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Google beats market expectations but core questions remain

Google announced Q2 earnings that showed the company is still enjoying strong growth. The company’s results beat expectations but its crucial ‘cost-per-click’ metric for ads continues to decline, likely increasing the pressure on Google to find a way to diversify its reliance on search advertising.

Google moving to all paid Google Product Search listings

Google is transforming its formerly free Google Product Search listings into Google Shopping, a new vertical that will only be stocked with products that companies have paid to place there. That’s a big change for Google, which has never shifted an originally free product to all-paid.

Larry Page: Google+ is really about two experiences

Google+ now has 170 million users, according to the most recent data shared by Google CEO Larry Page, who said the company has seen has seen “some impressive growth” for Google+. Page also called Google+ the “social spine” of a growing number of Google products.

Google bounces back, announces stock split plan

After suffering a rare miss last quarter, Google came back with a solid quarter with earnings coming in at $10.08 a share, on revenue of $10.65 billion. The company also announced a stock-split proposal that will create a new class of non-voting capital stock.

New Google Currents fixes syncing, goes international

Google says it has fixed one of the biggest problems with its Currents mobile news reader app–glacial content syncing–while also rolling out to international publishers with a new update released Wednesday. That should improve its competitive position against apps like Flipboard and Zite.

Google Throws Cash At Its Top Executives

Considering the amount of cash Google (NSDQ: GOOG) is spending on retaining employees, it only makes sense that it would reward its top exec…

Google To Hire 1,000 In Europe

The outgoing chief executive of Google (NSDQ: GOOG), Eric Schmidt, has announced a plan to hire more than 1,000 staff over the coming year t…

Google Shows Off Its Chrome Web Store

Six months after Google (NSDQ: GOOG) first said it was developing an online store that would be built into its Google Chrome web browser and…

Google Books for Android — a Review

Google opened its e-book store today and released a reader app for Android today. Google Books is a no-frills app as is common with Google’s first efforts, but it handles the basic tasks well. A cool feature lets you read books from the original scanned page.

Android This Week: Instant Search; Wi-Fi Direct; $30 Phone

Google released Instant Search for Android this week, and it works as well as on the desktop. A Galaxy S smartphone was the first to receive certification for the Wi-Fi Direct standard, making peer-to-peer connections a possibility. These Android stories and more were covered this week.

Android Fragmentation Improves- 77% running 2.1, 2.2

A charge often levied against Android is the fragmentation that resulted from releasing so many versions of the OS in such a short time. That concern is lessening as the latest numbers shows that 77 percent of all Android devices are running Android 2.1 or 2.2.

Google Instant Coming to Mobile & I Can’t Wait

Google Instant is a natural and necessary progression for the search giant, especially in the multi-touch, always-on-wherever-you-go computing environment. If all goes well, it is coming to iPhones as well as BlackBerry and Android devices near you later this fall.

5 Tips to Make Android Phones Better

It is easy to get started with phones running Android, but it can be a bit daunting for new users to tap into the full capability of the platform. Here are five simple things users can do to get the most out of an Android phone.

Goodbye to GOOG-411 and Biddy-Biddy-Boop

Google today announced it is shutting down its free U.S. and Canada directory assistance service, 1-800-GOOG-411, to put its focus on its other speech recognition services and extending them to new languages. As of Nov. 12, the number will go dead.

Google Gesture Search for Android: Fingertip Review

Gesture Search allows searching for information on Android phones by spelling words a letter at a time on the screen. A recent demo of the app made it clear that many Android owners have never tried it. Here’s a review of the useful utility.

Google Launches Android Phone Gallery

Google (s goog) is not selling phones directly to consumers since canceling the Nexus One, but it is showcasing many of the Android phones available in the U. S. through the new Google Phone Gallery. The site gathers information about the top Android phones.

The Not-So Shady World of Cooked Smartphone ROMs

The ability to replace a smartphone ROM with a totally different set of software has gone mainstream, and anyone can do it. It’s not without risk, and certainly not for the faint of heart. Even so, thousands of phone owners are flashing them with custom ROMs.

Google Builds MegaData Center in Finland

Google, owners of the biggest web infrastructure projects, is building a massive data center in Hamina, Finland. The mega datacenter is going to cost $260 million and will go live in spring 2011. It is housed in a paper mill, and will cost over $260 million.

Google Music: Cloud-based Locker, Streaming and Downloads

A new digital-music service from Google will likely include a la carte downloads, streaming music, song sharing and a cloud-based “digital locker” where users can store their music for $25 a year, according to sources in the music industry who have reportedly seen the company’s proposal.

Android Tip of the Day: Change Any Default App

Have you installed an app that replaces one of the preinstalled phone apps but the original still fires up when you try to do something with the new one? Don’t fret, Android has way to reassign the default app to use in any situation.

