Android ‘overtakes iPhone ad revenue’
20 October 2010 - Google’s Android ad revenue
has surpassed that of Apple’s mobile devices, despite the iPhone
accounting for more ad impressions, according to new data from ad
network Millennial Media.The study found that while the iOS platform
remains the forerunner in terms of total market share, Android ad
requests have grown 1,284 percent since January of this year while
requests on iOS have only grown by 18 percent in that time period.
Google adds more location tools to search
20 October 2010 - Google has added tools to the
left-hand panel of its search results, letting users change location
details. Google previously pinpointed a users’ location automatically,
but the new tool lets users either change it completely or make it
more specific, including by postcode.
UK brands: Internet firms Apple, Google and Facebook top list
19 October 2010 - Internet brands are now the
closest to UK consumers’ hearts, with the three most popular brands in
the UK coming from the web, according to a new survey. The latest
Millward Brown celebrity and brand (Cebra) research revealed that
Apple had the most buzz (a measure of how much a celebrity or brand is
talked about) followed by Google, Facebook, X-Factor and Wii,
highlighting the popularity of consumer technology.
Google beats forecasts as mobile business begins to pay off
18 October 2010 - Google, the search engine
giant, registered a 32 per cent jump in profits, beating market
expectations and highlighting the success of its emerging businesses.
The internet giant posted net income of $2.2 billion (£1.4bn) after
revenues rose 23 per cent to 7.3 billion US dollars (£4.6bn) in the
third quarter of the year.
Google Price index offers alternative measure of inflation
13 October 2010 - Google has launched a new
‘Price Index’ tool, which will be based on the cost of goods sold
online and could use real-time search data to forecast official
figures. The Google Price Index could prove more accurate and
up-to-date than official statistics due to the instant nature of the
Google’s ‘driverless’ cars complete US roadtrip - with a little help
11 October 2010 - Google has developed cars
that can drive themselves, testing seven such automobiles on 140,000
miles across the roads of America, in a move that could one day
revolutionise the transport industry. Google said that the seven
Google cars have driven 1,000 miles without any human intervention,
apparently the 140,000 mile number includes occasional human control.
These cars are a modified version of the Toyota Prius, and there is
one Audi TT as well.
Google tests full-page previews in search results
07 October 2010 - Google is testing a preview
pane tool that lets users see a sample of the pages returned in search
results, before deciding to click through to their chosen site. When
users hover over a search result, Google will display a preview of the
Google preps TV launch with media content deals
06 October 2010 - Google has secured new
content partnership deals with media and internet companies, including
NBC Universal's CNBC, Time Warner's HBO and Amazon, for its
forthcoming Google TV service. Turner Broadcasting is working to
optimise some of its websites for viewing on Google TV, including CNN
and Cartoon Network, Google said on Monday.
Android apps ‘secretly sharing user data’
05 October 2010 - Some of the most popular apps
written for Google's Android phones do not tell users what is done
with data they gather, according to a new study. The research,
conducted by a team of computer scientists from Intel Labs, Penn
State, and Duke University chose 30 out of the 358 most popular
Android apps that, when installed, ask for permission to get at
location, camera and audio data.
Google buys BlindType to boost mobile touch typing
05 October 2010 - Google has acquired BlindType,
a company that specialises in touch typing software for mobile
devices, to boost company’s Android mobile operating system. The
BlindType system aims to solve the problems of typing on small touch
screens, buy creating self-learning technology that constantly adjusts
to the user's 'perceived' keyboard and typing style. Terms of the deal
were not disclosed.
Google Street View comes to Antarctica
04 October 2010 - Google has launched its
ground-level mapping service in the world's most barren continent -
Antarctica. The move will allow Google users to navigate around the
snow-capped mountains, coastline and icebergs of Antarctica - a place
that few people ever get to visit in person.
Google launches image format WebP to rival JPEG
04 October 2010 - Google has launched a new
image format, called WebP, which the company claims will result in
smaller file sizes for commonly shared small image files, in a move
that could threaten the dominance of the popular JPEG image format
used across the Web. According to Google, photos and other images make
up about 65 percent of all content accessed via the Web, and therefore
all Web traffic.
