NYTimes Confirms Google Phone

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The NYTimes has a boilerplate article about Microsoft, Yahoo! and Google going after the cellphone. This line is interesting, though:

Google has gone so far as to build a prototype phone with its own software inside, according to one person who has seen it.

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Question: How do you think the fact checkers worked through that one?

Big Money in Little Screens [NY Times, thanks Mac P.]

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Egads. Try reading the NYT before posting something based on a distillation of an article. The google phone isn't a way to talk to friends for a hundred bucks a month, at this pre-mock-up stage, it's an "appliance."

This, I'm pretty sure, is the passage in question (From John Markoff — and trust me, if anyone has an inkling what tech companies are doing, it's him):

"One possible example is what has been described by a Google employee as a favorite idea of Larry Page, a co-founder: a Google ''phone'' — a branded consumer appliance that would make it possible to get Google search results and ads almost anywhere. Such a product would extend the company's search service far beyond the desktop computing market. The idea, like much of what the company is planning, is still secret."

Here's the full article.

http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.h…