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Google, whose shares hit a record of $641.41 a week ago, reported that sales in its third quarter had surged by 57% compared with the period a year ago, and net income by 46%. "We are very pleased with the impressive growth we experienced across our business," said CEO Eric Schmidt, who also told analysts, drily: “It is obvious to us that our model continues to work very well.” "Our core search advertising business experienced continued momentum driven by growth in monetization and traffic, and we are creating a wider and deeper ads system through our focus on innovation, bringing more ad formats to our advertisers," Schmidt (pictured) explained in a statement accompanying the results. "Our efforts to offer more products and services in international markets as well as effectively grow our technology infrastructure and add to our deep talent base during ... (more)

The OpenSocial Era of Cross-Network Social Applications Begins

We already brought word last week of Marc Andreesen's detailed overview of OpenSocial, but what of other leading participants in the introduction of common APIs to the world of social networking? Here is a round-up of what is being written, thought, and said about OpenSocial by those most closely involved either as innovators or users. Google's Bret Taylor keynoting at AJAXWorld Conference & Expo 2007 East, in NYC. Next year's East coast AJAXWorld will be held March 18-20, 2008, also in New York City. First, just a reminder of Andreessen's main point, which was that OpenSocial i... (more)

Google Goes On Disrupting: Last Week OpenSocial, This Week Open Phones

In a move likely to be hailed as the final blow for the walled gardens favored till now by the wireless operators, Google is said to be leveraging Linux and Java to open up the wireless handset market in the same way that it just launched OpenSocial to break open social networking and get beyond the walled garden approach of, for example, Facebook. According to USA Today this morning,  Google today "plans to announce the formation of an 'open phone' coalition, with the goal of developing an operating system for the so-called Google Phone." In the key quote from the article, Morgan ... (more)

Google Announces $10 Million Android Developer Challenge

The Android Developer Challenge will provide $10 million to developers who build mobile applications for Android, a complete, open, and free mobile platform. The Challenge is designed to support the developer community and spark innovation on the Android platform by awarding cash prizes ranging from $25,000 to $275,000 to developers whose applications are picked by a panel of judges. "We've built some interesting applications for Android but the best applications are not here yet and that's because they're going to be written by developers," said Sergey Brin, Co-founder and Presi... (more)

Google's Browser Security Handbook Released

Google recently released its Browser Security Handbook to the general public. The 60-page document provides a comprehensive comparison of a broad set of security features and characteristics in commonly used browsers, along with commentary and implementation tips for application developers who need to rely on these mechanisms, as well as engineering teams working on future browser-side security enhancements. The Browser Security Handbook, Google hopes, will help make the Web a safer place.alewski, of the company's Security team, comments: "Many people view the task of writing secu... (more)