Monthly Archives: May 2010

Google SSL search launched last week and provides users with an encrypted and secure connection when searching online via https://www.google.com. Secure Sockets Layer (SSL), is the same protocol used for securing a wide variety of Internet services. Like secure shopping carts, this new feature is designed to prevent information from being intercepted either in transit or by third parties. Security is achieved in part due to the fact that SSL turns off the user's browser referrer data. Without referrer data, web analytics can't accurately track user interactions.

Just because you don't see traffic from Google SSL doesn't mean it isn't there...

The first day of Google IO 2010 is over here in San Francisco, CA. It was pretty typical as IOs go but a few things are clear. The web is getting much older and lots of folks are joining the family. Google IO 2010 was packed to the point of being almost uncomfortable at times today. I noticed dozens of folks being turned away from specific sessions today because rooms had already reached capacity, there were WiFi issues, I noticed snacks running out earlier than at previous IOs and at one point even the escalators had to be reset to run the opposite direction. As far as Google is concerned though, I'd have to imagine there are worse problems to have.

In terms of news, I think tomorrow will prove to be "the big day" but a few interesting things happened today…

During Google's press briefing, Co-Founder Sergey Brin was asked about Street View cars and the unintended collection of WiFi data. Brin replied by saying, "We screwed up, I'm not going to make any excuses about it." He went on to point out the importance of trust at Google and talked about steps being taken to avoid future issues. When not briefing members of the press, Brin was out and about in public and with developers.

Today's big announcement was Chrome Web Store which will open later this year. In addition, Google announced WebM a new video format and opened Wave to the public. On Thursday, Google is expected to release a new version of Android aka "Froyo" that supports Flash. In addition, there is speculation that Google will announce a new television product as well a few other surprises. My money though, is on the release of a new Google Tablet or netbook but, only time will tell.

For photos and video from Google IO 2010, check out my Picasa and YouTube.

Google is slated to publicly recognize a small cadre of VIP, "Google I/ON" developers next week in San Francisco, CA at Google IO. These developers will be recognized by for supporting Google's developer initiatives. According to Google, "We wanted a name that reflected something small in size, yet significant. We thought it'd be fun to do a play on "I/O." And thus the name, "Google Ions," was born." Even though they'll only represent about 5% of all attendees at Google IO 2010, I/ONs should be pretty obvious thanks to uniquely colored t-shirts, special I/ON pins, preferred Keynote seating and other limited edition schwag all courtesy of Google.

Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen recently sat down with the Wall Street Journal to discuss Steve Jobs's comments about Flash. I was shocked by what Narayen had to say and the spin was a little annoying.

According to Narayen, Adobe is "producing the world's best content," interesting considering Flash only supports a dozen or so languages. With more than 200 spoken languages world-wide, I'm not sure how Adobe can claim world domination. But then again, they also claim that "99% of Internet users have Flash," even though that's not what you'll find in web analytics. These results are probably because Adobe's survey only looks at PC users and PCs often come with Flash installed. In addition, the survey only focuses on 4,500 users in 13 countries and U.S. users are represented nearly two to one. These numbers are available at http://www.adobe.com/products/player_census/methodology so, please have a look for yourself before emailing.

According to Narayen, important Flash security issues are nothing more than a "smoke screen" but, according to SANS "Adobe Flash has similar problems with the applications of its updates (TH) there are four Flash vulnerabilities in our Top 30 list that date back as far as 2007." I'm not sure how you can claim customers are important but not address issues like these.

Narayen even claims that there are no performance issues with Flash and that Flash works fine on mobile devices. Adobe's recent report to the SEC indicates the opposite, “To the extent new releases of operating systems or other third-party products, platforms or devices, such as the Apple iPhone or iPad, make it more difficult for our products to perform, and our customers are persuaded to use alternative technologies, our business could be harmed.” My favorite part of the interview is where Narayen claims Flash isn't 100% proprietary and goes on to either confuse software specifications with web standards or TOTALLY spin out of answering the question being asked. If you've ever waited for Flash to load or been told you needed Flash to view Flash content, you know there are performance issues and that Flash is proprietary.

Narayen himself actually said, "We've evaluated the SDK. We can now start to develop the Flash player ourselves…" referring to the iPhone SDK and Flash for iPhone but, now for some reason it's all Apple's fault? To be clear, I think Adobe is a great company, I've used their products on my Mac for over a decade now. That said, I commend Steve Jobs for having cajones, not drinking Adobe's Kool-Aid, keeping them honest and his long overdue feedback.