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Google has finally broken its silence on the Don't Be Evil Toolbar/Search Plus Your World scandal with Google Fellow and search chief Amit Singhal granting an exclusive interview to Danny Sullivan. If you haven't read it, go do so now.
For much of 2011, it looked like Android was crushing it. Google had brilliantly pushed its free mobile OS to every corner of the earth—you could pick up an Android phone from every manufacturer on every carrier at every price point, most often just as a consolation prize for signing a contract. Looking back, I’d peg Android’s high-water mark at around April Fool’s Day, when Fred Wilson declared Google’s OS to be the preeminent marketplace for mobile developers. Not only was Android nearing a majority share of the smartphone market, its rate of growth eclipsed that of every other platform. Meanwhile Apple’s growth appeared to have stalled; February 2011’s comScore data showed that even despite launching on Verizon, the iPhone was just barely holding on to its 25 percent market share.
The New York tech scene has certainly received a lot of hype, but a lot of people are waiting for results that prove it's more than just that. Proof that New York is really a tech ecosystem that is here to stay, no matter what may happen to Foursquare and Gilt.
I've been a regular guest on NBC's Press:Here since the first episode with Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak. If you've never seen the show, it's like Meet the Press for entrepreneurs. Several reporters gang up on some poor CEO, and typically I ask the most obnoxious questions.
On Jan. 22, I was intensely focused on my Twitter feed, constantly refreshing it for updates about nasty weather in the area. What I was greeted with, instead, was the distinct impression that you Giants and 49ers fans were somewhere chanting in unison, “Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t … stop tweeting.”
There has been a lot of talk online about “Killing Hollywood.” From the average consumer to the Silicon Valley elite, Hollywood’s archaic business models and anti-consumer behavior is frustrating everyone (except their lawyers!).
We're hearing that Amit Singhal, Google Fellow and head of Google's core ranking team, just sent out an internal email that may signal a change in tone over how rankings are showing up, amid the Search Plus Your World scandal. We are told the email said, "We've already pushed some changes to Google Web Server, and we've got more in the pipeline."
Drew Houston has a great singing voice. Around 2:00am last night he serenaded the Davos late night crowd with a rendition of Elton John's "Rocket Man." Marissa Mayer and I cheered him on piano side. While I didn't meet him there, I'm told Mick Jagger was hanging out in the same bar. If Dropbox doesn't work out for Drew, maybe Mick can set him up with an audition.
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