Top Android Apps to Customize Your Phone

Android phone owners will tell you that a big draw of using the Google platform on the smartphone is the ability to tailor the user experience to personal preference. Almost every aspect of the user interface is customizable, and these are my top apps and widgets.

Does Google Instant Mean More Energy Use?

Google has long been conscientious about their energy use. But with their launch of Google Instant — their super fast, interactive new search — I couldn’t help but wonder if the search engine giant didn’t just crank up their energy use.

Google Instant: A Mobile App Approach to Search

Google launched today a revision of its core search technology called Google Instant. Instant acts and feels like a mobile app, and in my opinion would make more sense if it was one. But instead, it was launched as an tweak to Google’s web site.

Google Instant Turbocharges Search

Today Google announced a “fundamental shift” in search, where results are displayed before a user finishes typing a query. We’re covering the launch event at San Francisco’s MOMA, and will be updating this post as it proceeds.

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The Real Reason Google Is Buying Wind Power

While Google has long maintained that Google Energy’s plans will focus on helping the search engine giant reach carbon neutrality, ultimately there’s one major reason why Google is tackling the energy markets beyond its carbon neutral claim: data centers.

Breaking: Last Nexus One Shipment Hits Google

Google’s flagship Android phone, the Nexus One, is nearing its end of life point; the company now says it has received the last shipment from manufacturer HTC. Those wanting the only phone currently running Android 2.2 better grab one soon before supplies run out.

Google Says Viacom Lawsuit Cost $100 Million

During Google’s earnings call Thursday, executives declined to comment on the much-speculated financial state of YouTube. “What I can tell y…

Google Defends Mobile: Android Costs Are "Not Material"

Analysts pelted Google executives with concerns about mobile advertising effectiveness and revenue generation on the company’s quarterly earnings call today. Google’s growth in cost-per-click was only 2 percent in the quarter, compared to 4 percent a year ago.

Top 20 Android Apps Recommended by You

One of the features that draws me to Android is the ability to install apps that add to the enjoyment of the phone. It’s getting harder to find those gems in the Market, so I asked the Twitterverse for recommendations. These 20 topped the list.

App Inventor: Build Your Own Android Apps

What if you could easily build an app that does what you want, and in a way that fits your needs exactly? That’s what App Inventor by Google brings to the Android screen. Build apps that use Android services and hardware like a pro.

The Latest Fan of Liquid-Cooled Servers: Google

Dunking servers in liquid as a way to cool them is one of the more unconventional ways to reduce the energy consumption of data centers. But the latest Internet giant to eye the splashy tech is Google, which has patented a design for a liquid-cooled server sandwich.

Android, Linux get Large File Handling With Tuxera exFAT

Mobile video is getting more mainstream, with smartphones appearing that can record HD video. Tuxera has developed the exFAT file system which can handle large HD video files with ease. The company has released a version of the system that is compatible with Android and Linux.

Google Needs to Tread Softly With Android

An inteview with lead engineer Andy Rubin at Google answered some questions about patents, fragmentation and other hot topics in the Android world. His answers make sense but make it clear that Google may be playing with fire given the fast development rate with Android.

Screen Resolution More Important Than Size for Tablets

It is an exciting time for tablet enthusiasts, and I am firmly in that camp. There are tablets beginning to appear with screens from 7 – 10 inches. Unfortunately, screen resolution is more important than size. This is where most Android tablets now appearing fall short.

Notes From Google’s Earnings Call

Google’s earnings calls are starting to sound as gleeful as an Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) product roll-out. How is the company doing, according to C…

Has Google Solved Its Android Fragmentation Problem?

Google’s Android platform is gaining smartphone market share, but future growth is at risk due to fragmentation. Fortunately, however, the company appears to have a plan for addressing such an issue that reportedly involves “decoupling many of Android’s standard applications and components from the platform’s core.”

Poll: Is Google's Exit From China a Smart Move?

Whether it was its inability to cope with competition from Baidu or its moral outrage at the recent hacker attacks on its infrastructure, Google is the first Western company to say no to China. Did it do the right thing? Take our poll.

Why Apple and Google Need Each Other

It’s so tempting to get drawn into the ego battles between Steve Jobs and the Google Triumverate, while placing bets on who will win, that we can forget a deeper truth about this rivalry: Google and Apple need each other.

Video: Google & Its Grand Ambitions

Without a doubt, Google has gigantic ambitions. We hear a lot about its various products but it’s hard to contextualize those efforts. A new video from Australian news show, Hungry Beast, is a graphical representation of Google’s grand ambitions. It’s also lots of fun.

Buzz + Latitude = A Minefield for Google

Google is considering integrating its Latitude offering with Buzz, which has drawn criticism from privacy advocates since its launch last month. But the company must continue to address Buzz’s privacy issues before it complicates the app by adding functionality from its friend-finding application.

Google Can Now Buy & Sell Energy, What Next?

