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The latest news bites emanating from the Googleplex.

Google Apps Attacked by Microsoft in "Googlelighting" Video

February 22, 2012 12:02 AM
For a company without major cloud computing collaboration clout, Microsoft has a good sense of humor regarding its competition with Google. Coming from the underdog--if only because Google has over 4 million business customers, thanks to a four-year head start in Web-based collaboration software for businesses--"Googlelighting" is cute.

Google+ Share Box Comes to the Home Page

February 21, 2012 12:02 AM
Anyone else think this is just wrong? There will no doubt be some search traditionalists and Google lovers who will see this as sacrilege. I see it as another shining example of how Google+ is coming to be synonymous with Google. Or is Google becoming synonymous

Google Cookiegate a Case of Competitive Politics, Not Privacy

February 20, 2012 12:02 AM
Every reporter under the sun painted Google's use of cookies to insert its Google+ functionality on Apple's Safari browser as an invasion of users' privacy. The rub is this: Google and a few other advertising companies have secretly tracked the Web-browsing habits of millions of people using Apple's

We'll Believe Android 5.0 Is Coming in Q2 When We See It

February 17, 2012 12:02 AM
Sometimes you read reports and just shake your head. That was the case for this DigiTimes report that said Google is rushing Android 5.0, or "Jelly Bean," to market in the second quarter. The reason? "Adoption of Android 4.0 has fallen short of original expectations, and Microsoft

How Google Comes Out Cleaner Than Apple on Privacy

February 16, 2012 12:02 AM
Path's privacy snafu of collecting address book data and storing it on remote servers without permission opened the floodgates of media hellhounds on that startup, along with Twitter, Foursquare, Yelp and others. This comes a week after Google spent a couple weeks being demonized for its planned

Google PageRank Used in Molecular Chemistry Research

February 15, 2012 12:02 AM
Google is well known for its collegiate roots, hatched as it was by co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin at Stanford University back in the late 1990s. So it's only fitting that PageRank, the defining algorithm that set Google apart from Overture, Yahoo, Microsoft and many others to

Google Voice Search vs. Siri in Battle for Speech-Driven Ads

February 14, 2012 12:02 AM
Anyone who reads this blog knows I'm a pretty faithful follower of John Battelle's own Search Blog. Battelle sparked an interesting conversation about the mobile ad opportunities voice search technologies, such as Google Voice Actions and Apple's Siri virtual assistant, offer. Battelle wrote: Driving into work yesterday,

Does Gmail's Perpetual Window Play Fast, Loose With Data?

February 13, 2012 12:02 AM
This fine piece in Wired about a "perpetual window into Gmail" caught my attention this weekend for two reasons. First, I live in Gmail. It's my primary, personal email haven. Second, considering the data-sucking sounds Path made this month, the idea that Google has left open some potentially serious

Google Prepping Storage Drive, Home Entertainment System

February 10, 2012 12:02 AM
Unlike my blogger peers, I'm not usually wont to skewer a so-called scoop. And I won't start doing so, but I will point out that two intriguing pieces in the The Wall Street Journal came off as old news, warmed over instead of hot stuff. First is this

HP Touch to Share NFC App Joins Google Wallet, Android Beam

February 09, 2012 12:02 AM
Near field communications, also known as good-ole NFC, was one of a handful of rages in 2011. You couldn't read a story about mobile payment systems without seeing NFC as one of the keywords, which is ironic because NFC-based mobile payment systems haven't exactly taken off. I'm looking at

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