The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has published three wireless-related
patents filed by Google employees as the search giant seeks to delve deeper
into the wireless market.
The patent applications, filed by Google employees Wesley Chan, Shioupyn Shen
and former Google product management director Georges Harik, propose lowering
the cost of wireless access by offsetting the costs via advertisements on the
service. Google, which receives the bulk of its revenue from advertisers, is
seeking to expand its potential advertising base by moving further into the
The patent applications, filed in 2004 and published earlier this month,
address three issues related to the wireless and advertising market.
Patent application No. 20060058019 seeks to develop a system for dynamically
modifying the appearance of browser screens on a client device when
connecting to... (more)
Apple put its Safari browser on Windows, a browser that isn't even supposed
to be the best browser for the Mac. Immediately the move was cast as a
reprise of the browser wars and by jingo within 48 hours Apple was reporting
more than a million downloads. Safari has previously had 5% market share.
Apple claims the Safari 3 rev can render web pages twice as fast as IE7 and
1.6 times faster than Firefox 2.
It has bookmarks, tabs, a built-in RSS reader and private browsing to ensure
information about the user's browsing history isn't stored.
The free public beta is at www.apple.com/saf... (more)
"Verizon employees are always quick to provide humanitarian aid in the wake
of tragic events. Matching disaster relief funding encourages employees'
instinctive kindness, but it also triples the net amount going to some of the
most needy areas," said Patrick Gaston (pictured), president of the Verizon
Foundation, as he announced that the Foundation has started a 2-to-1 match
for every dollar donated by Verizon employees to the American Red Cross to
aid relief efforts in New Orleans and sections of Alabama, Florida and
Mississippi that were devastated by Hurricane Katrina.
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"With this program, advertisers can connect with the growing number of mobile
publishers, ultimately providing users with an enhanced mobile experience
that helps them find what they are looking for more quickly and efficiently
on the go," said Google, as it yesterday announced AdSense for Mobile, a
program that contextually targets ads to mobile website content.
"As part of our ongoing efforts to develop new ways for users to find the
information they need anytime and anywhere," the company announced, "AdSense
for Mobile... allows AdSense publishing partners the ability to earn re... (more)
"Your Jaiku phone, the Web site, IM, SMS, and API will continue to work
normally," wrote Jaiku's Finnish co-founder Jyri Engeström as he revealed
yesterday that Jaiku had been acquired by Google. Jaiku's technology can
hopefully help Google develop new ways to use mobile. The terms of the
acquisition are confidential and the deal is officially closed.
According to the Jaiku homepage, maintained by Engeström and his co-founder
Petteri Koponen: “While it’s too soon to comment on specific
plans, we look forward to working with our new friends at Google over the
coming mo... (more)