The Week We Searched For- May 14, 2010
Google Fared the Crisis Well
According to Google CEO Eric Schmidt, “all is well” at the search giant after a year of economic “tumult.” Schmidt told shareholders on Thursday that the company had weathered the economic crisis well. Google’s first-quarter earnings jumped 37% and revenue improved by 37%.
New Player Enters the World of Location Based Social Media
Scvngr (pronounced scavenger) introduced a new set of location based services and mobile apps this week. Previously, Scvngr worked with museums and universities to provide visitors with location based gaming platforms that allowed them to explore the institutions. At the end of 2009 Scvngr received $4 million in financing from Google Ventures. As to how Scvngr plans to distinguish itself from the countless other location-based services popping up across the internet, Seth Priebatsch, co-founder of Scvngr, responds, “Scvngr is building the game layer on top of the [social] world. But if this game is going to be any fun at all, everyone’s got to be able to build it with us.”
Google and Verizon Team up to Develop Their Own Tablet
Verizon and Google announced this week their plans to team up to develop a tablet to compete with the iPad, the next logical move in its longstanding corporate rivalry with AT&T and Apple. Verizon and Google aren’t the only ones trying to compete against Apple and AT&T, Dell, Toshiba and Hewlett-Packard all recently announced their plans to produce tablet products. Both Google and Verizon have been scant on the details regarding their design plans. Lowell McAdam, however, Verizon Wireless CEO, stated “We’re working on tablets together, for example. We’re looking at all the things Google has in its archives that we could put on a tablet to make it a great experience.” Don Reisinger authored an article on eWeek that highlights the ten crucial features- from affordability to flash compatibility- Verizon and Google need to focus on in order to compete with Apple.
Adobe Fires Back at Apple
A few weeks ago, Steve Jobs published an essay entitled “Thoughts on Flash” that went on, point by point, a run down of all of Adobe’s technical and corporate deficits. This week Adobe co-founders Chuck Geschke and John Warnock rebutted against some of Jobs’ claims in an eight-paragraph essay entitled “Our Thoughts On Open Markets.” While the essay only mentions Apple once, it does so in a relatively aggressive manner, outwardly ridiculing Apple for is position on Flash. Geschke spoke to a reporter from CNet about the essay and Adobe’s new “We Love Apple” marketing complaint, justifying these efforts by stating, “We mostly are using it as a way to communicate with our customers and partners to assure them that we’re not going to change our strategy and to inform the rest of the community of what the pluses and minuses are of not supporting Flash on the iPhone and the iPad.“
Acer’s OS Chrome to Debut Next Month
There have been rumors floating around for months, claiming that Acer, marker of PC computers, will include Google’s Chrome OS software on their laptops by the end of the year. Now experts are saying that Acer products powered by the Chrome OS will be available on the market as soon as June 2010. Check out Wired.com to read more about these rumors.