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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)

GIS Planning Integrates Browser-Based Google Earth into its Services

As soon as Google announced the availability of browser-based Google Earth functionality, GIS Planning’s development team jumped on the opportunity to integrate the application into their existing Google Maps-powered services. In doing so, GIS Planning became one of the first developers anywhere to successfully integrate this technology. "We were attending the first day of the Google I/O conference, focusing on Google's mapping technology, as GIS Planning extensively uses Google Maps in our services," stated Pablo Monzon, President and Co-Founder of GIS Planning. "When the... (more)

Google Chrome OS On Its Way From Google

Sundar Pichai, VP Product Management at Google, and Linus Upson, a Google Engineering Director, posted details about the long-awaited Google Chrome OS yesterday on the Official Google Blog. Google Chrome OS is a new project, separate from Android. "Google Chrome OS is being created for people who spend most of their time on the web, and is being designed to power computers ranging from small netbooks to full-size desktop systems," wrote Pichai and Upson. "While there are areas where Google Chrome OS and Android overlap, we believe choice will drive innovation for the benefit of eve... (more)

Will Google Gears Be the Basis for Online/Offline Version of Gmail?

Google Gears, the open source browser extension – still in beta – that enables web applications to provide offline functionality using JavaScript APIs, might be the key to an upcoming online/offline version of Gmail. Google Gears specifically allows AJAX web apps to run offline without a net connection. An open source runtime, it allows you to build offline Web applications, so presumably the bright folks at the Googleplex are keen to eat in their own kitchen. Such, anyway, are the current rumors circulating round the blogosphere. Meantime, Google Gadgets Architect Adam... (more)

Google's OpenSocial Initiative Gains Massive Momentum

OpenSocial, the industry-backed application programming interface (API) developed by Google to promote interoperability and shared data across all online social networks, is gaining momentum at a rapid pace. The sites that have already committed to supporting OpenSocial - Bebo, Engage.com, Friendster, hi5, Hyves, imeem, LinkedIn, mixi, MySpace, Ning, Oracle, orkut, Plaxo, Salesforce.com, Six Apart, Tianji, Viadeo, Wink.comand XING - represent an audience of about 200 million users globally. “The web is fundamentally better when it’s social, and we’re only just s... (more)