GOOGLE Pilipinas

Google opened its Philippine office yesterday, January 23, 2013.

According to Google’s statement made on Wednesday, the new office is part of Google’s ongoing efforts to provide and improve services for its Filipino users, help the country’s businesses grow, both locally and globally, and tap local talent.

“The Philippines is a key country in Southeast Asia in terms of its digital economy and tech-savvy population,” Julian Persaud, managing director of Google Southeast Asia said in the statement. According to Persaud, more than 33 million Filipinos access the Internet regularly, and Internet usage is set to grow exponentially.

Manuel L. Quezon III, Undersecretary for Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning, who represented President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III at the company’s launch said he is optimistic that Google Philippines’ presence would lead to innovations.

Google Country Manager Narciso Reyes meanwhile said they see Google as a part of Filipinos’ everyday lives.

Reyes says in a press statement, ‘Our local team will be committed to providing better services to our Filipino users and to helping businesses – large and small – grow locally and globally, contributing to the growth of the Philippine economy.’

Facts about Google, Facebook and Twitter

Three of the most popular and common sites are Google, Facebook and Twitter. Google is the most popular search engine and has as many reliable applications and features while Facebook and twitter are defining what some see as the “social” era of the Internet, in which connections made among people replace algorithm-driven searches. And its policies, more than any others, seem to be driving the definition of privacy in this new age.

Google is one of the most recognized company in the world, billions of people use Google as their source of information, making the owners of the company billionaires.

Facts about

  1. The owners were Sergey Brin and Larry Page who were declared by the Forbe’s Magazine as the 24th richest billionaires in the world with estimated net worth of 19.8 billion and their net worth is increasing every year.
  2. The Google name was taken from Googol which refers to the number 1 followed by one hundred zeroes.
  3. The company started as a research project at Stanford University.
  4. Google receives requests of information all over the world, including Antartica.
  5. Google has more 20,000 employees worldwide who are known as Googlers and their headquarters are called Googleplex.
  6. Google employees are also equity holders.
  7. The first Google “Doodles” is a man burning behind the Google logo, this is first used by the owners, Brin and Page to remind their employees that they are out of town in Burning Man festival in Nevada and they couldn’t work problems.
  8. The first memory storage of Google was only 40GB and it is only protected by LEGOs, they use LEGO because it perfectly fits their storage, the Logo of Google was also inspired by these toys.
  9. According to Merriam-Webster and oxford dictionary, Google is an official word, it is a verb which means search using the internet or manipulate a search engine. It is a slang term now used in everyday life.
  10. Google allows employees to bring dogs in the company as long as the breed of your canine pet is not aggressive, has too many fur and can’t hurt people, cats are not allowed in the company.
  11. Google is one of the first to use spelling checker, you can see that “Did you mean….?” feature. That feature gave also the breakthrough of that company.
  12. When you are an employee of Google and you have a new idea, you can work on it even consuming 20% your working time, the Google owners entertain new ideas from their employee.
  13. More than 600 million of people visit Google daily.
  14. Google owns other popular sites like Youtube and Blogger.

Many of us are facebook addicts and fanatics. We open your facebook everyday looking for the latest happening from your real friends, crushes and fantasies. Colleagues and others. This famous social networking site has become a part of many people’s lives and will continue to become one.

Facts about

  1. Mark Zuckerberg, one of the founder of the said site is a college drop-out.
  2. Mark, intended Facebook for Harvard students only.
  3. Facebook is banned China, Vietnam and Syria.
  4. 55 year-old and above woman from United states are one of the fastest growing Facebook users in the world.
  5. Philippines is ranked 8th in terms of Facebook usage, more than 10.8 million users.
  6. In terms of everyday traffic, facebook is ranked number 2 in the world. Of course, Google is still number 1.
  7. In 2009, New Oxford American Dictionary’s word of the year was “unfriend” to cope with this phenomenon.
  8. Facebook is worth more than $7billion USD.
  9. There are employers who search their applicant’s facebook account and will try to look for something that they may need.
  10. The first name of Facebook is Facemash.
  11. If Facebook is a country, it will become the 5th most populous country in the world.
  12. An average user spends 5 hours per day just browsing their wall, clicking like buttons and commenting on someone’s status.
  13. Forbes stated the owner of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg is the youngest billionaire.
  14. Peter Thiel, the co-founder of Paypal was the first person to invest in the site. He invested $500,000.00 in June 2004.
  15. Before Facebook became a phenomenon, the owner, Mark Zuckerberg faced multiple lawsuits claiming he stole someone’s idea.
  16. Mark Zuckerberg, is a victim of his own privacy policy when some of his shirtless photos have gone public.
  17. Burger King created a Fanpage called ” WHOPPER Sacrifice” rewarded facebook users “Angry whopper” for publicly deleting friends. Many agreed.
  18. Poker has the most number of fans in Facebook.
  19. The company who created Farmville earned more than $200 million. Farmville has a support that is outsourced here in the Philippines.
  20. There are more than 60 million status updates daily.
  21. More than 150 million are accessing facebook using their mobile phone. Facebook mobile is a huge success.
  22. Psychologists introduced a new disorder called FAD (Facebook addiction disorder).
  23. A burglar opened his Facebook account using his victim’s computer but forgot to log it off. He was apprehended after.

