Three More Groups Rally Against Google Books Settlement

The odds of the Google Book settlement being approved – at least if the process comes down to a popularity contest – decreased again this week.  The National Writers Union, American Society of Journalists and Authors, and Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America objected to it.

Just How Real-Time is Google’s Real-Time Search?

Update: According to reports, it took Google about six minutes to gather it’s "real-time" search results for a San Franciso earthquake.

Tim Armstrong Weighing Search Deal With Microsoft

AOL’s current search deal with Google is set to end in December, and when it expires, there’s no guarantee that AOL will stick with the search giant.  Today, AOL CEO Tim Armstrong implied that he’s weighing his options.

Google Adds Chat to Translator Kit

Google announced today that it has released chat in the Google Translator Toolkit.

"Collaboration is an important part of translation," says Kartik Singh, Software Engineer for the Translator Toolkit. "Whether you work with editors to translate documents, customers to clarify terms or project managers to meet deadlines, working with other translators is key to making high-quality translations."

Yahoo Makes Multiple Strides On Connected TV Front

Today, Yahoo proved that it’s all about bringing together TVs and the Internet, and also that it has plenty of allies in that mission.  The company announced new partnerships, a wide release of the Widget Developer Kit, and a significant range of new TV widget providers and content.

France May Tax Google Ad Revenue

France is considering a proposal to tax online advertising revenues earned by companies such as Google.

The proposal would extend to other companies such as Microsoft and Yahoo and would put an end to "enrichment without any limit or compensation," newspaper Liberation quoted Guillaume Cerutti, one of the supporters of the proposal, as saying.

Google Offers On2 An Additional $26.5 Million

Squeaky wheels may get a little grease, but apparently, it’s better still to be an angry and litigious shareholder.  Following Google’s acquisition offer to On2 in August, On2 shareholders complained, and now, they may receive an extra $26.5 million for their trouble.

Nexus One Sales Of 5-6 Million Units Forecast

Google’s given its presentation, tech reviewers have had their say, and, after months of buildup, the Nexus One should soon start appearing in the real world.  So how – in a sales sense – will it fare?  According to a Barclays Capital analyst, the Nexus One will be a rather hot item.

Google Talks to People About Online Auto Habits

Are you familiar with "Google on the Street"? This refers to a series of videos Google has put together in which it goes out and talks to people on the street about various online behaviors, to see how responses stack up against their own Insights for Search findings.

Google Reader’s Mobile Interface Upgraded

Google’s announcements relating to mobile didn’t end with the launch of the Nexus One yesterday.  Google Reader received some updates that are intended to work within the world of cell phones (along with one Web interface upgrade), too.

The list of changes is fairly long, and all together, they do a good job of bringing the mobile version of Google Reader in line with the Web edition.  For starters: Google added support for "liking," tagging, and sorting feeds according to items’ ages.