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Buzz has been “Facebooked”

Critics Say Google Invades Privacy With New Service: When Google introduced Buzz — its answer to Facebook and Twitter — it hoped to get the service off to a fast start. New users of Buzz, which was added to Gmail on Tuesday, found themselves with a ready-made network of friends automatically selected by the company…

Question about Google Chrome Extensions

I’ve got a few installed now. Has anyone had any issues with performance yet? I recall back when I used Firefox that was the main downside of having extensions. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, see TechCrunch. Or just update your browser and Google will start telling you all about it, in Settings…

The Google Years

The Google Decade Ends: If the search king hasn’t ripped up your business yet, just wait. 10 years is a long time in the tech industry. I wonder which company will be the center of retrospectives in 2010? It seems that the time cycle of the rise & fall of “It” firm is speeding up;…

Cheers for the coming tech-war!

Google, Past and Future: Ah, but what about 2010? That, claim the editors at Smartgrid, will be the year that Google and Microsoft really roll up their sleeves and go to war. In everything from search to office apps and Internet browsers, the two behemoths will roll out fancy new services designed to erode their…

Google Wave

I notice more people have Google Wave now. What do you think? I keep leaving blank messages by mistake. Am I the only one?

Bing Keeps Gaining Ground: For August, Bing’s share of the American search market came in at 9.3 percent, up from 8.9 percent in July and 8.4 percent in June. Perhaps more importantly, Bing’s growth didn’t come at the expense of Yahoo (YHOO), which held steady at 19.3 percent. For the first time, Bing took market…

Farhad Manjoo defends Gmail

So Gmail Was Down. Get Over It: So if Gmail is as good as the power grid, the phone network, and home broadband, why does its failure spark such surprise and outrage–and always make national headlines…An online service’s outage, though, is sudden, inexplicable, and communal. Gmail goes down for everyone at the same time, none…

Google dark cloud

Why Gmail Failed Today: Gmail, which recently passed AOL to become the third largest Web mail service in the U.S., is obviously having some growing pains. A few hours of downtime is not the end of the world, although it might seem like it at the time. It just better not make this a new…

Facebook’s inflection point?

Check this out from Google Trends: Did Facebook hit an inflection point in early 2009? Google must have much better data sets, probably one reason Hal Varian left Berkeley for Google.

Rise of Google, 1999-2001

A quick follow up to the post below, I was curious as to the increased profile of Google in The New York Times (Google trends doesn’t seem to be available to the public before 2004) around the turn of the century. In particular, I curious as to Google’s prominence in the “Technology” section of the…