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Google today announced its long-awaited Google Drive cloud storage service, providing users with 5GB of free storage integrated with Google Docs and other Google services.

Today, we’re introducing Google Drive—a place where you can create, share, collaborate, and keep all of your stuff. Whether you’re working with a friend on a joint research project, planning a wedding with your fiancé or tracking a budget with roommates, you can do it in Drive. You can upload and access all of your files, including videos, photos, Google Docs, PDFs and beyond.

Beyond the free 5GB level, Google offers several levels of paid storage up to 16 TB, all accessible via Google Docs or through clients for PC, Mac, Android and iOS devices — though the iOS app has yet to be released, Google promises it is “coming soon”. One of the biggest features in Drive is the ability to open more than 30 different file types directly in the browser, allowing users without programs like Illustrator and Photoshop to open up files and see what’s inside. The service includes extensive sharing and collaboration features, as well.


The launch of Google Drive comes as several other cloud storage services have augmented their services in recent days. Microsoft’s SkyDrive, which offers users 7GB of free cloud storage, yesterday updated its offering with an updated iOS app [Direct Link] and a preview client for OS X Lion, which allows users to manage their SkyDrive accounts directly from the Finder. Finally, Dropbox extended its file storage service with the ability to quickly share files stored on Dropbox with anyone, simply by creating a link.

Originally published on Tuesday April 24, 2012 10:14 am PDT by Jordan Golson in MacRumors.

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The Verge Year in Review

Posted: December 28, 2011 by FMstereo in Android, Apple, Gaming, General, Google, Market Trends, News, Tech

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2011 was a year of incredible highs and incredible lows. We say that every year, of course, but 2011 felt different: many staffers at The Verge would argue that it’s been the craziest, most drama-filled twelve months in their careers. Trying to neatly wrap up a full year of amazing products, blockbuster acquisitions (and would-be acquisitions), power shifts, and industry-changing announcements into a single article is an enormously challenging task, but let’s give it a shot — and let’s take a quick glance at some of the headlines we’re expecting in the year ahead.

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Originally published by Verge Staff on December 28, 2011 01:31 pm on The Verge.

ZenithOptimedia has issued a report that contains both good news and bad news for Google. The good news is: Google controls 44 percent of global online ad revenues. The bad news is: Google controls 44 percent of global online ad revenues.

At a time when Google is defending against antitrust investigations on two continents this news is most unwelcome. The shares of all the other major US internet companies are tiny by comparison, though together with Google they control 61 percent of the world’s digital ad spending.

Overall the internet represents only 16 percent of global ad revenue according to ZenithOptimedia. TV, by comparison, is 40.2 percent of all ad expenditures. Hence Google’s interest in building YouTube into a bona fide TV/cable alternative.

ZenithOptimedia says that globally paid search will represent about 49 percent of all online advertising this year.

Originally posted on Dec 6, 2011 at 10:04am ET by , in Search Engine Land

Google Debuts New Android-Focused Music Download Store

Posted: November 18, 2011 by FMstereo in Google, News

Google yesterday officially unveiled its full Google Music service, including a music download store offering a number of the same features as Apple’s iTunes Store. The newGoogle Music store arrives as part of the Android Market and seems designed to attract users to the Android platform by offering an alternative to Apple’s iTunes ecosystem. Like the iTunes Store, Google Music offers per-track pricing typically ranging from $0.69-$1.29, with over 13 million tracks available for purchase.The store offers more than 13 million tracks from artists on Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, EMI, and the global independent rights agency Merlin as well as over 1,000 prominent independent labels including Merge Records, Warp Records, Matador Records, XL Recordings and Naxos. We’ve also partnered with the world’s largest digital distributors of independent music including IODA, INgrooves, The Orchard and Believe Digital.

You can purchase individual songs or entire albums right from your computer or your Android device and they’ll be added instantly to your Google Music library, and accessible anywhere.

Google Music also includes some of the same cloud-based services offered by Apple as part of iCloud and iTunes Match, features that Google rolled out in beta form earlier this year without the support of its own music store. With Google Music, all music purchases from the market are stored online, with users also able to upload up to 20,000 of their own tracks for free.

The company is also integrating the new music service with its Google+ social networking platform, allowing users to post individual tracks to their Google+ pages where friends can take advantage of a one-time free stream of each track.Google is also rolling out an “artist hub” feature, which allows any signed or unsigned artist with distribution rights for their material to create a dedicated Google Music page for a one-time $25 fee. Artists can use their pages to share information and sell their music, with artists able to set their own pricing and receiving 70% of revenue.

One missing piece for Google is Warner Music Group, one of the four major music labels in the United States and which has yet to reach an agreement to have its content distributed through the store. Warner, which is said to still be in talks with Google, is the third-largest record label and holds approximately 20% of the market.

