HTC Dream Coming October 20

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

The Dream is likely to be a reality next month.

HTC Dream, the first Google Android powered handset will hit T-Mobile stores on October 20, following a September 23rd announcement of the launch, says Crunchgear.

The Wall Street Journal backs up the September date but is cautious on the actual release of the product, only saying it is scheduled for "late October."

If true, the news should silence some critics who have been skeptical of the launch time frame. The phone won FCC approval less than a month ago and Google employees, among others have been testing the device.

But buzz on the phone has been mixed and early pictures leaked on discussion boards show a device that is not likely to wow users with its design or colors.

HTC, not surprisingly, is bullish on potential sales of the Dream and expects to ship 600,000 to 700,000 units of the device, highter than analysts' estimates of 300,000 to 500,000, says the WSJ report.


Sun Microsystems' Data Warehouse in 2009 Guinness Book

The 2009 Guinness Book edition will have a surprise category. The pages that feature the record for 'Fastest Time To Push An Orange A Mile With One’s Nose' and 'Most Lives Saved By A Parrot, will also include one for the world's largest data warehouse.

The warehouse built and housed at Sun Microsystems' Menlo Park, California campus is powered by Sun's SPARC Enterprise M9000 server and is capable of managing one petabyte of raw data. That means about six trillion rows of transactional data and more than 185 million searchable documents, such as emails, reports and spreadsheets, says the company.

The news, while attention grabbing, is also a neat way to show off Sun's technology.

"The data warehouse demonstrates the capabilities of the M9000 server and all its big features such as throughput, capacity and tolerance," says Shannon Elwell, director, enterprise servers and marketing at Sun. "It shows what the M9000 can do."
Sun partnered with Sybase and BMMsoft to build the warehouse, which is reportedly more than 34 times larger than the largest industry standard benchmark and twice the size of the largest commercial data warehouse known to date. Still it consumes 91 percent less energy than conventional solutions, says the company.

(Photo: Sun's Comparison Chart)

"Anyone can build something that big but we actually built it very, very small," says Elwell. "We made it eco-friendly while managing our customers' needs."

Sun and Sybase started on the project in November 2007 and worked with the Guinness Book to enter the category that did not exist in previous editions.


Microsoft, Cray Unleash $25K Mainstream Supercomputer

Impulse buyers, lock your credit cards in a drawer when you're browsing You might end up purchasing a $25,000 compact supercomputer on a whim.

In an effort to make supercomputers mainstream, Microsoft and Cray teamed up to produce the Cray CX1, the "most affordable super computer Cray has ever offered." Unveiled Tuesday morning, the CX1 will run a new version of Microsoft Windows on either 32 or 64 Intel cores, and the desktop will carry 4 terabytes of storage, according to a GigaOM story.

By making the CX1 compact and affordable (relatively speaking) the two companies are hoping to make supercomputers accessible to a broad user group, including industry professionals and designers. In the past, supercomputers have primarily been designed and priced for scientific researchers, universities and military agencies.

And to make the desktop even more friendly to consumers, you'll be able to order this behemoth online just like any ordinary computer, says Windows Server blogger Tina Couch.

"It’s as easy as shopping on," Couch wrote. "Customers can go online, order the CX1 system using a configurator, and pay with credit card. If that’s not making supercomputing mainstream, I don’t know what is."


You May Get Your Stolen Nokia N96 Back!

Monday, September 15, 2008

The Nokia N96 is definitely not an iPhone killer. It misses all the key elements which make the iPhone one of the most desired devices. Still, the new Nokia N96 has guts to keep Nokia fans indifferent to the mighty iPhone. The N96 is the first ever mobile device to offer a memory size of 16GB that can be increased to 24GB with an optional microSD card, allowing consumers to store hours of media and be entertained on the go. First shipments of the N96 have started and it will be available at an MRP of Rs 34,999 from 16 September 2008.
The N96 is also the first ever mobile device to come preloaded with Wave Secure, a S60 security application that allows consumers not just to track their handset in the event it is lost or stolen, but also to create a backup for the phone data via Internet. This is an application being offered exclusively to consumers in India.

The application also allows consumers to secure everything on the device wirelessly. One can save and create a back up of all data (contacts, SMS, call logs and calendar entries) through the Internet. Additionally, in case the phone gets lost or stolen, WaveSecure helps remotely wipe out all data from the device to prevent misuse, lock the device remotely and even track any new SIM card inserted.

