Posts Tagged 'Google'

30 Years of Pac Man

When I was a kid, I delivered the St. Paul Pioneer Press and Dispatch, morning edition and afternoon edition. After going door to door to collect the subscriptions, I would immediately go to Rosie’s on Old Hudson Road and blow all of my tips on Pac Man and Galaga. Thanks to Google, I found out that today is the 30th anniversary of Pac Man. So, you go to and either click “Insert Coin” or wait 10 seconds and it will start automatically.

Pac Man used to come in a 6 foot plywood box that sat on the floor. Now, it comes right in your search engine. Crazy!

Why the Nexus One Is Sucking Wind

Stacey Higginbotham writes an interesting post in Gigaom about the growing clash between Google’s Android and Apple’s iPhone. It has gotten particularly nasty as Apple filed a patent infringement suit against HTC (the maker of Google’s NexusOne phone). But what Higginbotham’s post is missing is that Google is trying to turn the cell phone market on its ear. They want consumers to buy the phone they want and then find a carrier. They have a powerful array of interests aligned against them – just look at the contrast between the Verizon (and Motorola) supported Droid which outsold the iPhone in the first 74 days, and the lackluster sales of the NexusOne with no carrier.

Google To Pull Out of China?

The blaring headline on the front page of the WSJ this morning is “Google Warns of China Exit Over Hacking.” Given that our next Fight Club bout is on Googled by Ken Autletta, I thought it was worth a Broken Spines comment.

Apparently, the Gmail accounts of 34 companies operating in China were hacked. Although only two accounts were compromised, most of these accounts appear to related to human rights activists with the implication being that the Chinese government was involved. So, Google stomps its feet and says it will no longer censor search results which it has been doing since they began operations in China in 2006. Furthermore, if the Chinese government doesn’t like it “we recognize that this may well mean having to shut down” Wow.

These attacks and the surveillance they have uncovered — combined with the attempts over the past year to further limit free speech on the Web — have led us to conclude that we should review the feasibility of our business operations in China. – Google spokesman

Is this the new way state-to-state conflicts will manifest themselves? Are the American and Chinese economies are so interdependent now, that corporate interests outweigh those of the state? Or is the Chinese intelligence service using Google and thereby making this a state issue? In any case, this is good fodder for our Fight Club bout – can’t wait!

Here are some other interesting factoids:

  • China is a tiny portion of Google’s revenue, but China is too strategically important to walk away from
  • Google market share is 29% compared with Chinese search firm Baidu’s of 61% of China’s 338 million web users
  • The head of Google’s China operations (a former Microsoft employee) recently left to start his own company

On a separate but related note, Google recently compromised it’s long held policy of not cluttering their main page with ads. Turns out they’re willing to use that prime space to promote their new phone.

Google Tips Their Hat to Pollock

How confident are you in your brand when you can convert it to a Jackson Pollock painting?  If you did a Google search today, you would see their logo scribbled in paint a la Jackson Pollock who was born on this date in 1912.



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