• Everyone's Gunning For YouTube

    Everyone's Gunning For YouTube

    The focus and experimentation on IPTV is switching away from watching short clips on YouTube to watching full length shows on downloadable TV applications like Joost, Babelgum, Veoh TV , Netflix (which now has a Silverlight application) and others. YouTube continues to grow, but people are not looking to find full length TV shows there. That isn’t stopping the competitors from trying to get… Read More

  • Google Answers Rises From The Dead In Russia

    Google Answers Rises From The Dead In Russia

    Google Answers, famously shut down by Google in November 2006 after losing the Q&A war to Yahoo, has risen from the dead in Russia. Google Questions and Answers (Вопросы и ответы in Russian) allows users to ask a “difficult question that is interesting” and receive an answer from other users. Users earn points based on the quality of answers given and can gradually… Read More

  • Google Desktop For Linux Now Available

    Google Desktop For Linux Now Available

    Google Desktop, meet Linux. Google’s Beijing eggheads developed the app to run on Debian, Fedora, Ubuntu, Suse and Red Flag flavors, giving Penguin-heads quick access to Gmail, local files and Web searches. Google Desktop for Linux uses KDE or GNOME and is currently available in 10 different languages. Google Desktop goes Linux [] Read More

  • Google Offers Money For Gadgets

    Google Offers Money For Gadgets

    Google has announced the launch of Google Gadget Ventures, a new pilot program that will help fund third-party gadget development and gadget-related businesses. Google will offer two types of funding: $5,000 grants for gadget developers who want to improve an existing gadget, and $100,000 seed investments for new gadget-related businesses. Applications will be restricted initially to gadget… Read More

  • Google Picasa Goes Mobile and Goes Local (What?)

    Google Picasa Goes Mobile and Goes Local (What?)

    Google rolled out two new features for its Picasa (think Flickr, only by Google) online photo sharing site yesterday, both of which are useful for showing your friends just how crazy and unpredictable your life is. The first allows you to tag your photos with the location of where they were taken. Then, when sharing the photo album online with your friends, they’ll see all the photos on a… Read More

  • Google Docs Gets Folders, Now What About Gmail?

    Google Docs Gets Folders, Now What About Gmail?

    Google has announced an update to Google Docs and Spreadsheets that includes improved features and support for folders. The entire document list within Google Docs and Spreadsheets has been given a complete visual overhaul with “new icons, more content, and better organizational controls”. Searching documents in the service has been improved; dynamically filtered results from documents… Read More

  • Google Set To Acquire GrandCentral

    Google Set To Acquire GrandCentral

    Google is the Galactus of the Interwebs. When the giant gets hungry it simply goes out and finds a meal in which case GrandCentral is breakfast for today. In case you’re joining us and have no idea what GrandCentral is then stop on over here for the lowdown. The exact specifics about the deal are still under wraps, but Michael at TechCrunch feels it’s a great move on Google’s… Read More

  • Google To Acquire GrandCentral

    Google is in acquisition discussions with telephone management startup GrandCentral, we’ve learned, and we have a high degree of confidence that the deal has actually been closed. We are trying to nail down the acquisition price. Just last week I flagged this company as the most exciting startup we’re currently tracking. The basic idea around GrandCentral is “one phone number for… Read More

  • Google May Shut Germans Out Of GMail

    Google May Shut Germans Out Of GMail

    Google may shut German users out of Gmail in response to new laws passed by the German Government that would force Google to maintain personally identifiable records for every German Gmail account. Google Blogscoped reports that the effect of the law on Google is not clear but potentially it may force Google to start requiring a verifiable full address from every single German based Gmail user. Read More

  • Google Stares Down Microsoft And Wins

    Google Stares Down Microsoft And Wins

    Microsoft has agreed to make changes to Vista in response to a complaint by Google alleging that Vista’s inbuilt search functionality competed unfairly with Google Desktop Search. According to a NY Times report, Google’s complaint was made confidentially in line with rules established as part of a previous settlement over anti-competitive behaviour by Microsoft. The settlement between… Read More

