In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: Where Isn't Google?
2. Today's Top Story: Google-Sun
- Google-Sun Software Alliance Targets Microsoft
- Yahoo, Others Launch Virtual-Library Alternative To Google Project
3. Breaking News
- Florida Man First Arrested In Katrina Internet Scam
- Netscape Scores Browser Deal With HP
- Wireless Developers: Give Us Better Tools
- Microsoft Office 12 Will Support PDFs
- Podcast: Mozilla Launches Developer Center
- CA Integrates Systems-, Network-Management Product Lines
- Kaspersky Says It's Fixed AV Scanner Flaw
- Microsoft, Motorola Team On Public-Safety Software
- Newest Supreme Court Nominee Represented Microsoft In MS-DOS Case
- RF Could Help Make Calls At World Cup
- Digital Music Accounts For Growing Piece Of Global Market
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5. Voice Of Authority: The Flexibility of MPLS Networks
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Quote of the day:
"The Google Toolbar will be downloaded by tens of millions of
people as a result of this partnership." -- Google CEO Eric Schmidt at press conference disclosing the company's relationship with Sun
1. Editor's Note: Where Isn't Google?
I was recently helping my daughter locate French-English
translations on the Internet, and we couldn't find the
information we needed through nearly a half-dozen online versions
of widely used dictionaries. Where we ultimately found the
translations: Google, or more specifically, Google Language
Not only was Google the only site where we could get the
information, it provided the answers in a simple, elegant fashion.
Before this experience, I didn't know this service existed.
I raise this background in the context of yesterday's announcement between Google and Sun, under
which Sun will make the Google Toolbar--Google's browser-based
search software--available as an option for consumers who
download its Java Runtime Environment. Google, in turn, will
promote Sun software. This deal is just the latest example of
Google expanding beyond the search-engine/Internet market and
raising the stakes against Microsoft.
With a laundry list of industry relationships,
acquisitions, and new deals either recently completed or on the
docket, Google is demonstrating it has the appetite for taking on
all comers, in both the business-to-business and
How valuable is a relationship with Google? Sun, which has
suffered through revenue declines and a severely depressed stock
price in recent years, saw its stock shoot up nearly 8% yesterday
before details of the relationship emerged. With that sort of
halo effect, the list of vendors looking to partner with Google
will remain long and illustrious.
A couple questions worth pondering:
Is Google trying to do too much? Will it learn from the
now-10-year-old example of Netscape, which spread itself too thin
and got crushed? (Ironically, Netscape's browser will be offered
as a browser choice on HP PCs, it was revealed
Will Google's soaring ambitions cause it to run afoul of the
law? Thus far, it hasn't faced excessive scrutiny for the privacy implications of some of its many
technology initiatives, but will that change over time?
I don't have the answers to these questions. But I'm convinced
that Google is setting the agenda that the rest of the computer
industry must now follow. Do you agree? Please weigh in at my blog entry.
Microsoft Office 12 Will Support PDFs
Microsoft will build a "Save As" function in Office 12 for
publishing Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, and other
applications' documents in the popular PDF format.
Podcast: Mozilla Launches Developer Center
Deb Richardson, lead of Mozilla's developer relations, discusses
the firm's open-source, wiki-based approach to providing
programmers with information and tools that themselves are open
to the community to improve and change.
RF Could Help Make Calls At World Cup
A radio-frequency-enabled ball is being tested as a tool for
helping referees make calls in soccer matches. The chip could be
deployed in time for the 2006 World Cup tournament in Germany.
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