Google has teamed up with Sony and Logitech to make your TV smarter with a little thing called Google TV.
Google is once again leveraging their search technology to make it easier to find the TV shows you want to watch, but they are also hoping to serve you little unobtrusive ads in the process, which will hopefully help boost their bottom line. Google has already been selling TV ads, not just web ads, for quite a while through Google AdWords, and this endeavor will boost those ads further.
Any self respecting nerd will tell you all you have to do is hook up your laptop to your TV, and your problem is solved, but they leave out the fact that Google is customizing your television plus web search in a way your laptop can’t.
This fall Google TV devices, which include Televisions and set-top-boxes, will go on sale at Best Buy. Now watch Microsoft add this feature to their XBox 360 using Bing to find your shows.
Google knows not everyone will buy into this so they will no doubt upgrade YouTube to offer more live TV, and offer Google TV search for free to people with Internet access from any device, including desktops, laptops, iPads, iPhones, etc.
I often wonder why companies like Microsoft haven’t done this, it’s not like they can’t, it seems they are just too busy doing something else revolutionary that we haven’t heard about, and probably never will. Being secretive keeps companies that have already been in trouble with the government off their radar.
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Google is getting back to their "Don’t Be Evil" motto after there were attacks on human rights activist accounts on their Chinese Gmail servers. Google has announced that these attacks created so much concern over the lack of free speech, and censorship in China, they would no longer be censoring their search results on google.cn.
As a result Google acknowledged they may no longer be able to operate google.cn legally in China, and have informed their 700 staff there that the company may be closing the Google offices in China. An employee with Google’s Beijing office on condition of anonymity said:
"We were told that Google might quit China at a general meeting on Wednesday morning, and all of us feel very sad."
An official with China’s State Council Information Office Wednesday said Chinese Internet authorities were seeking more information on Google’s statement that it could quit China.
In a blog post, the chief architect of Baidu said Google’s decision to quit was for financial reasons, rather than a human rights issue, as Google had failed to dominate the Chinese search market. He said:
"What Google said makes me sick. If you are to quit for the sake of financial interest, then just say it."
The blog post has since been removed and replaced with a statement that the post was not the views of Baidu as a company. To say Google would quit China for financial interest does not appear accurate at all.
Google owns a stake in the Chinese search engine Baidu.
Last year, the search engine market in China was worth more than an estimated $1 billion and analysts previously expected Google to make about $600m from China in 2010.
But unlike most markets, Google comes second in search in China.
It has 31% of the market compared with about 60% controlled by market leader Baidu, which has a close relationship with the Chinese government. Yahoo has less than 10%.
Microsoft has a tiny share of the Chinese market with its new Bing search engine, but in December the technology giant said it was committed to China, calling it "the most important strategic market."
Google’s official statement is below:
1/12/2010 03:00:00 PM
Like many other well-known organizations, we face cyber attacks of varying degrees on a regular basis. In mid-December, we detected a highly sophisticated and targeted attack on our corporate infrastructure originating from China that resulted in the theft of intellectual property from Google. However, it soon became clear that what at first appeared to be solely a security incident–albeit a significant one–was something quite different.
First, this attack was not just on Google. As part of our investigation we have discovered that at least twenty other large companies from a wide range of businesses–including the Internet, finance, technology, media and chemical sectors–have been similarly targeted. We are currently in the process of notifying those companies, and we are also working with the relevant U.S. authorities.
Second, we have evidence to suggest that a primary goal of the attackers was accessing the Gmail accounts of Chinese human rights activists. Based on our investigation to date we believe their attack did not achieve that objective. Only two Gmail accounts appear to have been accessed, and that activity was limited to account information (such as the date the account was created) and subject line, rather than the content of emails themselves.
Third, as part of this investigation but independent of the attack on Google, we have discovered that the accounts of dozens of U.S.-, China- and Europe-based Gmail users who are advocates of human rights in China appear to have been routinely accessed by third parties. These accounts have not been accessed through any security breach at Google, but most likely via phishing scams or malware placed on the users’ computers.
We have already used information gained from this attack to make infrastructure and architectural improvements that enhance security for Google and for our users. In terms of individual users, we would advise people to deploy reputable anti-virus and anti-spyware programs on their computers, to install patches for their operating systems and to update their web browsers. Always be cautious when clicking on links appearing in instant messages and emails, or when asked to share personal information like passwords online. You can read more here about our cyber-security recommendations. People wanting to learn more about these kinds of attacks can read this U.S. government report (PDF), Nart Villeneuve’s blog and this presentation on the GhostNet spying incident.
We have taken the unusual step of sharing information about these attacks with a broad audience not just because of the security and human rights implications of what we have unearthed, but also because this information goes to the heart of a much bigger global debate about freedom of speech. In the last two decades, China’s economic reform programs and its citizens’ entrepreneurial flair have lifted hundreds of millions of Chinese people out of poverty. Indeed, this great nation is at the heart of much economic progress and development in the world today.
We launched Google.cn in January 2006 in the belief that the benefits of increased access to information for people in China and a more open Internet outweighed our discomfort in agreeing to censor some results. At the time we made clear that "we will carefully monitor conditions in China, including new laws and other restrictions on our services. If we determine that we are unable to achieve the objectives outlined we will not hesitate to reconsider our approach to China."
These attacks and the surveillance they have uncovered–combined with the attempts over the past year to further limit free speech on the web–have led us to conclude that we should review the feasibility of our business operations in China. We have decided we are no longer willing to continue censoring our results on Google.cn, and so over the next few weeks we will be discussing with the Chinese government the basis on which we could operate an unfiltered search engine within the law, if at all. We recognize that this may well mean having to shut down Google.cn, and potentially our offices in China.
