CEO, Eric Schmidt about Google’s new definition – “did you know?” & fast search

With Google TV on its way – plans are to launch this fall, the Android mobile search traffic which grew 50 percent in the first half of 2010, the increasing money maker YouTube and a new Google Music, Google’s new guiding principle is in serving users automatic and fast search results, all the time.

“Our new definition of Google, we’re trying to get you something fast – never underestimate the importance of fast.”

“Ultimately, search is not just the web but literally all of your information – your email, the things you care about, with your permission – this is personal search, for you and only for you.”

“The next step of search is doing this automatically. When I walk down the street, I want my smartphone to be doing searches constantly – ‘did you know?’, ‘did you know?’, ‘did you know?’, ‘did you know?’.”

“This notion of autonomous search – to tell me things I didn’t know but am probably interested in, is the next great stage – in my view – of search.”

Google TV will call up both free and paid web video, including PPV from DISH Cinema, Google TV product marketing manager Brittany Bohnet demonstrated. Android Market on Google TV is coming early in 2011, she said.

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Here are some hints & numbers offered by Eric Schmidt:

On Google Music – “Think about a music player – if it’s not connected to the internet, it just has what’s stored on it; it can’t get the music nearby, it can’t get the latest music. It has to be on the net. The same is true of everything.”

On Android Mobile Phones – “One in three queries from smartphones is now around where I am. Our mobile search traffic grew 50 percent in the first half of 2010 – it’s growing much quicker than everything else. Search traffic from Android phones tripled in the first half of 2010.”

About YouTube – “Business is doing very well with more than two billion monetized views a week. The number of monetized views is up 50 percent in the last year.”

Google CEO, Eric Schmidt says Facebook users will be forced to change their names to escape cyber past

To escape their virtually frivolous past, many users of sites such as Facebook will get to change their name because of the potential future employers who will look through their past over the internet.

“I don’t believe society understands what happens when everything is available, knowable and recorded by everyone all the time,’ he told the Wall Street Journal.

“I mean we really have to think about these things as a society.”

An estimated 600million people have personal online profiles, many of which are accessible to total strangers.

But his comments soon drew accusations of hypocrisy. Chris Williams, of the online tech news website The Register said: “Recording everything and making it knowable by everyone all the time is Google’s stated mission.

“It is profiting handsomely from the fact that society doesn’t understand the consequences.”

Barack Obama – himself a keen social network user – warned young people “to be careful about what you post on Facebook” – in case future employers got hold of it.

“In the YouTube age whatever you do, it will be pulled up again later somewhere in your life,” he warned.

Eric Schmidt’s comments were welcomed by internet experts.

“Mr Schmidt is completely right on how much information we are giving away online,” Dylan Sharpe from the privacy website Big Brother Watch told the Independent.

“Right now there are millions of young kids and teenagers who, when they apply for jobs in ten years time, will find that there is so much embarrassing stuff about them online that they cannot take down.”

“Undoubtedly we need to educate children, and many adults, for that matter, on the value of privacy.

“But with social networking growing in scope and popularity, the real question is – can we put Pandora back in her box?”

But Mr Sharpe added that it was “a little ironic” for Mr Schmidt to claim he is concerned about privacy given that his company has made billions storing data on its customers’ internet use so that it can target them with personalized adverts.

“Google is a company that specializes in knowing where you are, what you are doing and who you are talking to,” said Mr Sharpe, whose organization has campaigned against Google Street View.

“That’s a scary prospect.”

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Billionaires Steve Jobs and Eric Schmidt are good friends at a coffee

Apparently they were having a nice cup of coffee along with a – most likely – interesting conversation.

Steve Jobs on the left and Eric Schmidt on the right

After all, Schmidt used to be on Apple’s board. But ever since he stepped down (and actually before he did), the growing animosity between the two formerly close companies has been apparent.

Gizmodo’s tipster saw them and snapped these shots, and noted that the cafe is owned and operated by former Google chef Charlie Ayers. Overheard from the conversation were two lines by Jobs. Enthusiastically, “They’re going to see it all eventually so who cares how they get it.” Which seemed to be about web content, said the tipster. And, “Let’s go discuss this somewhere more private,” after they noticed the crowd gathering around. Brian Lam from Gizmodo thinks that was probably a wise move. Schmidt was very quiet, listening, and Jobs was doing a lot of the talking. What do you make of the body language? And what’s that black thing on the table? No, it’s not an iPad. It’s a menu. Tipster says the first thing he looked for was an iPad, and that isn’t it.

Steve Jobs on the left and Eric Schmidt on the right

On August 3rd, 2009 Apple released this announcement:

Apple today announced that Dr. Eric Schmidt, chief executive officer of Google, is resigning from Apple’s Board of Directors, a position he has held since August 2006.

“Eric has been an excellent Board member for Apple, investing his valuable time, talent, passion and wisdom to help make Apple successful,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “Unfortunately, as Google enters more of Apple’s core businesses, with Android and now Chrome OS, Eric’s effectiveness as an Apple Board member will be significantly diminished, since he will have to recuse himself from even larger portions of our meetings due to potential conflicts of interest. Therefore, we have mutually decided that now is the right time for Eric to resign his position on Apple’s Board.”

Shortly afterward Google provided with the following statement from Schmidt:

I have very much enjoyed my time on the Apple Board. It’s a fantastic company. But as Apple explained today we’ve agreed it makes sense for me to step down now.

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