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It looks like Google wants to have the cloud to itself. In March, the company decreased prices for Google Drive and it is hoping to annihilate its main competitors, namely Dropbox and Microsoft OneDrive. The battle for cloud supremacy has just started, and Google has once again turned the market upside down. The company slashed prices by 80%; users have 15 GB at their disposal in Google Drive Cloud Storage, which they can use for free. If you subscribe for 100 GB, you will be paying $1.99 rather than $4.99, and for 1 TB the price is $9.99/month instead of $49.99. OneDrive vs. Dropbox vs. Google Drive As opposite to OneDrive and Dropbox, Google’s storage services are incredibly inexpensive. Many users agree that the company is absolutely crazy for reducing the prices, yet they’re certainly not complaining. Surprisingly, Dropbox has higher fees than OneDrive; it charges... (more)

Microsoft to Data-Mine Facebook & Twitter

Twitter on Ulitzer Microsoft has cut non-exclusive deals with both Facebook and Twitter for Bing to search their real-time data feeds. Google has followed suit at least with Twitter, but Facebook is the prize because it has like 40 million updates a day from its 300 million users. Not all Facebook updates will be searched by Bing, however, only the ones made available to the wider public. Facebook, where Microsoft has an equity stake, will apparently provide users with a numbers of new tools to do so. It is unclear how much Microsoft is paying. The Twitter integration is already in beta. The deals suggest that Twitter, which has raised $155 million in venture capital, will see its first revenue since ads will follow. Terms were not disclosed. ... (more)

Are You Getting Excited About the Cloud Computing Expo in Santa Clara?

Whether you are searching for a Cloud Computing solution for your enterprise or you want to learn about the latest and greatest Cloud Computing technology, The Cloud Computing Expo in Santa Clara, California running from  November 2 until November 4 is for you. http://cloudcomputingexpo.com/general/keynotes1109.htm Keynote speakers include Richard Marcello, President, Systems & Technology, Unisys, Shelton Shugar SVP Cloud Computing, Yahoo!, and Richard Sarwal VP of Development for Oracle Enterprise Manager, Oracle. It is rare that you would find a collection of all of the Cloud Computing industry giants in one place, and you definitely would not be able to gather as much information on Cloud Computing from any other single event. Check out the list of exhibitors: http://cloudcomputingexpo.com/general/exhibitors1109.htm. Here are a couple of the sessions that I am l... (more)

Google Considered Buying the New York Times: Report

Oh, my sainted aunt. Google thought about buying the New York Times, according to Barron’s, which got it from somebody else’s interview with Ken Auletta, author of Google: The End of the World as We Know It. Reportedly the hands of Google co-founder Larry Page and CEO Eric Schmidt were stayed by the thought that the deal would “sabotage” Google’s status as a neutral source. Auletta, who generally writes for the New Yorker, said the reason they were interested is the fact that “Google’s search engine depends on good information.” ... (more)

Google Wave

Google Wave on Ulitzer Invites left: 26 8 Looks like Google sent out another bunch of invitations for Wave & since most of my friends are already on Wave, I thought why not give it away. So, in case you want one, just drop a comment (don’t forget to protect it against spamming by substituting @ with [at] & the likes) or mail with your name & email address. I’ll update the counter on top as I progress with the giveaway. I’ve used Wave to collaborate on a couple of projects in the last couple of weeks. Some features are not yet functional, but it does look pretty promising. And yes, it seems that Wave is more responsive on Google Chrome than Firefox. P.S. It wouldn’t hurt if you did your bit for the Water initiative by scrolling down to the Socialvibe widget on the sidebar & adding your signature to the cause on my blog. Update (26/11): Sent out 6 invitations based... (more)

Mozilla Might Be Ready to Step Out of Google’s Shadow

Firefox Session at Cloud Expo Mozilla has been going toe to toe with Microsoft on the browser front standing solidly behind the European Union‘s stance against the software giant over monopoly abuse for tying the Internet Explorer browser to the Windows operating system. Mozilla, is also rapidly digging a hole in Internet Explorer‘s dominating market share. So it just does not make any sense that Mozilla would now promote Microsoft for anything. Or does it? It has been widely reported today that Mozilla's Director of Community Development Asa Dotzler stated in his personal blog that Microsoft does a better job to Google when it comes to protecting end user privacy. He even went so far as to recommend that users take to Bing in lieu of Google. The post is a reaction to a video from Google Chief Executive Officer Eric Schmidt who said in an interview with MSNBC regar... (more)

