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Google has made an Open Patent Non-Assertion (OPN) Pledge not to sue any user, distributor or developer of open source software over specified patents unless it's sued first. It's starting with 10 patents all relating to MapReduce, the computing model for processing large data sets originally developed by Google and now widely used in open source versions. It means to add other technologies in time. Google's senior patent counsel Duane Valz blogged that "Our pledge builds on past efforts by companies like IBM and Red Hat and the work of the Open Invention Network (of which Google is a member). It also complements our efforts on cooperative licensing, where we're working with like-minded companies to develop patent agreements that would cut down on lawsuits. And, in addition to these industry-driven initiatives, we continue to support patent reforms that would impro... (more)

Will Google Buzz Change the Social Media Game?

Latest Google-Related News, Views & Articles on Ulitzer Google held a press event to announce the most "buzzed" topic of the week - Google Buzz. This is Google’s new product, which is being compared to social networks like Twitter and Facebook. It is integrated with Gmail and other Google products, and appears to be one of the missing links in tying Google together as a social network, a concept we’ve discussed repatedly. Do you think Google could make an impact on social media with this release? Share your thoughts. Editor’s Note: The bulk of this article was written before the announcement was made and has been adjusted to reflect the announcement itself, after liveblogging the press event. Google says Buzz has five key elements: 1. Auto Following 2. Rich, Fast Sharing experience… 3. Support for public and private sharing…. 4. In-box integration 5. Just the good stuff... (more)

Cloud Expo 2011 New York Expands Technical Program

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)

Google Reportedly Ready To Blow $6 Billion on Groupon

Google is reportedly ready to shell out $5 billion-$6 billion – evidently more like $6 billion – to buy two-year-old Groupon. The All Things Digital blog says the bid works out to $5.3 billion down and $700 million in earnouts unless negotiations fall apart. That’s more than Google paid for any other acquisition. It only spent $3.1 billion on DoubleClick and $1.65 billion on YouTube. Naturally there’s talk it’s overpaying. Groupon and its daily discounts would get Google, whose search practices are now being investigated by the European Commission for antitrust violations, into local business online advertising. Groupon is supposed to have upwards of 12 million registered users and revenues of around $350 million a year with a run rate that Needham & Co analyst Mark May puts at $1 billion, double most estimates. It’s said to be the fastest-growing company ever and it... (more)

Facebook, Google, and the Near-Term Future of the USA

On the day when the Dow Jones Industrial Average topped 12,000 for the first time since June 2008, it was impossible not to correlate the eloquence and optimism of President Obama's "State of the Union" speech on Tuesday night with the restoration of a sense of perspective and hope in the USA about the future. Obama grasped the nettle full-on. "We are poised for progress," he declared, adding: "Two years after the worst recession most of us have ever known, the stock market has come roaring back. Corporate profits are up. The economy is growing." As one blogger expressed it, though - and he is a former Goldman Sachs trader called Tyler Durden, so he ought to know wheref he speaks: "There was a massive pink elephant in the room called reality though." Durden's gripe is with what he deems to be the unreality of Obama's praising Google and Facebook so highly in an Ameri... (more)

iPad’s Loss of Market Share to Android Greatly Exaggerated

The latest tablet figures claim that shipments doubled sequentially in Q4 to 9.4 million units, up 120% from 4.4 million units in Q3, and that iPad – which owned 96% of the market in Q3 – suffered a 21% share loss to Android – up 2,000% – complements of Samsung purportedly getting off two million of its Android-based Galaxy Tabs. There’s only one little thing the headline-grabbing researcher, Strategy Analytics, didn’t make quite clear. According to the Wall Street Journal those Samsung tablets weren’t sold through to paying end users. They’re floating around somewhere in the channel. Actual purchases, Samsung admitted, were actually “quite small.” Apple, on the other hand, by its own count, actually sold 7.3 million iPads. iPad’s next test will be the Motorola Xoom, the first Honeycomb-based Android slate due to be promoted during the Super Bowl this Sunday like the ... (more)

Oracle Says It Will Appeal Java API Copyright Decision

Oracle is walking away with next to nothing after spending two years and what is believed to be tens of million of dollars prosecuting Google and its Android operating system for patent and copyright infringement. US District Court Judge William Alsup, who has been responsible for the case since the beginning, including a six-week jury trial that ended last week, finally decided Thursday that the way Google used the structure, sequence and organization (SSO) of the 37 Java APIs Oracle asserted didn’t infringe copyright law. He made it very clear that he didn’t decide that APIs aren’t or couldn’t be copyrighted, but that – contrary to Oracle’s position – not all SSOs are protected by copyright. “This order,” he said, “does not hold that Java API packages are free for all to use without license. It does not hold that the structure, sequence and organization of all co... (more)

Ulitzer Launches Google Buzz News Topic

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 authors. 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 Sets Up Google Apps Store

Google Session at Cloud Expo Apple is beginning to know how Xerox PARC felt. Like Apple did to PARC, Google has lifted from Apple again this time on behalf of Google Apps and set up a Google Apps Marketplace where third parties can sell business programs that integrate with Google Apps to the two million companies and 25 million users that have reportedly adopted Google Apps in the last three years. The marketplace, which will irritate Microsoft, launched Tuesday with some 50 programs from companies like Intuit and Atlassian and more reportedly coming from companies like NetSuite and SuccessFactors. Skytap is kicking in its cloud. Google appears to want a $100 listing fee and 20% of the take “in return for the streamlined purchase and install process and integration features exclusive to installable apps.” It will be setting up a billing service that manages the sh... (more)

Consumer Watchdog Files White House FOIA Request For Ex-Googler’s Email

Google on Ulitzer Consumer Watchdog  filed a Freedom of Information Act request today with the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy seeking copies of email between Internet Policy chief Andrew McLaughlin and his former employer, Google Inc. The nonpartisan, nonprofit consumer group made the request after an online publication printed an article showing that McLaughlin's "Buzz" profile revealed that many of his most frequent email correspondents were Google employees. Before being appointed the OSTP's Deputy Chief Technology Officer for Internet Policy, McLaughlin was Google's head of Global Public Policy, its top global lobbyist. Consumer Watchdog opposed McLaughlin's appointment by President Obama saying that it violated the intent of the Administration's ethics rules meant to end the revolving door between lobbyists and the executive branch. "The ... (more)

EC To Investigate Google for Antitrust

Google’s luck dodging formal antitrust investigations has finally run out. The European Commission said Tuesday that it will investigate charges Google has abused its dominant position in search by closing out the competition. The charges were made months ago by rival search companies complaining about where Google listed their results in both its paid and unpaid searches. They alleged that Google gives pride of place to its own results. One of the complaints came from Microsoft’s shopping site Ciao from Bing as well as by price comparison site foundem.co.uk and French legal search engine ejustice.fr. The Commission said it will investigate whether Google lowers the ranking of unpaid search results of competing services specialized in providing users with specific online content such as price comparisons (so-called vertical search services) and that it lowers their “Q... (more)