2012年10月15日 星期一

Google CEO Speaking Publicly Again New Google Nexus Hardware: Here Comes the Wave?

Google CEO Speaking Publicly Again
GoogleInc. CEO Larry Page, making his first public comments in several months, said he's "hopeful" the Internet company can work with antitrust regulators and resolve probes of its business.

歌(Google Inc., GOOG +0.50% )首席執行長拉裡﹒佩奇(Larry Page)周二稱,他相信該公司能夠與反壟斷監管機構友好合作,了結歐盟和美國對公司業務的調查。這是他數月來首次公開表態。




Europe Presses Google to Change Privacy Policy
New York Times
In a letter to Larry Page, the chief executive of Google, 27 European data-protection agencies asked the company to modify its global privacy policy that governs dozens of Google online services — including the flagship search engine, Android mobile ...
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Google's Larry Page makes first public appearance after illness
Google's Larry Page makes first public appearance after illness. The Web giant's CEO spoke at a conference, and while he didn't offer more details on his health, he did talk about the EU antitrust probe and Google Maps being pulled from Apple's iOS 6.
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Google CEO 'Hopeful' About Outcome of Antitrust Probes
Wall Street Journal
Google Inc. CEO Larry Page, making his first public comments in several months, said Tuesday that he is "hopeful" the Internet company will be able to "work well" with antitrust regulators and resolve probes of its business in the European Union and ...
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Yahoo CEO Adds Google's De Castro as Chief Operating Officer
San Francisco Chronicle
Oct. 16 (Bloomberg) -- Yahoo! Inc. Chief Executive Officer Marissa Mayer named Google Inc. executive Henrique de Castro as operating chief, picking a deputy from her former employer to help revive growth at a Web company beset by sagging sales.
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Google Launches Disavow Links Tool
Search Engine Land
The process of Google discounting the links to your site won't be immediate. “It can take weeks for that to go into effect,” Cutts said. He also said that Google reserves the right not to use the submissions if it feels there's a reason not to trust ...
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Search Engine Land
Dart, Google's attempt to one-up JavaScript, turns 1.0
CNET (blog)
Google released its first stable version of Dart, a programming language for Web applications that it believes improves on the incumbent JavaScript language. "I'm pleased to announce that the M1 release of Dart is ready...This release is a more stable ...
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Google Moves to Add Gmail, Drive Content to Search Results
PC Magazine
Now, when users type something into the Google.com search box, the results will also include content from your Gmail inbox or Google Drive files - on the right-hand side. Similarly, searching on Gmail will produce drop-down instant results pulled from ...
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Google Q3 Earnings Preview: Search, Display And Social In Focus
Google is set to report third quarter earnings after the market close on Thursday, October 18. The company's focus on aggressively pursuing alternative businesses to its core search platform in an effort diversify its revenue stream, will be one of the ...
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Google puts malware scanner in Google Play pipeline
(Phys.org)—A new version of the Google Play app store will enable scanning users' smartphones for malware, according to Android Police. The site's report, headlined "A Built-In Malware Scanner," said, "Yes, it's hard to believe, but Google is working ...
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Google's Social Experiment to Help Employees Eat Better
In Google's cafes and kitchens, healthy foods are placed front and center while sugary snacks like M&Ms are tucked away in less-obvious locales, part of the company's effort to help employees make healthier choices. Photo: Google. NEW YORK — Working ...
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Watchdogs Blast Google Data Protection
Privacy watchdogs from 27 European Union countries said Google's privacy practices don't comply with Europe-wide data-protection rules and called on the company to give users more control.

New Google Nexus Hardware: Here Comes the Wave?

Jared Newman / TIME.com
Jared Newman / TIME.com
Back in May, the Wall Street Journal reported that multiple Nexus devices from Google and its hardware partners were coming this fall. Now that the leaves are changing color, new rumors suggest that the Nexus invasion might be nearly here.
Google uses the “Nexus” name for devices that run a pure version of Android. Whereas most Android device makers add their own software features to stand out from the herd, Nexus devices run Android exactly as Google intended, free of modifications and bloatware.

(MORE: Nexus 7 Niceties: 15 Best Apps for Google’s New 7-Inch Tablet)

According to the latest scuttlebutt, Google may be working with LG and HTC on new Nexus phones, and with Asus and Samsung on more Nexus tablets. It’s all a bit shaky at the moment, but here’s what the rumor mill has to say about Google’s Nexus phone and tablet plans:

LG’s First Nexus Phone
If LG is truly working with Google on a Nexus smartphone, it’ll be a spec beast, modeled after LG’s Optimus G that’s also due to launch stateside this year. Here are the rumored specs, as reported by to MoDaCo:
  • 4.7-inch, 1280-by-768 resolution display
  • Quad-core Snapdragon S4 processor
  • 2 GB of RAM
  • 8-megapixel camera
  • 8 GB or 16 GB of storage
  • Built-in wireless charging
As for design, some purported images from Baraholka.onliner.by show a curved shape and software navigation buttons similar to Samsung’s Galaxy Nexus, but with a tiled rear panel. Unnamed sources told CNet that the phone will be announced at the end of the month.