Future of Search: Google boss sees ‘augmented humanity’
04 October 2010 - Google CEO Eric Schmidt has
outlined his company's ideas for the future of search technology,
where we are never lonely, never forget anything, never get lost,
never run out of ideas, are never bored and never need to drive a car
because it will drive itself. Speaking at the TechCrunch Disrupt
conference in San Francisco, Schmidt outlined a vision of the future
where computers will be able to suggest useful information based on
past preferences, the location of the user and the time of day.
Sony to launch first ‘Google TV’ set in October
02 October 2010 - Sony is to unveil what it
bills as "the world's first internet television" on 12 October in New
York, with built in support for Google’s much anticipated TV service.
Running on the Android operating system, the TV will also support
third party apps. Technology site Electronista adds that the device
will have a full Chrome browser and Flash support.
Google launches new site to showcase its latest products
01 October 2010 - Google has launched a new
website, called 'Google New’, showcasing its latest ventures,
alongside information about all of its products. Google New brings
together all the latest information about Google products including
web search, Gmail, Google Earth and Google Maps.
YouTube wins Spanish copyright case
01 October 2010 - A Spanish federal court has
dismissed copyright infringement charges against Google’s YouTube that
could have brought the online video service to a halt by forcing it to
monitor every piece of content.
AOL renews Google search deal for 5 years
01 October 2010 - AOL has renewed a search
agreement with Google, continuing a decade-long partnership between
the two online giants. The new five-year deal includes a revenue share
on a per-search basis. AOL can also place its content on YouTube with
both camps sharing ad revenue placed against the video.
YouTube tests live streaming
15 September 2010 - YouTube has begun to test
its own-brand live video-streaming technology. Over two days the site
is planning a trial in which four partners will get the chance to air
Top 10 UK ad networks: 24/7 Real Media growing fast
13 September 2010 - 24/7 Real Media is the
fastest growing ad network in the UK, while Google remains top in
terms of visitors, according to new data. The research, from comScore,
reported the top 10 ad networks based on their reach among UK internet
users in July 2010.
Time spent online: Facebook overtakes Google in the US
13 September 2010 - US web users are spending
more socialising on Facebook than searching with Google, according to
new data from comScore. In August, people spent a total of 41.1
million minutes on Facebook, comScore said, about 9.9 percent of their
Web-surfing minutes for the month.
Google debuts 'Instant' predictive search results
10 September 2010 - Google has launched
'Instant' search results, a new service that starts predicting results
as soon as users begin typing. As internet users begin a word,
Google’s homepage will move instantly to a page of results that is
updated as each letter is typed.
Google TV coming to UK living rooms next year
09 September 2010 - Google is set to launch its
much-anticipated TV service in the US over the next few weeks, while
UK viewers will have to wait until next year. The service will let
viewers in the US search and view content from TV providers, the
Internet, mobile apps and their own personal content library via their
Samsung debuts iPad rival Galaxy Tab
06 September 2010 - Samsung has unveiled its
rival to the iPad with the Samsung Galaxy Tab, a new tablet PC using
Google’s Android operating system. The tablet features a 7-inch LCD
display and will run the latest Google Android 2.2 operating system,
Froyo, at launch. It will be able to store up to 16 gigabytes of data
internally and has a microSD slot that allows for an additional 32
gigabyte SD card.
Google in talks with music labels to create iTunes rival
06 September 2010 - Google is reportedly in
negotiations with music labels on starting a music-download service
that would allow mobile users to listen to songs wherever they go in
an effort compete with Apple iTunes online music and video store. A
report in Reuters cites ‘people familiar with the matter’, claiming
Google vice president of engineering Andy Rubin, the executive behind
the company's Android mobile operating system, wants to have the
service ‘up by Christmas’.
Google debuts ‘priority inbox’ for Gmail to cut through e-mail clutter
01 September 2010 - Google has added a new tool
called "Priority Inbox" to its Gmail service, designed to help people
wade through their overflowing e-mail inboxes. The feature uses
formulas developed by Google engineers to automatically figure out and
highlight which incoming messages are likely to be the most important
to each Gmail user.
Google takes on Skype with free web calls
01 September 2010 - Google has launched a new
tool that lets its US-based Gmail users make free calls to one another
via the web. The new feature increases the search giant’s competition
with Internet phone providers like Skype.
