Posts Tagged ‘Google’

Google updates post-earthquake Japan satellite images for Google Earth and Maps

Written by Editor on . Posted in Current Events

Before and after view of Terashima in Sendai. H/T Download Squad:

Before and after view of Terashima in Sendai.

Google has teamed up with its satellite imagery provider, GeoEye, to create updated satellite images of Japan since the devastating earthquake and tsunami hit. Google has integrated the images into both Google Earth, using a KML file, and Google maps. They’ve also released the high resolution images through a Picasa album, all in the vein of trying to help co-ordinate relief efforts and help out those most in need.
Read more at Download Squad.View images at this Picasa album.
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Report: AOL Preparing Possible Yahoo Takeover Bid

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In theory, an AOL-Yahoo deal would position the merged company to compete for online advertising dollars more effectively.

“Yahoo’s (YHOO) stock price jumped 10% today on news that AOL (AOL), a company one-tenth its size, is in talks with several private equity firms to purchase the purple-hued Internet pioneer.”
By SAM GUSTIN @ DailyFinance.com: For weeks, AOL, which is in the midst of a turnaround effort led by former Google (GOOG) advertising executive Tim Armstrong, has been the subject of rumors that it would buy — or be bought by — Yahoo, the ailing Internet behemoth that successfully fended off a previous, $40 billion takeover attempt by Microsoft (MSFT) in 2008. Want to make a stock trade?
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Has Google revealed a bias against senior citizens by jerking the welcome mat on one of its own?

Written by Editor on . Posted in Business Stuff

That's not very nice ... discriminating against older people is against the law.

That's not very nice ... discriminating against older people is against the law.

Google ordered to defend against age bias lawsuit: Google Inc (GOOG.O), which runs the world’s most popular Internet search engine, was ordered to defend itself against a lawsuit by a former manager who said he was fired for being too old, clearing the way for a trial.The California Supreme Court unanimously agreed that a trial court erred in dismissing a complaint by Brian Reid, who was hired in 2002 as a director of operations and engineering, and fired less than two years later at age 54 after being told he was not a good “cultural fit.” Jonathan Stempel @ Reuters.

Why Google should want Twitter: Currency

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Why Google should want Twitter: Currency
Here’s a good clue as to why Google should be interested in Twitter. It’s not just search. It’s currency. Google isn’t good at currency. It needs content to ferment; it needs links and clicks to collect so PageRank can determine its value.But in this report, Google chief economist Hal Varian and analyst Hyunyoung Choi demonstrate that Google search trends are good at predicting the present. That is, rather than waiting weeks or even a month to get aggregated figures on auto, retail, home, or travel sales to be collected and analyzed and released, Google search patterns can give a good indication of sales now.Note that to do that, Google’s value is not in its analysis of content but in its collection of our behavior, which is faster.Of course, Twitter is even faster, even more immediate. It collects what we’re doing and talking and thinking of doing right now.
George Orwell should be rolling over in his grave about now!