The Circuit: All about Google; lawyer claims accused Wikileaker mistreated ; e-mail access habits change
LEADING THE DAY: It's all about Google this Friday morning. The search giant made headlines Thursday when CEO Eric Schmidt stepped down in favor of former CEO and co-founder Larry Page. Page, Schmidt and "Google CEO" have all been trending online as many try to work out what new leadership will mean for the company. Timed much like the announcement that Apple CEO Steve Jobs was taking medical leave, Google announced its CEO shakeup with news that the company's fourth-quarter earnings are up 28 percent over a comparable period last year.
Google Offers venture leaked: Late Thursday night, Mashable published its exclusive on "Google Offers," a new, confirmed venture from the search company designed to take on group buy-in discount sites like Groupon and LivingSocial. The company confirmed that it is working with small businesses to test "a pre-paid offers/vouchers program." Mashable has a leaked fact sheet on the venture up on its site.
Gmail link change angers users: Google's also taking some heat this morning for taking the link to its Reader service off the top links in Gmail. The link has been replaced with "Photos," and moved to become the first item on the drop-down menu. Upset with the change, TechCrunch reported some users have taken to Twitter to complain about being unable to customize that portion of the Gmail menu.
Lawyer claims accused WikiLeaks informer mistreated in prison: There are new developments in the government's fight against WikiLeaks as a lawyer for Bradley Manning claims he was mistreated in military custody. The Washington Post reports that Manning, the army private suspected of handing over State Department documents to WikiLeaks, is being held in Quantico and was placed on suicide watch for two days this past week by the Brig commander. The status change went against the recommendations of the jail's psychiatrist.
Manning's attorney, David E. Coombs has asked for the reasoning behind the status change, but says he has heard nothing about it.
"The fact that they won't articulate any basis for it leaves you with no other conclusion than it must be punitive," he said.
A Quantico spokesman, First Lt. Scott Villiard, said that Manning is being treated just like any other prisoner, and that while he doesn't know why the commander recommended the status change, the decision is a result of input from a number of people.
Users choosing mobile mail over webmail: A study from ComScore suggests that people would rather access their e-mail on their phones than on webmail sites such as Gmail, Hotmail and Yahoo! Mail. Between 2009 and 2010, the number of visitors to web-based e-mail sites declined 6 percent while the number of users checking email on their mobile devices grew by 36 percent. The decline was sharpest among e-mail users between the ages of 12 and 17.
Bizarre trending search term from comedian's video: A wacky trending search term gave some insight into the birth of memes this morning, as the phrase "is kevjumba a heterosexual bear wrestler" started trending Thursday night and Friday morning. Pop2It has the explanation behind the meme: Kevjumba, aka Kevin Wu, asked his followers to help him make his internet image more macho by using the search term. He came up with the idea after seeing that Google's auto-complete function suggests "is kevjumba gay" when users begin typing the phrase "is kevjumba."
| January 21, 2011; 6:41 AM ET
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