WSJ reported that China’s government appeared to block almost all searches by Chinese users on Google Inc. sites Tuesday.
Users in cities across China starting late Tuesday afternoon reported that all searches—even of terms as mundane as “happy”—on Google’s Hong Kong site produced an error message saying the results page couldn’t be opened. Google stopped operating its self-censored Chinese search site on March 22 and began routing Chinese users to the Hong Kong site, which Google doesn’t censor. Searches by Chinese users on Google’s main global site, Google.com, also returned error messages Tuesday.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission unanimously backed Google’s application for what’s known as market-based rate authority. The Commission grants market-based rate authorization for wholesale sales of electric energy, capacity and ancillary services by public utility sellers that can demonstrate that they and their affiliates lack or have adequately mitigated horizontal and vertical market power. Google on the other hand does not own generation facilities or transmission lines to deliver power, and is not planning to use the new authority for retail purposes.
In a letter to PC world Google spokeswomen said that “We made this filing so we can have more flexibility in procuring power for own operations. , including our data centers.
Google does offer an online tool (Google Power Meter) that allows you to view your home’s energy consumption from your personalized iGoogle homepage. Using information from utility smart meters and in-home energy management devices, Google PowerMeter helps you to save money and use less electricity.
Walt Mossberg interviews Steve Ballmer on Microsoft’s new search engine, “Bing”
Key Enhancements in this release:
1. Google Map with Google Street View -A feature of Google Maps and Google Earth that provides 360° panoramic street-level views and allows users to view parts of selected cities and their surrounding metropolitan areas at ground level.
The addition of Google Street View is cool.
2. Public transit and walking directions – Get walking directions, find public transit schedules, check fares, and estimate your travel time.
3. Display address of dropped pins
4. Share location via email – Tap the Share Location button to send an email that includes a Google Maps URL.
Indian Space Research Organization will roll-out a rival to Google Earth, the hugely popular online satellite imagery service,
The project, Bhuvan (Sanskrit for Earth), will allow users to zoom into areas as small as 10 metres wide. Now compare that to the 200 metre wide zoom limit on Google Earth. Bhuvan will use a network of satellites to create a high-resolution, bird’s-eye view of India that will be accessible at no cost online and will compete with Google Earth.
In the hope of stimulating local technological, industrial and economic development, France in 2006 announced a 2 billion euro (about $2.5 billion) plan to back a series of projects including one on a Franco-German search engine intended to rival Google. This fizzled out without a trace. Undeterred, a year later France unveiled Géoportail, its own answer to Google Earth.
Each week, millions of users around the world search for online health information. Google had found close relationship between how many people search for flu-related topics and how many people actually have flu symptoms. Google Flu Trends uses aggregated Google search data to estimate flu activity in your state up to two weeks faster than traditional systems.
Google compared query counts with data from a surveillance system managed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and discovered that some search queries tend to be popular exactly when flu season is happening.
So why bother with estimates from aggregated search queries? It turns out that traditional flu surveillance systems take 1-2 weeks to collect and release surveillance data, but Google search queries can be automatically counted very quickly. By making our flu estimates available each day, Google Flu Trends may provide an early-warning system for outbreaks of influenza.
You can now use voice and video capabilities in your Gmail chat (from within Gmail).
Here’s what you’ll need to get started:
- Download the Gmail voice and video chat plug-in, quit all open browser windows, and install the plug-in.
- Sign in to Gmail.
- In the Chat section of your Gmail, select the contact you want to call. If they have a camera icon next to their name, you can make a voice or video call to them; just click Video & more.
The Best Part – Even if your friend doesn’t have a video camera, you can still make a voice call or a 1-way video call.