Google's database inventions by themselves, according to Stephen E. Arnold,
who has written a patent-centric study of the company, show that Google's
research unit has superseded Bell Labs and Xerox PARC as the place for
technical innovation in the U.S., if not the world.
Arnold (pictured below) is president of Arnold Information Technology and
the author of an earlier book, "The Google Legacy," that changed how many
investors and technology experts view the Mountain View, Calif., company.
His new study, "Google Version 2.0: The Calculating Predator," is a detailed
review of patents and patent applications filed by Google employees since mid
2005. The new study's index lists 90 patents and applications of the more
than 200 that Arnold has identified and analyzed.
Arnold examines more than 24 of these patents in detail in the 266-page
study, identifying their technologi... (more)
"Our apologies to any of you who were inconvenienced this morning, and to
site owners whose pages were incorrectly labelled," wrote Google Search VP
Marissa Mayer yesterday, in a blogged explanation of the unfortunate fact
than most Google searches conducted between 6:30AM-7:25AM PST on Saturday
morning returned a message "This site may harm your computer" beside each and
every search result. "This was clearly an error," Mayer added, "and we are
very sorry for the inconvenience caused to our users."
Google works with a non-profit called StopBadware.org to come up with
criteria ... (more)
Google, which has recently emblazed its shield with the new motto "Search,
Ads and Apps," has come up with a new way to terrorize Microsoft - a
technology for running programs like Google's word processor and spreadsheet
offline like, like Office.
The widgetry is called Google Gears and doesn't work with the Google Docs and
Spreadsheets suite yet - but it will, Google said, as well as with e-mail and
Google's applying the mojo first to its RSS Reader, which goes out and
collects updates to whatever web sites and blogs users keep tabs on. They can
now be read offline... (more)
Google has bought a site called FeedBurner that distributes and helps manage
blogs and RSS feeds, tracks usage and serves ads. It supports 721,000 feeds
representing upwards of 400,000 publishers. Google will put more ads on those
feeds giving it a new revenue stream. It looks like FeedBurner will be
integrated into the Google Reader. Terms were not disclosed but the number
circulating is around $100 million in cash. The four-year-old Chicago company
and its 30 people had raised $10 million in venture capital.
"Users will continue to experience search as a vital part of their Yahoo!
experiences and will enjoy increased innovation thanks to the scale and
resources this deal provides," sais Yahoo! CEO Carol Bartz, as Yahoo! and
Microsoft today announced an agreement that the companies believe "will
improve the Web search experience for users and advertisers, and deliver
sustained innovation to the industry."
"This agreement comes with boatloads of value for Yahoo!, our users, and the
industry, and I believe it establishes the foundation for a new era of
Internet innovation and developmen... (more)