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1/2/2014
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Google In 2014: 10 Predictions

2013 proved a great year for Google. Will 2014 be even better?

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Ariella
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Ariella,
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1/2/2014 | 4:35:43 PM
Re: #10 bold but intriguing
On Google+: it's my favorite social media outlet, but I find the YouTube intrusion most annoying. I won't share any YouTube videos or even comment on any such shares on G+ because I don't want my comments on YouTube. It's not a platform I care to engage on. 
Ariella
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Ariella,
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1/2/2014 | 4:35:42 PM
Re: #10 bold but intriguing
On Google+: it's my favorite social media outlet, but I find the YouTube intrusion most annoying. I won't share any YouTube videos or even comment on any such shares on G+ because I don't want my comments on YouTube. It's not a platform I care to engage on. 
Lorna Garey
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1/2/2014 | 4:20:11 PM
#10 bold but intriguing
As a Chromebook user, I find the idea of a Chrome phone attractive. But, what about the killer factor in a mobile platform: the app ecosystem?
cbabcock
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cbabcock,
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1/2/2014 | 3:35:05 PM
Time for Google to up enterprise cloud ante
Yes, it's about as hard to think of Google becoming a major player in cloud as it is to think about Rackspace becoming a major force in Search. Yet, it's got the capability and an unrivalled position as a supplier of Web service performance. It still has a shot at becoming a major enterprise cloud service in 2014. If it doesn't succeed this year in doing so, then who knows. 2015 will look much more dire for it.
Laurianne
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1/2/2014 | 2:30:10 PM
Google Glass Clip-On
This move would signifiacntly reduce the entry price for Google Glass, and that's a plus. But it wouldn't reduce the social awkwardness factor. I think they are going to have to battle the creepy perception for a while. PS: No prediction of a sequel for "The Internship"?
moarsauce123
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1/2/2014 | 1:49:57 PM
Taxes
In the end Google is simply a business that wants to make as much money as possible. Sharing the joy of raking in the dough by paying taxes that may feed the hungry is just not jiving with the main goal of Google. Google is not the only one, Apple is the master in tax evasion and plenty of others spin off subsidiaries to incorporate them in Ireland: barely any corperate taxes, almost no regulations, and people still speak English. And no matter how fair and how low US taxes get, if there is a place that has lower taxes and less regulations "US" businesses will go there. So if taxes for gazillion billion dollar conglomerates like Google are too high, then lower taxes and nicke and dime them for other stuff such as doing business in the US.
ChrisMurphy
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1/2/2014 | 12:59:18 PM
Google factory robots
It's hard for me to see Google being a player in manufacturing robots. Google has a hard time giving enterprise IT enough of a product roadmap to plan use of Google Apps -- buyers of factory automation have much higher planning demands. I could see Google being more interested in logistics-related robotics, something more related to its self driving car and mapping technologies.   
jagibbons
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1/2/2014 | 12:22:01 PM
Android handled poorly at every step
As a multi-year user of Android, it is difficult to think of it being surpassed. I haven't see enough of Chrome to be able to picture it replacing Android in my mind, but I am sure that it isn't hard to stay in front of iOS when you want flexibility. Google has handled Android poorly from the beginning, even if you set aside the challenges with Java. To much flexibility in licensing to hardware makers, not enforcing update rules, not maximizing the value of Motorola Mobility to make that the "flagship" of the Android brand. In retrospect, it looks almost like Android was the experimental accident that has risen to the top spot despite a multitude of missteps and failures along the way.
D. Henschen
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1/2/2014 | 11:05:25 AM
Cloud Platforms: We're In This, Too
Google's cloud infrastructure business seems much like it's social network efforts. They're late to the game and trying to say "we're in this, too." But they're not going to come close to AWS or Facebook any more than either of those players (or Yahoo) would have hope of topping Google's search/ad/keyword business.
Kristin Burnham
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1/2/2014 | 9:42:15 AM
Clip-on Glass? Yes.
Google Glass as a clip-on accessory is much more desirable than Google Glass as it is today. Greater flexibility for users. It will be interesting to see what 2014 brings.
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