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Google’s Eric Schmidt has arrived in North Korea

Google’s Eric Schmidt has arrived in North Korea

Rumors surfaced last week that Google's Eric Schmidt was heading to North Korea, and were quickly followed up with a confirmation from the office of former New Mexico governor Bill Richardson, who is leading the expedition. The trip is now underway, with Richardson and Schmidt taking a private tour of the notoriously restrictive nation. The trip is for humanitarian purposes, and does not include any press.

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Confirmed: Google’s Eric Schmidt is heading to North Korea

Confirmed: Google’s Eric Schmidt is heading to North Korea

On January 2, we reported that Google's Eric Schmidt might be heading to North Korea per a report out of the Associated Press. Few details were available, and the information came from sources who were familiar with the issue. Now we have confirmation via the former New Mexico governor, who just issued a message confirming the rumor.

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Google boss Eric Schmidt reportedly headed to North Korea this year

Google boss Eric Schmidt reportedly headed to North Korea this year

Here's a pretty interesting report: according to the Associated Press, Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt might be taking a trip to North Korea this year. Details are pretty slim, but according to the two sources the Associated Press spoke to, Schmidt won't be alone when he goes. He'll be accompanied by former New Mexico governor Bill Richardson, who has made the trek to North Korea more than a few times in the past.

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Google’s Eric Schmidt says Apple is losing the smartphone war

Google’s Eric Schmidt says Apple is losing the smartphone war

Modesty has its limits, especially when it comes to speaking the truth; or, at least, what one believes to be the truth. So it goes with Google's Eric Schmidt, who stated in an interview with Bloomberg that Apple is losing the smartphone war against Google. The numbers substantiate his claims, however, with Android snapping up most of the market in Q3 of this year.

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Google’s Eric Schmidt: We’re innovative while Apple is a patent troll

Google’s Eric Schmidt: We’re innovative while Apple is a patent troll

Google chairman Eric Schmidt, who is currently on tour in Asia where he announced the company’s Nexus 7 tablet in Tokyo recently, had some time to talk about Google's relationship with Apple. Schmidt mentioned that while Apple and Google are very good friends, he doesn’t agree with patent wars and feels that they prevent innovation.

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Google HQ opens for Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson’s movie crew

Google HQ opens for Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson’s movie crew

There's tons of extra cameras and colorful chairs hanging around Google's Headquarters in California. That's because it's the set of what is surely going to be an awesome new movie -- or a giant commercial for Google. The epic duo of Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson from Wedding Crashers are back, this time for a new movie called "The Internship."

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Eric Schmidt: 1.3 Million Android activations daily, 500 million devices worldwide

Eric Schmidt: 1.3 Million Android activations daily, 500 million devices worldwide

Google and Motorola are on stage here in NYC to announce their new slew of Android smartphones but to start things off Google's own Eric Schmidt came out to steal the show and talk about the Motorola partnership and acquisition. First however, he shared some numbers on Android growth that is staggering.

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Google’s Eric Schmidt envisions Google TV on majority of new TVs by summer of 2012

Google’s Eric Schmidt envisions Google TV on majority of new TVs by summer of 2012

Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt has become the unofficial chief bearer of good news for his company at the LeWeb Conference in France this year, in his onstage interview just today. Known for lofty predictions (such as his anticipations for self-driving cars and semantic search engines) when he speaks at conferences, Schmidt spoke about his big plans for Google TV, which he believes will embedded in the majority of new television sets by the summer of 2012. That's quite a prediction to make, even for the Google Chairman, especially since not much ground has been broken by Google TV, at least at the moment.

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Google’s Schmidt: “I screwed up” on Facebook competition; Microsoft not a platform player

Google’s Schmidt: “I screwed up” on Facebook competition; Microsoft not a platform player

You can usually rely on ex-CEO of Google (and current chairman) Eric Schmidt for a few good soundbites, but the exec's appearance at D9 was jam-packed with them. Schmidt opened by dismissing Microsoft as a player in the current platform war - which he says is now between a "gang of four" consisting Google, Apple, Amazon and Facebook, with PayPal and Twitter potentially hovering outside - describing the software giant as no longer "driving the consumer revolution."

As for where Google fits with those three key rivals, Schmidt says the search company has "tried very hard to partner with Facebook" and that the social network has "done a number of things which I admire." He's particularly keen on how Facebook handles user-identity, with the imminent +1 for websites launch described as "not directly" chasing the social network but obviously an attempt to build Google's social strategy. Nonetheless, Schmidt says he takes the blame for Google's slow reaction to online identity, saying he recently dug out a four year old memo saying the company must address the issue but that "I failed to do it." "A CEO should take responsibility" he admits, "I screwed up."

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Google almost tapped Jobs as CEO in 2000

Google almost tapped Jobs as CEO in 2000

Back before Google owned almost everything on the internet, in 2000, they were building the base of their Mountain View operation. Their venture capitalist backers decided that they needed "adult supervision". John Doerr came in and arranged a number of meetings for Google's co-founders Larry Page and Serge Brin. The goal? Google's new CEO. The pair met with Intel's Andry Grove, Amazon's Jeff Bezos, and others. Page and Brin turned all of these guys down. Why? Because they had one person they wanted to lead their new company, Steve Jobs.

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Photos From Obama’s Tech Dinner

Photos From Obama’s Tech Dinner

The White House has released photos of President Obama’s tech leader consortium at a dinner last night. The dinner was attended by most of Silicon Valley’s top CEO’s and people who generally manage and direct your digital lives.

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Movie Studio tablet App at Google Event During Mobile World Congress 2011

Movie Studio tablet App at Google Event During Mobile World Congress 2011

We're here at the Google presentation speeches here at Mobile World Congress 2011, and the music is loud. After presenting a monumentally impressive moving infographic showing the increase of Android Activations worldwide since launch, Eric Schmidt, CEO of Google continued the statistics, everything leading up to "the world's fastest growing mobile platform," a powerful claim indeed. Schmidt notes that he believes that we will eventually grow to serve technology - that we are losing the battle against cold, lifeless contact between real humans. He goes on about how mobile is decimating PC, how connection speeds are increasing, and how the future is serendipity - gaining accomplishments, knowledge, and relationships you did not know about before you hopped on the computer (or here, the phone.) Eventually, after about 15 minutes of rather impressive statistics, the app was revealed in earnest.

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