On Day Care, Google Makes a Rare Fumble

Talking Business – On Day Care, Google Makes a Rare Fumble – NYTimes.com
Google gets positioned as the company that everyone wants to work for because of all they do for their employees.  But in the case of day care, they are falling through the cracks.

By raising the cost of day care, they are creating an elitist atmosphere and a division within their employee ranks.  In creating this division, employees are not happy and many of the brightest are now leaving for other companies.

I am hoping that this shows other companies how not to treat their employees.

Google to unveil ‘Android’ phone software

Google to unveil ‘Android’ phone software | One More Thing – CNET News.com
In a press conference on Monday, Google is expected to announce a software stack for mobile phones called Android.  Based on Linux operating system, the operating system will be available in a few days following the annuoncement.

This is being pulled together by a group of about 30 different companies, bringing open-source to the cell phone industry.

It will be interesting to see how this accepted and adopted in the industry and by the public.

Verizon, Google Discuss Mobile Phone Partnership

Verizon, Google Discuss Mobile Phone Partnership – WSJ.com
This would definitely be of interest to me.  I am a Verizon subscriber and would be interested in purchasing a Google specific phone.

It would also create some competition for AT&T and the iPhone as they move forward, especially if they are to allow third-party applications to be added to the phone.

Finally, with some Google executives on the Apple Board of Directors and Al Gore, a big Google investor, on the Apple Board, I am wondering if we will see more of a partnership between Google and Apple on a device like the iPhone on other platforms, like Verizon.

It will be interesting to watch.

Microsoft Invests in Facebook

According to a story in the Wall Street Journal, Microsoft Inks Deal with Facebook, Microsoft has agreed to invest $240 million in Facebook that values Facebook at $15 billion.
To get the investment, Microsoft out competed Google to make the investment in Facebook.

Microsoft will also begin running the sites international advertising.  Microsoft had previously been running the advertising on the U.S. site.

This is going to be interesting to see what happens.  The online battle over advertising is heating up. Microsoft is trying, but I think it is going to be tough road to climb against Google.