After buying Motorola Mobility and its 17,000 patents for $12.5 billion in
May, Google is going to try to make the place profitable, something that has
eluded it for 14 of the last 16 quarters
It's going to start by cutting 4,000 jobs, 20% of the company's 20,000
people. Two-thirds of the job losses will be outside the US.
It also means to close a third of Motorola's 92 facilities and simplify its
extensive product portfolio to concentrate on high-end tablets and
smartphones, losing a lot of its feature phones.
Google told the SEC Monday morning that it could foresee about $275 million
in severance-related costs but that there will be other "significant" charges
it couldn't predict. Most of the $275 million will be written off this
It still expects Motorola's revenues to swing for several quarters.
"While lower expenses are likely to lag the immediate negat... (more)
Due to a record increase in the number, quality and breadth of submissions to
the Conference Advisory Board, the organizers of 8th Cloud Expo (June 6-9,
2011) - Cloud Expo New York 2011 - have extended the technical program
through the addition of an all-new "Telcos in the Cloud" track - to
complement the already extensive selection of tracks, including
"Enterprise-Level Cloud Computing," "Federal/Government Cloud Computing,"
"Real-World Virtualization,"Cloud Security & Performance," "The Cloud in
Practice: Case Studies," and the always-popular "Hot Topics" track.
Because the sheer quantity and quality of submitted sessions has outstripped
the ability to assess each one fully and fairly - there have been a
staggering 1,300 submissions thus far, for just 150 or so slots - the
deadline for submitting speaking proposals to the conference is also being
extended too, unt... (more)
"Enterprises everywhere are realizing the inherent benefits of running their
core IT services in the cloud,” said Todd McKinnon, most recently VP of
Engineering at Salesforce.com from 2003 to 2009, and now CEO of the on-demand
identity and access management service, Okta.
"This shift fundamentally requires them to rethink their IT infrastructure
and how their employees access it," McKinnon added. "Okta," he continued, "is
the only enterprise class, on-demand service purpose built to help customer
secure and manage their entire cloud services network and the people who need
access to it, with no professional services required."
McKinnon was commenting on the day that he and his team launched a new
on-demand service to accelerate the secure adoption of Cloud Apps.
Pandora, LiveOps, Enterasys, FusionStorm, and AMAG Pharmaceuticals are the
first to roll out Okta identity... (more)
Google Buzz "new media" topic launched on Monday on Ulitzer with recent news,
articles and blog entries contributed by more than 10,000 Ulitzer published
Google Buzz is a social integration and messaging tool by Google, designed to
integrate into the company's web-based email program, Gmail. Shared links and
messages show up in the user's inbox.
Buzz focuses on integrating photos, videos, and links as part of the
"conversations" aspects of Gmail like conversation threading.
Ulitzer Live! New-Media Conference & Expo
The first "Ulitzer New-Media Power Panel" took place at the Santa Clara
Convention Center in Santa Clara, California. Streamed live to 60,000 viewers
via SYS-CON.TV, the panel was moderated by Jeremy Geelan. Geelan's guests in
the first power panel were Ian Thain and Tim Crawford.
Ulitzer Live! New-Media Conference & Expo will debut on June 14, 20... (more)
Google Buzz on Ulitzer
Introduced last week Google's Facebook / Twitter-like Buzz social networking
widgetry, untested outside the company and put in Gmail as a default,
immediately raised a privacy hullabaloo over the idea that a list of the
people Gmail users communicated with the most would be automatically shared
with a Google-created network of their friends and who knows who else.
Silly Google. It must have no secret lovers, abusive ex-husbands or
politically incorrect friends best not known to each other or Big Brother.
So far the company's apologized at least once, changed the thing twice, set
up a "war room" to monitor reactions and contemplate further changes like
creating a standalone Buzz, not integrated with Gmail, besides the one tied
Meanwhile, CEO Eric Schmidt was denying from the mobile show in Spain that
anybody's personal information wa... (more)
Google Session at Cloud Expo
The news last week that Italian authorities have convicted three Google
executives with criminal privacy violations got my attention for two reasons.