If updated, the massive 24GB (16+8) memory of the N96 can store up to 18,000 songs, up to 20,000 images at 5 megapixel, up to 60 hours of video or 20 full-length movies. Equipped with multifunctional media keys and a 2.8-inch screen, the N96 offers music, movies, games and more at the touch of a button. To make playing, watching, listening or experiencing the content even more enjoyable, the Nokia N96 features a 'kickstand' on the back cover that allows for hands-free viewing.

The N96 allows DVD-like quality video capture at 30 frames per second. One can also find, play and queue favourite tracks on the go with the most advanced music player. For a superb music experience, the Nokia N96 features media keys, a 3.5 mm headphone connector and built-in 3D stereo speakers. The N96 also enables game enthusiasts to compete with friends from the palm of their hands. Users can enter the N-gage arena and challenge the world to a wide array of games or even blog about their favourite games and chat online with other gamers.

Well, if you are not happy with the iPhone, here is Nokia N96.


HP Laptops Can Run 24 Hours, Without Power

You always need a power socket close enough to keep your laptop charged, if you are a power user. But what if your laptop can last a full 24 hours on a single charge? While most of the laptops offer two-three hours of backup, 24-hour mark is like powering it with nuclear fuel. No, HP is yet not using Uranium in its laptops, but yes, HP has announced an unprecedented milestone in mobile computing: up to 24 hours of continuous notebook operation on a single battery charge.

As measured by an industry-standard benchmark, the new HP EliteBook 6930p configured with an optional ultra-capacity battery delivers up to 24 hours of battery runtime.

“All-day computing has been the holy grail of notebook computing,” said Ted Clark, senior vice president and general manager, notebook global business unit, HP. “With the HP EliteBook 6930p, customers no longer have to worry about their notebook battery running out before their work day is over.”

The initial ENERGY STAR-qualified HP EliteBook 6930p configuration starts at only 4.7 pounds (2.1 kilograms). It features a 14.1-inch diagonal widescreen display and is available with an optional, mercury-free Illumi-Lite LED display. Designed and tested to last, HP batteries benefit from a combination of HP engineering and energy-efficient notebook components such as Intel solid-state hard drives (SSD) and mercury-free LED displays. For example, the highly efficient HP Illumi-Lite LED display boosts battery run time by up to four hours compared to traditional LCD displays, while the Intel SSD provides up to a seven per cent increase in battery life compared to traditional hard drives.

With up to 24 hours of battery life, business travellers can easily use an HP EliteBook 6930p continuously on the world’s longest scheduled commercial airline flight – linking Newark Liberty International Airport and Singapore Changi Airport – approximately 18 hours, 40 minutes. You can take more than 10 trips on the EuroStar train between London and Paris – approximately two hours, 15 minutes each direction – before recharging the battery. And, travel as a passenger by car from Maine to Florida using a notebook during the entire journey.

Inspired by aircraft construction and designed for style-conscious mobile professionals, HP EliteBook notebooks feature the latest mobile technologies. In October, customers will be able to purchase an HP EliteBook with the new Intel high-performance SSDs – HP is a launch customer for new Intel X25-M and X18-M Mainstream SATA SSDs.

In addition to helping achieve outstanding battery life, these new Intel SSDs provide greater durability and reliability as well as faster system responsiveness, HP said. Internal HP benchmarks show overall performance boosts of up to 57 per cent on industry benchmarks, and data transfer rates almost six times faster than traditional hard disks.

“Intel architected its new line of high-performance solid-state drives specifically to bring a new level of performance and reliability to the computing platform and make significant impact to the way people use their PCs,” said Randy Wilhelm, vice president and general manager, NAND Products Group, Intel. “The HP milestone is an example of the impact of this new level of performance that specifically delivers on lower power consumption for longer battery life.”

Well! the new HP EliteBook 6930p is a true companion for corporate road warriors. But Dell won't fall behind its competitor. They will soon be breaking this record -- so watch out for the battery warfare.


Google Chrome's open-source ally: Microsoft

During Google's launch of its Chrome Web browser, the company went out of its way to acknowledge the debt it owes two open-source projects, Firefox and WebKit. But Microsoft, an uncommon ally in the open-source realm, might also deserve a tip of the hat.

After some digging through the Chrome source code, Scott Hanselman, a senior programming manager for Microsoft, found that the browser uses an open-source Microsoft project called the Windows Template Library, software for building a Windows user interface. (It uses an abstraction layer so other interface software can be employed on other operating systems.)

On its open-source Chromium site, Google lists WTL 8.0 as included third-party software.

