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Google fined of $500m on online drug advertising

Posted on 25 August 2011 by James Campero


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Google to pay $500m online drug advertising fine

In a report from various tech sites, the search giant Google has to pay $500m due to online drug advertising.

The $500M represents the firm’s revenues from the adverts and the revenues generated from the sale of the drugs, federal investigators said.

Google said it should it not have allowed the adverts.

“We banned the advertising of prescription drugs in the US by Canadian pharmacies some time ago,” the company said in a short statement.

“However, it’s obvious with hindsight that we should not have allowed these ads on Google in the first place.”

The US Justice Department said controls over selling the drugs were inadequate.

“While Canada has its own regulatory rules for prescription drugs, Canadian pharmacies that ship prescription drugs to US residents are not subject to Canadian regulatory authority, and many sell drugs obtained from countries other than Canada which lack adequate pharmacy regulations,” the department said.

It added that the higher price of the drugs reflected the fact that some could be bought without a doctor’s prescription.

Source : BBC

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Google Voice now available in UK

Posted on 03 August 2011 by Aeron M. Peterson

Almost a year now, August 26 to be exact, Google Voice became available for free at US and Canada for free. Today, Google Voice has been rolled out to UK finally.

Google Voice, known for being direct competitor of now Microsoft owned Skype.

According to various media reports, Gmail users (from where Google Voice can be access) in the UK are now able to make low-cost calls from the email client to landlines and mobile phones.

At first Gmail-to-Gmail voice calls in the UK became available but on Tuesday Google said in a blog post it was opening up the paid-for Google Voice functionality to users outside the US for the first time.

“You can now buy calling credit in your choice of four currencies (Euros, British pounds, Canadian dollars or US dollars) and there are no connection fees, so you only pay for the time you talk,”

Gmail product manager Pierre Lebeau said in the blog post. He added that the service is now available in 38 languages.

Google Apps users will have to get their domain administrators to enable Google Voice and Google Checkout in order to use the service, Lebeau noted.

With this Google move, it has made itself even stronger competitor to Skype.

Skype is currently crowned as the world’s leading voice-over-IP (VoIP) provider.

For example, calls made from Gmail to mobile phones in the UK, France or Germany cost eight euro cents (7p) per minute. Calls made from Skype to the same numbers cost around 15p per minute.

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Mark Zuckerberg, number one in MediaGuardian’s top 100

Posted on 26 July 2011 by James Campero

Mark Zuckerberg, the Facebook founder, took the first place in the Guardian’s annual listing of the 100 most influential people in UK media.

Following Mark is Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey, reflecting the growing power of social networking sites.

As the two leads both coming from a social networking industry, traditional tech industry leaders Steve Jobs of Apple and Microsoft boss Steve Ballmer went down.

The compilation of the MediaGuardian top 100 has been assisted by experts from the fields of technology, PR and media.

Although social media figures occupied the two top spots, one of the medium’s greatest advocates, prominent tweeter Stephen Fry, dropped out of the top 100.

Stephen Fry who became popular using Twitter was dropped from last year’s number 64, which is

Also went out from the top 100 was the government’s “digital champion” Martha Lane Fox whose job it is to raise public awareness of digital technology, including the internet.

Wikileaks’ Julian Assange rose from 58th position in 2010 to 32nd in 2011. His profile was dramatically elevated following the release of leaked US diplomatic cables last November.

Spotify founder Daniel Ek arrived at 40th place, as his music streaming website service launches in the United States.

Steve Jobs was dropped from first place to 5th, but nothing worse than Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer who experienced the most precipitous fall.

Ballmer was at 5th in 2009, dropped to 29th in 2010 and is out of this year’s list entirely.

His exclusion may reflect the fact that Microsoft’s only asset which impacts the media directly is MSN news.

Although Apple does not have similar site with Microsoft, its influence in tech products such as iPad, iPhone on active presense in online such as iTunes made Jobs stick to the list.

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Google+ reaches 10M+ users; experts suggests 20M over the weekend

Posted on 12 July 2011 by Aeron M. Peterson

Facebook’s 750M users is far enough to reach for Google+ who just recently reached 10 million users Tuesday which is currently in Beta version.

Many experts agrees that Google+ users may posibly hit more than twice as today over the weekend. In PCWorld today confirmed that it is merely posible to reached their 20M users estimate.

Ancestry.com creator Paul Allen, estimated about 1.7M users last July 5 in Google+ status and said G+ users already surpassed seven million last weekend.

Idealab’s Bill Gross, founder and CEO of technology incubator supported Allen’s statement in a Google+ post yesterday.

“I predict that Google+ will go from 0 to 100,000,000 users faster than any other service in history,” Gross said. ” People are engaging with it like crazy.”

“The next year will tell. Will there be bumps in the road? Sure. Will Facebook and Twitter fight back with more innovation? Of course! But I’m saying that Google+ is already good enough, and the team on Google+ is being so responsive in a way that makes me believe they have a real winner here,” he said in his message.

Tom Anderson, cofounder of MySpace, have been vocal with the early success of Google+ and uses the service for blogging. From his post, he praises Mark Zuckerberg for making video chat available to the leading social networking site.

Not only that MySpace’s Tom Anderson can be seen at Google+, even Facebook CEO himself is using Google+, possibly to check out its features.

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Eric, Larry and Sergey in a self-driving car

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Eric Schmidt to step down as Google chief executive

Posted on 21 January 2011 by Aeron M. Peterson

Following the Google’s strong rise in net profits in the last three months of $2.54bn on revenues of $8.44bn, the search giant said Mr Schmidt would focus on “deals, partnerships, customers and broader business relationships”.

In the decision made by Google, Larry Page co-founder of Google will re-claim his position way back 10-years ago. Page now 37 is now seen ready to take the position compare to his capability decade ago. Schmidt who has been chief executive for the past ten years, says from his blog post :

Eric, Larry and Sergey in a self-driving car

Eric, Larry and Sergey in a self-driving car. Source:Googleblog.blogspot.com

“In my clear opinion, Larry is ready to lead and I’m excited about working with both him and Sergey [Brin] for a long time to come,”

Larry Page left his chief executive position when investors asked for a more experienced business leader. According to Schmidt, Larry will now lead product development and technology strategy, his greatest strengths, and starting from April 4 he will take charge of our day-to-day operations as Google’s Chief Executive Officer.

While, Google’s co-founder “Sergey Brin has decided to devote his time and energy to strategic projects, in particular working on new products. His title will be Co-Founder.”

The changes will take effect on April 4 of this year.

Schmidt ended his announcement with

We are confident that this focus will serve Google and our users well in the future. Larry, Sergey and I have worked exceptionally closely together for over a decade—and we anticipate working together for a long time to come….

We love Google—our people, our products and most of all the opportunity we have to improve the lives of millions of people around the world.

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