Twitter is one of the most popular website of all time with more than 50 million users, definitely twitter is a trend. Here are some interesting facts about twitter.

Facts about

  1. Twitter was founded 2006.
  2. The original name was twttr with green balloon-like logo spelling of the name. The first twit on twitter was done by one of the developers, his name was Jack Dorsey and he twitted “just setting up my twttr.”
  3. March 12, 2011 is the record where the most number of created account in a single day. The total accounts created were 572,000.
  4. The first person to have 1 million twitter followers was Hollywood actor, Ashton Kutcher.
  5. The person who has the most number of twitter followers was Lady Gaga (First to have 10 million).
  6. The first Filipino to have 1 million twitter follow was actress, Anne Curtis, she received her 1 millionth follower same day as the royal wedding.
  7. 50% of tweets are created through mobile devices.
  8. 55% of twitter users are women.
  9. If Twitter was a country, it is the 12th most populous.
  10. To date, according to alexa, twitter is 9th in terms of everyday visitors.
  11. 65 million tweets are created everyday, that was 750 tweets per seconds.
  12. Philippine local artists became controversial because of their tweets. These includes Angelica Panganiban, Manny Pacquiao, Leah Salonga and many more.
  13. You can only post up to 140 characters only.
  14. An average twitter user has 27 followers.
  15. Mostly of the twitter users follow only the company where they patronize a product.
  16. Last Decenber 2009, the main page of twitter said “This Web Site has been hacked by the Iranian cyber army.” But, with less than 24 hours, everything went back to normal.
  17. Companies like Dell, Microsoft and others admitted that they increased sale after making a twitter account.
  18. Twitter’s search engine processes 600 million queries per day.

Skype feature in Facebook

Skype feature i Facebook

Skype feature in Facebook

Mark Zuckerberg revealed the new feature of Facebook, the most popular social networking site on earth, in cooperation with Skype, the instant messaging and voice chat provider. He showed the new feature during an event in the headquarter of Facebook in Palo Alto.

“We think this is awesome because we’re using the best technology that’s out there for doing video chat with the best social infrastructure that’s out there,” said Mark Zuckerberg.

The new Skype feature comes with enhanced group text chat which allows for multi-person interactions and a camera icon that can be clicked on for instant one-on-one video calls with friends.

Is this the response of Facebook with the Google+ Hangout feature? Maybe, Mark Zuckerberg was threatening with the Google+ that was launched just last week. However, he said that it was planned to add Skype feature way before Google launches its social networking site and Microsoft plans to buy the Skype.

“There is this clear arc where the world generally believes (social networking) is going to be everywhere,” Zuckerberg said. “In a matter of time it will be billions, whether it is us or somebody else doing it.”

Mark Zuckerberg most followed in Google +

Mark Zuckerberg most followed in Google +

Mark Zuckerberg most followed in Google +

Mark Zuckerberg most followed on Google +

It is embarrassing for the CEO, Larry Page, and co-founder, Sergey Brin, of Google that Mark Zuckerberg the CEO of Facebook is the most followed user on Google+. It is according to Google+ statistics counter today.

Mark Zuckerberg has 21,213 followers compared to the Google CEO at 14,798. It is also becoming awkward knowing that Google had launch the Google + as a new social network that aims to take over the Facebook.

Google + has five basic components:

Circles allow the users to group their contact such as ‘friends’, ‘work’ or ‘family’. This feature lets you share your post with the certain groups that you wanted.

Sparks act like news feed in Facebook. It shows the relevant updates in your account.

Hangouts feature is live group video chat that aim to encourage spontaneous meeting with up to 10 contacts.

Instant Uploads, users can upload their phone pictures or video in a private album. From that album the users can decide whether with whom she/he wants to share

Huddle is a group texting feature. This feature lets you have a group chat through your phone.

Facebook recorded 21,759,280 Filipino users which is about 23% of the total population of Philippines. Being one of the top countries that uses Facebook last January 2011, will Google be successful in shifting the interest of Filipinos from Facebook to Google +.

Microsoft bought Skype for $8.5 billion!

Yesterday’s announcement from CNN that Microsoft has bought Skype for $8.5 billion. It is a huge business news for Skype’s 600 million users. What could be the purchase mean and benefit for the users’ experience?

For other people who doesn’t use Skype but have Microsoft computers, phone, video games will definitely see some changes in their system.

