology for use in other Google projects. The central parts of the code, as well as the protocols that have driven many of Waves innovations, like drag-and-drop and character-by-character live typing, are already available as open source, so customers and partners can continue the innovation we began. In addition, we will work on tools so that users can easily liberate their content from Wave.

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NY Times: Google and Verizon Near Deal on Pay Tiers for Web

Submitted by: KnightMare @ 07:49 AM | Thursday, August 5, 2010 | (url: http://www.nytime...)

Google and Verizon, two leading players in Internet service and content, are nearing an agreement that could allow Verizon to speed some online content to Internet users more quickly if the contents creators are willing to pay for the privilege.

The charges could be paid by companies, like YouTube, owned by Google, for example, to Verizon, one of the nations leading Internet service providers, to ensure that its content received priority as it made its way to consumers. The agreement could eventually lead to higher charges for Internet users.

Such an agreement could overthrow a once-sacred tenet of Internet policy known as net neutrality, in which no form of content is favored over another. In its place, consumers could soon see a new, tiered system, which, like cable television, imposes higher costs for premium levels of service.

Any agreement between Verizon and Google could also upend the efforts of the Federal Communications Commission to assert its authority over broadband service, which was severely restricted by a federal appeals court decision in April.


Google responds to Steve Jobs; Nexus One Gets Mutlitouch

Submitted by: KnightMare @ 09:16 AM | Thursday, February 4, 2010 | (url: http://blogs.zdne...)

Not 24 hours after Steve Jobs told his minions that Googles Dont Be Evil mantra was B.S. (or crap depending on who you listen to) Google answers by pushing out an Android update to Nexus One users that includes multi-touch (and other Android goodness).

Google, up until yesterday, left multi-touch off its U.S. Android phones, presumably in deference to Apples multi-touch patent.

It was also rumored that Apple asked Google not to release multitouch in the U.S. to avoid the IP aggression weve seen it take against Palm for including multi-touch in the Pre.

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Bing Captures Almost 10 Percent Search Share In U.S.

Submitted by: KnightMare @ 09:10 AM | Tuesday, November 17, 2009 | (url: http://www.techcr...)

Remember all that talk about Bing starting to fizzle in September? Well it didnt happen, and now October numbers and Bing gained another half a point to reach 9.9 percent market share of U.S. searches, according to comScores qSearch service. Five months after launch, Bing has steadily gained two points of market share.

And it is keeping the pressure on, with deals to index realtime data streams from both Twitter and Facebook (Google also has a deal with Twitter, but not Facebook), a deal with Wolfram Alpha for nutrition and diet data, and the constant rollout of new features such as better video search.

The biggest loser in the search wars, however, continues to be Yahoo as it awaits approval to hand over search to Bing. In a single month, Yahoos U.S. search share dropped 0.8 percent to 18 percent, and is down 3 percent since the beginning of the year. Meanwhile, Google seems unfazed, gaining another half point itself in October to finish with 65.4 percent share.

Bings progress is encouraging (someone needs to compete with Google in search), but so far all Bing has shown is that it can take share away from its future partner Yahoo. Bing has yet to put a ding in Googles share. Perhaps it needs to do something radical, like cut deals with major news and media sites for exclusive rights to index their content. Otherwise it will just keep eating away at Yahoos slice of pie, which its already been promised anyway.


Preview: Youtube Realtime

Submitted by: KnightMare @ 10:25 AM | Thursday, April 23, 2009 | (url: http://www.techcr...)

RealTime appears as a toolbar at the bottom of every YouTube page with three main items. The most prominent button is an indicator showing when you have Realtime sharing turned on, obviously to ensure that you dont accidentally share some videos you arent too proud of watching. The Online Friends tab shows which videos your friends are currently watching (if any) and their recent history. It also allows you to send an invitation to come watch the video youre watching, which will pop up on their screen (you can turn notifications off). This is where the real power of the new product lies, as it allows friends to instantly share videos with each other.


