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.”

Shakira’s “Waka Waka” is the best-selling World Cup song ever!

It seems that the song is the best-selling World Cup song ever. As the selling numbers were revealed, Shakira succeeded selling over two million singles from the debut day and until now.

Everyone loves this song, due to fact that its video rank on no.4 most watched on YouTube ever. As it concerns the music industry, the numbers show that is the no.3 most viewed music video in history.

Congrats Shakira!

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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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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”.

Ashton Kutcher invests in Nowmov

The Y Combinator startup – Nowmov – is launching today, is looking to give you an endless stream of (hopefully) compelling YouTube clips — no brainpower required. The site has already built up an impressive roster of angel investors, including Jeff Clavier, Paul Buchheit, Shervin Pishevar, Ron Conway, Charles River Ventures, and Ashton Kutcher.

“Nowmov’s site is very, very simple, at least from the user’s perspective. As soon as you browse to Nowmov.com, the site will begin playing a YouTube video. Move your mouse and you’ll see a basic set of controls that let you pause the video, jump to the next clip, and share the video you’re watching with friends (the site supports keyboard commands, so you can just tap your arrow keys to jump between clips). But for the most part, you shouldn’t really need these controls — the whole point of Nowmov is that you can lay back as if you were watching TV, without having to figure out what you want to watch next. Nowmov uses some trickery on the frontend to reduce loading times, so even when you do decide to skip to the next clip there isn’t a jarring pause.

Nowmov decides which videos to play by analyzing the Twitter public timeline and looking for commonly shared YouTube links (in the future, the site plans to use other sources to gauge popularity, and will also draw video from sites other than YouTube). For now the site isn’t doing any personalized recommendations — it constantly updates its playlist and uses cookies to ensure that you don’t see the same clip twice, but there isn’t an algorithm that learns which videos you like. That will change in a future version, when the site plans to produce personalized channels of content (think of it as a Pandora for videos).”

TechCrunch

Google might close its services from China

The publication cited as source a Chinese employee of Google China, but the information has not been confirmed by the American company representatives.

The source says the company gave employees two options after closing the portal in China: either to work for a subsidiary of the United States or for the company’s operations in Asia Pacific.

The information confirms the idea that Google will close all operations in China and not just a search engine, as previous speculation.

A Google spokesman said on Monday that the discussions with Chinese officials have not concluded, but specified that the American group is determined not to accept censorship.

Internet Service Operators are required to censor words and images that the Communist Party considers unacceptable.

Very popular international platforms, like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, are blocked in China, where the authorities do use a filter that doesn’t allow users to access banned content.

YouTube videos will automatically receive subtitles

The technology is called “self-captioning” and uses complex algorithms.

When the option is enabled, the words appear exactly as subtitles do in movies.

The system was previously available as part of the feature “Voice Search” and some clips of some selected partners also.

Now, Google opens the system for any video that contains audio in English.

The auto-capture started on Thursday, but Google announced that it will take some time until it would “fully processed” millions of YouTube videos in English.

But YouTube wishes that all the users help to expedite the process by creating a button that people can request subtitles, which YouTube will consider as priority.

In the following months, the service will be available for other languages except English.

According to Google, the service is not perfect and it works where there is a clear sound.