November 14, 2011 |
Yesterday the New York Times revealed the existence of Google X — a playground for engineers working on the next generation of Google's wilder projects. However, the company is so secretive about the lab that very few employees are even aware of its existence, with one engineer likening the covert nature of the department to the CIA. Two teams split between the Mountain View campus and a top-secret location are reportedly toiling over "100...
March 4, 2013 |
Google's decision to let users use their Google+ accounts to log in to other Web sites has the potential to give the company's social network a major boost. Patrick Salyer, the chief executive officer of Gigya — a company that providers social log-in services to sites around the Web — said that Google's move could help boost its membership numbers and allow the company to leverage even more of its data. Salyer, whose said his company will implement Google's sign-in feature starting next...
August 15, 2011 |
Google tried to present its $12.5b acquisition of Motorola as an opportunity to "supercharge the Android ecosystem," but it's clear that the deal was equally prompted out of desire to protect Android from further patent lawsuits using Motorola's strong patent portfolio. From all appearances, it actually seems like Google was first interested in somehow licensing or buying Motorola's patents, and then decided it would be nice to spend a little more and just buy the whole damn company.
March 23, 2013
Google Keep Jot down notes and search all in one place Google has added a new Web and Android app to its lineup, moving into the growing field of note-taking apps. Google Keep, as the service is called, lets you jot down quick notes, include photos and record voice messages. While it doesn't have the same organization options as other full-fledged note services, it does have a full search function, because it's Google. Free, on the Web and on Android devices running Android 4.0 and up. — Hayley Tsukayama
September 8, 2011 |
Google announced Thursday that it has acquired Zagat, the food-rating survey that is a go-to source for foodies everywhere. In a company blog post, Marissa Mayer, Google's vice president for local, maps and location services, said that the search giant will integrate Zagat content with its search results and the company's maps service. On the Zagat Web site, company founders Tim and Nina Zagat said in a statement that Google is the "perfect home for our content. " The couple will remain active with the business as co-chairmen, the...
November 3, 2008 |
Last week, Google settled a controversial copyright case by agreeing to pay tens of millions in licensing fees to authors and publishers, with more to come. At first glance, it looks like this great champion of the free flow of information has caved to copyright interests. But in fact, Google may be better off with a settlement than an outright win. Before the court approves this agreement, then, it must consider the deal's anti-competitive effects. A little history: In 2002, Google launched a project called Book Search.