Judge Rules in Favor of Google over Android Trademark

android logoGoogle has won a legal battle over the Android trademark. The judge ruled in favor of Google and the companies using Android OS that were targeted by an infringement lawsuit filed by Erich Specht.

Erich Specht is an entrepreneur from Illinois who was behind a company called Android Data. In 2002, it received trademark protection for the name. However, on the same year, the company folded resulting in the trademark being abandoned.

Specht filed suit against Google seeking $94 million in damages despite his previous company earning only less than a million in revenue before it collapsed.

Google filed a motion to throw out the case and the judge agreed citing that the Android Data trademark has been abandoned. The judge went on to cancel Specht’s trademark to prevent it from causing confusion with Google’s mobile OS.

A Google representative said that the company was “pleased to see the case dismissed as it was baseless from the start.”

Groupon Will Stay Independent Leaving Google’s Offer


The tech industry has been looking forward for much awaited result of the multi billion acquisition offer of Google to the Chicago based company Groupon. According to the report of the website All Things D, Google has offered $5.3 billion for Groupon, with a $700 million earnout. If accepted, this would make its owners billionaires in an instant. If materialized, Groupon would be the most expensive acquisition that Google could ever had next to DoubleClick in 2007.

The offer might have been very tempting but Groupon declined the offer and decided to stay independent believing that it is better off on its own. The company has improved the idea of online advertising in its unique business style. They were able to attract more merchants as they will not pay for marketing until they get a customer in the door which is contrary to the usual online marketing these days. It has launched its new site lately having its all new ‘Groupon store’ wherein local merchants can sell deals targeted to users who have expressed interest in that kind of business and Groupon will collect a 10% commission on sales of these deals.

These marketing strategy has been very precious to a lot of big companies like Google as it would definitely boost its standing in the race for local business ad dollars. However, the offer has been declined for a reason that has not been clear yet. Whatever it is, it is expected to be something greater that what Google can offer.

Google Doodle Today: Robert Louis Stevenson’s 160th Birthday

The featured Google Doodle today celebrates the 160th birthday of Robert Louis Stevenson. Stevenson who was born on November 13, 1850 is a Scottish novelist, poet, essayist and travel writer. He was widely known for his books which includes Treasure Island, Kidnapped and the Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. All of these three books had been translated for television and for movies, most famous was that of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

Stevenson had many contributions in literature and in travel. He had been close to various politicians as well but if there were a people which have loved him the most it will be the Samoans. He first came to Samoan islands when he purchased four hundred acres (about 1.6 square kilometres) of land in Upolu.

As a Samoan he established himself, after much work, upon his estate in the village of Vailima. Stevenson himself adopted the native name Tusitala (Samoan for “Teller of Tales”, i.e. a storyteller). His influence spread to the Samoans, who consulted him for advice, and he soon became involved in local politics. One of Stevenson’s concern in Samoa is the incompetence of European officials appointed to rule the Samoans. This concerns were published in “A Footnote to History”.

Robert Louis Stevenson died on December 3, 1894 possibly of cerenral hemorrhage. He was buried by the Samoans on a spot overlooking the sea. During his funeral, a watch-guard was placed during the night and his coffin was carried on their shoulders to Mount Vaea. On his tomb his ‘Requiem’ was inscribed.

Under the wide and starry sky,
Dig the grave and let me lie.
Glad did I live and gladly die,
And I laid me down with a will.
This be the verse you grave for me:
Here he lies where he longed to be;
Home is the sailor, home from sea,
And the hunter home from the hill.

Indeed it is but fitting that today’s Google Doodle celebrates the birth of a man which did not only contributed to literature but also showed everyone the value of friendship and of making a difference for others.

Happy Birthday Robert Louis Stevenson.

Google Gave Surprise Cash Holiday Bonuses Plus 10% Salary Increase To Their Employees

Google Gives all its employees surprise $1,000 cash holiday bonuses and 10% salary increase.

The said company-wide salary increase will take effect next year 2011. Also, Google will be giving each employee an additional increase equivalent to 1X the employee’s target bonus for the year and they will be eligible for additional “merit increases” based on their individual performance.

In addition, Google will shoulder the taxes on the holiday cash bonus so that the employees can take home the whole of it.

Google CEO Eric Schmidt explained in an internal email (see below), comes in response to feedback that Googlers value the salary part of their compensation far more highly than bonuses or stock compensation.

