Remember three years ago, when Microsoft paid a quarter-billion dollars for 1.6% of Facebook and the exclusive right to run banner ads across Facebook.com? Tell the truth, how many of you thought that was a killer business decision? I can’t say I did at the time. But as that deal is about to expire in 2011, Facebook’s status as a revenue juggernaut is rarely questioned any more.
In fact, I have been mulling over data from both companies, and I’m ready to declare in public my belief that Facebook will be bigger in five years than Google is right [
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Paris Peripherique Street View MovieGMapify has created another video using Street View images. This one shows the whole of the Paris Peripherique.
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Google today said it would introduce a new image format designed to compete directly with current JPEG standards. The format, named WebP and pronounced "weppy," promises to reduce file sizes by 40 percent compared to JPEGs, which could help websites load faster and reduce strain on networks….
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For years I’ve had a Google Account. It has a number of my email addresses associated with it, but the one I exposed as the primary address was my main contact address (currently email@example.com – last year, firstname.lastname@example.org – and so on).
I have never used Gmail. When it first came out, I didn’t sign up because they wouldn’t let me have a 5 letter username (denny). Since then I’ve not needed it, because for years I’ve been running my own server, hosting my own domains, and my email all lives there.
When I got my Android phone, [
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If it is true – as many believe – that the political elite in Washington have been engaged in a love affair with Google since Barack Obama’s campaign for the White House, then it is also true that the US president is now beginning to notice some wrinkles and warts on his beloved.
Although the faltering economic recovery has taken centre stage in Washington ahead of November’s midterm elections, Google this week appeared to have created some fresh problems for the administration.
The news that Google had struck a deal withVerizon, the US telecoms group, over how the companies will [
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So Google Fonts is out ♥ and a WordPress plugin exists ♠ to rapidly apply them – delight! I have shown remarkable control in changing everything but only with one font, for a while. The new Safari extensions allow a Google Fonts preview extension to try them out ♣ and the list is growing fast. Installing is a cinch and the settings are simple.
First impressions of the display after installing the WordPress plugin are that it increases the loading-time but seems to play safe with most browsers on the mac and the PC however the implementation and display is [
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Apple Study: 8 easy steps to beat Microsoft (and Google) View more presentations from Ouriel Ohayon.
MP Robert Halfon argues that we need to stop internet companies from creating their own surveillance society.
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Every WiFi wireless router – the device that links most computer owners to the internet – in every home has been entered into a Google database.
The project had remained secret until an inquiry in Germany earlier this month in which Google was forced to admit that it “mistakenly” downloaded data packets, which may have included fragments of emails and other data, from unsecured wireless networks where they were not protected by a password.
The information was collected by radio aerials on their Street View cars, which have now photographed almost [
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In Borraccia!In Borraccia! is an Italian campaign to reduce the consumption of plastic water bottles. As part of its campaign In Borraccia! is promoting these three Google Maps that promote the use of tap water over bottled water. AltreconomiaThis Google Maps mashup shows restaurants in Italy that serve tap water so you don’t have to pay for expensive bottled water.The map includes quick links
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I am missing something so the revolution doesn’t work for me. The very fact that it doesn’t actually work is far outweighed by its ubiquity – that worked for Microsoft so it will work for Facebook, for a while.
Last week Facebook unveiled a variety of new developer tools, and new consumer applications are set to be launched in the near future. What’s most interesting about these changes aren’t the debates about whether what Facebook is doing is good for the Internet or not, or how open or not open their solutions are.
Those debates are important but they don’t [
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Google posts “by bike” instructions on Googlemaps! Original Tweet: THEY say. When can I do Broadway Market to Dover, Stoke Newington to Putsborough or Sharrow to Paris?
Still not showing up on the iPhone for London. I suppose my impatience is showing. There won’t be a party going on over at Garmin and Tom Tom as this gets rolled out..
Google will roll out a number of security enhancements to Gmail this week, and perhaps as early as Tuesday, says a source with knowledge of the new features. The changes are specifically designed to cut down on phishing and hacking attacks on Gmail accounts.
