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Posted by C on 4/5 at 11:42 am to Doc Fenton
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Unlike Facebook, it also has a huge stream of steady income of ad revenue from its current search engine.


? Are you saying facebook doesn't have steady income or just not as large as google (obvious)



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Posted by Slickback on 4/5 at 10:29 pm to ThaBigFella
They are in everything.

Moodle is slowly killing Blackboard. Once it does, expect them to start charging for it.

Google Hangouts
Google Docs
Google +
Google Scholar

and much, much more.



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Posted by siliconvalleytiger on 4/7 at 5:42 pm to ThaBigFella
Google gets 90 plus percent of its revenue from their ad business and dominates that area. All the cars, glasses and other services are attempts at diversification most of which have failed. Remember google plus, google docs and froogle?

For all that they spend on research, google is just a bigger form of what yahoo was. Where they go from here remains to be seen.

I work in mountain view and drive through google everyday. It's amazing all the experiments you see on campus.


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Posted by Korkstand on 4/7 at 10:36 pm to siliconvalleytiger
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All the cars, glasses and other services are attempts at diversification most of which have failed. Remember google plus, google docs and froogle?

? Millions of people use plus, docs, and froogle (now Shopping) every day. They all boost the brand and ad revenue.



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Posted by GFunk on 4/8 at 6:52 am to Korkstand
They're breaking away from WebKit as a way of destroying or severely weakening Apple's place in the mobile web ecosystem. WebKit is still Apple's property even though its used right now by everyone. Blink is ani-consumer and pro-Google. At least it is if you are anyone but Google.

They bought Motorola in response to bloat ware, software skins, and the unintended ways that Amazon and now Facebook are taking advantage of Android. Also they feel Samsung got to big thanks in large part to Android. They want no one company holding too much sway over what they do.

They are into driverless cars and augmented reality/wearable tech as a way of staking claims to still new ways of integrating search info/ad clicks into your life. If Google develops the architecture a driverless car uses to operate, it's the same principle behind developing Android. It gives them a window into your habits and an easy platform to serve you ads. Same w/wearable tech.

Google wants to be at the top of the heap. It doesn't care if you're Apple, MSFT, Samsung, Facebook or even Mozilla. It's future depends on its ability to collect info about you in order to deliver you advertising info.

Developing its own mobile and tablet products through Motorola enables it, as does forking WebKit and turning towards Blink. Some of its decisions are good ideas (Motorola will help give Android users a better UI experience). But some are designed to crush their competition (Blink) and in the short term it will make the mobile web a less smooth, more chaotic experience.



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Posted by C on 4/8 at 7:10 am to GFunk
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Blink


Is this the name of their eyewear?



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Posted by baytiger on 4/8 at 7:46 am to C
No, the eyewear is Google Glass


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Posted by lynxcat on 4/8 at 8:46 am to baytiger
This is the first I have heard of Blink...I need to read up on this.


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Posted by BennyAndTheInkJets on 4/8 at 8:58 am to baytiger
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Google Glass

The coolest thing I've seen in the telecom era.



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Posted by C on 4/8 at 9:08 am to BennyAndTheInkJets
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The coolest thing I've seen in the telecom era.


wierd start page. do you have to have the glasses on for it to make sense? I see a few hidden things on the page but can't do anything with them.



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Posted by Korkstand on 4/8 at 9:48 am to GFunk
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They're breaking away from WebKit as a way of destroying or severely weakening Apple's place in the mobile web ecosystem. WebKit is still Apple's property even though its used right now by everyone. Blink is ani-consumer and pro-Google. At least it is if you are anyone but Google.

Wrong wrong wrong. Webkit (open source) is a fork of KHTML (open source), and Blink (open source) will be a fork of Webkit. Google has contributed more code to Webkit than Apple has, and then a month ago Apple trademarked "Webkit". If Apple's place in mobile web will be weakened, it is their own doing.
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Google wants to be at the top of the heap. It doesn't care if you're Apple, MSFT, Samsung, Facebook or even Mozilla.

Isn't that the goal of every company?



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Posted by BennyAndTheInkJets on 4/8 at 9:50 am to C
The start page does suck but I can summarize what I know.

The glasses and location technology allow you to look at something (like a restaurant), and immediately pull up all the yelp reviews, etc. similar to something you would see out of Dragon Ball Z. You can also pull up maps to show you which direction to walk, how far everything is, etc.. I've heard some chatter on face recognition to Facebook, etc. technology but I seriously doubt they'll be able to include that. Any sort of current phone technology you can think of will now be more interactive with sight and sound recognition.

Cliff Notes: It is basically real life sight recogntion and information technology similar to something a Terminator would have.



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