Obama can’t use his BlackBerry http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/16/us/politics/16blackberry.html… Read more
Like previous iterations of the software, SketchUp 7 will enable you to model just about anything you'd like as long as you start with a predesigned template. The new version, released Monday, offers simple templates that help you gauge size through feet or meters, but it also includes architectural design, Google Earth, and a product design template to aid you in your modeling endeavors.
Once you choose a template, you're brought to a relatively simple … Read more
To some YouTube fans, the Web's iconic video-sharing site may appear to be losing its soul.
Two years ago, YouTube executives disdained anything but the most unobtrusive forms of advertising (no prerolls for them), and even promised to pioneer new ad formats. At the same time, YouTube refused to license rights to TV shows and feature films. Instead, the company bet big on the creative force of the masses to draw huge audiences and eventually advertising dollars. But things didn't turn out that way.
It has always been in the back of many minds that having many not quite legal and not quite professional videos on your site might just affect advertising revenue.
Now Arash Amel, an analyst at Screen Digest, a company that researches digital media, is forecasting that Hulu's U.S. revenue will rival that of YouTube next year, his estimated number being $180 million. (Hulu, backed by NBC and Fox, hasn't even gotten around to launching in the rest of the world yet.)
Mr. Amal makes YouTube's earnings sound like profit of doom: "YouTube is in a … Read more
Reporters were put into a frenzy this week when Google announced it was set to launch version two of its mobile search application for the iPhone that included the addition of voice-powered search, allowing you to skip the keyboard altogether. But now the question is, where is it?
My colleague Josh Lowensohn reported on the application on Thursday, and duly noted on Friday afternoon that it still wasn't available in Apple's App Store. But as of Saturday afternoon, the application was still MIA. A search on the App Store returned only the older version of the Google Mobile … Read more
Google's recent announcement that it may have found a way to predict U.S. flu trends has led to the inevitable expressions of concern from some privacy groups.
The Electronic Privacy Information Center and Patient Privacy Rights sent a letter this week to Google CEO Eric Schmidt saying if the records are "disclosed and linked to a particular user, there could be adverse consequences for education, employment, insurance, and even travel." It asks for more disclosure about how Google Flu Trends protects privacy.
In reality, Google is releasing precisely zero personally identifiable information about its users.
Instead, … Read more
Microsoft launches online store: Is there deeper meaning here? http://blogs.zdnet.com/BTL/?p=10849 http://news.cnet.com/8301-10805_3-10097239-75.html … Read more
Google on Friday is expected to release version two of its mobile search application for the iPhone. The new version works much like the old one, letting users query Google outside of the mobile Safari Web browser, as well as search through contacts and narrow down results by their current location. The big change is the addition of search-by-voice, which lets you skip the keyboard entirely.
Google has found a really neat way to distinguish between voice and keyboard input. Using the phone's accelerometer and proximity sensors, it can tell when you're lifting the phone up to your … Read more
Equifax on Thursday introduced it's first information card or I-card, Equifax Over 18 card. I-cards are envisioned to be the online equivalent of a driver's license, passport, or similar ID. The basic idea is that customers would have an electronic wallet with various information cards that would allow customers to bypass typing in user names and passwords.
In this case, the Equifax card proves--via a trusted third party--that you are over 18 when accessing specially marked Web sites. "With fraud and identity theft on the rise, companies need better, more secure ways to conduct transactions online and … Read more
On Thursday MySpace hosted a developer event in its San Francisco offices to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the OpenSocial application platform. In the 378 days since its introduction at a Google campfire event, the open-source platform is now host to more than 600 million registered users across more than 7,500 different applications.
Google projects the number of registered users to hit more than 800 million by the first quarter of 2009 with recent OpenSocial implementation on big sites like Ning and LinkedIn. There are also foreign sites like Chinese social network Xiaonei, which joined up late Wednesday night … Read more