The U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has approved Google’s application to buy and sell energy, after much speculation over whether it would. Will Google act as a utility, and will it disrupt energy markets?

Google vs. Apple

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"Google Energy" Subsidiary: What's Google Up To?

Will Google be selling you electricity? There are reports that the search engine giant has created a subsidiary called “Google Energy,” which is looking to buy and sell electricity on federally regulated wholesale markets, and the company has asked for permission to do so.

Google Amps Up Real-time and Mobile Search

Google today launched and demoed an array of products intended to make search more relevant and convenient. But they notably excluded significant efforts to make search more relevant by using social connections.

Google's Challenges in Mobile Search

Google’s (s goog) dominance on the Internet is unquestioned, but its mobile search offering will have to address four major factors if…

Why You Can't Trust Google

If, like our little company, you run your business using Google Apps, you’re playing with fire. For time and again, the company…

Google Tests Videos In Search Ads

In a bid to win over entertainment advertising dollars, Google (NSDQ: GOOG) is testing out videos in paid search ads. AdAge’s Michael Learmo…

Adobe Targets Google Docs With New Offerings

Adobe (NSDQ: ADBE) made a big push into the increasingly competitive online document collaboration market Monday, with two new subscription…

Next Stop For Google Alums: A Review Site

Is there room for a new review site in a market dominated by companies like Citysearch and Yelp? Nextstop.com — which officially launches t…

Why Twitter Shouldn’t Rule Out Advertising

Twitter co-founder Biz Stone announced Monday that his company wouldn’t be going after advertising revenues and would instead live on e-com…

Bad Year For Bonuses? Not For Google Execs

Bonuses on Wall Street may be getting slashed, but executives at plenty of other big companies are still getting their year-end payouts — e…

Google & The Big Ideas

When I read about Google launching a mobile version of Tasks, I was amazed by the attention being focused on what is essentially a to-do list web site. And while it wasn’t worth a story, I shared my feelings via Twitter. Clearly, 140 characters weren’t enough to express the fullness of my thought, but somehow the flippancy of my remark rankled my slightly overcaffeinated friend, Matt Cutts, a respected Google veteran. And thus the debate over Google and its big ideas began.

Google Is Taking A Bus To Tamil Heartland

In a bid to boost internet adoption by a wider demographic base, Google (NSDQ: GOOG) India is literally taking the internet to the people

Google Is Not Your Sugar Daddy

Everyone seems convinced that the Internet owes them a living, and that Google (being synonymous with the Internet the way it is for so many) is the best one to settle the bill, especially since it has billions of dollars just lying around, like Scrooge McDuck. Let’s call this the “Google as sugar daddy” argument. But why should Google pay? Especially when the main argument as to why it should seems to be because it can?

Google Launches Hindi Translation

Google (NSDQ: GOOG) has launched the Google Translate service for Hindi, which allows users to translate text from English to Hindi and Hind…

Earnings Preview: Google Q1 On Tap

Do you know what tomorrow is? Yep, it’s the day folks can stop trying to define the meaning of life from every scrap of Google-related data…

Google Down 7%. Why?

Google is down $35 a share to around $451 and continues to be under pressure. Why? comScore came out with January U.S.…

Google To Set Up Campus In Hyderabad

[by Cerius Shah] While the state housing the commercial capital is belting out teenage angst on its workforce, Andhra Pradesh is making hay.…

Google Begins Testing Video Ads

In a bid to improve the presentation and thus clickability of their ads, Google (NSDQ: GOOG) has today started testing out click-to-play vid…

214 Cleared To Bid In US Spectrum Auction

The Federal Communications Commission has said that 214 companies are eligible to bid in the 700 MHz Auction 73, a significant proportion of…

5 Who Won't Appreciate Google Android

Open-source efforts bring with them numerous advantages, and Android, the Open Handset Alliance’s open and free mobile platform that’s backed by Google and 30 other technology and mobile companies, will be a major player in the mobile world for some time to come. But as guest blogger Thomas Howe explains, not everyone will appreciate Android.

Dreaming of a Google Set-Top Box

Let’s play every techie’s most-favorite and least-favorite game: What will Google disrupt next? Erick Schonfeld at TechCrunch has a speculative piece today…

Social Maps Site Platial Acquires Frappr

Portland, OR-based Platial, an aggregator of user-generated content based on geography, is acquiring Frappr, a social mapping site based in…

Google SMS Launched In India

Google (NSDQ: GOOG) has gone the SMS way in India, launching the short code based Google SMS service. They’ve put up a simulation of the ser…

Google Buys Mobile Social Service Zingku

Google has acquired “certain assets and technology” of Zingku, a mobile social network which lets people create and share things via mobile,…

More on Google Phone, From Boston

Apparently some more details of the mythically-real Google phone, this time documented by Boston Globe: Rich Miner, Google’s VP of wireless,…

Google Mobile Phone To Enter India?

