Social networking

Stock split keeps Google's destiny in hands of co-founders

Since Google went public in 2004, co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin have been wedded to the idea that management ought to be able to decide what's right for the company without needing to sacrifice future opportunities to satisfy near-term demands from Wall Street.

That philosophy was on display as Google disclosed plans for a 2 for 1 split, which would still preserve their control over the company with the issuance of a new class of non-voting capital stock.

In a note published along with the company's Q2 earnings,Page and Brin returned to that theme, cautioning that … Read more

Larry Page: Google+ is the 'social spine'

Google CEO Larry Page, in the company's earnings call today, spent several minutes talking about the company's social product, Google+. He called it the "social spine," reminding listeners that the service isn't just a destination, but a unifying social framework for all Google's products.

Page reiterated the talking point that "170 million users have upgraded to Google+," but did not divulge numbers on users of the social service as a standalone product. Rather, he said, "the social destination is growing as a new product with healthy growth." He said that … Read more

Google co-founders explain company's first stock split

After announcing its first-quarter earnings this afternoon, Google disclosed plans to issue what it described as "a new class of non-voting capital stock." In other words, a stock split. Here's more about the company's earnings results. The text of the 2012 Founders' Letter from co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin announcing the stock split follows:

Introduction Throughout our evolution, from privately held start-up to large, publicly listed company, we have managed Google for the long term--enjoying tremendous success as a result, especially since our IPO in 2004. Sergey and I hoped, though we did not expect, … Read more

Facebook to reveal more of the data stored about you

Facebook is expanding a feature called Download Your Information, which lets you view an archive of all the posts, photos, and other content you've shared over the years.

Now in addition to your own content, the feature will let you peek at other types of information, including previous names you've used, friend requests, and even IP addresses from which you've logged in. Launching today, the expanded Download Your Information archive will roll out gradually to all Facebook users, so you may not see the full scope of data available just yet.

The social network is also promising … Read more

Google+ face-lift triggers jibes over extra white space

What would you do with the extra white space now gracing the pages of Google+?

That's a question many users of the social network have been answering with the usual sarcastic spin we always love to see on the Internet.

Launching yesterday, the latest face-lift for Google+ added a slew of changes, including a new left-side navigation bar and new ways to interact with the people in your circles.

But the one change that's put people into full mocking mode is the new and extra-sized white space. Click on any virtually any Google+ page, and a good 40 … Read more

Mark Zuckerberg must be driving his bankers crazy

It's not supposed to play out this way -- especially for a company on the verge of one of the biggest IPOs in history.

Yet Mark Zuckerberg, 27, and standing atop the Internet world, has been quietly thumbing his multibillion dollar nose at the Wall Street process every step of the way -- and there's not a thing America's investment titans can do about it.

First there was the meeting last month for financial analysts in which Zuckerberg was a surprising no show. Instead, he let his top people -- including Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg and … Read more

Vic Gundotra: How we claim 170M Google+ users (Reporters' Roundtable)

Google launched a redesigned version of the social network Google+ this morning. In the blog post announcing the upgrade, Google Senior Vice President of Social Vic Gundotra wrote, "More than 170 million people have upgraded to Google+." What does that really mean? Are 170 million people using the social network the way they use Facebook? I talked to Gundotra, as well as VP of Product for Google+ Bradley Horowitz, on a special Reporters' Roundtable interview this morning.

When I asked Gundotra how many people are using Google+, he deftly told me I was looking at it wrong. "You have to understand what Google+ is," he said. "It's really the unification of all of Google's services, with a common social layer."

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In praise of the Twitterati who think Titanic never happened

It's easy to feel superior.

You must stretch your neck to its fullest, talk downward, and make sure you've got Wikipedia open at the right page.

So one shouldn't feel surprised that there was something of an outpouring of glee when some Twitter users -- who must surely all be "Glee" fans -- began to suddenly admit that they thought "Titanic" was, you know, just a movie.

Yes, a movie based on the late-night, absinthe-fueled imaginings of a screenwriter's mind.

Apparently, it all started when a tweeter with the handle Boring as HeckRead more

Yammer acquires OneDrum for Google Docs, Office tools

Yammer is expanding its repertoire of file-sharing and collaboration services for businesses with the acquisition of OneDrum.

The U.K.-based startup brings even more social-minded work tools to the enterprise social network. OneDrum has developed a peer-to-peer desktop application that connects Google Docs with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel and PowerPoint), enabling users to be able to collaborate, co-edit and share these documents in real time.

Thus, Yammer will be able to boost its own real-time document editor feature, Pages, with desktop sync capabilities, enabling file folders to be shared across multiple users' desktops. Furthermore, new versions and changes to … Read more

Google+ gets face-lift

Google is unleashing a new design for its social network aimed at making the site simpler to use but also easier on the eyes.

One of the first changes to pop out is a new Navigation bar nestled on the left. Replacing the old static toolbar at the top, the Navigation bar includes the usual icons for Home, Profile, Photos, and more. But this bar is customizable.

You can change the order of the various icons to drag your favorite ones to the top. You can remove icons for features you don't use or add other icons from a &… Read more