Author Archive for: ‘Doug Caverly’

Google To Lease Beverly Hills Office Space

A California city associated with rich, beautiful, and not always brilliant people will now also act as home to some of Google’s certified geniuses. The company intends to open an office in Beverly Hills as it continues to establish relationships with the entertainment industry. Google will lease over 13,000 square feet of a city-owned building located at 331 Foothill Road, …

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Google Invests $5 Million In German Solar Plant

So long as German competition authorities prove agreeable, it seems that Google will soon be in part responsible for powering the lights (and computers) at a number of German homes.  Google announced this morning that it intends to invest about $5 million in a local solar photovoltaic power plant. A note to cynics, worrywarts, and shareholders: this move isn’t as …

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Google Code Jam Registration Window Opens

Any programmers who would enjoy winning $10,000, the title “Code Jam Champion,” and – maybe – a job offer from Google should get moving.  Today, the registration window for Google Code Jam 2011 opened. To go ahead and provide interested parties with the complete schedule: registration starts today, a 24-hour qualification round will take place starting May 6th, and successive …

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Twitter Search Gets Speed Boost

A company that’s frequently associated with poor performance and instability had a pleasant surprise for users today.  Twitter announced this afternoon that it’s managed to make Twitter Search three times faster. A post on the Twitter Engineering blog explained the unexpected development by stating, “Last week, we launched a replacement for our Ruby-on-Rails front-end: a Java server we call Blender.  …

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Google Spared UK Antitrust Inquiry (For Now)

Lately, it’s seemed like just about everyone is interested in investigating and/or prosecuting Google.  French courts, Swiss courts, and (perhaps) America’s own FTC have all been offended by different practices.  Google may be spared an antitrust probe in the UK, however, as a minister there has declined to pursue the matter. Ed Vaizey, the Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative …

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iPad 2 Sales Of 2.4-2.6 Million Estimated For March

At this point, everyone knows that the iPad 2 was a big sales success.  The task that remains is quantifying its success, and a new report may do just that.  Anonymous sources hint Apple sold somewhere between 2.4 million and 2.6 million iPad 2s in March. Yenting Chen and Steve Shen wrote earlier this morning after speaking with “sources at …

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LinkedIn Matches Newspapers As Job Search Tool For Students

Newspapers have proven to be surprisingly resilient on many college campuses.  There’s almost always a school paper, for example, and different groups of students are drawn to other publications.  But in a real victory for LinkedIn, its professional network has now caught up with newspapers in terms of what students intend to use as a job search tool. Career center …

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Amazon Earns Top Spot In Reputation Study

In an objective sense, Amazon’s an impressive company, and its stock’s performance (up 41 percent in the last year) means investors who value money should respect it.  But Amazon seems to have done a great job balancing financial acumen with people smarts, earning the top spot on a “reputable companies” list today. Forbes Media and a consulting firm known as …

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Google Announces Free Phone Support For AdWords Customers

Today, a major change to the way Google deals with advertisers’ questions and problems is taking place.  AdWords users will no longer be limited to receiving support via email and various online resources; now they can call a toll-free number and speak to a live AdWords specialist. A post on the Official Google Blog announced the option this morning, and …

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LivingSocial Raises $400 Million In Funding

Fans of group deals site LivingSocial should be pleased to know that some important organizations believe it’ll continue to grow and succeed.  Reports indicate LivingSocial has raised $400 million in a new round of funding that values it at more than $3 billion. Evelyn M. Rusli wrote late yesterday, “LivingSocial last week raised an additional $400 million from existing investors …

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Quora Hires Facebook Recruiter

The growth rate of Quora (and we mean the actual company, not just the Q&A site) may soon increase at a rapid pace.  Quora has hired Andy Barton, a recruiter with an interesting resume, and presumably wants him to do more than turn away random applicants. A quick note on the current state of Barton’s professional network: as of this …

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Google Loses Swiss Street View Case

The way Google’s Street View program operates in Switzerland may soon change in dramatic fashion.  A Swiss court has ordered that (among other things) Google must ensure all faces and license plates are unrecognizable, even if that means employees have to review all images manually. That represents a potential problem for Google.  The company’s automated blurring software catches most – …

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