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Google Maps for Android Adds Indoor Walking Directions

Google Maps for Android 6.7 dropped today and the additions include: indoor walking directions, 360° panoramas inside restaurants and stores, and a new Google Offers feature. Read more about the update on the company blog.

“Since we launched indoor maps in the U.S. and Japan in Google Maps for Android last November, business owners have been adding their floor plans to our maps with Google Maps Floor Plans. Today, we are launching indoor walking directions for participating venues in these countries. This will help you get directions not only to a building’s front door, but also through those doors to the places where you want to go inside.”


Google Audio Indexing – Finally

I’m excited about Google’s “Gaudi” initiative. Google announced yesterday that they’re going to start indexing the audio content on YouTube. Why is that cool? Because, it’s going to make YouTube content a lot easier to search. New features will also allow you to jump to the specific time index in a video where the sounte bite you searched for begins. Searchable YouTube content is cool but I’m more excited about what this means for the future of search and the semantic web.


Google DOCS / Google DOCS “Share this document” feature busted in Firefox 3.0

Google DOCS I was trying to share a Google DOC with two co-workers this morning and ran into this problem again in FireFox 3.0. Notice the strangely absent text box for your invites below Invite people? I had to load docs.google.com up in IE to share the DOC. Annoying – not the 1st time I’ve seen this problem. Pretty sure I experienced it in in FireFox 2.x for a while as well. Come on people.

 

 

 


Tag Galaxy – a new way to search Flickr

Tag Galaxy provides a very visual tag-based search tool for Flickr – check it out. IMO Google really needs to start working (they probably already are) on more visual search tools like this for the Web. Browsing search results like this provides a better, or at least more interesting, user experience. If Google is working on this kind of thing – they should start releasing some of the work as Google Labs projects. DIGG also sports cool visual search tools. WARNING: Tag Galaxy was built by Germans so watch out for David Hasselhoff avatars.


Obama Ads

I really don’t like the fact that Google Adsense is dumping “Obama Exposed” ads on my blog. I’m an Obama supporter and I’m about to pull Adsense from my blog because of this. Is there anything I can do in my Adsense setup to solve this problem? Maybe the new Ad Review Center will do the trick for me. Maybe I can switch out the “Obama Exposed” ads for the “Impeach Bush” ads ; )


Searching Gmail

Great tips on using search operators to improve your Gmail searches. Now if I could only remember a few of these.


Viewzi

Viewzi, a new visual search engine, looks promising. I’m surprised Google isn’t playing around with visual search more – text heavy search results aren’t going to last forever.


*More* button just added to Google Maps

A *More* button was just added to Google Maps. Clicking *More* gives you the option of displaying Wikipedia articles associated with the map you’re viewing and photos from Panoramio. Google Maps just gets better. Love it. Read more about the *More* button.


New Google Reader for iPhone

Cool new Google Reader iPhone interface available at http://www.google.com/reader/i/ Big improvement over the previous version.


Internet Tubes Plugged by 2010 Says AT&T

U.S. telecommunications giant AT&T has claimed that, without investment, the Internet’s current network architecture will reach the limits of its capacity by 2010.

c|net AT&T: Internet to hit full capacity by 2010

Prediction: Google launches GoogleNet in 2010. GoogleNet eventually replaces the Internet as we know it today. GoogleNet and SkyNet are basically the same thing. Google Bots start walking the streets for real – tatooing ads on our foreheads.

Google Bot
image from: Google Blogscoped


Google Apps – Sneaking up on MS Office?

I’m a big fan of Google Apps. If you check my browser history you’ll see a lot of action around docs.google.com. I think Google Apps is sneaking up on the flank side of MS Office for the sneak attack – but I’m an early adopter and smart enough to realize that I don’t represent the masses. MS Office still owns the lion’s share of the office productivity market. Bernard Lunn, a self described "later early adopter," writes today on "Why Google Apps is a Serious Threat to Microsoft Office."