Microsoft, while keeping its crown jewels proprietary, has been lurking around the fringes of the open-source realm for years now. Open-source software may be moved freely from one project to another; though license particulars sometimes erect barriers, both Chrome and WTL use relatively liberal licenses.

There's a bit more intrigue with some other Microsoft technology, though. For security technology called Data Execution Prevention, which can help block various forms of attacks, Google also apparently used an undocumented interface from Microsoft to get the feature working in Windows XP SP2.

Microsoft's Arun Kishan said the interface is "undocumented and unsupported" and "initially only intended for our own use" on a Microsoft forum posting. Using such APIs (application programming interfaces) can get software into trouble, because operating system companies offer no guarantees future software will support them, so upgrades can break compatibility.

And to get the technology working, Google said it disassembled the source code of Windows Vista--in other words, the company extracted the operating system's low-level instructions from the Vista binary. Disassembly is one form of reverse-engineering.

Google spotlighted its move in a comment in the Chrome source code: "Completely undocumented from Microsoft. You can find this information by disassembling Vista's SP1 kernel32.dll with your favorite disassembler."

The software takes the high road if possible, according to another comment: "Try documented ways first. Only available on Vista SP1 and Windows 2008."

Google didn't immediately comment on the move.

Matt Asay, a Mac user and an executive at open-source firm Alfresco, pines for a Mac version of Chrome, suggesting that leading off with Windows may have been a "strategic error" even if the Windows Template Library made it easier to get the Windows version out first. "It might make sense to aim for the mainstream (i.e., corporate IT, which would get the most benefit from an JavaScript-optimized Web browser), but the mainstream isn't in the habit of trying out the latest and greatest," Asay said.

Google's not dumb, though: there are plenty of programmers and early adopters using Windows, even if the cutting-edge crowd might be proportionally larger with Mac OS X or Linux. Besides, making headway in today's browser wars will take more than a few months and one beta version, and the Mac OS X and Linux versions of Chrome are under development.


HP to cut 24,600 jobs worldwide

US technology giant Hewlett-Packard (HP) said today it would cut 24,600 jobs worldwide over the next three years as part of its integration with computer services firm Electronic Data Systems.

The world-leading computer maker bought the Texas-based business services outsourcing titan EDS in August as part of a $US13.9 billion ($A17.5 billion) deal aimed at creating a global powerhouse in computer services to compete against IBM.

The workforce reduction is intended to "streamline the combined company's services businesses", and once complete is expected to "result in annual cost savings of approximately $US1.8 billion ($A2.2 billion)," HP said in a statement

The job cuts would allow HP "to restructure the EDS business group to streamline costs, invest in growth and drive shareholder value."

About 7.5 per cent of the combined workforce would be affected, with about half of the cuts taking place in the United States, HP said.

In May, HP inked a deal to buy EDS for $US25 per share. After approval by shareholders as well as US and foreign regulators, the acquisition was finalised last month.

The new HP services includes annual revenues of more than $US38 billion ($A47.7 billion) and 210,000 employees, operating in more than 80 countries.

Northern California-based HP is among the world's largest IT companies, with massive data centres and experience in business computing hardware that analysts said would mesh well with the expertise EDS has in outsourcing technical services for companies.

The acquisition more than doubles HP's outsourcing services business, which will be aggressively marketed particularly in Europe and the Americas, company officials have said.

EDS says on its website that it founded the information technology outsourcing industry in 1962 and is now a multibillion-dollar company handling services for banks, hospitals, shops, energy producers and other firms.

Services EDS handles range from call-in centres and financial transaction processing to "desktop outsourcing" in which EDS provides firms with employee computers and refreshes models every few years.

At the time the deal was announced, analysts said HP was expected to impose its fiscal discipline on EDS and consolidate the outsourcing firm's estimated 180 data service centres worldwide.

EDS was founded by Ross Perot, who became a billionaire and US presidential candidate, by paying an incorporation fee of 1,000 dollars and buying unused computer time at an insurance company to process data for other firms, according to a company history.


Yahoo's spirit of openness in 'hackathon'

Hackers armed with laptop computers, camping tents and dreams of software glory invaded
Yahoo during the weekend as the Internet pioneer opened its strategy and its doors to outside developers.The "hackathon" was as much a symbol of Yahoo rising from the ashes of a burned-out courtship with U.S. technology colossus Microsoft as it was a chance for software wizards to work their magic on Yahoo's platform.

The approximately 300 hackers that swept onto the firm's campus in Sunnyvale, California, had the first chance to tinker with the inner workings of Yahoo online offerings such as its globally popular free email.

