April 10, 2012 |
SAN JOSE — Christine Egy Rose realized she was on to something powerful. Instead of the awkward monosyllabic two-minute exchange her 2-year-old son, Jackson, typically had over a video chat link with relatives, he spent a full 50 minutes happily working on a shared drawing with his grandmother in Florida, using the video chat's embedded drawing feature that Egy Rose was developing. Egy Rose's mother-in-law, feeling so much closer to the little boy in California, was almost in tears by the end of the chat.
March 29, 2012 |
SAN JOSE - Andy Hertzfeld was ready to retire in 2009, following a momentous 30-year-plus career in which he worked side by side with Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak to design the revolutionary user interface of Apple's Macintosh computers, before launching several start-ups and going on to Google. But Google co-founder Sergey Brin had other ideas. Brin wanted to graft Hertzfeld's Apple-bred sense of aesthetics and function into the new social network that Google's leadership was just starting to think about, a top-secret project that a year and a half later would become Google+.
September 21, 2011 |
Google+, the Internet search giant's rival to Facebook, is now available to the public. Google Inc. announced the move Tuesday but said the social networking service was not yet a fully finished product. Technically, it's still in the beta stage. Nine new features are being added this week and more are planned. "For the past 12 weeks we've been in field trial, and during that time we've listened and learned a great deal," Vic Gundotra, the Google senior vice president in charge of Google+, said in a statement.
July 14, 2011 |
Google Inc., owner of the world's largest Internet search engine, reported sales and profit that topped analysts' estimates, a sign the company is benefiting from an effort to expand into mobile and display advertising. Second-quarter sales rose to $6.92 billion, Mountain View, Calif.- based Google said Thursday. That topped $6.57 billion, the average estimate of analysts surveyed by Bloomberg. Net income climbed 36 percent to $2.51 billion, or $7.68 a share, from $1.84 billion, or $5.71, a year earlier.
July 1, 2011 |
Google+ users were quietly given the ability to invite friends into the new social network Wednesday night, but that option lasted only a few hours because of overwhelming demand. Vic Gundotra, who is overseeing Google's social networking efforts, said in a Google+ post: "We've shut down invite mechanism for the night. Insane demand. We need to do this carefully, and in a controlled way. Thank you all for your interest!" Google didn't formally announce that it was providing the invite feature; instead, a small red envelope with Google's "G+" logo and the words "invite people to join Google+" popped up, and it seems it didn't take long before users found it and started bringing people in. Gundotra didn't say when invites might return, but it is Google's style to go with invites before fully opening new products to the public, as has been the practice with the hugely popular Gmail service and the search giant's recently launched Google Music Beta.
April 9, 2011 |
The Larry Page era has officially begun — with a management shake-up. Just days after returning as Google Inc.'s chief executive, Page swiftly set the tone for how he would run the Internet search giant with a major reorganization of his management team. Page is trying to restore the sense of urgency and innovation that drove Google's prior successes, analysts said. The reorganization also puts him firmly in charge of the world's largest Internet company in much the same way Steve Jobs runs Apple Inc. "Larry's coming out of the gate blazing," said BGC Partners analyst Colin Gillis.