Google Announces Chrome Operating System…07.08.09

8 07 2009


The Boy Genius Report today commented on the new Google Chrome operating system:

“It all started with a browser (well, actually it started as search but you know what we mean). After growing out of web pages and applications, Google created the Chrome browser and now the behemoth is leaping beyond that and getting into the computer OS game. Naturally, the search giant’s new cloud-friendly OS is going to be open source and will run on x86 and ARM chips. Google has decided to get its feet wet by targeting the netbook market first, then more capable computers later. The new operating system is intended to be lightweight so that it starts up quickly and you can get going without having to wait too long for items to load up and other processes to run…”


An Interesting Theory About Google’s Strategy to Conquer Amazon’s Kindle…07.03.09

3 07 2009


There is an interesting theory in the post Google’s strategy to take out the Kindle on the Kindle 2 Review, Kindle DX Reviews,  Books blog today which is excerpted below.  It is worth reading the whole post, however.

“Update: The DOJ has confirmed an antitrust review of the Google Book Settlement (July 2nd). It sent a letter to the Judge overseeing the settlement stating that it has opened an investigation based on public concerns that some aspects of the settlement may violate the Sherman Act.

Google’s Strategy to fight Amazon and the Kindle.

Google has made some really interesting moves with books, ones that are very unlike Google –

  1. Strike an agreement with Publishers to give them 67% of earnings from Ads and Sales. Given that its other partners don’t even get told what share of revenue they get this is unprecedented in many ways.
  2. The Book Agreement (which includes the above too) that indicates Google will assume ownership of orphaned works and sell them for profit.
  3. Google’s recent announcement that they would let Publishers sell books for whatever price they want in the Google ebooks store…

Google is going to pull a Two Buck Chuck on Amazon

Read the story here on Two Buck Chuck. Google is going to attack the Kindle in three ways (it’ll try these one by one) –

  1. Get publishers to prefer the Google ebooks store to the Kindle Store. This is unlikely to work as Amazon has too much of a customer base for publishers to boycott it. Barnes & Noble going with the $9.99 price for ebooks also weakens the possibility that this approach will work.
  2. Introduce a deluge of very cheap orphaned works (that, if the Book Settlement passes, no other company has rights to) to put pressure on the general book market.
  3. Go with free books or nearly free books for all the books in its arsenal. Offset it via advertising etc.

My 2 predictions for Google vs Kindle

  1. By end 2009, Google will be selling nearly every book in the Kindle Store and also giving away a ton of books.
  2. If Kindle continues to see success and growth, by end 2010 Google will try a free books approach to kill off Kindle growth. It’ll eat up the losses and offset them via ad sales. However, it will be giving away books for free…”

Explore Google Search…06.18.09

18 06 2009

This from Google Highlights Verticals with Explore Search Page at Search Engine Journal:

“So finally, Google does something to fight back at the mileage that Microsoft’s Bing has been receiving lately.  Nothing fancy on the part of Google really. Just some plain old search verticals which are now being presented in a more organized manner through the Explore Google Search Page...

Take it however way you want, but we can’t escape the fact that intentionally or unintentionally this is Google’s first step towards reengineering its search vertical products and of course Google’s baby steps towards preventing  Bing from expanding its userbase further…”


New Google Language Translation Tools Including Crowdsourcing…06.10.09

10 06 2009


TechCrucnch post Google Translation Tool Kit: Translation Meets Crowdsourching highlights an interesting and potentially useful new Google release:

Only a handful of blogs picked up on Google’s fresh Translator Toolkit, which the company launched yesterday by means of a blog post, but this new service really deserves a second look, if only because Wikimedia apparently sees the tool as something that could “change the way Wikipedia grows in other languages”.

You can read an extensive review of the product over at Google Blogoscoped, but here’s the gist:

Google Translator Kit enables anyone to upload documents for a variety of formats (HTML, Microsoft Word, Rich Text, OpenDocument Text and Plain Text), enter the URL for a file on the web or input a direct link to a Wikipedia article or Knol entry. After submission, the text that requires translation is automatically translated in the back-end and subsequently featured in a so-called ‘Workbench’, neatly placing the resulting text in the target language next to the original…

Google will search their translation memory for previous, human translations of the uploaded segment and show the translations in the Search Results tab. Color-coded segments will depict ‘exact’ matches and ‘partial’ matches, so you can edit the text based on the memory as well as previous, human translations. In addition, you can use the computer-generated translation in the Computer Translation tab to jump-start the translation of your current segment…

Besides the self-learning ability of the toolkit, the service also makes it incredibly easy for people to collaborate on translations, bringing a human, crowd-sourced touch to the automated process of Google’s Translate service.”

Google Squared Goes Live…06.03.09

3 06 2009


As Eric Schonfeld reports on TechCrunch:

Google is taking a step towards taking all the messy, unstructured information on the Web and putting it into neat little, labeled boxes. Literally, that is what Google Squared does. First announced at last month’s Searchology event, Google Squared is now live. You can try it out.

Google Squared is an experimental search engine that is in its own ‘labs.’ It gives you topical search results broken down by categories, something that Bing does in a different way with guided results in the left explore pane. Google Squared is more comparable to Wolfram Alpha in that it is A) really early stage, and B) goes and finds out every facet of a subject based on a single keyword search. But unlike Wolfram Alpha, it does not ‘compute’ answers based on data that it has ingested into its own databases. Its database is the Web.

Does Google Squared crush Wolfram Alpha today? No. But as I originally suggested when it was announced, adding structure to the Web will eventually win out over a self-contained database. Even if it seems primitive today, its approach scales better than Wolfram’s...”

Google Set to Begin Selling E-Books…06.01.09

1 06 2009


This is excerpted from a Saturday New York Times article Preparing to Sell E-Books, Google Takes on Amazon :

Google appears to be throwing down the gauntlet in the e-book market.

In discussions with publishers at the annual BookExpo convention in New York over the weekend, Google signaled its intent to introduce a program by that would enable publishers to sell digital versions of their newest books direct to consumers through Google. The move would pit Google against, which is seeking to control the e-book market with the versions it sells for its Kindle reading device.

Google’s move is likely to be welcomed by publishers who have expressed concerns about Amazon’s aggressive pricing strategy for e-books. Amazon offers Kindle editions of most new best sellers for $9.99, far less than the typical $26 at which publishers sell new hardcovers. In early discussions, Google has said it will allow publishers to set consumer prices…

Google’s e-book retail program would be separate from the company’s settlement with authors and publishers over its book-scanning project, under which Google has scanned more than seven million volumes from several university libraries. A majority of those books are out of print.

The settlement, which is the focus of a Justice Department inquiry about the antitrust implications and is also subject to court review, provides for a way for Google to sell digital access to the scanned volumes.

And Google has already made its 1.5 million public-domain books available for reading on mobile phones as well as the Sony Reader, the Kindle’s largest competitor…”

NEW! “Google Search Options” – Drill Down Search Results By Recency, Content Type, and More …05.13.09

13 05 2009