Google continued to kill off businesses today, as it streamlines operations, axing its would-be Wikipedia rival, Knol, and Wave, a real-time collaboration tool.
Earlier this year, Google Chief Executive Larry Page announced plans to shed businesses that didn't offer big opportunities in order for Google to focus on the ones that do. Along the way, the company has killed off Buzz, a social-networking attempt; Google Health, a personal health records service; and Google Desktop, a PC application that let users search for files and documents on their computers, among others.
Here's a case where a free app is better than a paid one.
There are dozens of to-list apps available for every operating system. I've tried many of them and even paid (too much) for the stunning Mac and iOS versions of Things. But I have since settled on the free, ultra-cross-platform product Wunderlist, and it's what I recommend whenever anyone asks me, "How do you keep track of stuff?"
What about Siri? No, thanks. Too iPhone-focused.
Wunderlist may not be able to listen to you, but it is simple. It lets you create multiple … Read more
When it comes to sharing ideas and communicating stories, sometimes it's just easier to present your thoughts by drawing them out. Not just for Pictionary, online whiteboards are great collaborative tools to help you visualize your thoughts and brainstorm ideas. These Web apps not only throw out the smelly dry-erase markers, but also add a few tricks to make sharing your works faster and easier than ever.
A Web Whiteboard (AWW), developed by Senko Rasic, was designed to be minimalistic and simple to use like a real whiteboard. Coded in HTML5, AWW not only performs smoothly, but leaves little … Read more
Who uses those receipts for e-mails read? Most people either block sending receipts altogether or ask to be notified before sending a read receipt (a default setting in Microsoft Outlook and other mail clients). So read receipts either don't work at all, or they require acceptance by the recipient--no sure thing.
That doesn't mean that we aren't curious about when the messages we send are opened, and when the links they include are followed. For most organizations, this information can be a valuable asset. The Zendio add-on for Microsoft Outlook tracks the messages you select and records … Read more
Google has officially apologized for this week's Google Docs outage.
On Wednesday, Google Docs--the search giant's productivity suite, featuring a word processor, spreadsheet, presentation app, and drawing service--went down. In a statement, Google said that it was "aware" of the problem, and was working on a resolution. About an hour later, the service was brought back up.
Writing on the company's blog, Google engineering director Alan Warren, said that the company was "very sorry," adding that the service was hit by a "memory management bug" that was exposed following an … Read more
Several free Microsoft apps will be hopping aboard Nokia's Symbian phones by the end of the year.
As described in a blog yesterday, Microsoft and Nokia will deliver the apps in the form of free updates sometime during the fourth quarter. The updates will only be available to owners of phones running Symbian Belle, the latest update to the Symbian OS, or to those who upgrade from Symbian Anna to Belle.
The mobile apps and updates scheduled to roll out this year include:
After 30 months as Yahoo's CEO, Carol Bartz has been ousted from the company. Her interim replacement is former Chief Financial Officer Tim Morse, who joined the company in 2009.
Bartz's appointment as Yahoo CEO was meant to help turn the company around, a task she took on by reorganizing and whittling away under performing products and services. Nonetheless, the company has struggled to produce major new Web properties or regain lost ground on its stock price.
But even before Bartz got there, it's been a rough ride for the Web pioneer. Let's take a look at some of the ups and downs for the company since the original deal from Microsoft in 2008.
January 29, 2008: Yahoo announces a layoff of about 1,000 employees while reporting fourth-quarter earnings. "We're making good progress executing on this strategy, and I'm confident we're heading in the right direction," then CEO Jerry Yang says. "This sort of transformation takes time, but we have the talent and the strong cash flow to succeed."
February 1, 2008: Microsoft publicly announces its $44.6 billion cash-and-stock offer to acquire Yahoo. "Microsoft's consistent belief has been that the combination of Microsoft and Yahoo clearly represents the best way to deliver maximum value to our respective shareholders, as well as create a more efficient and competitive company that would provide greater value and service to our customers," Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer says in a letter to Yang and Yahoo Chairman Roy Bostock. Yahoo's stock surges from a close of $19.18 the day before the offer was made public to close at $28.38.