Employee retention has been a problem in Google. The company is doing its best to keep their employees happy and it also proves that the company’s financial performance continues to be very strong.

CONFIDENTIAL: INTERNAL ONLY
GOOGLERS ONLY (FULL TIME AND PART TIME EMPLOYEES)

I’m pleased to share some very, very good news with Googlers worldwide. But first let me say, on behalf of everyone on the management team, that we believe we have the best employees in the world. Period. The brightest, most capable group of this size ever assembled. It’s why I’m excited to come to work every day–and I’m sure you feel the same way. We want to make sure that you feel rewarded for your hard work, and we want to continue to attract the best people to Google.

So that is why we’ve decided…to give all of you a 10% raise, effective January 1st. This salary increase is global and across the board–everyone gets a raise, no matter their level, to recognize the contribution that each and every one of you makes to Google.

There’s more. We’ve heard from your feedback on Googlegeist and other surveys that salary is more important to you than any other component of pay (i.e., bonus and equity). To address that, we’re moving a portion of your bonus into your base salary, so now it’s income you can count on, every time you get your paycheck. That’s also effective January 1st. You’ll be receiving an email shortly with further details about these changes to your compensation. And one last thing…today we’re announcing that everyone will get a holiday cash bonus, too.

Googlers, you are what makes this company great, and our goal here is to recognize you for your contribution, in a way that’s meaningful to you. Thank you for all that you do, and for making Google a place where magic happens.

Eric

Google’s 12th Birthday Celebrated in Google Doodle

Google’s 12th Birthday Celebrated in Google Doodle – If you are asking when is Google’s Birthday, well today, September 27, 2010, Google is celebrating its 12th birthday as it officially turns 12 years old. Back in September 27, 1988, Google was incorporated as a corporation to become what is now known as the search engine leader.

Google’s history dates back  in January 1996 as a research project by Larry Page and Sergey Brin when they were both PhD students at Stanford University in California. Page and Brin originally nicknamed Google as “BackRub”, because it checks backlinks to estimate the importance of a site. Eventually, they changed the name to Google, originating from a misspelling of the word “googol”.

The first funding for Google was on August 1998 from a contribution of US$100,000 from Andy Bechtolsheim, co-founder of Sun Microsystems. Since it is taking too much of their time, Brin and Page went to Excite CEO George Bell and offered to sell it to him for $1 million. However, Bell rejected it.

Google’s initial public offering (IPO) took place on August 19, 2004. Since 2001, Google has acquired many companies, mainly focusing on small venture capital companies including Youtube and DoubleClick. Since then, Google grew and achieved the top position as the search engine market leader. Happy 12th Birthday Google!

Happy 12th Birthday to Google!

Try to open Google.com today and you will see a birthday cake. Wondering why? Apparently, Google celebrates its 12th birthday today!

On the earlier years, Google celebrated their birthday on the 7th of September. For the past few years though, they moved the date to September 27. Clicking on the birthday cake found on the main page above the search box will redirect you to the search results related to Google’s 12th Birthday. It is already Google’s mannerism to change their main page logo every time there is an important celebration for that certain day.

Google Search is the leading service of the company. Most people do enjoy Google Mail for their electronic mails, Blogger for their Blogging purposes, Google Chrome as their web browser and many many more.

Once again, Happy 12th Birthday to Google!

The New Google Layout: Why Does Google Look Different?


As I was searching Google today, I noticed something new. Google has a new look. It has a new layout which gives search engine users the flexibility to refine the search engine results in Google. According to the press release of Google, the new Google look is a response to the increasing richness of the web and the increasing power of search.

The new Google layout features new search tools on the left which can provide more search engine results. With Google’s new look, you now have the option to look for search engine results with Google’s news, books, videos, etc. Furthermore, you can also refine your search engine results for the past 24 hours on in specific countries only. These are all available in the new Google look.

In addition to the new Google layout, the new Google look presents an updated look and feel in terms of Google’s color palette and logo. These changes maybe slight and unnoticeable but make Google’s overall look more modern.

To have a view on this new Google look, try searching in Google and you will definitely notice the new Google layout. Meanwhile, here is a youtube video about the new Google look:
[youtube width=”600″ height=”350″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C-rnxNFRAQA&feature=player_embedded[/youtube]

Google Today: The Google Logo Video on Google Balls

Google Today: The Google Logo Video on Google Balls – Our fellow correspondent, Jim wrote earlier about the astonishing Google Logo featuring Google balls on Google today, September 7, 2010. The funny thing is that not everyone have seen the featured Google Doodle. This made us wondering why does it seem that it seen selectively.

