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 to have VoIP in the near future

Google is currently testing a feature of VoIP (Voice over IP) which will make part of future Gmail. More specifically the Gmail Chat application.

Google has set up phone booths across America’s colleges and airports as it launches Google Voice Integration with Gmail.

Users will be able to make calls from Gmail to contacts mobile phones from the Chat application list.

Initially, the service will be available only in the United States and Canada. If Google wants to compete with Skype, they will have to enable the VoIP service globally. The calls will not be free, but will be very cheap.

VoIP feature will be introduced in Gmail following the acquisition of Gizmo5 service, last year by Google.

Motorola ally with Verizon to win Apple

There were rumors saying that the Finnish manufacturer, Nokia, is planning to launch a tablet this year.

Motorola’s new product will also enable users to watch TV, according to Financial Times.

The new Tablet PC will have a 10-inch screen, will use the Google Android operating system and users could access programs like Adobe Flash.

Thanks to the TV broadcast application, Verizon customers could use FiOS service.

The new product will be thinner and lighter than iPad, sources say, quoted by Financial Times. Sources haven’t disclosed however, information about Motorola’s new Tablet PC’s name.

Although both Verizon and Motorola’s officials haven’t made any comments yet, in the past, Motorola discussed for several times the possibility of launching a new product to compete iPad.

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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Google launch its Chrome OS tablet on Black Friday, Novemver 26, on Verizon

Gizmodo says this rumor adds up what they’d previously heard and know: “It’s been rumored that Google and HTC are partnering on tablet hardware since January, and clearly Google and Verizon have gotten awfully cozy of late. And launching a major new product on Black Friday—the busiest shopping day of the year—would generate a lot of attention and, more importantly, hands-on time if they end up selling them in brick and mortars,” says Brian Barrett, Gizmodo.

Download Squad says that the device could be based on NVidia’s Tegra 2 platform and sport a 1280×720 multitouch display, 2GB of RAM, minimum 32GB SSD, WiFi/Bluetooth/LTE connectivity, GPS, webcam, and possibly expandable storage via a multi-card reader.

Volvo slightly exceeded YouTube acquisition four years ago

To get an idea, almost four years ago, Google was snapping up YouTube for $1.65 billion, brushing aside copyright concerns to seize a starring role in the online video revolution.

Geely and Ford officials have now completed the transaction by which the Swedish manufacturer Volvo goes under the patronage of the Chinese.

Ford dropped Volvo for the amount of 1.8 billion dollars, less than one third of the amount paid in 1999. The money will be transferred to accounts by the end of 2010.

Following the transaction, Stephen Odell, Volvo’s chief executive will take the lead of Ford Europe Division, and Li Shufu, Geely chairman, will become head of Swedish manufacturer.

Although Volvo has left the Ford’s protecting wing, the American manufacturer is willing to continue providing powertrains, vehicle components and the IT support required.

“Volvo is an excellent brand with a strong product line, and it has returned to profits after a successful restructuring. We are confident Volvo has a solid future under Geely’s ownership,” said Alan Mulally, Ford’s president and CEO.

“At the same time, the sale of Volvo will allow us to sharpen our focus on the Ford brand around the world and continue to deliver on our One Ford plan serving our customers with the very best cars and trucks in the world,” he added.

Li Shufu, Geely chairman, said “The signing and completion of this acquisition reflects the commitment of Ford and Volvo executives to the future of this company, along with the vital input of labour representatives and government officials in Sweden, Belgium and China as well as other relevant countries”.

Google pays you to discover bugs in Chrome

Mozilla, for example, has already such a strategy for some time. Now came the turn of Google to pay the bugs “discoverers” in Google Chrome.

Google transformed this into a competition. Mozilla promised $3,000 to those who find bugs in Firefox. Google has raised the amount, promising to those who find critical problems in Chrome exactly 3133.7 U.S. dollars.

For hackers, the browser manufacturers are offering “Easy Money”. Bugs in web browsers are almost certain to exist.

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A Google search with “Vatican” sends to a pedophile website

According to the Ansa agency, this has been recorded for several hours on Saturday. Contacted by Ansa, a spokesman for Google Italy, Simona Panseri, could not confirm whether it is an attack against the Vatican website.

“I can not confirm whether it is an attack as long as I don’t have precise information from the American engineers to understand the nature of the problem,” she said, according to the same source.

The Vatican published Thursday new, tougher rules against pedophilia, but victims of abuse consider inadequate.

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Google to launch Google Games

To prepare for this move, Google has invested in silence, almost 200 million dollars in Zynga, which already sits in an exclusive club together with companies valued over $1 billion.

New rumors about Google only confirm that it wants to dominate the social networks, especially if we take into account the forthcoming launch of Google Me, which is said to be a “Facebook-killer.”

On the other hand, MySpace, Facebook and Yahoo already host Zynga games. So, the question naturally is: what will Google provide in addition to those to be successful and how will it manage to win in front of its competitors? To be honest, it might be too late for Google to be part of this game, but we are just waiting.

A smartphone application promises to find free parking

The application works with Google Maps and uses GPS tracking and tagging support. Users actions are, however, essential. Without them the application becomes useless.

Basically, the action arises as follows: the phone holder with Google’s Android operating system, having installed the Open Spot application, will check when he parkes and when he leaves a parking lot. Thus, other users, all owners and all Android phones using the Open Spot application will see when someone has parked on a specific place.

The signs are very simple. When the user has parked in a place, a red indicator appears. When departing from that place, the indicator becomes green. Each user can thus see free and busy parking spaces nearby. Obviously, it’s not everywhere, but only those covered by other users using this application.

From theory to practice is a long way and for this system to become truly useful, it will take time. Moreover, the idea is very good. If there were a universal system for all mobile devices, it could be really effective.

Like any application for Google Android, Open Spot can be downloaded from the Android Market.

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