One, the charges are based on a video that shows an autistic boy being
bullied, a video that Google did not create or post. It was filmed by cell
cameras and posted more than three years ago, and indeed one of the
executives has since retired from Google. Two, none of the three live or work
in Italy, and a fourth executive – a product manager – was acquitted. We
truly live in a global village, and one in which the legal operations move
slower and slower. As someone who was bullied as a child, I get this,
although not sure that justice really was served here.
This case comes on top of the company’s missteps with Buzz, where it had to
alter the default privacy settings after a rather embarrass... (more)
I’ve been thinking about my presence on the internet from the early days,
from my time at Argonne National Labs near Chicago in 1988-1989 and from
my graduate school days at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis in
1989-1992. That was even before the web browser days, which didn’t come out
till 1993-94. Mosaic browser was first released in 1993. And I remember the
excitement we had at work when we installed an early version of Netscape
browser in 1994.Partial map of internet 2005,via Wikipedia
There was internet of course even before the browser. In addition to the
worldwide email which primarily linked major universities and research
labs, there were numerous user groups — virtual discussion groups — that
I used to take part in and contribute to. I suppose that was the equivalent
of today’s social networking. Amazingly enough, after all these years most
of tha... (more)
Google, which has got more secrets than the CIA, has just bought that mystery
outfit Agnilux that the PA Semi guys who didn't fit into Apple - or picked up
their winnings from Apple's $278 million 2008 acquisition of PA and moved on
to the next crap game- are supposed to have started.
Nobody knows what Agnilux is doing.
A couple of months ago the New York Times was told by an ex-PA person that
Agnilux was working on a server and repeated scuttlebutt that it had a
partnership in place with Cisco.
Well, Google does love to build its own servers. But since PA Semi apparently
provided the A4 ARM chip for the iPad, maybe it's reinventing that wheel for
Google. Or maybe it's working on something brand new!!!
Nah. After poking around a little and sending out a few e-mails we heard from
the brotherhood that Amarjit Gil, co-founder and VP of sales at PA Semi, who
mostly help... (more)
Having alienated carriers like Sprint and Verizon by trying to sell its
Android-based Nexus One phone direct to the consumer from its
google.com/phone online store - Google's attempt to change the traditional
cell phone sales model - it's killing the four-month-old store, describing it
as merely "niche channel for early adopters," meaning its sales have been
It swears it's because "many customers like a hands-on experience before
buying a phone, and they also want a wide range of service plans to chose
Google was trying to sell a Nexus One for $529 without a contract or a
subsidized $179 with a two-year T-Mobile contract. T-Mobile was the only
carrier to back Google's play.
Although Verizon and Sprint canceled their Nexus One phones earlier this
month, Google says it's going to push the HTC-made Nexus One through other
people's retail stores and u... (more)
Santa Monica, CA - Consumer Watchdog today formally launched its new Website,
Inside Google, to focus attention on the company's activities and hold Google
accountable for its actions. The sites' URL is http://insidegoogle.com.
The nonpartisan, nonprofit public interest group is launching Inside Google
to educate the public and opinion leaders about Google's dangerous dominance
over the Internet, computing and consumers' online lives. Inside Google's
blog is authored by experienced consumer advocates and journalists working to
expose the "black box" at Google with an eye towards holding Google engineers
accountable to social mores, ethical customs and the rule of law.
"Google advocates openness and transparency for everyone else, but when it
comes to their own activities, the company is extremely secretive," said John
M. Simpson, consumer advocate with Consumer Watchd... (more)
Have you ever used your Google search history? If you are logged into any
Google service, Google automatically keeps a history of your search queries
ad web activities.
According to Google, Web History allows the following:
View and manage your web activity.
You know that great web site you saw online and now can’t find? From now
on, you can. With Web History, you can view and search across the full text
of the pages you’ve visited, including Google searches, web pages, images,
videos and news stories. You can also manage your web activity and remove
items from your web history at any time. Get the search results most relevant
Web History helps deliver more personalized search results based on the
things you’ve searched for on Google and the sites you’ve visited. You
might not notice a big impact on your search results early on, but they
should steadily impr... (more)