The ‘Coop-etition’ Between Google and Yahoo

 The ‘Coop-etition’ Between Google and Yahoo

 The story behind the story of the Microsoft withdrawal

Shortly after Microsoft announced its hostile bid for Yahoo, Google objected and raised the prospect that it would lobby government regulators to block any merger.

As it turned out, Google was very much the spoiler in the deal. But its most effective weapon was not threats or coercion, but its very effective, and unconventional, use of its own checkbook.

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Google to Create 3D Map of the Oceans

Google to Create 3D Map of the Oceans

 

Google diving into 3D mapping of oceans

The tool – for now called Google Ocean, the sources say, though that name could change – is expected to be similar to other 3D online mapping applications. People will be able to see the underwater topography, called bathymetry; search for particular spots or attractions; and navigate through the digital environment by zooming and panning.

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The Future of Virtual Worlds

The Future of Virtual Worlds - Night with a Futurist - May 5, 2008 - DaVinci Institute

On may 5th Dave Elchoness will take a look at the major information and technological revolution that lies ahead

In a wide ranging keynote address at the 2007 Influence Forum, ICANN CEO Paul Twomey made the bold statement that virtual worlds are the future of global commerce.

Twomey sited several examples of the virtual interfaces companies will be using in the future, in fields including retail, client services, B2B and advertising. Specifically, he cited the interface behind Google Earth as one example of a “game-like interface” that has been put to real world use with a strong geographical focus.

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CEO of Google Talks About the Future of Online Health

 

Search giant Google launched Google Health and announced major industry partners on Thursday, aiming to be the Intuit for personal health care, where people can access all their health information in one spot.

“Why would Google be here?” Google Chief Executive Eric Schmidt said during a keynote speech at the Health Information Management Systems Society trade show, which he said was not one the company has normally attended. “What’s the most important search I could do?”

The answer: health. Nearly one out of two Americans has a chronic health condition, he said. Meanwhile, people are already using the Web to get information, including one man, who told Google a search for heart attack symptoms on Google led him to call an ambulance and saved his life, Schmidt said.

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Will Marketers Tighten Up on Google Ad Spending?

Will Marketers Tighten Up on Google Ad Spending?

The latest data from comScore showed that clicks on ads placed on Google didn’t change much from January 2007 to January 2008. Clicks were actually down 12% from the last three months of 2007.

Clicks on Yahoo! ads also fell 3% from the fourth quarter, but it was Google that got all the unwelcome attention, including a stock price dip to about $450, down from about $740 in November.

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Country of Pakistan Block’s All of YouTube Over “Offensive” Cartoon

Country of Pakistan Block’s All of YouTube Over “Offensive” Cartoon

Let’s start by saying that some countries just aren’t very good at taking a joke. The government of Pakistan has today ordered all local Internet Providers to block access to Google’s YouTube video sharing site “until further notice” due to offensive content. According to officials, the YouTube website contains cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammad which angered a large number of Muslims.

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