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Its official: Google is in the auction

Hear that America? That’s the sound of the hammer dropping on our beloved cartel of carriers. Google’s bid for the 700MHz “C Block” is on. Eric Schmidt, Google Chairman and CEO, says the following:”We believe it’s important to put our money where our principles are. Consumers deserve more competition and innovation than they have in today’s wireless world. No matter which bidder ultimately prevails, the real winners of this auction are American consumers who likely will see more choices than ever before in how they access the Internet.”

The bidding begins on January 24th with a minimum of $4.6 billion required for the open-access C Block. Wake the kids, phone the neighbors, it’s going to get ugly fast.

Via Engadget

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November 30, 2007 Posted by | google, news, technology, telecommunications | , | 1 Comment

Google annnounces Android

“The Google Phone has been announced, and instead of a phone that’s manufactured by just one company, it’s an open software platform that’s going to be loaded on phones made by HTC, LG, Motorola and Samsung. Those phones are going to be available in the US on Sprint and T-Mobile by the second half of 2008—plus, it’s going to be available in China, Japan, Germany, Italy, and Spain on their respective carriers. The 34 members of the Open Handset Alliance developing this gPhone will throw in their expertise (example, Nvidia with their graphical abilities, Skype with their VoIPing) and offer the collective goods under an open source licensing agreement. Hell, Google might not even put their logo on the phone itself—they just want to sell advertisements to users through it.”

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November 6, 2007 Posted by | cellphones, google, news, telecommunications | Leave a comment

Gmail gets IMAP

“It appears that Google is working on integrating IMAP into Gmail. However, it is only appearing in select few Gmail and Google Apps for domains accounts at the moment. When we checked Gmail Help database this evening, Gmail had said that they support POP, but not IMAP. Then a few minutes later, that doc was gone, and a stack of IMAP related help docs were up. The new pages explain how to integrate the new mail feature. It’s as easy as setting up POP, but with huge benefits……”Original story

October 24, 2007 Posted by | google | | Leave a comment

Google acquires Jaiku

“Technology has made staying in touch with your friends and family both easier and harder: living a fast-paced, on-the-go lifestyle is easier (and a lot of fun), but it’s more difficult to keep track of everyone when they’re running around at warp speed. That’s why we’re excited to announce that we’ve acquired Jaiku, a company that’s been hard at work developing useful and innovative applications for staying in touch with the people you care about most — regardless of whether you’re at a computer or on a mobile phone.Current Jaiku users can still use the service normally, and new folks can sign up for an invitation to the service when we’re ready to expand. We plan to use the ideas and technology behind Jaiku to make compelling and useful products. Although we don’t have definite plans to announce at this time, we’re excited about helping drive the next round of developments in web and mobile technology.

We wish a hearty Google welcome to Jaiku, and are looking forward to working together on new and innovative ways of keeping people connected.”

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October 10, 2007 Posted by | google, news | Leave a comment

Google stock price nearing $600

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The price of one share of Google is currently at $596.40 (as of 1:45 pm), already at an all time high.

More information once the stock market closes at 4:00 pm

UPDATE: The stock price fell down to $584.39 by day’s end

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October 2, 2007 Posted by | financial, google, news | Leave a comment

Google turns 10!!!

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“In the interest of full disclosure, we’d like to note that our source for this post is none other than Yahoo News, who carried a story crowning Google as “the Official Heart of the Internet”. Figure that one out…Google.com was registered by Larry Page and Sergey Brin on September 15th, 1997. At the time, both men were 24 year old Stanford University students. They are now two of the richest, most influential men in the technology sector. They’re each worth more than $16 billion. In just 10 short years, the company has gone from dorm room “chic” to worldwide status, quickly becoming the Gold standard for internet search, advertising, maps, email, and video content. It’s services, including Gmail, YouTube, Google Maps, Adsense, Google Search, and much more have become household names. What does the next 10 years have in store? Who knows, but we’re pretty excited to strap in and go along for the ride.”
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September 16, 2007 Posted by | google, news | Leave a comment

NASA Gives Google Parking Space for Private Jet

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NASA officials confirmed this week that H211, a limited liability company that counts Google’s chief executive, Eric Schmidt, as one of its principals, had secured rights to operate a refurbished wide-body Boeing 767-200 out of Moffett Field, an airport that is run by NASA and is generally closed to private jets.

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September 13, 2007 Posted by | google, news, random | Leave a comment

Google Earth Flight Simulator

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The release of Google Sky has been all over the news. But there’s more! A flight simulator was also launched in the latest release, although as a hidden feature. Install the latest version, hit Crtl+Alt+A and start flying!

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September 1, 2007 Posted by | google, random | Leave a comment

Google Celebrates First Year of WiFi: Where Else Would You Like Free Wifi

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“It’s been a year since the folks at Google successfully knocked off WiFi in Mountain View California. Transmitting all those great 802.11 b/g signals to the grateful residents, businesses and visitors at absolutely no charge at all. They are still trucking along on the San Francisco wireless deal with EarthLink and the city to give all residents free connections to the internet, but who knows when that will all be resolved.

Nevertheless, Google is on a mission to provide top notch WiFi networks, but what exactly does it take? Well, in Mountain View there are over 400 mesh routers that cover 12 square miles and 25,000 homes, with 15,000 unique users per month. Traffic over this free network has risen 10% every month and handles 300 gigabytes of data each day and 95% of the routers are being used every single day.”

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August 28, 2007 Posted by | google, news, telecommunications | Leave a comment

Google launches embeddable map feature

Google has rolled out a new feature on its mapping service that will allow users to easily embed maps directly into web pages. The feature will operate in much the same way as the embedding feature for YouTube videos.

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August 21, 2007 Posted by | google, news | Leave a comment