Google displays ‘streaming search’ results as users type
01 September 2010 - Google is testing out a new
‘streaming search’ feature that displays search results to users as
they type. The tool, which is being tested on a small group of users,
takes the search giant’s existing autocomplete suggestions one step
Google hires 200 Ireland staff to boost location tools
24 August 2010 - Google is all set to hire 200
employees for Google Dublin office, as the search giant looks to
expand its location services.
Google tests universal search for Gmail, Docs and Sites
20 August 2010 - Google is testing a universal
search feature that will let users search their e-mail, presentations,
spreadsheets and documents. Google Apps Search is a new Gmail Labs
feature that "extends search with Google Docs and Sites results,"
according to the feature's description.
Google retains US Internet search share in July
20 August 2010 - Google's share of U.S.
Internet searches was essentially flat at 71.4% in the four weeks
ended Aug. 1 from a month earlier, according to new research. Among
the top four categories, Bing notched strong growth across the board
from a year ago, while Google's searches grew for automotive, shopping
and travel, but fell 4% for health.
Google debuts voice search for Android phones
19 August 2010 - Google has released the latest
voice based control applications for Android-based smartphones. The
voice based action program aid users to direct commands to their
smartphones and thus enables to write texts, e-mails and even find
road directions. The application works with 12 commands including
calling, texting, browsing and GPS navigating.
Google to buy visual search firm Like.com for over $100m?
17 August 2010 - Google is reportedly set to
buy Like.com, a visual search and e-commerce firm, for more than
$100m. Reuters quoted a report in Techcrunch saying that Google wants
to experiment with a new kind of search technology that appears to be
getting traction. Like.com, which was founded by Munjal Shah and Burak
Gokturk in August 2004, raised nearly $50m and started applying
computer vision and learning technology to online fashion purchases.
Google to integrate PayPal into Android phones?
16 August 2010 - Google has been in talks with
PayPal about using the popular online payment system with its Android
smartphone software. The talks between the search giant and the
eBay-owned firm include utilising PayPal's mobile technology to
collect payments for applications via Android smartphones.
Google Acquires Jambool And Social Gold
11 August 2010 - Google has reportedly acquired
Jambool and Social Gold in a move to add expertise to is rumoured
forthcoming new social network. According to a report by the Wall
Street Journal on Monday, Google has purchased San Francisco-based
Jambool, along with its online payment system Social Gold, for $70
Google buys social app maker Slide for $180m
10 August 2010 - Google has bought social
widget maker Slide, for a reported $180m, as the search giant looks to
expand into the lucrative apps market. The deal gives Google a team of
developers with extensive social networking experience.
Microsoft 'may object' to Yahoo! Japan deal
07 August 2010 - Software giant Microsoft has
said it is "evaluating its options" after Yahoo! Japan announced it is
to move away from a deal with the firm and instead work with Google.
As part of the new agreement, Yahoo! Japan will be able to utilise
Google's search capabilities but the announcement of the deal came
after Yahoo! Japan had already spoken about a potential team-up with
Google Wave to close down following lack of demand
06 August 2010 - Google Inc. will end
development of its Wave service, which lets users share images and
documents, because customers were slow to adopt the technology. Google
launched the real-time web collaboration tool at its annual I/O
developer conference last year.
Microsoft outcry as Yahoo Japan picks Google as search partner
28 July 2010 - Yahoo Japan has signed a deal to use Google for its
search engine and search ad delivery system- sparking condemnation
from its global search partner Microsoft. Yahoo Japan will continue to
manage its own search page and search service. Yahoo Japan will also
continue to run its advertising marketplace independent of Google.
Google woos social gaming firms to take on Facebook
28 July 2010 - Google is in talks with makers of popular online games
in an effort to develop a social-networking service to compete with
Facebook, according to a report. The Wall Street Journal reports that
Google has been in discussions with top developers to offer their
games on a new service it is building, according to people familiar
with the matter.
Android phone sales up 350% this year in UK
27 July 2010 - UK sales of Android phones have more than tripled
since the start of 2010, with one in 10 new contract handsets now
running Google's mobile OS. Figures from GfK show that Android's share
of the UK's mobile contract market rose from 3% to 13.2% from Q1-Q2
Google images attracts over 1bn page views per day
23 July 2010 - Google's image search is now receiving over 1bn page
views each day. The search engine now has over 10bn pictures in its
archive, which first launched in 2001 with only 250m.
