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Future of Search: Google boss sees ‘augmented humanity’

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.

He said: "We are at one of those points in technology where something interesting is about to happen. We're building an augmented version of humanity - getting computers to help us do the things we are not very good at and have humans helping computers do the things they're not very good at."


04/10/2010  |  Full story...

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Facebook launches ‘Places’ app in UK

Facebook has launched its Places service in the UK, as the social network looks to take advantage of the growing demand for location-based apps such as Foursquare, Gowalla, and Google's Latitude service.The new tool allows users ‘check in’ wherever they are and see who among their friends and other Facebook users is - or has been - at the same location.

The move will also give Facebook a new channel for advertisers to target its audience by location, listing nearby businesses and attractions. Facebook will target the locations it lists to each Places user. To ensure users privacy, Facebook Places has numerous privacy controls in place to control the amount of location information that is shared.


20/09/2010  |  Full story...

Google hires 200 Ireland staff to boost location tools

Google is all set to hire 200 employees for Google Dublin office, as the search giant looks to expand its location services.

The move will see the creation of a new operations centre in the Republic of Ireland’s capital, where new the employees will work on the group's location-based products such as Google Local and Google Maps. The centre could lead a challenge to Facebook Places, as Google pieces together some sort of social network.


24/08/2010  |  Full story...

Facebook takes on Foursquare with ‘Places’ app

Facebook's 500 million-plus users will soon be able to track friends' whereabouts across the US. The new "Places" feature begins rolling out on Wednesday to some users and goes across the US within weeks. The tool help users share where they are, figure out who is in the vicinity, and check out happenings and services within the same locale.

The feature will put the social network in competition with the increasingly popular location services like Foursquare, Gowalla and Loopt, which allow consumers to use their mobile phones to keep track of their friends whereabouts and earn rewards for frequenting brick-and-mortar businesses, have caught on among technology aficionados. Facebook and Yahoo both unsuccessfully sought to acquire Foursquare earlier this year, according to media reports.


20/08/2010  |  Full story...

Google takes on Rightmove, enters UK property market

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 said that rather than competing with estate agents, it’s intention is to generate income from advertising which will be displayed around the property results pages. However, a notable absesnse from its list of partners is Rightmove, the current UK market leader in property portals and search.


17/06/2010  |  Full story...

Google updates local tools with photos inside businesses

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 and Google Maps, for $25 a month. Businesses in some cities can also now request a free photo shoot of their interiors, which Google will offer on Place Pages.

Users searching for information about restaurants, hotels, museums, schools and parks can click on a location on a Google Map and be whisked to the Place Page to see details, pictures and reviews of that location. Other initiatives Google is proposing include customized QR codes (a unique barcode that links to the Google Place Page when read by a mobile phone) and real-time updates that let businesses communicate directly with their customers.


21/04/2010  |  Full story...

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