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GBuy Launch June 28 June 15, 2006

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Google is expected to unveil its long-anticipated online payments system later this month on June 28, according to an analysts report.

The service, dubbed “GBuy”, will process payments between shoppers and merchants. Eventually, it might also expanded to include consumer to consumer payments.

“GBuy has the potential to be as important to Google as Google Maps, or Google News, and there is very little that competitors can do to thwart its success,” says Jordan Rohan, RBC Analyst.

The product will launch in “beta” phase, and during this period Google will not charge merchants service fees. Further down the line, Google will most likely institute a 1.5% to 2% fee for transactions, which is similar to or slightly less than what rival Paypal charges.

On search result pages, Google will designate each merchant that accepts GBuy as a “Trusted GBuy Merchant”.

Google will benefit from the service not only monetarily, but also by their access to new information. The payments system captures all transaction data flow, allowing Google to see which categories and keywords produce the most hits and sales.

Analysts predict that GBuy could be “revolutionary”, driving more precise targeting in future searching. And although GBuy looks to be in direct competition with Paypal, Rohan believes that in the short term GBuy is more negative for eBay than it is positive for Google. Longer-term, it could be a game-changer.”



Welcome to Google Checkout, that will be $3.14 June 15, 2006

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The first time I looked up the domain “GDrive.com” it appeared that someone other than Google had it registered.  A trip down memory lane takes us to my very first article that describes how I determined GDrive.com is in fact owned by Google, despite what it looks like on the surface.

Well, by the same logic I have found that a brand new set of domains appearing to be registered to someone else were actually registered by Google on May 25th.

The domains googlecheckout.net/org/info (.com is owned by someone else at the moment) have all been registered to a company called DNStination, Inc.  Don’t be fooled, the registrar is MarkMonitor — a company that prides itself on the protection of your corporate identity.  There is no way they would let just anybody register a domain with “Google” in it — especially since Google is one of their clients.

Then who is this DNStination, Inc. then?  Googling the address of this “company” tells us exactly who it is.  The address maps directly to none other than MarkMonitor itself.

Since we know Google is behind it’s registration, what is Google Checkout going to be?  I think it will be a shopping cart system to help websites accept payment for their items online.  The money site owners make will be deposited into a holding account at Google — just like AdSense works.

Isn’t this starting to sound a lot like PayPal?  Who knows, they could even offer a Google branded Mastercard “debit card” like PayPal’s ATM/Debit Card — after all, the domain googlemastercard.com is registered to Google too.

If this is indeed what they are planning, it would make sense for Google Checkout to tie into Google Analytics so website owners can easily track with certainty how their AdWords campaign is directly affecting sales — right through the checkout process. 

Maybe one day Google will even provide an inventory management solution with an API so websites can have their inventory in Google Base and on their own website without double entry.

Google and Dell in software deal June 15, 2006

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Computer giant Dell and internet search engine Google have reached a deal to install Google software on Dell’s PCs before they leave the factory.

The Dell computers will contain Google software including several personal computer applications, a Google toolbar and a co-branded homepage.

Both firms will receive revenue from the deal, but details remain unknown.

Google chief executive Eric Schmidt said that it was the first of several such deals.

Turning point

Speaking to a group of investors during a Goldman Sachs internet conference, Mr Schmidt said: “There is probably more to come.”

Dell made no comment.

The agreement between the world’s largest personal computer company and Google, comes after the two firms announced in February that they were in talks about installing Google’s software on Dell computers.

The talks came about after Yahoo pulled out of negotiations.

The deal could mark a major turning point for Google and mark a serious threat to rival Microsoft.

Microsoft and Google have adopted different business models.

Instead of selling software to make a profit, Google makes money by selling advertising to firms that want access to those who use its free products.

Microsoft has identified this sort of software as a key threat to its business, which relies on the healthy margins it earns from Windows and its Office productivity suite.

It is now evolving its own business more towards pay-per-use, seeking to integrate its offerings more with online applications.

Google shares rose by $1.74 closing at $382.99 on the Nasdaq, before slipping 99 cents in extended trading.

Meanwhile Dell shares climbed 12 cents closing at $24.30 on Nasdaq, before rising 9 cents in extended trading.


Interact10ways June 15, 2006

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Very cool site! Some awesome ways to display images. Fun to play with.


HTML/Flash Overlay component June 15, 2006

Posted by cbeech in Adobe - Flash.

The HTML Overlay component combines HTML seemlessly with Flash. Now you can add HTML content to your projects with one line of code. Just drag and drop the HTML Overlay component onto the stage, set the html and it’s ready to go. All the code has been written for you to be able to control it with ActionScript or JavaScript.

How it Works (taken from the help documentation)
In this section we refer to two components. One is the HTML Overlay component instance and the other is the HTML overlay element. The instance refers to the component instance on the Stage at design time. The element refers to a div element that we create when the HTML Overlay overlay() method is called. Once you call overlay method the html overlay instance becomes an html element (it can be controlled through ActionScript).

New Samsung Notebook Replaces Hard Drive With Flash June 15, 2006

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Is the hard drive history?

Samsung Electronics said Tuesday that it will launch two mobile computers in early June that will do away with hard drives altogether, replacing them with 32 gigabytes of NAND flash memory. The notebooks will be the first to use flash memory as the main storage device.

