Google will probably sue the makers of the Googolboard – similar name, similar color-scheme. They’ll be upset they didn’t think of it first!
Update: $99!!! Ninety-nine dollars??? For that, I’d want Sergey to come and deliver it.
Mike Bazeley of the Mercury News covers the expected new products from Google today.
The Mountain View company is expected to announce plans for an online video store where people can buy a wide array of sports, entertainment and news programming from partners such as CBS and the NBA, a knowledgeable source told the Mercury News.
At the same time, Page is expected to announce the availability of Google Pack, a downloadable package of Google-branded and third-party software, such as a Web browser and a media player, considered essential for most computer users. The availability of the software, first reported in the Wall Street Journal, could diminish Microsoft’s control of the computer desktop, seen by many as a key tool for driving people to use online services.
Oh goody, more speculation and rumor.
…Google, with $7.6 billion in cash and a richly valued stock, could easily afford to buy Monster, which is valued at about $5 billion.
Online job listing companies like Monster are rapidly growing as they steal business from newspapers’ help-wanted sections…Allowing users to search for jobs is a natural extension for Google as it rolls out services such as personalized search, video search, and online mapping tools.
It’s certainly not outside the realms of reality but, as Google has already shown they like the strategy of buying just a stake in a large company (a la AOL), it wouldn’t make much sense to buy Monster outright and eat-up a large chunk of their war chest.
Some interesting snippets…
Apparently in response to rumors of what Google will announce at CES, Gates said:
“I hear they’re coming out with a robot that will cook hamburgers, too. Let’s spread that rumor â€” there’s nothing they can’t do.”
Continuing on, Gates said:
“Whatever they announce, they announce. They’re in their honeymoon period, and anything they announce gets hype…. They will obviously branch out beyond internet search, but I think the expectations won’t live up to reality.”
Danny in particular appears to be fed-up with Microsoft trashing Google. He points out a few of Microsoft’s shortcomings in search.
Despite Google’s stock price getting close to $450 per share, CNet reports the company is not likely to consider a stock split.
Simply put, with demand for the search giant’s shares still going strong, Google executives have little reason to call for a split, and they may well be philosophically opposed to it.
[It's been almost two years since I first started chatting to technology innovators about the future of search. This article get's the ball rolling again.]
When Oodle burst on to the scene back in March of last year, it instantly became a hit among those looking for a more efficient way to search, scan and subscribe to classified ads. Oodle started life with coverage of just three major cities; Dallas, Chicago and Philadelphia. Today, Oodle serves more than one hundred cities and an equal number of colleges including Cal State campuses, Northwestern, Ohio State, Rutgers, Villanova, Kent State and Harvard.
I had a chance to interview Oodleâ€™s CEO and co-founder, Craig Donato, and asked him about the role online classified search will play in the future and what plans Oodle has to lead the way.
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