Apple’s Jobs: “Butterflies” and more jabs at Google

April 8, 2010

jobs1The media and industry analysts gathered at Apple’s headquarters in Cupertino, California, on Thursday got a heavy dose of commentary from CEO Steve Jobs on a range of subjects, representing probably his biggest mouthful in a single setting since returning from medical leave last summer.

Verizon’s Seidenberg on broadband, China and Cheney

April 6, 2010

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Verizon’s Chief Executive on Tuesday tackled subjects ranging from US healthcare reform,  iPhone, China, his lack of interest in a merger with Vodafone and his feelings about former Vice President Dick Cheney.

LinkedIn no longer MIA on BlackBerry

March 30, 2010

BlackBerry smartphones and LinkedIn seem like a natural fit, with both heavily used by the corporate set.

Apple’s Jobs and Google’s Schmidt: Let’s do coffee

March 27, 2010

An unusual — and unverified – photograph posted on the Internet by Gizmodo is triggering a minor sensation in tech circles.  Google and Apple may be at war, but — if this snapshot of CEOs Steve Jobs and Eric Schmidt casually chatting over a coffee is to be believed — the generals of the two tech superpowers may have discussed matters of state via an intimate, streetside tete-a-tete on Friday.

PluggedIn: Struggling to ride Google Wave

March 25, 2010

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What will Google do about China? Can Google’s Android defeat the iPhone? Important questions all, but I’m still curious about Google Wave, and wondering: do I want to use it?

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European ruling makes it tougher on Google advertisers

March 24, 2010

All eyes are on China this week as Google watchers assess its potential risk in that fast-growing market. But across the globe in Europe, the world's most-used search engine is grappling also with the possible  fallout  from a spat over its advertising model.
 
The company scored a victory in Europe's top court on Tuesday over the legitimacy of its Adwords system, with a ruling that found Google does not infringe trademark law by selling to advertisers keywords that trigger paid ads.
 
The case, in which one plaintiff was luxury brand LVMH, was seen as a major challenge to Google's business model. LVMH -- the purveyors of all things Louis Vuitton --  argued it sought to protect brand holders' trademarks in the digital age. 
 
Yet despite the victory, as Reuters pointed out last week, the world's largest search engine is still not out of the woods. Some warn that Google could see its ad revenue slide if advertisers pull out of Adwords, concerned they could be found liable in future for trademark violations. 
 
That's because brand owners can now take up claims against advertisers who use their trademarks to confuse consumers, according to the court, which said Google  too may be liable if the company actively manipulates keywords or fails to act on legitimate complaints.

Yahoo concerned about search share slipping (video)

March 23, 2010

Yahoo’s share of the online search market has been sliding gently since Microsoft introduced its revamped Bing last June. It’s something of a concern for Yahoo, which has teamed up with Microsoft on search advertising in an attempt to rival market leader Google. But it risks becoming an also-ran in the fast-moving business.

YouTube has 24 hours of video uploaded every minute

March 17, 2010

YouTube, the world’s most popular video site, has just revealed that a whole day’s worth of online video is uploaded to its servers every single minute. That’s a mind-boggling statistic when you bear in mind this site is just five years old.

Google “advocate” goes on anti-Apple warpath

March 15, 2010

Apple and Google have been duking it out in the smartphone market, on the acquisition front and in proxy legal battles. Now, Google has escalated its information warfare efforts by unleashing a cowboy-hat wearing software developer and tech blogger.

Google opens another app market

March 10, 2010

Online app stores are all the rage these days, whether for Apple’s iPhone, Nokia’s handsets or Google’s Android mobile phone software.