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There's no shame in admitting that you occasionally Google yourself; it's worth keeping an eye on what the internet has to say about you. But if you're manually searching your name on Googl… Continue reading


An announcement from Google on Friday that it has added a feature called “News Near You” to the mobile version of its news platform isn’t that surprising; the regular web version of Google News has had a similar feature since 2008. But the move … Continue reading


An announcement from Google on Friday that it has added a feature called “News Near You” to the mobile version of its news platform isn’t that surprising; the regular web version of Google News has had a similar feature since 2008. But the move … Continue reading


Oracle Sues Google Over Android

by Jolie O'Dell on August 12, 2010

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Claiming egregious IP infringement, Oracle has filed suit against Google over its ever-more-popular mobile operating system, Android.In a statement released today,an Oracle rep stated, “In developing Android, Google knowingly, directly and repeatedly… Continue reading


Google Feed API

by Andrew Royer on May 30, 2010

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I have been syndicating my reading list from Google reader for some time.  I have always had trouble grabbing just a concise excerpt that captures the first paragraph and has a thumbnail.  Techmeme and Google do this very well.  I have tried all of the excerpt plugins for Wordpress but they do not work well.  I am going to try using Google Feed API to handle my feed syndication instead of the clunky feed wordpress and excerpt editor plugins.  With the new real time update to the Google Feed API I look forward to trying it out.

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Today I setup my Apple Airport Express to play music from any computer on my home speakers wirelessly. Super slick setup and was quite simple.

Apple Airport Express Image by La Ignorancia Mata via Flickr

For the ultimate setup you need an existing wireless network to connect to, an Apple Airport Express, Apple iPhone or Touch with the Remote application, and Rogue Amoeba Airfoil.

First get an Apple Aiport Express and plug it into an outlet with no ethernet connection.  Then open Airport Utility that comes with a mac in Utilities.  Then go through the simple setup steps and choose connect to existing Wireless network… Continue reading

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Google To Begin Indexing The Internet In Real-Time?

by Alex Wilhelm on March 3, 2010

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In a move that might rewrite the entire search market, Google is rumored to be creating a system that will let allow web publishers to submit content to Google for search indexing in real-time.This of course follows the introduction of PubSubHubBub by … Continue reading


How To Bring Your Google Buzz Entries to Twitter

by (Louis Gray) on February 11, 2010

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At launch, Google Buzz is not a Twitter client. As the team explained earlier this week, they have about a thousand things they could do with the product, but haven’t yet, and sending updates from Buzz to external sites, like Facebook and Twitter, is absolutely on the list. But while Google’s developers work on improvements for the much discussed social aggregation service, the developer of Reader2Twitter, initially designed to post shared items from Google Reader to Twitter, has upgraded his product to share native Buzz items as well.

As I highlighted back in September, I set up a new Twitter account solely for my shares from Reader, and now those items which I post directly to Buzz are included in that stream at (or @lgstream).

My initial post directly to Buzz

To share items from Buzz to Twitter:

  1. Go to
  2. Connect it to your Twitter account using OAuth
  3. Add your Google Profile Number ID (find it here at the bottom of the page by clicking “See other options”)
  4. Make sure “Sync” is On and hit Submit

Now, native updates you make from Buzz, and not those pulled in by 3rd party services, will be sent in near real-time, powered by Pubsubhubbub, to Twitter. Thus far, the vast majority of activity I have with Buzz is shared from other services, primarily Reader. But the two native posts I made to Buzz, once I synched with Reader2Twitter, made it to the @lgstream account. Example: Buzz item | Twitter item. I have been using Reader2Twitter for about five months now, and it is practically seamless. So long as the hub from Google is working, it’s good to go. You can get started here:

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When Yahoo announced in early December that it would integrate with Facebook Connect, many considered it an admission of the long-reigning portal’s defeat in the battle to be the hub for people’s online identities. Om read the deal as a signal of Y… Continue reading


There’s some amusing finger-pointing going on in the aftermath of the Google-Yelp affair (which, like any affair, may just be in remission).

The trouble, it appears, started last week, when someone leaked news of the takeover talks to TechCrunch. Normally, such leaks come from the target—in this case, Yelp—in the hope of driving the acquisition price higher.  (Such articles are the equivalent of "Going once, going twice…" exhortations at auctions.) 

Alas, this tactic can backfire, which is why you don't see such articles appear before EVERY deal is announced.  Sometimes, when people agree to keep negotiations confidential, they actually keep them confidential.  And, sometimes, the party that doesn't leak takes the leaks personally…and cuts off the negotiations.

A few days ago, when someone cut off the Google-Yelp negotiations, the Yelp camp quickly got to work, spinning the decision to end the talks as a Yelp decision.

This provoked an unusual response from the Google camp, in the form of an article in the New York Times suggesting that Google, not Yelp, had cut off the talks.  Today, a source familiar with Google's thinking confirmed to us that Google walked because "Google is determined not to have deals negotiated through the press.”

Now, it is clearly possible that both sides are furiously negotiating through the press, but at this point in the proceedings, Google is doing it better.  Yelp looks like it overplayed its hand.  And if the deal is to go through, it's now up to Yelp to go crawling back to Google and beg forgiveness.

In the meantime, however, inquiring minds want to know, who screwed up? 

George BoutrosWas it Yelp's management, going behind the back of their superstar banker, George Boutros (right) of Credit Suisse?  Was it a team-screwup, in which all parties agreed to use TechCrunch to try to jack the deal price up, only to watch the tactic blow up?  Or was it George himself, who underestimated the resolve of his once- and future-client, Google, and wrecked a deal for his current client, Yelp?

(Or, alternately, did Yelp roll the leak dice wisely, believing it CAN get a lot more money if it goes public or sells to someone else—a perfectly reasonable gamble that, depending on how events unfold, could just leave Google just looking Scrooge-y and embittered?)

Inquiring minds want to know! Continue reading