SAN FRANCISCO – Today in the news, it was a big day for Google. In its third quarter report, chief Larry Page showed Google to be just shy of $10 billion in revenue. Google’s growth is meteoric, no question, but is Google + already a slam dunk? Today Page said Google+ has hit the 40 million user mark. In four months, that’s impressive. But we wonder: how real are these numbers? A large membership number doesn’t imply a similarly high rate of engagement and return. Those are the figures that really show success. Check out Chitika’s traffic index following Google+
Also today Google finally said sayonara to Google Buzz — one of several services, including Google Labs, officially axed in a Google so-called fall clean up today.
And Apple looks to be cleaning up with its Apple iPhone 4S. Lines were long and product was moving. It’s appealing to 3G users who just need that better camera — more on that here.
And speaking of the iPhone, what is up with those steep iCloud rates? In August, Apple announced iCloud pricing: 5GB for free, 10GB for $20, 20GB for $40 and 50GB for $100. Sounds steep. Our analysts hope Amazon and Microsoft will drive these high costs down.
Finally, Microsoft quietly tied up its Skype purchase today. The $8.5B acquisition, announced in March, is final. Did you notice MS Skype trying to update your software today? Get used to it as Skype gets increasingly integrated for Windows 7 and upcoming Windows 8 systems.
Today in Groovy, we show you how to upgrade to the latest version of Safari (5.1.1) with iCloud support for PCs and Macs, how to make iCloud work on Windows and more how tos, reviews and news. Have a groovy weekend!