Google's future 'searching without searching' - cool or creepy?

Top men at Google are working on a breathtaking new approach to Web search. Top. Men. One of these is Amit Singhal, who recently characterized the future of search as "searching without searching." The idea is that Google will have...

07/19/2010

Google launches new web site for high-speed fiber project

Google quietly launched today a new web site that focuses on its initiative to provide high-speed fiber Internet broadband to some US towns and cities. Here's the site: http://www.fiberforcommunities.comGoogle announced today that a...

07/13/2010

Waiter! No check, please!

My wife and I had lunch at a horrible restaurant in San Francisco Saturday called Santorini. After suffering through a hideous meal, we just wanted to get out of there, but our waiter was nowhere to be found. It was a hostage...

07/06/2010

Could a 'Google Me' 'Facebook killer' kill Facebook?

Digg founder Kevin Rose posted a tweet over the weekend saying: "Ok, umm, huge rumor: Google to launch facebook competitor very soon "Google Me", very credible source."I'm not sure what the function of typing "umm" into a tweet is,...

06/28/2010

Google blocks Android games in South Korea

Google is now blocking access to the game category of its own Android Market in South Korea. The reason is that the Korean government threatened to block the entire Android Market to stop Google from violating local laws concerning...

06/26/2010

How to live (and die) by Gmail

In recent months, I've found myself relying on Google Gmail for all kinds of tasks that have nothing to do with e-mail. For example, I post to my personal blog, to Twitter and to Facebook via Gmail. I receive Facebook Wall posts and...

06/22/2010

Chrome extension makes Google Calendar appointments faster

Hidden in my arsenal of productivity applications are numerous ways to get new items added to my Google Calendar. The quickest is the reQall app on my iPhone. I just press a button and talk. If I say, "call Steve Friday at 2pm," then...

06/21/2010

Google Earth + iPad = wow!

Google released version 3.0 of its Google Earth for both iPhone and iPad today. It's free. And it's spectacular. Especially on iPad. There's something especially thrilling about pinching and zooming and flicking your way around the...

06/15/2010

Why Gmail needs a way to schedule e-mails for future delivery

I've recently started using a service called Hit Me Later. The site bills itself as a "snooze button for your e-mail." I signed up for the Pro package for $12 per year, which limits me to delaying e-mail to a maximum of up to one...

06/14/2010

Google tells users: take a hike! (Or a bike ride!)

Google announced today Google Earth 5.2, which is now optimized for the needs of outdoor athletes! Specifically, the software is ideal for walkers, runners, hikers and bikers. You can upload a lot more data from your GPS device, now...

06/14/2010

Google drops background image in wake of public rejection

Google has apparently dropped its default display of background pictures in the wake of widespread public confusion and condemnation. Ultimately, Google's publicity stunt appears to have given Microsoft's Bing search engine far more...

06/10/2010

Google pulls a 'New Coke' with background picture stunt

Google search engine users were surprised this morning to find a colorful background picture serving as "wallpaper" on the main Google.com web page, just like Microsoft's Bing search engine page has. The picture, which changes by...

06/10/2010

Google CEO blames 'WiSpy' fiasco on rogue hacker-employee

In an interview with the Financial Times this week, Google CEO Eric Schmidt blamed the whole "WiSpy" fiasco on a single, rogue employee operating outside company rules. Google is being investigated in multiple countries for using its...

06/05/2010

Finally: Google to fix Gmail's biggest problem

From the very beginning, one of the few annoying things about Gmail for many users was the way it grouped messages. Unlike just about any other e-mail application or service, Gmail put all messages in an e-mail thread into what the...

06/03/2010

Google offers opt-out for Google Analytics

Google announced today a downloadable browser plug-in that blocks its own Google Analytics from sending user data back to the Google Analytics database. The software is available for all major browsers except Apple Safari. Google...

05/25/2010

Google has the best reputation of any company in the world - report

An organization called the Reputation Institute unveiled results from their annual consumer survey that measures the reputations of 600 of the world's most prominent companies. Number 1 on the list: Google! The survey asks questions...

05/24/2010

Why Is Google censoring its Google I/O keynote?

Google rolled out Google TV yesterday at its Day 2 keynote. The demonstration of Google TV was problematic because, apparently, interference from all the Bluetooth phones Google itself handed out to attendees prevented the Bluetooth...

05/21/2010

Dispatch from the Google fringe

A guy named Mike (no relation), who is getting married in July, found out there's a typo on his wedding invitations that would send attendees to a non-existent address. He was afraid of an empty church on his wedding day. So he asked...

05/13/2010

Google, Verizon working on iPad killer

Google is collaborating with Verizon Wireless on an Android-based tablet computer that will compete with the Apple iPad, according to a report on the Wall Street Journal web site. The Journal got the goods in an interview with...

05/11/2010

Google counter-screws Scroogle

A "Google scraper" called Scroogle no longer functions, thanks to changes made by Google recently to how its search engine works. Scroogle has existed for years as an alternative interface to the Google search engine, but one that...

05/11/2010

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