Google Chrome OS Launching Fourth Quarter Of 2010

Daniel Crawrey reported that Google said their operating system, Chrome OS, will be launching officially in the fourth quarter of this year. Google's VP of product management, Sundar Pichai, made this announcement at the COMPUTEX technology forums event yesterday. In light of yesterday's story on Google banning Windows OS this makes this announcement a bit more interesting. I personally do not see Google as the company to ban Windows OS for competitive reasons. It reminds me of the rumor (maybe fact) that Steve Ballmer, the CEO of Microsoft, banning iPods and iPhones from Microsoft e [...]

Google Asks For Formal Role In Microsoft Anti-Trust Dispute

New Google filing presses for role in Microsoft case from the Seattle PI covers how Google has now formally applied for a direct role to participate in how a judge evaluates whether Microsoft's desktop search in the Vista operating system violates an anti-trust agreement. In the last installment of this saga, the judge had ruled that she was satisfied with changes that Microsoft proposes to make to how desktop search operates and that if Google disagreed, it needed to work through the US Justice Department and various state attorneys that are party to the Microsoft anti-trust settlement. G [...]

Google Desktop Now Available For Linux

Google Desktop is now available for those running Linux as their operating system. You'll find Google Desktop for Linux for download here.. Google Desktop for Linux was developed by Google's Beijing engineering team and runs on Debian 4.0, Fedora Core 6, Ubuntu 6.10, SUSE 10.1, and Red Flag 5. The available languages include English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Dutch, Chinese (simplified and traditional), Japanese, Korean, and Portuguese. [...]

Google Wants DOJ To Continue Microsoft Antitrust Restrictions

Google seeks to extend Microsoft antitrust decree from Reuters reports that Google has asked a federal judge to lengthen the period when Microsoft's operating system is subject to antitrust reviews in order to ensure desktop search players can remain competitive with Microsoft. Last week, Microsoft agreed to change various ways they handled the integration of desktop search in Vista, in response to a complaint lodged by Google. However, Google remains worried that the changes won't be fully in place before the wide-ranging "consent decree" reached between Microsoft and the US go [...]

Microsoft To Change Desktop Search In Vista Over Google Antitrust Claim

Microsoft to change Vista after Google complaint from Reuters reports that Microsoft has agreed to make changes to their Vista desktop search application to make it easier for people to change the default search provider. Microsoft will make the changes in reaction to a Google antitrust complaint lodged with the US Justice Department. Google claimed that the manner in which desktop search was built in to Vista put competitors at an unfair disadvantage. Microsoft said they will change it so that it would make it easier for people to select their own desktop search default. In addition, Micros [...]

Google Claims Antitrust Foul Over Microsoft’s Desktop Search In Vista

Both the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times have good stories out about how Google is asking the US Justice Department to investigate whether the desktop search tool built into Microsoft's Vista operating system violates a 2002 anti-trust action settlement that the US reached with Microsoft preventing it from designing operating systems that limit consumer choice. Google Intensifies Microsoft Fight is the story from the Wall Street Journal that covers how Google sent a 50 page white paper to the Justice Department and various state attorneys in April covering its allegations against [...]

What To Make Of Google Gears

Being a non-developer I was a bit of a fish out of water at Google Developer Day yesterday. The event, which took place in the 10 countries where Google has offices, was intended to showcase Google Gears and the company's various APIs. I attended the event in California, which was moved from Google's Mountain View headquarters to the San Jose Convention Center to accommodate demand and attendance. The Gears initiative is about creating an open standard to help turn the Web browser into a better, richer development platform and enabling applications to work "offline," when there's an inconsis [...]

Google Desktop Now Out For Mac

Want Google Desktop for the Mac? More than two years after it was released for the PC, it's finally available for the Mac, says Google (and said also here). And here's what Mac folks are saying about it on Techmeme. [...]

Version 5 Of Google Desktop Released

Google Desktop has released a version five with new features and updates. Kevin Tom, Product Manager of Google Desktop, explains that they added: A new sidebar with "completely new look and feel." A gadget redesign to make them "easy to tell apart, easy to read, and easy on the eyes." Improvements to desktop search by adding "preview search results." Enhanced security with warnings of potential data theft issues. More details are available at the Google Blog and Inside Google Desktop Blog. [...]

Google Desktop Hole Exposed, Fixed

BusinessWeek reports that Google Desktop had a major defect that could have potentially enabled hackers to view personal files on a computer with Google Desktop installed. The hole was plugged February 1st, a few weeks after it was discovered by Watchfire Corp. Google says it has no evidence the vulnerability was exploited. Google Desktop was vulnerable to what security experts call a "cross-site scripting attack." This vulnerability would potentially enable hackers to place malicious code on your personal computer. The hacker could then search all the files on the personal computer and p [...]

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