This is the perspective of a “skeptical, later early adopter”; the sort of person who Microsoft needs to retain and should have been able to retain easily. I don’t spend time on productivity tools that may at some date make me more productive, but which today are just a frustrating time sink. That describes the majority of people. MS Office can be annoying, but it does work. So any serious alternative has to offer a significant advantage and at the same time make adoption a total breeze. [continue reading]

In his post, Bernard does an excellent job of summarizing some of the key reasons more and more people are logging into docs.google.com. Collaboration, and mobile access are two of the key reasons.

Microsoft managers, patting themselves on the back for cooking-up a nice marketshare pie chart, need to keep one thing in mind – a lot of current Office users are dabbling in docs.google.com – at some point, the tipping point, they’ll stop adding Office to the cart when they’re configuring a new machine because docs.google.com is good enough. I have Office on both of my machines at the office and I spend more time in docs.google.com than I do Office.


What’s “Open Social” All About

If you haven’t heard about Google’s Open Social yet – you will shortly, it’s launching tomorrow. Mark Andreesen’s post today does a great job of summarizing what Open Social is all about. His social network company, Ning, is one of the participating “containers” so he’s a biased but I think his post benefits from his “insider” perspective. I’m interested to see how Facebook reacts. Will Open Social strengthen or weaken your Friendverse?

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In a nutshell, Open Social is an open web API that can be supported by two kinds of developers:

  • “Containers” — social networking systems like Ning, Orkut, LinkedIn, Hi5, and Friendster, and…
  • “Apps” — applications that want to be embedded within containers — for example, the kinds of applications built by iLike, Flixster, Rockyou, and Slide.Source – BLOG.PMARCA.COM

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Related and relevant:

Dare Obasango: OpenSocial: Google Proposes Widget & RESTful API Standards for Social Networking Sites “This is a brilliant move. – Dare Obasango”

Giga Om: OpenSocial, Google’s Open Answer to Facebook “OpenSocial attacks Facebook where it is the weakest (and the strongest): its quintessential closed nature. – Om Malik”

Anil Dash: Blackbird, Rainman, Facebook and the Watery Web “Think of the web, of the Internet itself, as water. Proprietary platforms based on the web are ice cubes. They can, for a time, suspend themselves above the web at large. But over time, they only ever melt into the water. And maybe they make it better when they do. – Anil Dash”

TechCrunch: http://www.techcrunch.com/tag/google/


palmit.commentary post:
Friendverse Weakens

Updated 11/01/07

Mark Andreesen is back with another Open Social post today and this one includes an excellent screencast summarzing Open Social and what it’s going to do for social networks by providing a real-world example. Additionally, Google announced today that MySpace and Six Apart are joing the growing Open Social network.

Screencast:

http://networkcreators.ning.com/video/video/show?id=492224%3AVideo%3A93279


Google Calendar Directory Released

Google released a Public Calendar Directory today. Public calendars have always been searchable but the Calendar Directory is organized and easy to browse.


Techmeme vs. Scoble’s Link Blog


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Techmeme is great but Robert Scoble’s Google Reader powered Link Blog, Scobleizer.com’s Shared Items, is better. My Google Reader “For Morning Coffee” folder includes both the Techmeme feed and Scobleizer.com’s Shared items feed so I have a lot of caffeinated experience with both feeds. 9 times out of 10 I prefer the content in Scoble’s Link Blog. Why? I think it’s the human element. Why scan through the Techmeme feed and others for the highlights when Robert can do it for me ; ) I call it the ScobleMeme. ScobleMeme, like TechMeme, isn’t for everyone. Thanks Robert!

Related:
Scobleizer – My favorite 35 feeds for the past month


Google Gears



Google Gears (a developer API that’s supposed to make it easier to build Web apps that work offline) is getting a lot of attention today. Scoble tossed up a quick interview with Bret Taylor, the Google dude responsible for developer products, that’s worth a quick watch at under eight minutes. Take a look. Here’s the link to Scoble’s post.