HTC’s “Nexus 5″
Rumors of an extra-large smartphone from HTC have been churning for months, but a recent report from GSM Arena claims that a Nexus variant is also in development. According to an unnamed tipster, the so-called Nexus 5 will have a 5-inch, 1080p display, a quad-core Snapdragon S4 processor, a 12-megapixel rear camera and up to 64 GB of built-in storage.
I’m a bit skeptical of this one, mainly because no other sources have reported the same details. Also, there isn’t a huge difference between 4.7-inch and 5-inch screens, so it’d be surprising to see both LG’s and HTC’s phones go the Nexus route at the same time. Still, the niche for phone-tablet hybrids is surprisingly large, so it’s not crazy to think that Google would want in.

Samsung’s High-End Nexus Tablet
Industry analysts tend to be among the least reliable sources for rumors, but Richard Shim from NPD DisplaySearch has a decent track record — he pegged Apple’s mini iPad plans back in July — so let’s hear him out:

Shim told CNet that Samsung and Google are working together on a 10-inch Nexus tablet. Unlike the bargain Nexus 7, this will reportedly be a high-end tablet with a 2560-by-1600 resolution display that beats Apple’s iPad on pixel density. Shim didn’t have any other details, but if this device is real, specs alone won’t sell it. Given that Android’s tablet app selection doesn’t compare to the iPad’s, Google will need better reasons to buy it than a slightly higher-resolution screen.

Jared Newman / TIME.com
Asus’ Nexus 7 Redux

We’ve already heard rumblings of a $99 Nexus tablet, and now Richard Shim, again speaking to CNet, says production will begin in December. We still don’t know what Google would have to sacrifice to reach such a low price, but a tablet that cheap would certainly make waves in the budget tablet wars.
Meanwhile, my dreams of a higher-capacity Nexus 7 may come true, following a report that one customer in Japan received a Nexus 7 with 32 GB of built-in storage. Though I wish we had more to go on, a 32 GB Nexus 7 would make sense given that Amazon’s Kindle Fire and Barnes & Noble’s Nook HD both allow for more storage.

Bonus Motorola Nexus Phone and Tablet Rumor
Don’t get too worked up by Android Police’s report that a couple mystery devices were caught browsing the site. Sure, there may be a Nexus phone and tablet from Motorola in the works, based on the nature of the site’s server logs. I’d be surprised if there wasn’t, given that Google now owns the company. But we’re no closer to knowing when these devices might materialize, and what they have to offer.

The Carrier Question
One big question lingers regardless of hardware specifics: How does Google plan to sell its next Nexus phones? With the Galaxy Nexus, Google partnered with Verizon and Sprint on subsidized versions of the phone, but eventually sold unlocked versions of the phone through its own website. This time around, will Google forgo carriers entirely, or will it strike more carrier deals in hopes that the Nexus concept will finally catch on? Either way, the next couple of months should prove interesting for the smartphone and tablet market as Google prepares its next wave of hardware.
MORE: Why Some 7-inch Tablets Will Eventually Be Given Away Free

Yahoo Names Google's De Castro as Chief Operating Officer
Inc. (YHOO) Chief Executive Officer Marissa Mayer named Google Inc. (GOOG) executive Henrique de Castro as operating chief, picking a deputy from her former employer to help revive growth at a Web company beset by sagging sales. De Castro, 47, has ...
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Europe to call for Google to be more transparent about data collection
Washington Post
Google's efforts to track users across services such as YouTube and Gmail do not meet European standards of privacy, officials plan to announce Tuesday, in the latest of a growing number of regulatory challenges for the American technology giant.
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Google Antitrust Case Could Come From FTC by End of 2012: Report
Four of the FTC's commissioners "have become convinced after more than a year of investigation that Google illegally used its dominance of the search market to hurt its rivals, while one commissioner is skeptical," according to an Oct. 13 news report ...
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Google TV makes its way to Korea
Google TV is expanding its reach and moving into Korea. The local provider, LG Uplus, is now offering an integrated Google TV set-top box with its television subscription service. "If you've ever considered moving to Korea to enjoy its kimchi and K-pop ...
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EU Agencies Seek Google Privacy Changes
Wall Street Journal
A group of European privacy watchdogs have called on Google Inc. to make changes to the way the company discloses information about data collected from users of its Web-search engine and other services, according to a letter written by the agencies and ...
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How Google and Samsung Can Make a 10-Inch Nexus Tablet Rock
Wired (blog)
It took Google and Asus just four months of collaboration to build the stellar Nexus 7 tablet — a tablet that redefined how good a 7-inch slate could be. In fact, even after the launch of Amazon's Kindle Fire HD, the Nexus 7 remains our favorite 7 ...
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Wired (blog)
Google: Cache Is King
Google fetishizes speed because websites that respond rapidly promote better user satisfaction, engagement, and monetization. Other Web-oriented companies share this obsession, but Google talks about speed incessantly and works constantly on software ...
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Google trial brings Drive, Calendar search results to Gmail
Google is taking another tentative step into personal search, creating a new field trial today for users who want to search across a range of Google products from a single search box. In August the company created a trial bringing Gmail results to ...
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Google overhauls Android developer console
Developers have uploaded more than 675,000 apps to the Google Play store -- but along with them, they have registered their fair share of complaints about the process. The current system can make it hard to see whether an app has published to the store ...
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Winsor McCay Google Logo Celebrates 107th Anniversary Of 'Little Nemo ...
Huffington Post
The Google homepage on October 15 was transformed into an interactive cartoon-strip dreamscape to honor animator Winsor McCay. Believed to be born around 1869 in Michigan, the celebrated animator is best known for creating the comic strip "Little ...
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