The Samsung Q1, described as an “ultra-computing device,” will be complemented by the Q30, a 12.1-inch notebook PC. The retail price for the Q1-SSD will be 2.3 million Korean won, (about $2,430), while the Q30-SSD will sell for 3.5 million won (about $3,700). Unfortunately for U.S. consumers, both will be sold in Korea only.

Magnetic rotating hard drives have typically been used inside notebooks and PCs simply because they can be manufactured more cheaply than flash memory, although the need to rotate the disc consumes more power than the solid-state flash chips. Samsung’s components division, however, is the largest manufacturer of flash memory in the world, and is already the chief supplier of the NAND flash found within the Apple iPod nano MP3 player.

Solid-state disks have also been used in specialized enterprise applications. Samsung had said previously that it planned to develop a hybrid hard drive, using both magnetic storage and a “cache” of flash memory to decrease boot times.

The use of flash memory will allow the computers to enjoy several advantages, according to Samsung. Perhaps the most significant, according to the company, is that the Q30-SSD will operate in complete silence, lacking the quiet chatter of the hard drive or even a processor fan. The Q30 will include a 1.2-GHz Intel Celeron M 753, which will likely be passively cooled.

In addition, the two devices will boot approximately 25 percent to 50 percent faster, reading and writing data at 53 Mbytes/s and 23 Mbytes/s, respectively, significantly faster than a typical 4,200-RPM hard drive. But faster magnetic hard drives, such as Seagate’s 5,400-RPM Momentus drive, offer burst transfer rates of 57.6 Mbytes/s.

The NT-Q30-SSD will include the Celeron 753, a 12.1-inch WXGA (1280×768) display, 512 Mbytes of RAM, an Intel GMA 900 integrated chipset, an ultraslim optical drive, 56K modem, IEEE 802.11g Wi-Fi, internal sound, a DMB digital TV tuner, and either a 3-cell or a 6-cell battery, all in a 1.14-kg (2.51 pounds) chassis. The notebook will measure 287.7 x 197.5 x 18.0 to 23.8 mm.

The NT-Q1-SSD, meanwhile, will weigh just 751 grams. Inside the case the ultraportable will house a 900-MHz Celeron M 353 microprocessor, a a 7-inch 800 x 480 TFT-LCD, 512 Mbytes of RAM, a GMA 900 integrated chipset, a 10/100 Fast Ethernet connection as well as IEEE 802.11b/g wireless LAN, internal sound, a DMB TV tuner, and either the 3-cell or 6-cell battery. The NT-Q1-SSD will measure 227.5 x 139.5 x 24.5 to 26.5 mm, Samsung said.

Magnetic tape prototype makes data leap June 15, 2006

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Magnetic tape isn’t dead, IBM and Fuji Photo would like you to know.

Researchers at IBM’s Almaden Research Center and at Fuji Photo have devised a prototype storage system utilizing a dual-layer magnetic tape that can hold 6.67 billion bits of data per square inch. That’s 15 times greater than most popular types of magnetic tape on the market today.

The achievement helps bolster the argument that tape will continue to remain an economical means of archival storage for years to come. The low costs and relatively small size of tape are tough to beat. A linear tape open (LTO) cartridge–an industrial tape storage cassette about half the size of a VHS tape– equipped with the new tape could hold the equivalent of about 8 million books, according to IBM. Housing that many books in a library would take 57 miles of shelves.

Storing data in massive tape libraries also consumes very little energy, especially when compared with hard drives. The tape market accounted for around $4.82 billion in revenue in 2005, according to statistics from IDC.

Storage systems equipped with this new type of tape could hit the market in about five years, according to IBM.

The tape, created by Fuji, consists of a thin layer of barium ferrite crystals dispersed uniformly. Barium ferrite does not corrode or change chemically over time, making it a good choice for long-term storage. Fuji has produced storage tape with barium ferrite crystals for several years but has continued to refine the formula and deposition process. This experimentation has led to the current results.


ThePixelage June 15, 2006

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Pure HTML and CSS

Google’s Goal: A Worldwide Web of Books May 30, 2006

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It’s odd to hear Vinton Cerf, regarded as one of the founding fathers of the Internet, to gush over ink-on-paper books.

The electronic pioneer and computer scientist, who now works as Google’s chief Internet evangelist, is also a bibliophile who has a collection of about 10,000 hard-copy volumes lining shelves at his home in McLean.

Google has vowed to create a full-text index of seven-million books in the University of Michigan library, along with millions more in the university libraries at Harvard, Stanford and Oxford, as well as the New York Public Library. The idea is similar to Amazon.com‘s “search inside the book” feature, eventually allowing anyone using Google’s free book search ( http://books.google.com/ ) not only to see sample pages from books but also search their contents and find excerpts matching search terms.

Google is not alone in trying to digitize library books. Yahoo, Microsoft and other Internet players have joined a collaborative effort called the Open Content Alliance, which is planning to digitize not only library books but other types of multimedia, as well, making them all accessible on the Web.


Google notebook May 29, 2006

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Wow! Allows u to select text from anywhere on an HTML page and add to your online notebook. U can then categorize the entries in anyway u want. U are able to see your notebook via the Plug-In for FireFox, or in your browser. U are also able to make your notebook public.