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Mirror Universe: Apple and Microsoft United Against Google

PCWorld, <a href="http://www.readwriteweb.com/enterprise/2009/12/will-apple-and-microsoft-join.php>ReadWrite Enterprise, and 9to5mac all have interesting "what-if" articles up that describes a mirror universe where Apple and Microsoft unite to fight off the advances of an all-powerful Google.

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So in 2007 if Apple Slapped a Logo on an HTC Excalibur, Would That Have Been "the iPhone"?

Maybe it's me; maybe it's a fanboy thing; maybe it's my desire to impose more text on screen about this, but when I read people calling an HTC HD2/Dragon/Passion device absent HTC branding "THE Google Phone" (now officially caught on camera, see above), I can't help but think that if we go back to 2007 and Steve Jobs had taken the stage at Macworld and pulled out an HTC Excalibur with Apple branding on it, even if it had an Apple OS, it wouldn't have been "THE iPhone" and it certainly isn't what Apple did or what we as consumers got.

"This changes everything" say many blogs. Certainly, for Google's Android partners, competing against the Google brand, and bank, and engineering team changes a lot. And if they sell it unlocked (assuming they put a radio in it that can support all 4 US carriers, including both AT&T and T-Mobile 3G, and Verizon and Sprint EVDO) it will change things for the carriers, and for users who are accustomed to paying subsidized prices.

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Google Introduces Favorite Places for iPhone

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Google Introduces Free Public DNS

Google has introduced a new, free public DNS service which, according to their information page, is intended to:

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On Google ChromeOS, VoIP-only gPhones, and How the iPhone Benefits

When Google first mentioned ChromeOS, we figured it was their reaction to launching Android, then seeing Palm come out with webOS, and smacking their heads -- they could have done that with V8! (What, too nerdy?)

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Google Releases Optimized Google News for iPhone

Google continues to optimize their websites for the iPhone (and Android, and webOS), this time giving Google News the bump. Says the Google Mobile blog:

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Apple Approached AdMob Before Google Gobbled Them Up?

Did Apple meet with mobile advertising company, AdMob before Google acquired them last week for $750 million? That's what "people familiar with the matter" told Bloomberg:

Buying AdMob would have allowed Apple to expand into online advertising, a strategy that Nokia Oyj is pursuing, [IDC analyst Karsten Weide] said. “If a lot of traffic goes through my devices, why can’t I become the middleman that serves ads against that inventory? AdMob would have allowed them to do that quickly.”

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Google Buys AdMob and Gizmo5

When Google opens their wallet, big buyouts follow, and this time it's iPhone/mobile advertising company AdMob for $750 million, and VoIP startup Gizmo5 for about $30 million.

AdMob is an obvious choice for Google, as it's built mobile and in-app advertising (especially on the iPhone) into a $100 million a year business, enough to get Brin and Page personally involved in the courtship. Says TechCrunch:

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Google Dashboard -- How Much Do They Know About You?

Google Dashboard gives you one handy, dandy place to keep track of all your Google stuff. Let's face it, more than any other device, the iPhone is the mobile internet. Google -- well it is the internet. If you're a big Google user, they know what you search for, the contents of your Gmail, the appointments in your Google Calendar, the data in your Google Docs, your Google Latitude coordinates, and who knows what else...

Well, now you do. Let us know how that works for you.

(NB- No iPhone/Mobile WebKit optimized version yet but it shows up just f

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