Author Archive for: ‘Shawn Hess’

Google Goes French with Entrepreneurship at Le Camping

Google is going french with their efforts to educate the public on how to innovate and bring great ideas to life. Last week, a team of Googlers from 10 countries met in Paris to spend time with entrepreneurs and startups at Le Camping, an accelerator program for the digital frontier. Le Camping actually takes place in what used to be …

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News Corp. and Rupert Murdoch Consider a Spin Off

Despite previous reservations by News Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdoch, the company is contemplating a split of their news and film assets from their print publication and newspaper divisions. Currently News Corp owns 20th Century Fox film studio, Fox broadcast network and Fox News channel, in the way of television and film. As far as newspaper and print media goes, they …

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Bing and BigThink Offer Humanizing Technology Video Series

As society learns about and integrates technology into our everyday lives, there are new relationships that form and alternative perspectives that arise. Bing and BigThink are teaming up to offer a new video series about technology and the evolving relationship between man and machine. The series is called Humanizing Technology. Humanizing Technology adheres to Abraham Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, and …

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Google’s Build Site is Made of 8 Trillion Legos

We all love Legos and Google knows it. Google has been working with Lego Australia on a new platform called Build. Essentially, Build is the largest Lego set the World has ever seen (it has 8 trillion bricks). Google says its a place to create, imagine, and explore. But what do you do with it? The same thing you do …

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YouTube Gives Us Pitch Advice for Entrepreneurs and Startups

YouTube and Don Dodge, a developer and startup advocate at Google, bring us this next video which features some great advice and strategies for getting funding and support for new projects and startups. Critical aspects he covers include developing an elevator speech (a concise overview of the problem and your solution), a thirty minute product/service overview, and a one hour …

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Salesforce.com Acquires Thinkfuse SaaS Provider

Thinkfuse announced today that they are being acquired by Salesforce.com. Thinkfuse is a software-as-a-service provider that allows organizations to turn business communications into useful planning and scheduling tools. While very few details of the acquisition have been disclosed, Thinkfuse will be shutting down by July 25th, and current users will have to export all their data by that time. The …

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Larry Page is Hurting Google’s Shareholders

Last week, during Google’s annual shareholders meeting, executive chairman Eric Schmidt announced that CEO Larry Page would be absent from the meeting because he had “lost his voice”. Seems perfectly normal to me, people get colds and lose their voices, and all kinds of other things. Then Schmidt further explained that Page would also be absent from this week’s developer …

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Walmart’s Pay with Cash Online Payment Solution Ignites Consumer Spending

Walmart recently introduced a “pay with cash” option for all of its online shoppers. It’s really simple. Load up your online shopping cart, get the total, go to Walmart, pay the balance in cash, then, your stuff will arrive in the mail shortly (or you can pick it up at the store). In the eight weeks since its launch, “pay …

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Consumer Watchdog Says We Are Google’s Product

California’s Consumer Watchdog met with the city’s Assembly’s Transportation Committee today, to discuss opposition to SB 1298, Google driverless car legislation. They say, strong privacy for those who use the highways is a must if Google’s Driverless car legislation is to go through. They emphasize that Google is a corporation who makes its money by selling advertising space and details …

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Microsoft to Acquire Yammer for $1.2 Billion

About ten days ago, we reported that Yammer was in talks with Microsoft to discuss terms of an acquisition. While nothing had been confirmed, it certainly looked like the wheels were set in motion. Today, we learn that Microsoft is going ahead with a deal to purchase the company for $1.2 billion. Of course, the acquisition is subject to the …

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Google Discusses Innovation in Classrooms with the International Society for Technology in Education

Today Google is out meeting with thousands of educators and administrators at the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) conference in sunny San Diego. The subject matter of the conference, as you would imagine, is how to bring more technology into the classroom. More specifically, Google’s apps for education. While Google may already have tens of thousands of apps …

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AOL Celebrates Winamp’s 15th Anniversary with Android Album Washer

AOL is celebrating Winamp’s 15th anniversary with an upgrade to their Winamp for Android called Album Washer. The upgrade, available for $0.99, helps users clean-up and organize their existing media libraries. Available at the new in-app store, Album Wash polishes and organizes Winamp collections by updating users’ incorrect or missing tags and by downloading missing album art. It’s all part …

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