The opening of the probe by the European Union on enquiries made by three European Internet companies against Google has many undertones.
Firstly, this development tests the level of maturity of Google in taking scathing criticism positively. By covering this negative event in its blog posting, Google has proved that it would like to bring unpleasant news in the open rather than hide it. This is a sign of the confidence of the organization in handling the “resistance posts” squarely and in a transparent manner.
Secondly, it is only when personalities become important and organizations become successful that they attract the attention and jealousy of others. For Google, this is just the case. And it should be prepared for even more as with the passage of time the number of challenges from the environment in form of cases against it through the use of international dispute mechanisms, is only expected to increase.
Thirdly, those companies who have filed their complaints must be prepared to go up to the last mile themselves and stand to public scrutiny themselves. It would have been better if they could have concentrated their efforts in beating competition by way of enhancing their technological edge rather than pursuing litigation.
Google Chrome finally has the ability of adding extensions which brought joy to a lot of users. We lay down the top 5 extensions which enhance Chrome and make it fun to use.
1. Chromed Bird – Chromed Bird is an awesome Twitter extension for Google Chrome with lots of features. You could compose a new tweet, check out tweets from your friends, create short URL’s, Notify user whenever new tweets arrive and lots more , all without even going to twitter.com
2. Feedly – Feedly is the best Chrome extension so far. It is even available for Firefox . Feedly is a magazine like startpage for reading your feeds.
3. Wikipedia – Access Wikipedia in a drop down box.
4. Dropbox – DropBox as we all know is the easiest way to store, sync, and, share files online. Now, there is even a chrome extension for it. With the extension, you could view your upload, manage them and even download them to your computer.
5. SimpleNotes – This is as simple as the name sounds. It is a note taking extension whereby you could just quickly take a note without opening NotePad or stuff.
Google updated it’s iPhone app yesterday.
Some of the fixes and improvements are :-
1. Added support for search by voice for iPod touch .
2. Improved stability when using voice on restricted networks.
3. Fix crashes when searching for @.
4. Fix crashes when pasting in search box.
5. Improvements for using voice search on iPod touch .
SearchEngineLand received a tip from a New York retailer named Oh Nuts, that Google came to their store to take pictures for a new Google Maps product named “Google Store Views.” I was told that they took pictures of the inside of the store, every 6 feet, in all directions. They also took pictures of products.
Google Store Views will allow people to essentially walk into the store, off of Google Street Views. So imagine you are looking at this store, and then you can click on the door to enter it, all on Google Maps. Then when you enter the store, you can wall through it.
Here are pictures of Google capturing the pictures from within the store:
Postscript: A Google spokesperson sent us the following statement:
We are always experimenting with new features for Google Maps. We have nothing further to announce at this time.
Source : SearchEngineLand
By now we all are quite familiar with how much control Apple has over it’s App Store. The continuous rejection of a few apps along with a rejection of competitors apps justifies it.
Recently a developer submitted an app which had the word ‘Android’ in it. Apple rejected the app and said ” Remove the A word or remove your App”. Apple earlier even rejected Google Voice from entering into the App Store and even plans to adopt Bing as it’s default search engine for the iPhone . This rivalry between Apple and Google seems promising and could result in a lot of iPhone users to switch to the Nexus One.