Google Does Do Too Much

July 8, 2009

With the much hyped recent announcement of the GoogleOS I have once again come back to review what I think of Googles world domination plans.  It’s finally time for me to get off the fence.

Off the top off my head, what does Google actually own or own a stake in.

Well obviously there is the Google search engine.  The blogging platform Blogger and Youtube you might think and become stuck at.  They infact own:

Deja.com

Pyra Labs-Blogger

Neotonic Software-for CRM

Applied Semantics-for search

Kaltix Corp-for context sensitve search

Genius Labs-for blogging

Ignite Logic-web templates for law firms

Picassa-digi photo management

Keyhole Group-digital mapping

Where 2 Technologies-digital mapping

ZipDash-maps and traffic for mobile devices

2Web Technologies-spreadsheets

Urchin-metrics/analytics

Dodgeball-mobile social networking

Reqwireless Inc.-Java browser

Current Communications Group-broadband internet

Android-software for mobile phone o/s

Transformic Inc-search engine for deep/invisible web

Skia-graphics software engineering

DMarc Broadcasting-digital radio broadcasting

Measure Map-analytics for blogs

Upstartle-Writely, document editor for the web

@Last Software-SketchUp 3D modeling

Orion-Referral search engine

Neven Vision-automatic information extraction from jpgs

Jotspot Ind-wiki platform for websites

YouTube-online video company

Endoxen-geomapping software

Xunlei-filesharing app for the web

Adscape Media-in-game advertising

Gapminder’s Trendalyzer-presentation software

Doubleclick-ad platform for the web

Tonic Systems-document conversion technology

Marratech-video conferencing technology

Green Border Technologies-secure web browsing tech

Panoramio-photo site sharing for Google Earth

Feedbumer-RSS feed distribution analytics and management

GrandCentral-mobile voice management

Postini-communications security and compliance

And the list is no doubt growing.  They have a share in mobile phone software,  street maps no doubt I am missing something major, but I think you get my point.

What I am trying to say is.  If Google put all the information it has about us using the products it provides I think it would know practically everything worth knowing about it’s users.

I know I am not the only one who feels uncomfortable with this.  Could Google be the next Microsoft?  Well the announcement of it’s planned netbook operating system is another step in that direction.

I don’t have a solution or anything I want to add to the above.  I just want to sit and reevaluate how much I rely on Google for my day to day life, web or not.  They create brilliantly useful web 2.0 ‘stuff’.  As well as buying it up.  But…. see above.

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Google Android SDK 1.0 with Ubuntu 8.04

September 25, 2008

For those of you of programming nature I have found an excellent step by step, hold your hand guide to installing the Google Android SDK under Ubuntu.  It’s an idiots guide and that’s how I like it.

Anyway, I have it all installed and will be playing around with it today with the idea to possibly develop applications for the Android market place.  We’ll see what happens.

Anyway, here is the link.


Russian Town Puts Giant Smiley On Google Maps

September 25, 2008

Lifted straight from Slashdot:

Giant Smiley On Google Maps

Giant Smiley On Google Maps

“Citizens of the Russian town Chelyabinsk calculated when the satellite, QuickBird, which takes images for Google Earth and Google Maps, would cross above their city and used people to make a giant smiley face. A rock concert on the main square attracted many people and everyone got a yellow cape. It looks like someone at Google was quicker than usual to put up the new data. Maybe Google likes the idea of an entire town working hard to get its 15 minutes of fame. The article has a screenshot of Google Maps and images taken directly at the event.”

Sweet.


Google Android begins with the T-Mobile G1

September 24, 2008

Looks like Googles world domination plans are taking a few giant leaps forward this month with the launch of the Google Chrome browser along with their new Android phone.  It sounds and looks pretty nifty, but as I read somewhere else recently.  It is looking more and more likely that when Skynet launches and destroys mankind it will be a Google creation rather than a Microsoft one.

Google Android T-Mobile G1

Google Android T-Mobile G1