Possibly the most error-ridden story I’ve read in a while: Business Standard has a very speculative story on Google’s supposed phone (dubbed…

Google AdSense For Mobile In Beta

So some blogs are reporting, based on some e-mail invites Google has sent out: “Adsense for mobile allows publishers to place adsense contex…

Why Google Bought DoubleClick

Google, which is in the process of buying online ad giant DoubleClick, has explained in detail the rationale behind the deal, from both the…

Google’s Attempt For Mobile Dominion

Google is planning a strong move into the mobile, to the possible extent of creating a mobile operating system to challenge Symbian, Windows…

Eric Schmidt On Google’s Mobile Plans

Google CEO Eric Schmidt has promised more mobile applications during his keynote interview with Walt Mossberg at All Thing Digital, the last…

Google Offers Mobile Access To Calendar Service

Google has launched access to its Calendar service from mobile phones, via WAP — so I’m pretty sure the big deal is a reformat. “Since more…

Google And Salesforce Discussing An Alliance

There has been speculation of a deal in the last few months to this effect, but WSJ reports that Google and Salesforce.com are discussing an…

Google Reaches News Deal In UK?

Not really sure what to make of this report in Sunday Herald in UK…it says Google has reached deals with several large UK news groups over…

Google Hoses Down Googlephone Rumors

Google’s South-East Asia managing director of sales and operations, Richard Kimber, has moved to hose down rumors that the search behemoth i…

Google Engineers Working On Low-End Phones

Isabel Aguilera, the head of Google’s Spanish and Portuguese operations, has said that engineers in the company are working on a mobile phon…

Google To Anonymize Search History

Google has announced that it will implement a new policy designed to offer more privacy protection to its users by the end of the year, repo…

Tech Firms Push to Use TV Airwaves for Internet

A coalition of tech giants — Microsoft, Google, Dell, Hewlett-Packard, Intel and Philips — are lobbying the US Federal Communications Comm…

EconSM Speaker Addition: David Eun, Google

It’s a coincidence that we’re adding David Eun, vice president of content partnerships for Google, to our list of confirmed panelists the sa…

5 Tips For a New Mac User?

Microsoft’s Windows XP successor, Windows Vista launched today. As it seems some in the world of blogging feel, it should be driving…

Google Woos Advertisers For Radio Service

Having made its first zillion dollars on Net advertising, Google is still looking for the source of its next zillion. Print ads didn’t take,…

The Mystery of YouTube’s Home Page Picks

Mark Glaser of PBS MediaShift picks through the mystery of YouTube homepage videos and how they are chosen, and what are paid spots vs edito…

Google Begins Limited Testing Of Radio Ads

Google has begun testing radio ads in the U.S. with a small group of its online keyword-search advertisers, following its acquisition earli…

Google and BSkyB In Co-Branded Portal Deal

Google is following in the footsteps of Yahoo in this case, which has a similar deal with BT in UK. BSkyB, the satellite giant in UK, has ti…

Google Buys Wiki Collab Tool JotSpot

Google has bought JotSpot, a 3-year-old company for enterprise and consumer wikis and other collaboration tools based on wikis. JotSpot co-f…

YouTube Removes Comedy Central Clips

This is probably the most significant cleansing of YouTube since its launch: the service, now in the process of being bought by Google, has…

The Irony Of You In YouTube

Victor Keegan has the best lines I have read about the GoogTube deal: “Content is king, but the king has yet to be voted a stipend…The cur…

Google Opens Up A Big Office in New York

After a year of speculation, Google has opened a new, bigger office in Chelsea neighborhood in Manhattan. The company has had an ad sales te…

Google: “We Respect Copyright”

Google’s VP of content partnerships, David Eun, posted a lengthy statement on the company’s “approach to content” earlier this week — appar…

Google Not Getting Into Music Sales

Google has given up, or rather, wised up: after some obvious plans to get into online music downloads/service, it has publicly said that it…

More On Google News’ Deal With AP

We’ve known about a deal between AP and Google News for more than a year now, though not sure what the shape or structure it has…it starte…

Google To Offer Click Fraud Stats

In face of growing concern about click fraud (well, at least from analysts and some reports), Google is moving fast and will now will be rev…

Google To Launch A Spreadsheet

An online one, by tomorrow, says this WSJ story. We’re waiting with bated breathe to churn some numbers…online. Like wow…
In March the c…

Google’s Desktop Software On Dell

Google already has a default-homepage deal with Dell, has now reached an agreement with Dell to install Google software on millions of Dell…

Google Buys Israeli Search Technology

Google recently acquired an advanced text search algorithm invented by Ori Alon, an Israeli student..the story says Yahoo and Microsoft were…

@ DH: Google Music Council?