Search ads boost Google's profit by 24%
19 July 2010 - Internet giant Google posted a 24 per cent rise in its
second quarter profit to $1.84 billion, on the back of an overall
recovery in demand for online advertising. The company had registered
a profit of $1.48 billion in the second quarter of 2009. Google also
saw its revenue grow by 24 per cent to $6.82 billion in the second
quarter of this year, against $ 5.52 billion in the year-ago period,
it said in a statement.
Google wins landmark Adwords copyright case
13 July 2010 - The European Court of Justice has ruled in favour of
Google in a decision that could have wide-reaching implications for
online advertising. Judges have confirmed that using other companies'
names as online advertising keywords is not an infringement of
European trademark law. This news will be a major boost to Google’s
revenue-generating Adwords service.
Google gets lifeline in China: Govt. renews license
12 July 2010 - The Chinese authorities have renewed Google’s license
to operate a website in the country, averting a potential shutdown of
its flagship search page in the world's biggest Internet market.
Facebook killer "Google Me" confirmed by ex-CTO
30 June 2010 - Reports that Google is working on a Facebook
competitor called "Google Me" have been confirmed by Facebook's former
CTO, Adam D'Angelo in a blog post.
Google forced to stop redirecting China users to Hong Kong site
29 June 2010 - Google is to stop automatically redirecting users of
its Google.cn site to its Hong Kong page, in a bid to secure renewal
of the company's China service license. The move comes after the
Chinese government said the company would lose its mainland Internet
license, which expires Wednesday, if the tactic continued.
YouTube wins Viacom copyright case
24 June 2010 - In a landmark ruling, a judge has rejected a $1bn
lawsuit brought by Viacom accusing Google of allowing copyrighted
material on its YouTube service without permission. The US movie and
television giant sued Google and YouTube for a billion dollars in
March 2007, arguing that they condoned pirated video clips at the
website to boost its popularity.
Google to take on iTunes with music download service - report
22 June 2010 - Google is reportedly developing a music download
service to launch later this year, by a "cloud"-based subscription
service in 2011. Dow Jones Newswires cites people familiar with the
Internet giant's discussions with the music industry, saying the
service will be tied to its search services.
Google takes on Rightmove, enters UK property market
17 June 2010 - Google UK has expanded into the UK property market by
adding additional property search functionality to Google Maps. The
service is being run in partnership with a number of estate agents,
alongside Zoopla and Trinity Mirror. Tools which allow for detailed
search for property went live yesterday on Google Maps.
Google faces backlash for homepage images
11 June 2010 - Google has come under criticism after introducing a
background image on the search engine's homepage to promote its new
customization features. The new look, featuring images from a number
of established photographers, will run until the end of this week.
Google 'testing Twitter feeds on Adwords display ads'
4 June 2010
- Google is testing a new tool that integrates Twitter
feeds into display ads on its popular AdWords system, according to a
news report. ClickZ’s Douglas Quenqua reports that the online media
giant has invited a few advertisers to test a new display-ad
integration with Twitter.
Google bans staff from using Windows amid security worries - report
1 June 2010 - Google is reportedly phasing out the use of
Microsoft's operating system amongst its staff due to security
concerns. According to a report in The Financial Times, the search
giant has already begun to migrate its systems to the Mac OS platform.
Google lets viewers search via their TV sets
May 2010 - Google has officially unveiled its Google TV service
in the US, which will enable users to search content on the web and
download applications while watching TV. However, there are no plans
for a UK launching in the near future. The service will let viewers in
the US search and view content from TV providers, the Internet, mobile
applications and their own personal content library.
Google reconsiders facial recognition technology following privacy
May 2010 - Google is debating whether it should launch its new
facial recognition technology after criticism about its privacy
settings. Speaking at a developers conference, Google CEO Eric Schmidt
has said the search giant is still debating whether to launch the
recognition technology following criticism from privacy campaigners
who raised fears that it would be an ideal tool for stalkers and
Google takes on Skype with Global IP buy
May 2010 - Google is buying Norwegian internet telephony company
Global IP Solutions for $68m (£47.6m) to boost its online voice and
video services. Global IP Solutions makes the underlying processing
software for voice and video calls over internet networks that will
help boost Google Voice and other IP telephony based services.
