UPDATE: What happens when search engines suddenly start pointing consumers somewhere else? That is a possibility with which Topix.net CEO Rich Skrenta is struggling this month, reports the Wall Street Journal. Skrenta decries what he deems to be an inadequate "Google response to Topix's plea for help." Skrenta is not the first to suggest Google may somehow owe him a Google SERP rank. I discuss below how Google’s “philosophy” that “democracy on the web works” combined with its 50%+ search market share leads many to view Google as a public service and expect Google to operate as such. January 11, 2007: Google’s public facing mission statement is a seemingly public serving one: “Organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful.” Google’s mission statement is striking similar to The Library of Congress’ mission statement: "The Library's mission is to make its resources available … [Read more...] about Is Google a public service? Is a Google SERP rank a ‘right’?
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As if the notion of flying around in your own plane wasn’t cool enough, a recent contest has proven that travel by personal airplane can be an energy-efficient dream, too.It only took two hours and a half-gallon of gas per passenger for Team Pipistrel-USA’s electric plane to complete the 200-mile course and win the CAFE Green Flight Challenge. The Pennsylvania-based team’s achievement earned them a $1.35 million award from Google and NASA.The prize was the largest award ever given by the U.S. space agency, which had help from Google in sponsoring the contest to develop a more efficient airplane.The winning plane, dubbed the “Taurus G4,” began and ended its 200-mile flight at the Charles M. Schulz Sonoma County Airport in Santa Rosa, California. The plane featured a dual-fuselage design, a 75-foot wingspan, and 6.5-foot propeller powered by lithium-polymer batteries.“Two years ago, the thought of flying 200 miles at 100 miles per hour in an electric … [Read more...] about Electric airplane wins $1.35M prize from Google and NASA
When it comes to subscribers, the undisputed king of on-demand streaming music is Spotify. The Swedish-born service helped pioneer the current market, and has tens of millions more paid users than the competition, not to mention millions more free users. But Apple Music, known for its high-level exclusive releases and full integration into Apple’s popular iOS system, is the hottest service on Spotify’s heels. Apple’s streaming service has shown impressive growth in listenership since its inception, garnering about half the number of Spotify’s paying users since it went live in June of 2015 — nine years behind Spotify.It’s hardly surprising that Apple Music is so successful. Not only is it backed by one of the biggest brands in the world, it also gives users access to the entire iTunes library, a swath of curated playlists, and a 24-hour radio station helmed by BBC-alum Zane Lowe. Even the required subscription fee of $10 … [Read more...] about Spotify vs. Apple Music: Which service is the streaming king?
The disintegration of Google+ continues with one of the failed social network’s key features disappearing. With little fanfare or announcement, Google posted a note to its YouTube support pages that Google+ Hangouts on Air live web broadcasts will cease to be available come September 12. After that date all Hangouts on Air will have to happen on YouTube Live—where the feature already exists.The service is also being renamed Google Hangouts On Air, which notably drops the “plus” symbol from the name. Hangouts on Air first debuted in September 2011 as an easy way to turn your group chats into a live public broadcast.The service was restricted to particularly notable users at first, but finally went live for everyone in May 2012. Although YouTube’s help page says Hangouts On Air is moving from Google+ to YouTube Live, that’s not quite accurate. Hangouts on Air have been a part of YouTube Live since December 2013 when Google opened YouTube Live to … [Read more...] about Hangouts on Air disappears from Google+ on September 12
Google has turned a database service that it uses to run some of its mission-critical products into an offering for its public cloud customers.On Tuesday, the company launched Cloud Spanner, a new, fully managed database that’s supposed to provide the transactional consistency of a traditional database plus the scalability and performance of a NoSQL database. It’s based on the same systems that run the company’s own Spanner database internally.Usually, businesses have to pick either a traditional or a NoSQL database, and each comes with particular trade-offs. Traditional databases provide better transactional consistency, but can be hard to scale. NoSQL databases are better at scaling but sacrifice consistency.Cloud Spanner is designed to reduce those trade-offs, and it's also delivered as a fully managed service. Among other things, that means Google will manage hardware, software and replication of content for a database that can span multiple data centers.The … [Read more...] about Google’s new cloud service is a unique take on a database
