Ars Technica assistant editor Jacqui Cheng wakes us up to the fact that many Americans may be on the Internet, but they’re not surfing with the style we use in Silicon Valley. That smacking sound you just heard? It’s the entire Googleplex smacking their lips at the growth opportunity. Jacqui’s key sentence is this: “There’s [...]
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Google is back in the news as another privacy group gets hot and bothered about their eye in the sky. No one wants a satellite snooping, but the privacy group actually posted Street View directions to a Google exec’s home online. Speaking as one who has seen firebombing near the UCSC campus this week to [...]
Former Googleites are in the news everywhere today regarding their launch of a search engine. Cuil, as you’ll find out from the excerpt of a story written by Jessica E. Vascellaro, is supposed to deliver better results. It’s great that Cuil searches more than Google. I encountered problems with a simple search such as the [...]
While failure for the high-tech entrepreneur is less likely to result in death, the parallels between the Gold Rush and the current Web-based economy are many. In both cases, participants must to adapt to a new way of life, with new rules. Or rather, no pre-existing, fixed rules.
Silicon Valley’s famous tolerance of entrepreneurial failure has its roots more than 150 years ago in the Gold Rush when more than 90,000 people made their way to California in the two years following John Marshall’s discovery of gold near Sacramento in January, 1848. By 1854, more than 300,000–representing more than one percent of the total population of the United States at the time–had come west in search of fortune.
Saul Hansell of the New York Times feels that Google’s year in the penalty box may be over. Reuters and Bloomberg report that the European Union is preparing to approve Google’s pending acquisition of DoubleClick, the advertising technology firm. The deal, which was announced last April, has been delayed mainly because of protests by Microsoft [...]
Google Sites offers simple tools for collaborative Web site creation. Thomas Claburn of InformationWeek writes about Google’s plans for Google Sites – an outgrowth of the Google Apps suite. Users get simple, intuitive tools for collaborative Web site creation. It’s based on the wiki technology developed by JotSpot, which Google acquired in October, 2006.
If there’s one thing users want, it’s open use of the technology they buy. Hacked iPhones bear testimony to the desire for open cellphone use that is free of carrier restrictions.
Google’s November 5th announcement of their mobile phone software…
Last year I wrote about the communication gap between the saas (software as a service) and web application communities. The quick summary of the gap is that they’re both dealing with the same technologies — hosting an application on a server and accessing it over the Internet — but from completely different perspectives and even [...]
A very important trend to watch in 2007 will be the ongoing efforts to separate the operating system from the platform (the APIs and user interface that an application interacts with).
Key players in this movement include Adobe’s Apollo and Microsoft WPF/E.
The press sometimes depicts Google and Yahoo as head to head competitors, but if you work closely with the two companies you’ll notice substantial differences between them. These differences affect the sorts of partnerships you can create with them, and the sorts of competition you can expect if you end up competing with them.