Picked up this bit at the Digital Hollywood pre-show today: Google is holding an invite-only music roundtable this Thursday at its HQ with…

Google Finance Launch: The Reuters Deal

In the newly launched Google Finance, the most substantive data deal the company has is with Reuters. That’s obvious from looking at any tic…

Google Launched Finance Vertical

As expected, Google has launched a finance vertical, in beta…it is called Google Finance, of course.
Google Finance offers similar feature…

Google Buys 3D Software Service SketchUp

(via Om) Google has bought out @Last Software (and its main product SketchUp), a small 3D software company. Among other things, the software…

Google Stripping Out Ads In Mobile Content

[by James Pearce] Russell Buckley has pointed out that when Google changes websites to make them fit on mobile phones it strips out the adve…

Correction: Google News

My apologies to Krishna Bharat for calling his creation Google News “perpetualy beta” in my post about the mobile edition. A mental lapse k…

Google’s New Building in Santa Monica

Didn’t realize Google had taken up a building/office in my backyard in Santa Monica…I saw it today while driving by. The address: 604, Ari…

Measure Map Blog Stats Tool Bought By Google

Google has bought Measure Map, a blog stats analysis tool, from design firm Adaptive Path, the companies announced today in e-mails to clien…

Google Melds IM, Gmail

Google is adding another tool to its communications suite: Gmail Chat, an integrated IM client that works without leaving Gmail. The rollout…

The Google-Napster Rumor

Updated: below: Well, Tim, if picking a rumor from Yahoo Finance message board constitues an exclusive, so be it. We got this tip from sourc…

Google’s Possible Entry Into Music

It is all speculation and some amount of deductive reasoning, but I suppose it is inevitable that Google will do something more in online mu…

Google News Outta Beta; Ads Next?

Three years after launching Google News in beta (about 1219 days, to be more precise), Google has taken off the beta tag from all English la…

Google Cracks Blackberry

Google seems to be redoubling its efforts to make its products as ubiquitous as possible on a variety of devices. The latest hook-up: Google…

Google Video Store: Launched Now

Updated: see below: The much-touted-yet-till-now-vaporware Google Video Store has launched, at least halfway…the account settings and an o…

Google’s Customized Homepage For Partners

This is half-interesting: Google has launched customized homepages for some of it partners like broadband-over-powerline company Current (Go…

CES: Google Pack: Live Now

The Google keynote is in 15 minutes, but the Google software package bundle called Google Pack is live now, for dowloading here. More info o…

CES: Launch of Google Video Player

Along with Google Pack below is the software is the Google Video Player. I can’t find any video online or on my computer that it would play,…

Google-pa-looza

I swear stories about Google multiply like rabbits; turn your back for just a minute and there are enough to fill a hutch. But, hey, when a…

Google Mulling Online Book Rental Program

This is a slight twist in the other online book search/scanning activity: Google has approached at least one book publisher to measure inter…

Controversial Google Print Service Launched

Google Print for books, the controversial book scanning and searching service by Google (NSDQ: GOOG), has been launched with its first batch…

Google Returns To Scanning Books

Google’s back at it again, despite a couple of lawsuits and competing officially-sanctioned Open Content Alliance: it plans to resume scanni…

Publishers Sue Google On Book Search

A day after Google announced the opening of eight European sites for its ambitious book search project, the Association of American Publishe…

Google Opens 8 Book Search Sites in Europe

This will further alienate book publishers: Google has begun operating local-language sites in eight European countries for its Google Print…

Google’s Just a Hosting Company

OK, that’s taking it out of context…but you get the drift. Google, afterstumbling hard with TV content rights holders in January, is kicks…

Whither Google?

I wanted to say only the Shadow knows but that may be reaching too far back culturally. Google’s dizzying expansion in multiple directions h…

Sun, Google In Software Distribution Pact

So here it is: Sun and Google have agreed to a multi-year pact to distribute Sun’s software technologies that offer a potential alternative…

Google, Sun To Make announcement Tomorrow

Google and Sun plans to announce a “collaborative effort” in Silicon Valley, reports Reuters. Sun issued a media advisory on Monday saying t…

Vint Cerf Muses About Google Role, Broadband

Not all of what Vint Cerf is saying these days might be implemented in Google, but it is a good pointer nonetheless. In a speech today, he s…

Rumor Control: Reuters And Google

Nothing to it, multiple well-placed sources have told me…the only thing that is fueling the Google-Reuters rumor is trading desks which ha…

Rumor: Google Interested in Reuters?

This is the craziest rumor doing the round of trading desks in London now: Reuters, which is making presentations with in U.S. institutional…

Google Print And What “To Do” About It

An interesting series started by consultancy EPS, on the Google Print (where Google is scanning books for online delivery) controversy, and…

Google Taking Up Offline Ad Sales Too

Google, which has been considering getting into offline ad sales for some time now, is quietly testing the waters of print advertising sales…

Google Exploring Finance Vertical

Google has been exploring developing a finance vertical, much on the lines of Yahoo Finance…SiliconBeat picks up on it and says that it is…

Let The Backlash Begin

Because we haven’t written enough about Google today … the New York Times looks at Google’s growing power base and suggests “Relax, Bill G…

Google Talk Update

This could all turn out to be misdirection from Google but Download Squad has posted notes and screen grabs from a session in Google Talk. O…

Google Roundup:

Last week, Google celebrated the first anniversary of its IPO by registering for a secondary share offering that could raise $4 billion if t…

Google To Launch IM This Wednesday?

