Wednesday, July 28, 2010
"Google Inc. is in talks with several makers of popular online games as it seeks to develop a broader social-networking service that could compete with Facebook Inc. Google has been in discussions with top developers to offer their games on a new service it is building, these people said. Those developers include Playdom Inc., Electronic Arts Inc.'s Playfish and Zynga Game Network Inc.—a company in which Google recently took a financial stake."
The report from the Wall Street Journal indicates an interests by Google to include all of the features that make Facebook popular, plus both business and gaming applications with high quality graphics and live multi-player interface. The site, tentatively titled "Google Me" would interface with the search engine, google phone, google maps and all current google services. It would offer full cloud computing services, including functions traditionally limited to desktop or laptop computers. Many features similar to Apple's "Mobile Me" will be included, including cross device and computer access and synchronization.
Social games and social networking sites are rapidly growing on-line advertising and user functions. Interface with Google's free product using an advertiser based model, data mining and interfacing of all computing functions, the new product will be a logical step for the company.
Google has not confirmed the new social platform but has made indications that it does exist in the development and testing phase.
If Sharron Angle had her way in eliminating the Department of Education, Nevada would get no federal funding for education and accountability standards would be thrown out the window. Angle opposes the $445 million in education money Reid has brought to Nevada and the hundreds of teachers' jobs he's saved through the Recovery Act. When it comes to strengthening Nevada's classrooms and building a competitive workforce in our state, Sharron Angle just doesn't get it.
"By eliminating the Department of Education, Sharron Angle would eliminate the Pell Grants I need to go to school," said Sebring Frehner, a student at the Nevada State College.
"Her ideas about killing the Department of Education are not only extreme, but deeply personal to people like me. This is not a game. This is my life and my future. Sharron Angle doesn't have the right to put that in jeopardy."
"In Sharron Angle's Nevada, I'm out of a job," said Bridget Zick, a Nevada Kindergarten teacher who spoke at the rally and is featured in the new ad. "She opposes the Economic Recovery Act and wants to kill the Department of Education, two of the reasons I'm not unemployed right now. She is simply out of touch with Nevada's teachers and our students. Instead of working to improve our education system, she's just making it worse."
"While Senator Reid is fighting to build up Nevada's education system, Sharron Angle seems determined to tear it down, leaving thousands of Nevada students without the resources they were counting on to get a quality education," said Dr. Brian Cram, former Clark County Superintendent.
"Eliminating the Department of Education means terminating programs like Pell Grants and Perkins Loans, ending Fulbright Scholarships, pulling the funding for early reading programs, and eliminating Title IX. In Sharron Angle's Nevada, all of these opportunities are gone for Nevada's students."
"Senator Reid has made exceptional contributions: over $400 milion in stimulus money prevent teachers from being laid off and over $250 million for research and development for colleges and universities," said Eugen Paslov, former state superintendant.
-From Megan Jones
Friends for Harry Reid