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Eric Schmidt: “There is a time when erasure is a right thing”

The quote comes from AllThingsD, via a post by CNET:

“The lack of a delete button on the Internet is a significant issue. There is a time when erasure is a right thing.”

Eric Schmidt, CEO do Google

Don’t worry. your company is pretty damn good at deleting stuff. The problem is what they do with the space that becomes available.

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Hey, Google, where’s your focus?

So Google decided to kill Google Reader to focus on less products in order to provide users with a better experience, right?

I wonder if they hadn’t wasted their time building a gazillion idiotic April Fools’ Day interactions like Treasure Hunt, Closing Down YouTube, Google Nose, Google+ Emoticons, Gmail Blue, ISS Visitors on Analytics, Pimp My House, Google Fiber Poles, Levity Algorithm, Wallet Mobile ATM, Save Analytics on Papyrus, Patapata, Make an Awesome app, and probably others that nobody even noticed, if they’d have figured out a way to keep Google Reader alive.

How much time and money (think meetings, ideas, scripting, development, implementation, interviewing captioning, video editing, production, etc..) did they spend on this truckload of pointless unfunny gimmicks? Where is the focus that was so important to seal Google Reader’s fate, which was actually useful?

Google’s April Fools’ Day was useful for one thing: to show how when it comes to their users, every day is Fools’ Day.

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Focusing on less products for a better experience

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Focusing on less products for a better experience

Google says they killed Google Reader to focus on less products aiming at a better experience, and yet they present a talking shoe at SXSW.

Google Shoe

Consistent.

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Google’s obsession with a successful social network

I`m still really pissed that Google Reader is going away.  Reading all the news on the subject this week, made it even worse. The most ironic finding of the week was a post at the Google Reader blog from 2010, talking about how it was sad that Bloglines was shutting down and welcoming their users, as well as celebrating with dataless graphs the vertiginous growth of Google Reader users over the course of 5 years.

Google Reader users over time

Very different from this week’susage of Google Reader has declined, and as a company we’re pouring all of our energy into fewer products. We think that kind of focus will make for a better user experience.”

Declined, you say? Well, why the hell could this be? Perhaps because since 2010 you’ve been repeatedly screwing it up? Like when in one of your many dick moves you removed the Sharing features from GReader so people would feel forced compelled to use your thousandth attempt at a social network that is Google+ to share links with friends?

Orkut, Google Friend Connect, Wave, Buzz, Plus. You really need to get a successful social network, don’t you? So much that it’s ok if you automatically enroll all of your users, leaving their privacy to be dealt with if they sue. I remember the case of a woman that had been suffering from abusive behavior of her ex-husband, and thanks to this automatic enrolling into Buzz, the guy managed to find not only information about her, but about who she was currently seeing as well.

After a shitstorm of cases like this, Google came out an apologized for this dick move. But I guess that it wasn’t that much of a lesson, as they did the exact same thing with Google+, then ridiculously boastered about how much the social network had been growing. They even included actual numbers this time.

You can’t justify killing Reader because of declined usage if you were the ones who caused this in the first place. If you break something, you fix it. Don’t believe me? Ask Eddy Cue. But I get it. Google Reader drives traffic to websites, while G+ drives traffic to, well, G+. But hey, Google Reader doesn’t make any money at all, so why keep it, right?

Google’s obsession on making Plus work has always been borderline dishonest. But this week they really outdid themselves. When a company cares so much about making one of their products work that they don’t let a silly little thing like their users stand in the way, this really makes you think how they ever had “Don’t be evil” as their motto.

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Hey, Andy Rubin, I warned you!

On November 13th, after Steven Sinofsky left Microsoft, , I joked:

“These have been some busy weeks. First Scott Fotstall is ejected from Apple, now Steven Sinofsky leaves Microsoft.. I don’t know. If I were Andy Rubin, I’d be a teeny tiny afraid for my job.”

Exactly 4 months later, Larry Page posts on the official Google blog that Andy Rubin is stepping down. I called it!

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How long until we have smartphones with a touch-sensitive backside?

In 2006, even before the first iPhone came out, while Apple was working on what would become the iPad, they filed a patent describing ot the backside of iDevices would be sensitive to touch. Then we were presented with the iPhone, the iPhone 3G, the 3GS, and no news on the touch-sensitive backside

In January 2010, an analyst called Robert Chen guessed that the iPhone 4 would have this feature, and that it had been implemented thanks to what Apple had learned from developing the Magic Mouse.

Magic iPhone Mouse | CiccareseDesign

So, the iPhone 4 came out, then the iPhone 4S, then the 5, and still, the backside of the devices are just the backside of the devices. But, despite this rumor having never become true, I’ve always really liked it.

