Google+: Hands On and First Impressions

Google’s new social network, “Google+” premiered today to much fanfare in the media, and rightly so. The service launched to a limited number of users today in what Google is calling a “field trial.” A few PCWorld staffers were lucky enough to be invited to try out the service (it’ll roll out to everybody in...
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Google goes social with Google+ — Will Facebook flinch?

After months of waiting, Google today finally unveiled its new social project called Google+, which turns all of Google’s services into one giant social network. The company has redesigned the top navigation bar to work across all of its services. It’s very similar to the notification bar found in Facebook, which alerts you whenever new...
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Microsoft to Release Web-Based Office as It Fights Off Google

Microsoft Corp chief executive officer Steve Ballmer. Photographer: Pankaj Nangia/Bloomberg Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) is updating its online corporate software offerings to include a full Internet- based version of Office 2010 for the first time, an effort to stave off competition from Google Inc. (GOOG) for business accounts. The Office 365 suite of programs will be...
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Microsoft Readies Office 365 as Google Preps for Battle

Microsoft is readying the launch of Office 365, an online productivity platform that serves as the company’s next big bet on the cloud. Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is expected to headline the June 28 event at New York City’s Skylight Soho, the same venue that hosted the Windows 7 launch in October 2009. Office 365...
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Do No Evil: That Counts for the FTC as well as Google

We’re of two minds about the Federal Trade Commission’s decision to open a wide-ranging antitrust investigation of Google. On the one hand (minds, hands…hey, at least we know we’re mixing metaphors), that’s the FTC’s job. Google is a very big, sometimes dominant, player in a lot of IT markets, so it’s important to deter behavior...
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Google investigation: Is it abusing its dominance?

SAN FRANCISCO – Google may be entering a make-or-break phase in its colorful history now that U.S. regulators have opened an investigation into whether the company has been abusing its dominance of Internet search and advertising to stifle competition. Skip to next paragraph The probe by the Federal Trade Commission, confirmed by the company Friday,...
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Dilbert: Scratching Google’s Back on Black Hat SEO Awareness

Black hat SEO tactics are no laughing matter, but that hasn’t stopped established comic strip Dilbert from poking fun. The two recent Google-centric strips may even help raise awareness of black hat SEO practices. The SEO Comic Strips To say that anything SEO-related falls under the descriptor of “funnies” is presumptuous; that would suggest we...
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GOOGLE OFFERS: Here Are The Secret Details About Google’s Groupon-Killer

Google boss Larry Page Henry Blodget Google launched its Groupon-killer, “Offers,” in Portland, Oregon, about a month ago. And now it’s gearing up to launch in San Francisco and New York. Could Offers become a massive new revenue stream for Google–the “second huge growth engine” that Google has long searched for in vain? Could Google’s...
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Google Is Shutting Health Records Service

Google is giving up on its vision of helping people live healthier lives with online personal health records. When Google Health was introduced in 2008, Marissa Mayer, a Google executive, said it would be a “large ongoing initiative” that the company hoped would attract millions of regular users. But Google Health never really caught on....
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Morning Tech Wrap: Google, Nokia, Twitter

Image via CrunchBase The US Federal Trade Commission is poised to serve Google with a civil subpoena as part of a wide-ranging antitrust investigation into its dominance, according to the Wall Street Journal. The civil probe represents the most serious threat yet to Google, though it may not lead to any allegations of wrongdoing against the...
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