Some said that perhaps some of the browsers that browsed Google and try to see the Google balls on Google Doodle were not equipped with HTML5, but what is HTML5?

According to our reliable online source, Wikipedia

“HTML5 is currently under development as the next major revision of the HTML standard. Like its immediate predecessors, HTML 4.01 and XHTML 1.1, HTML5 is a standard for structuring and presenting content on the World Wide Web. The new standard incorporates features like video playback and drag-and-drop that have been previously dependent on third-party browser plug-ins such as Adobe Flash, Microsoft Silverlight, and Google Gears.”

It might seem that this feature of the Google Doodle might be a test of the browser capabilities of HTML5 and Google might be one of the major companies that is supporting the development of HTML5.

So far we have received positive comments from our readers based on their reactions to the article, “Google Logo September 7 2010: New Google Doodle HTML5 Balls

We also have scouted a YouTube video featuring the Google Ball which was uploaded earlier. For those who have not seen what we are talking about regarding the Google balls on Google today check this Google Doodle video.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zlVzHjaJFKQ[/youtube]

Instant Search Google: Google Instant Search is Not Working?

Instant Search Google: Google Instant Search is Not Working? – I have tried on my Google search engine to see what the new “Google Instant” looks like but I see the same “text search suggestion” which Google had offered months if not years ago. The new feature, Google Instant is supposed to give you a view of the search results even before you complete typing your desired search.

The feature seems pretty neat but is it really needed by users. When you search online you usually type the full text and then browse on the search results. While typing, the added feature might significantly slow down your browser or eat up memory resources in your computer.

The new feature was unveiled by Google during a press conference Wednesday. Google says that this feature will help users access search results more quickly and easily than ever before. Google VP of Search Products & User Experience, Marissa Maver even called the new feature a “fundamental shift in search.”

According to the official Google blog post

Google Instant is a new search enhancement that shows results as you type. We are pushing the limits of our technology and infrastructure to help you get better search results, faster. Our key technical insight was that people type slowly, but read quickly, typically taking 300 milliseconds between keystrokes, but only 30 milliseconds (a tenth of the time!) to glance at another part of the page. This means that you can scan a results page while you type.

The most obvious change is that you get to the right content much faster than before because you don’t have to finish typing your full search term, or even press “search.” Another shift is that seeing results as you type helps you formulate a better search term by providing instant feedback. You can now adapt your search on the fly until the results match exactly what you want. In time, we may wonder how search ever worked in any other way

However, how can you see the improve search if Google Instant is not working? How many of you have seen this new Google Instant feature? What do you think of it?

Who among our readers have seen that Google Instant is not working? Share your views and feedback.

Google Logo September 7: Google Boucing Balls Doodle Puzzles Users

Google Logo September 7: Google Boucing Balls Doodle Puzzles Users- Although it is not being used in all of Google’s sites worldwide, people are surprised to see the Google Logo today, September 7, 2010 on Google Homepage. Apparently, it once again an interactive Google Doodle just like the recent Google Doodles on Pacman and the most recent Buckyball featured on homepage of Google.

People are searching everywhere and trying to decode the Google Logo hidden message on Google’s homepage. Speculations have risen as to what could probably be the reason for the unique Google Logo today September 7 on Google homepage. Most people point it to the celebration of the the anniversary of Google this September. However, a Google spokesperson have already claimed that it has nothing to do with Google’s birthday saying: “Today’s doodle is not related to a birthday but is fast, fun and interactive, just the way we think search should be.”

We have posted an article before and many had confirmed that they have seen the Google Balls on Google homepage today, September 7. Most of the people who saw it were also surprised and said that they had fun with the latest Google Doodle Logo.

So what is the  hidden message behind Google’s logo today, September 7, 2010 if not for Google’s birthday celebration this September 2010? One possible reason is the eagerness of Google to push HTML5 and CSS3, and its Chrome browser. The Google Logo today September 7 is in fact, composed of pieces of a web page, each using a modern form of web coding called CSS3  or“Cascading Style Sheet” elements. Perhaps this is the reason why Google designed their logo on their homepage today.

Since this particular Google Logo is not present in all Google sites worldwide, here is a quick view on today’s Google logo as featured in Google Homepage below:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aaumwnu9dxM[/youtube]