Google welcomes ISO decision on OOXML

"Google welcomes the ISO decision to not approve the fast track of Office Open XML (OOXML) proposed standard DIS 29500 (ECMA 376). Our engineers conducted an independent analysis of the OOXML specification and found several areas of concern, which we communicated both to the ISO and to the public."

Can Yahoo use open source to close Google gap?

Open source is always friend to the No. 2 player in a market and always the enemy of the top dog. That appears to be the big lesson after connecting a few dots on various items popping up around the Web. First David Carr at Baseline notes that Yahoo is a major sponsor of Hadoop, a big open source project designed to replicate Google’s techniques for storing and processing information.

Microsoft vs. Google – the open source shame

"Somebody toss me a Che Guevara T-shirt. Google and Microsoft have gone to war over open source software.

On Aug. 10, Redmond submitted the Microsoft Permissive License to the Open Source Initiative (OSI). Should the license be approved, Microsoft would receive the "open source" seal of approval that only the OSI – by self-proclamation – can okay."

Google Joins the Open Invention Network

Open Invention Network (OIN), the company formed to spur innovation and protect the Linux System, today extended the Linux Ecosystem with the signing of Google as its first end-user licensee. By becoming a licensee, Google has joined the growing list of companies that are leveraging the Open Invention Network to share Linux–based intellectual property.

Google Phone powered by Linux

Google has invested hundreds of millions of dollars in the cellphone project, say people who have been briefed on it. It has developed prototype handsets, made overtures to operators such as T-Mobile USA and Verizon Wireless, and talked over technical specifications with phone manufacturers. It hopes multiple manufacturers will make devices based on its specs and multiple carriers will offer them.

Google Linux Software Repositories

"Google's Linux software repositories make it easier to download and stay up-to-date with current releases of Google Linux applications."

Google Desktop now available for Linux

"Just a few months after Google Desktop became available for the Mac, I'm happy to tell you it's now available for Linux users too. Google Desktop for Linux makes searching your computer as easy as searching the web with Google."

Google Buys GreenBorder Technologies; Launches Open Source Project

Google has bought out online security startup GreenBorder Technologies, whose software primarily is used to guard against malware.