Google have been struggling for ages with how to monetise YouTube but starting with music and videogame partners YouTube will now begin inserting click-to-buy links below select videos. Right now these affiliate links connect to iTunes and Amazon but we’re told more are coming.
Google is launching a new service called Lively, a browser based virtual world add-on that lets users create and customize avatars and worlds, interact with other users, and generally have a richer social interaction than is offered by GTalk today. This isn’t yet a full Second Life competitor. There’s no single world, for example, where… Continue reading Google launches a virtual world, called Lively.
Will extremely large databases of information, starting in the petabyte level, change how we learn. It may turn out that tremendously large volumes of data are sufficient to skip the theory in order to make a predicted observation. Google was one of the first to notice this. For instance, take Google’s spell checker. When you… Continue reading Will large amounts of information and data change how we learn?
It’s great to see Google developing some great apps for the Mac. In an effort to show that its employees’ “20 percent time” is benefiting Mac users, Google unveiled its officially unofficial sandbox for Mac developers today. Take a look here: http://code.google.com/mac/
Google can now tap into information broadcast from mobile towers to approximate your devices current location on the map. “It’s not GPS, but it comes pretty close..” Google explains on its website. I’ve installed this and tried it in New York. It’s amazingly accurate, and on my N95 you can activate true GPS too. Very… Continue reading Want GPS on non-GPS phones? Check out the new Google Maps beta.
http://video.google.com/googleplayer.swf?docId=-6754621605046052935&hl=en This is an interview with Peter Norvig, Director of Research at Google; taken from a conference held by the Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence. There’s a lot of theory here, but also some info about how Google are teaching their machines to learn.