No stranger to the public eye, Google has been keeping busy this week with several announcements about feature upgrades, patents and leadership changes, just to name a few:
- Google has added imagery of a number of historic sites in Italy and France to Street View. The integration with Google Maps includes 360-degree displays and a street-level view of locations all around the world.
- Google has announced changes to how it displays ads in Gmail, which should increase the quality of the ads, ultimately resulting in fewer ads shown per person.
- Google has agreed to buy Nortel’s approximately 6,000 patents, a portfolio that includes a wide array of wireless, 4G, semiconductor and data networking IP. Canada-based Nortel Networks was once one of the largest telecom companies on the planet, worth $398 billion at its peak during the dot-com boom. The stock crashed and burned and the company was not able to recover. It filed for bankruptcy in 2009 and has been selling off its assets to pay back creditors.
- Google co-founder Larry Page replaced Eric Schmidt as CEO of the company Monday. Schmidt will continue as the executive chairman. Page was already the CEO of Google once, and has had a leading role since the company’s beginning. it does raise questions of how the company will change under the new CEO.
- Google’s announced that it’s adding a “+1” button to incorporate sentiment into its search results in an attempt to make search results more germane.
Normally, GoDaddy flies under the PR radar until Superbowl time, but this week, the web hosting giant has been making waves…and not in a good way:
- A video of GoDaddy CEO Bob Parsons shooting an elephant in Zimbabwe made the rounds Thursday, causing the domain registry company to become the subject of criticism. Since the video surfaced, GoDaddy has yet to address the PR nightmare, but rival Network Solutions has offered a spirited, albeit unlikely, retort via its celebrity spokeswoman Cloris Leachman.
- Here’s the original video. WARNING..it’s a little graphic!
Tech-giant Apple remains in the news this week with rumors swirling around the iPhone 5.
- In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Sir Howard Stringer, CEO of Sony, accidentally told everyone in the world that his company will be supplying image sensors for Apple‘s iPhone 5.
- For the latest in iPhone 5 rumors, check out this awesome infographic from the folks over at Nowhere Else, via Mashable.
TWITTER TRENDS OF THE WEEK
OTHER NEWSWORTHY EVENTS….
- Shawna Redden had a harrowing couple of hours tonight when a six-foot hole was ripped in the top of a Southwest flight she took on Saturday night. The hole resulted in the loss of cabin pressure. Redden documented the whole experience via pictures shared on TwitPic. They can be seen here.
- Epsilon, the world’s largest permission-based email marketing services company that serves TiVo users and many more, reported a breach in its security Friday, and the list of companies affected keeps on growing. TiVo users had a rude awakening this morning, finding out the email address they’d given to TiVo as part of their account registration had been compromised.
- Just to show you how far technology has come in the past 10 years, here are several “old school” cell phone commercials to brighten up your day!
That’s all the news that’s fit to print. Check back next week for more interesting stories from the digital world!
Wow. 150,000 gmail fans are pressing the dislike button this morning after discovering that their accounts are now empty. Of course this news has to happen RIGHT as I publish my roundup. Such is life.
Luckily, an ex-mouseketeer (yes, live THAT one down JT) sums it up for me with the chorus from this one:
Check out this story for more details. This sounds like rough-going for engineers down in Mountain View. Google has stated that tech teams are now working to restore service and access, so cross your fingers for the folks who have been cut off.
Lifehacker brings some levity to this and reminds us to SAVE. SAVE. SAVE.
Is it a full moon? Have we been transported back to 1911? It might feel like that with some of the non-tech related headlines grabbing attention this week. They all seem to have one thing in common though, republicans. It is just really too much to ignore, so it must be included in this weeks headlines. I will add that the opinions expressed here are my own.
Do you like weekends? Most people do. Except Wisconsin’s new Republican governor Scott Walker who wants to break unions. (Just a reminder that unions are why we have weekends and children are no longer day laborers — just sayin’).
Do you appreciate ‘Sesame Street’ and ‘Morning Edition‘? Shows broadcast by the beloved National Public Media that republicans feel should no longer be national or funded. That includes PBS and NPR. ‘Sesame Street’, ‘This American Life’, ‘Which Way LA’, ‘All Things Considered‘, and some of the best unbiased reporting are at stake.
The internet is pretty cool. Log on, go anywhere, see anything, publish whatever. Net Neutrality insures this continues. Again, republicans are not fond of the FCC’s efforts to maintain a free internet highway. They feel that though the American people have already paid through tax dollars to lay the cable of the cable companies, that the cable companies should be able to charge more for the use of the internet and possible even control the content.
Woman’s rights have long since been secured and fought for. The leading non-profit providing basic medical services of all kinds to women who do not have healthcare, Planned Parenthood, is another American institution that republicans feel should no longer be funded. It is not just about abortions, which are in fact a small part of their operation. (Besides, forcing women to have children guarantees they will make excellent parents and not end up on welfare; another program republicans would like to cut.) Are we in 1911 in Iraq? No, I didn’t think so. I am starting to wonder though.
Remember after 9/11 when Americans watched the New York Stock Exchange open once more sending a message to the nation that America was back in business? The icon of American commerce, New York Stock Exchange, got sold this week to a German company. I am sure republicans had something to do with that too.
Republican or not, I have to believe that the majority of Americans whatever their party lines are, have to wonder if this leadership truly represents what people want.
By Desdemona Bandini