I just read about Google’s new Music Beta which seems to be their response to Amazon’s recent announcement of Cloud Drive. I downloaded the app on my Droid phone, but all I got was some random podcast I had on my phone. So I next went to the Music Beta site to get that set up, but all I could do was request an invitation to join. Just like everyone else, I’m waiting to see how good it is. If you want more details right now, Engadget has a nice comparison chart of the two services. In the mean time, here’s Google’s video showing off what it looks like.
YouTube announced the launch of YouTube Everywhere. This opens up YouTube services and functionality to be used on every website or application that wants to integrate with YouTube and use its services. You can set it up so that your users can upload videos to YouTube and never leave your site. You can retrieve your user’s videos and play them on your site, with a player that you get to brand. You can add/edit user and video metadata (titles, descriptions, ratings, comments, favorites, contacts, etc).
This move means that anyone can build a YouTube like capability into their website or application and take advantage of YouTube’s full capabilities and you can do it for free. This is an amazing tool kit that will allow people to build all kinds of interesting applications. All of this will be great to see.
Eric Schmidt, Google’s CEO, announced that the Google acquisition of Doubleclick is official. And then in true corporate mumbo jumbo he helps us read the tea leafs: Layoffs Coming Soon. My translation:We will immediately figure out who at DoubleClick we want to keep and who we want to fire. That will happen now in the U.S. Outside the U.S., labor laws make it harder to fire people, but we will get rid of those people at some point too. And then we will get back to kicking Microhooâ€™s butt.
UNICEF, One Laptop per Child (OLPC) and Google today announced the launch of “Our Stories” (www.ourstories.org), a joint initiative to preserve and share the histories and identities of cultures around the world by making personal stories available online in many languages. Using laptops, mobile phones and other recording devices, children will record, in their native …Continue Reading
The New York Times is reporting that: The two companies said on Wednesday that Microsoft would invest $240 million for a 1.6 percent stake in Facebook. The investment values the three-year-old Facebook, which will bring in about $150 million in revenue this year, at $15 billion. While I’m happy for the Facebook and Accel folks(Jim …Continue Reading
Google has now integrated Youtube video into Adsense. This is straight from the Google blog Inside AdSense: AdSense isn’t just for ads anymore; it’s also a place to get video content for your site — and earn extra revenue at the same time. We’re excited about the launch of video units — a new way …Continue Reading
Google has just announced a release of a presentation tool for Google Docs. Starting today, presentations — whether imported from existing files or created using the new slide editor — are listed alongside documents and spreadsheets in the Google Docs document list. They can be edited, shared, and published using the familiar Google Docs interface, …Continue Reading