Google's reportedly admitting that it's met somebody that's bigger, tougher
and even more dominance-minded than it is, namely the Chinese government,
which isn't going to let a little thing like Google leaving the country come
between it and a censored Internet.
Whatever talks Google has had with the Chinese government have apparently
The Financial Times has it from "a person familiar with the company's
thinking" that Google is 99.9% certain to shut down its Chinese search engine
and has drawn up a detailed evacuation plan.
The Chinese government, meanwhile, in a "here's your hat what's your hurry"
public warning Friday told Google that if it imagines it can run an
uncensored search engine even for a moment, well then, "that would be
unfriendly, that would be irresponsible, and they would have to bear the
The New York Times says the go... (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)
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Reportedly unable to buy Twitter last summer, Google got Twitter-ized
It has integrated a self-affirming, "I tweet therefore I am," so-called
babble-style capability smacking a lot of Facebook and Twitter into Gmail so
users can share media and status updates with a connected circle of their
friends - and the web, if they choose, where it will be indexed and
And Google said an enterprise version is not far behind. Google has been
using it internally and claims it's changed their communications. Google Wave
is also on the wish list.
The widgetry is called Google Buzz and there's also a location-based Buzz
application for iPhone and Android phones integrated with Google Maps and
local chatter that libel lawyers will doubtless have a field day with.
(Imagine users claiming that carbonized onion in their soup down at the local... (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)
Google has lost the guy who started and led its Chrome OS project to
Matthew Papakipos (pictured), who joined Google in 2007 when it acquired
PeakStream which he founded, tweeted the news Monday morning, saying “Now
that Chrome OS & WebGL are in good shape, it’s time for something new.
I’m going to work @ Facebook! Love the product and team. Woot!”
Google, meanwhile, is running up a Facebook clone according to a tweet
Saturday by Digg co-founder and CEO Kevin Rose that said, “Ok, umm, huge
rumor: Google to launch Facebook competitor very soon ‘Google Me,’ very
Rose’s tweet led to speculation that Google could be combining Orkut and
Buzz or doing some kind of takeover off on Google Profiles.
Google’s got to be worried about where its traffic is going these days.
Facebook is now supposed to have 450 million members, going on 500 million
Google is supposed to unveil a beta Chrome OS on a generic Atom-based netbook
Tuesday and put the Google-branded thing into limited circulation in the
run-up to a commercial product next year.
Reportedly no more than 65,000 of this first-stab widget will be made as an
appeal to developers.
Google missed the netbook wave, which receded with the tablet onslaught and
it’s questionable whether the Chrome cloud device can revive it.
Chrome OS doesn’t have the touchscreen facilities needed for a tablet.
Anyway Google’s got Android for tablets.
The Chrome widget is expected to need the services of the anticipated Chrome
Web Store if it’s to have anything to run since everything supposed to be
done in the cloud. Presumably Google might have something to say about
Internet access and carriers.
Google was originally supposed to have a commercial product out from mainline
"We are the nation that put cars in driveways and computers in offices; the
nation of Edison and the Wright brothers; of Google and Facebook. In America,
innovation doesn’t just change our lives. It’s how we make a living."
With this one sentence, spoken Tuesday during his State of the Union address,
President Barack Obama ushered in once and for all the Age of
Sociotechnology, the age that recognizes the importance of the interaction
between people and technology in both workplaces and society.
Obama recognizes perhaps better than anyone in America the extent to which
technology nowadays is socially constructed and society is technically
"We are the nation...of Google and Facebook" - those eight words may well go
on to become the most significant President Obama has ever uttered to date.
For better or for worse, it would seem that the destiny of the U.S.... (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)
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
Obama grasped the nettle full-on. "We are poised for progress," he declared,
"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
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)
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)