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Google announced it will build "ultra" high-speed broadband networks across the United States, paidContent reported.

The online search giant said it will offer Internet speeds of one gigabit per second, about 100 times faster than what most Americans are used to. However, the service will only be offered to very few customers, 50,000 and 500,000 people.

"We're doing this because we want to experiment with new ways to make the web better and faster for everyone, allowing applications that would be impossible today," James Kelly, a product manager of Google's Infrastructure Team, said in a video announcing the project.

In its announcement, Google said it is planning to build and test the networks in a small number of trial locations in the United States. Main ideas it is focusing on include:

- Next generation apps: We want to see what developers and users can do with ultra high-speeds, whether it's creating new bandwidth-intensive "killer apps" and services, or other uses we can't yet imagine.

- New deployment techniques: We'll test new ways to build fiber networks, and to help inform and support deployments elsewhere, we'll share key lessons learned with the world.

Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2010-02-12 01:07

Google News stopped hosting new Associated Press articles in late December, but quietly began hosting them again yesterday. The Wall Street Journal's Russell Adams was the first to notice.

A Google spokesman told Adams: "We have a licensing agreement with the Associated Press that permits us to host its content on Google properties such as Google News. The licensing agreement is the subject of ongoing discussion so we won't be commenting further at this time."

Google News stopped hosting new Associated Press articles in late December, but quietly began hosting them again yesterday. The Wall Street Journal's Russell Adams was the first to notice.

A Google spokesman told Adams: "We have a licensing agreement with the Associated Press that permits us to host its content on Google properties such as Google News. The licensing agreement is the subject of ongoing discussion so we won't be commenting further at this time."

Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2010-02-11 00:57

Google unveiled Google Buzz today, a feature that will allow Gmail users to create status updates, and also read and comment on friends' updates, The Associated Press reported.

The feature is aimed at helping Google compete with social networking site Facebook, which now has more than 400 million users around the world.
Users can choose to share their updates publicly or privately, comments are sent to Gmail inboxes, and photos can also be sent. Updates are also done in real time, like Facebook or Twitter, according to Google Buzz.

Buzz is currently being rolled out across Gmail inboxes.

Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2010-02-09 23:07

Google is preparing to announce new Gmail features that would extend its reach into the social networking realm, the Financial Times reported today, dubbing the plans a "Facebook assault." This following last week's news that Facebook is planning to launch an e-mail service.

The search giant is looking to give Gmail users a way to aggregate contacts' updates, which can currently be viewed in Google's Chat service, within Gmail's inbox. This would create a "stream of notifications that would echo the similar real-time streams from Facebook and Twitter."

The new feature could be announced as soon as this week, the Wall Street Journal reported.

The status update widget is a further push to turn Gmail into a "comprehensive communications hub" that Google hopes would keep users within Gmail, not Facebook, according to Wired.

The Wall Street Journal article stated that:

Google has been trying to fashion Gmail into more than an email service for years. It currently lets users set an "away message"--which can be a link to a Web site--that their friends see when they message them.

Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2010-02-09 00:53

Facebook is working on an e-mail product, and may have Gmail, Yahoo Mail, AOL Mail and others in its cross hairs.

The social networking site is planning to launch a completely new e-mail product in the place of its current message product, internally known as Project Titan, TechCrunch reported today. "Tacking a real webmail product on top of those vanity URLs and Facebook connect is something even Google may shudder at," Michael Arrington wrote, adding that he doesn't think the new service will be a "Gmail killer."

Image: castortroy520's flickr photostream
Thanks to Facebook's position as the place in which hundreds of millions of people already go to share and communicate, e-mail is a logical next step, Valleywag's Henry Blodget pointed out. The main reasons people visit Google, Yahoo and Microsoft, on the other hand, don't really have anything to do with communicating. Rather, they're about search and content aggregation.

"E-mail is all about identity. And Facebook is ahead of everyone else in the identity game via Facebook Connect. Facebook says more than 60 million people log in to 80,000 third party Web sites each month via Facebook Connect," Arrington wrote.

Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2010-02-05 23:28

Google's plan to review its operations in China has caused a decline in online advertising orders this month, Bloomberg reported.

An unidentified external sales agent for Google said new orders from advertisers have dropped about 50 percent after Google released the possible exit plan, as customers are concerned about the uncertainty of the Internet company's operations in China.

According to an anonymous official at Google, the company's operations in China are normal. However, he refused to give any further informaiton, according to China Business News.

"We are operating as usual and are working hard to provide the best service to our partners," said Jessica Powell, a Tokyo- based spokeswoman at Google. She didn't disclose any revenue figures for China.

Author

Erina Lin

Date

2010-01-29 22:56

A Google knock-off site, Goojje, has surfaced in China, two days after the Internet search giant announced it will exit from the country, according to a Reuters article posted by PC Mag.

The name of Goojje is a play on words in Chinese. The final syllable "jje" sounds like "older sister," while the "gle" syllable of "Google" sounds like "older brother."

The new site has been online since January 14, vying with Google while also pleading for its stay in the country, according to the Henan Business Daily.

"Sister was very happy when brother gave up the thought of leaving and stayed for sister," the Web site says, asking Google to keep services in China.

Goojje is a search engine and provides social networking services. Its home page layout is similar to Google, while its logo looks like a combination of its "older brother's" and the no. 1 search engine in the country, Baidu Inc.

Author

Erina Lin

Date

2010-01-27 22:33

Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin will cede their voting control of the company over the next five years through stock sales, netting US$2.75 billion each in the process, based on Friday's share price, Telegraph.co.uk reported.

However, they will still hold 48 percent of voting rights - about 15 percent of the equity - at the company between them, the Financial times pointed out Friday.

According to a statement from Google, the stock sale is part of a diversification plan that will "allow Larry and Sergey to sell a portion of their Google stock over time as part of their respective long-term strategies for individual asset diversification and liquidity."

Page and Brin have a similar stock plan that started in 2004, and allows them each to sell 7.2 million shares, Bloomberg reported.

Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2010-01-25 23:08

The French Publishers Association (SNE, Syndicat National de l'Edition) is going forth with its battle against search engine giant Google, which has been publishing numerous books online in violation of copyright laws, Le Figaro reported Wednesday.

Last month, the SNE and publishing group La Martinière celebrated a "big victory against the American giant" when a judge ruled in their favour on December 18, said SNE President Serge Eyrolles. The case will be transferred to American Judge Denny Chin before January 28.
According to Bookseller.com, the updated objections were different from those included in the first draft agreement, which was discarded after the U.S. Department of Justice did not approve it.

Author

Alisa Zykova

Date

2010-01-21 23:48

Forty-four percent of people using Google News said they only scan the headlines and don't actually go on to the news sites themselves, according to a survey of online U.S. news consumers by research firm Outsell, paidContent reported today. And the more a user checks the news on Google News - "power news users," or those who checks more than twice daily - the less likely they are to click on a news link.

This study is expected to "provide further ammunition" to content creators who charge aggregators with not sharing ad revenue they make on providing links to news articles, Agence France-Presse noted.

Google points out that its News service sends billions of clicks to news sites each month. A spokesman told paidContent that the online search giant only shows "enough for users to identify the stories they're interested in - a headline, a short snippet and a link to the publisher's site - and we direct users to those news sites to read the stories."

Ken Doctor, an analyst for Outsell, said in a statement that although Google is driving traffic to newspapers, "it's also taking a significant share away."

Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2010-01-20 01:16

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