Google

The value of identity will be great in search, and Google wants to be able to use names to correlate reputation in the rank algorithm. The big trouble is equating a real name as policed by Google with a reputation effect that should juice search.

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What if Google is trying to solve a different problem? What if theyre trying to build the white pages? Our names are our unique IDs in the real world, but they arent very unique. We have more unique ones assigned to us SSN (if US), email address, and increasingly phone number. Lets drop SSN [...]

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My friend emailed me about dropping support for the Android. Have you had a similar experience? Heres what he said: Im dropping my Android support shortly. It was OK when there were a dozen or so Android devices with similar specs. But now, handset manufacturers have completely fractured the Android marketplace. There are too many [...]

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I think the social layer concept is a closer reflection of Googles plans than activity stream / aggregation (though the latter could very well signal more misguided execution a la Buzz). Perhaps I am projecting my own point of view onto Google but I think their mental model is to let the context/intent be driven [...]

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The social features in Google Reader have changed the way I read and consume news. My friends share stuff with me and I share it with them. Half of the reason why I use Google Reader is the articles my friends share. I wish I could also tweet out some of those articles instead of [...]

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I believe this to be a legal and technical issue. To the best of my understanding of the law, you do *not* own your number. I believe the law requires the FCC-regulated carriers to relinquish your number in favour of another carrier. You do not, however, own your number. This is most visible if you [...]

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The thinking that you own the phone number is not legally true, just as it is not true for domain names. Literally the phone numbers are owned by a carrier (called donor network) to whom a block of numbers were allocated. But they are required to assign a number to a recipient network if the [...]

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My proposed solution: 1. Google Voice charges a premium to port calls to counter any costs associated with porting your number ($20 per number?) 2. When porting your number on GVs website, you are presented with a choice of pre-paid SIM cards from different carriers (i.e. ATT, T-Mobile, Sprint, Verizon).

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Which strategy is best and which will win in the marketplace is not a fore gone conclusion. There may well be room for both. The market for digitally executed virtual processes seems to me limitlessly large, only limited by our collective human creativity, oh.oh..wait..and that other little problem of resource limitations but lets not go [...]

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I think that placing buzz inside Gmail was the smartest move to solve the chicken and egg dilemma that kills most of the social apps, but it may also become a shoot in googles feet, as many users are feeling annoyed by the buzz ever-growing number of updates and once they turn it off, they [...]

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