Yahoo earlier in the week outlined a shift to an "Open Strategy" that it believes will jazz-up the Web site and lead to meshing offerings from hot online properties such as Amazon and iTunes with its Web pages.

"Open is a really important strategy for us," Yahoo Developer Network head Chris Yeh told AFP as hackers fueled up on pizza, keg beer and caffeine-based energy drinks for all-night software writing sessions.

"It is a new course for the ship. Our ability to turn Yahoo from a company that owns and operates its own sites to a company that lets other people in on the action is a critical growth moment. This is really exciting."

Breaking down walls between Web sites where people store digitized photos, videos, messages, and musings is a trend that's overdue, according to Internet users and developers.

"It's something that really needs to happen," Developer Ryan Moore said as he worked on a hack in a purple-and-yellow armchair overlooking sand volleyball courts. "It's the way everything ought to work."

Yahoo announced plans to revamp its homepage in coming months to allow people to customize home page
s with mini-applications, including those crafted by third-party developers and vetted by Yahoo."Jerry (Yang) and I are dedicated to keeping that spirit of openness and innovation alive, but we know that we can't come up with all the great ideas ourselves," Yahoo co-founder David Filo wrote in a 'Hack Day' message.

'Hackers, bring it on.'

Hackers working alone or in teams set up camps in booths or tables in URL's Cafe in the heart of Yahoo's campus while others retreated to classrooms or stuffed chairs on the second floor of the two-story building. "This is the Yahoo that you know; that you've always dealt with," said Moore, who attended the company's first and only other U.S. hack day in 2006.

"It's the old Yahoo: 'We have eyeballs; we have data -- have at it.'"

Some broke from coding intermittently through the night to nap in tents pitched in a grassy courtyard or play classic arcade videogames including Pac-Man and Galaga.

Musically inclined hackers tested their skills on faux instruments playing pretend rock stars in the Rock Band video game.

Nearly 50 "hacks" were completed by the time the event wrapped after dark on Saturday.

Software creations included a "Ganzbot" robot that reads people news, weather, Twitter messages or other information streamed to their home pages by automated delivery mechanisms known as "feeds."

An hack served up music videos in online radio style, scouring the Internet and fetching performances that promise to fit people's tastes.

"The people here from Yahoo are psyched, excited," Yeh said. "It's a great event. It is one of the things we can rally about as a company."

Yahoo claims more than 500 million users worldwide but has been struggling to cash-in on its popularity.

Yahoo's sagging fortunes and Google's ascension as Internet advertising king prompted Microsoft on January 31 to offer to buy Yahoo for US$44.6 billion in a half-cash, half-stock deal.

Microsoft was eager to combine online resources with Yahoo in order to better battle Google.

Microsoft walked away from negotiations May 3 after Yahoo rejected an offer it raised from US$31 to US$33 per share, which amounted to US$47.5 billion.

Yahoo subsequently made a deal with Google to put its online advertising expertise to work on Yahoo websites. That deal is to take effect later this year if it passes muster with U.S. anti-trust regulators.

"It's been a remarkable year so far and it is going to continue to be a remarkable year," Yeh said. "I like interesting times. I think when things are in flux good things happen."


Microsoft confirms Zune details

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

With most of its news already leaked out there, Microsoft on Monday confirmed the details of its fall Zune lineup.

On the hardware side, Microsoft will beef up Zune's capacity, expanding the hard drive-based model to 120GB and the flash-based player to 16GB.

More significant are the software and service improvements. Most notably, as is the case with the iPod Touch, Zune owners will now be able to use the device's built-in Wi-Fi to download songs.

Also new, the updated Zune will make recommendations based on the songs someone is listening to and there will also be new Zune "channels" programmed by experts and along themes like "work-out" music.

Zune will also come with two games--Hexic and Texas Hold 'em--and adds support for audio books in the Audible format.

Of course, this all comes a day ahead of an Apple event, at which the market leader is expected to announce changes to its iPod line.

In any case, I'm going to get a firsthand look at the Zune line later Monday and talk strategy with some Microsoft executives. So I should have more to say on the Zune front in short order.


New satellite to give Google Maps unprecedented resolution

Google has taken the war over exclusive web content into space. Not directly, of course—the satellite that was recently launched into space on a rocket bearing the Google logo was the result of a joint venture between a commercial satellite imaging provider and the department of defense. In return for undisclosed terms, Google got two considerations: its logo on the side of the launch vehicle, and exclusive use of the mapping images that the satellite produces.


