This morning comes more saber rattling from Iran, the troubled Middle-Eastern regime that routinely issues threats against real and perceived enemies. This time the object of the Iranian leadership’s vitriol is Google. Google has dropped the name of the body of water historically known as the “Persian Gulf.” The map instead offers no name for the area. According to a report from the Associated Press, “Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast says that if Google does not restore the name of the Persian Gulf, it will face ‘serious damages.'” The country has threatened to sue Google. However the naming of the Gulf is disputed. Many Arab countries assert that it should be called the Arabian Gulf instead. It’s not clear whether Google dropped the name because of this dispute. However it’s very unlikely that Iran has any real recourse through the US or European court system over the issue. This is certainly not the first such … [Read more...] about Iran Says It May Sue Google Over Dropping Persian Gulf Name On Google Maps
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New To Google TV: LG Google shared the news on its Google TV blog today. LG will “showcase” Google-TV powered sets, but nothing is said about when those will actually go on sale. Nothing is posted on the LG press release page, either, though Engadget has a release which says in part: LG Google TV’s most attractive feature is its ease of use, thanks to the combination of its Android-based user interface and the Magic Remote Qwerty designed by LG. LG Google TV’s user interface and main screen have been designed for convenient browsing and content selection. Multi-tasking is also possible, as the search, social networking and TV functions can be run simultaneously. The user interface can be accessed using the Magic Remote Qwerty which combines the user-friendly benefits of LG’s Magic Remote with a QWERTY keyboard. We’ll see if the remote makes that much of a difference. Having used some from the two existing Google TV manufacturers out there, the … [Read more...] about Will The New Google TV Partners Be Enough To Help The Platform?
Notwithstanding the glitches, the demo last week was impressive: the seamless blending of TV and web content, the beautiful UI, the smooth search and browse capabilities. Now, a few days after the heady discussion and CEO briefings at Google’s I/O developer conference, we can reflect a bit on what the outlook might be for this ambitious new Google initiative. Is Google TV (GTV) another Orkut or will it turn out to be more like the software it’s built on — the increasingly successful Android platform. The specter of other failed or only modestly successful attempts to bring web and TV together are a cautionary narrative running in the background. For example, a range of articles have cited Microsoft’s largely unsuccessful “Web TV” (MSN TV) in particular but also Boxee and Apple’s “hobby,” Apple TV, among several others. The road to “connected TV” or “smart TV” is paved with dead set-top boxes. Given my lack of … [Read more...] about Will Google TV Soar Or Sink?
Per my previous post, Bing To Rollout Red Carpet In Hollywood Along With New Features, Danny Sullivan and I are liveblogging from Hollywood, where Bing is officially unveiling its new entertainment features. The official Bing blog has all the details about the new features in all aspects of entertainment: Music, Movies, TV listings and gaming information. At the press event in LA, Microsoft senior vice president Yusuf Mehdi is running through live examples of what’s new in the entertainment vertical. note: some of the following features are rolling out over the next several days. Music – lyrics, song sampling, concert listings & tweets, oh my For the Music area, he’s highlighting over 5 million FREE plays available, and pointing in particular to current R&B /hip-hop artist, DRAKE, who will be performing for the attendees at the launch event later tonite. Key to the music vertical are instant lyric answers for top songs, upcoming concerts and venue … [Read more...] about Music, Movies, Games & TV
Google cofounder Sergey Brin and Google CEO Eric Schmidt spoke today to a small gathering of reporters at Google’s New York office. Below, a live blog of the briefing. Note that I’ve tidied this up a bit since the briefing happened at 11am Eastern time. You’ll still find plenty of typos. I may try to pull out selected portions later when I have more time. I’m juggling being at our SMX East search marketing conference this week, the impromptu briefing plus having to fly of New York and back to California today. Expect More Android Devices Sergey enters the room and sits down. He starts talking, saying he’s not sure where to start. He mentions the Verizon-Google news on Android. “There are a number of devices. They’re coming out as a trickle, but we expect more.” Please note that when I use quotation marks, I think I’ve captured the exact quote or very close to it. Brin Proud Of Google Book Search Says he wanted to mention Google … [Read more...] about Sergey Brin & Eric Schmidt Talking Google With The Press