News in Short: Google gets social with Fall release of Google Me; OnStar integrates social media

by Knowlton Thomas

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Google Me forthcoming

Google CEO, Eric Schmidt has stated that Google Me will arrive this fall, but it won't necessarily be a separate feature—it will happen through a “social layer” added atop Google's search, video and map functions.

Eric cited a desire to have Facebook users integrate their contacts with Google in order to further their reach. No other details were released.

GM's OnStar gets social, too

General Motors is revamping its OnStar computer system with better voice recognition and social media integration.

In a few months, the system will be able to read cellphone text messages to drivers., who can use a button on their steering wheel to send one of up to four preset replies.

Drivers will also be able to listen to messages from the social media site Facebook, as well as update their Facebook status using voice recognition.

Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Google's mission is to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful. As a first step to fulfilling that mission, Google's founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin developed a new approach to online search that took root in a Stanford University dorm room and quickly spread to information seekers around the globe. Google is now widely recognized as the world's... more

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Facebook's mission is to give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected. Millions of people use Facebook everyday to keep up with friends, upload an unlimited number of photos, share links and videos, and learn more about the people they meet. more

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Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton is the managing editor of Techvibes and author of Tempest Bound. Based in Vancouver, Knowlton has been published in national publications and has also appeared on television and radio. Previously he was an editor for New Westminster weekly The Other Press and served on its board of directors. When not working, Knowlton enjoys hiking, tennis, and martial arts. more

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