Google reigns as world's most powerful 10-year-old

When Larry Page and Sergey Brin founded Google Inc. on Sept. 7, 1998, they had little more than their ingenuity, four computers and an investor's $100,000 bet on their belief that an Internet search engine could change the world.

It sounded preposterous 10 years ago, but look now: Google draws upon a gargantuan computer network, nearly 20,000 employees and a $150 billion market value to redefine media, marketing and technology.

Perhaps Google's biggest test in the next decade will be finding a way to pursue its seemingly boundless ambitions without triggering a backlash that derails the company.

"You can't do some of the things that they are trying to do without eventually facing some challenges from the government and your rivals,'' said Danny Sullivan, who has followed Google since its inception and is now editor-in-chief of SearchEngineLand.

Google's expanding control over the flow of Internet traffic and advertising already is raising monopoly concerns.

The intensifying regulatory and political scrutiny on Google's expansion could present more roadblocks in the future. Even now, there's a chance U.S. antitrust regulators will challenge Google's plans to sell ads for Yahoo Inc., a fading Internet star whose recent struggles have been magnified by Google's success.

Privacy watchdogs also have sharpened their attacks on Google's retention of potentially sensitive information about the 650 million people who use its search engine and other Internet services like YouTube, Maps and Gmail. If the harping eventually inspires rules that restrict Google's data collection, it could make its search engine less relevant and its ad network less profitable.

To protect its interests, Google has hired lobbyists to bend the ears of lawmakers and ramped up its public relations staff to sway opinion as management gears up to conquer new frontiers.

"Google will keep pushing the envelope,'' predicted John Battelle, who wrote a book about the company and now runs Federated Media, a conduit for Internet publishers and advertisers. "It's one of the things that seems to make them happy.''

In the latest example of its relentless expansion, Google has just released a Web browser to make its search engine and other online services even more accessible and appealing. Not every peripheral step has gone smoothly, though; several of the company's ancillary products have flopped or never lived up to the hype.

Extending Google's ubiquity to cell phones and other mobile devices sits at the top of management's agenda for the next decade.

But the lengthy to-do list also includes: making digital copies of all the world's books; establishing electronic file cabinets for people's health records; leading the alternative energy charge away from fossil fuels; selling computer programs to businesses over the Internet; and tweaking its search engine so it can better understand requests stated in plain language, just like a human would.

"There are people who think we are plenty full of ourselves right now, but from inside at least, it doesn't look that way,'' said Craig Silverstein, Google's technology director and the first employee hired by Page and Brin. "I think what keeps us humble is realizing how much further we have to go.''

Page and Brin, both 35 now and worth nearly $19 billion apiece, declined to be interviewed for this story. But they have never left any doubt they view Google as a force for good - a philosophy punctuated by their corporate motto: "Don't Be Evil.''

"If we had a lightsaber, we would be Luke (Skywalker),'' Silverstein said.

A "Star Wars'' analogy can just as easily be used to depict Google as an imposing empire. It holds commanding leads in both the Internet search and advertising markets. The company processes nearly two-thirds of the world's online search requests, according to the research firm comScore Inc., and sells about three-fourths of the ads tied to search requests, according to another firm, eMarketer Inc. The dominance has enabled Google to rake in $48 billion from Internet ads since 2001.

Google hasn't hoarded all of that money: the company has paid $15 billion in commissions to the Web sites that run its ads during the same period, helping to support major online destinations like AOL, and MySpace as well as an array of bloggers.

"Google is the oxygen in this ecosystem,'' Battelle said. The company hopes to inhale even more Internet advertising from the biggest deal in its short history - a $3.2 billion acquisition of online marketing service DoubleClick Inc. that was completed six months ago.

Google also is trying to mine more money from its second-largest acquisition, YouTube, the Internet's leading video channel. YouTube is expected to generate about $200 million in revenue this year, an amount that analysts believe barely scratches the video site's moneymaking potential.

Eventually, Google Chairman Eric Schmidt wants the entire company to generate $100 billion in annual revenue, which would make it roughly as big as the two largest information-technology companies _ Hewlett-Packard Co. and IBM Corp. - each are now.

This year, Google will surpass the $20 billion threshold for the first time. Schmidt, 53, who became Google's CEO in 2001, seems determined to stick around to reach his goal. He, Brin and Page have made an informal pact to remain the company's brain trust through 2024, at least.