Facebook is secretly working on a new service, dubbed Facebook Professional Services, that lets users find local businesses and read ratings or reviews within the social network, a report reveals. Although Facebook has yet to announce the service, it is accessible at https://www.facebook.com/services/.A huge banner will appear, alongside two search bars that ask the location and the appropriate keyword, such as photographers, restaurants, and shopping malls. Below is a four-column section, listing the different industries that are on Facebook's records. Below are more detailed sections, ranging from financial services to home improvement and medical services to pet care services.For example, if you'll click “Dog Training,” Facebook will showcase a list of dog training services available in an area. Additionally, you'll be able to read reviews from other Facebook users and even find the location of a place in a map. The new service is similar to another feature called Places … [Read more...] about Facebook Professional Services Is A Yelp Competitor
On Deck has officially announced today that it get $17M funds from Google Ventures for the expansion of their Series D. Peter Thiel, PayPal co-founder, is also giving $59 million to Series D for Industry Ventures as a venture capitalist. Get the Free Tracker App to find a Luvabella in Stock On Deck possesses a talent pool and owns capital assets that would give the other small fish an inferiority complex. It also produces new stuff at a fast pace that beats the competition with one hand tied behind its back. The developing face of technology had led many to concur with the obvious fact staring them in the face: that On Deck is on to something. A pioneer in soft loans to small businesses, On Deck is definitely on a wave that will take it to the top. Its creative strategies have defeated other traditional lenders with relish. And success is its middle name.Up until now, this enormous enterprise has lent over $450 million in loans to Main Street, which is the driving force behind … [Read more...] about On Deck Gets $17M From Google Ventures
Google's Project Fi is an alternative to traditional phone carriers, and it provides some nice perks for mobile business users, including unlimited international messaging, simplified billing and – depending on your usage – the chance to save some money with a cheaper, more flexible data plan. Here's a rundown on how Project Fi Works, as well as reasons some business users like it and others don't.In a nutshell, Project Fi is a phone carrier service from Google that relies on a special SIM card to authenticate the use of mobile data from three existing mobile networks – T-Mobile, Sprint and U.S. Cellular. It switches among these networks automatically to provide the best possible service based on your current location. It's meant to be easy to use, with a simple setup: Just swap out your phone's current SIM card with a Google Fi card. It also features simplified billing that lets you pay only for the data you use.While other carriers offer data plans riddled … [Read more...] about Google’s Project Fi Phone Service: Is It Good for Business?
Google and Apple have new flagship phones — but which one is the better buy for business users? In October, Apple launched the iPhone 5s, which features a fingerprint sensor for extra security and iOS 7, an operating system update with plenty of business-friendly features. Meanwhile, Google launched its brand-new Nexus 5 smartphone late last month. The phone is the first and only handset running Android 4.4 KitKat, an OS update that's packed with productivity boosters. The iPhone 5s and Nexus 5 both feature next-generation hardware, but they are vastly different devices, each with a unique feature set and value proposition for small business owners. Read on for a head-to-head comparison that will help you choose which device is right for your business. The Apple iPhone 5s and Google Nexus 5 are strikingly different in terms of form factor. Your business's specific needs will determine which phone is the right fit. Nexus 5: The Nexus 5, which boasts a screen just barely shy of 5 … [Read more...] about Nexus 5 vs. iPhone 5s: Which ‘5’ is Better for Business?
Service Tax is a form of tax which is levied on any service and is to be paid by the “provider” of the service to the Central Govt. at the rates in force. The provider of the service can in turn collect the tax form the recipient of his service.Starting July 1, 2012, India has shifted to the Negative List System which states that Service Tax would be levied on all services except the ones mentioned in the Negative List. Earlier, all services were exempt from Service Tax except those mentioned in the act. The sale of advertising space or time slots is included under (G) Section 66D of Finance Act, 2012.The educational guide on Service Tax, released by the Indian Ministry of Finance on June 20, 2012, mentions (page 35) that Service Tax is to be levied on the sale of space or time for advertisement to be broadcasted on radio or television. However, the notification also states that service tax is not to be levied on sale of space in print media, bill boards, buildings, cell … [Read more...] about Should Indian Bloggers Pay Service Tax on Google AdSense?