Today in Social

Today’s big news has to be Google’s launch of Google TV at its I/O developers’ conference. After months of rumors, the company finally revealed its plans for both an embedded service — which will appear in certain TV sets from Sony — as well as a standalone set-top box that will connect to most televisions and blend web services and online video with regular TV content, even allowing viewers to watch a Web video in one frame and regular TV in another. Is it the future of television? Nilay Patel from Engadget is less than impressed, calling Google TV “like a VGA cable, only more complicated,” while Tech writer Ed Bott wonders whether Tivo — the company that invented the smart set-top box — is looking at Google TV and checking its patent portfolio.