The developments in Google's Cloud Computing segment, especially the Cloud
Machine Learning service, have been so rapid that Google calls it one of its
fastest growing product areas.
Google has been ramping up their Cloud Platform quite aggressively in recent
months. Just a few weeks ago, the Google Cloud Platform opened its newest
zone in Tokyo, increasing the total number of regions they are present in to
six - three in the US and one each in Belgium and Taiwan and Tokyo.
Not long ago, the company announced its acquisition of Orbitera, a cloud
commerce company. for more than a hundred million dollars. The developments
in Google’s Cloud Computing segment, especially the Cloud Machine Learning
service, have been so rapid that Google calls it one of its fastest growing
This presents a unique problem to customers. On the one hand, businesses may
be tem... (more)
Way back in 1969, as a kid, I watched a very interesting movie - "2001: A
Space Odyssey." It was a science fiction where a super intelligent computer
program HAL is in charge of a mission to Jupiter which also carries several
astronauts. The program becomes rogue and tries to kill all the astronauts.
The hero survives and manages to disable the program. There is a lot more to
the plot, but the fight between human and computer is still vivid in my
In 1969, such a scenario looked possible. After all 32 years is a lot of time
given the rate of our progress. We are now in 2016, and it appears that
something similar may happen in the next 32 years.
Even the experts have been predicting that Artificial Intelligence or AI will
happen in next 20 years. The irony is that this prediction is being made for
more than 60 years now!
So, earlier it was "unbelievable but v... (more)
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WebRTC has had a real tough three or four years, and so have those working
with it. Only a few short years ago, the development world were excited about
WebRTC and proclaiming how awesome it was.
You might have played with the technology a couple of years ago, only to find
the extra infrastructure requirements were painful to implement and poorly
documented. This probably left a bitter taste in your mouth, especially when
things went wrong.
Those in the industry have been working hard to sweeten the deal again -
efforts have been made to bring WebRTC into the mainstream and as a result
the technology is experiencing a rebirth. Thanks to those who have remained
dedicated to improving the situation for those around them, WebRTC is finally
starting to fulfill the original expectations that were had of it. Both the
Google said Tuesday that it means to buy Norway's publicly traded VoIP codec
house Global IP Solutions Holding AB (GIPS) for $68.2 million cash, a move
that could put it in contention with Skype not to mention the telecom
companies that are selling its phones.
The deal, which represents a 27.5% premium over GIPs' closing price Friday,
will also give Google ownership of parts of the technology underlying the
instant messaging systems used by Yahoo, AOL and Baidu. Global IP Solutions
makes the real-time processing software for voice and video calls over the
Internet, widgetry used by IBM's Lotus Sametime as well as Cisco's WebEx
scheme under a shiny new deal.
Google already owns Gizmo5, a California VoIP start-up it bought late last
year for a reported $30 million, and runs Google Talk and Google Voice. It
also offers video and voice chat on Gmail.
Google hasn't said... (more)
I was talking with Avanade’s Senior Director for Enterprise Security, Ace
Swerling, earlier today. The conversation touched on a wide range of security
and identity management issues that I’ll probably return to, but one of
Ace’s comments brought my attention back to an issue that has been nagging
at me for a while.
As I’m sure we all know, security concerns often figure highly in
discussions about moving Enterprise applications and data to the Cloud.
Indeed, I spoke with other Avanade executives earlier this year to report on
a survey they had commissioned that suggested just how significant these
concerns can be for potential customers.
In today’s conversation, Ace appeared to agree (as do I) with the frequent
assertion that Cloud providers’ own systems will tend to be more secure
than those that the majority of potential customers have in-house today.
These ser... (more)
Social Media on Ulitzer
I use all of these social media tools and although they haven't put me on my
own island in the Caribbean yet, I'm very pleased with the combined results.
