Google is getting ready to launch its own e-book store and challenge Apple and Amazon. According to the Wall Street Journal, Chris Palma, Google’s manager for strategic-partner development, announced the timetable for the launch of the company’s e-book store during an event at Random House‘s Manhattan offices earlier today. Google Editions, as the new store will be called, will launch in late June or July.
Google will allow book retailers to sell Google Editions on their own sites and, according to the Wall Street Journal’s report, “keep the bulk of the revenue.” Google, of course, also plans to highlight these e-books on its own book search engine. It’s important to note that Google is also still trying to win the right to distribute out-of-print books, but the Google Books Settlement that would give Google the rights to do so is still caught up in various legal challenges.
When we first heard about Google Editions last year, Google’s plan was to offer around half a million books at launch. At the time, Google also noted that it wants its books to be compatible with any device, whether that’s a laptop, phone or dedicated e-reader. Apple’s tablet wasn’t on the horizon back then, but chances are that Google will also want its books to be compatible with this new platform. Given that Google is already using the ePub standard, we can only hope that Google’s plan is to sell DRM-free ePub books.
Not every click is created equal. While publishers know exactly how many visitors per day their sites get, this aggregate data doesn’t say much about the actual value of the individual visitors and what they do on the rest of the Web. Social media analytics and monitoring firm Sysomos wants to bridge this gap with its latest product: Sysomos Audience. Using proprietary technology, Audience can automatically assign a certain value to individual visitors, based on the other sites they visit and other factors users can tweak in the service’s scoring engine.
On Thursday morning of this week I will be interviewing Gary Vaynerchuk, social media maven and host of the wildly popular Wine Library TV video podcast. You may remember we mentioned Gary a while back when reviewing his book Crush It!: Why Now Is the Time to Cash In on Your Passion, a bestselling book on how to use social media to boost your personal brand.
They say raising venture capital is a young man’s game. Joel Spolsky is a very logical exception to that rule and will announce today that his question and answer site for computer programmers, StackOverflow, has raised $6 million from some of the hottest investors in web technology. Union Square Ventures, Ron Conway, Chris Dixon, Caterina Fake, Joshua Schachter and others have put in money. Industry luminaries Clay Shirky and Anil Dash have joined the team as advisors. That’s a real dream team for a web startup.
Consumer Reports, a longtime trusted name in product ratings and reviews, has today released their annual “State of the Net” report, whose findings suggest that over half (52%) of social network users post risky information online. Among the transgressions: using weak passwords, listing full birth dates, ignoring privacy settings and making mention of when you’re away from home, to name a few.
The report looked closely at Facebook and Twitter, two of the top social networks used today, and found that on Facebook, the percentage of those engaged in this type of risky behavior was even higher, at 56%. However, what’s more interesting is how the survey inadvertently reveals that Facebook users clearly have no idea about how much they’re publicly sharing on the network.
If you thought that Web TV was a thing of the past, then Google’s latest decision may come as a surprise. According to an article in this morning’s Wall Street Journal, the company “is planning to introduce Android-based television software to developers at an event in May, according to people familiar with the matter.”
Android, the Google-created operating system seen on a number of different phones including Google’s own Nexus One, would open Internet-enabled televisions to more content and create a marketplace for apps on what many thought might be a failed, Jetsons-like technology of times past.
Dropbox, the file storage, sharing and sync service, is now available for the iPad. With an early morning update to the company’s iPhone application, the free Dropbox app is now a “universal” app, a term that describes single apps that resize and reformat themselves to function properly on the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad.
With the updated version of Dropbox installed, iPad users can access all their stored files and folders without having to sync files via iTunes first, as is necessary with Apple’s own iWork suite of office applications. Those files can then be viewed in Dropbox itself or opened using third-party software programs .
It’s been five long years, but Google users in the United Kingdom will finally be able to join the rest of the emailing world in using the “gmail.com” domain instead of the longer and somewhat fake sounding “googlemail.com” domain for their email addresses.
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In security, it’s pragmatism that counts. You don’t want to overreact in devoting company time, effort and finances on any security measures “just because”, but you definitely want to allocate these resources towards what is best for you. One way to do that is by understanding the varying rings of security that begin at your servers and expand outward to the walls of the data center itself.
Google has been working to harden Google Apps for its arrival into the enterprise. The tools bring browser based productivity into another dimension.
And, where people are productive, security is to be questioned. In this short review, we look at the new feature Google offers admins and look a bit closer at security in a browser-based world.
When we talk about mobile apps today, chances are that we are mostly talking about apps for cell phones and – maybe – tablets. The latest trend in mobile apps, however, is apps for cars. One of the companies leading this trend in the U.S. is Ford, which just unveiled a number of apps that students at the University of Michigan created on top of Ford’s platform.