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iPhone 4.0: Spotlight searches Google and Wikipedia

Spotlight in iPhone 4.0 takes a %&@ good on-device search that could find your apps, contacts, and other personal data, and makes it a ^%^(&$ fantastic on-device and web-resource search that can also send text strings out to the internet -- spelled Google and Wikipedia and bring you back the results.

First, yes, Google is still the default search engine, so that coffee break obviously worked. Second, yes, those Wikipedia strings that were discovered in previous iPhone OS betas looks like they've finally surfaced.

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Gmail web app goes iPad optimized!

Google continues to lead the pack when it comes to web apps, so we're not surprised to see them announce an experimental Gmail site up and optimized in time for the iPad release.

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Apple to Unveil Google-Competing iAd Mobile Advertising Platform on April 7?

MediaPost reports that Apple is getting ready to announce a mobile advertising service (potentially called iAd) to Madison Avenue on April 7.

[It's been] described as "revolutionary" and "our next big thing" by Apple chief Steve Jobs, according to executives familiar with the plan.

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Steve Jobs and Eric Schmidt Take Coffee, Talk Shop

Gizmodo has just posted up some candids of Apple CEO Steve Jobs, and Google CEO Eric Schmidt taking tasty beverages together and talking shop at the Calafia in the Town and Country, Pal Alto, which is owned by former Google chef Charlie Ayers. Reportedly Jobs was overheard saying:

  • "They're going to see it all eventually so who cares how they get it."
  • "Let's go discuss this somewhere more private."

What the "it" and the "this" are precisely, we don't know. Could this be the first tender, fragile steps towards reconciliation? Was the public setting intentional?

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Google Paying Carriers to Go Android, Apple Still Charging for iPhone

Well technically Google seems to be sharing revenue generated from services like Search, Gmail, Maps, etc. with their carrier and manufacturing partners to incentivize their "going Android". If rumors of Apple making a cool $100,000,000 a year from Google for iPhone search are any indicator, the money may be nothing to sneeze at either.

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Sent from Steve Jobs' iPhone: No Google Picasa Support for iPad

Once again 9to5Mac reports on Steve Jobs answering Apple users' questions, this time regarding iPad support for Google's Picasa. The question:

...Are there any plans to support Picasa's faces and albums in iTunes, so I can take full advantage of the [iPad] Photos application, since Photoshop Album is long discontinued. If not, please can you look into supporting the Picasa library format?

And the response from Steve Jobs:

No, but iPhone on the Mac has much better Faces and Places features.

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How Do You Use Gmail on Your iPhone?

Gmail may only be the 3rd most popular email service on the planet (behind Yahoo! and Hotmail) but it ranks first in the hearts of geeks everywhere and can be used in a variety of ways on the iPhone:

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Confusing: Developers Who Complain Apple's iPhone is Closed AND Think HTML5 is the Future

TechCrunch links to noted developer Tim Bray who's taking a position as "Developer Advocate" at Google for Android but who announces it while taking a swipe at Apple's iPhone:

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VoiceCentral's Black Swan Brings Google Voice to the iPhone

Riverturn has entered into the Google Voice for iPhone arena with it's latest offering VoiceCentral Black Swan. Google Voice and iPhone have a long history together and it has not been pretty, until now that is.

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Buzzie Unofficial Google Buzz App Hits App Store

The first unofficial Google Buzz application, Buzzie, [$1.99 on sale - iTunes Link] has made it's way into the Apple App Store.

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