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Google+ gets instant iPhone photo uploads, no more manual uploading like a chump

1 Mar

In a constant pace, the Google+ iPhone app is catching up to its more well-equipped Android sibling. Last month Google released a new version of the iPhone app that can instantly upload your photos and videos, something the Android app has had since it launched last year.

Google also reported some minor cosmetic changes to its Circles interface on the web, which will make it easier to add and organize your friends on the social network.

The instant uploading feature makes its process without great problems. After the installation of the new Google+ app, the user will be prompted to enable the feature, after which all the photos taken will be uploaded to a private Google+ folder. It is a drawback that the auto uploading does not work in the background. So the user has to open the app once in a while to keep the media synced. (Notably, Apple’s own photostream feature can backup your photos to iCloud in the background).

The feature is something iPhone Google+ users have hankering for and its addition could lead to more users relying on Google+ as their photo sharing platform of choice. Google has also added a “What’s Hot” stream to the app to let you easily find trending posts.

The web Circles interface now has a left-hand menu to let you explore your Circles, create new Circles, and search for friends. The app also includes direct access to your address books from Gmail, Yahoo, and Hotmail.

Source: venturebeat

 

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Microsoft: We’re not involved in an antitrust complaint over Google+

29 Feb

Summary: Microsoft is not part of any new antitrust complaints against Google+ in Europe, company officials said.

A Reuters report on February 28 cited that Microsoft was joining in with other undisclosed companies to convince European regulators of antitrust issues raised by Google+, Microsoft is not part of any such action, Microsoft officials said.

Reuters — citing “two people familiar with the matter” — reported that “Microsoft and several other firms have complained to EU antitrust regulators about Google’s social networking tool … in a move that may prompt the EU to broaden its ongoing investigation into Google.”

A Microsoft spokesperson shared that they  have not filed a complaint regarding Google+.

Twitter and Facebook officials have made no bones about their qualms
about Google’s attempt to tie its search results to its fledgling social-networking service via a combination Google has called “Search Plus Your World.” But Microsoft isn’t a top-tier player in social networking and has less of a vested interest here. This isn’t to say that Microsoft hasn’t sought European Union regulatory intervention on other Google matters. Just last week, Microsoft filed an antitrust complaint against Google and Motorola Mobility around FRAND patents. And in March 2011, Microsoft filed a broad antitrust case against Google with  the European Commission over claims that Google was limiting access to some of its data.

So far, The EC has not issued a statement of objections based on Microsoft’s complaints. The Commission has been formally investigating various antitrust issues involving Google there since November 2010.

Source: zdnet

Google Fined $660,000 For Making Google Maps Free

8 Feb

Google is facing a $660,000 fine in France for making Google Maps free to businesses.

A recent authoritative official decision in a French commercial court may see Google put into much larger legal bind globally thanks to the “anti-competitive” nature of Google Maps. Why? It happened so because Google was offering a service which one of the French companies provided at free of cost. So the French company considered it  “anti-competitive” and filed  case against Google.

Honestly, it’s surprising Google isn’t facing additional anti-competitive lawsuits both locally and abroad. Case in point: a Verizon customer who purchases an Xperia PLAY smartphone has two options: use Google Maps, which is free, or use Verizon’s VZ Navigator which costs an extra $10 a month. Which service will the consumer likely use?

On Tuesday (Jan 31st) a Paris court side with French mapping company Bottin Cartographes who filed an unfair competition complaint against Google France and parent company Google for providing free web mapping services to businesses across the country.The latter provides the same service for free. It is thus complained to the court that Google’s strategy was targeted at undercutting competitors by temporarily enjoying the full cost until the market is controlled by the firm.

Jean-David Scemmama, the lawyer  for Bottin Cartographes cited,

We proved the illegality of (Google’s) strategy to remove its competitors… the court recognized the unfair and abusive character of the methods used and allocated Bottin Cartographes all it claimed. This is the first time Google has been convicted for its Google Maps application.

Scemmama also added that Bottin argued its case against Google for two years. But at last Google France was instructed to pay 500,000 euros i.e. of about $660,000 in damages and interest to the plaintiff and also of an additional 15,000 euro fine for its act. Obviously Google France plans to make higher appeal.

“We will appeal this decision,” a Google spokesperson stated. “We remain convinced that a free high-quality mapping tool is beneficial for both Internet users and websites. There remains competition in this sector for us, both in France and internationally.”

Google fought the American court system last year in a Delaware District Court after British Telecom filed a lawsuit claiming that Google Maps violates patents it holds related to navigation information. Google also faced a 100,000 Euro fine in France almost a year ago for collecting private information via Street View drive-bys.