Buried in this NYT story by John Markoff, which touched on Google Sidebar launch (covered in the post below): it plans to unveil on Wednesda…

Get Ready for GoogleNet

A story joining some dots in some recents moves by Google, and comes to this conclusion: The gatekeeper of the world’s information could bec…

Google Pauses Library Project

At a time when other competitors are beginning to start this, Google will temporarily stop scanning copyright-protected books from libraries…

Google Buys Brazilian Search R&D Firm

Google has bought out Brazil’s Akwan Information Technologies, which it will use to set up a research and development center for Latin Ameri…

Ding Ding Ding Ding: Google Breaks $300

Whew, that’s over. Google finally broke the $300 barrier, closing at $303.82. We are not trying to re-open the “Google as media company” deb…

More On Google's E-Pay Biz Plans

Lots of scrambling as news orgs play catch up with the WSJ report late Friday that Google plans to compete with eBay’s PayPal on the e-pay f…

Who Will Google Buy Next?

This is turning out to be a “speculations day”: A nice roundup of the companies Google has bought out till now and what kind of companies it…

What Is A Media Company Today? Take Two

Our readers continue to respond a question raised by the fuss over whether Google should be deemed a media company. Eli Chapman, co-founder,…

Debate Over How To Classify Google Continues

Jon Friedman is really, really, really irked that anyone could classify Google, which gets the bulk of its revenue from advertising, as a me…

Google Woos B2B Search Biz

Google is targeting B2B with a Millward Brown study that shows how search advertising can be more effective than traditional trade journals,…

Google Shares En Route To $300?

Updated: This is like watching someone inflate a balloon beyond anything that seems rational and waiting for it to pop. Propelled by a CSFB…

Google Print Goes Live

Google opened the door to its controversial online library late Thursday with the launch of a book-specific search page. Print.Google.Com ma…

More on Google’s New Home Page

In general, people are having a very hard time with the announcement of Google’s personalized home page — either overestimating the importa…

Google Factory Tour-ists

Tons of copy still coming in about yesterday’s Google Factory Tour and the products discussed or launched during the dog-and-pony show. Not…

Google Acquisition Hungry

Well, that’s stating the obvious, but interesting thing about this is they’re probably looking at smaller/one-person companies, not to help…

Google Tests RSS Ad Inserts

Another day, another Google advertising move. Lots of buzz about Google’s test of AdSense ads in RSS feeds. Jason Calacanis is even using al…

Google’s Video Plans

For now, the Google Video upload project is very much in the collect-and-review phase.
[Jennifer Feikin, director of video at Google] conced…

Echoes good for Ditech

Looks like things are going great for Ditech Communications, a Mountain View, California company that has echo cancellation technology that is in…

Google Appears to Be Eyeing TV Medium

Slightly speculative, but Google would definitely be relevant in the on-demand world on TV…
Related: Searching Television via Closed-Capti…

Idiot Box, getting smarter

The second generation digital TVs should help the idiot box get a bit smarter, says Vamsi Sistla, ABI Research. Hitachi, LG and…

Google And Reed Call Ceasefire

I mentioned about Google and Reed Elsevier now collaborating on various initiatives..some more details.
Among them: The first provides users…

D-Link’s Dangerous Signs

William Bao Been, a Taiwan based analyst is slightly sour on D-Link. IN his recent report he points out that while, D-Link…

Online Publishers Rail Against Google

Well, what’s new? At the recently conculed AOP conference in UK, Associated New Media managing director Andrew Hart said that Net search fir…

Google Acquires Satellite Map Company

In a deal that could give a boost to local search marketing, Google has acquired Keyhole Corp., which sells online satellite maps.
Keyhole o…

Google, BellSouth Ink Local Advertising Deal

Another blow to yellow page publishers online: Google has authorized BellSouth Corp.’s online Yellow Pages unit RealPages.com to sell Google…

Google Rules Out Becoming Net Portal

So is Gbrowser vaporware? Google has ruled out embarking on a new instalment of the “browser wars” with Microsoft, according to Eric Schmidt…

Google Doubles Profit Year-Over-Year

In its first earnings report as a public company, Google posted a Q3 profit of $52 million, which more than doubled year over year, thanks t…

Will Google Say Hello To IM?

Google watchers abuzz about the search darling’s new desktop tool are already betting on its next product: instant chat.

