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Even Eric Schmidt has no idea how privacy works on one of Google’s top products

By on December 17, 2014 at 3:55 PM.

Even Eric Schmidt has no idea how privacy works on one of Google’s top products

Google Chairman Eric Schmidt is always an interesting interview — after all, he’s never shied away from offering quirky and memorable quotes in the past — and The Daily Dot has now revealed another memorable Schmidt moment. It turns out the top Google exec has no idea how one of Google’s most important products works when it comes to protecting your privacy while you’re using the Internet.

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The real questions Google Search wants to answer, but can’t yet

By on October 20, 2014 at 3:03 PM.

The real questions Google Search wants to answer, but can’t yet

For many Internet users, Google is synonymous with online search and is seen as the go-to place to get your questions answered. However, Google is still looking for new things to add to its search capabilities, as former CEO and current chairman Eric Schmidt outlined in a speech last week in Berlin where he talked about “innovation, technology, and the future of the Internet.” More →

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Despite his industry-shaking feuds with Apple, Eric Schmidt calls Steve Jobs his hero

By on October 3, 2014 at 4:58 PM.

Despite his industry-shaking feuds with Apple, Eric Schmidt calls Steve Jobs his hero

If it seems like just yesterday that Apple and Google were at each other’s throats, that’s because they were — Tim Cook and Eric Schmidt have been trading blows in recent weeks in regards to privacy and security, with each executive claiming that their company is more secure than the other. The issue remains unresolved, but Schmidt took a break from the feud on Thursday night during a promotional event for his new book, How Google Works.

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Eric Schmidt swipes back at Cook, says Google is ‘far more secure’ than Apple

By on October 2, 2014 at 5:17 PM.

Eric Schmidt swipes back at Cook, says Google is ‘far more secure’ than Apple

The seemingly ongoing battle between Google and Apple has been well-documented, but it’s always at its best when the CEOs start trading blows. In an interview with Charlie Rose last month, Tim Cook took Google to task for its data collection practices. Unsurprisingly, Eric Schmidt wasn’t too pleased with Cook’s representative of his company, so he took the time to respond on a CNN Money segment this week. More →

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Eric Schmidt’s curious advice: ‘Know your competition, but don’t copy it’

By on August 27, 2014 at 9:00 PM.

Eric Schmidt’s curious advice: ‘Know your competition, but don’t copy it’

In the latest edition of Talking Schmidt, a series where 9to5Google analyzes Google CEO Eric Schmidt’s most baffling quotes, we take a look at Schmidt’s upcoming book, How Google Works. In order to promote the book, Schmidt took to Google+ and posted the following image. More →

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Google chairman plans to sell major portion of his stake in company

By on February 9, 2013 at 1:11 PM.

Google chairman plans to sell major portion of his stake in company

Google (GOOG) chairman Eric Schmidt, recently seen tromping around North Korea, plans to sell a significant portion of his stake in the company that he’s been with since 2001, Bloomberg reports. In a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission this week, Google disclosed that Schmidt plans to sell “as many as 3.2 million shares” that are worth an estimated $2.5 billion and represent 42% of his stake in the company. A Google spokesperson tells Bloomberg that Schmidt is still “completely committed to Google” and that selling off the shares represents nothing more than a “routine diversification of assets.”

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Google chairman addresses the state of North Korean technology, Internet policy

By on January 20, 2013 at 10:24 AM.

Google chairman addresses the state of North Korean technology, Internet policy

Google (GOOG) chairman Eric Schmidt is back from his adventure in North Korea and he’s penned a post on his Google+ page detailing the current state of the country’s technological capabilities and the way it allows citizens to have limited access to the Internet. In short, North Korea isn’t anywhere close to matching the technological capabilities of its rival South Korea, and the country is incredibly restrictive of the information it allows its citizens to access. More →

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U.S. State Department knocks Google chairman’s planned North Korea trip

By on January 3, 2013 at 10:50 PM.

U.S. State Department knocks Google chairman’s planned North Korea trip

The United States State Department is not amused by Google (GOOG) chairman Eric Schmidt’s plan to travel to North Korea. Even though Schmidt plans to go to North Korea with former New Mexico governor Bill Richardson as a private citizen and not a representative of the U.S. government, a State Department spokesperson on Thursday said that the timing of the trip wasn’t “helpful,” according to Reuters. The State Department has made its views known to both Schmidt and Richardson, although apparently neither has decided that Foggy Bottom’s concerns warrant canceling their travel plans yet.