Google Losing up to $1.65M a Day on YouTube

Submitted by: KnightMare @ 12:51 PM | Tuesday, April 14, 2009 | (url: http://www.intern...)

Google is spending more than $2 million a day on YouTube -- and it is nowhere near seeing a return on that investment. Indeed, it may be losing up to $1.65 million daily on the video site.

According to financial firm Credit Suisse and Internet measurement provider comScore Inc. , YouTube Inc. is on track to serve 75 billion video streams to 375 million unique visitors in 2009.

That's the good news. The bad? To support those visitors, Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) will spend more than $2 million dollars daily -- to be exact, up to $2,064,054 a day, or $753 million annualized, according to Internet Evolution calculations of YouTube's costs derived from a range of sources, including Bear Stearns & Co. Inc. , comScore, Credit Suisse, and Google itself.


Yahoo, Microsoft, AOL search up; Google down

Submitted by: KnightMare @ 09:31 AM | Thursday, February 19, 2009 | (url: http://news.cnet....)

Yahoo, Microsoft, and AOL each carved out a little more U.S. search market share in January, but Google still had the biggest piece of the pie, according to a report Wednesday by ComScore.

Yahoo Web sites accounted for 21 percent of the market (up half a percent) compared to the month before, while Microsoft grabbed an 8.5 percent slice (up 0.2 percent), and AOL nabbed 3.9 percent of the market (a 0.1 percent increase).

Google, while still holding the largest slice of the market by far, accounted for 63 percent of the search industry in January, down half a percent.

One interesting observation from Silicon Alley Insider is Yahoo's consecutive five-month run in posting modest monthly gains in U.S. search market share.


Google Explains "Harmful Site" Glitch

Submitted by: KnightMare @ 11:54 AM | Saturday, January 31, 2009 | (url: http://googleblog...)

We work with a non-profit called StopBadware.org to get our list of URLs. StopBadware carefully researches each consumer complaint to decide fairly whether that URL belongs on the list. Since each case needs to be individually researched, this list is maintained by humans, not algorithms.

We periodically receive updates to that list and received one such update to release on the site this morning. Unfortunately (and here's the human error), the URL of '/' was mistakenly checked in as a value to the file and '/' expands to all URLs. Fortunately, our on-call site reliability team found the problem quickly and reverted the file.


Google, Microsoft & Others Abandon Network Neutrality.

Submitted by: KnightMare @ 09:34 AM | Monday, December 15, 2008 | (url: http://online.wsj...)

Google Inc. has approached major cable and phone companies that carry Internet traffic with a proposal to create a fast lane for its own content, according to documents reviewed by The Wall Street Journal. Google has traditionally been one of the loudest advocates of equal network access for all content providers.

At risk is a principle known as network neutrality: Cable and phone companies that operate the data pipelines are supposed to treat all traffic the same -- nobody is supposed to jump the line.

Separately, Microsoft Corp. and Yahoo Inc. have withdrawn quietly from a coalition formed two years ago to protect network neutrality. Each company has forged partnerships with the phone and cable companies.


Google's Chrome out of Beta

Submitted by: KnightMare @ 04:23 PM | Thursday, December 11, 2008 | (url: http://googleblog...)

Since we first released Google Chrome, the development team has been hard at work improving the stability and overall performance of the browser. In just 100 days, we have reached more than 10 million active users around the world (on all seven continents, no less) and released 14 updates to the product. We're excited to announce that with today's fifteenth release we are taking off the "beta" label!


still looks feels like beta to me

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Google SketchUp 7 Released

Submitted by: KnightMare @ 06:06 PM | Monday, November 17, 2008 | (url: http://sketchup.g...)

SketchUp is software you can use to build 3D models of anything: your house, killer robots, furniture, trees, abstract art anything. Architects and engineers use it to design buildings and other structures. Woodworkers use it to plan their projects. And lots of people use it to figure out where to put their furniture. SketchUp is easy to learn, it comes in free and Pro versions, and it's more fun than a houseful of clowns. Oh, and you can use it to build models for Google Earth, too.

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