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  • Forum: Viacom vs Google stoush all about private property

    The $US1bn suit brought by entertainment company Viacom against Google, as the owner of YouTube, has sparked furious comment about YouTube users’ privacy being invaded, as well as more thoughtful analysis about whether an IP address can be considered “personal information”.

  • Google projects galore gaining traction

    With a skyrocketing stock price, fanboy hysteria and — most importantly — really useful products, Google is the hot company of tech for the new millennium.

  • Google feeling the strain

    Requests are piling up from enthusiastic programmers using the App Engine hosted application development environment, again testing Google's ability to meet the expectations of external developers, a demanding bunch that the company considers key to its success.

  • Auckland Uni rolls Gmail out to 50,000

    Search engine giant Google has snagged another local academic customer for its Google Apps Education Edition (GAEE). The University of Auckland, New Zealand's largest tertiary institution, announced today that it has rolled out GAEE to some 50,000 students.
    From today, student email will be handled by Google’s web-based Gmail service. Staffers have the option of retaining their existing email service, according to Matthew Cocker, Electronic Campus Manager at the University of Auckland, who was in charge of the migration to Google.
    Cocker says the Google offering was “very competitive” in that it cost the university nothing, apart from the migration effort. He says the university was facing an “arms race” of sorts in trying to keep its mail system up to date, and upgrading it to keep users happy would’ve been costly.
    Google’s services are “pretty slick” says Cocker, adding that his users are accustomed to having access to them and other internet applications. “In the US, between half and two-thirds of university students redirect their mail to providers like Hotmail and Google, and have thus already outsourced the service,” Cocker says.
    Echoing Cocker, Google’s Head of Enterprise for Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia, Richard Suhr, says that having access to the same applications and online experience as at home will enhance and enrich students’ educational environment.
    Implementing GAEE was undramatic for the university, Cocker says. “Getting the approval took the longest, eight months,” he says. The actual migration only took a month, with 700GB of messages being converted in two days, and the setting up of email addresses taking half a day.
    As other universities including Australia’s Macquarie have gone down the Google route already, Cocker says it was easy to get peer support through Google Groups online.
    Cocker says “cloud computing”, as provided by Google and Microsoft on an internet scale, is the realistic model for the university’s large number of users.
    Apart from the low cost, the advantages for University of Auckland’s users to Gmail instead of its own mail system include large, 6.5GB storage quotas, 20MB maximum message sizes, and faster searching.
    In comparison, the old email system only allowed 100MB mail quotas and 1MB maximum message sizes. Furthermore, Gmail provides better access options using IMAP and POP protocols for desktop systems as well as mobile phones.
    Gmail is part of GAEE’s suite of browser-based offerings that include the Google Doc word processor, spreadsheet and presentations authoring application, as well as Google Calendaring, Google Talk instant messaging and the Sites website creation tool. However, Cocker says UoA will only enable Gmail, Google Talk and Calendaring in this first round.
    Earlier this year, the Waikato University became the first tertiary institution in New Zealand to implement GAEE for 25,000 students.
    David Griswold of Google's Global public affairs unit, says both the University of Auckland and University of Waikato signed up online and have accepted Google's standard terms — rolling one year periods.

  • Salesforce makes Google move

    Taking it nascent relationship with Google one step closer, has released a toolkit for working with Google's data services APIs (application programming interfaces).

  • Google champions unlicensed NZ spectrum use

    Google says slices of spectrum freed when analogue television is switched off, also called the "digital dividend", should be assigned to general unlicensed use as a stimulus to innovative broadband applications and devices.

  • US online ad revenue hit US$21.2B in 2007

    US online ad spending increased 26% in 2007 over 2006, as the Google-dominated search format not only remained the market's largest, but also increased its share of the overall pie.

  • Google and IBM do some serious bonding

    While Microsoft chases Yahoo, Eric Schmidt, Google's CEO and chairman, is seeking a stronger relationship with IBM, something in which Big Blue's chairman and CEO, Sam Palmisano, appears very interested.

  • Google, IBM and Sun cite developer outreach

    Officials from Google and IBM detailed efforts this month to extend their platforms to developers via APIs and Web 2.0 technologies. But a Sun Microsystems executive cautioned that openness offered via forums such as blogs can have negative consequences if not managed well.

  • Google's Schmidt has his head in the clouds

    Changes to Google Apps over the coming year will entice more businesses to jump over to the delivery of applications over the internet, Google CEO Eric Schmidt said during a recent visit to Australia.

  • Google: Websites slow to fix serious Flash flaws

    Two months after Adobe Systems patched a serious flaw in its Flash development software, there are still hundreds of thousands of web pages serving up buggy Shockwave Flash (.swf) files that could be exploited by hackers, according to a Google researcher.

  • IT has vital role in interactive ad world: Google VP

    If you still think that putting up a colourful and splashy website for your company's products, or running online ads about them, is enough to bring in boatloads of repeat customers, you'd better think again, according to Google's top IT executive.