Search giant Google is planning to lay its hand on mobile phone market. For two years Google engineers have been working on a secret project designing
Google Phone which will run on Google's Linux-based software, and will provide integration with other Google services - GMail, Google maps, Google search, etc. The so called GPhone is expected to be a strong rival to the Apple iPhone, and is scheduled for release later this year.
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This contest is fueled by the following news: The rumor that Google Inc. is set to launch its own cell phone has been fully confirmed. Today, it became known that the representatives of Google demonstrated the prototype of the device during the discussions with largest service providers in USA.
Most probably, Google is planning to distribute their cell phones for free usage, without subscriber charges. Company is planning to generate revenues through advertisements and compensate the expenditures. According to the opinion of analysts, Google cell phones are set to hit the markets approximately next year.
Technical specifications of the phone are yet to be announced but one thing is clear: With the help of Google cell phone, user has convenient and quick access to internet. According to the opinion of experts, Google cell phone shall be equipped with WiFi transmitter and also supports 3G & GPS standards.
People, who had seen the cell phone, say that the Google cell phone is not a revolutionary as iPhone and the appearance is similar to any Nokia model with sliding keypad. Most likely, LG Electronics has bagged the production order.
The Google Verb:
Fearing the possible loss of trade mark, Google does not endorse the use of the verb google, especially when it is referred to a search on the Internet. For instance, Google forwarded a "cease and desist" letter on February 23, 2003 to Paul McFedries, founder of the Word Spy - site, which tracks neologism. Also, in his article in the "Washington Post, Frank Ahrens discussed the letter, received from the legal advisors of Google, illustrating the "correct" and "incorrect" use of the verb "google". In reply to this article, lexicographers of Merriam-Webster dictionary observed that the verb "to google" was inducted in lowercase letters but the capital letter was used for designating Google the search engine (to use the Google search engine to seek online information), however, the editors of the Oxford dictionary have not retained both the versions for history. In 2006, Google issued a public notification with the requirement to "use the word, formed from Google only when the discussion is about Google Inc or its services".
KaZaA and the Church of Scientology used copyrights Law in the digital era (DMCA) to demand Google to remove the links to materials on their sites, which are supposedly protected by copyright. Under the law, Google is entitled to remove these links, but instead of removing the search results, Google prefers to link the results with complaints, lodged by these organizations.
The New York Times complained that the caching of their content by the search engine feature, used by search engines including Google Web Search, breaches the copyrights act. Google uses standard Internet methods for queries on exclusion of caching through the robots.txt file – the standard mechanism, which allows the website administrators to demand exclusion of their site or part of it from search results - or through meta-tags, which allow the content editor to indicate whether or not to index or archive the document and also whether or not to go through the links in the document. The district court of Nevada, USA, passed a decree that the cache of Google does not breach the copyrights under American Legislation in the cases "Field vs Google" and "Parker vs Google".