Week in review: Google goes after Microsoft with OS
The Web search giant announces plan to move into the operating system business, while Facebook looks to future fortunes. Also: T-Mobile's iPhone challenger.
Google finally confirmed what we have long suspected--it's working on an operating system--one based on its Chrome Web browser.
The company, saying lower-end PCs called Netbooks from unnamed manufacturers will include it in the second half of 2010. Linux will run under the covers of the open-source project, but the applications will run on the Web itself.
The move shows just how serious Google is about making the Web into a foundation not just for static pages but for active applications, notably its own such as Google Docs and Gmail. It also opens new competition with Microsoft and, potentially, a new reason for antitrust regulators to pay close attention to Google's moves.
In short, Google is aiming to render desktop software irrelevant. To thwart them, Microsoft needs Windows to do things that a browser can't--or do the same things significantly better.
Interestingly, if Microsoft wants some tips on how to do this, it might Mac experience better enough than a generic PC that it is worth the added cost.. Essentially, this has been Apple's challenge all along: make the
Google has a long history of tracking user activity, and the introduction of its Chrome operating system later this year is sure to follow suit. While we know that it's being built off of Linux, one big thing we don't know is
The Netscape founder, a member of Facebook's board of directors, says the social network has the potential to be a billion-dollar company already.
Andreessen: Facebook revenue to top $500 million in '09
T-Mobile sees its second Android phone, the MyTouch 3G, as its best hope to take on Apple's iPhone on AT&T.
T-Mobile launches iPhone challenger
Federal court dismissed some of the copyright complaints made by a class of plaintiffs because they were made overseas and aren't protected by U.S. copyright law.
Judge sides with YouTube on several copyright issues
Can a slick Web application give you decent advice on cutting your home energy use? Based on a first look at Microsoft Hohm, CNET News' Martin LaMonica says yes.
Fueled by Twitter's popularity, services to abbreviate Web addresses are taking off. They bring a host of problems, but some are working to fix them.
URL shortening is hot--but look before you leap
An event scheduled for July 20--the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing--could mean the addition of new moon imagery to Google Earth.
The federal inquiry into whether Apple made misleading statements over CEO Steve Jobs' health is ongoing, according to a Bloomberg report.
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