Posts Tagged ‘Google’

YouTube wants to pay you for your upload

December 12, 2007

Just when you thought that the draw of YouTube was to create your own content and get free press out of the deal, Google’s video service just upped the incentive. Launching the YouTube Partner Program, the video giant will actually pay you to produce compelling content. The requirements seem simple: create original videos, own the copyrights, get them viewed by thousands, and live in the US or Canada. Sounds easy, right? Of course, few seems to have the regular prowess to get thousands of people to check out each upload, but hey, at least YouTube is interested in the little guy. Sure, some of their partners include Universal Music, Victoria Secret, and the NBA, but smaller contributors are also on their payroll, including everyone’s favorite Chocolate Rain guy. Think you’ve got what it takes? Make the jump to apply.


Google Founder Having A Crazy Wedding

December 7, 2007

It’s official, as of this weekend both of Google’s billionaire co-founders will be off the market. Larry Page will marry his girlfriend, Lucy Southworth this weekend (his parter-in-search Sergey Brin married earlier this year). Page and Southworth are getting married on Richard Branson’s private playground, Necker Island, in the Caribbean and Richard Branson will serve as Page’s best man.

The NY Post’s Page Six reports that the wedding is a “logistical nightmare” because planners have to coordinate lavish places to stay for all of Page and Southworth’s 600 guests which are said to include the Clintons, Bono and a whole gaggle of billionaires. The wedding hasn’t just taken over Branson’s island, most guests will be staying at Little Dix Bay Resort on Virgin Gorda with boats and ferries being pressed into service to get the guests over to Necker Island. Page is also booking private jets to fly guests in from all around the world.

Google Talk Hooks up w/ AIM

December 5, 2007

Google Talk is convenient, but it has failed to win the popular vote. Google is hoping things are set to change, thanks to added support for AOL’s AIM network. The new functionality will allow users to log in to AIM from within Gmail, eliminating the need for a dedicated app to handle your instant messaging needs.

Read more @ Gizmodo

Barack Obama’s Tech Platform

November 15, 2007

Barack Obama is courting Silicon Valley today, and paying a visit to Google. So what better time to release his technology platform?Some highlights:

Supports Net Neutrality (Google will like this plank. But Obama also argues for it on the grounds of protecting free speech. Interesting.)

Click here for full story

First Look at Google “gPhone” Android System

November 12, 2007

Just like the good folks promised, the early look software development kit for Google’s soon-to-be huge phone OS has hit the streets… er, internet. From what we can tell, the OS is as comfortable on larger, VGA devices as it is on more traditional smartphone layouts. Oh yeah… and it plays Quake. Here’s what we know the software will support out of the box:
Webkit-based browser
Threaded text messaging
MPEG-4, h.264, MP3, and AAC file formats
Accelerated 3D graphics
Below you can see an alternate fullscreen version of the phone (a hardware reference model, not a device you can expect to buy anytime soon) up and running its browser app. If you really want to get serious, pedal your steam-engine over to the Open Handset Alliance site where you can download the SDK for a variety of platforms. Otherwise, check out the gallery and view some videos after the break to see and hear more info than you can shake a stick at on the new platform.


The Good (Google) Life

November 9, 2007

After receiving tens of millions of dollars when he cashed out his Google stock options, Aydin Senkut knew he had enough money to quit his job and start a new chapter in this life.

“Google money gives you a comfort level,” said Senkut, a senior product manager at the Mountain View, Calif.-based search giant, who left in April 2005 after nearly six years with the company. He hasn’t retired, though. Senkut has been plowing some of his Google money into start-ups. The windfall has also allowed him to visit his parents in Turkey for several months, and purchase his childhood dream car: a Lamborghini — in orange. “I just wanted to get it in a color that was fun,” he said.

ABC News Story

Google’s GPhone Announced!

November 5, 2007


The Google Phone has been announced, and instead of being manufactured by just one company, it’s an open software platform that’s going to be included on phones made by HTC, LG, Motorola and Samsung. And best of all, those phones are going to be available on Sprint and T-Mobile by the first half of 2008. Plus, it’s going to be available in China, Japan, Germany, Italy, and Spain. The 34 members of the Open Handset Alliance will throw in their expertise (example, Nvidia with their graphical abilities, Skype with their VoIPing) and offer the collective goods under an open source licensing agreement. Hell, Google might not even put their logo on the phone itself—they just want to sell advertisements to users through it.

HTC’s CEO, who makes lots of Windows Mobile phones for business users, says the resulting phone by Google and its 34 friends will be targeted towards consumers. The SDK for developers will be available by November 12, which will then enable people to hit that 1H 2008 launch date.

Google About To Release GMail 2.0

October 31, 2007

Gmail 2.0 reportedly loads faster, although it’s a bit early to say how much faster. And there’s a much more detailed contacts section. There’s a new contacts manager and the option to add images for contacts directly from Picasa Web. There also appears to be an option to “filter messages like these” from the Gmail “More Actions” drop down box.


Google to Launch “Maka Maka” to compete with Facebook/MySpace

October 29, 2007


Google may have lost the bidding war to invest in Facebook, but it is preparing its own major assault on the social networking scene. It goes by the codename “Maka-Maka” inside the Googleplex (or, perhaps, “Makamaka”).

Maka-Maka encompasses Google’s grand plan to build a social layer across all of its applications. Some details about Maka-Maka have already leaked out, particularly how Google plans to use the feed engine that powers Google Reader (known internally as Reactor) to create “activity streams” for other applications akin to Facebook’s news and mini feeds. But Maka-Maka goes well beyond that.

Maka-Maka will be unveiled in stages

Via TechCrunch

FINALLY! Updated Google Talk & Yahoo IM Client from Blackberry

October 25, 2007

Research in Motion updated their Yahoo and Google Talk clients for BlackBerry devices to version 2.0. These are available for download by accessing on your BlackBerry device. It would appear the update includes better contacts management, as well as contact picture enhancements (aka avatars and buddy icons). The Yahoo client, still blocked by AT&T for reasons still unknown, also reportedly adds interoperability with Windows Live Messenger and file sending capabilities.