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From: Glenn Petersen3/31/2009 10:38:22 AM
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Google to Announce Venture Fund

By MIGUEL HELFT
New York Times

March 31, 2009

SAN FRANCISCO — Google, which has invested in many startups over the years, will announce on Tuesday that it is creating a venture capital arm whose main objective will be to turn a profit.

The group, called Google Ventures, is expected to invest up to $100 million over the next 12 months. It will be overseen by David Drummond, who will continue in his role as senior vice president of corporate developing and chief legal officer at Google. Investments will be vetted by William Maris, who joined Google about a year ago, and Rich Miner, a co-founder of Android, a mobile software startup that Google acquired in 2005.

Mr. Maris said in an interview that Google will tap the connections of its employees and its ties to the venture capital world to find promising startups in areas like the Internet, clean technology and life sciences.

Many other companies have set up venture capital units. But those groups typically have dual missions of profiting from investments and advancing their parent company’s strategic goals, and their track record has been mixed.

The venture unit comes as Google is rethinking the mission of Google.org, its corporate philanthropy, which has invested in areas like clean energy. Some of those investments will now be made by the venture unit.

“A lot of the things we have done in the energy area the kinds of things you might see from Google Ventures,” Mr. Drummond said. He said that Google’s corporate development arm will continue to make other investments.

Google Ventures has already made two investments: Silver Spring Networks, a company that makes technology to help manage electric grids, and Pixazza, which links online images with related products that can be purchased. Google declined to say how much it invested in those companies.

Copyright 2009 The New York Times Company

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From: FUBHO4/3/2009 9:28:19 PM
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Samsung Plans Three Android Phones This Year

HTC, Motorola, Sony Ericsson, and Asus-Garmin also are committed to releasing Android-powered smartphones this year.

By Marin Perez, InformationWeek
April 3, 2009
URL: informationweek.com

Samsung is working on at least three Android-powered smartphones this year, and the first device is slated to hit in June.

The company said its first Android device would be released this summer in the European markets, and two handsets would come to the U.S. market later this year on two carriers. While it did not say which carriers would pick up Samsung's Android handset, it will likely be T-Mobile and Sprint Nextel because the mobile operators are both part of the Open Handset Alliance.

Samsung did not give details on what the smartphone would look like, but the company wants to put its own stamp on the device. The only commercial Android device, the T-Mobile G1, has deep integration with Google's Web services. But a Samsung device won't necessarily have to have these ties because the OS is open and fully customizable.

"Our commitment is more to the Android phone than the Google experience device," Dr. Won-Pyo Hong, Samsung's executive VP, told Forbes at the CTIA Wireless conference.

Samsung's announcements could give Android some much-needed momentum. The Linux-based OS was expected to play a prominent role at Mobile World Congress and CTIA Wireless this year, but only HTC showed off an Android-powered handset. While developers are still interested in the OS, new handsets are important in attracting consumers who may be looking to buy the Palm Pre or the updated iPhone.

While few details have emerged about new handsets, multiple vendors are committed to releasing Android-powered smartphones this year. HTC, Motorola, Sony Ericsson, and Asus-Garmin will have multiple devices, but it's unclear if they will strip out the deep Google connectivity for their smartphones.

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From: FUBHO4/6/2009 8:26:16 PM
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T-Mobile plans Android-based home devices: Times

6 hours ago

WASHINGTON (AFP) — US wireless carrier T-Mobile plans to make a push into the home with communications devices that will run on Google's Android open-source software, The New York Times reported on Monday.

T-Mobile, which already sells a cellphone based on Android, the T-Mobile G1, plans to sell a home phone early next year and a mini-computer, the newspaper said, citing confidential documents obtained from an unnamed T-Mobile partner.

It said the phone will plug into a docking station and come with a device that handles data synchronization as it recharges the phone?s battery.

The small tablet computer would have a touchscreen but no external keyboard. It could handle basic computing jobs like checking the weather or managing data across devices in the home, the Times said.

A T-Mobile spokesman confirmed to the newspaper that the company had plans for several devices based on Android but declined to discuss specifics.

T-Mobile, the fourth-largest US wireless carrier after AT&T, Verizon and Sprint, began selling the G1, which is made by Taiwan's HTC, in August.

Google hopes the free Linux-based Android software powering the G1 will eventually become the dominant operating system for mobile phones.

Android competes with cellphone operating systems made by Apple, Microsoft, Nokia and other companies but its usage has been expanding to include computers and other devices.

Leading US computer maker Hewlett-Packard said last week it is studying the possibility of building machines based on Android operating systems.

News that T-Mobile and HP are exploring ways to put Android to work in computers indicates the operating system may be shaping up as a contender in a market long-dominated by Windows software made by Google's rival Microsoft.

Approximately nine of every 10 computers in the world run on Windows operating systems.

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To: Paul Chiu who wrote (3351)4/8/2009 3:56:17 PM
From: FUBHO
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Hey Paul, do you have any video of your son's recent piano performances online? I only bring this up, because I read this interesting post about how music is dead. Tried to look up the links to previous recitals, but could not find them.

Hope all is well with you. You have been scarce on the boards.

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To: FUBHO who wrote (3363)4/8/2009 5:29:54 PM
From: Paul Chiu
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bob,

this one is the most recent youtube 'recital' posting.
did it with imovie 09

youtube.com

here is my most recent hd posting of any sort.

youtube.com

i think our scarcity is very much due to this really really boring market....

paul


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To: Paul Chiu who wrote (3364)4/8/2009 5:51:54 PM
From: FUBHO
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Brilliant performance. Chopin's Nocturnes are my favorite piano pieces so it almost made me cry...

Is the audio good for you on that? I had a low range hum going on. I understand you can't expect much in this format. Did you do the fancy effect at the beginning?

Edit: The video on the second video is incredible. What did you use to record that?

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To: FUBHO who wrote (3365)4/8/2009 6:11:50 PM
From: Paul Chiu
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bob, lower the bass a bit on your speakers.
the piano portion should be fairly quiet.
i should have done a multi mike or surface mike, but....

i love this piece too....

the fancies stuff is from imovie09, i love it.

the video of the second is also from the fabulous
sony pmw-ex1, edited with iMovie 09
since it was practice, i had time to play around...
with aperture, manual focus, gain settings. etc..


bigger is better!



the tripod is very important



paul


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To: Paul Chiu who wrote (3366)4/8/2009 6:25:45 PM
From: FUBHO
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Yeah, it is just my computer's audio set up. It is not that great.

I could tell you were practicing with the focus on that camera. But once it is in focus, that is an awesome picture. I can't afford that high-end a set up for my first HD video camera. Do you have any recommendations for lower end systems? Under $1k. TIA

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To: FUBHO who wrote (3367)4/8/2009 6:47:08 PM
From: Paul Chiu
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i have only used 2 brands of HD camcorders since 2003, sony (4) and Canon (1).

i recommend whatever you get, get one with true 1080p HD. that means 1920x1080 at up to 30p.

here is a listing of sonys

bhphotovideo.com

and panasonics

bhphotovideo.com

a very interesting one that is not 1080p but can go underwater
right away, i am thinking theme parks!
(it's 720p, good enough for water fun....)

bhphotovideo.com

paul




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To: Paul Chiu who wrote (3368)4/8/2009 6:53:57 PM
From: FUBHO
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I had no idea they were so reasonably priced. Gonna go with Sony. Hold on, the memory stick thing might be an issue.

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