  • Google Acquires Zenter; Y Combinator Gets Another Payday

    Google made another acquisition announcement today – they’ve bought a company called Zenter (“a company that provides software for creating online slide presentations”) to help complete their upcoming Powerpoint/presentation application. The price wasn’t disclosed. This is another liquidity event for Y Combinator, which funded Zenter (we covered their debut here). Read More

  • Google and PG&E Test Crazy New Hybrid Vehicles

    Google and PG&E Test Crazy New Hybrid Vehicles

    We’re RICH! Not content with hegemonic domination of the Internets, Google is now seeking dominion over the open road. Earlier this week (read: yesterday), Google and Pacific Gas & Electric tested a collection of hybrid vehicles that could turn the industry on its head (roof?). Read More

  • YouTube Releases Remixer, Mobile Site

    Sammy the Cat VS The Mantis! Big news for ‘Tube fans. Over the weekend, the world’s favorite video site released some cool features that are sure to please the masses. First up is the long-awaited version of YouTube mobile. No longer is Verizon the exclusive provider of YouTube videos, so anyone with a mobile phone can now enjoy the top videos on YouTube. Unfortunately, top videos are… Read More

  • Google Street View Pics Are Really Old

    Google Street View Pics Are Really Old

    It’s a lazy Sunday afternoon and the news is beyond dead, so I thought I’d tinker around with Google Street View in search of some compromising pictures of unsuspecting citizens. What I found was pretty confusing and just a little bit messed up. The picture taken of the Helio store location is at least 6 months old. I was under the impression that pictures taken for Street View were… Read More

  • The 3D Real/Virtual World Hybrid: How Far Away?

    The 3D Real/Virtual World Hybrid: How Far Away?

    How long will it be until we can stroll through the streets in a virtual world that is identical to our own? Given the state of a number of technologies, not very long. Over the last couple of years we’ve seen Microsoft Street Side and Virtual Earth as well as similar efforts from Google. But different technologies are now being deployed that are even more interesting that the results… Read More

  • eBay Stares Down Google And Wins

    eBay Stares Down Google And Wins

    Not much commentary is needed on this one. Here’s what happened: eBay doesn’t allow merchants to use Google Checkout to settle eBay transactions. Google invited eBay online sellers attending eBay Live! in Boston this week to a party that they called the Google Checkout Freedom Party. eBay decides to pull all U.S. advertising on Google. Google backs down, cancels the party. Google looks… Read More

  • Google Bows To Privacy Concerns, Shortens Length Of Time It Keeps Search History

    Google Bows To Privacy Concerns, Shortens Length Of Time It Keeps Search History

    Google bowed to privacy “activists” today by announcing that it will decrease the amount of time that it keeps track of Web searches. It used to keep a log for two years, but now that’s been shortened to 18 months. The move is in response to European Union-lead concerns that the it was unnecessarily hoarding customer information. Apparently, people don’t like the idea of… Read More

  • Gmail Intros PowerPoint Preview

    Gmail Intros PowerPoint Preview

    In Google’s never ending war against all other software companies, a feature in Gmail was just spotted which allows instant slideshow previews of all PowerPoint files. Google has mentioned that it plans to release software for editing these files also which is really making me reconsider Office 2007. With a full range of readers and applications, Google Office is looking pretty hot right… Read More

  • YouTube Rolling Out Video Fingerprinting

    Rush could have the option to remove this video or take in profits from it In an effort to curb the constant copyright-infringement occurring over at YouTube, the company announced plans to test a new form of video identification. Disney and Time-Warner are the first companies in line to test the waters on this new form of digital fingerprinting and others will soon follow if the trial is… Read More

  • Google Integrates Powerpoint Viewer Into Gmail

    Google Integrates Powerpoint Viewer Into Gmail

    Google has started the roll out its presentation platform with the integration of a slideshow viewing feature in Gmail. The slideshow viewer shows Powerpoint presentations within the browser and is accessed via a “view as slideshow” option next to attached ppt files. Google CEO Eric Schmidt formally announced in April that Google was developing an online presentation creation tool to… Read More