Video: Unboxing the Google Cr-48 Chrome Notebook

Marketing blogs don’t get to do a lot of “unboxing” videos, but thanks to a free gift from Google, I get to be one of the first bloggers to get my hands on the new Google Cr-48 Chrome Notebook. :-)

Google Zeitgeist 2010: Justin Bieber + iPad + Chatroulette = Oil Spill

As is tradition for this time of year, Google has released its annual Zeitgeist–the most popular search queries for 2010. Sure, there are other search engine “top query” lists, but we all know that Google is the king of search.

Something different this year: Google has an interactive map of searches and a pretty engaging video that sums up the year in search.

Wikileaks Drama Forces Twitter to ‘Explain’ Trending Service

Apparently, Twitter would rather not be the target of Wikileaks supporters who have been taking down sites around the globe if there any indication of a slight against the document leaking entity. Who wouldn’t?

People have been wondering aloud for some time as to why certain things that are “popular” are not seen as trending in Twitter (an example is #iranelection). The Wikileaks concern has a lot of people talking but it’s not necessarily trending in Twitter. So the question is in the forefront again but this time Twitter is talking.

Twitter explains a little about their trending offering in their blog

This week, people are wondering about WikiLeaks, with some asking if Twitter has blocked #wikileaks, #cablegate or other related topics from appearing in the list of top Trends.

Android Devices Being Activated Around 10 Million Per Month Rate

Earlier this week it was reported by Fortune that the growth of Android devices had stalled in the 200,000 per day range. In the “Hey, we can’t be perceived as growing at just ridiculous speed but rather at ludicrous speed” (gotta love Spaceballs) world we live in, Andy Rubin, Google’s Android leader, tweeted yesterday.

Fortune then did an about face by saying the following

That passes Apple’s iOS, that passes Blackberry . That even matches any figures that Symbian has ever put up. Google is closing in on an astounding 10 million phones per month. Recall that Apple just had its biggest quarter ever with 14.1 million iPhones sold.

Twitter’s Huge! Or is it?

If you had to guess, what percent of American internet users would you say uses Twitter? 30%? 15%? 10%?

According to the latest report from the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, the answer is 8%. Eight! How can that be? Twitter is one of the most popular social media services. Famous people Tweet every day. Twitter is used to help raise money during a disaster and detectives in England are being trained to use the service to help track criminals. So how can it be that only 8% of internet users are hanging with the bird?

In September’s Pew Report, it was noted that 24% of internet users used Twitter or “another service to share updates.” This time around, the researches asked a more specific question, namely, “Do you use Twitter?” Can’t get more specific than that.

Internet Explorer 9 Will Offer Do Not Track Option

Yesterday, Microsoft announced that they’re taking steps to assure user privacy with a new Do Not Track option in Internet Explorer 9. The announcement comes on the heels of a highly disputed recommendation from the FTC that would make tracking an opt-in only scenario.

Experts have complained that asking web users to turn on the ability to track them would be devastating for small business owners who depend on tracking to tightly target ads. Others have said that such a move would be impossible to regulate due to the wide variety of browsers and ad delivery systems.

Microsoft has come up with a middle-ground solution that, if it appeases the FTC, could be the way of the future.

EU Doesn’t Get Digital World

I think most of you know how we have felt about the EU / EC’s attempts to investigate Google as a monopoly based on complaints by a few whiners in the search space. Well, it is refreshing to see someone who doesn’t have a US accent talk about the EU’s apparent lack of understanding of the digital world of business.

Matthew Lynn of Bloomberg gives his point of view in the video below (there is an ad at the start).

Lynn Says EU Trust Busters Fail to Understand Monopolies
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I am not trying to prove that I am right but what I am relieved by is that not everyone in Europe is accepting the EU’s approach to trying to control ‘what companies can do what’ in Europe.