New Media on Ulitzer
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)
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)
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 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
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)
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)
Google Storage for Developers is a RESTful service for storing and accessing
your data on Google's infrastructure. The service combines the performance
and scalability of Google's cloud with advanced security and sharing
Following the Google’s announcement CloudBerry Lab decided to support
Google Storage in their CloudBerry Explorer product line. CloudBerry Explorer
for Google Storage will have all of the functionality of CloudBerry S3
Explorer taking into account Google Storage specifics.
Google Storage is currently in private beta but if you are one of those lucky
individuals who got an invitation you can now work with your storage using
Note: CloudBerry Explorer for Google Storage is currently in beta.
You get your Access and Secret key on the Key Management section of Google
You register your Google ... (more)
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
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)
Judge William Alsup has now definitely said that there ain’t gonna be an
Oracle-Google trial this year.
In place of that disappointment he has proposed that there be a three-phase
trial before the same jury: the first on copyright infringement, the second
on patent infringement, and the third on willfulness/damages.
Oracle and Google have until November 18 to complain.
FOSS Patents says the plan favors Google but that may just be because the
judge believes “that Google is on the losing track, so he may just want to
reduce the degree of certainty on Oracle’s part in order to increase the
likelihood of a settlement.”
China's antitrust regulators gave Google's $12.5 billion acquisition of
Motorola Mobility the nod Saturday provided Google's Android operating system
remains open and free-of-charge for the next five years.
The "free" stipulation apparently doesn't apply to applications or services,
but it remains to be seen how that works out.
Google will have to report about its compliance with the terms to a Chinese
monitor. "At the end of the five years, the Ministry of Commerce will
continue to assess the state of the Chinese smartphone operating system
market," the agency said on its web site.
Google's relationship with China has been tense since it moved its Chinese
search operation to Hong Kong complaining of censorship. There's also the
little matter of China reportedly hacking its computers and stealing its
China was the last approval the giant deal needed so it m... (more)
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
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)