Originally published on Thursday November 17, 2011 11:37 am PST by Eric Slivka on MacRumors.

Google Has NEVER Been A Great Consumer Company

Posted: October 3, 2011 by FMstereo in Google, Market Trends
 What if we give it away?
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Keep This In Mind As Google Takes On Apple: Google Has NEVER Been A Great Consumer Company

The growing consensus seems to be that Google in fact bought Motorola not just for its patents, but to mimic Apple and get into the hardware business in a big way.

Henry Blodget floated the idea on Monday, and has been joined by others like Kara Swisher at AllThingsD and Andrew Sorkin at the New York Times.

A couple of former Googlers we spoke with agree — Google has both envied and feared the iPhone since it launched.

Former equity analyst Anton Wahlman is among those who believes that Google truly wants Motorola’s hardware business, and notes that Google had begun hiring hardware specialists to build its own phones long before the patent issue pushed Google into an emergency acquisition.

In an interview, Wahlman pointed out that Google has been studying Apple for the last decade.

“Everybody at Google is a customer of Apple’s. They have Macs in their homes, Macs at work, they go to the Apple Store. They have been observing — like any educated consumer — what Apple has been doing in recent years.”

He hypothesizes that Larry Page could be looking at the Borders bookstore going out of business right down the street from the Apple Store in downtown Palo Alto and imagining how easy it would be to buy the bankrupt chain and turn it into a gleaming outlet for Google phones, Google TV boxes, and other Google software running on third-party hardware. (Sort of like Microsoft is doing.)

Wahlman reasons that Page and other Googlers have been looking at Apple’s success and thinking “why is this so hard?”

Here’s why.

Because although Google makes products that are popular with consumers, Google is not now and has never been a consumer company.

Google is good at creating free products that are a notch or leap better than the competition (search, GmailChrome) or that fill some other market need (Android, which freed smartphone buyers — and developers — from Apple’s restrictions).

And Google has undeniably created some great and valuable products for advertisers.

But unlike Apple — or Microsoft, or Nokia, or RIM, or Sony, or even Motorola — Google has never made a product that consumers actually had to pay for.

That means that Google has never had to build products that delight reviewers on day one and convince consumers to part with a good portion of their last paycheck.

Look at recent product releases like Google Music Beta, Android Honeycomb, or Google+, all of which launched with glaring holes. Even search wasn’t launched as a finished product — Google worked like crazy to build its index and make sure it could scale.

The presumption has always been that users would stick around and give time for Google to learn and “iterate.” That works for free Web products. It doesn’t work so well for stuff people pay for.

(Harry McCracken recently did a great piece for Time about how we’re in the era of unfinished tech products, and rightly names Google as the primary offender.)

Plus Google has never had a chance to master skills like marketing, advertising, and merchandising. Apple isn’t just a great product company, but it’s also one of the best marketing companies the world has ever seen. Google never even had a major ad campaign until it started pushing the Chrome browser in the last year.

Google’s foray into hardware will end in one of two ways. Either the company will prove it’s an incredibly adept learner as it fast-follows Apple and builds a successful and highly profitable smartphone business. In that case, nobody will ever accuse Google of being a one-trick pony again.

Or else it’s going to be the greatest act of high-tech hubris since AOL bought Time-Warner.

Originally published by: Matt Rosoff|August 17, 2011|Business Insider

 

Google Just Opened Its First Retail Outlet In London

Posted: October 3, 2011 by FMstereo in Google, News
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Coming someday?

Make no mistake: Google is going directly after Apple.

It already has the most popular smartphone platform in the world. With the purchase of Motorola, it will have a credible hardware arm.

And now, it’s opened its first retail outlet.

As the London Evening Standard reports, it’s just a small “pop up” store within a U.K. computer retailer called PC World. Right now, it only sells Chromebooks and headphones, and it will only run for a few months until Christmas.

It’s called the Chrome Zone — the same name as the outlets in several U.S. airports that let you pick up a Chromebook before you fly out on Virgin Airlines.

It’s just an experiment for now. A spokesperson told the Standard “It’s something Google is going to play with and see where it leads.”

But this is exactly how Microsoft got into the retail game a few years ago: by creating “Microsoft stores” within big outlets like Circuit City, Best Buy, and — yes — PC World in 2008. It learned what it needed to know.

A few months later, Microsoft opened its prototype Retail Experience Center to journalists. In February 2009,  Microsoft announced it would open its own line of stores. Now, it’s approaching a dozen. It plans to build 75 of them by 2014.

Google doesn’t have enough products to sell to justify its own line of retail stores. Yet. But by the time it does, look for a gleaming chain of Google Stores to sell whatever it comes up with.

Originally posted by Matt Rosoff | Sep. 30, 2011, 8:04 PM in Business Insider.

