Tagged: google


Infrastructure Opportunities, The Return

In 2007 I wrote a quick post about infrastructure opportunities. I’ve also wondered previously about opportunities with cheap electricity, seems The Google and other huge server farms are spending more on electricity than on hardware, hello Hydro Québec joint venture? Found this in September 2011: The facility will run on geothermal and hydroelectric power – […]

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Understanding the Open Graph Protocol

This sounds a lot to me like “Authenticated PageRank” — where everyone that wants to be listed in the index would have to get a Google account first. Sounds kind of smart, right? Except — shucks — there’s just one problem with this model: it’s evil!… When all likes lead to Facebook, and liking requires […]

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Google Gunning for Everyone

Great comment from Tom Coates on Tim Oreilly’s Buzz about Google vs Apple. Honestly, I don’t think I agree here. Let’s have a look at Google’s recent actions – they’ve created a mobile phone operating system, taking on all the incumbents, which they’ve released for free. They’ve released their own phone, again taking on the […]

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The Google Phone Is Really About This…

Google cares about the data. Having a phone in every person’s hand running Google applications on a mobile Google OS (hello Android) powered by Google search is going to give Google deity-like powers. It’s not just going to know what you’re looking for, it’s going to know where you are, who you are connected to, […]

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Publish/Subscribe Matrix Could Explode Into Glass-Smooth Platform

Consider this announcement side by side with the WordPress announcement this weekend that WordPress blogs can now be posted to and read from Twitter clients, the rumor today that Facebook is experimenting with its own URL shortener, this afternoon’s announcement that the ability to expose your geographic location is now live in Google Toolbar and […]

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Big GOOG Brother

There are already quite a few such wells, including Google Search and Chrome, that profile user interests and surfing habits: Gmail, which gives the company access to our email conversations, and Google Voice, which gives the company access to our spoken ones. Add to this Google Street View and Latitude, a service that tracks the […]

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Patrick Pichette

Well, well. I had no idea. Google’s CFO is french Canadian and studied in Montréal.

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First Android

Last week the first Android phone came out, I think it looks cheap and I’m disapointed at what HTC pulled off hardware wise but I thought I’d mention it anyway. The gist : T-Mobile G1 showcases some of the most advanced capabilities of Android, by including a touchscreen, QWERTY keyboard, accelerated 3D graphics, Wi-Fi and […]

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Google Browser

It seems that all rumors concerning Google eventually come to fruition, this time the long discussed browser has been announced. I’m pretty ambivalent about this one. Just as Firefox, in certain places, is about to pass the combined numbers of all IE versions, I’m not sure I want to see another one in the mix […]

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Flash Semi Indexed

Adobe opens Flash to Google and Yahoo so it can be indexed. Not sure how understandable what is indexed will be (vs semantically structured html page) and wetter Flash sites will need to be re-factored for a good indexation to be done. And of course, other issues remain.

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Is mobile Internet really such a good thing?

We can criticize Google for becoming large and dominant in the market, but a huge percentage of the money that Google makes goes back into distributing money to startup companies and even non-profits like Mozilla. Google acquires many companies and buys equipment from vendors that mostly create open platforms… The money that the mobile operators […]

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Google Maps Addon

Seems like all the pics are from one source but it’s still a fun upgrade to Google Maps, you can now add “photo” and “Wikipedia” layers to the maps.

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Hack Update

So, a few people asked what happened exactly when my blog was hacked by f0cking spammers. First off, it seems WordPress 2.3.3 fixes the issue. More importantly though, unless you delete all themes, which you won’t do because of course you want to keep yours, the hack will still be there after the upgrade. The […]

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Google App Engine

Google isn’t just talking about hosting applications in the cloud any more. Tonight at 9pm PT they’re launching Google App Engine (Update: The site is live), an ambitious new project that offers a full-stack, hosted, automatically scalable web application platform. It consists of Python application servers, BigTable database access (anticipated here and here) and GFS […]

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Google and Facebook Join DataPortability.org

The DataPortability Workgroup announced this morning that representatives from both Google and Facebook are joining its ranks. The group is working on a variety of projects to foster an era of Data Portability – where users can take their data from the websites they use to reuse elsewhere and where vendors can leverage safe cross-site […]

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