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Google Inc has given $2 million to the Knight Foundation, it was announced yesterday, and the search giant has said it will invest $3 million more in journalism projects outside the US, "through a similar partnership." More details will be available early next year, according to a post on Google's blog by Nikesh Arora, president, Global Sales Operations and Business Development.

The money to the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation is intended to support the foundation's digital media innovation work, and half will go to the Knight News Challenge, while the remaining $1 million will to other grants around news innovation which will be announced later.

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Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2010-10-28 00:26

Tech companies may be on the verge of investing in alternative energy sources. According to the Washington Post, Google is set to invest in an offshore wind energy farm in the United States. Meanwhile, Georgian designer Archil Vardidze proposed an iPhone 6 concept that features a solar-powered device, Concept Phones wrote.

The concept outlines the same single-button approach as current models, but also introduces a model that is slightly longer and wider, Uber Gizmo informed. Furthermore, it has an aluminum casing, an external antenna as well as a solar panel at the back for extra battery life. TFTS added that the design also incorporates a USB/charger docking station, a camera at the front and an LED flash cam at the back.

On the other hand, Google is much closer to harnessing more eco-friendly sources. DelmarvaNow explained that Google intends to buy a 37.5 percent stake in the Atlantic Wind Connection project. The initiative amounts to around US$500 million and Google may be proposing nearly $200 million at first.

Author

Alisa Zykova

Date

2010-10-25 23:47

HTML 5, the latest version of code used to create websites, is expected to further erode users' privacy, by letting sites know where users are physically located, as well as better track browsing histories. Consumer activists and privacy advocates are certain to be against these privacy threats, but those in the journalism world may find it to be their "salvation," writes The New York Times's Robert Wright.

"The willingness of advertisers to spend the money that sustains journalists has always depended on having information about the reader," he stated. And, as online players get bigger, the power they wield increases as they obtain more user data. Wright points to Google, Yahoo and Facebook as the top examples of firms obtaining more and more user information.

Image: WSJ. Click here for the interactive version.

Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2010-10-20 18:00

Google announced a 32 percent increase in net income during the third quarter of the fiscal year, reaching US$2.17 billion, Market Watch revealed today.

"It's clear the digital economy continues to grow rapidly, a relentless trend that continues to drive continued growth in our core business ... and also fuel our momentum in our newer businesses," said Patrick Pichette (left), Google's chief financial officer, Investors.com wrote."We saw strength in every major product area in Q3 -- that is search, display, mobile -- as well as apps and enterprise. And when I say our newer businesses are seeing great momentum, I really mean it."

Image: Financial Post

The same time last year, Google reported a net income of $1.64 billion, according to Market Watch. Meanwhile, revenues hiked up by 23 percent from $5.94 billion to $7.29 billion year-on-year, Economic Times informed.

Author

Alisa Zykova

Date

2010-10-15 21:58

China's "No.2" telecom device manufacturer ZTE Corp. announced the launch of its first tablet computer on Tuesday, Reuters reported. The device joins the ranks of other Android-operated tablets such as those from LG or Dell.

"As a category, the tablet is undeniably going to be the winning category in mobile computing in the next decade, but as far as the market share win, ultimately we think that Apple won't have the majority of the market share. It will probably be with Android-based tablets," said Gene Munster, senior research analyst at Piper Jaffray, ComputerWorld reported.

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According to The Times of The Internet (TI), the OS may be well-liked by manufacturers because of its open source licensing and because of its link to Google's "powerful" tech brand. comScore data showed that in August, Android powered 19.6 percent of the smartphone market (amounting to 55.7 million devices), TI informed.

Author

Alisa Zykova

Date

2010-10-14 15:39

Alibaba Group, a notable e-commerce company in China, has partnered with Microsoft Corp. to create a new search site, a move that could challenge Baidu and Google in the Chinese search market, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Last Saturday, Alibaba Group launched a beta version of a web site called Etao, which is aimed to drive traffic to Alibaba's retail website, Taobao.com.

Search results first show up Taobao listings, including images and product prices, followed by links to related online forums and informational web sites, as well as search results provided by Microsoft's Bing.

Both companies confirmed that Etao is in public, or beta, testing, but refused to do any further comments.

Baidu's dominance in the Chinese search market has increased since Google decided not to cooperate with Beijing's censorship regulations and moved its site to Hong Kong, where the regulations don't apply. Google is still accessible in China, but sometimes interrupted by the government's firewall technology. Baidu and Google did not comment on Etao, WSJ reported.

Author

Erina Lin

Date

2010-10-13 17:07

Google has made fundamental progress in its relations with newspapers in recent months, said Vice President Philipp Schindler. "We come in peace," he said at the 17th World Editors Forum in Hamburg, Germany. "I fundamentally believe that we will have a mutually beneficial relationship going forward," he added.

Google's role in the newspaper crisis has been misunderstood, Schindler said. The blame for newspapers' struggling business models lies with "a consumer trend accelerated by a revolution in technology," rather than with Google, he insisted. He asked if the audience actually believes that if Google were to disappear tomorrow, would anyone develop significantly more revenue? He insisted that Google is always happy to respect copyright.

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Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2010-10-06 19:22

Google has revealed it will launch its own paid apps shop for Android-based shops in 18 additional countries, including Brazil, Russia, Sweden, Norway, Israel, India and Mexico, ZD Net reported.The search engine giant said developers from 20 additional countries (such as Finland, Argentina, Ireland, Denmark) could sell their apps on the Android Market as well.

"Since we launched Android and Android Market, we have seen the population of Android users and devices expand into many countries," Google stated in a blog post. "This widespread adoption has brought with it growing interest in Android Market's support for the buying and selling of paid applications in these additional countries."

According to CNet, users in these newer countries were able to start purchasing apps "over the next two weeks," Google added. Google also said that the list of countries with the Android Market will be expanded over the upcoming months.

Author

Alisa Zykova

Date

2010-10-04 16:27

Purchasers of mobile telephones can look, but not buy, their mobile devices soon. According to mocoNews.net, Google has recently launched a new Android store for "window-shopping only."

The store will be a "database that tracks all of the Android handsets in the market place allowing customers to conduct comparisons across handset makers and carriers," according to the online article. Google also launched the Google Phone Gallery, which will be like a phone showcase without actually selling anything. Google learned its lesson when it underestimated "how hard it would be to sell unlocked devices at full price directly to consumers," states Moco News.

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Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2010-09-30 15:39

Google announced on Wednesday the launch of its vocal search tool in Russian for mobile phones, Novie Izvestiya reported. From yesterday onwards, users of Android-run platforms, iPhones, iOS devices as well as Nokia S60 have been able to install Google Voice Search.

"Voice has always been the most natural way to interact with a phone - speaking is typically faster and easier than typing," wrote Google Speech Technologies Manager Amir Mane in a blog post, "Our goal is to bring Google Search by voice to speakers of all languages."

Image: PC World

The Russian-language venture was largely due to the growing number of smartphone users in the country and the reasonable cost of mobile Web access, Vesti.ru explained. Andrei Doronichev, Google's Manager of mobile products, mentioned that more than 12 million Russian citizens access the Internet from mobile phones.

Author

Alisa Zykova

Date

2010-09-24 15:28

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