The newest Google knockoff: Google Goggles Translation

At the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on 2.16.10 Google CEO Eric Schmidt demonstrated a prototype version of Google Goggles that showcases the integration of Google’s machine translation and image recognition technologies. Mr. Schmidt demoed the ‘new’ concept by taking a picture of a German menu with a cellphone and instantly translating the text into English. Check out the video on the Google Translate Blog.

There is just one little problem. The ‘new’ feature Mr. Schmidt presented was introduced one year ago at the Mobile World Congress 2009 by Spanish company tauyou.com. I wrote a blog post about this which you can read by clicking here. You can check out this feature on their website.

Google is a great company and they have great products. But is everything they do the world’s greatest breakthrough? Are all of their ideas original? Evidently not.

5 Ways Not to Annoy me on Twitter

This blog post is a knock-off of sorts. I borrowed the title and idea from an excellent blog post by Amber MacArthur (which you can read by clicking here). I find that these kinds of lists are helpful in developing your online social graces. Just like when I was a child, my Mother told me never to be the first one at the buffet table. OK so I admit that I ignored that piece of advice, but I am sure you get the idea.

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So rather than just RT her great list (which I did!), I thought it would be nice of me to list the kinds of Twitter users that I myself dislike the most and who I unfollow as a rule. Needless to say, if you want me to follow you then try not to do these things. Do you have a similar list? I will RT it if you send it to me. So DM me on Twitter if you have compiled such a list.

Here is my list:
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