Google Unveils Desktop Search

Google rolled out a preliminary version of its new desktop search tool..it allows users to search e-mail in Microsoft Outlook and Outlook Ex…

Google Print Opens Widely To Publishers

Google’s nearly year-old Google Print program is set for a huge expansion of content through the launch of a new program today allowing publ…

Chasing RIM is futile?

RIM’s recent run is ample proof that it has nailed down the wireless email pretty good. Even our friends at Techdirt are…

Google News: Beta Not Make Money

I am not the only one dreaming of conspiracy theories surrounding Google News…well, it is more of a fact: The minute Google News runs paid…

More Evidence of a Google Browser

Well, simple, it registered Gbrowser.com…
ZDnet: Analysts agree that it would be of little benefit for Google to create a browser from scr…

Be the Portal, Google

“Is Google going to become a portal someday? One can argue that tomorrow showed up early. Even if we will never agree on how to define a por…

Will Craigslist Start Accepting Google Ads?

Will Craigslist, which just sold a stake to eBay, start accepting Google Adsense ads on its site? A billion pageviews, with the expressed pu…

The Google Browser

A plausible speculation: Google is investing heavily in JavaScript-powered desktop-like web apps like Gmail and Blogger. Google could use th…

Google News Biased?

Much ado about nothing…besides the post, read the comments posted by Neil Pharazyn from Newsknife…

Google To Add Audio And Video Search

It seems that multimedia search engines are making a comeback, and Google is likely to add audio and video clips to its search service, acco…

Digital Photo Company Bought By Google

Google has acquired Picasa, a Pasadena, CA-based company specializing in digital photography.
Earlier this year Picasa had inked a technolog…

Google Applies to List on Nasdaq

Google, which has filed for a $2.7 billion IPO, has applied to list its shares on the Nasdaq Stock Market, the company said in a regulatory…

Google Aims to Complete IPO This Month

Google is aiming to complete its long-awaited IPO as soon as this month, FT reports.
Google filed its intent to raise money through an IPO a…

Google Print Adds More Magazines

Most of you are probably familiar with “Google Print”, an effort by Google to index offline or premium content, It started last year with bo…

Factiva Chief: Google Not A Threat

“Google has actually complemented Factiva,” CEO Clare Hart told ZDNet Australia, adding that while it was useful for generic information, ne…

CMP Clarifies On Google News Linking

So much for the controversy…CMP is NOT blocking Google News, rather “those cases must have been mistakes and it does not intentionally blo…

CMP Blocks Google News?

CMP Media, the trade technology media company, is blocking Google News users from its site, reports Jon. The blocking is not happening for m…

Google Merges Search And Ads For Indies

Google has introduced a program that lets Web publishers add Google Web search to their site and then earn money from the related text ads.…

Google: What Lies Beyond Search?

“Because Google has established itself so indelibly in the search category, we think it could experience branding challenges as it expands i…

Could Google Change the Wireless Internet?

A speculative story on whether Google will have the same effect on wireless Internet as it has on wirelene Internet…Google has already dev…

The Google News EPpy Controversy

“Perhaps the real question is not why Google News was nominated, but why traditional media companies didn’t build their own versions of algo…

Abusing Google Adwords

I have been meaning to write something about the abusing Google Adwords/AdSense, on a slight different tack (what I call the Google AdSense-…

Google’s Favorite News Sites

The New York Times’ is the site most often used as the first source for Google News’ stories. Reuters, the Washington Post, ABC News and the…

Google Revises Ad Pricing for Content Sites

In essence, it says ads on content sites are less valuable than ads in pure search results…again, it shows what I have believed in: contex…

GMail’s No Joke

Way too much meta madness: here’s a suggestion…please keep the gags to minimum, however irreverant your company is…
Anyway, GMail’s for…

Google Planning to Roll Out E-Mail Service

Be ready for the Google portal…it will launch a new consumer-oriented electronic mail service.
The new service, to be named Gmail, is sche…

Metro PCS files for IPO

Somehow I missed this one, but looks like small mobile carriers like Virgin, Boost Mobile and MetroPCS are hot enough for an…

Google Releases Local Search Tool

In another blow to local newspapers and their web operations, Google has released its local search tool, Google Local…Type a keyword along…

Personalizing Search the Way to Go?

Web surfers are anything but loyal when it comes to their favorite search engines..as a result MSN and Yahoo are focusing on new personaliza…

Google Developing Ad Service For E-mail

Google is developing a service that could dramatically extend the reach of its lucrative keyword-based advertising by linking such ads to e-…

Google Tests Book Search

Taking a leaf from Amazon.com, Google has started letting people search text within books…(well, I hinted something similar and more in la…

Google Here, There, and Everywhere

As the search giant keeps expanding into new services, it’s becoming a rival to just about every other Net company out there…
Taken to it…

Google Tests Desktop Search

Google is testing a software, called Google Deskbar, that lets people navigate the Web without opening up an Internet browser, placing itsel…

Google News Versus Rest

Newsknife has some good editorial comparison of Google News’ performance versus others…that is, software bot versus human editors…

Microsoft, Google Could Still Do a Deal

This according to USA Today..even though Google passed on an acquisition effort by MSFT, it may still do a partnership deal with the softwar…

Who’ll Google Buy; Who’ll Buy Google

I am getting sick of this…
This time Friendster spurned a $30 million takeover bid by Google…hey, if any of you had listened to my advic…

Microsoft and Google: Partners or Rivals?

