The lawsuit Microsoft filed against Motorola and its use of Google's Android phone software is awfully familiar. Microsoft used the same tactic against Linux when the open-source software reached critical mass in the data center and threatened to derail the growth of Microsoft's server business seven years ago. After name-calling failed to [...]
Google Instant is the latest incarnation of the search engine that fills in potential responses as you type them into the Google search bar. Some people think this is great while others feel like Google is reading their minds and are freaked out by it. We believe it's fun for at least one reason. Like everything these days, great care must be [...]
Ugh, Google, it's so hard to hate you when you're being all... cute... and stuff.
Two Silicon Valley heavyweights are about to reenact the Java wars: this time, in a court room. Oracle issued a press release late Thursday saying it has filed suit against Google for infringing on copyrights and patents related to Java, which Oracle acquired along with Sun Microsystems earlier this year. The terse release claimed Google [...]
Over at the Telstar Logistics blog, BB pal Todd Lappin points to a a German news report that Google has purchased small UAV "microdrone" aircraft manufactured by Germany's microdrone GmbH, perhaps for use to augment the company's Street View mapping data. From the cited report: The UAVs being flogged are mini helicopters with cameras [...]
This link will show you who Google knows that you know is the network of connections Google uses to identify relevant social search results. It is based on a combination of the following:• Direct connections from your Google chat buddies and contacts • Direct connections from links that appear on your Google profile • Secondary [...]
But despite these wins, and numerous loyal fans, Wave has not seen the user adoption we would have liked. We don’t plan to continue developing Wave as a standalone product, but we will maintain the site at least through the end of the year and extend the technology for use in other Google projects. The central parts of the code, as well as the [...]
Since early February, over 1,100 communities have applied to be part of Google's experimental 1Gbps, open-access, fiber-to-the-home Internet service, including applicants who have promised to change the name of their town to Google (temporarily), name their expected twins after Google's co-founders (if they're boys), or train their puppy to [...]
When Digg founder Kevin Rose tweeted about the existence of "Google Me," Google's supposed "Facebook killer" social-networking site, I'd love to know whether he expected Facebook's former-CTO to jump into the fray and confirm it, saying it's a "real project." Adam D'Angelo, who has since left Facebook to found Quora, wrote on his Q&A [...]
We first heard rumors of this policy change a couple of months ago, but now it's made the papers: the Financial Times is reporting that Google is phasing out the use of Windows internally, as employees are migrated to either Linux or Mac OS X on machine turnovers or new hires. The policy change was precipitated in large part by the security breach [...]
You know those warning labels on those chemical packets that come in new shoes that say 'do not eat'? Have you ever wondered why they have to print something so stupidly obvious? Enter Lauren Rosenberg of Park City, Utah. She used Google Maps on her Blackberry to get walking directions from one part of town to another. Part of those [...]
Google's roving Street View spycam may blur your face, but it's got your number. The Street View service is under fire in Germany for scanning private WLAN networks, and recording users' unique Mac (Media Access Control) addresses, as the car trundles along. Germany's Federal Commissioner for Data Protection Peter Schaar says he's "horrified" [...]
I love how the single most interesting piece of data on that chart is secret.
Google has launched a new Gmail tool that uses some clever auto-sleuthing to predict when your account has been hijacked and warn you about it before some illiterate crook can send all your friends emails saying that you've been arrested in Jamaica and need! cash! fast! Keep in mind that these notifications are meant to alert you of suspicious [...]
After they saved the princess, Mario and Luigi moved to Manchester, UK and went into the restaurant business. I knew these guys would eventually open a restaurant, but I always imagined it would be a joint venture, not next-door competing eateries. Found at Google Street View, ever the source for coincidence, not irony. This is in Manchester, [...]
The Pingdom folks have cooked up a massive infographic of facts and figures pertaining to Google's business, technology, and operations.
Google today announced a new service, Google Buzz, that automatically brings social networking into Gmail and the rest of the Google-sphere. Whether or not you're big on social networking sites like Twitter or Facebook, Buzz offers a somewhat new and intriguing approach. (more…)
Apple has a fairly infamous track record when it comes to the language it allows in its App Store. Words like "boobs" and "booty" are out. Now "Android" is apparently the latest in a long line of deadly words. According to one developer, Apple has requested that the name of Google's mobile operating system be removed for an app description. The [...]