Google Session at Cloud Expo
The news last week that Italian authorities have convicted three Google
executives with criminal privacy violations got my attention for two reasons.
One, the charges are based on a video that shows an autistic boy being
bullied, a video that Google did not create or post. It was filmed by cell
cameras and posted more than three years ago, and indeed one of the
executives has since retired from Google. Two, none of the three live or work
in Italy, and a fourth executive – a product manager – was acquitted. We
truly live in a global village, and one in which the legal operations move
slower and slower. As someone who was bullied as a child, I get this,
although not sure that justice really was served here.
This case comes on top of the company’s missteps with Buzz, where it had to
alter the default privacy settings after a rather embarrass... (more)
Google Wave on Ulitzer
Google has certainly been busy building a lot of different software tools
that can be used for collaboration, including Google Docs, Google Voice,
Google Sites (formerly Jotspot) and Google Calendar.
But there are a number of specialized tools that are more useful than these
Google services for particular circumstances. These can be big productivity
boosts for enterprises.
You can read the entire post in this week’s story for a new IT site called
Twitter on Ulitzer
Have we reached the point where email’s influence over our electronic lives
is waning? It is hard to imagine, especially for those of us who grew up in
the minicomputer/PC era. For two generations, email was the killer
application. It delivered information reliably and within a few minutes.
But today the properties that made email so attractive for so long are now a
liabiliity. “A few minutes” for a response is so last year, driven in no
small part by texting and cell phone ubiquity. At the same time this was
happening, wikis, blogs and social networks have begun... (more)
A new search site is in beta called DeepDyve that has some promise. First,
they claim that they index millions of medical papers from paid journals and
free sites. The problem in the past is that this content wasn’t too readily
available. Yes, there is Medline, but not a very user-friendly tool. Second,
getting copies of the papers to read has never been easy, particularly for
those of us in the lay community that don’t have medical center accounts or
access to medical libraries.
This is where DeepDyve comes in. They charge a buck to rent the paper for 24
hours. You can get other... (more)
It took only a few years for the Web to evolve from its first crude text-only
efforts to a full graphical experience. Yet it has taken more than a decade
to get videos inside the browser page.
This week Brightcove begins a new lower-priced video service called Express
that starts at $100 a month and offers some impressive features. I’m glad
to see them in this space, which is still very much in the pre-Gutenberg
publishing era. I thought I would take this moment to talk about some of the
issues involved in publishing Web videos for corporate uses, putting aside
all the tectonic s... (more)