The decision to review our business operations in China has been incredibly hard, and we know that it will have potentially far-reaching consequences. We want to make clear that this move was driven by our executives in the United States, without the knowledge or involvement of our employees in China who have worked incredibly hard to make Google.cn the success it is today. We are committed to working responsibly to resolve the very difficult issues raised.
Posted by David Drummond, SVP, Corporate Development and Chief Legal Officer
Dell has published their new catalog for 2010, and it’s loaded with a lot of good deals. The mini laptops are priced just right for kids, and adults looking to save. My favorite for laptops is LoJack, which I use for my laptop.
With the introduction of the 64 bit version of Windows 7, desktop computers now come standard with 8 GB of RAM.
This is a great time to buy a new computer, but I’ll be waiting until the new USB 3 ports come out, at least I hope I can wait that long.
Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo have added support for the new Canonical Link element to help identify a link to content on your site where all traffic should land when more than one link exists to the same content. The Canonical Link will be used for the search engine index, and sitemap URLs will still be used when there is a tie between more than one URL link.
WordPress 2.9 has now integrated the rel="canonical" link element, which will display between the "head" tags, but only on single post pages:
Note: WordPress itself does not actually integrate the wp.me short url format in the core. The Stats plugin, version 1.6 or above, is required for the wp.me short url format to be integrated.
Drupal has not added core support for the rel="canonical" link element, so Yoast has created a module that will add this feature to Drupal.
If you’re using WordPress, as NG does, then you will want to have the rel="canonical" link element on all the pages of you’re blog such as the homepage, tag, content, and other pages of your blog, so that each page can tell the search engines which link to use for all similar content that might otherwise be labeled as duplicate content. For instance, if you use the Google analytics campaign tag for traffic coming from Twitter your link might look like:
For this page the Canonical link should be:
To make sure all your pages tell the search engine which link to use you’ll need a plugin to help with this SEO (search engine optimization). Here at NerdGrind we use the a WordPress plugin called All in One SEO Pack, which has included Canonical URLs for a while. The All in One SEO Pack is highly recommended.
The addition of Canonical Links can significantly improve the SEO of your blog, and this can result in more traffic, as well as higher quality traffic. Below is a video on Canonical Links, and a few links to more resources on this very important topic.
Matt Cutts explains the Canonical Link element in the video below:
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Canonical support actually has been added to Drupal 7 core. See http://drupal.org/node/552478.
Google Ad Manager is a great platform to serve ads, but it has a few bugs that Google still has not addressed. Personally I was able to add New Order, and New Ad Network Order, to create some orders, but then I started seeing the error:
"A company with this name already exists. Choose a unique company name."
This was a new company that I hadn’t used before, yet I kept getting this error after I tried to create a New Ad Nework from the drop-down-menu, which had not happened before. I found many complaints on the Goolge Ad Manager chat forum from over a year ago regarding this problem, but no solution was offered by Google Support.
I could not find a solution anywhere, so I’ve documented a solution below.
Not long ago Google introduced their Google Chrome web browser, which was much faster than any other browser, and offered all the functionality needed, without the bloat of features rarely used. Google took this concept and applied it to their new operating system they call Google Chrome OS (operating system).
The concept with Chrome OS is to get rid of all the bloat and slowness caused by startup functions, and software applications, rarely used, and not needed if all you are using is a web browser. One software application left off the list in Chrome OS is Antivirus software, which isn’t needed because those who use Chrome OS use a web browser to access their applications, usually scanned for viruses, and those application are "stateless," meaning someone else stores and manages the application software on a network cloud of servers somewhere on the Internet, like Google offers through Google Apps.
The Chrome OS is another push by Google to get us all to use Google Apps, just like the Google G1 phone with Android was Google’s push to leverage Googles growing database, and associated apps, on mobile phones.
Although much of what Google does is all about getting us to use their products and services more, other companies can emulate Google’s stateless Internet cloud approach just as easily to take advantage of this ever expanding market.
Below are a couple of videos that can provide some idea of what Google Chrome OS does, and how it works.
The Black Friday 2009 sales are upon us from Best Buy, Target, Walmart, Kmart, Toys R Us, Apple, Dell, and many other retailers will be having massive sales. Don’t miss them.
If you’ve noticed your computer getting slower over time you might need to defragment the files and folders on your hard drive. From Windows XP forward a basic defragmenter was included, but it was very poor. Microsoft did include a Windows defragmentation API that could be hooked into to provide better defragmentation.
The reason you might want to defragment your hard drive using something other than the included software would be to defrag files 64 MB and smaller, which are ordinarily ignored, but can still impact overall performance.
A .NET desktop application called Facebook Notifications 2 can make it much easier to check for pokes, messages, events, friend requests, notices, and more, without logging into Facebook.com every time.
While promoting Windows 7 improvements Steve Ballmer scorned the idea that smart phones could unseat PCs as the technology of choice for on-the-go consumers saying:
"Let’s face it, the Internet was designed for the PC. The Internet is not designed for the iPhone. That’s why they’ve got 75,000 applications, they’re all trying to make the Internet look decent on the iPhone."
Just a little correction. At the time Ballmer made this statement it was already well-known there are 85,000 apps. With the addition of new plugins for content management systems such as WordPress that allow sites to be viewed easily with the iPhone, iPod Touch, and other high-end phones, the 230,391,343 blogs that exist at this moment can be viewed easily, and those blogs look great. With the new plugins blogs don’t even have to make a special mobile friendly site anymore.
Try viewing NerdGrind in your high-end phone and you’ll see how wrong Ballmer is.
What’s worse for Microsoft investors is that Microsoft develops the Windows Mobile OS for phones, so maybe he meant the Internet doesn’t look good on Windows Mobile phones.
With the explosive growth of the iPhone and iPod Touch Ballmer might want to stop ignoring that market.
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