Google's Self Piloted Cars Hit the Roads

If its a product coming out of the house called Google, then you must stop for a while and take a note of that. Are you from San Francisco or California? Have you recently seen a Toyota Prius whizz past your car that is fitted with some police surveillance car like equipment on the top of it? Well you can be sure then, it was a Google car that didn’t have anyone behind its wheel (at least technically).

In a recent blog post Google has revealed that seven retrofitted Toyota Priuses are cruising around the California and San Francisco’s several areas as a part of Google’s latest ambitious project. Over the past few decades, several automakers and researchers have been worked on the self piloted vehicles. But most of them either couldn’t cross the lab door or have performed under controlled test conditions. So this initial few laps by those seven self piloted cars bear a lot of significance.
Though along with the post, came Google’s official statement that this test is just a part of their various ambitious experiments that take place in Google labs, and they do not have any commercial plans for this project as of now. But one can easily make a call that with such a successful first lap in the vault, Google has every reason to be optimistic. And so there is every possibility that in coming years we could see Google venturing into a complete new avenue.

Google Buzz..what do they think.

Due to several personal as well as professional reasons I couldn't make a single post about Google Buzz, which is creating a lot of hullabaloo. Many have been expressing their concerns about the privacy parameters, while at the same time may have stated their optimism regarding this new concept.

Google airs its first television ad

The speculations came true eventually, when Google aired its first major television ad last Sunday during Super Bowl. Google finally decided to take control of the ground they might have lost due to a delayed start.

Google has also made a blog post regarding the event saying,

“If you watched the Super Bowl this evening you'll have seen a video from Google called "Parisian Love". In fact you might have watched it before, because it's been on YouTube for over three months. We didn't set out to do a Super Bowl ad, or even a TV ad for search. Our goal was simply to create a series of short online videos about our products and our users, and how they interact. But we liked this video so much, and it's had such a positive reaction on YouTube, that we decided to share it with a wider audience.”

Yahoo BOSS is not going to die a premature death

Yahoo BOSS is not going to die a premature death as was being speculated by the developers’ network. It, at least for the time being, is going to continue. After staying in the basement for several months, Yahoo BOSS is finally opening up to the third party developers, who were almost starting to give up hope on this strong search platform. Though it is still unknown that how much affected or influenced it will after Bing’s invasion, it can be assumed that Yahoo definitely has some plans for this wonderful platform. So either it can get amalgamated with Microsoft’s development foray or can stand strong in spite of MSN’s intrusion, weathering the storm. This was made clear by Yahoo, when their spokesperson Ashim Chhabra left a post on the BOSS group forum explaining the reason behind their meteor like disappearance. Here is the forum post by Ashim Chhabra that was posted in Technocrunch.

Thank you for your feedback. We understand your frustration. This process has been long for all of us due to the complex nature of our agreement with Microsoft, and we appreciate your patience.
Under this agreement, Yahoo! is permitted to continue offering the BOSS web service, with search results that would integrate Yahoo! services and content with algorithmic results provided by Microsoft. As always, our intention is to provide a BOSS offering as long as it makes business and economic sense to do so. We are still examining what the BOSS offering will consist of, with some services powered by Microsoft, unique content that Yahoo! currently provides, and the potential for additional Yahoo! content in the future.
Prior to the announcement of the Yahoo!-Microsoft search agreement, we’d already shared our intention to explore a fee-based structure for BOSS. We continue to explore an appropriate fee structure or other revenue model as we work through the future of BOSS.
As you know, we must receive regulatory clearance before actual implementation of the search deal with Microsoft can occur. Only then can we finalize the future shape of BOSS. Of course, we will provide additional clarity and certainty when we can.

Thanks for your attention!

Yahoo! BOSS team

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