Google Fires First Shot in Brewing Codec War

Google fired a shot across Apple's bow Wednesday and considering the way things have been going Apple will probably seek to return fire in the not-too-distant future with an armor-piercing lawsuit. The latest fray started when Google got up at the Google I/O developers conference - like it was widely expected to do - and open sourced VP8, the video codec it got when it acquired On2 Technologies, the video compression house, in February for about $125 million. VP8 will try to displace H.264, the proprietary codec that Apple and Microsoft are invested in. VP8 is now part of a thing called the WebM project, which also includes the open source Ogg Vorbis audio format, and a container format based on a subset of the open source Matroska multimedia container. Needless to say, WebM is royalty-free and already has the support of the majority of the browser community: the Mo... (more)

Chrome Architect Jumps Ship to Facebook as Google Me Rumor Surfaces

Google has lost the guy who started and led its Chrome OS project to Facebook. Matthew Papakipos (pictured), who joined Google in 2007 when it acquired PeakStream which he founded, tweeted the news Monday morning, saying “Now that Chrome OS & WebGL are in good shape, it’s time for something new. I’m going to work @ Facebook! Love the product and team. Woot!” Google, meanwhile, is running up a Facebook clone according to a tweet Saturday by Digg co-founder and CEO Kevin Rose that said, “Ok, umm, huge rumor: Google to launch Facebook competitor very soon ‘Google Me,’ very credible source.” Rose’s tweet led to speculation that Google could be combining Orkut and Buzz or doing some kind of takeover off on Google Profiles. Google’s got to be worried about where its traffic is going these days. Facebook is now supposed to have 450 million members, going on 500 million ... (more)

Google To Debut IoT Beacon at @ThingsExpo Silicon Valley

First 100 Attendees at @ThingsExpo Silicon Valley "Breakout Session & BoF" Will Receive a Prototype (November 4-6, Santa Clara Convention Center, California) The Physical Web is an open web project within the Chrome team at Google. Scott Jenson (pictured below) leads a team that is working to leverage the scalability and openness of the web to talk to smart devices. The Physical Web Scott will report on the state of this research in a sessioin and BOF called "The Physical Web" on November 4 at Internet of @ThingsExpo at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Silicon Valley. "The physical Web uses Bluetooth low energy beacons to broadcast an URL wirelessly using an open protocol. Nearby devices can find all URLs in the room, rank them and let the user pick one from a list," according to Scott. Each device is, in effect, a gateway to a web page. This  unlocks entirely ... (more)

Appcelerator Integrates RIA Platform with Google App Engine

Appcelerator announced that it has updated its platform to allow applications built using Appcelerator to be deployed to the free new Google App Engine. Used together, the offerings give developers a fast route to developing, deploying, managing and scaling their applications. Appcelerator is an integrated platform that fuses RIA and service-oriented architecture (SOA). With Appcelerator, developers can assemble rich, interactive web applications without the need for JavaScript or player-based plug-ins. Web applications can be implemented on Java/J2EE, PHP, Ruby, .NET, Python and Perl. Appcelerator for App Engine runs on Python, the scripting language currently supported by App Engine. As Google expands support to other languages, Appcelerator for App Engine will follow suit. App Engine has generated so much interest since its April 8 introduction because it fundame... (more)

Salesforce.com and Google Clouds Get Cozier

Salesforce.com, which used to be just a chi-chi SaaS house until it realized that identifying itself with cloud computing would make it even more fashionable, has expanded its alliance with Google. It’s come up with Force.com for Google App Engine, described as a new set of tools and services for application development in the cloud. Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 It mates the Salesforce Force.com widgetry with Google App Engine, connecting the two cloud platforms. Both Salesforce and Google claim it will create "entirely new Web and business applications." Under this new regime Force.com web applications get native access to Google App Engine's Bigtable data and App Engine programs can leverage the enterprise data stored in Force.com complements of Google favorite language Python. Force.com for Google App Engine creates Python libraries that... (more)