But some rivals are determined to thwart Google. TV and movie conglomerate Viacom Inc. is suing Google for $1 billion for alleged copyright infringement at YouTube, while Microsoft signaled how desperately it wants to topple Google by offering to buy Yahoo for $47.5 billion this year.

Microsoft withdrew the takeover bid in a dispute over Yahoo's value, but some analysts still think those two companies may get together if they fall farther behind Google.

The notion that Microsoft - the richest technology company - would spend so much time worrying about Google seemed inconceivable in September 1998, when Page and Brin decided to convert their research project in Stanford University's computer science graduate program into a formal company.

Page, a University of Michigan graduate, and Brin, a University of Maryland alum, began working on a search engine - originally called BackRub - in 1996 because they believed a lot of important content wasn't being found on the Web. At the time, the companies behind the Internet's major search engines - Yahoo, AltaVista and Excite - were increasingly focused on building multifaceted Web sites.

Internet search was considered such a low priority at the time that Page and Brin couldn't even find anyone willing to pay a couple of million dollars to buy their technology. Instead, they got a $100,000 investment from one of Sun Microsystems Inc.'s co-founders, Andy Bechtolsheim, and filed incorporation papers so they could cash a check made out to Google Inc. In a nod to their geeky roots as children of computer science and math professors, Page and Brin had derived the name from the mathematical term "googol'' - a 1 followed by 100 zeros.

Later they would raise a total of about $26 million from family, friends and venture capitalists to help fund the company and pay for now-famous employee perks like free meals and snacks.

Even after Google became an official company in 1998, the business continued to operate out of the founders' Stanford dorm rooms.

Like Google's stripped-down home page, the company itself had a bare-bones aesthetic.

Page's room was converted into a "server farm'' for the three computers that ran the search engine, which then processed about 10,000 requests per day compared with about 1.5 billion per day now. The headquarters were in Brin's room in a neighboring dorm hall, where the founders and Silverstein wrestled for control of another computer to bang out programming code.

Within a few weeks after incorporating, Google moved into the garage of a Menlo Park, California, home owned by Susan Wojcicki, who became a Google executive and is now Brin's sister-in-law (Google bought the house in 2006). Even back in 1998, there was some free food - usually bags of M&Ms and Silverstein's homemade bread.

Jump back to today: The company occupies a 1.5 million-square- foot (140,000 sq. meter) headquarters called the "Googleplex'' - as well as two dozen other U.S. offices and hubs in more than 30 other countries. And its search engine - believed to index at least 40 billion Web pages - now runs on hundreds of thousands of computers kept in massive data centers around the world.

The growth dumbfounds Silverstein, whose only goal when he started was to help make Google successful enough to employ 80 people.

"It's natural when a company gets big that some people become fearful of that,'' Silverstein said. "All we can do is to be as upfront and straightforward as possible.

We are not trying to be malicious or have some sneaky plan to put you in our thrall.


Google to put newspaper archives online

Google has taken another step towards its stated goal of indexing the world’s information by scanning newspaper archives and making them searchable on the internet.

The company that leads the way in cataloguing online information has been stepping up efforts to digitise material created before the advent of the internet. Google Books has been gradually scanning millions of books from publishers and libraries, making the text as easily searchable as that of a website.

The newspaper-scanning project announced today will begin with a handful of North American newspapers, including the Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph, considered to be the continent’s oldest newspaper.

Large newspapers including The Times and The New York Times have already digitised their archives and opened them to readers, but smaller publications do not have the resources to embark on the labour-intensive process of scanning thousands of editions.

Google’s intention is that billions of articles from the past 250 years will eventually be brought online.

“We’ll be bringing online generations of writers,” Marissa Mayer, Google’s vice president of search products told the TechCrunch 50 conference in San Francisco. “We’re adding newspapers to the broader sweep of offline material we’re bringing online.”

Google will pay for the cost of scanning the archives of any newspaper publisher willing to allow the stories to be shown free on Google's website. Participating publishers will receive an unspecified portion of the revenue generated from advertising displayed next to the stories.

“I believe this could be a turning point for the industry,” said Pierre Little, publisher of the Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph, which has an archive dating back to 1764. “This helps us unlock a bit of an asset that had just been sitting within the organisation."

Google declined to specify how many other papers have signed up or how much the company has budgeted for the project.

The archive articles will be shown in the same format as they originally appeared, allowing readers to zoom into stories and browse through the rest of the edition.

Finding the old newspaper stories initially will require readers to use Google’s news search pages, but archive newspaper stories should start showing up on Google's main results page within a year, Google said.



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