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“I don’t think they were ever not evil,” I’m quoted as saying about Google in a New York Times column yesterday. True enough, I said that. But I wanted to provide some further context about my comments as well as the truly disastrous two months Google has had on the public relations front.
Appearing atop Google’s search results used to be the exclusive right of Web celebrities and Fortune 500 companies. Starting this week, your mom is just as likely to show up at the top of those results—providing she uses Google’s still fledgling social network, Google+. The change represents a fundamental shift, as Google’s algorithm-driven search is going through a social overhaul as it attempts to head off the threat of disruption from socially focused companies, such as Facebook and LinkedIn.
Mr. Page has never been more impatient than he is now.
Dan Morrill, Google's Android compatibility chief, posted a statement on the Android Building mailing list yesterday with details about source code availability. In the information that he disclosed in the message, he tangentially indicated that Google plans to publish the Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) source code after it is available on devices.
A week after Google Chairman Eric Schmidt testified before the Senate Judiciary antitrust committee, he was back in California at the company’s headquarters in Mountain View.
SPDY, a protocol Google revealed in late 2009, dramatically speeds up Web page loading by changing the way that browsers communicate with servers. Until now, Google has only tested the research project internally and deployed it on a few of its own sites. But today, the protocol launches as a commercial product. Website optimization company Strangeloop has built SPDY into its flagship product Site Optimizer, software that sits in between a website and its users, and adjusts the site’s code to make pages load more quickly. Strangeloop’s customers will have the ability to turn the protocol on easily; in tests, the protocol has sped up websites by 10 to 20 percent. At first, this will only make a difference for people who visit websites using Google’s Chrome browser (the only one that supports SPDY), but Strangeloop expects that it could end up having a big impact on mobile devices as well, since Google is likely to build SPDY into browsers designed for Android.
As the battle for Silicon Valley engineering talent intensifies, it seems as if hot tech companies like Apple, Facebook, Google and Twitter have launched some sort of ridiculous competition as to who could can score the biggest Hollywood talent for an onsite appearance, in order to wow current and future employees.
Google has already released an update for its Chrome browser that fixes a critical vulnerability in Adobe's Flash Player that's under attack.
When I joined Google in 2001 I never imagined—even in my wildest dreams—that we would get as far, as fast as we have today.
There's movement at the top of Google, and cofounder Larry Page will be taking over daily operations at the search giant.
January 05, 2011, 3:17 PM — A judge has sided with Google and issued a preliminary injunction ordering the U.S. Department of the Interior to abandon procurement efforts for a Microsoft-only cloud computing contract. Judge Susan Braden of the U.S.
We all know that Google is huge, right? Like, a globe-spanning colossus, in fact. But every now and then we come across a tangible sign of just how broad the company is and how many different pies it has its fingers in.
Google could be the biggest threat to the big four banks because of the trust online users place in it and its ability to engage with customers, according to banking executives. (Credit: Darren Pauli/ZDNet Australia) Managers from Commonwealth Bank, Westpac, GM Bank, Rabobank and Spain-based Bankinter chaired a panel discussion at FST media's Future of Banking and Financial Services conference last week where they were challenged by members of the financial sector on their apparent slack innovation efforts.
The investment bank added $30 to Google's target, which may see an additional uptick on account of the strong holiday sales season.
In the war to win Uncle Sam's e-mail and collaboration app business, Google won a big battle yesterday. In response, Microsoft swiftly posted a pre-emptive "this doesn't bother us, it's good for competition" blog post that has a hidden message.