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