A curated selection of the day's most newsworthy tech stories from all over the Web.
The first (of three) days of Jeopardy featuring the IBM supercomputer Watson as a contestant ended in a tie. Watson and competitor Brad Rutter wrapped up the evening with $5,000 each on the scoreboard, while Ken Jennings, who had bested Watson in the much-publicized practice match, ended up with $2,000. (AllThingsD) AOL CEO Tim Armstrong invested more than $10 million in MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Feb 15, 2011 8:31 AM ET
The Google browser showed a strong uptick over the holidays and into January.
The latest numbers from NetApplications show that Google's (GOOG) Chrome continues to gain market share against Microsoft's (MSFT) Internet Explorer, whose share fell to 56% of the browser market. Firefox, the number two browser, remained steady at over 22%. And Apple's (AAPL) Safari continues to grow steadily, crossing the 6% barrier for the first time, landing at 6.3%.
Chrome and Safari are MORESeth Weintraub - Feb 1, 2011 10:19 AM ET
In a surprising move yesterday, Google announced that it would no longer support the web's most common video format in its browser. The web is not pleased.
The web is up in arms at what appears to be a double standard in keeping things open over at Google (GOOG). In a blog post on their Chromium blog, Google wrote that it would no longer support H.264 video as an HTML5 embedded MORESeth Weintraub - Jan 12, 2011 2:55 PM ET
Product announcements in both phones and tablets (and even TVs) were overwhelmingly Android.
In a note entitled "Tablets everywhere at CES," Bank of America/Merrill Lynch analyst Justin Post remarks that CES was certainly a big venue for new Google (GOOG) Android-powered products.
The Android camp has demonstrated this CES that it could present to the market attractive solutions (both hardware and software) that match if notsurpass the product experience offered by Apple, MORESeth Weintraub - Jan 10, 2011 11:48 AM ET
By announcing their most popular blogposts of the year, Google also showed the power of their homepage.
Here's the info from Google's (GOOG) 2010 wrapup:
The top posts this year run the gamut from policy changes to product arrivals:
A different kind of company name - 10,604,183 unique pageviews, more than 30 percent of the year's total. Our April Fools' Day post about changing our company name to "Topeka" had a crazy-high number MORESeth Weintraub - Dec 31, 2010 4:21 PM ET
A win win for Google Chrome and charity.
Google(GOOG) is going to putting some money up for charity in an event this week called Chrome for a Cause. To get people using Chrome and specifically Chrome extensions and tabs, Google will donate a certain amount of resources to each charity dependant on how many Chrome tabs are opened throughout each day. Download the extension and the more tabs you open, the more MORESeth Weintraub - Dec 15, 2010 6:13 PM ET
Wedbush Morgan analyst Lou Kerner raised his rating on Google to Outperform from Neutral
Google's (GOOG) efforts in Mobile and OS/Browser markets will start to pay off, according to Wedbush Morgan analyst Lou Kerner.
In a research note today, Kerner wrote:
We are raising our rating and price target on Google based on our belief that mobile and social secular trends are accelerating the growth of time spent online and the growth of global MORESeth Weintraub - Dec 14, 2010 12:35 PM ET
How fast is fast?
Chrome's "canary" build -- the least stable and most advanced version of the browser -- was 40.5% faster than the "dev" edition and 43.5% faster than the current "stable" version.
It also MORESeth Weintraub - Dec 8, 2010 6:03 PM ET
Every day, the Fortune staff spends hours poring over tech stories, posts, and reviews from all over the Web to keep tabs on the companies that matter. We've assembled the day's most newsworthy bits below.After some rumor and speculation, Google finally launched its Chrome OS web store, a marketplace not unlike Apple's App Store and Android's market, with roughly 500 free and paid apps, including Amazon's revamped web-based Kindle experience, The MORE JP Mangalindan, Writer - Dec 8, 2010 6:00 AM ET
Initial ChromeOS Netbooks will be tied to a Verizon Wireless Data plan
The Lovefest between Google (GOOG) and Verizon (VZ) continues. Live at YouTube event, Sundar Pichai, VP, Product Management at Google announced that Chrome Netbook owners would receive 100mb of free Verizon Internet access every month for two years. Additionally, plans would start at $9.99 with a no contract plan and will be managed on the desktop.
This is a very similar setup to MORESeth Weintraub - Dec 7, 2010 2:40 PM ET
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