With this being the last episode in 2011 we discuss the amazing one trillion play backs Youtube has achieved this year. A potential anti-trust against Google for taking advantage of it’s services to promote their own products and a look back at the events of 2011.
You read the headline correct – 1 Trillion playbacks for YouTube in 2011. We say that’s not too bad for an idea started in February 2005. YouTube offers a wide range of content from musical artists and movie trailers to news outlets and how-to videos. You have all found YouTube videos to be entertaining, educational, or useful. Google sets another landmark in 2011 with this news of YouTube.
Two US Senators, one Democrat and one Republican, have wrote letters to the FTC asking for an examination into the business practices of Google. From this action, the investigation shows that Google results tend to favor their own services such as Reader, Maps, News, Finance, and YouTube. We say, let Google promote itself and let another company create a better product if they want to complete with the likes of Google.
Some of the biggest brands in the world have figured out how powerful Google+ can become. Starbucks has quadrupled its presence within the last month and Pepsi has gathered over 20,000 as well. With this said, Google+ brand pages are now showing up in Google search results. This adds to the leverage of the FTC investigation and raises more questions. Listen in to our thoughts.
New Firefox for Android optimized for tablets
Firefox 9.0, by Mozilla, has been released for Android tablets. The web browser can be located in the Android Marketplace. Firefox does boast some new features for users. But to us, why a user of an Android tablet would utilize Firefox rather than the customized Chrome browser is beside us.
Track Santa via Google Earth
With Christmas on the horizon, let’s have some fun this holiday season and track Santa as he travels around the globe. Visit noradsanta.org with the entire family and let Google Earth take you on a trip around the world. Be sure to check out last year’s adventure by visit this video: NORAD and Santa 2010
A Look Back at 2011
What a year 2011 ended up becoming! Be sure an check out this comprehensive list composed by Jeffrey Powers of Geekazine.com and @dayintechhist. We summarize all the major Google news, buyouts, and programs of 2011. Be sure to click on the paragraph title for news and information as it relates to Apple, Google, Microsoft, Amazon, and the other big hitters of 2011.