The latest career move by Google's Marissa Mayer demonstrates that location-based services are strategic to Google. And a good thing too, because location services are the Next Big Thing on the Internet. Google has already stumbled big in that area, and faces tough competition.
Google this weekend revealed an amazing technological breakthrough: A car that can drive itself. The revenue possibilities of the invention illustrate the new business realities of the Internet age, where simply selling things seems old-fashioned and quaint.
Google TV has an attractive set of capabilities, letting you watch video-on-demand, Web video, and surf the Web from your living room TV. But its complexity will keep it from growing beyond a niche product for enthusiasts.
For a classic showdown between Google and Apple products, take a look at Logitech's new Revue set-top box, which runs Google TV, and compare it to Apple TV. Google fans will like the Logitech unit because it's customizable and has lots of features, while Apple enthusiasts will praise Apple TV's simplicity and elegance.
Google acquired BindType, a company that's making great strides in solving one of the toughest problems in mobile devices: typing on those tiny little screens. The acquisition will help Android phones compete against Apple's iPhones and iPad.
Bloggers are rushing to Google's defense, saying the French court that convicted the company of libel is clueless and out of touch with technology. But in fact it's Google's defenders who are out of touch.
Talk show funny man Stephen Colbert introduced Eric Schmidt this way: "My guest tonight is the CEO of Google. At least that's what it said when I looked him up on Bing." In the midst of the yucks, Colbert and Schmidt got in a couple of minutes of serious discussion about Google and privacy.