1. Twitter – It’s the fastest way to share that you have created
something of value. As a bonus, Tweetdeck or CoTweet are good ways to manage
your Twitter efforts and research. Huge audience with lots of active
participants. There are a few shady characters on Twitter but just like being
at Grand Central Station, you just step aside and keep moving. It doesn't
mean you eschew the benefit. Micro-blogging is probably here to stay so it's
a good idea to get up on good habits regardless of what future tools look
2. Linked In – It’s the professional network standard where people will
find you. A terrific way to maintain knowledge of what former colleagues are
doing now. You can also join gr... (more)
Google App Engine Platform on Ulitzer
The city of Los Angeles has okayed a $7.2 million deal with CSC to rip out a
lot of its existing Novell GroupWise e-mail systems and whatnot and replace
it with Google Apps provided CSC agrees to pay a pre-set penalty if there's a
security breach. They still need to dicker about that according to the AP.
The city pushed off the decision when the cloud started having a string of
problems and the cops and the City Attorney's Office are worried about data
The councilman who introduced the penalty amendment is quoted as saying,
"It's unclear to me whether we're on the cutting edge or if we're on the edge
of a cliff about to step off."
Novell offered free upgrades but couldn't save the deal. Microsoft and others
tried for the contract too. Failure to win it is seen as a black eye for
Microsoft and showcase site for Google. ... (more)
Google on Ulitzer
"At Google, we run anywhere from 50 to 200 experiments at any given time on
Google sites all over the world," notes a Google spokesman in a recent
statement on The Google Official Blog.
That was last year, at a time when the search giant was running a small
experiment of a new Google homepage design that shows links when a user
mouses over the screen.
"This is just a test and a way for us see whether our users will celebrate an
even simpler search interface," explained Ben Gomes, Distinguished Engineer,
the author of the post.
It was an example of the kinds of experiments run at Google as it tests
everything "from the barely visible to the glaringly obvious." As Gomes
"So the next time you use Google and it seems a little different - well,
maybe it is. Just for you!"
What he meant was that Google's way of testing is to try it out on a r... (more)
New-Media on Ulitzer
This year we have seen almost every company, every blogger and his duck,
feverishly posting their "annual predictions" before the December 31
deadline, as if there is such a deadline, and as if anyone cares about what
they think in most cases.
This is followed by a dozen or so 'paid' predictions news
releases every day by companies who are pushing their "wish lists from
2010" as "predictions" and hoping that they come true.
If you do a quick Google search on "2010 predictions" you will land on a
predictions potpourri of more than 5,000 stories (the last time I looked).
I especially enjoyed Fly Fishing Predictions for 2010, Identity Theft 2010
Predictions, The 2010 NFL Mock Draft Predictions, and Plastic Surgery
Predictions for 2010.
You even have the predictions of the "magazine industry" here. What magazine
industry? I didn't know dinosaurs ma... (more)
Bloomberg followed by the Wall Street Journal said Thursday that the Justice
Department is working on an antitrust suit to stop Google's $700 million
acquisition of ITA Software, which provides online flight and ticket
information to popular Internet booking sites.
It would be the second time the DOJ has run up antitrust papers challenging
Google's plans. It previously derailed a Google-Yahoo advertising pact.
Both Bloomberg and the Journal say the DOJ isn't sure yet whether it will
actually try to stay the ITA acquisition.
Google triggered DOJ lawyers into wetting their pencils over Christmas when
it demanded last month to know in 30 days whether the deal would be
sanctioned or not. The deal was announced last July.
Microsoft, Expedia, Sabre and others oppose the deal.
Google is also facing serious privacy probes particularly in Europe and
critics say its search eng... (more)
Microsoft filed a formal complaint with the European Commission Thursday
charging Google with unfair practices in search, online advertising and
smartphone software, a broader raft of charges against the search giant than
the EC is believed to be currently investigating.
It is the first time Microsoft has ever complained to the EC about anybody.
Historically the complaints have been made against Microsoft and its chief
lawyer Brad Smith took note of that fact saying, "Having spent more than a
decade wearing the shoe on the other foot with the European Commission, the
filing of a formal antitrust complaint is not something we take lightly."
However, one of the complaints that got the EC to open a formal antitrust
investigation of Google last year was made by a small Microsoft online
shopping site property in Germany that charged Google with skewing its search