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Schmidt waxes lyrical on tech future at Mobile World

Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt channelled famed futurists like Ray Kurzweil and Michio Kaku in his keynote at the Mobile World Congress on Tuesday. What started as an overview of new features in Chrome for Android turned into a powerful discourse on the power of technology and what it means for the

Has Google+ become a virtual ghost town?

The average Google+ user only spends an average of three minutes a month on the social network, while MySpace, LinkedIn and Twitter are all seeing more time spent per user each month, according to research firm comScore. In a scathing Wall Street Journal report titled “The Mounting Minuses at Google+”, the case

Will Twitter ever be a contender in online ad war?

For years, Google and Facebook have been waging trench warfare for big-brand advertising budgets. Billions of dollars are up for grabs, and since this money constitutes the bulk of revenue for both companies, the stakes are high. Twitter, which last week launched a self-service ad platform, is a relative

Microsoft in video attack on Google Apps

Microsoft has gone after Google before in advertisements attacking its search and Gmail products, but now the software maker has launched a new off-kilter advertisement showing off Google Apps’ biggest weaknesses. The video, titled “Googlighting”, portrays the Google Apps productivity

Patents and mobile devices: Frand or foe?

Go ahead, but we’re watching you. That, in effect, is what competition authorities in America and the European Union told Google on 13 February. Last August, the search engine giant agreed to buy Motorola Mobility, a maker of mobile phones with 17 000 issued patents and 6 800 pending, for $12,5bn. Neither

Google gets approval for Motorola acquisition

Google headquarters must be all high-fives this week. Just hours after the European Commission cleared the company’s proposed acquisition of Motorola, the US department of justice has given its approval to the deal as well. “The division concluded that the specific transactions at issue are

Chrome finally comes to Android

If you’re running the Ice Cream Sandwich operating system, also known as Android 4.0, on your smartphone or tablet, you can run along right now and download Chrome for Android. The latest addition to the Chrome family is a mobile beta that brings a (purportedly) better and faster

Craig Wilson
At $100bn, odds are Facebook’s a bad bet

Last week, Facebook took the first step to becoming a public company by filing its S-1 documents with the US Securities and Exchange Commission. Enormous figures are being bandied about but, as with Google, which listed the year Facebook was founded, the question investors

Street View coming to Botswana

Google has added five Western Cape wineries to its popular Street View service in Google Maps and will begin collecting images in Botswana in the next few weeks, the Internet giant says in a new blog post. The five new wineries – Boekenhoutskloof, Groot Constantia, Hartenberg, Moresen

Android Market gets a malware Bouncer

Whether accurate or exaggerated, claims of rampant malware apps have haunted the Android Market. Now, Google’s Android team is announcing Bouncer, a new security mechanism that should prevent bad apps from ever making it into the Market. It’s a programmatic solution that’s

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