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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 quarter. It still expects Motorola's revenues to swing for several quarters. "While lower expenses are likely to lag the immediate negat... (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)

Okta Seeks to Accelerate Secure Adoption of Cloud Apps

"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)

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 Buzz May Violate Wiretap Laws: EPIC

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 to Gmail. Meanwhile, CEO Eric Schmidt was denying from the mobile show in Spain that anybody's personal information wa... (more)

Is Google the Next Evil Empire?

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)

Digital Footprint and Virtual Social Influence

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)

What Did Google Just Buy & What For?

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)

Google To Kill Direct Google Phone Sales

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 paltry. 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 from." 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)

Consumer Watchdog to Follow Google's Dangerous Dominance Over the Internet

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)

Pause Your Google History

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 to you. 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)