 

Google is testing a variation on AdWords display that has the URLs shown above the two lines of description, but under the headline. Representatives from the search giant would only say that they’re always experimenting with different ways of displaying information, but multiple members of Search Engine Land editorial team saw the experiment on Google.com for a variety of search terms.

The AdWords display test is, in some cases at least, being shown along with an experimental display for organic results that we reported on in May. That result format also places the URL just under the title, or headline, and above the snippets of text.

Originally published in Search Engine Land on Jul 19, 2011 at 4:31pm ET by 

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As expected, Google is now offering +1 buttons that can be placed on any web page via a short code snippet. The code/button is supported in 44 languages, but +1 activity continues to show only on English-language search results on Google.com. (Google says it’s working to expand +1 worldwide.)

Webmasters can use Google’s self-serve code generator to customize the size and language of the button, along with a few other advanced options.

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There’s more about the advanced options here, and be sure to read the FAQs at the bottom where you’ll learn, among other things, that Google recommends using the +1 button in conjunction with the “rel=canonical” tag.

Postscript, 12:00 pm PST: If you’re trying to install the button on your site, it may only show up if you and your visitors are logged in to your Google accounts. Google tells us this is temporary and due to the fact that the button is still being rolled out. In a “matter of hours,” the buttons should be visible to all, whether logged in or not.

The button looks and acts, of course, much like the existing social buttons that you see regularly on all kinds of websites — but make no mistake that this is Google’s most direct attempt yet to compete with Facebook’s nearly ubiquitous “Like” button, which has practically become the default way we share content online. Google has repeatedly said that it would like access to Facebook’s data to improve search results, but the two sides have been unable to work out anything along those lines.

Analytics For +1 Users?

Google has previously shown screenshots of what a +1 dashboard will look like in Google Webmaster Tools:

But there’s no mention on any of Google’s blog posts about this feature, and my own Webmaster Tools account has nothing new related to +1.

+1 Button & SEO Impact

When +1 launched in March on Google’s organic and paid listings, Google said it would look at +1 click data “as a potential signal to improve search quality.”

A new +1 button FAQ explains this in more detail:
Content recommended by friends and acquaintances is often more relevant than content from strangers. For example, a movie review from an expert is useful, but a movie review from a friend who shares your tastes can be even better. Because of this, +1′s from friends and contacts can be a useful signal to Google when determining the relevance of your page to a user’s query. This is just one of many signals Google may use to determine a page’s relevance and ranking, and we’re constantly tweaking and improving our algorithm to improve overall search quality. For +1′s, as with any new ranking signal, we’ll be starting carefully and learning how those signals affect search quality.
That FAQ page also explains another SEO impact: The +1 button might get a page crawled or re-crawled:
Once you add the button, Google may crawl or recrawl the page, and store the page title and other content, in response to a +1 button impression or click.

Where Does +1 Activity Show Up Online?

The +1 activity of your network (as Google defines it) shows up visually in Google’s search results and that will now include when your network clicks on the new +1 button on websites, not just when they “+1″ a Google search result.

If you allow it in your Google Account settings, your +1 activity may also show up on websites that use the +1 button — very similar to how you see messaging on web pages that “John Doe liked this on Facebook.” This Google Account page shows how it looks and lets you choose to share your +1 activity or not.

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Your +1 activity — both in Google’s search results and on websites using the new button — will also show up on your Google profile if you choose to allow it.

We’ll be testing and using the +1 button ourselves, and asking Google questions about it — and the analytics feature — so stay tuned for more in the near future.

Originally published on Jun 1, 2011 at 1:41pm ET by Matt McGee in Search Engine Land.

Like two knights jostling for the hand of a fair maiden, both Facebook and Google appear to be courting the graces of Skype. A source close to Facebook recently told Reuters that CEO Mark Zuckerberg is thinking about buying Skype outright, as part of a deal that could be worth $3 to $4 billion. A second source, meanwhile, claimed that both Facebook and Google are more interested in forming a joint venture with the teleconferencing company, which has yet to issue an IPO. With discussions still in a nascent stage, both suitors are playing their cards close to their chests, while Skype, rather coyly, has declined to comment on the speculation. At this point, details are still hazy and rumor-infused, though it’s certainly not shocking to hear these kinds of murmurs buzzing around. Skype’s been integrating Facebookmore deeply into its software for a while now and has gradually branched out to Android, as well (albeit with mixed results). Both Facebook and Google would also stand to benefit from Skype’s millions of usersand all the targeted advertising potential they’d offer. Until we receive more substantiated reports, however, all discussions of possible unions remain restricted to the realm of conjecture.
Originally posted by Amar Toor  posted May 5th 2011 at 6:49AM

Gmail Motion

Posted: April 1, 2011 by FMstereo in Google, News

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