As of July 31st, all Google profiles will be public
This change means that you must have at least your full name and gender shown publicly to join Google+.
The Next Web: http://thenextweb.com/google/2011/07/05/as-of-july-31st-all-google-profiles-will-be-public/
Fake Google+ invites sent by spammers looking to cash-in on new social network’s popularity
Anybody responding to the bogus invites to join Google+ is instead directed to a pharmaceutical website selling Viagra.
The Daily Mail: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2011491/Fake-Google-invites-sent-spammers-looking-cash-new-social-networks-popularity.html?ITO=1490
Google to retire Blogger & Picasa brands in Google+ push
Google intends to rename Picasa “Google Photos” and Blogger will become “Google Blogs.”
NEW MEDIA TRENDS’ Christopher Lacroix reports
Microsoft is barging its way into China, but faces image problems in Massachusetts and Switzerland.
Microsoft has partnered with Baidu. Bing search results will appear in English-language queries on the number-one Chinese search engine. The move vicariously thrusts Microsoft ahead of Google in the world’s most populated country.
Over in America, a Massachusetts man is calling Microsoft on its suggestions that it values customer input, Cnet reports. Chris Carlucci has shared a customer-service response to an idea he submitted to improve Windows: it says it does not accept consumers’ ideas for new products.
“We hope that you will understand our intention to avoid any potential misunderstandings or disputes,” the e-mail reads.
Microsoft launched an advertising and promotional campaign that touts Windows 7 as developed from users’ suggestions.
The company could stand to take a few suggestions to improve its image in Switzerland, where a political party has emerged devoted solely to ridding the nation of Powerpoint. The Anti-PowerPoint Party claims the software saps 2.1 billion Swiss francs ($2.5 billion U.S.) annually. Party president Matthias Poehm says its existence is a promotional mechanism for his book, “The PowerPoint Fallacy.”
Google Realtime Search disabled, to work in Google+?
Google has temporarily disabled its Realtime Search function, which gave results that included real-time updates from Twitter, Facebook, FriendFeed and a bevy of other social networking sites.
Google Videos rental app makes fleeting cameo in Market, portends of an imminent release
The new Google Videos is a movie rental app that will give Android users in the US mobile access to the 3,000+ premium titles that are already available to rent on a desktop.
Mark Zuckerberg Is The Most Followed User On Google+
The Facebook CEO has 21,213 followers, compared to the Google CEO at 14,798, Google social czar Vic Gundotra at 13,783, Google co-founder Sergey Brin at 11,629, blogger Robert Scoble at 11,389, Google spam avenger Matt Cutts at 9,153, TWIT founder Leo Laporte at 7,566, Google’s Bradley Horowitz at 7,187, TechCrunch’s MG Siegler at 6,579 and blogger Gina Trapani at 5,649.
Google+ for iOS Awaiting App Store Approval
Based on previous experience with the approval process, we believe that the Google+ iOS app will debut sometime in the next two weeks.
Google releases Google+ promotional videos
Gmail Redesigned: Google’s Email To Get A New Look
Google’s popular email service will soon roll out updates to the Gmail interface that are designed to streamline the appearance of the tool to make it easier for users to manage their mail.
The Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/07/01/gmail-redesigned-google-email_n_888539.html
Gayglers: Google’s LGBT Employee Resource Group By raising awareness internally and externally, Gayglers work in a small way towards the fully equal treatment that we believe all LGBT peoples deserve.
NEW MEDIA TRENDS’ Christopher Lacroix reports
Major legal battles in the technological sphere are criss-crossing the globe.
WikiLeaks and DataCell will take its grievance against European Visa, MasterCard and Teller to the European Union Commission unless those companies resume service for the whistle-blowing website. Visa, MasterCard and Teller have refused to serve WikiLeaks for more than six months making it difficult for the company to do business. The lawyer handling the case says the companies have until Thursday to step up.
Over in Korea, Samsung has dropped a key patent-infringement countersuit against Apple, which demanded access to unreleased Apple prototypes. The suit was a response to Apple’s charge that Samsung infringed on Apple’s patents. Samsung claims it only backed down to “streamline legal proceedings.” The Korean tech company still has other legal claims against its California competitor.
Apple appealed to an American District Court for a preliminary injunction against Samsung. It’s a sly legal move intended to muzzle the other side — and one that carries with it the connotation that Apple seems to believe Samsung has an unfair advantage. The effect of the injunction, if the court agrees to it, would be that four released Samsung smart phones must be taken off market: Infuse 4G, Galaxy S 4G, Droid Charge, and Galaxy Tab 10.1.
NEW MEDIA TRENDS will have developments as those disputes progress.
Google Inc. in preliminary talks to buy Hulu
Hulu has begun meeting with potential buyers including Google, Microsoft Corp. and Yahoo Inc. to drum up interest in a sale, said these people, who requested anonymity because the discussions are confidential.
Los Angeles Times: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/entertainmentnewsbuzz/2011/06/google-in-preliminary-talks-to-buy-hulu-.html
Google+ tweaked to disable private-post sharing
Google said today that it was completely eliminating the ability to share certain semiprivate posts more widely. That option was previously available as an option for users.
Google bids pi for Nortel’s wireless patent stash
Google decided to offer $3.14159 billion (you know, pi) when the bidding reached $3 billion.