There are two specific changes that we’ve heard Google is implementing. The first is a secondary line of defense when a user has lost his or her password. If a Gmail account is accessed from a new computer, the user will have the option of receiving a text message with a new one time use [
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As everyone knows, Garmin and TomTom have their backs against the ropes in a fight to remain relevant in an age of free GPS turn-by-turn navigation on smartphones (thanks Google and Nokia). While dedicated personal navigators are almost always superior to their converged competition, the gap has certainly narrowed such that it’s become difficult to justify another device when an increasing number of people already carry a fine navigation device in their pockets. But that’s just gut instinct talking, where’s the hard evidence? Certainly not speculative stock prices. A good place to start is in forward-looking financial statements like the [
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Mapa de Pueblos AbandonadosThis Google Map shows the locations of abandoned towns and villages in Spain. The red map markers indicate locations that have full descriptions and links to articles on the site’s blog.If you click on a a map marker the information window includes a zoom in button. When viewing the map it is interesting to switch to satellite view and zoom in on the abandoned town.
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Bottom-line: There’s no good reason why Buzz (terrible name, btw) should be integrated with Gmail. The company showed the worst judgment. It took what was the industry leading web mail product and turned it into a lab experiment. Once I turned it off (it’s not hard, there’s a switch at the bottom of the Gmail home page), Gmail went back to being Gmail, and not a nightmarish ad for Google’s software design ineptness.:
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“That was my experience with Buzz too. Many of the people that Buzz suggested I follow are people that I would never think of following on Twitter or friending on Facebook.
One of the more recent lessons for me in the world of social media is the value of the explicit connection. At one time, I thought that automatically building my networks would be useful.
But if you compare Google Latitude, where you broadcast your location, to Foursquare, where you explicitly checkin to a location, I think you’ll agree that the explicit gesture is better.”
And so it turns out [
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The article below led to this article being published.
Then Ms Jacobs was contacted by none other than the project-leader for Buzz. Here in a follow-up post, with more restrained language, she outlines her feelings today and reflects upon Google’s ‘clumsiness’. Remove shoe, take aim, fire.
I use my private Gmail account to email my boyfriend and my mother.
There’s a BIG drop-off between them and my other “most frequent” contacts.
F**k you, Google « Fugitivus
A big “so what?”
To a man with a hammer everything looks like a nail and to Google the whole world is a nail right now. Tidbits takes a calm look at Buzz not unlike someone who today related the spinstorm around Wave a few months ago. Is Buzz Twitter’s Zune? Gregory is Perplexed.
The idea behind Buzz is to create social networking within your existing Google universe, using Gmail as the hub. Google is rolling out Buzz gradually, and it hit my Gmail login a day after the launch.
TidBITS Networking: What’s the Google Buzz? Tell Me What’s A-Happening.
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GeocodedArt GeocodedArt is a new website that is busy mapping the world’s fine art paintings. The geocodedArt database contains over 1,000 images of identifiable places all over the world.
The images are organized and displayed using Google Maps and Bing Maps and are cross-indexed by artist. It is possible to search the database by artist name, painting name or by location.
This is a great way of exploring the world’s art. Hint – I’d really like a mobile phone application of this to show you paintings of views that are near your current location.
Paintmap – [
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Google could launch a Twitter-killer as soon as this week, the Wall Street Journal reports.
Google already allows Gmail users to update their status. The prompt reads, “let people know what you’re up to, or share links to photos, videos, and Web pages.” But every time a user updates their status, the previous update disappears into the ether.
Google Launching Twitter-Killer For Gmail!.
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Remove shoe, point gun at foot and take aim …
Earlier today I was driving to Google for a product briefing, minding my own business, talking on my Google phone with Google PR and trying to figure out what Google building I was supposed to be driving to. I stopped at a crosswalk for a bunch of Googlers to pass. And this guy, who’s wearing a Google employee badge, decides it’s time to take a stand against cell phone use in cars. So he stands in front of my car and won’t move. That’s right, it was his Tiananmen [
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This article is part of The GOOD Guide to Slowing Down, from GOOD Issue 18. Read more of the guide here.
Easy ways to unplug your gadgets and your life
Perhaps you’ve heard: Texting while driving can kill you. If you ask us, staying too connected behind your desk can be dangerous, as well. In recent studies, single-taskers have outperformed those who take on many tasks at a time, suggesting that multitaskers are less efficient, have heavier workloads, and set themselves up for elevated stress and its related problems, like weight gain, sleep loss, and elevated blood pressure. [
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