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)
"We applaud GSA for boldly embracing the benefits of cloud computing to
improve communications and collaboration across their diverse organization,"
said Ted Davies, president of Unisys Federal Systems. "We are excited to
partner with our longstanding GSA customer to more effectively deliver their
mission supporting other agencies and the U.S. citizens at a lower cost to
The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) on Thursday awarded a contract
to Unisys to create a secure cloud-based email and collaboration platform,
based on Google Apps for Government, to allow GSA employees to collaborate
and work remotely from any location at any time.
According to GSA, the migration will result in a 50 percent savings over the
next five years when compared to current staff, infrastructure, and contract
support costs. The five-year, firm fixed price task order... (more)
Google’s executive chairman and former CEO Eric Schmidt is going to sell
3.2 million shares that he holds in the company that’s currently worth $2.5
billion over the next year to reduce the impact on the market.
The move, part of a trading plan filed Friday with the SEC, will reduce his
current position by roughly 40% and leave him with 4.4 million shares, or
1.3% of the company.
On Friday Google’s stock closed at a high of $785.37.
It’s supposed to be part of Eric’s diversification and liquidity
strategy, which included selling about 1.8 shares in Google valued at $1.2
billion over the last year.
The intended sale would cut Eric’s voting power to 5%.
Needham analyst Kerry Rice told Reuters that it could mean Schmidt will play
less of a central role in the company. “My speculation is that Eric’s
relationship with Google is evolving,” he said. “I would assume that as ... (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)
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)
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)
Google said Tuesday that it means to buy Norway's publicly traded VoIP codec
house Global IP Solutions Holding AB (GIPS) for $68.2 million cash, a move
that could put it in contention with Skype not to mention the telecom
companies that are selling its phones.
The deal, which represents a 27.5% premium over GIPs' closing price Friday,
will also give Google ownership of parts of the technology underlying the
instant messaging systems used by Yahoo, AOL and Baidu. Global IP Solutions
makes the real-time processing software for voice and video calls over the
Internet, widgetry used by IBM's Lotus Sametime as well as Cisco's WebEx
scheme under a shiny new deal.
Google already owns Gizmo5, a California VoIP start-up it bought late last
year for a reported $30 million, and runs Google Talk and Google Voice. It
also offers video and voice chat on Gmail.
Google hasn't said... (more)
Google's quixotic and poorly executed attempt to do business in China on its
terms rather than the Chinese government's has suffered another serious
Google's Internet Content Providers (ICP) license to run google.cn expired on
Wednesday and the Communist regime told the company it won't be renewed if
Google keeps automatically redirecting google.cn search traffic to its
uncensored Chinese language site in Hong Kong.
That's where Google unilaterally retreated to in March after the government
called its bluff on leaving the country if search was going to be censored.
Now Google hopes that if it puts up an intermediate "landing page" where
users have to click on the message "We have moved to google.com.hk" it won't
get kicked out of the largest, fastest-growing Internet market in the world
on its ear. If the gambit doesn't fly, well, as its general counsel Davi... (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)
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
Chicago-based "social buying" site Groupon will not, after all, be acquired
by Google for approaching $6 billion. That's because Groupon's investors and
its 30-year old Founder & CEO Andrew Mason (pictured) have reportedly ended
the "direct negotiations" between the two companies that Reuters was already
reporting on Wednesday were in full flow.
CNNMoney.com reports that there had already been "weeks of negotiations" and
the New York Times is quoting Greg Sterling, founder of Sterling Market
Intelligence, a San Francisco company that researches local markets and the
Internet, who is speculating what Google, which has a $30 billion war chest,
might need to raise its bid to in order to secure this acquisition:
“What would it take? $7 billion? $8 billion? Google’s got $30 billion,
which is a lot of cash, but when you’re approaching a third of that,
that’s asking for a l... (more)