Google, the internet search engine giant, has taken the unusual and unexpected step of applying for approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission with the aim to become an electricity marketer, which would essentially provide the company with the authority to buy and sell bulk power at market rates, just like large utilities and energy traders do.
With reports galore that Google will likely release its Android-based ‘Nexus One’ smartphone at a press conference at its Mountain View, California, headquarters on January 5, the indications thus far point to a full T-Mobile network support, including its 3G network, for the first Google mobile device.
A February-filed, this-week-released, patent application by Google reveals endeavors towards building games on top of digital videos with the help of an interactive annotation system. In its patent filing, Google is evidently looking to patent “a method of providing an interactive game based on a digital video” using its YouTube and Google Video services.
With industry watchers buzzing about Google's own Android-based phone, supposedly to be called 'Nexus One,' for weeks, the official unveiling of the device appears to be round the corner - most likely at the January 5 "Android press gathering" that Google is hosting at its headquarters in Mountain View, California.
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