Google closes online store for Nexus One phone
May 2010 - Google is to stop selling its Nexus One smartphone
through its Web store, marking a U-turn in the firm’s attempt to
reshape the mobile-phone market by selling handsets directly to
customers. The company said in a blog post it would make the phone
available to consumers through wireless partners' existing retail
YouTube ‘gets more viewers than all US TV networks combined’
May 2010 - Popular video sharing website YouTube is celebrating
its fifth year this month and has another reason to celebrate: it
generates two billion hits nearly every day. The 2 billion views of
the site, which sports the slogan "Broadcast Yourself", is more than
the combined total number of viewers of the US major television
Google developing iPad rival - report
May 2010 - Google is working on a tablet computer to rival
Apple's iPad, according to press reports. The Wall Street Journal
reports that the web giant is collaborating with Verizon wireless, the
largest US wireless carrier. Verizon Wireless chief executive Lowell
McAdam told the Wall Street Journal that tablet computers are part of
the "next big wave of opportunities."
Google imitates rivals with search results revamp
May 2010 - Google has updated the way it presents its search
results, in a bid to make the information more relevant and simpler.
The new layout includes features that are already being employed by
its rivals such as Bing Yahoo and Ask. The changes include a
touched-up logo, and a navigation panel on the page to refine queries
with options to search specific categories such as news, images, blogs
Google invests in firm that tries to predict the future
May 2010 - Google has invested in Recorded Future, a startup
company that claims to be able to predict the future. Google Ventures,
the company’s investment arm, and put forward an undisclosed sum to
own a part of the Massachusetts-based startup.
Google Nexus One goes on sale in UK with Vodafone
27 April 2010 - Vodafone UK has become the first European operator to
sell Nexus One, Google's first smartphone handset, with contract
prices starting from £25 a month. Customers who pre-order online will
be the first to get a Nexus One for free on a £35 monthly price plan
(24 month), on April 30. The Nexus One will also be available via
Vodafone stores and telesales. Price plans start from £25 a month on a
24 month contract.
Google updates local tools with photos inside businesses
21 April 2010 - Google is changing the name of its Local Business
Center to Google Places adding new tools to help connect consumers
with local shops, including photos of the interiors of buildings. The
search giant is letting businesses in some cities buy Tags to make
their listings stand out on Google.com and Google Maps, for $25 a
Google hires 800 following 'strongest growth in 18 months'
19 April 2010 - Google has seen its revenues rise 23% to $5.06 billion
in the first quarter of this year, hiring some 800 new employees in
the process. The search giant notched up its strongest growth of the
last 18 months between January and March this year.
European broadband networks demand ad share from 'bandwidth hog' Google
14 April 2010 - Deutsche Telekom, France Telecom and Telefonica have
called on Google to begin sharing ad revenues to networks. They claim
that their networks are fast becoming "dumb pipes" for hosting the
group's bandwidth-hungry technology, including YouTube, on their
broadband use the internet search and advertising company pays the
network operators little or nothing for carrying its content.
Google adds site speed to SEO ranking factors
13 April 2010 - Google is to incorporate website speed as a factor in
how it ranks websites in search results. The search engine first
revealed its plans to include speed as a ranking factor in its
algorithm last December. Now website owners looking to improve their
search engine optimisation strategies may need to look at how quickly
their pages load as part of their digital marketing campaigns.
Google reveals further plans for ultra-fast broadband
1 April 2010 - Google has revealed further plans for its forthcoming
high-speed fibre broadband network, and will announce the target
market for the first tests by the end of the year. The initial trial
will cover a group ranging from 50,000 to 500,000 people in the US.
The project, first announced in February, will provide 1GB networks in
targeted markets as a way of testing open broadband networks.
Google wins AdWords trademark case
March 2010 - A European court has ruled in Google's favour allowing
advertisers using its AdWords system to use the names of other
companies as search keywords. In a landmark ruling this week, the
court ruled that this practice does not represent a trademark
violation. The court also went on to say that Google's AdWords program
is protected by a European law governing Internet hosting services.
"This is important because it is a fundamental principle behind the
free flow of information over the Internet," Harjinder S. Obhi, Google
senior litigation counsel for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa,
wrote in a blog post.
