February 21, 2013 |
Organizers of this weekend's 85th Academy Awards have partnered with Google to create a landing page that puts all of the information about this year's nominees in one place. The site -- google.com/Oscars -- went live Tuesday night and was released along with a video compilation of the year's top movie moments, similar in style to the popular Zeitgeist videos the search engine releases each year. The Oscars site incorporates a variety of Google services -- including YouTube, Google Maps and Google Hangouts -- and provides an interactive chart showing which films and actors would take home Oscars were the awards handed out based on online search frequency.
November 9, 2012 |
Google and many of its services, including its popular email service Gmail, are being blocked in China, according to a report from GreatFire.org, a Chinese website that monitors outages. Google could not be immediately reached for comment. [ Updated at 9:33 a.m.: In an emailed statement later, Google said: "We've checked and there's nothing wrong on our end. "] The search giant has weathered intermittent outages in the world's most populous market since Google said it would end its practice of acquiescing to Chinese government officials' demands to censor search results in China nearly three years ago. Quiz: How much do you know about China's economy?
July 26, 2012 |
Kansas City is about to get some ultra-fast Internet. Google Inc.is rolling out its much-anticipated "gigabit" Internet service Google Fiber, which the company says will enable users to download, upload and stream 100 times faster than normal. The Internet search giant has been laying a network of fiber cables throughout the region for the last several months. Google chose the Kansas City region of Missouri and Kansas to showcase the project, which will also include a cable TV package.
July 26, 2012 |
Google unveiled the channel lineup for its much-anticipated Google Fiber high-speed service which is launching in Kansas City, Mo., and will compete with cable and satellite TV there. Among the channels being offered by Google Fiber are Showtime, Comedy Central, Discovery, Lifetime, USA, Encore and CNBC. However, the service is missing some big networks in Time Warner's HBO, TNT and CNN, Walt Disney Co.'s ESPN and Disney Channel and News Corp.'s Fox News and FX. That doesn't mean those channels are saying no to Google, just that deals have not been reached yet. HBO expects to be on the service shortly and an ESPN spokesman said the two are having "productive discussions.
July 24, 2012 |
The next time you try to comment on a video or upload one, YouTube will ask you if you want to drop your username and start using your real one. The world's most popular online video service has begun a push to move away from anonymity and become more uniform with other Google services, notably Google+, by having you use your actual name. While you don't have to switch to your real name, YouTube will ask you for a little explanation when you try to tell it no. First you must click a button saying "I don't want to use my full name.
May 22, 2012
Re "Is it possible to get a human on the phone at Google?," Column, May 18 I agree with David Lazarus that it is frustrating to be unable to contact a "live" person for customer service. Some companies offer free live help for a limited time after you buy a product. Before I buy a product that may require help to use, I always ask about the customer support policy. Google, however, is a totally different issue. It is not charging for the use of its search engine. Its revenue comes from advertisers, which I am sure have no problem contacting Google by phone to talk with a sales rep. I can understand Google not providing live telephone support because the users pay nothing for services.