When Chen made his guess, I picked up my 3GS and held it on my left hand, and pretended to scroll an imaginary content with my left index finger, by running it across the backside of the device. And the result felt perfectly natural. Infact, the sensorial feedback felt better than it did with the Magic Mouse. After playing with this idea for a while, it’s hard to understand how it still doesn’t exist.

And now it looks like me and Apple aren’t the only ones who think this might be a good idea. Last weekend, Patent Bolt revealed a patent filed by Google for, guess what, touch-sensitive backside on mobile devices! Exactly the same functionality, now pursued by another tech giant, which makes me even more hopeful that we may soon be getting devices like that.

Infact, as an iPhone user, I think that this would be much more useful than getting NFC, for instance.

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No, Google is not opening retail stores

During a conversation at AllThingsD, Andy Rubin said that contrary to what has been widely stated, Google has no plans to open a retail store.

This was yet another rumor promoted to the status of news without any wort of confirmation, which is something that has been done a lot lately. Instead of blogs and websites paying attention only to the amount of posts they put out daily, they should pay just as much attention and give just as much importance to the rumors that they don’t post.

It’s important to have pageviews, but it’s even more important to have credibility.

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6 months: This is how much the Google Nexus Q lasted

 

Nexus Fail

During the most recent Google I/O last June, the company announced the Google Nexus Q, a futuristic little ball which would be their equivalent to the Apple TV: an entertainment hub to sync with devices and computers in order to reproduce songs, movies and photos on the family TV.

The overall reaction was rather cold. Despite presenting some cool features, like syncing through proximity, when its functions were taken into account, the product wasn’t that great. Here’s what David Pogue had to say about it in his review:

“The Q looks like a Magic 8 Ball designed by Porsche. (…) Google must have bigger plans for this thing. It’s wildly overbuilt for its incredibly limited functions, and far too expensive. For now, I can think of only one class of customer who should consider buying the black Nexus Q sphere: people whose living rooms are dominated by bowling-ball collections.”

For a while, whenever someone accessed the product page on Google Play, they’d be presented with a message that said “This device is not for sale at this time”. Today, however, the message was changed to “no longer available for sale”.

It’s unlikely that they could have just given up on the whole thing. It’s likely that they decided to pulle the product and go back to square one with the whole thing, to then release it again when they get it right. Regardless, the Nexus Q serves as entertainment alright. Just not in the way Google intended.

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Google diving right into the iOS. Winning? Where?

It’s at the very least curious that while Eric Schmidt says that in the war between Android and iOS, Android is clearly winning. Because since Google was kicked out of the iOS, they’ve already released back the YouTube app, Google Maps and now the YouTube Capture so people can record and put stuff on YouTube from their iPhones. They’ve also revamped Google Search and the Gmail app.

You know, for someone who see the adoption of systems as a war and is so confident that they’re winning, Google seems pretty worried about not staying out of the ‘defeated’ iOS. Meanwhile does anybody know of any efforts by Apple to move into Android?

Oh, yeah. There was this one time when Garage Band, iPhoto, iMovie, Keynote, Numbers and Pages showed up on Google Play, right? All of them malwares. Oh, the irony.

Victory appears to be quite a broad term for Google.

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Apple x Google: What a company has to say says a lot about them

In a recent post discussing the whole Apple x Google mess due to their Maps, John Gruber made an interesting remark when talking about how Apple denied to give Google more access to the iOPS and users infos:

“Apple not wanting to grant such access to Google is easy to understand as well. For one thing, Apple sincerely values the privacy of its users more than Google does.”

This got me thinking about the recent interviews given by both Tim Cook and Eric Schmidt. Tim Cook sustains the everlasting Apple position:

“the DNA of the company, the thing that makes our heart beat, is a maniacal focus on making the best products in the world. Not good products, or a lot of products, but the absolute best products in the world.  In creating these great products we focus on enriching people’s lives—a higher cause for the product.”

Meanwhile, regarding how Google cedes revenue to hardware partners due to Android being a free open system, Eric Schmidt says:

“We’re winning that war pretty clearly now. (…) The core strategy is to make a bigger pie. We will end up with a not perfectly controlled and not perfectly managed bigger pie by virtue of open systems.”

So while Apple’s boss takes on every single oportunity to transmit the message that his company focuses on striving for perfection and developing products that will change people’s lives, Google’s boss makes sure to get the message across that he sees the development and adoption of his products as nothing short of a war, and he won’t let a small detail like controlling every aspect of the final product get in his way.

Don’t be evil was a long time ago. Priorities…

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