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"The Google Guys: Inside the Brilliant Minds of Google Founders Larry Page and Serge Brin" is out in paperback.
"ONE CLICK: JEFF BEZOS AND THE RISE OF AMAZON.COM" arrives Oct. 26
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By Ravi Nagarajan Published on February 7, 2010 at 12:18 am
Mr. Brandt’s book is not as well known as Googled: The End of the World as We Know It which we reviewed in November. However, one can argue that Mr. Brandt succeeds in providing a more vivid background of both founders and he also makes a better effort to draw links between their core values and a number of decisions that were made which may appear “crazy” at first but actually led to Google’s stunning success. It is easy to see in retrospect how conventional thinking could have destroyed Google’s ambitions at several points during the early years. The fact that Mr. Brin and Mr. Page stuck to their core values made all the difference.
Jeff Bezos has finally opened up--a little--about the number of people who now own Kindles.
My guess is just over 2 million. Bezos has been suspiciously tight-lipped about how many he has sold. Apple's iPad probably pressured him to give a number. Kindle is likely to be the main victim of the iPad, assuming a lot of people actually decide to buy an iPad.
Bezos probably also waited until he passed the 2 million-unit remark before giving a number. Better than saying "over a million," which would have made me conclude that 1.01 million had been sold.
Still, the company is doing well. revenues and profits way up. So why so secretive?
Brian Prince at eWeek.com has a slide show analyzing the anatomy the back door in Internet Explorer 6 that allowed the attack on services in China. He has some interesting facts:
* Microsoft apparently has known about the vulnerability since September. (Bad PR for Microsoft to wait until Google pointed it out before letting on about it.)
* A "memory corruption" in IE6 allows attacker to remotely execute code.
* The malware used in the attack is a Trojan Horse called Hydraq. It has also been used against some Adobe Systems products.
* Social Networks like Facebook can be used to trick people into giving up info that helps the attackers.
* Evidence that the attack originated in China is "relatively scant."
This whole episode shows that you shouldn't use old versions like IE6. IE8 is now the current version. Were people at Google using IE6, or was it just people using Google products that stuck with the old browser? Personally, I use Chrome.