We’re changing the name ‘Palestinian Territories’ to ‘Palestine’ across our products. We consult a number of sources and authorities when naming countries. In this case, we are following the lead of the UN, Icann [the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers], ISO [International Organisation for Standardisation] and other international organizations.Google spokesman Nathan Tyler • Discussing the web giant’s decision to change the name of the Palestinian edition of its search engine to “Google Palestine,” from “Google Palestinian Territories.” While the Palestinian Authority praised the move, which matched the UN’s decision to designate the contested region as a non-member observer state late last year, Israel was less happy about it. “This change raises questions about the reasons behind this surprising involvement of what is basically a private internet company in international politics, and on the controversial side,” said Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor.
My sense is, if it’s a consumer product at Google that’s not making money, unless it’s going to get to 100 million users it’s not worth doing.Early Google Reader product manager Nick Baum • Discussing why Google likely killed the product. Another readon why it took a hit? Most likely, Google didn’t want to invest anything extra into the product, which may have exposed Google to any number of future privacy lawsuits regarding compliance issues. (That’s something startups don’t have to worry about to such a high degree, but Google, with many millions of users, does.) And while the service was quite large, it likely wasn’t worth the investment to put anything further into it. In other cases where this happened, Google eventually spun off the service, but with Reader so intertwined into the Google experience, it would have been difficult. (ht The Verge)
We launched Google Reader in 2005 in an effort to make it easy for people to discover and keep tabs on their favorite websites. While the product has a loyal following, over the years usage has declined. So, on July 1, 2013, we will retire Google Reader. Users and developers interested in RSS alternatives can export their data, including their subscriptions, with Google Takeout over the course of the next four months.Google is shutting down Google Reader, because they are stupid.
Our partners and users do not have the right to take down videos from YouTube unless they contain content which is copyright infringing, which is why we have reinstated the videos.A statement from Google • Regarding the reinstatement of a fan-shot video NASCAR took down Saturday, using YouTube’s DMCA copyright claims—which they claimed they did in an effort to respect the privacy of those injured. In other words, Google totally overruled NASCAR in the case, which, according to PaidContent’s Mathew Ingram, is relatively rare, as Google often has little recourse in such cases due to the way the Digital Millennium Copyright Act works. “The fact that Google acted quickly to put the content back up is admirable,” he explains, “but it shouldn’t have to do this, and there are no doubt many other important cases in which it hasn’t that don’t involve something as attention-getting as a race-car crash.” Daytona International Speedway, meanwhile, managed to repair the damaged section of fence in time for Sunday’s race.