Google Sells Motorola

Google has sold struggling US mobile phone company Motorola Mobility to Chinese computer maker Lenovo for $2.91bn (£1.8bn), in a surprise move.

Google had paid $12.5bn for the company less than two years ago.

Lenovo plans to build up its smartphone unit through the Motorola purchase, which may help offset its slowing personal computer business.

Well this is surprising not in the sense that, Google is selling Motorla, in a sense that Google sold off a company after acquisition, their modus operandi after acquisition is either to integrate it into their own products or just kill it. Google is surely sending mixed signals here given they recently acquired NEST. It seemed like they wanted to get into the consumer devices space more aggressively with the acquisition of NEST and now this sale of Motorola. Not sure where they are headed but they sure are unpredictable.


Google using Gmail to build psychological profiles

Google’s corporate leadership understands that increased privacy regulations could torpedo its entire business model and the company takes quite a lot of space on its SEC filing disclosing the dangers to its investors:

Privacy concerns relating to elements of our technology could damage our reputation and deter current and potential users from using our products and services…

We also face risks from legislation that could be passed in the future. For example, there is a risk that state legislatures will attempt to regulate the automated scanning of email messages in ways that interfere with our Gmail free advertising-supported web mail service. Any such legislation could make it more difficult for us to operate or could prohibit the aspects of our Gmail service that uses computers to match advertisements to the content of a user’s email message when email messages are viewed using the service. This could prevent us from implementing the Gmail service in any affected states and impair our ability to compete in the email services market…

That is something to ponder about.

I have switched to Fastmail and you should too :). Here is a very brief blogpost on why I moved.


Google ads and Endorsements

Google recently updated their terms of services which will be implemented starting November 11. You can read more about the changes here. The changes are very interesting(to google ofcourse) and yet disturbing (to users like you and me) given the implications they have on google ads served.
Imagine yourself with your profile pic in a google ad endorsing a restaurant(or any product for that matter) on your friends search for a restuarant, just because you shared a review or a news about that restaurant on your google plus profile. It might make one feel like a celebrity, but what if you won’t recommend that to a close friend at all, but you shared the review as some kind of awareness to your friends on google plus. The fact is these endorsements are complicated and we don’t benefit (imagine yourself getting paid as a model for endorsing something 😉 ) from these in great way. Hope you are getting my point here. I am little apprehensive about these google ads and endorsements and I dont want my profile pic on what google thinks as my recommendation. So i just turned off these endorsements.
If you are in the same boat like me feeling uncomfortable, just head over here and turn the endorsements off. If you would like to keep them on for some reason, just make sure your profile pic looks cool 🙂

Google Glass now OPEN-Source

Now I am very convinced that this a pet project that Google doesn’t care about in terms of making money out of it. Google makes two types of products, one for themselves to make money out of and the other just to disrupt or balance out the market and make end users their product for their advertisements. Google directly makes money out of Google apps, Google search, Youtube, etc. Their other products(Open Source) such as Android, Chromium, WebM etc are just out there with a reason claiming a reason of giving back to the community, but in reality Open source is the key word they use to conceal their inabilities to create a success story out of the product and there by asking the world to make it better and a success. Can’t Google make their own hardware with a partnership and sell just Google phones? No, clearly that won’t succeed against apple at the same rate as android has grown over the past couple of years with the support of Samsung,LG,HTC,Motorola,Sony etc. Same is the case with Chrome/ WebM. It will be the case with Google Glass as well. Google Chrome, Android are out there to show and market Google’s products and Ads to End users like us. Its a yet another platform for making us the product. Now with Google Glass “Open Sourced” the entire geek community is now going to tweak Google Glass and make it even better in turn making the adoption a little more evident, without which it would just disappear like the Google phone(oops had forgotten it was called Nexus) in oblivion.

When the Google glasses hits the market I predict it will just be mediocre and have similar sales figures like the Google Nexus. It just won’t be a revolutionary product like the iPad.



Whats up at Google

Very interesting insight into how things have changed in Google and what made James Whittaker move back to Microsoft. The entire post of his summarizes how things are at Google and whats up at Google these days and how it has changed from old times.

Google could still put ads in front of more people than Facebook, but Facebook knows so much more about those people. Advertisers and publishers cherish this kind of personal information, so much so that they are willing to put the Facebook brand before their own. Exhibit A:, a company with the power and clout of Nike putting their own brand after Facebook’s? No company has ever done that for Google and Google took it personally.

Larry Page himself assumed command to right this wrong. Social became state-owned, a corporate mandate called Google+. It was an ominous name invoking the feeling that Google alone wasn’t enough. Search had to be social. Android had to be social. You Tube, once joyous in their independence, had to be … well, you get the point. Even worse was that innovation had to be social. Ideas that failed to put Google+ at the center of the universe were a distraction.

Interesting how times change and how being on the helm of innovation is so damn important for companies like Microsoft,Google and Apple. Doing the right things at the right time can’t be discounted either. Google still has an edge, but i guess too many cooks are spoiling their broth.

He sums it up quite nicely here.

Officially, Google declared that “sharing is broken on the web” and nothing but the full force of our collective minds around Google+ could fix it. You have to admire a company willing to sacrifice sacred cows and rally its talent behind a threat to its business. Had Google been right, the effort would have been heroic and clearly many of us wanted to be part of that outcome. I bought into it. I worked on Google+ as a development director and shipped a bunch of code. But the world never changed; sharing never changed. It’s arguable that we made Facebook better, but all I had to show for it was higher review scores.

As it turned out, sharing was not broken. Sharing was working fine and dandy, Google just wasn’t part of it. People were sharing all around us and seemed quite happy. A user exodus from Facebook never materialized. I couldn’t even get my own teenage daughter to look at Google+ twice, “social isn’t a product,” she told me after I gave her a demo, “social is people and the people are on Facebook.” Google was the rich kid who, after having discovered he wasn’t invited to the party, built his own party in retaliation. The fact that no one came to Google’s party became the elephant in the room.

Google+ and me, we were simply never meant to be. Truth is I’ve never been much on advertising. I don’t click on ads. When Gmail displays ads based on things I type into my email message it creeps me out.

Clearly show whats exactly happening at Google HQ and why things aren’t working well with Google, and whats making important people quit Google.

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