Microsoft – desperate to capture a slice of the popular and ad-generating search business – approached Google within the last two months to…

Google May Have Peaked

(sub. req): “The more pertinent question is whether its business model will retain the lead…The biggest uncertainty is whether its focus o…

Google May Jump In On Book Text Search

A few days after Amazon debuted its book text search feature comes the news that Google is making the rounds of publishers as well, hoping t…

Blame Barron’s For Google IPO Frenzy

(sub. req.): Well, credit is due where it is due: it was Eric Savitz of Barron’s who did two weeks ago on Google IPO, a week before the FT…

Google IPO Details: III

“Google recently brought in about 35 firms to pitch for the business and invited about a dozen back for more conversations. The company has…

Google’s IPO Plans II

Well, MarketWatch is reporting that Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs and CS First Boston are the likely candidates for the coveted lead underwr…

On Google’s IPO Plans

On public demand (!), I am starting coverage of Google’s IPO plans: FT.com broke it yesterday, and since then, all the hell broke loose. (if…

Google Buys Sprinks

Google has bought the pay-per-click company Sprinks, from Primedia…the company also struck a deal with About.com, also owned by Primedia,…

Is Google Worth As Much As Yahoo?

Recent estimates peg privately-held Google’s worth at $18 billion….at that price it is valued at a slight discount to Yahoo and possibly g…

Will Google Buy About.com/Sprinks?

According to this story, there are indications that Primedia may be considering a deal with Google, involving About.com and Sprinks, its adv…

Blogger Pro Goes Back Gratis

Well, Blogger Pro, the premium version of Blogger, has gone back to gratis…Susan Mernit asks some valid questions: “Is this an expression…

Google News Finally Makes the Grade

Google News attracts more than 3 million unique visitors a month, yet Media Metrix and Nielsen/NetRatings have excluded it from the rankings…

What Should Google Do?

(PDF File, 254 KB, 77 pages) (via Fast Company Blog): A great weekend read: Seth Godin on what should Google do now, in terms of adding new…

Google and God

On being a rock star…

Gagging on Google News Alerts

Been testing out Google News’ e-mail alerts service, and it is very rudimentary, to say the least. Inconsistent, picks stories randomly for…

Google Launches News Alerts Service

Google has launched an e-mail news alert service in beta…more at Google News Alert FAQ.
Related:
— CBS MarketWatch’s Parallel Economy of…

Google Tweaks It In

Google News, as if it wasn’t good enough, has improved its search interface. Avanced search now includes exact phrase search; search for sto…

Rising Clout of Google

A front page WSJ story in the wake of Yahoo’s acquisition of Overture. “Google News shook Yahoo…Worried Yahoo executives began calling ind…

Google Cache & Media Copyright Concerns

This was bound to come up sooner or later: the head-to-head between Google’s cache and subscription/registration sites such as NYTimes.com.…

Google IPO Cash: Buy Out Moreover?

So what would Google do with the money if it launches an IPO? The speculation continues: it may want to expand its Google News offering, by…

Subscription Services Via Google?

(via TheEndofFree): Very interesting: This blog post explores the possibility of accessing subscription-based information services via the G…

Aggregation Vs. Subscriptions

This is the new new battle in the online media: Google’ CEO Eric Schmidt believes said at an industry conference that Internet companies th…

Google-izing Your Site

A review of a new book which shows media sites how to leverage the mother of all search engines. “Last year’s launch of the Google API provi…

Google to Go After Print Advertising Market

Google is going offline: it will begin targeting offline print properties and will distribute advertising to them through its Google AdWords…

Google’s Portal Ambitions?

“One worry for Google, Mr. Sherman said, is that a blogging service will make Google look more like a portal, putting it in competition with…

Google’s First Mistake

Reaction to Google’s buyout of Pyra, the parent company of Blogger. Some critics think it is not a good fit: “Google’s never run a service t…

Google Buys Pyra: Blogging Goes Big-Time

This is huge: Google has bought Pyra, the company that brought Blogger to this world, and single-handedly revolutionized blogging.
“But now…

So What Would You Pay

So What Would You Pay For? Readers Offer Their Site Lists: Following last week’s column by WSJ writers Tim Hanrahan and Jason Fry on which s…

Google’s Effect on News Sites:

Google’s Effect on News Sites: Jimmy Guterman analyzes the effect of Google’s latest launch, Google News, on news sites such as CNN.com and…