from Commentaries:

Gut feeling: How Google CEO valued YouTube deal

October 7, 2009

Eric Schmidt, Chairman and CEO of Google, sits for an interview at the Newseum in Washington on Oct. 2, 2009Let the second-guessing, the mock horror, the disbelief, the crowing begin.

Google CEO Eric Schmidt has acknowledged he realized upfront that he was overpaying to acquire YouTube, to the tune of $1 billion, judged by any conventional measures.

Did Apple buy mapping company Placebase?

October 1, 2009

Although the company isn’t saying anything, it appears as if Apple has purchased a small Web mapping service called Placebase.

Google Search: Fresh, not real time

October 1, 2009

Google has yet to outline a gameplan to respond to the search world’s latest phenomenon: real time search.

Google’s Fast Flip Trick

September 14, 2009

Google wants its online news site to feel more like the good old print product.

And the company is prepared to pay for it.

Google took the wraps off of Fast Flip on Monday, a slick online tool that lets readers flip through articles from newspapers and magazines as quickly and effortlessly as if they were turning the pages of a magazine.

Motorola and Google: a bar-room marriage

September 10, 2009

It’s easy to frame the latest tech business developments as epic clashes of giants and alliances of superpowers.

Google: Gmail outage a “big deal”

September 2, 2009

By Laura Isensee

A majority of Google users from California to Taiwan found themselves without access to Google’s popular email service on Tuesday.

Apple hasn’t rejected Google Voice iPhone app after all

August 21, 2009

Apple, Google and AT&T all filed their responsesFriday to the FCC’s requestfor more information in the Google Voice app saga. The story line thus far has been trying to determine the reasons behind Apple’s decision to reject the iPhone app.  Some blamed AT&T for the thumbs down, believing that the iPhone’s exclusive U.S. carrier feared the app would provide competition for voice services on the smartphone.

Vonage CEO sees no reason for iPhone Google Voice rejection

August 21, 2009

The US telecom regulator FCC has been looking into why Apple rejected an Internet telephony application from Google for inclusion in its iPhone application store. Responses from Google, Apple and AT&T, the exclusive U.S. iPhone carrier, are due today.

Is Google’s message on YouTube starting to get through?

August 20, 2009

YouTube executives and spinmeisters have been pushing back more aggressively at the perception that the video site is a great big drain on Google’s bottomline, probably  losing $200 million to $500 million a year by some estimates. These execs say that hundreds of major advertisers are taking spots on YouTube against “hundreds of millions” of video views every week.

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Online video: Revolution, Evolution or Counter-Revolution?

August 6, 2009

Lots of news in online video world, some potentially significant. 

And some we can only wait and see about.

Google Inc, Cisco Systems and News Corp are separately doing things that could mean sweeping changes in the way video is produced and consumed on the web.