Eric Schmidt Articles

Watch: Google CEO Eric Schmidt Talks to Stephen Colbert

Google CEO Eric Schmidt appeared on Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report yesterday. The show’s site has video of the interview, which it kindly encourages embedding of. 

Google Talks More About Keeping Ranking Factors Secret
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Yesterday, we looked at a video Danny Sullivan posted at Search Engine Land, in which he grilled Google CEO Eric Schmidt about listing Google’s 200 ranking signals. 

New MySpace Coming Next Month? CNN Still Using AP Reporting?

According to Michael Arrington at TechCrunch, the new MySpace (aka: Project Futura) is coming to some users on October 15, though that is subject to change. According to his sources, it will include a lot of white space and focus on the activity stream. Sounds like another familiar social network. 

Eric Schmidt Tired of Being Asked About Google’s Ranking Factors
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Danny Sullivan has posted a few videos from Google’s Zeitgeist event, and one of them is a fairly entertaining banter between Sullivan and Google CEO Eric Schmidt.  Sullivan  asks why Google doesn’t list its 200 ranking factors. Schmidt’s response:

Google Announces Intent To Expand In France

A country in which Google’s search engine enjoys a market share of around 90 percent is soon going to see even more of the company.  Google’s announced that it will build a research center and help create some sort of cultural institute in France.

Given that Google has encountered resistance to its book-scanning program in France, we should note that the country’s authorities support these plans.  In fact, Eric Schmidt actually met with French President Nicolas Sarkozy, who approved.

Schmidt Says YouTube “Nearing Profitability”
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If Eric Schmidt’s to be believed, YouTube might become profitable any time now; the CEO had only positive things to say about the site at a conference today.  However, his admission that it’s still operating in the red may come as a major disappointment to many supporters.

Is Google Really As Evil As This Video Suggests?
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Consumer Watchdog has created a new anti-Google video portraying Google CEO Eric Schmidt has some kind of evil ice cream man. The video is a commentary on what the group perceives to be Google’s lack of regard for consumer privacy. 

Steve Jobs Takes Dig At Android, Eric Schmidt
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In between the announcements about iPods, Apple TV, and a music-oriented social network, Apple and Google’s mobile rivalry heated up a little more today.  Steve Jobs, while discussing the success of iOS, also tossed out what was likely a veiled insult at Eric Schmidt and Android.

Is Google to Blame for Its Own News Pollution?
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Search Engine Land Editor-in-Chief Danny Sullivan points out how poorly Google handles those gaming Google News, using Google Trends as a starting point.

Do you find Google News to be too heavily polluted? Share your thoughts.

Google to Use Games in Battle with Facebook?
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Google has been expected to get into gaming for sometime, but now it looks like the wheels are really in motion. The Wall Street Journal reports that Google is in talks with Playdom, EA’s Playfish, and Zynga.

Google’s Q2 Earnings Disappoint Shareholders
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Google neither blew estimates out of the water nor bombed with its second quarter financial report this afternoon.  Shareholders seem to be focusing on the targets the company missed, however, sending the stock down sharply in after-hours trading.

Let’s get the bad news out of the way first.  Google reported earnings per share of $6.45, even though analysts had hoped to see $6.52.  Also, paid clicks decreased three percent compared to the first quarter, which isn’t exactly a positive development.

Does Google Offer Too Many Ad Formats?
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The Wall Street Journal is running a piece discussing how tech companies (like Google, Yahoo, AOL, Groupon, etc.) are touting new online ad formats. Author Jessica E. Vascellaro has some quotes from Google CEO Eric Schmidt about some things the company is thinking about within this realm.

For one, according to this piece, Schmidt says Google is looking at addressing an apparently popular concern from advertisers – that there are too many ad formats to choose from.

Why Google and Sony Chose One Another For Google TV
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During the final day of Google I/O last week, we saw Google unveil Google TV along with its launch partners Adobe, Logitech, Intel, Best Buy, Dish Network, and Sony. The CEOs of each of these companies made their appearances and spoke with Google CEO Eric Schmidt on stage about what Google’s offering will mean to the future of television, as well as what each of their respective offerings would bring to the table.

Schmidt: 65,000 Android Phones Ship Per Day
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Manufacturers are moving (and presumably, consumers are buying) a whole, whole lot of Android phones.  At Google’s annual shareholder meeting yesterday, CEO Eric Schmidt indicated that something like 65,000 Android phones are being shipped on a daily basis.

Journalism Doesn’t Need Saving, Maybe Delivery Just Needs Tweaking

The state of the news industry continues to be brought up on a frequent basis. Is journalism dying? Should publications put up paywalls? Should they block search engines and news aggregators. These are all questions that continue to be brought up repeatedly.

Google’s Schmidt Endorses “Mobile First” Approach
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Google’s CEO is no doubt interested in search and advertising.  He’s recently talked about journalism and copyright law, too, along with a number of other topics.  But mobile is the subject Eric Schmidt claimed to most interested in last night, and he’s getting Google to focus on it, as well.

FTC Commissioner Takes Issue With Schmidt, Buzz
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FTC Commissioner Pamela Jones Harbour will leave the agency next month, but that’s almost surely not soon enough for Google.  Today, Harbour criticized Eric Schmidt and the rollout of Buzz, and also asked her colleagues to adopt a tougher stance on some privacy-related offenses.

Schmidt On China: “Something Will Happen Soon”

Two Google executives have again assured onlookers that the company is dealing with the situation in China.  While in Abu Dhabi, Eric Schmidt indicated today that something will happen sooner rather than later, and Nicole Wong told politicians in D.C. that leaving China is still an option.

Google’s Schmidt Outlines Ways To Fix America

If any organization knows how to innovate, it’s Google; this week alone, the company discussed phones that would translate languages in real time, unveiled a Street View snowmobile, and announced its intention to test ultra high-speed broadband networks.  It may make sense, then, that CEO Eric Schmidt has tried to address America’s "innovation deficit."

Google Runs First Super Bowl Commercial
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With millions watching, Google ran their first Super Bowl Commercial entitled "Parisian Love". If it looks familiar, that’s because it’s one of their "Search Stories" ads which was uploaded to YouTube back in November. You can check it out below…

What did you think of the commercial? Tell us.

Google Seeking Not To Cross The Creepy Line
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Google CEO Eric Schmidt while appearing on Fox Business made some interesting comments about Google’s emergence as a huge Microsoft-like business power. I thought most interesting was Schmidt’s statement about Google becoming like Microsoft, "Hopefully, we won’t repeat the mistakes that Microsot made ten years ago that ultimately led to all these things that happened with them".

Schmidt elaborated: