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 largest search engine -- an easy-to-use free service that usually returns relevant results in a fraction of a second.

When you visit or one of the dozens of other Google domains, you'll be able to find information in many different languages; check stock quotes, maps, and news headlines; lookup phonebook listings for every city in the United States; search more than one billion images and peruse the world's largest archive of Usenet messages -- more than 845 million posts dating back to 1981.

We also provide ways to access all this information without making a special trip to the Google homepage. The Google Toolbar enables you to conduct a Google search from anywhere on the web, while the Google Deskbar (beta) puts a Google search box in the Windows taskbar so you can search from any application you're using, without opening a browser. And for those times when you're away from your PC altogether, Google can be used from a number of wireless platforms including WAP and i-mode phones.

Google's utility and ease of use have made it one of the world's best known brands almost entirely through word of mouth from satisfied users. As a business, Google generates revenue by providing advertisers with the opportunity to deliver measurable, cost-effective online advertising that is relevant to the information displayed on any given page. This makes the advertising useful to you as well as to the advertiser placing it. We believe you should know when someone has paid to put a message in front of you, so we always distinguish ads from the search results or other content on a page. We don't sell placement in the search results themselves, or allow people to pay for a higher ranking there.

Thousands of advertisers use our Google AdWords program to promote their products and services on the web with targeted advertising, and we believe AdWords is the largest program of its kind. In addition, thousands of web site managers take advantage of our Google AdSense program to deliver ads relevant to the content on their sites, improving their ability to generate revenue and enhancing the experience for their users.


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What Do Google, Ford, Uber, Volvo, and Lyft Have in Common?
A group of five notable companies want autonomous vehicles in the hands of consumers as soon as possible. Google, Ford, Uber, Volvo, and Lyft are forming a coalition to help bring self-driving... more
Canada's Competition Bureau Clears Google of Foul Practice
Canada’s Competition Bureau has cleared Google of any major wrongdoing in the country. A report, the result of a three-year investigation, reads that the watchdog “did not find... more
Two More Canadian Startups to Pitch Investors at Google’s Annual Demo Day
Two Canadian startups are hoping to follow in the footsteps of Waterloo's Bridgit, who recently took the top prize at Google for Entrepreneur’s Demo Day in Silicon Valley. Founded by Lauren... more
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Unveils New Engineering Headquarters for Google Canada
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau recently helped officially open the doors of the new Canadian engineering headquarters of Google Canada. Alongside Sam Sebastian, Country Manager, Google Canada and... more
Canadians Really Wanted to Know How to Delete That Darn U2 Album
Canadians want to know how to do things, above all: vote and use Snapchat. Those were the top two "how to" searches in Canada this year, according to Google, whose 15th annual Year in Seach... more
NASA Shows Off $15-Million Canadian-made Quantum Computer
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration has publicly unveiled a $15 million quantum computer. The machine, made by Vancouver's D-Wave, was shown off to media during a tour of its... more
Canadians Not Done Holiday Shopping Yet, Looking Forward to Boxing Day
With 10 days to Christmas, Canadians have completed less than half of their holiday shopping. A recent study from Google Canada and Ipsos reveals the average Canadian still intending to spend... more
Bridgit Wins Google for Entrepreneurs’ Women’s Demo Day
Bridgit won Google's most recent demo day. The Waterloo-based startup took top prize at Google for Entrepreneur’s inaugural Demo Day: Women’s Edition. The Canadian company was... more
Google to Shutter Songza, Replace with Free Version of Play Music Service
Google plans to shut down Songza, the popular free music streaming service it acquired lastyear, on January 31. The software giant says it plans to integrate Songza's features into its Google... more
Communitech, University of Waterloo Deepen Partnership with Google
Communitech and the University of Waterloo Velocity program are expanding as part of a partnership with Google and the Government of Ontario. The partnership aims to provide more support to... more
ScribbleLive Announces Search Technology Partnership With Google
Toronto's ScribbleLive and Google announced this week a new technology partnership and integration that gives ScribbleLive customers an enhanced user experience in Google Search results. For... more
YouTube Kids App Launches in Canada
For years Canadian families have turned to YouTube to ask questions, explore the world around them, and be entertained from nursery rhymes to the shows we love. Today Google launched YouTube Kids... more
National Girls Learning Code Day is November 7
Toronto-based Ladies Learning Code, a national not-for-profit offering beginner-friendly tech education, is bringing back National Girls Learning Code Day for the second year. On November 7, 650... more
Understanding User Behaviour for Business Owners
It’s the question that all tech startups dread and try to avoid answering for as long as possible, but it’s also one of the most important questions you can ask about your digital... more
Google's Open Source Project: Why They Did It and What's Next
The word “Kubernetes” may not roll off the tongue as easily as the word “Google,” but it is nonetheless an important project many outside the software community have... more
What Canadians are Searching for This Summer
Canada has around three million lakes, which make up 9% of its total area. Perhaps that's why searches for "lakes" outpaced searches for "beaches". (Then again, not only does Canada have the most... more
Molson, Google Build Beer Fridge That Unlocks Through Voice Translation
Canada Day is less than a week away and, as usual, brands are ramping up their patriotic efforts to capitalize. Molson partnered with Google to create another version of its beer fridge, which... more
Google Director to Risk-Averse Canadian Companies: 'This Isn’t Disruption; This is Revolution'
On Tuesday, June 2, Sam Sebastian, the Managing Director of Google Canada, spoke in Vancouver at an event called Growing Beyond Borders:  Google’s Export Engine for Canada. ... more
Gender Equality Progress Evident at Google's Annual Conference
It's anecdotal, sure. But it still matters. At Google's annual conference, there was a line for the womens' bathroom, say attendees—a surprise, considering years of womens' bathrooms empty... more
Don't Expect Google's New Wireless Service to Come to Canada
Google says it's launching a new cellular service in the United States. The increasingly diversified internet giant has been making moves into the wireless space for a some time. Those have mostly... more
The 2015 List of 100 Best Workplaces in Canada
Today, the list of 100 Best Workplaces in Canada is being announced. These 100 companies are outperforming their peers; both financially and in terms of innovation, collaboration, and productivity.... more
Guess Who Everyone Wants to Work For?
So, who does everyone want to work for? The same companies as always, basically. According to the most recent survey from talent strategy firm Universum Global, computer science majors across... more
What Does This Cost? A Look at Canada's Interests in Prices by Province
Braces in Newfoundland, liposuction in Alberta, and sod in Ontario. What do those things have in common? Their costs are the most commonly searched for, according to Google autocomplete.... more
Tag Heuer Working with Intel and Google to Create Luxury Smartwatch
One of the world's largest luxury watchmakers plans to step into the smartwatch arena. Working with Intel, Tag Heuer will create a luxury smartwatch using Google's Android platform. The device... more
Two Canadian Startups Selected to Pitch at Google for Entrepreneurs Demo Day
Startups in cities all around the world are building incredible, innovative companies, but many lack access to the robust investment opportunities of Silicon Valley. Google recognizes that... more
Twitter Strikes Deal with Google to Improve Searchability of Tweets
Twitter has landed a deal with Google that will see tweets more searchable online. Within a few months, tweets will become visible in Google searches immediately after being published, according... more
Tech Dominates List of Most Influential Brands in Canada
The Institute of Communication Agencies in partnership with Ipsos Reid this week unveiled the Top 10 Most Influential Brands in Canada at day two of FFWD: Advertising & Marketing Week 2015 in... more
Google Acquihires Granata Decision Systems
The founders of Granata Decision Systems, a graduate of the University of Toronto Early-Stage Technology startup incubator program, have joined Google. Dr. Craig Boutilier, a professor in U of... more
What Canadians Searched for Most in 2014
In 2014 the world searched Google two trillion times. Google’s 14th annual Year In Search offers a revealing look at the people, places and events that sent Canadians searching for answers... more
Canada to Samsung, Google, BlackBerry: Better Privacy Control Needed for Mobile Apps
Some of the world's biggest tech companies are being targeted by an open letter about privacy. Canada’s Privacy Commissioner has joined more than 20 counterparts from around the world in... more
2014's Most-Watched YouTube Videos in Canada
In 2014, Canadians loved watching music videos about female bodies, clips from late night talk show hosts, and touching advertisements. Here are some 2014's most popualr YouTube videos in... more
University Leverages Google Glass, GoPro as Part of New Tech-Minded Recruitment Strategy
Bochure-style marketing and traditional advertising may soon be a thing of the past in the educational sector after a student marketing campaign has been brought to life by Royal Roads University.... more
Edinburgh Street Fight Caught on Google Maps, Promptly Taken Down
Google may have some explaining to do after its Street View featured a shot of two men fighting on Edinburgh’s Princes Street, next to the city’s famous Scott Monument. The problem,... more
BlackBerry Once Again the Lone Canadian to Make List of World's Most Innovative Companies
Thomson Reuters this week recognized BlackBerry as one of the world's top 100 most innovative organizations of 2014. It was not the Waterloo-based smartphone pioneer's first time on the list.... more
Independent Stores Still Not Online, But That's Where Canadians Will Shop This Holiday Season
Retailers of all sizes are looking to grow their business during the crucial holiday season but need more help navigating the online shelf, according to a new survey conducted by Google Canada.... more
Whistler, New Home of GROW Conference, Nets Google eTown Award for Embracing Power of Web
Whistler recently received a Google eTown Award for 2014. The recognition for the world-class resort town came barely a week after Whistler hosted the GROW Conference, formerly held in downtown... more
Canadian Students Can Now Buy Digital Textbooks from Google
With summer ending and the back-to-school season approaching, Google is lending a hand – and textbooks – to students across Canada who are returning to the classroom. Google Canada... more
Five People You're Gonna Want to Meet at the GROW Conference
Five People You Should Meet At GROW By The GROW conference always has many extremely successful and impressive keynote speakers. This year's conference is taking... more
Google Adds Walking Tours of Canadian University Campuses to Street View
Google Street View has hit more college campuses. The software giant has added walking tours of 36 schools across North America, including several in Canada: the University of Calgary, the... more
Parks Canada Says It's Going to Capture More Panoramics of Historic Sites with Google Maps
In 2013 Parks Canada and Google began a two-year collaboration to document many of Canada's most iconic national heritage places through the unique panoramic lens of Google Street View. The... more
The Best Way to Keep Founders Around After an Acquisition
Facebook, Google, Salesforce, Twitter—all the top players in Silicon Valley want to get their hands on the best talent around. That’s why we’ve seen example after example of... more
Google Expands San Francisco Offices in Face of Protests
Despite frequent protests that high tech is hurting San Francisco—including Google employee buses being attacked on several occasions—the software giant is expanding its office space in... more
Spotify Launching in Canada Soon
    Spotify is gearing up for a Canadian launch. The music streaming service, popular in the US but not available in our country, is inviting Canadians to sign up via email for... more
Google Acquires Music Curator Songza to Integrate with 'Play Music All Access' Subscription Service
Google has acquired Songza. The software giant picked up the music playlist streamer for a rumoured $15 million, a paltry sum compared to the $4 billion valuation of Spotify and the $6 billion... more
Google Acquires Canadian Video Advertising Technology Startup
Google has acquired Toronto's mDialog, a video advertising technology startup in its investment portfolio. According to Google, mDialog represents the latest of their “ongoing investments in... more
Canadian Engineer Designs New Self-Driving Google Car
Google has designed a new self-driving car that omits the steering wheel, gas pedal, and even the driver's seat. "We’re now exploring what fully self-driving vehicles would look like by... more
The Universities That the Likes of Google, Apple, and Microsoft Prefer to Hire From
From which schools do the likes of Google, Apple, and Twitter score their employees from? The below graphic, tweeted by Bill Gross, answers that question. There is, unfortunately, only one... more
Google Play Music Brings 25 Million Songs to Streaming Canadians
Google this week brought its Play Music to Canadians. The streaming services gives Canadians accessed to 25 million songs on virtually any device for a "special launch price" of $8 (in July it... more
Google Owns You. But You Already Knew That, Right?
Just over 10 years ago, Google launched Gmail, a web-based email service that would compete with Microsoft’s Hotmail. When the service launched on April 1 of 2004 (a launch date which caused... more
Google Lays 12 Virtual Easter Eggs: Here's How to Find Them All
    This year there are 12 virtual easter eggs laid by Google that internet users can hunt for. Google suggests the easter eggs can only be hunted while using its Chrome browser,... more
How They Made the Giant Interactive Sculpture Hovering Above Vancouver for TED
A public sculpture in Vancouver will celebrate the city's first year of hosting the world-famous TED conference. Aaron Koblin, the director of Google's Creative Lab collaborated with TED speaker... more
Google Erecting 745-Foot Sculpture in Vancouver for TED That Can be Controlled by Your Smartphone
A public sculpture in Vancouver will celebrate the city's first year of hosting the world-famous TED conference. Aaron Koblin, the director of Google's Creative Lab collaborated with TED speaker... more
Tech Tycoons Dominate List of World's Wealthiest
Technology entrepreneurs continue to be a staple category among Forbes' annual list of the world's wealthiest individuals. In the top 20, there are the founders of Google, Sergey Brin (19th) and... more
Google Tried to Buy Toronto's InteraXon: Report
Software giant Google made a move to acquire Toronto-based InteraXon but the Canadian company wasn't interested in selling. InteraXon, which makes the brainwave-sensing headband Muse, was... more
In Unexpected Twist, Google Looks to Israel to Beef Up Online Security
You know the security software you’ve created is onto something when Google takes notice and purchases your company. That’s what happened to SlickLogin, a company from Israel whose... more
Google Expanding Its Presence in Kitchener with Giant New Office
Update: Google has confirmed this report. Google may be stepping up its presence in the Kitchener-Waterloo area. In 2011 Google opened a 34,000 square foot facility in Kitchener at the Tannery... more
Acquisitions and Sales Results Make Big Splash in Mobile industry
With 2014 barely out of the starting gate it appears that this year will be very eventful for the smartphone sector and the mobile industry at large based on recent events. This past week has... more
Voting Opens for Canada's 'Doodle 4 Google' Challenge
Google Canada has combed through thousands of doodles and now, with a list of finalists selected from across the nation, is allowing Canadians to vote for their favourite. "After reviewing... more
Lenovo Buys Motorola from Google for $2.9 Billion
Lenovo has acquired smartphone maker Motorola in a deal worth $2.91 billion, previous owner Google has confirmed. Google acquired Motorola in 2011 for $12.5 billion. The software giant sold off... more
Mass Appeal: Google Glass Adds Prescription Lenses, Fashion Designer Frames, and Sunglasses
Google understands that if its cutting-edge Glass technology wants to have any hope of reaching the mainstream, it can't make people look like hardcore tech geeks. It also needs to be as practical... more
Google's Targeted Ads Break Canadian Privacy Laws; Commissioner Promises Reform
Google has received a warning from Canada's Office of the Privacy Commissioner for falling afoul of this country's digital privacy laws. The watchdog was spurred to action by a complaint from a... more
This Holiday Season, Microsoft is Putting the Scrooge in Scroogled
Earlier this year, it was reported that Microsoft was going to put an end to their Scroogled campaign, the failed attempt at convincing consumers that Google equals bad and Microsoft equals good.... more
The 10 Things Canadians Searched for the Most Online This Year
Google tracks pretty much everything (surprise!) and as a result can tell us what Canadians searched for the most this year. The annual tradition of revealing users' online habits is done via... more
The Truth Behind Hummingbird: Google’s New Old Car
Many of us expect a lot from the Internet, and for the most part, it’s do-able. However, Google’s recent announcement of the new Hummingbird search algorithm triggered guesses of... more
Five Canadian Cities Win 2013 Google eTown Award
Google this month announced that five communities have received a Google eTown Award for 2013, celebrating the cities whose businesses are leading the way in embracing the opportunities of the... more
Google Brings Doodle Competition to Canada for First Time
Today, Google Canada launched Doodle 4 Google Canada, a contest for K-12 students across the country to design a doodle for the homepage. It's the first time a Google Doodle... more
Startup Grind Toronto Hosts Anish Acharya from Google Ventures
Last night Startup Grind Toronto and Aird and Berlis hosted Anish Acharya from Google Ventures to give an inspiring chat about start-ups, investing, and what Canada needs do to enhance their... more
Waterloo's Communitech Selected as Only Canadian Hotspot to Join Google Tech Hub Network
This morning, Waterloo's Communitech joined Google's exclusive Tech Hub Network for entrepreneurs. The network, which is comprised of seven hubs throughout North America, aims to support... more
Canadian Teenager Wins a Top Prize in Google's Global Science Fair
In June, we reported that four Canadian students had made regional finals in the Google Science Fair. Among them was 15-year-old Ann Makosinski from Victoria, who later that month made the final... more
The Next 36 and Google Host Hackathon to Build Software for Wearable Technology
This past weekend the Next 36 put on their first official Hackathon where Canada’s most innovative students were challenged to create new software on wearable computing hardware devices,... more
Canada’s First Google Glass Hackathon Yields Four New Apps
The organizer of the first Google Glass Hackathon, Macy Kuang, brought explorers and developers together last weekend to understand the new wearable technology and develop new platforms for it.... more
A Canadian Glasshole, Part III: Being in Public with Google Glass is Quite an Adventure
New to this article, be sure to read Part I of "A Canadian Glasshole" first. If you aren’t a fan of attention, you aren’t cut out for Google Glass, at least not while there are only... more
Canada’s Inaugural Google Glass Hackathon is in Toronto This Weekend
Most Canadians are still anticipating Google Glass’s official release in their country. They might have to wait a bit longer. But some already have a sleek pair and they are getting together... more
A Canadian Glasshole, Part II: Instead of Helping, Google Glass is Just a Distraction at Work
New to this article, be sure to read Part I of "A Canadian Glasshole" first. Wearing Google Glass at work right now is more counterproductive than it is adding value to your everyday job. The... more
A Canadian Glasshole, Part I: Google Glass Represents the Future, but as a Tool or a Toy?
As a kid who longed to have the Nintendo Power Glove under the tree but was only able to live vicariously through Fred Savage in The Wizard, opening up the white box marked Glass at home was a... more
Google Glass Slips into Mainstream as Company Drops 'Project' from Name
Google has dropped the word “Project” from their Twitter and Google+ pages for Google Glass and are now simply referring to Glass as "Google Glass." Although they are downplaying... more
Canadian Student Makes Finalist Round of 2013 Google Science Fair
Four Canadian teenagers made regional finalists for the Google Science Fair earlier this month. The online fair, which is the largest of its kind in the world, offers students the opportunity to... more
93% of Apple Users Run Latest iOS, 33% of Google Users Run Latest Android OS
One thing Apple's mobile platform has always excelled at is keeping its users up to date with the latest version of its operating system. This week Apple released iOS platform distribution... more
Multiculturalism is Key to Innovation: Can Canada Become the World's Talent Magnet?
Earlier this week Salesforce hosted 5,000 of their users and fans at a mini Dreamforce road show in Canada’s largest city. The day included a power-packed panel moderated by... more
Four Canadians Among Finalists in World's Largest Online Science Fair
Four Canadian teenagers have made regional finalists for the Google Science Fair. The online fair, which is the largest of its kind in the world, offers students the opportunity to pursue their... more
Google Launches Partners Pilot Exclusively in Canada
This week Google Canada launched a new partnership program in hopes of helping organizations all across the country. Web presence and online marketing is a big factor in today’s business... more
IdeaBoost Unveils Second Cohort of Six Canadian Startups
Six Canadian startups will be participating in the second round of ideaBoost, a business accelerator for companies focused on creating content and enabling technologies for the media and... more
Recon Instruments Reveals Heads-up Display Integrated with Sunglasses at Google I/O
Vancouver's Recon Instruments is showing off an early version of Recon Jet at Google’s annual developer conference, Google I/O. The high-performance heads-up display delivers information... more
You Can Now Tour the Inside of Rogers Retail Locations with Google Street View
Toronto's Rogers is the first telecommunications company in Canada to open its retail locations for interior Google Street View tours. Virtuo360 Global took a series of high-quality panoramic... more
Google Street View Steps Inside Parliament Hill
Google Street View is in the process of capturing images that will immortalize the inside of the House of Commons. The software giant, famous for the Street View function of its Maps product, is... more
Google May be Acquiring Cross-platform Messaging App WhatsApp for Close to $1 Billion
According to a new report from Digital Trends, software giant Google is currently negotiating a deal to acquire WhatsApp for "close to $1 billion." The deal began "four or five weeks ago," the... more
Google Canada Offering Community Grants to Local Organizations That Support Technology
Google wants to help Canadian nonprofit organizations. Google Canada is offering community grants for local organizations that are making a difference in helping improve access to technology,... more
Google Chromebooks Now Available in Canada
Today, Google announced that its lineup of cloud-based Chromebook laptop computers will be available in seven more countries, including Canada. Chromebooks, which are essentially notebooks that... more
Google Acquires University of Toronto Research Startup DNNresearch
The University of Toronto computer science department confirmed today that Google has acquired one of their startups lead by professor Geoffrey Hinton. DNNresearch Inc. was incorporated in 2012 and... more
Apple Named World's Most Admired Company Sixth Year in a Row, Tech Dominates List
Apple has been named the "World's Most Admired Company" for the sixth year in a row. In general, technology companies ruled the annual Fortune list. Four made the top 10: Google ranked second,... more
Google Draws Heat Over Poor Android App Privacy Policy
An Australian software developer says Google was providing him with personal information of everyone who purchased his mobile app. Sound like some sort of glitch? It wasn't. The customers' full... more
Microsoft Dethroned as Most Influential Canadian Brand by Google
Microsoft has been dethroned. Canadians think Google is the most influential brand in Canada, a recently updated list concludes. It happens to be a company based out of California and only two... more
Your Favourite Apps Have All Been Hacked: Android's Security Nightmare Continues
"The notion that a hack is a simple exfiltration of data at a particular point in time is very much over—hacking is now about the gathering and synthesis of information over long periods of... more
Audi and Toyota Plan to Unveil Self-Driving Cars at CES
One of Google's most fascinating side projects has been that of the self-driving car. And it's been remarkably successful, getting in only one minor accident which was actually the fault of... more
Google’s New Augmented Reality Game is Taking Over Canada
Google’s new augmented reality game, Ingress, is quickly becoming one of the best of its genre—and it’s still only in beta. The game, developed by Google’s Niantic Labs,... more
RIM Among 12 Major Tech Companies to Buy Kodak's 1,000 Patents at Bargain Bin Prices
The bankrupt Kodak sold more than 1,000 patents for $525 million to a consortium led by Intellectual Ventures and RPX Corp this week. The patents, which are mostly related to digital imaging, are... more
Hey, Sexy Lady: Psy's Gangnam Style Crowned Video of the Year in Canada
Carly Rae Jepsen is Canadian. Her viral hit "Call Me Maybe" has more than 361 million views on YouTube on the original music video alone (plus another trillion or so from parody hits). Justin... more
Google: We are Winning the Smartphone War (But are They Really?)
We all could have guessed Google believed it was winning the smartphone war. But we didn't really think they'd go out and proclaim it so bluntly. Google chairman Eric Schmidt stated to Bloomberg... more
Google Canada's Year in Review: Bacon, Bieber, and… Tennis?
Today, search engine giant Google released its Year in Review for Canadians. As most years in review go, the majority is predictable. Big events like Hurricane Sandy and the Olympics led trending... more
Google and Communitech Collaborate to Boost Canadian Startup Ecosystem
Google Canada and Communitech today announced a partnership to help mentor and grow a new generation of successful Canadian-led technology companies. "Google has been a great corporate supporter... more
Google's New Five-Floor Toronto Office is All About Keeping Employees Healthy
Today is the grand opening of Google's new Toronto office, which is a five-floor, colour coordinated plethora of signature Google quirks. For example, free lunches—one of Google's most... more
Google to Government: Don't Bother Regulating Online Privacy Policies
Software giant Google feels there is no need for governments to regulate online privacy policies. A policy manager for Google Canada told the House of Commons that it's too difficult to determine... more
Android Finally Catches up to Apple with 700,000 Apps
There are now more than 700,000 apps available for the Android platform, Google revealed today. It's the first time ever that Google's mobile platform has had as many apps as Apple's iOS. Last... more
Canadian Sues Google for Intercepting and Using Personal Information Through Gmail
A retiree living on the Sunshine Coast in BC has filed a class action lawsuit against Google. Wayne Plimmer alleges that Google’s Gmail service “intercepts, obtains and uses... more
How Can Facebook Be Successful Long-term When Its Predecessor Lasted Just Five Years?
Marcel Côté, Senior Partner and co-founder of SECOR, which was recently acquired by KPMG, recently published “Innovation Reinvented” along with Dr. Roger Miller. For 35... more
Microsoft Accuses Google of Trying to Kill HTML5 Mobile Video Standardization
Vancouver's Destiny Media thinks that Microsoft accused Google of trying to kill mobile video. "The industry attempted to standardize on a common format as part of the new HTML5 browser standard,... more
BlackBerry Lost More Brand Value This Year Than Any Other Company
BlackBerry lost an astonishing 39% of its brand value this year, according to Interbrand. As a result, the Canadian tech brand plunged from 56th to 93rd on the list of world's most valuable... more
Google's 675,000 Apps Have Been Downloaded 25 Billion Times
Today Google shared some fresh numbers with the world relating to its mobile platform, Android. The software giant says that its app store, Google Play, has 675,000 apps. This is not far behind... more
Google Maps Now Lets Users Dive Underwater to Explore the Sea with Street View
Google Street View is about a lot more than just streets these days. The popular feature of Google Maps just got even more cool with the addition of an ocean collection, which is quite literally... more
Canadian Research Illustrates Flaws in Antitrust Laws Worldwide
A technological war is being transformed into a legal battle in the case of Google in Europe and in the US. Google must defend itself against charges that it has abused its dominant market... more
5 Canadian Cities win Google eTown Award
Google Canada announced today that 5 Canadian cities have won a Google eTown Award. Moncton, Dorval, Parry Sound, Canmore and Duncan are being recognized as Canada's leading towns embracing the... more
Multi-Screen Mania: 90% of People Use Multiple Devices to Accomplish One Goal
If an Apple iPad and a Samsung television were in a Western movie together, you'd probably envision some serious bloodshed. After all, Apple and Samsung hate each other. But you'd be wrong.... more
Google Maps Reveals Canadians' Favourite Summer Destinations
Google used search queries from its Maps product to determine the most popular summer destinations for Canadians a host of other countries in 2012. In Canada, Niagra Falls was the most searched... more
Malware is Plaguing Android More Than Ever Before, Report Finds
Google seems to be turning a blind eye as Android becomes increasingly plagued by a wide range of malware. Antivirus company McAfee's latest report is unsettling for owners of Android tablets and... more
Is This the End of Interruptive Advertising?
Is this the end of interuptive advertising? In short, no. Industry experts and opinion enthusiasts have been debating the top of native vs. interruptive advertising, quick to predict the end of... more
Google and Apple are Both Hungry for Bankrupt Kodak's Treasure Trove of Patents
Eastman Kodak is planning to auction 1,100 digital patents. Apparently some eager companies just can't wait to scoop them up: the now bankrupt company has already received two bids from investor... more
Has Android's Marketshare Peaked? Google's Mobile Platform Loses Ground
Google's Android has spread like wildfire since its debut in September 2008. In many countries across the world, including Canada and US, it leads smartphone marketshare by most counts. But this... more
Which Mobile Platform is Best Positioned to Win in the Enterprise Long Term?
Which mobile platform is best positioned to win in the enterprise long term? We'll give you a hint: the answer is a lot different than four years ago. According to a freshly published annual... more
Canadian Startup Launches 'Four Dimensional' Search Engine, QuadLook
Toronto-based startup TTP Logic Group, a self-described "pioneer" of four dimensional search, has launched a beta search engine called QuadLook. QuadLook categorizes search result content... more
Once Worth $200 Million, Digg Sells for $16 Million
Digg was founded in 2004. By 2008 it was worth $200 million, the price Google reportedly offered to buy it for. This week, the site sold for just $500,000. The move strikes some similarities with... more
Adobe is Killing Flash for Android Next Month
When Apple visionary Steve Jobs launched the iPhone, and later the iPad, without support for Adobe's seemingly ubiquitous Flash technology, critics lashed out, saying he had gone too far with his... more
Google's Latest Figures: 425 Million Gmail Users, 310 Million Chrome Users
Today at Google I/O, the software giant revealed some fresh numbers relating to its popular Chrome web browser and Gmail email client. According to Google, more than 425 million now use Gmail,... more
Google+ Integrates with Flipboard. Who Gets the Better Deal Here?
Today, Google announced that its social network, Google+, will soon become deeply integrated with everyone's second-favourite curated mobile magazine, Flipboard (the first, naturally, is the... more
Asus Executive: Yes, Google is Launching Its Own Android Tablet This Month
A Google-branded Android tablet has been the heart of many rumours over the past year. At long last, there is something concrete to place hope on. The 7-inch Asus-made tablet, expected to cost... more
Google's Andy Rubin: Nearly One Million Android Devices are Activated Every Single Day
Google's Andy Rubin, who is an integral component of the company's Android team, has been the target of recent rumours that suggest he's leaving Android to join a startup. Yesterday, he not only... more
Find and Book Flights with Google's Flight Search for Canada
Google has launched Flight Search in Canada, allowing users to find and book flights from Canadian airports. "If you live in Canada and are thinking of hitting the Florida beaches to celebrate the... more
Google Cultural Institute Includes Three Canadian Cities in Launch of World Wonders Project
Three beautiful Canadian cities have been included in the initial launch of the Google Cultural Institute's World Wonders Project. These cities are the Historic District of Quebec City, Ottawa's... more
Changing the World with Google’s Robert Wong at C2-MTL
Robert Wong is the Executive Creative Director of Google’s Creative Lab. We got a chance to speak to Robert after his praiseworthy keynote (Robert Safian from Fast Company thinks so, too!).... more
Google Becoming Irrelevant: Social Search to Own 70% of Searching by 2013
Google’s search marketing services may be becoming irrelevant due to the rise of social search. That’s in addition to a failure to recognize that Google+ cannot be the sole solution to... more
Tech Companies Still Dominate World's Top Brands
Technology companies still dominate BrandZ's list of the world's top brands, market research agency Millward Brown has revealed. But that's not very shocking—there are technology's glory... more
Google Chrome Coming to Apple iPhone and iPad
Even among Apple fans, there are many Google Chrome lovers. Fortunately for them, Safari may be on the verge of losing its relative monopoly on Apple's iOS platform: Google is expected to release... more
Toronto's Engagio Evolves into 'Social Conversations Network,' Adds Chrome Extension to Make Gmail Social
Toronto startup Engagio is becoming what it calls a "Social Conversations Network," which combines "the convenience of the social inbox utility with the power of the network via a new Engagement... more
Don't Sell Your Android Device
Don't sell your Android device. Seriously, don't. Getting a new one? That's fine. Tuck your old one in your closet. Better yet, drill a hole through its heart or take a sledgehammer to the thing.... more
Toronto's Uberflip Dominates Google Chrome Store
Toronto-born Uberflip, a cloud-based PDF enhancement tool with embeddable social widgets like YouTube videos, finished 4th at the Road to Banff Canada 3.0 competition. It has since held a high... more
Google Brings Indoor Street View to Businesses in Canada
Google's Street View feature in Maps is fun, but it's frustrating when you can't do more than look at the exterior signage of businesses. Fortunately, the software giant has now made this possible.... more
Google Launches AdWords for Everyone, Offers $50 Million in Free Advertising
Today, Google made AdWords for video available to everyone. The software giant is pushing this advertising platform as the next frontier of online ads. Google points out that YouTube sees more... more
Google Jumps into Real-Time Display Advertising, Advertisers to Only Pay for Viewed Impressions
Just as digital analytics company comScore took steps earlier this year to address the 30% of display ads that are invalid, Google is doing much of the same in working with the Interactive... more
Oracle Almost Bought RIM (in 2009)
Larry Ellison's company almost acquired Research In Motion, according to a testimony in court. The CEO revealed the fact while testifying in court against Google - but the big-game acquisition was... more
City of Edmonton First Major Canadian Municipality to Switch to Gmail; Expects to Save $6 Million
The City of Edmonton is switching to Gmail. And it's saving $6 million by doing so. The City will become Canada's first major municipality to make the switch to Google email and office apps.... more
Google Art Project Welcomes the AGO as the First Canadian Museum in Its Collection
For just over a year now, Google has been hard at work pulling together an enormous online collection of high-resolution images, paintings and other pieces of art from museums and galleries around... more
Google Joins HootSuite and Adobe in Attempting to Quantify Social Media ROI
Google has launched new social reports that aim to quantify the return of investment of social media. Phil Mui, Google Analytics group product manager, says that Google wants to "tie... more
$3.38 Billion Bell-Astral Deal Includes Astral Advertising For Cross-Media Sync Mix
The Bell-Astral $3.38 billion dollar proposed merger dominated headlines last week and I was even asked to appear on CBC Radio. However, it's an extremely complicated deal- so complicated that the... more
Facebook Not Coming to Kitchener-Waterloo After All, Inside Source Says
Back in November, Techvibes reported that Facebook may expand its Canadian operations to Kitchener, where competitor Google already operates out of. Facebook, which has its Canadian... more
Google's Chrome Web Browser Has Security Flaws Exploited in Vancouver Hacking Contest
At a Vancouver information technology conference this week, Google's Chrome web browser took some lumps and bruises. During this year's CanSecWest Vancouver, Pwn2Own competitors attempted to... more
Android Market is Now Officially Called the 'Google Play Store'
Google's digital storefront, the Android Market, is being re-branded. The store, which sells mobile apps in addition to online content such as music and books, will now be called the "Google Play... more
RIM Won't be Happy to Learn That Google's New Tablet May be Called 'Play'
Waterloo-based Research In Motion launched the BlackBerry PlayBook, known effectively as just "PlayBook," in April last year. It was not a name that everyone liked, but it was definitely different... more
The Average User Spends Seven Hours Per Month on Facebook. For Google+? Three Minutes
As Google continues to shove its social network, Google+, down users' throats, the concept of engagement—a rather crucial component of a social community—seems totally lost on the... more
When Larry Met Sergey: The Evolution of Google from Grad School to $150 Billion Company
Google is a tremendous success story in technology—two young guys, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, realized the potential of the internet and capitalized on it by creating the world's best search... more
First Ever Ship Wars Competition Held At Google Waterloo
On January 24th, Google hosted their first ever Ship Wars Programming Competition at Google Waterloo, allowing many Kitchener-Waterloo software engineers to participate.  The competition is... more
Mediative Shows in iPhone Study That Mobile Listings Need Social Proof to Be Effective in Google Places
This past fall and just recently, we've talked about a various number of newer advertising optimization technologies on Techvibes as part of our advertising technology series. One of them is known... more
Google's Three Step Strategy in Mobile Advertising for Agencies and Brands
There were echoes in the advertising industry last year that search advertising which Google has dominated in so many ways over the past decade was about to decline in terms of revenue in the wake... more
Facebook Developer Launches 'Dont Be Evil' Plugin For Less Biased Google Search Results [VIDEO]
A group of engineers has built a bookmarklet that redirects Google's new social search to results that include all social networks—including Twitter, Tumblr, and even MySpace—versus... more
Twitter: Google+ Does Not Concern Us
Twitter has spoken. And Google+ is not on its radar. Co-founder Jack Dorsey spoke at a technology conference yesterday and stated that his company was much more than a social network and that... more
Google Numbers: 250 Million Android Devices, 11 Billion App Downloads, 90 Million Google+ Users
Search engine and software behemoth Google released several big non-financial numbers today during its Q4 earnings report. (The financial numbers, while decent, actually fell short of Wall Street... more
Top 10 Most Used Android Apps in Canada
While Knowlton Thomas named the iPhone and iPad apps of the year in an article last month, I thought we'd take a look at Android apps which seem to cater to a different non-obsessed Apple consumer... more
Google Reacts to Twitter's Response in Civil Manner, but We Know That Blood is Boiling
Yesterday, Google announced salient changes to its search engine. Most notably, it placed an emphasis on Google+. We’re […] introducing three new features: 1. Personal Results,... more
Google+ is Officially Becoming Relevant in Search. It Might Be Time to Get a Google+ Profile
Jon Mitchell at Read Write Web has been an outspoken proponent of how Google+ may ruin search results as he believes the Internet will "warp" if the only way to matter is to Google-optimize. He... more
These are the Five Most Leading Edge Technology Brands in Canada
What brands are considered "leading edge" by Canadians? Ipsos Reid conducted a nationwide survey of Canadian adults to find out. As part of its Ipsos Influence Index study to identify key factors... more
Google Surprised And Confused By Canada’s Most Popular Search
Canada is known as an Internet savvy country.  In fact, according to the CBC, Canada leads the pack when it comes to Internet adoption and usage.  This fact is more than likely what has... more
Google Extends Free Voice Calling to Canadians for Another Year
Google has decided to extend free calling in Canada and the U.S. for another year. Quoth Vincent Paquet, Group Product Manager: As the holiday season approaches, we're happy to announce that... more
Google Launches New Ad Formats for Tablets and Smartphones
Google has released new ad formats for tablets. The software giant has been researching how people use tablets every day. In recognizing emerging trends, Google believes that tablet-specific ad... more
Google Denies Carrier IQ Usage; Apple Says It's Axed the Software
More news on the Carrier IQ front. Google has come forth to deny that it authorizes Carrier IQ on any of its Android handsets and Apple says it once supported the software but doesn't anymore. And,... more
Canada Lacks Transparency and Access to Information, But Government and Business Are Taking Steps Forward
At Tuesday’s Freedom of Information (Or Not) event hosted by the Canadian Journalism Foundation the Information Commissioner of Canada Suzanne Legault said:  “Transparency is an... more
Google's Earth Outreach is now in Canada
Google has officially launched its Earth Outreach program in Canada. Google Earth Outreach helps nonprofit organizations using Google Earth and Maps. The program has highlighted climate change... more
Samsung Galaxy Nexus available for pre-ordering, launching in Bell stores early December
The Samsung Galaxy Nexus is going to be widely available across Canada from the big three carriers, Rogers, Telus, and Bell. The phone will include the new Android Ice Cream Sandwich operating... more
Google+ Joins Twitter In Saying That It's Not a Social Network. But Isn't It?
This article was originally published on Smedio. There’s no doubt that Google+ started on the right note – it came, saw and conquered the hearts of people all over the world. It... more
Google+ Pages vs. Facebook Pages – Let The Battle Begin!
This article was originally published on Smedio. When Google+ launched, it was widely projected as the next big Facebook Killer. While that didn’t happen, Google did a remarkable job of... more
Mobify’s mobile web platform showcased in Google’s GoMo initiative
Vancouver's Mobify announced last week that they’ve been selected by Google for their new GoMo program. Google’s GoMo initiative is designed to help businesses embrace mobile by... more
Google launches eBookstore in Canada
Google has launched its ebooks platform in Canada today. The Google eBookstore offers up digital books in the same fashion as Amazon and Kobo, offering content readable on Android and Apple... more
Why Google settled for $500 million over illegal Canadian pharmaceutical ads [infographic]
Google settled with the Department of Justice over illegal Canadian pharmaceutical ads for a ridiculous amount of money in August, but why? One would have thought that Google surely might be able... more
Toronto's Dealfind partners with Google Offers
Toronto-based Dealfind announced today that it has partnered with Google Offers. As a result of Dealfind's partnership with Google Offers, Dealfind's participating businesses will have... more
U.S. Government Requested User Data From Google 6,000 Times in 6 Months; Canada just 50
America's government is the world's most active requester of data of search engine giant Google, the company's latest Transparency Report says, while Canada's government is one of the least active.... more
Google looks to expand its Quebec presence
Google Quebec is expanding. The software giant is raising its profile in Canada's French-speaking province by adding a new business office. This office will focus on assisting local businesses... more
Google wants Canadians to update Google Maps
Google has created its Google Maps feature largely from its own hands up to this point—an impressive feat. But the softwarwe giant has now admitted that it cannot complete its vision alone... more
Google+ to roll our 'major improvements' soon
Google plans to roll out several major improvements to its social network, Google+, during the next three months. One early improvement will be Google Doc integration. This enhancement is expected... more
Is Google+ Dead, Dying or Alive and Kicking?
This article was originally published on Smedio. The Google+ euphoria finally seems to be settling down. There’s no doubt that Google’s second innings in social media started with... more
Google Wallet Launching In Canada Early 2012, Competition Ready To Charge!
According to a recent CBC article, Google will be launching it’s mobile phone payment system early next year.  While Google is new to to wireless point-of-sale payments, they excel at... more
Google engineer pens 5,000-word argument on why Google+ is 'pathetic'
Google engineer Steve Yegge posted a note on Google+ last night intended to be internal—but winded up external. His 5,000 word, essay-like rant was bursting at the seams with one strong... more
Google launches a premium Analytics platform
A lot of small businesses use Google Analytics because it’s free and easy to use. However, as your business grows, you might soon require more advanced functionality and more dedicated... more
Google+ goes public and adds slew of new features
Google+ has scrapped the invite system and is now open to everyone. It remains in beta but anyone can sign up for the social network. In a blog post Google talks about making 91 improvements to... more
Google buys 1,000 IBM patents to build war chest
Google has purchased 1,023 patents from International Business Machines, it's been revealed. Following its $12-billion acquisition of Motorola, which added more than 20,000 patents to... more
Google acquires Zagat
Software giant Google has acquired review and recommendation master Zagat for an undisclosed sum. Zagat, founded in 1979, put itself up for sale for $200 million in 2008 but then took itself off... more
Google's Chris O'Neill: Canada loves the internet but businesses need to use to better
Ontarian Chris O'Neill is a Google exec who, after five years working out of the company's California headquarters, has returned home to run Google Canada. In a recent interview with The Globe and... more
Google launches Canadian online movie service to compete with Netflix
Google is going head-to-head with Netflix in Canada by launching a YouTube-based movie rental service. Known simply as YouTube Movies, the service which launched in the US earlier this year, is now... more
Google's Acquisitions by Country: Canada comes in at #2 with six
Woork up's Antonio Lupetti has turned a comprehensive list of Google acquisitions on Wikipedia into a pretty sweet infographic. The infographic covers 102 acquisitions over 11 years and the USA... more
Small business: the next frontier for Canadian digital media companies
Over the past year, I’ve noticed an influx of Canadian digital media companies creating programs geared towards small to medium-sized business (SMBs). This is definitely a sign that the... more
Maybe not so hot after all? Just 17% of Google+ users are actually active
Google saw 25 million people join its Plus social network in its first month. We've heard the stats: took Facebook 852 day to reach its first 10 million users, that Twitter took 780 days,... more
Google acquires Motorola Mobility $12.5 billion, seizing war chest of patents and first hardware platform
Google is adding some big weaponry to its arsenal with a $12.5-billion acquisition of Motorola Mobility. The deal, which saw the software giant pay a 63% premium on the ailing mobile device... more
Google+ adds games; Facebook adds new gaming features
Casual gaming is becoming a big business in the electronics and social media industries. Not one to be left behind, the new social network, Google+, just released a new feature that will allow... more
Google launches Engage Canada partner program
Google officially launched their Engage Canada program yesterday in Toronto at an all-day event at the Carlu. Advertising agencies, small business owners, webmasters, and search engine... more
Google openly attacks Microsoft, who fires back with double the ammo
Google made it known yesterday that it's pissed. David Drummond penned a blog post outlining how thw software giant was fed up with companies using "bogus patents" to afflict Android. And he wasn't... more
Google+'s Sparks feature disappoints: Comparing Aggregation and Semantics across Major Social Media Players
While Techvibes' Knowlton Thomas reported that Google + reached 10 million users in 16 days, let’s not jump the gun and call Google's latest foray into social media a smashing success yet. I... more
Resistance to Google+ is futile
The shiny new thing in social media this month is Google+ (aka Google Plus or G+). It launched in beta/invite only mode at the end of June, since attracting an estimated 18 million users. Will it... more
Want to spend $55 per click on Google AdWords? Get into the insurance business
As any advertiser knows, Google AdWords are not all the same. Buying up a keyword category like "software" will run you a lot more than "furniture." Even in online advertising, costs are largely... more
Do not talk about Google+ on Facebook or you will be punished
Ad's headline: "Add Michael to Google+." Ad's copy: "If you're lucky enough to have a Google+ account, add Michael Lee Johnson, Internet Geek, App Developer, Technological Virtuoso." Ad's photo:... more
Google+ blitzes to 10 million users in just two weeks
Google+ is blazing up the charts, racking up 10 million users in just two weeks, despite being invite-only and despite launching with out a lot of marketing and hype-up beforehand. Google's... more
Can't we all just get along? Facebook blocks export tool, denying easy switchover to Google+
Facebook has explicitly stated that it does not fear Google+. That Google's latest social network effort simply validates Facebook, but does not threaten to replace it. This may be true, or it may... more
Google launches e-reader with one neat perk… but it's not for sale in Canada
As is occurring to the now overly saturated the tablet space, the realm of e-readers has become a little crowded. Google has launched it's first e-reader, the oddly named "iriver Story HD," which... more
Google gets hardly any requests for users' data in Canada compared to global average
According to a Google transparency report, Canadian government departments, entities, and agencies asked Google to cough up data on 38 users over six months last year (July to December), primarily... more
Techvibes' Comprehensive list of Canadian Tech Acquisitions [updated - now 75 transactions]
Canada's startup ecosystem tends to measure success with financings and acquisitions. Since Angel and VC financings often go unreported, it's easier to track the state of the Canadian Startup space... more
Shifting into Overdroid: Six Android-based mobile devices are being activated every single second
Last year, 100,000 Android devices were being activated per day. Last month, it was 400,000. Now, thanks to a growth rate of more than four percent per week, it has already hit 500,000—that's... more
New speakers for GROW announced, including big names from HootSuite, Google, Facebook, and more
The roster of speakers for this year's second-annual GROW Conference in Vancouver is looking more and more impressive. Many interesting speakers were already lined up, from Beyond the Rack... more
Sempo Canada Search Summit happens in Vancouver on June 29
The first ever SEMPO Canada Search Summit in Vancouver, organized by SEMPO Canada and Google Canada teams, is happening on June 29 at the Empire Landmark (1400 Robson Street). SEMPO... more
Google gets social with acquisition of Waterloo startup PostRank
Today, Google has acquired Waterloo-based startup PostRank, which was founded in 2007. The move demonstrates Google's desire to emphasize the "social" aspects of its business. From PostRank's... more
Google banks on Canada long-term with launch of major Kitchener-Waterloo hub
Google is banking on Canada's long-term business relevance with the official launch of its enormous 34,000 square-foot office, a thorough revamping of its originally puny Canadian headquarter. The... more
99 percent of Google's Android smartphones possess a major security flaw
Everyone likes taking advantage of free wi-fi. But while doing so, someone may be taking advantage of you. Google's Android OS for smartphones has been found by researchers to be considerably... more
Tension between rivals rises as Facebook gets caught for smear campaigning Google
Akin to how Google was playing a little dirty trying to uncover similarities between its search engine and Microsoft's bing, Facebook has confessed to mud-slapping Google's Social Circle. A PR... more
Google announces 'Chromebook' PCs. Who the heck is gonna buy these things?
At any given point in time, there are numerous stupid ideas floating about. Google's Chromebook PC is currently one of them. Google plans to launch these devices at the start of June for between... more
Google I/O Conference to be streamed to Waterloo offices
Google I/O brings together thousands of developers for two days of deep technical content, focused on building the next generation of web, mobile, and enterprise... more
How to tell if your Android is a male or female
Google decided to take a very different approach from BlackBerry and Apple. Instead of a fruit theme, the "Don't Be Evil" search engine titan created a vast army of robots. Their true temperament... more
Google's free websites and .ca domains program is a hit across Canada
On March 29th, Google launched a program offering free websites with .ca domains, and free advice for businesses across Canada. The program was met with a lot of excitement as over... more
Will Research in Motion, Nokia, or Apple outbid Google for Nortel's patent portfolio?
A new report claims that Waterloo's Research in Motion is pondering outbidding Google's $900-million offer for Nortel's stockpile of thousands of patents. Google bid on the patents because it's a... more
The Androids have taken over Rogers
The droids have landed! A la iRobot, Google's little green Androids have taken over Rogers. An intro video shows the Droids pell off components of the original Rogers website. In its place, they... more
Can Android eclipse the iPad like it eclipsed the iPhone?
Apple's dominance in the tablet space is remarkable and seemingly formidable. But the same thing was said about the iPhone, which Android has handily trounced in a relatively short window of time.... more
YouTube to enter the realm of live content
Google 's YouTube aims to deliver live-streamed events. The popular video website is founded on the concept of homemade videos being posted to the web (it's tagline is "Broadcast... more
Toronto's Pushlife acquired by Google for $25 Million
StartupNorth just reported that Toronto's PushLife has been acquired by Google for a reported $25 Million. The news was first tweaked by fellow Mantella portfolio company Chango. PushLife is a... more
Google's Android on the cusp of four billion downloaded apps milestone; pace well ahead of Apple
Watching AndroidLib's real-time estimation of downloaded apps from Google's Android Market is an amazing thing. Currently, it's pegged at 126 apps per second—yes, per second. Which means it... more
Google looks to buy Nortel's 6,000 patents for $900 million
Canada's Nortel Networks, once one of the largest telco titans on the planet, was also one of the world's greatest crash-and-burn stocks. Peaking at nearly $40 billion during the infamous dot-com... more
Google Canada offers free websites and .ca domains for Canadian small businesses
Google Canada hosted a packed event in Toronto yesterday, to announce that they will be offering free websites and .ca web domains for a year for all Canadian small businesses.  The event was... more
What if Google bought Twitter?
I understand this proposition seems slightly outrageous, but the title was really meant to draw your attention to a few things I have noticed in the past little while. Twitter needs a revenue... more
Google wants to help small businesses to get online
Google Canada is hosting a launch party in Toronto next week for their Canada Get Your Business Online initiative. The event, which will be hosted by Kevin O'Leary from Dragon's Den, will take... more
Google employees using 20 per cent time to solve problems in Japan
Going beyond soliciting donations and building awareness — both of which are good things, mind you — the staff at Google is using their “20 per cent time” to solve problems... more
Care about your end user – a key lesson from The Art of Marketing Conference #TAOM
The morning session at The Art of Marketing Conference in Toronto yesterday focused on a central theme – caring about your customers and pleasing your website’s end user. Avinash... more
Twitter says it's nowhere near an IPO - 'We are really just getting started'
The rumours have been churning with an ever increasing pace over the past couple of months, but Twitter insists it's not planning for an IPO. In fact, it's not even close to that stage. Twitter... more
Google improves its search algorithm to filter out low-quality websites
The search algorithm used by Google is world famous for its effectiveness, largely unrivalled even after a decade of widespread use. Recently, however, the company has started to take a lot of... more
Google Gets Grief: 'Don't be evil' motto called into question over children's doodle contest
The intentions of a company and the perception of the company's audience sometimes do not align parallel. Google, with its famous "Don't be evil" corporate motto, has taken some criticism in its... more
Hiring spree: Google wants more Canadians
Google, which has more than 24,000 employees. But its Canadian workforce is a pittance of this at just 200 people—less than one percent of all employees. But now Google is planning its first... more
Twitter in talks with Facebook and Google over acquisition prospect
Can you imagine if either social network giant Facebook or search titan and Android maker Google got ahold of Twitter? Apparently, it's a remote possibility. According to the Wall Street Journal,... more
Scamming the internet: How Google can be a villain when it tries to be a hero
Techvibes editor Knowlton Thomas ran an interesting article on Primerica. He asked how a scam like Primerica can survive in a world with the internet—when all you have to do is google... more
Google predicts that online display advertising will be smarter and sexier by 2015
Barry Salzman, Google’s Managing Director, Media and Platforms, Americas educated the Toronto Advertising Week crowd today on the topic of "The Future of Display Ads: 7 Predictions for 2015."... more
Google set to hire 6,200 new employees. But is this a sign that the company is in trouble?
Start polishing up those resumes: Google is set to begin the largest hiring spree in its history across all departments. The Internet giant is taking on several new projects and challenges, and... more
Groupon refused to let Google buy it – so now Google has made its own Groupon. Can it succeed?
I suppose we shouldn't be surprised. It didn't begin long ago; around early December of last year, rumours began churning that Google wouldn't attempt to buy Groupon. Shortly after, it did,... more
Google's Eric Schmidt shocks tech world; steps down from CEO throne
Eric Schmidt has abruptlyended his decade-long reign as Google's CEO. He will pass the position along to co-founder Larry Page in early April, according to a company blog post. The goal of the... more
Google's Android logo comes to life
Google's PR department must be on fire! Just this morning gadget blog Dvice reported that two Japanese companies, RT Corp. and Brilliant Service, have built a live-action functional... more
Why Google sucks and what you should use instead
I am a Google fanboy through and through. I have an Android phone, use Google apps for basically everything and have had Google as my default home page since I was a kid. They are a huge part of my... more
Get competitive and learn about the Google App Engine with Year One Labs
Google and Year One Labs are hosting a hackathon in Montreal on January 22nd, and pairs of coders will be competing to see who can build the best web app in under eight hours. Using Google’s... more
Google's latest idea: The digital newsstand
Newsstands. In an era where newspapers and magazines were the best and only way to access your daily or weekly news, a newsstand on the corner of a busy city intersection was a staple. Now,... more
Google's new chief of Canadian operations seems pretty down on Canadian innovators
While praising Canadian consumers as being forward-thinking and adaptable, Google's country director for Canada Chris O’Neill took a swipe at the Canadian e-commerce sector. He said that the... more
It's official: Facebook gets more visits than Google... but not really
2010 has marked social network Facebook's surpassing of search engine Google in visits. earned 8.9 percent of American webpage visits from January to November 2010. earned... more
Is Google really the end of the world as we know it?
Kel Auletta's Googled: The End of the World of We Know It is less about Google and more about the death of old media and the rise of "new" media, AKA digital media. Which isn't necessarily a... more
Google versus Facebook: Who will rule the internet?
Google is an internet titan - the clear choice for searching the web, the simplest way to buy ads, or earn money from others' ads, the best way to find directions and search the globe, the best way... more
Why your startup needs (or doesn't need) a mobile app - and which platforms to make one for
Does your startup need a mobile app? Perhaps. Perhaps not. It depends on what your product or service is, what your budget is, and what your audience is. Product or service This is an obvious... more
Google TV: Operating System or Service?
Google TV hasn’t launched as successfully as many might have hoped. The “cord-cutters” were getting excited. They wanted to cancel their cable subscription and have Google... more
Is Chrome capable of competing with Microsoft and Apple on a PC level?
Google loves launching products and services that directly compete with established competitors, particularly Microsoft and Apple—Google Docs (Microsoft Office), Google TV (Apple TV), Android... more
Amazon and Google hate Canada, but Toronto's Kobo is to the rescue
Amazon Canada isn't selling its famous Kindle e-reader to Canadians this holiday season, despite it being a hot ticket on the Christmas wishlist of many Northern bookworms and curious cats. (Citing... more
Google won't be getting Groupon, but two other companies acquired and online bookstore launched
While it looks like Google’s attempt to acquire Groupon is truly dead, deceased, run down the curtain and gone to join the choir invisible, that hasn’t stopped the search giant from... more
Google Maps now shows bike lanes for Canadian cities
Vancouver’s Mayor Gregor Robertson is going to be happy about the latest development from Google; yesterday, they announced that Google Maps will be featuring bike routes in Canada. Ottawa,... more
Groupon's purchase by Google for $2.5 billion just a rumour, apparently
Is the will-they-or-won’t-they saga of Google buying Groupon over? is reporting that it is: Groupon has been bought by Google for $2.5 billion. From Vator: Google has just... more
How many multi billion-dollar companies need to buy this for the savings to work?
Hilarious find on Techcrunch today; if you haven’t seen this yet, prepare to be blown away by the savings: It’s like you’re losing money by not buying it! Another good find by... more
Google's Nexus S to use NFC techology to work like debit card
Credit cards, and increasingly, debit cards, are using RFID chips for tap-and-pay transactions more and more. So, is it any surprise that Google’s next phone will have such technology built... more
Reports: Google to purchase Groupon before 2010 is out
The New York Post reported yesterday that Google is close to purchasing social buying innovator Groupon, for between $2.5–3 billion. From The Post: “It will probably happen in the... more
Google unveils 'tap-and-pay' smartphone - but what's wrong with cards?
Google unveiled a new mobile phone embedded with a chip that transforms it into a virtual wallet enables consumers to "tap and pay."  "You will be able to take these mobile devices that will... more
Canadian Fashion vs. Google Fashion
I often stand on a pedestal and shout incessantly about the importance of promoting and buying Canadian fashion to anyone and everyone that will listen. Now, I finally... more
NHL partners with Google to give fans real-time scores
If you’re on Google these days and do a search for “hockey,” you may notice that Google has the scores for today’s NHL matches and links to league resources right there... more
Google raises salaries of 'best employees in the world' by over $200,000,000
A sign that the recession is truly over? Search engine beast and Android maker Google Inc. is officially granting 10 percent raises to all 23,000+ of its employees next year. Google, consistently... more
Advertise your business for FREE on Google
Do you own a business or know somebody that does? Many small and medium businesses do not know that you can get some free advertising using Google Places. Verified Places owners can promote... more
From Google and Apple to Rogers and Bell... Which streaming video service is right for you?
2010 has seen online video streaming become considerably more mainstream in Canada than most expected a year or two past. With Netflix freshly launched here, in addition to Bell's new service, plus... more
Germans want their homes unrecognizable on Google Street View
We reported yesterday that Google was in hot water here in Canada over their Street View program, but it looks like they’re running into problems in Germany as well. Street View is set to... more
Privacy Commissioner: Google Street View collected data from wireless networks illegally
The Office opf the Privacy Commissioner of Canada has ruled that Google violated Canadian privacy laws by inappropriately collecting information from unsecured wireless networks during the... more
'Facebook for the enterprise': Microsoft Office now in the cloud with new Office 365 [video]
Microsoft has now launched a completely online edition of its popular Office suite of applications. The new service is called Office 365. It's available as a limited test currently. It will... more
Polar Mobile to develop 500 new apps for Windows Phone 7
Microsoft seems to be hitting the ground running, swinging and body-checking in all directions. With the spectacular failure of its Windows Mobile and "Kin" marring the company's stock prospects in... more
Google is NOT a one-trick pony
Google recently reported a very strong quarter with an impressive 23% jump in revenue from last year. In a statement, CEO Eric Schmitt cited strength in the company’s core search business... more
How close are we to mass-market driverless cars? Google is working on it
I've never minded taking the Skytrain, West Coast Express, or buses. One of the reasons is because I don't have to worry about my surroundings and the context of my transportation route. I can... more
Thanksgiving Day Tech Roundup
We know you're going to be really busy on Thanksgiving today, but why pass up on your daily dose of sizzling hot tech news? Have both. Here are some top tech stories to get your grey matter... more
Sony's Google-integrated television prices leaked
Sony is the manufacturer of Google's premier television roster. According to Sony Insider, there will be four TV sets racing out of the gate: a 24-inch model for less than $1,000, a 32-inch... more
News in Short: Twitter changes CEO (again), Google gives iPhone some Goggles with visual search app
Twitter changes CEO (again) Twitter yesterday announced that Dick Costolo has become its new chief executive officer (CEO). Dick will replace @Ev, also known as Evan Williams, who is a co-founder... more
I can see my igloo from there! - Google Street View adds Antarctic locations
If you ever get lost at the South Pole, don’t worry: Google’s got your back. Street View is now on the least inhabited continent of our planet with the addition of Antarctica, meaning... more
Smartphone wars heat up: Mobilicity carrying Google's Nexus One
Back in July, we announced that Google was putting their smartphone device to bed.  At the time Google said: This week we received our last shipment of Nexus One phones. Once we sell... more
News in Short: Google trumps JPEG with WebP format, RIM to replace its OS with QNX software
Google trumps JPEG with WebP format Google has introduced the new WebP image format, which claims an average savings of 40% over a comparable JPEG.I still prefer PNG. My guess is WebP... more
Google's URL shortener,, launched today - is it better than those already in place?
There's almost as many URL shorteners nowadays as group-buying sites. Google has no (known) plans to start a group-buying site, but they have launched a URL shortener, the adorable "" - but... more
News in Short: Canada triggers 'entrepreneurial revival,' Google tops employee attractiveness poll
Canada triggers 'entrepreneurial revival' The Business Development Bank of Canada revealed the results of a national survey this week, and found that Canada's economic recovery has triggered an... more
News in Short: Facebook ponders IPO in 2012, Google predicts future of online advertising
Facebook to consider IPO "after late 2012" A board member of the world's largest social networking site has revealed that Facebook will consider an IPO—but not for at least a couple of... more
Happy Birthday Google
Happy Birthday Google!  If you've visited Google today you will have noticed the birthday cake logo on the Google homepage.  If you have yet to visit Google's homepage, sorry to spoil... more
News in Short: Craigslist won't resurrect adult services; Google mega data centre coming to Finland
Craigslist won't resurrect adult services Critics say the popular online classifieds site Craigslist is facilitating child prostitution and other illegal adult services. Responding to this,... more
News in Short: Google gets social with Fall release of Google Me; OnStar integrates social media
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... more
News in Short: Czech blocks Google from collecting Street View Data; Nokia revamps with new smartphones
Czech blocks Google from collecting Street View Data Street View data collectors encounter yet another obstacle as they attempt to photograph every road in the world. Czech data protection... more
News in Short: YouTube still not profitable according to Google CEO; Twitter owes Justin Bieber big time
YouTube still not profitable according to Google CEO The popular video site has been "near" profitability for a long time, according to Google. Most recently, Google CEO Eric Schmidt confirmed... more
News in Short: Mobile searching quadrupled in past year; Nokia's N8 plans to conquer Apple's iPhone
Mobile searching quadrupled in past year Mobile queries from fully featured mobile browsers have increased by a factor of four in the past year. This is the metric realized and revealed by Nick... more
News in Short: Google looks to innovate display and video ads; Facebook revamps 'like' button (again...)
Google looks to innovate display and video ads In an official blog post, Google announced that it's simplifying its display advertising process in a post on the Official Google Blog. Google... more
Seven reasons why Apple's greatest rival is now Google - and why Apple had better watch its back
Years ago, it was Microsoft - who had the better home computer OS? More recently, it was Adobe - was Flash worthy of the iPhone's greatness? Now, it's Google, and the stakes are higher than ever.... more
Google hopes to speed up searches with Google Instant
By now, everyone should be familiar with Google’s predictive search queries; you know, you start typing what you’re searching for, and Google predicts what your query actually is,... more
News in Short: Apple fans not pleased with iTunes icon makeover; Google's bouncy-ball logo makes for fun distraction
Apple fans not pleased with iTunes icon makeover For the new iTunes 10, Apple unveiled a new icon for the program. Wired News reported that a designer emailed Steve Jobs, saying that the... more
Google says it will launch TV service in U.S. this year, Canada next year
Google is quickly becoming Apple's biggest problem. The search engine king will launch its service to bring the web to television screens in the U.S. this fall - and in Canada and... more
Google sets sights on launching an iTunes copycat by Christmastime
Andy Rubin, Google's vice president of engineering, has plans for Google to launch a new music download service by the end of this year, according to Reuters. The service would compete directly... more
India going hard on telecos: Following battle with RIM, India aims crosshairs at Google and Skype
With more than 1 million Blackberry users in the country, Research in Motion was satisfied to reach an agreement with India in August. Well, perhaps RIM can give some advice to Google and Skype on... more
Arcade Fire and Google create interactive and personalized music video
Montreal band The Arcade Fire and Google have teamed to create a personalized and interactive music video experience using Google Chrome and HTML5. Now, before continuing there's one thing I... more
Toronto's SocialDeck acquired by Google
Toronto social gaming company SocialDeck has been acquired by Google for an undisclosed price. SocialDeck creates games that allow for simultaneous, viral multiplayer game play across a variety... more
News in Short: Google reaches deal with Associated Press, legendary Oxford Dictionary shifts online
Google inks deal with AP Search engine titan Google has recently reached an agreement with  the Associated Press, which will keep its content on Google News. The issue looked grave for Google... more
Google Fail: 5 of the company's biggest flops - and how they've sculpted future successes
Google is absolutely excellent at failing. The search engine giant still has many successes - I use Google Maps several times per week, as well as its image search. And, duh, what I don't know, I... more
Co-founder of Microsoft is suing Facebook, Google, Apple, eBay, and more
Paul Allen, a co-founder of Microsoft (but has since left), has filed lawsuits against  AOL, Apple, eBay, Facebook, Netflix, Office Depot, OfficeMax, Staples, Yahoo and YouTube (owned by... more
Make free phone calls in Canada and the U.S. using Gmail
Google announced on their official blog today that Gmail users can now make free phone calls to landlines and wireless devices in Canada and the U.S. for at least the rest of 2010.  Up until... more
#growconf | A timelined summary of 'Day 2: Inspire' at GROW 2010 (Part 4 of 4)
August 20, 2010. Day 2, Inspire: The GROW Conference will provide inspiration for turning today's entrepreneurs into tomorrow's leaders. Speakers include founders of... more
Google aims to develop its brand further on Canadian soil
Google has already said Canadian businesses lack strong e-commerce platforms. Well, they for one are doing something about it. The search engine titan plans to strengthen its brand in Canada... more
News in Short: Google acquires social currency company Jambool, Facebook removes application boxes
Google acquires social currency company Jambool Google has acquired Jambool, the company behind a virtual currency called Social Gold. Jambool made the announcement in an open... more
NDP critisizes Google-Verizon deal
Earlier this week, Google shocked the tech community by signing a compromise deal with Verizon acknowledging that net neutrality rules should not apply to wireless networks. Well, the issue has... more
Can foreign country's authoritarian governments truly stop RIM and others from penetrating their markets?
Strict foreign policies linger like a heavy, shadowy fog over Research in Motion's ability to penetrate overseas markets. Security concerns and regulations cited by various foreign government such... more
News in Short: RIM reaches preliminary deal with Saudi Arabia, Google acquires games and apps maker Slide
RIM advances talks with Saudi Arabia A preliminary agreement has already been reached and a formal deal between the parties is in the final stages of negotiations. These are the fateful words... more
Google Waves goodbye to Google Wave
For all the hype and technology press proclamations that it would kill off e-mail, IM, Twitter and everything else that anything new is supposed to destroy, Google announced today that the company... more
Zynga's Life: inside the social gaming monster's attack on its industry, its users, and the Internet
Silicon Valley knows how to breed monsters. Recent emergents out of the valley, located in the southern San Francisco Bay Area in Northern California, have included Facebook and Twitter, the... more
Google for Advertisers now for Canada
Yesterday, Google finally unveiled a Canadian version of their popular Google for Advertisers service. According to Jameson Berkow of the Financial Post: Some of the more useful features of the... more
Thoroughly revamped Google Images Search launches
Google, everybody's favourite internet search giant (aside from the Bingster bandwagoners), this week will launch its new image search engine. Its last major update was almost a decade ago, back in... more
News in Short: E-book sales eclipse hardcovers, Google goes green with wind-powered data centres
Google goes green: Wind-generated energy powers data centre The search engine giant's energy unit has entered into a deal to buy wind power from NextEra Energy for 20 years, intended to power the... more
Goodnight Nexus One
I was looking forward to getting one. Really I was. This past Friday Google announced on their blog that they will soon stop selling their Nexus One handset directly from their site.  ... more
News in Short: Digital lifestyle altering our brains, Google invests $200 Millions into Google Games
Google invests hardcore into maker of Mafia Wars, FarmVille No major announcements informed the world of Google's massive investment into Zynga, speculated anywhere from $100 to $200 million.... more
News in Short: Canadians don't like e-bills, Facebook CEO aims for 1 billion users
Canadians prefer to read bills on paper, pay online Canadians appear to be comfortable with paying bills online, but still prefer to read the financial statements of those bills in good old... more
News in Short: Facebook closes its virtual gift shop, Gmail adds rich text and improved signatures
Facebook closes its virtual gift shop Beginning August 1st, you will no longer be able to waste your real money on a shaped mass of meaningless pixels. The social networking site will be shutting... more
News in Short: Kindle gets 2nd price cut in 2 weeks, Google enters online travel market
“The iPad is raising hell with everybody.” Amazon cut the price of its more expensive Kindle model, just a week after it cut the price of its cheaper model—all in an effort pull... more
Website effectiveness waning? VKI Studios suggests how to avoid stagnation
Having YouTube on your client list is many web strategy studio's dream. For Vancouver's VKI Studios, it's a reality. But after crafting more than 1,000 variations of YouTube interface, with subtly... more
Google Docs gets boost, but Google Chrome OS takes hit
Google Docs receives enhancement Google has announced the release of a mobile viewer for their Google Docs, compatible with Android, iPhone, and iPad users. According to Mashable, the mobile... more
Tomorrow's Technology Part 1: Virtual business cards may be way of the future
Business cards are a networking staple. They have been for ages. And they will continue to be for ages. The question is, in which format? With the rise of smartphones and other handheld digital... more
Google relocates KW offices to downtown Kitchener
Kitchener will play host to Google soon, as the internet behemoth relocates its offices from UWaterloo's Research and Technology Park to downtown Kitchener's Tannery District. This is the second... more
WordStream adds a free negative keyword tool to its roster
WordStream, a provider of keyword tools for pay-per-click and search engine optimization efforts, today releases its "Free Negative Keyword Tool"—yes, that's the official name.... more
Google Chrome may appear on Dell laptops as soon as next season
Summer began today. But techies may already be looking ahead to the fall. A Dell executive has announced that the company is engaged in discussions with Google. The topic? Implementing Google's... more
Montreal's DokDok makes working with email attachments easy
Montreal-based app-maker DokDok is invading your email. And you'll love them for it. Their website sums it up best: Sharing documents via email happens daily, but managing attachments can be... more
ICA hosts Eileen Naughton, Director of Digital Media at Google
As the world around us continues to evolve and shift at an unprecedented rate, it’s not a surprise that Eileen Naughton, Director of Media at Google is a pivotal force in this transition. As... more
LPV9 pre-coverage: An interview with Michael Fergusson from Ayogo Games
This is the third post in a series dedicated to covering the entries at Launch Party Vancouver 9. Today, I talk with Michael Fergusson of Ayogo Games. KT: Give our readers... more
Director of Media at Google comes to Toronto!
The evolution of media in all its incarnations is a conversation that consumers and thought leaders alike are having on a regular basis. It’s no wonder that given the commodification of... more
Microsoft's IE attempts to regain browser dominance over Firefox, Chrome
Will HTML5 change the playing field of web browser domination? Internet Explorer, which has lagged incredibly far behind leading competitors Firefox and Google Chrome, anticipates a legitimate... more
Google releases top 1000 sites in the world for May
Google's newly released list of the top 1000 most-visited sites in the world reads like a rollcall of the most socially-penetrated sites in the world. Compiled using data gathered from the Google... more
Turning a Triple Play
The following is a guest post from Trevor Doerksen, CEO of Calgary's Mobovivo - a digital media company focused on the challenges Broadcast and Media companies face in marketing and... more
Google TV shakes industry - but is it the future?
At an NBA All Star event, you expect the big names: Shaquille O'Neal, LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, and Steven Nash. Well, Google has pulled together an all-star roster for its newest project: Google... more
Happy 30th Birthday Pac-Man
How do you celebrate your birthday? Well, if you're name is Pac-Man then Google is throwing you a cool birthday party! Most times Google will pay homage with a cool homepage.  But this time... more
WebM Project launched at Google I/O
WebM was formally launched today at Google's I/O conference in San Francisco. What is WebM?  Fristly, WebM is supported by Mozilla, Google, Opera and more than 40 other content... more
Google accidentally collects Canadian's personal data
You know Google Maps? Well, most are aware that to capture the street views and other map-related data, Google sent a fleet of cars around the world globe to record the visuals and collect the... more
Google tablet confirmed by Verizon
A couple of days ago we opined if Google was working on a tablet device.  And they are. According to the Wall Street Journal, Verizon's chief executive, Lowell McAdam, announced that the... more
Google to enter the tablet market?
Why not? Their popular Android OS coupled with Flash could be a fan favourite.  However, the question remains, does Google want to enter the tablet market?  Does it even believe that it... more
Google purchases Toronto-based BumpTop
Toronto-based Bump Technologies, who make the popular BumpTop product, is now part of the Google family. The maker of an innovative 3D user interface made the announcement earlier today on its... more
Google Analytics Evangelist Avinash Kaushik in Toronto
Google Analytics Evangelist and author of 2 books on web analytics, Avinash Kaushik was recently in Toronto for the eMetrics Conference. During the question and answer session Avinash was asked,... more
Google Chrome pwns all at CanSecWest
Google Chrome, a newcomer in Browser War 2.0, has emerged as the only unhacked contender in the Pwn2Own contest at last week's CanSecWest conference in Vancouver. IE, Firefox and Safari were all... more
Google releases Nexus One for use in Canada
Yesterday Google announced that Canadians can now order their new Nexus One smartphone through its online storefront. Previously Google would only ship the multi-touch smartphone to addresses in... more
Last straw for WIND Mobile?
Late last year Toronto-based Globalive launched it's WIND Mobile brand in Canada.  It was hoped that the emergence of new companies would force companies like Bell and Rogers to lower their... more
FreshBooks among Google Apps Marketplace Launch
Tonight, Google has unveiled their Google Apps Marketplace - an app store for enterprise apps in the cloud. The Google Apps Marketplace offers products and services designed for Google users,... more
Is Google Street View journalism?
When Google sent their camera-equipped Street View car to cruise Canadian cities in early 2009, the drive down city streets became awfully controversial. As the car-mounted camera snapped pictures... more
Google acquires Picnik - Yahoo!'s default photo editor
TechFlash's John Cook reported this afternoon that Google has acquired online photo editing service Picnik. The announcement comes just days after a significant milestone at Picnik, more than one... more
Google converts Street View to Snow View for Olympics
Microsoft may be a key partner in NBC's web video coverage of but Google has the coolest snowmobile going. more
Google Wants To Do Even Earlier Exits
When I first wrote about early exits on Techvibes, I was a little surprised by the number of negative comments, for example here and here. Undeterred, I wrote an entire book on the subject: "Early... more
Tech leaders of tomorrow to meet in Waterloo
  We all know that Waterloo, Ontario has been home to cool tech start-ups headed up by Research In Motion.  And it doesn't look like anything is going to stop it. Enter EPIC (Educate,... more
Wind Mobile wants exclusive to Google smartphone in Canada
Not surprisingly, startup carrier WIND Mobile is pursuing a powerful ally in Google and is eager to carry their new Nexus One smartphone in Canada. Google unveiled the Nexus One on Tuesday and it... more
Google to unveil Nexus One today
10:40am Later this afternoon, Google  is expected to unveil its vision for how a mobile phone  should be made and sold.  This move is being made to raise the internet search... more
Canadians beat Google over domain name dispute
Chalk this one up as another win for David against Goliath.   Internet giant lost an arbitration case over the domain name In a decision released yesterday, The... more
Totlol Founder calls it quits - this time for good
Techvibes has been following the progress (and regress) Vancouver video start-up Totlol and it's Founder Ron Ilan over the past couple years. - YouTube for Kids - June 18, 2008... more
Sightseeing with Google's City Tours
Yesterday Google released an updated version of its Google Labs service called City Tours - the search giant’s first foray into the travel space. Why should trip planning be any more... more
Going for Gold with Google Earth
Last week Google shared photorealistic 3D building models of all nine venues of the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver and it's pretty cool. Before we could begin we needed to obtain high quality... more
Google targets mobile marketing business, buys AdMob
Google will be acquiring AdMob, a network for ads on mobile gadgets for $750 million broadening its advertising reach to include mobile advertising. Omar Hamoui, CEO of Admob launched the company 4... more
Google Earth and climate change
As many of you know the United Nations Climate Change Conference is presently taking place in Copenhagen.  The biggest news many people hope will come out of Copenhagen is that leaders from... more
Legal battle over websites and MLS data
If you've been hiding underneath a rock then you didn't know that Canada has been experiencing a real estate boom since 2000.  As a result, many real estate companies and services have popped... more
Venture capital, IPOs, M&A and revenues follow users to international Internet markets
This blog post is part 2 of 3 in a series by Eric J. Gerritsen - Principal of Global Internet Advisors, a Silicon Valley-based international strategy consulting firm. Are U.S. financiers missing... more
Google Wave - a platform in its infancy
Like many others, the excitement that filled me when I finally got my Google Wave invitation faded once I’d actually logged onto the site. I sat and stared at it for a few minutes, blinked a... more
Vancouver's Fusion Conference Bringing Out the Best
New Media BC's, Fusion 09, Western Canada's only financing forum for digital media companies is happening right now at UBC Robson Square. Although most of the people attending are either investors... more
Google Street View now available in Canada
Google Street View is now available in several Canadian cities. The Google Maps feature shows high-resolution street-level images on the wed and is now available in the Greater Toronto Area,... more
MobileMonday Toronto hosts Global Mobile Leadership Summit
On October 5th, MobileMonday Toronto will host a Global Mobile Leadership Summit with a panel of veteran business leaders who will share their knowledge, thoughts and experiences on opportunities... more
Canadian Businesses are Online Advertising laggards
According to Google's #4 Executive Nikesh Arora,  Canadian businesses are lagging behind their peers in other developed countries when it comes to advertising online. "It's not as... more
York University Gets Court Order Against Google, Bell and Rogers To Get Identities Of Folks It Doesn't Like
National Post reported recently that York University has won a court order against Google, Bell and Rogers to reveal the identities of the users behind a GMail account (Google's e-mail service)... more
Amazon's data could rock online advertising
This morning Om Malik pointed out that thanks to the buzz around its Kindle e-reader and cloud computing success, it can be easy to forget that Seattle-based Amazon is an e-tailer at heart. Malik... more
6S spreads the Google Local gospel
Local web 2.0 marketing firm 6S Marketing has released a white paper detailng just how important Google Local can be as tool for businesses. But in order to take advantage of the many capabilities... more
Jott Scooped by Multinational
The voice technology juggernaut Nuance, of Burlington Massachusetts, has announced the acquisition of Seattle startup Jott, absorbing yet another technologically similar company and further... more
Google takes a swing at Apple, Microsoft with Chrome OS
The rumor of a Google OS has been floating around the web since Google created one of the best online application suites available, Google Apps. Many had believed Google's answer to this was... more
IMC brings Google Analytics Guru to Vancouver in 2009
The world-renowned Internet Marketing Conference (IMC) is returning to Vancouver for 2009 and they've nailed down a great keynote. Avinash Kaushik is the Analytics Evangelist at Google and people... more
Google PowerMeter Lands Partners
Venture Beat is reporting that Google PowerMeter, a gadget that helps show how much electricity people use on their home computers has found some partners with smart metering utilities and one of... more
Google Search Discovered Swine Flu Outbreak First
According to the Globe and Mail, Google discovered the swine flu outbreak in Mexico a week before the entire world had even a clue it was going on.  How? The theory is that when people get... more
Google Ventures - Google's New Venture Capital Fund
Google just announced their venture capital fund called Google Ventures. Google will invest $100 million in its VC fund in its first year, which will be focused on making seed to early stage... more
Gmail Labs Adds Undo Send and Other New Features
If you've ever sent an email to the wrong person, changed your mind after you sent it or forgot to attach a document when you were supposed to, you can now undo it.  That's because Gmail Labs... more
Intrinsyc to develop Android Mobile Device for Fortune 500 partner
Vancouver-headquarterd Intrinsyc Software announced today that they've signed an engineering services agreement with a Fortune 500 company to create a mobile device that runs Google's open source... more
Inside Look At Google's Canadian Offices
Google, Inc. has an interesting presence in Canada, with research and development based in Waterloo and a recently opened Canadian headquarters which focuses on business development located in the... more
Forbes Names 2009 Tech Billionaires and Their Losses
Forbes has named its world of billionaires once again.  Out of the list, the 40 tech billionaires collectively lost $81.5 billion compared to their standing on last year's list. Who are some... more
Is Google Getting Lost in the Traffic?
Who’s more valuable? Someone who searches for something useful or a user who clicks on a link recommended by a friend? The reason I ask is because I read an article on Adage about Facebook... more
Apple Ranks Numero Uno in Fortune's World Most Admired
Fortune Magazine has released its World's Most Admired Companies top 50 list and Apple has taken the number one ranking. Fortune says despite a tough year for the computer sector and Steve Jobs,... more
Interactive Exchange brings together Media Powers
The Interactive Exchange (IN09) is taking place later this month in Toronto and their opening media power panel features some heavy hitters. Jonathan Lister, Managing Director at Google Canada,... more
Google Earth depicts Vancouver buildings in 3D
Josh Lavoie of the Georgia Straight covered the newest version of Google Earth this week and anyone familar with downtown Vancouver will want to have a read and check it out online. Now, with... more
Google gets greedy - increases share of advertising pie
There's been plenty of doom & gloom written about the forecasted fall in online ad revenue in 2009. Business models that are dependent on revenue via Google Adsense are already feeling the... more
Startup Weekend returns to Seattle
Startup Weekend is coming to Seattle in the New Year and this time around it takes place on Febuary 6-8th at Google's offices in Fremont. This will be the second Startup Weekend... more
Increasing the Alcohol Content of Google AdWords
You may start seeing alcohol ads on your computer: Google recently allowed beer, wine and champagne companies to market directly. Starting on Monday, Google now allows advertising of hard alcohol... more
Google's new Canadian digs
CTV's Kris Abel was among the first to tour Google’s first official Canadian headquarters last week during their open house and was impressed with their eco-friendly, playful workspace.... more
Google's Voice-Enabled iPhone App: The More You Search, the More Popular You Look
Back in the early days of mobile, I once saw someone walking around proudly talking into a cellphone (the size of a toaster, naturally). Much to his chagrin and my amusement, it rang. Now you too... more
Google Gears up for new Video, Voice and SMS Chat
Google announced today that they are rolling out voice and video chat capability in Gmail chat - expected to be fully functional within the next day or so, it could end up being direct competition... more
YouTube adds online shopping
Partnering up with and Apple's iTunes Music Store, Google has announced their YouTube video sharing property will soon provide online shopping opportunities tied into the video content... more
No strings attached to Google SMS Channels yet
As many do, I like to keep an eye on what Google is doing. Google recently announced a free service called Google SMS Channels that enables, like the name suggests, channels and groups on SMS.... more
Can Google make social networking profitable?
Heather Green at BusinessWeek has posted an article detailing what might be Google's next attempt at effectively monetizing social media traffic as they have web search traffic. Making Social... more
Surf Google circa-2001
It was September 1998 when Larry Page and Sergey Brin officially incorporated Google, Inc. and began to revolutionize the online experience for millions of surfers. In those 10 years the Internet... more

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