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 on a plane, say, or on the African veldt if you download
what you want first, making it useful for places in the Third World where
Internet connections might be dicey.
Gears-blessed applications will go back to being online once a connection is
(June 19, 2007 - 5 PM EST) - Yahoo has dumped its CEO Terry Semel--regarded
lately as a main barrier to progress and thereby preventing the company from
cutting Google-addressing partnerships and acquisition bids. Goodness knows
Microsoft might be on the phone right now.
The surprise news hit right after the market closed in New York.
There has been much speculation that such a thing could happen in the last
couple of weeks and many investors were disappointed that Semel wasn’t
handed his head at the company’s stockholders meeting a few days ago
particularly given his o... (more)
"We sent them a letter and said we think that's a fair offer," Bill Gates has
been telling the Associated Press, referring of course to the February 1
proposal Microsoft made to the Yahoo! board of directors to acquire the
company for $44.6BN. Gates made the comments during a conference call to
announce free access to Microsoft developer tools for students.
"There's nothing that's gone on other than us stating that we think it's a
fair offer," Gates continued. They should take a hard look at it."
In other Microsoft-Yahoo! news yesterday, Reuters and the Wall Street Journal
both mad... (more)
Philipp Lenssen at the “Google Blogoscoped” blog broke the story on
September 1, 2008 that Google is launching an open source browser called
Google Chrome. Lennsen writes: “Today there was a comic book in my mail,
sent by Google and drawn by no less than Scott McCloud, creator of the
classic Understanding Comics. Within the 38 pages, which I’ve scanned and
put up, in very readable format Google gives the technical details into a
project of theirs: an open source browser called Google Chrome. The book
points to www.google.com/chrome, but I can’t see anything live there
"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)