Now that Google Reader is dead, Google has just announced that they’re dropping XMPP support with their new “Hangouts” messaging service and replacing it with a proprietary protocol. If you’re not aware, XMPP is also known as Jabber and is … Read More
If you’re like pretty much everyone else, you do a lot of searching on the Internet. And like pretty much everyone else, you use Google to do it. Or maybe you’ve switched to Bing, Microsoft’s attempt to break Google’s de … Read More
Google may not be “evil” but it sure can be an asshole. [Update] There’s also a good list of alternatives from Gizmag here. I’ve been using Feedly, a magazine-like reader that uses Reader as a backend, for a while and … Read More
No one creates a proposed web standard for video and then three years later admits it infringes patents. Looks like we’re establishing a clear pattern: Google clearly (and often willfully) infringes on someone else’s IP, can’t believe that it’ll ever … Read More
Have you watched videos of the meteorites hitting in Russia? If you have you probably aren’t living in Germany, where GEMA, the German equivalent of the RIAA, has blocked viewing of the video on YouTube because of a song playing … Read More
Google’s Flu Trends service is usually fairly accurate but this year it greatly overestimated peak flu levels. Not that this season’s flu epidemic wasn’t bad but Flu Trends made it seem worse than it was. While Google isn’t saying why, … Read More
The Daily Caller makes the argument that Microsoft’s continued presence in the search business is actually helping Google by taking the focus off their monopoly position and anti-competitive practices.
Matthew Yglesias writes in Slate that the new Google Maps app for iOS is actually a victory for Apple. You have to wonder if this wasn’t Apple’s strategy all along. Maps, and in particular the immense amount of data behind … Read More