Google took a simple concept - text keywords - and became an Internet leader. In most markets, Google has the search market share lead and management is looking to expand into new markets. The search giant hasn't quite found its next big hit, but Google Apps and Android are promising extensions of the business. The game plan for Google: Expand into new markets like mobile and grow advertising revenue. Google is also dabbling in everything from broadband to power management to alternative energy. The company is well positioned to benefit from cloud computing and the consumerization of IT.

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Google announces open-source video format WebM

At Google I/O in San Francisco, Google's Vic Gundotra unveils a new royalty-free video format called WebM. Google has partnered with software developers Mozilla and Opera to support the encoding technology in their browsers. The format is based on the VP8 technology that Google acquired from On2 Technologies in February.

May 19, 2010 in Google

Open-source bonuses for the big guys

At the AlwaysOn Summit at Stanford University, panelists discuss benefits that huge companies like Google and Facebook could get from embracing open source, such as third-party developers integrating their products into new application versions and easier connectivity with emerging technologies. Panelists include Ron Yekutiel, CEO of Kaltura; Kim Polese, CEO of SpikeSource; and moderator Matt Asay, vice president of business development at Alfresco and a member of the CNET Blog Network.

July 30, 2009 in Google

Google gets Bing'd

It's a peaceful morning at the Sydney Googleplex. The sun is shining and birds are singing. But wait a second: why are all those people wearing Microsoft Bing T-shirts?

July 20, 2009 in Google

Search space becomes more crowded

All the Web content in the world is useless, if you can't find what you're looking for, right? ZDNet correspondent Sumi Das talks to senior editor Sam Diaz about new search services and features that aren't necessarily going toe to toe with Google, but may prove to be disrupters for the search giant.

May 12, 2009 in Google

Google feeling the pinch?

ZDNet correspondent Sumi Das talks with senior editor Sam Diaz about Google's financial future according to Global Equities Research analyst Trip Chowdhry. Diaz also discusses what the outlook may mean for the company's employees and its competitors.

December 2, 2008 in Google

Larry Brilliant outlines Google's giving strategies

At the Dreamforce conference in San Francisco, Larry Brilliant, executive director of, declares that Google ripped off Salesforce's 1/1/1 model--and the company is proud of it. The model calls for a company to give 1 percent of its time, 1 percent of its equity, and 1 percent of its product to charity. Brilliant also notes that Google focuses on areas where its area of expertise--technology--can do the most good, and explains why nonprofits ask to use Google Earth more often than asking for money.

November 5, 2008 in Google

Ballmer's quest to compete with Google

At a Churchill Club event in Santa Clara, Calif., Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer talks to Ann Winblad, a partner at Hummer Winblad Venture Partners, on its long-term strategy to battle Google in the search market. Ballmer says that to succeed, the company will have to find a way to change the experience and the economics of search, redefining the category.

September 26, 2008 in Google

A 'Social Silicon Valley'

Brazilian Journalist Gilberto Dilmenstein has transformed Sao Paulo's Villa Madelena neighborhood from one filled with crime to one filled with learning.

August 27, 2008 in Google

Google's new foray into image search

In an interview with's Andy Plesser, Google's director of product management for consumer search properties, R.J. Pittman, discusses the search giant's development of software for facial recognition and scene analysis.

July 7, 2008 in Google

Vint Cerf on video distribution

Vint Cerf, vice president and chief Internet evangelist for Google, speaks at the Personal Democracy Forum in New York Tuesday about his vision of a solution for video distribution via downloads. He says online video will be distributed in broadcast mode.

June 27, 2008 in Google

Marc Andreessen talks past and present

Marc Andreessen, co-founder of Netscape and co-author of Mosaic, sits down with John Battelle, founder and chairman of Federated Media publishing at the Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco. Andreessen talks about his current social-networking site Ning, and the impact of Facebook apps and Google’s OpenSocial.

April 24, 2008 in Google

Google Wave

Google Wave

Developers make good stress testers, and the initial Wave service has had a lot of testing in the last few months. We take a ride on the wave, which should be opening to a wider beta program at the end of September.

September 24, 2009 by in Google

Kogan Agora and Agora Pro

Kogan Agora and Agora Pro

The much-hyped Google Android phone operating system will hit Australia on 29 January 2009, in the form of the Kogan Agora and Agora Pro. At first glance, this looks to be one of the most exciting products of the year.

December 8, 2008 by in Mobility

Google Docs beta

Google Docs beta

Google Docs is a fantastic free online application that offers some exciting features. However, by virtue of being an online application, users with a slow connection will experience lag, and Docs still doesn't contain enough functionality to be a replacement for today's mainstay office suites in most businesses.

September 18, 2008 by in Cloud

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