With its new Flash Player 10, Adobe Systems addresses a security flaw that could lead to so-called clickjacking attacks. Steve Ballmer says he's not worried about people skipping Vista, so long as they come back for Windows 7. Yahoo shares jump on Ballmer's assertion that an acquisition by Microsoft would still make sense for shareholders of both companies. And CNET's Bonnie Cha and Kara Tsuboi go over the pros and cons of the T-Mobile G1, the first phone based on Google's open-source mobile operating system, Android. Get a rundown of those stories and more in today'… Read more
Updated at 3:22 p.m. PDT with further details.
Google easily cleared analysts' profit expectations for the third quarter of the year, patting itself on the back for the results but offering a cautious qualifier about current economic conditions.
The company reported net income of $4.92 per share, excluding various items such as stock-based compensation, compared to expectations of $4.75 from analysts surveyed by Thomson Reuters. Revenue was $4.04 billion, excluding commissions called traffic acquisition costs that are paid to advertising partners, compared to an expected $4.053 billion.
"We had a good third quarter … Read more
Updated 2:45 p.m. PST with Google comment and corrects that company said on Wednesday that it would resolve the problem on Thursday.
Google says it is restoring service for a "small number" of Gmail users who have been unable to access their e-mail for the past day.
Everyone affected by the outage should have service back up on Thursday, the company said in a posting Thursday afternoon on the Google Apps discussion group.
"We know how important Gmail is to our users, so we take issues like this very seriously, and we apologize for the … Read more
Google's personalized home page, iGoogle, is getting an update Thursday. Widgets on the page can support a new "canvas view," which expands the widget to the full iGoogle window.
The 16 new or updated widgets that Google is currently promoting support this feature. There are more than 40,000 iGoogle widgets available, iGoogle group product manager Jessica Ewing told me.
Google will not restrict monetization schemes from running in canvas view. Developers can put whatever they want in the pages. In the smaller "home view," Google does not allow advertising or other direct revenue-generating content. … Read more
Android may be a freely available open-source operating system, but Google hasn't shied away from the idea that it hopes to profit by subsidizing its development. And with Google's first Android phone, the T-Mobile G1 built by HTC, nigh upon us, it's becoming clearer exactly how.
Google executives have spoken about Android's indirect benefits: the company wants to use it to accelerate the use and sophistication of mobile Internet browsing. "If the Internet is widely available, that's good for us," co-founder Sergey Brin said.
But judging from my testing of a G1 phone, … Read more
IMDB turns 18 http://news.cnet.com/8301-13772_3-10067397-52.html
Android Market has a killswitch, but Google will refund your money if they use it http://gadgets.boingboing.net/2008/10/16/android-market-has-a.html http://news.cnet.com/8301-13505_3-10067543-16.html
HTC Dream T-Mobile G1 (black) http://reviews.cnet.com/htc-dream-t-mobile-g1/
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Britain's Queen Elizabeth II joined the Web 2.0 generation on Thursday when she uploaded a clip to YouTube for the first time.
The monarch took the leap into the wired world as she and her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, were shown around Google's London headquarters, which are located down the road from Buckingham Palace. Editors' note: This story was originally published on Silicon.com as a photo gallery. Click here to see all the images.)
Update 10:05 a.m. PDT: Adds Yahoo director Carl Icahn's comments from a CNBC report on Wednesday and more information..
Update 10:42 a.m. PDT: Adds Microsoft statement downplaying Ballmer's remarks.
Here we go again...
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is still paying attention to Yahoo and noted in a keynote presentation Thursday at the Gartner ITXpo in Orlando, Fla., that it would still make sense for the software giant to acquire the Internet search pioneer, at the right price.
We offered $33 bucks (for Yahoo) and it's $11 today. It's clear Yahoo didn't want to sell. … Read more
Magnify360, a company specializing in advertising conversion optimization, announced on Thursday that it has launched Google Cost Optimizer for those that want to maximize the performance of their Google AdWords campaigns.
According to the company, Google Cost Optimizer synchronizes with its clients' AdWords accounts in real time and responds to bid, keyword, and campaign changes without a hitch. By doing so, the tool lets Magnify360's clients gain return-on-investment information in real time on metrics such as cost per click, revenue per click, conversation rate, and overall return on investment.
"In order for businesses to survive this recession, marketing … Read more
Google made two announcements Thursday that further advance the company's goal of becoming a power player in television advertising in addition to the Web.
First, the company announced that Harris, which manufactures communications equipment for business and government clients, will be integrating Google's advertising platform into the products it sells to media and communication companies. This means that Harris clients can use Google's service to manage ad inventory, which Mark Piesenan, director of strategic partnerships for Google TV ads, said will "offer media companies the opportunity to leverage (Google's) automated online marketplace, providing a new … Read more