Source: tomsguide

Motorola Mobility shareholders vote in favour of Google merger

22 Nov

The Shareholders of Motorola Mobility have given permission to Google’s proposed buyout, with 99 percent of those that voted in favor of the deal.

Google’s proposed purchase of Motorola Mobility for $12.5bn is a endeavor to support both firms fight patent lawsuits by combining Motorola’s considerable patent portfolio with Google’s financial resources. After all, Motorola’s shareholders have granted approve for the deal, Google and Motorola have to get clearance from the US Department of Justice(DoJ). Motorola’s shareholders turned out in force to vote in favor of the deal, with the strong report that 74 percent of then voted and 99 percent of those in favor of the deal. This high turnout and approval prefigures well for the firms should the DoJ approve the merger, as such solid support should help defuse any tension created by these two firms uniting together.

Sanjay Jha, chairman and CEO of Motorola Mobility said, “We look forward to working with Google to realize the significant value this combination will bring to our stockholders and all the new opportunities it will provide our dedicated employees, customers, and partners.”

Motorola ingeminates that the company expects to close the deal with Google early in 2012. For Google the deal cannot close too soon, as it faces legal action against the firm’s Android operating system.

Source: theinquirer

Google Maybe-Possibly Interested in Helping Someone Buy Yahoo

29 Oct

The ever-expanding Google corporation seems to be very much careless  in people evaluating them as creepy, evil monopolizer. The Wall Street Journal reports that the company has discussed about helping them buy Yahoo, to at least two private equity firms. It is taken into consideration that Yahoo is one of the major competitors of Google Corporation.

But serious offers have been provided. Google might decide that joining in deals like this unnecessarily interferes with its other business ventures. Reuters reports that but if this act goes prolong, any potential deal between the two biggest Internet companies would likely arouse antitrust observation.

It is supposed that Google is not eagerly interested in buying and taking over Yahoo outright yet interested in fronting the cash monies so somebody else can. BusinessWeek emphasize the idea of helping to keep one’s competitors keeps competition alive. In that case, why would Google do that, while Yahoo is its competitor? Also regulators might stop Google from continuing such deals, leaving the door wide open to other parties who have expressed their wish to buy Yahoo like the Chinese company Alibaba and Microsoft.

Source: gawker

People analytics: How Google does HR by the numbers

29 Oct

Google has provided some clear perception into its innovative, data-driven HR process. Kathryn Dekas, a manager in Google’s “people analytics” team, speaking at O’ Reilly Strata said that all people at Google decide things based on data and analytics. The decisions include compensation, talent management, hiring and all other HR issues. Google’s data-based HR might become a significant element in the company’s future success.

At Google, with 28,000 employees and a constant stream of new hires, HR is an important topic. Regarding Google’s engineering roots, HR is just another area of the company. They consider the functions of HR to produce data and to justify decisions and policies. This resulted in the initiation of a people-analytics team, hodgepodge of data miners, who extract patterns from data, psychologists and MBAs. Among the team’s endeavors, better known is Project Oxygen, Google’s quest to build a better boss. Earlier, Project Oxygen set out the determination that manager are unnecessary and Google got rid of them. Later they were re-introduced. Still there persist a belief that manager do not make any difference. Hence, the analytics team examined the combination of performance review data and employee surveys, where employees review their bosses to determine whether there were significant differences between the impact of the best and worst bosses. The answer from the data was a resounding “yes”.

People analytics team checked out to determine the common characteristics of the best managers and how to enhance the skills of the worst managers. The result was a list of the 8 skills of a good manager. Boss’s technical expertise was given much less important whereas the ability to take a genuine interest in employee’s lives and careers were taken in consideration.

One of the best practice that Google has ever introduced was to institute one-on-one meetings with all team members, based on the insights form Project Oxygen. The common behavior among the worst managers was that they were not consistent in who they offered one-to-ones. Google re-structured its training for new managers according to the results. One year later, 75% of the struggling managers improved significantly.

Google also undertook a project to forecast the future organizational structure of Google based on present hiring and promotion practices. The conclusion was that if Google prolonged to promote at the current rate, then it would end up “fat in the middle”, with many middle-ranking employees and fewer opportunities for junior hires progress. So Google started a new practice where the company does not deal directly either to replace promoted employees or the employees who leave the company and it hired new lower-level employees. People analytics team predicted that this would promoted career advancement easier for junior employees.

Debunking HR myths also became an important function of the analytics team. Like any other company, Google also had erroneous beliefs on HR issues that employees at Google’ headquarters were promoted quickly than those in other Google offices, which is false idea. The analysis disclosed that getting feedback from senior peers was the important factor if one wants to promote within Google.

Google’s HR process is the peak of data-driven people management, at present.

Source:  venturebeat