Google Trends

Google Trends, a Google Labs project that can help you analyze interest in specific search terms, is fun to look at once in a while. Hot Trends, a nice list of the 100 fastest rising search queries in the U.S., is especially interesting and sometimes a bit disturbing. Today, for example, “Shark Virgin Birth” is close to approaching the top of the list – apparently a lot of people are interested in this.


Google buys Feedburner for $100M

According to TechCrunch Google is in the closing stages of acquiring Feedburner for $100M. This is a great acquisition for Google because it provides them with more real estate for ads – rss feeds. Google continues to impress me with their acquisition strategy.
Related Posts:
VentureBeat: Google buys Feedburner for $100M


Google Reader – Just “Slick”

I spend a lot of time In Google Reader, probably too much, and I’ve got to tell you – it’s just plain slick. You can’t define "slick" software but you know when you’re sitting in front of it. It feels slick. A specific feature addition motivated me to type this up.

Google Reader (as far as I can remember) has always supported an Email feature that lets you e-mail a feed item. Until recently however, it wasn’t slick. Clicking Email below a feed item would pop-up a new window that just didn’t feel right. It worked and did what it was supposed to do but it wasn’t the best user experience. Recently, the Google Reader team improved the Email feature. They didn’t add new functionality – they just improved the user experience. Now, clicking Email below a feed item (the link is still in the same place) drops a nice little frame in below the feed item and before the next feed item. It’s simple, it features fields for your recipients, a subject, a short note to go along with the item, a send button, and a cancel button. And more importantly, it feels slick.

Google Reader is "slick" because the team spends time working on the finer points of usability. They didn’t have to improve the Email feature, it worked fine before, but they did and in the long-run it pays off. Google Reader is quickly becoming the preferred web-based feed reader.

Some other "slick" Google Reader features include:

  • Short-cut ? displays excellent Keyboard Short-cut overlay
  • When you Email a feed item to someone a copy is put in your Gmail "Sent Items" folder
  • The "To" field is connected to Gmail so "auto-complete" functionality works

Google Reader

(screen grab: clicking Email below a feed item drops a nice little frame in below the feed item and before the next feed item)


New York Post Reports Microsoft and Yahoo! Talking

BILL’S HARD DRIVE By PETER LAURIA and ZACHERY KOUWE – Business – New York Post Online Edition

May 4, 2007 — Stung by the loss of Internet advertising firm DoubleClick to Google last month, Microsoft has intensified its pursuit of a deal with Yahoo!, asking the company to re-enter formal negotiations, The Post has learned.

Good or bad? I’m still forming my thoughts. I have friends that work for Right Media, recently acquired by Yahoo!, I wonder what they think of this? I’ll update this post as more news flows in.

Update 05/07/07:

The Wall Street Journal reports that the talks are no longer active. [ Source ] Maybe this was just a press play on Microsoft’s part to test the waters and the market. A deal of this size ( excess of 50 billion for Yahoo! ) requires a scouting mission or two. After all, a deal like this is a lot about public perception.


Google Reaching Crtical Mass Tipping Point

Google, for me, just reached a critcal mass tipping point. A tipping point – say what? I’m now using enough of Google’s kung-fu on a daily basis that I’m more likely to look to Google to fill a need than to say Microsoft or Yahoo! I want to consolidate a lot of what I do on-line and I want to consolidate with somebody I trust or more importantly somebody with a lot to loose if they don’t take security and backup seriously.

Take a look at this list Google kung-fu that I currently use. I tried to order the list by frequency of use – I use the kung-fu near the top of the list the most.

  • google.com Personalized Home Page (replaced Yahoo! Home page)
  • calendar.google.com (recently, completely replaced Outlook)
  • reader.google.com (recently, replaced Bloglines – long-time Bloglines user)
  • desktop.google.com (recent addition, replaced Yahoo! widgets)
  • mail.google.com (long-time user, personal use)
  • checkout.google.com (established, use rarely)
  • docs.google.com (long-time Writely user)

I only recently started using a lot of this kung-fu - that’s part of what I find interesting. In recent months Google has really been working on their kung-fu and it’s showing.


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