Google redirects Chinese users to Hong Kong site to avoid censorship
March 2010 - Google has begun redirecting its Chinese users to its
Honk Kong site, following an ongoing row with the government over the
censorship of its search results. The move has met condemnation from
the Chinese government , branding Google's decision as "totally wrong"
and in violation of its promise to abide by Chinese laws.
Google to shut China operations in April?
March 2010 - Google will close its businesses in China in April,
according to a report in China Business News, citing an unnamed local
authorised agent of Google. The newspaper added that Google may
announce details of its exit from China on Monday, the day after the
company's staff are due to receive their annual year-end bonus, citing
unnamed Google employees in China.
Google '99.9% certain' on China exit - FT
March 2010 - Google is close to an exit from China, following a
feud with the country's government over censorship, according to a new
report. The Financial Times quotes a source familiar with the matter
that the search giant's proposed departure from China is now "99%
certain" to go ahead.
Google takes Street View to more parts of UK
March 2010 - Google is set to launch its Street View service for
many parts of the UK so far neglected by the service. When launched in
the UK last year, Google Street View initially covered 25 towns and
cities. Subsequently, further sites of interest were added, some of
which were not accessible to Google's Street View car and were instead
explored by the 'Google Trike'.
Murdoch mulling lawsuit against Google?
March 2010 - Rupert Murdoch has hinted he may issue a lawsuit
against Google if it did not stop indexing content from his media
In a recent interview with New York Magazine, a senior media executive
claims Murdoch is ready to see the search giant in court. "He's pretty
tightly wound up over Google and has been ready to sue them," the
executive claims. "He doesn't trust them at all." Another unnamed
executive from MySpace, the flagging social-networking site that
Murdoch paid $580m for in 2005, claims Murdoch is ill at ease in the
Google buys photo editing site Picnik
March 2010 - Google has bought online photo editing suite Picnik,
in a bid to bolster the capabilities of its existing image altering
and photo-sharing software Picsa. Formed in 2005, Seattle-based Picnik
works directly with online photo libraries such as Flickr (owned by
Google's rival Yahoo), Facebook and Picasa web albums. Users can also
upload files to the service and download them again when they are
done. The 20-strong team will start working on Picasa, Google's online
photo sharing service.
Italian privacy: Google officials convicted in video bullying case
March 2010 - In a landmark case, two managers and a former
executive of Google have been found guilty of privacy violations by an
Italian court. The ruling represents the first such conviction for
employees of Google, and the internet giant has vowed to appeal the
decision. The move could have wide-ranging implications for all
websites in Italy that allow users to upload their own content.
Google to ditch Ad Manager for DoubleClick
March 2010 - Publishers using Google's Ad Manager system to control
their sites ads will soon be moved over to DoubleClick for Publishers
(DFP). Google said the move is designed to make the ad management
process easier and faster for publishers. Google acquired DoubleClick
in March 2008, and has since upgraded DFP to include a variety of new
Google buys online video firm On2
March 2010 - Google has completed its $125m acquisition of video
compression specialist On2, as the internet giant looks to expand
further into the growing online video market. The deal closed after
gaining approval from On2 shareholders and was valued at $124.6m. The
figure was about $18 million more than the value stated when the
acquisition was first announced last year. On2 provides video
compression technologies for mobile video, embedded devices, Adobe
Flash Player and VoIP (voice over Internet Protocol).
Google predicts ad revenue shift from web to mobiles
February 2010 - Google chief executive Eric Schmidt predicted a
massive shift of adverting revenues from the fixed web to mobile
platforms similar to that from print publications to the internet. The
change would happen because mobile advertising could be more precisely
targeted, making it more effective, he said in a keynote
at the Mobile World Congress, taking place this week in Barcelona.
Google's Gmail privacy challenge: 'private' contacts become 'public'
social media friends?
February 2010 - Google is to make changes to the privacy
settings on its new 'Buzz' social network amid concerns over privacy,
after it emerged the network creates a profile for new users by
drawing on their Gmail contacts. Early users of Google Buzz had
complained that they found the settings too complicated, especially
the ones that relates to privacy.
Google to build super-fast broadband network in the US
February 2010 - In its continuing quest to speed up the
Internet, Google has decided to build what it calls "ultra high-speed"
broadband networks in some parts of the US, the company announced.
