Almost exactly two years ago, Google announced its purchase of Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion. It was the company’s biggest deal ever, far exceeding previous big buys like YouTube for $1.7 billion and DoubleClick for $3.1 billion. Both of those acquisitions were hugely successful, but the Motorola purchase seemed baffling. Mainly, it seemed to provide Google with valuable intellectual property that would allow the company to defend itself against a tidal wave of patent lawsuits. Motorola—the inventor of the very first cell phone—had a great patent portfolio indeed. But the estimated worth of those patents was less than half Google’s purchase price. The other portion brought Google a money-bleeding Chicago-area-based hardware business. The purchase would almost double Google’s head count with employees who brought little to the bottom line. Employees who were not Googly, in a business that seemingly didn’t scale. What was Google thinking?
Finally, we have the answer. The Moto X, announced today, marks the arrival, finally, of the Google Phone.
To my kids: No, just because I don’t work at Microsoft anymore you may not use Google. Remember, every time you use Google, a puppy dies.
Google’s gay pride flap
screenshot via CNN.com
I live a few hundred feet away from The Stonewall Inn, the West Village haunt where the gay rights movement began. As you might suspect, after same-sex marriage was legalized in New York state on Friday, people were dancing and popping champagne in the streets outside the Stonewall to celebrate.
Under fire, however, is how Google chose to celebrate not only the new law, but Gay Pride month as a whole.
As our CNN.com cousins wrote a few days ago, Google’s gay pride doodle is rather, well, hidden compared with the others. Typically, Google’s beloved doodles transform its logo on the homepage and search pages.
But for Gay Pride month, all through June a little rainbow pops up next to Google’s search bar only when users search for certain “pride-related” terms, including “gay,” “lesbian,” “homosexuality,” “LGBT,” “marriage equality,” “bisexual” and “transgender.”
Critics, including Nicholas Jackson at The Atlantic, think Google’s effort is disappointing. Other commend them for making any effort at all.
I’m not going to weigh in on that, but I did sort of expect Google to make a stronger statement in light of its powerful “It Gets Better” video featuring LGBT employees including a transgender woman.
So, I put it to you: What do you think of Google’s Gay Pride Month Doodle? Is it too little, just right, or not even an issue Google should broach? -Julianne
Facebook is going to see their traffic get cut in half by Google Buzz.
I occasionally reread this article to feel better about myself.
I have no words for this. Really, Google? Really?