R.J. Pittman, Google's director of product management for Consumer Search Properties, shared some details of future versions of image search. In the interview with Beet.tv's Andy Plesser, Pittman said that Google is developing visual crawling software that can be used for facial recognition and scene analysis. In addition images can be matched with display ads and utilize geotagging information for various applications.
Flash has not been easily searchable until now, but Adobe Systems is working with leading search engines Google and Yahoo to solve the problem. CNET News.com Editor in Chief Dan Farber and reporter Elinor Mills discuss the impact of making Flash pages more visible to search engines. One question is whether Microsoft, which developed Silverlight, a competitor to Flash, will also index Flash files in its search engine.
Sometimes a picture can say a thousand words, but videos can tell a whole story.
Jed Lewison from political blog JedReport has put together a great four and a half minute video showing off the various residences owned by political candidate John McCain. There are approximately nine properties in all shown in the video. Lewison created the video using Google Earth of all things, and adds little tidbits of knowledge with each house, including price tags and historical information.
You can get the entire map used in the video here.
Big thanks to one of our callers today who offers some much-needed perspective on Vista and...well, everything, really. Also, Netflix saves the profiles (yay!), AT&T releases details on iPhone 3G pricing (ouch if you don't get a contract), and Fiji objects to other things named "Fiji." Just like how we object to other things named "Buzz."Listen now: Download today's podcast Episode 757
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Netflix issues mulligan on profiles, won’t eliminate the feature http://news.cnet.com/8301-13577_3-9980993-36.html http://blog.netflix.com/2008/06/profiles-feature-not-going-away.html
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JotSpot became Google Sites, Writely became Google Docs, Picasa might become Google Photos. And as of this week, DoubleClick's Performics affiliate ad network has become the Google Affiliate Network as part of Google's $3.1 billion acquisition of the ad firm. The premise remains the same: publishers get a commission when someone not only clicks on their ad, but then goes on to buy something.
Right now, per TechCrunch, some of the big advertisers include Target, Verizon, and Barnes & Noble.
We all know that Google is more than capable of doing excellent webware for productivity, but isn't 3D design a bit of a stretch?
Google SketchUp for Windows and Mac is a 3D-modeling program of powerful drawing tools that boasts an intuitiveness many design programs fail to achieve. On first impression, SketchUp looks like it sacrificed function for simplicity, but that's not the case. Despite the extremely user-friendly interface, SketchUp offers a high-end range of powerful 3D-drawing tools that let you experiment and play with new designs.
Using basic shapes in 3D space for your outline, you can … Read more
Google, which has a 5 percent stake in Time Warner's AOL division, has the option to sell it beginning Tuesday.
Google got the stake in AOL through a 2005 deal with Time Warner under which Google invested $1 billion.
According to a Time Warner regulatory filing, Google can sell that stake if it wants, with Time Warner, which owns the remaining 95 percent of AOL, getting first crack at buying the shares.
"Beginning on July 1, 2008, Google will have the right to require AOL to register Google's 5 percent equity interest for sale in an initial … Read more
There are signs Picasa Web Albums could be renamed Google Photos.
Google Operating System noticed several references to the term in the code that powers the Web site.
Among the examples: "This photo will be available to view and share in Google Photos, Google's free photo hosting service." And: "By submitting this form, you're alerting the Google Photos team to inappropriate content on this page."
Updated Tuesday at 9:10 a.m. with Google comment.
A few months ago, spam came to Google Calendar. Now phishing has arrived.
Intrepid Google watcher Philipp Lenssen wrote late last week about being the target of a phishing attempt via Google Calendar.
He received an e-mail to his Gmail account with a reference to a legitimate event from his calendar. The sender was listed as "customer care," and it asked him to verify his account by supplying his username and password.
"We are having congestions (sic) due to the anonymous registration of Gmail accounts, so we … Read more
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