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Schmidt suggests Google tablet could launch within six months

By on December 19, 2011 at 12:50 PM.

Schmidt suggests Google tablet could launch within six months

Google chairman Eric Schmidt may have let slip a Google-branded tablet that will launch in the first half of 2012. In the “next six months we plan to market a tablet of the highest quality,” Schmidt reportedly said during an interview with Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera. Schmidt’s quote could mean many things. First, that Google has plans to develop, market and sell its own tablet (possibly in partnership with Motorola) within the next six months. Or second, and perhaps more likely, Schmidt’s statement could mean that Google is planning to begin pumping up the marketing around Ice Cream Sandwich and improving the experience that Google offers on Android tablets. Currently, Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) tablets leave much to be desired when it comes to the end-user’s overall experience, and sales have been lackluster at best according to numerous reports. More →

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Google chairman: We don’t work with or support Carrier IQ

By on December 9, 2011 at 11:30 AM.

Google chairman: We don’t work with or support Carrier IQ

Google chairman Eric Schmidt recently explained that Google does not support or endorse Carrier IQ, the company that has been accused of secretly bugging phones with spyware capable of logging keystrokes and more. A security expert recently revealed that Carrier IQ is installed on millions of smartphones, including Android devices and the iPhone. Wireless carriers such as Sprint and AT&T have said the software is installed purely for quality control purposes. “It’s a key-logger, and it actually does keep your keystrokes, and we certainly don’t work with them and we certainly don’t support it,” Schmidt said during a recent conference. “Android is an open platform, so it’s possible for people to build software that’s actually not very good for you, and this appears to be one.” Apple, HTC, Samsung, Motorola, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Carrier IQ have been sued in class-action lawsuits over the software. If you’re worried about whether or not your phone has the tracking software installed, follow our guide on how to find out in just one tapMore →

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Google’s Schmidt: Motorola buy is about ‘more than just patents’

By on September 3, 2011 at 1:00 AM.

Google’s Schmidt: Motorola buy is about ‘more than just patents’

Google Executive Chairman and former CEO Eric Schmidt on Thursday reiterated that the company’s proposed $12.5 billion acquisition of Motorola Mobility is about more than just patents. When Google announced the deal, CEO Larry Page said in a statement, “Motorola Mobility’s total commitment to Android has created a natural fit for our two companies. Together, we will create amazing user experiences that supercharge the entire Android ecosystem for the benefit of consumers, partners and developers. I look forward to welcoming Motorolans to our family of Googlers.” He also noted, however, that Motorola’s extensive patent portfolio would greatly assist Google and its Android partners in defending Android against patent complaints from the likes of Apple and Microsoft. Read on for more. More →

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Eric Schmidt: Apple is suing us instead of innovating, will make sure HTC doesn’t lose patent suit

By on July 19, 2011 at 10:27 AM.

Eric Schmidt: Apple is suing us instead of innovating, will make sure HTC doesn’t lose patent suit

During Google’s Mobile Revolution conference in Tokyo, Google’s executive chairman Eric Schmidt reaffirmed his company’s support of HTC and its other Android partners, ZDNET Asia reported on Tuesday. HTC is currently in the middle of multiple patent battles with Apple, and the U.S. International Trade Commission ruled on Friday that the Taiwanese firm was in violation of two of Apple’s patents. When asked whether Google would help HTC pay any fees associated with a guilty ruling, should the company’s appeal be shot down, Schmidt replied “We will make sure they don’t lose, then.” Schmidt attributed the lawsuits to Android’s massive global growth and restated that there are now more than 550,000 Android smartphone activations daily. “We have seen an explosion of Android devices entering the market and, because of our successes, competitors are responding with lawsuits as they cannot respond through innovations,” Schmidt said. “I’m not too worried about this.”

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Google chairman Eric Schmidt to testify during Senate antitrust hearing

By on July 11, 2011 at 4:01 PM.

Google chairman Eric Schmidt to testify during Senate antitrust hearing

Google’s chairman and former CEO Eric Schmidt has agreed to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee’s antitrust subcommittee, Reuters reported on Monday. On June 24th, Google announced that the Federal Trade Commission would be reviewing its business practices. The search giant said it was “still unclear” as to what the FTC’s concerns were but that it would cooperate fully with the investigation. Watchdog groups such as Fairsearch.org have repeatedly accused Google of eangaging in anti-competitive behavior. “I look forward to discussing a number of important issues relating to Google and Internet search competition,” Senator Mike Lee, the lead Republican on the Judiciary Committee’s anti-trust subcommittee said. More →

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