UPDATED (Monday, August 15, 2011):
Google Acquires Motorola Mobility for $12.5 Billion; Patents Seen as a Leading Reason for Deal
Time once again for another in our series of Google news roundups. We missed last week so this is going to be full of items in addition to several Google items we posted as soon as we learned of the news. As always, we hope the roundup alerts you to one of more useful items. Let’s get started.
5. “Google Plus – Innovators and Early Adopters” (via Experian Hitwise)
New Google+ user statistics.
6. “Eye-Tracking Study Shows Users Perceive Google+ and Facebook Virtually Identically” (via AllThingsD)
Google+ App for iOS updated to add iPad and iPod touch support, but no iPad interface (via The Next Web)
7. “Scaling Google+” (via O’Reilly Radar)
A video interview with Google social web engineer Joseph Smarr.
Google’s lagging search success rate may be due in part to the massive number of library books in the search giant’s database. To scan millions of older works, Google and its library partners used optical character recognition (OCR) programs that are not 100 percent foolproof — especially when processing old texts typeset in archaic fonts or with foreign-language characters.
Due to OCR errors, for example, Google Books contains a huge number of word misidentifications that can lead Internet users down false trails. What makes this a significant issue is the current preference among U.S. Internet users for conducting one-word searches.