Google Earth users now have a really neat layer to play with, straight from the folks at NASA. It comes in the form of new astronaut photography, satellite imagery, and a mode called "Earth City Lights," which shows the entire globe at night. The real standout, however, is the selection of shots from space. Many of these were taken at interesting times on the Earth's landscape like volcanic eruptions, massive forest fires, dust storms, or the unusually thick ice on Lake Michigan during the winter of 2003. Each shot can be blown up and comes with a … Read more
In case you haven't been paying attention, the old 700MHz wireless spectrum is up for auction by the federal government. And under the veil of touting an "open" platform, Google CEO Eric Schmidt announced that the company will participate in the Federal Communications Commission auction for the bandwidth--with a few minor requests for the FCC: open applications for users; open devices that will work with whichever network provider customers choose; open services that would allow for third-party resellers to acquire wireless services on a wholesale basis; and open networks, which would allow third parties, such as Internet … Read more
Google wants to put its money where its mouth is...to the tune of at least $4.6 billion.
The search giant said Friday that it's willing to participate in the Federal Communications Commission's upcoming wireless spectrum 700MHz band auction and pay the minimum reserve of $4.6 billion.
But for Google to participate, there's a catch. It's requiring the FCC to adopt all four of its licensing recommendations, no matter who ultimately wins the bidding process.
Google has also been pressing the FCC to reserve a portion of that spectrum to be used primarily, or … Read more
Over the last year, all of the big three tech companies (Microsoft, Google, and Yahoo) have created their own online mashup editors. Both Microsoft's and Yahoo's are publicly available, but Google's is in a small private beta. Today I'm taking a look at the pros and cons of all three.Microsoft Popfly
Microsoft is taking a really visual approach to the mashup editor. Popfly lets you easily mash different services together through the use of what they call "blocks." There are a lot of blocks that are already designed by Microsoft to provide data … Read more
In after-hours trading, shares of Google fell about 7 percent to $507.60. In regular trading, the stock closed at $548.59.
Excluding one-time items such as employee stock-based compensation, income was $3.56 a share. Analysts polled by Thomson Financial were expecting income of $3.59 a share excluding items.
Total revenue was $3.87 billion. Excluding traffic acquisition costs, or commission paid to content partners, … Read more
YouTube users are complaining that the viral video site is suspending accounts that feature videos with children in them without stating why. So far, at least three channels--Jesari, YoungTubers and Galipoka--have been suspended, all featuring popular young YouTubers.
Is it age discrimination? Or is it overzealous enforcement of a child protection policy? A spokesman for YouTube's outside public relations firm said he would look into the matter and get back to CNET News.com. A Google spokesman directed all questions on the matter to YouTube.
According to the terms of service, people have to be over the age of … Read more
Google appears to be creating a fleet of Chevy Cobalts specially equipped with cameras to shoot street views for Google Maps, according to Gizmodo (post includes photos of the gray compacts).
Given Google's policy of paying employees $5,000 toward the price of a Toyota Prius, this is kind of odd.
A Google spokeswoman provided this statement in response to questions about the cars: "We are not providing details about the number of vehicles at this time; however we are constantly working to provide Street View imagery for more regions."
WASHINGTON--It was supposed to be a tame gathering of economists evaluating the marketplace implications of Google's planned $3.1 billion purchase of ad tech firm DoubleClick, but a think tank event here on Wednesday briefly threatened to devolve into yet another Google vs. Microsoft row.
It began calmly enough, with a buffet lunch and presentations from Harvard University's Thomas Eisenmann, Stanford University's Robert Hall, the University of Pennsylvania's Lorin Hitt and David Evans of the private analyst firm LECG. Invited by the American Enterprise Institute and Brookings Institution to speak, they each described--at times in dense … Read more
Google's Print Ads program, which lets companies use its Web-based interface to buy ad space in U.S. newspapers, must be going well. The search company is opening the service up to all of its U.S.-based AdWords marketers.
Google launched Print Ads in November as part of a test involving 50 newspapers and a "small group" of advertisers. Now, more than 225 newspapers with a combined circulation of nearly 30 million are involved, as well as potentially tens of thousands of Google advertisers.
Separately, Google says it has renewed its agreement to provide search and … Read more
Google has hired the publisher of Rolling Stone magazine to be its sales director in New York, according to a report onAdage.com that was confirmed by a Rolling Stone spokeswoman.
Tim Castelli has been publisher of Rolling Stone since April 2006. Before that he was associate publisher at Maxim magazine.
As a magazine executive who moved to Google he follows in the footsteps of former Time magazine President Eileen Naughton. She joined Google as head of ad sales in New York last year.
Spokespeople at Google did not respond to an e-mail seeking comment.