The fibre networks will deliver a huge 1GB bps (bit per second)
connections to homes at prices that will be "competitive," the company
Google to launch instant speech translator for smartphones
February 2010 - Google is set to launch a new smartphone
translator tool that will be able to hear speech and translate it
instantly. The Times reports that the software would take the
information learned from the company's text translation software, and
Google's existing voice recognition tools for smartphones.
Google in China: Hackers, politics, strategy and new security patches
for Internet Explorer
2010 - Google has stressed it wants to continue to
have a strong presence in the Chinese market, following its threats
last week to pull out of the country altogether, amid security
concerns and a sweeping cyber attack. CEO Eric Schmidt spoke to
analysts after the Q4 results were announced, saying Google remains
"quite committed to being in China." But he reiterated that it would
stop censoring its search results there, in "a reasonably short time
from now. We like the Chinese people and our Chinese employees. We
like the business opportunities there and we'd like to do that on
somewhat different terms than we have."
YouTube seeks sponsor for first live sports coverage
January 2010 - YouTube is to begin streaming live cricket from
India's premier league, seeking sponsors in the process. The move
marks the video sharing site's first foray into live sport streaming,
and is the result of a partnership between Google and Cricket's IPL
(India Premier League).
YouTube tests online video rental market
January 2010 - YouTube is launching a video rental service,
initially featuring five movies shown at this year's Sundance
Festival, with plans to expand later in the year. The first five films
for rent are "The Cove," "Bass Ackwards," "One Too Many Mornings," "Homewrecker"
and "Children of Invention." The service will go live on 22 January
and will only be available in the US.
Google and China: Hackers, government and a stormy 2010
2010 - Google plans to submit a formal request to the
Chinese government "in the coming days" for information about the
hacking attacks launched from the country. The world's most popular
search engine said last week it was thinking of pulling out of China
after a "sophisticated" attack on its network that resulted in theft
of its intellectual property.
Google threatens to quit China over censorship rules
2010 - Google has announced that it will no longer abide by
China's censorship laws, and may shut it's 'google.cn' website
altogether, following a cyber attack aimed at gathering information on
human rights activists.
In a company statement, David Drummond, Google senior v.p., corporate
development and chief legal officer, said: "We have decided we are no
longer willing to continue censoring our results on Google.cn, and so
over the next few weeks we will be discussing with the Chinese
government the basis on which we could operate an unfiltered search
engine within the law, if at all. We recognize that this may well mean
having to shut down Google.cn, and potentially our offices in China."
The search giant attributed its change in stance to cyber attacks from
China on dissidents using its Gmail service and on companies.
France plans 'Google tax' on internet searches
January 2010 - France is planning a tax on search engine ad
revenue to raise money to invest into creative industries weakened by
the digital revolution. Besides Google, the tax would target other
large operators in Europe such as Microsoft and Yahoo! whether or not
their offices are in France. Google's European headquarters are in
Ireland, but under the proposal, the operator would pay a levy every
time a French internet user clicks on an advertising banner or
sponsored link on its sites. The proposal is outlined in a
government-commissioned survey, and forms part of the counties latest
drive to regulate the internet, which has seen it enact some of the
world's toughest anti-piracy legislation.
Google starts selling first-ever mobile handset 'Nexus One'
January 2010 - Google has finally launched its
much-anticipated smartphone, Nexus One, which aims to rival Apple's
iPhone. The device, made by Taiwanese company HTC, will be sold
through Google's website from today and initially be available on
T-mobile in the US followed by Vodafone in the UK in the first quarter
Google Chrome now third most popular browser
2010 - Google's Chrome web browser has overtaken
Apple's Safari to become the third most popular web browser, according
to new research. The data, from Net Applications, puts Chrome in third
place with 4.63% of the market, ahead of safari with 4.46%. Google's
browser, which launched just over a year ago, still has a lot of
ground to make up to match market leaders Microsoft's Internet
Explorer (63%) and Mozilla's Firefox (25%). Chrome's 0.7 percent jump
from November to December can partly be attributed to the beta launch
versions of the Chrome Web browser for Mac OS X and Linux.
YouTube debuts own short URL service
2010 - YouTube has launched a new URL shortening
service, putting the video sharing platform in direct competition with
market leaders bit.ly and TinyURL. In a blog posting, Google
engineering manager Vijay Karunamurthy announced youtu.be as a
shortener for all YouTube video links, and nothing but YouTube links.