A mixed reactions for users has been professes through their Twitter accounts wondering what could Microsoft to with Skype. Here are the 5 of the leading speculations:

  1. Integrate it with the Xbox
    Roughly 10 million Microsoft users already have cameras attached to their devices. That’s the number of Xbox Kinect systems sold since the motion-sensing game system was released last year.
    It seems like a no-brainer that Microsoft would integrate Skype’s advanced chat technologies with that, as well as with its Xbox LIVE service.
    The Xbox 360 already has a chat function. But gamers have largely been unimpressed, opting for other consoles like the PlayStation for multi-player games that require real-time communication.
    Similarly, Skype already has TV-compatible webcams and software, but it’s hardly been a high-profile feature. Putting Skype on the Xbox could push both products forward.
  2. Improve the Windows Phone
    Let’s be honest: Windows Mobile phones aren’t selling like the iPhone or the growing cascade of phones running Google’s Android system.
    The Windows Phone 7 system really hasn’t had an answer for the iPhone’s FaceTime app or Google Talk’s newly added video. Now it will, with the best-in-breed video and voice chat app at its disposal.
  3. Show up at your office meeting
    One of the reasons Microsoft was considered to be high on Skype was so Google and Cisco Systems, both rumored to be interested, wouldn’t get their hands on it.
    In terms of workplace communication, the latter may be more important than the former. Cisco is the first name people think of when office video conferencing and teleconferencing are mentioned.
    But Microsoft has made inroads with its Lync system, and adding Skype’s software would move it one step further.
    Oh yeah … and it just so happens that Skype CEO Tony Bates is a former Cisco executive, as are other members of the Skype team.
    Microsoft’s Office 365, which will include an online-only option, is expected to be released later this year. The suite of workplace tools will include Lync.
  4. Appear on Facebook
    Yes, Facebook was rumored to be one of the tech titans in the running to buy Skype. The social media giant’s interest seems a clear indication that Mark Zuckerberg and Co. would like to beef up Facebook Chat with video.
    It was just a passing reference. But on Tuesday, Ballmer mentioned “social” as one of the possible uses for a Microsoft-owned Skype.
    Microsoft actually owns a piece of Facebook, having bought in for $240 million in 2007. And the two have worked together on projects since then. (Skype now also lets users integrate their news feeds and friends lists.)
    Getting a product in front of Facebook’s 600 million or so users would be huge.
  5. Bring some juice back to Hotmail
    By virtue of its ties to Microsoft, Hotmail still has tons of users worldwide. But do you know anybody who’s excited about it?
    For the past year or two, Microsoft has been punching up Hotmail, an e-mail service that has lost considerable cool points in the wake of Gmail’s rise.

China shuts down hacker training operation

BEIJING—Police in central China have shut down a hacker training company that taught thousands of people how to launch cyberattacks and provided them with spy software, media reports said Monday.

The reports come amid growing accusations of organized computer hacking originating from China that has chilled ties with the United States, and follow Google’s threat last month to quit the Chinese market over cyberattacks.

Police in Hubei province shut down Black Hawk Safety Net and arrested three people, the state-run Xinhua news agency said, calling the operation China’s “biggest hacker training website.”

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Android development in RP picks up steam

MANILA, Philippines – Google’s latest mobile phone operating system Android is making inroads in the local mobile applications development space.

Telecom firm Smart Communication has finally looked at Google’s new operating system for mobile software development.

Google’s Android is the latest mobile phone operating system, touted to have full Internet features and connects to Google’s current online services, particularly Google Search and Gmail.

Android also supports WiFi and 3G mobile Internet connectivity.

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Google searches reveal top tourist spots

MANILA, Philippines – Beaches or water sports destinations are popular this year, based on internet search data by Google Inc.

In Google’s Zeitgeist (German for “spirit of the times”), a collection of top items searched on the internet by users from a particular area, the company identified the “fastest-rising travel destinations” in the Philippines.

Topping the list are beach destinations like Baler in Quezon province, a budding surfing hotspot; Coron town in Palawan, which is dotted with lagoons, caves, and rare fauna; as well as El Nido, also in Palawan, which is home to the posh El Nido Resort complex.


Google brings e-books to mobiles

Google is making its vast online library of books available for mobile phones.

“We are excited to announce the launch of a mobile version of Google Book Search, opening up over 1.5 million mobile public domain books in the US (and over half a million outside the US) for you to browse,” the company said.

The Internet search giant, in a post on Thursday on the Google Book Search blog, said mobile versions of the books could be read on devices such as the Apple iPhone or T-Mobile G1, which is powered by Google’s Android software.

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Cost-cutting Google scraps newspaper ad program

SAN FRANCISCO — Google Inc. is giving up on selling print ads for the ailing US newspaper industry, ending a 2-year-old attempt to extend its dominance of Internet marketing into another medium.

The retrenchment announced Tuesday is part of a cost-cutting campaign aimed at boosting Google’s profits as the deepening recession eats away at Google’s bread-and-butter business of selling ads on its own Web site and thousands of other Internet destinations.

Emboldened by its online success, Google set out in November 2006 to help newspapers that have seen their revenue evaporate as more advertisers shifted their spending to the Internet to connect with the Web’s growing audience.

Under the program, potential advertisers were allowed to bid online to fill unsold space in the participating newspapers, leaving it up to publishers whether to accept the offers.

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