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Eric Schmidt says students should use Google Docs over Office ‘because it’s free!’

Why use Google Docs over Microsoft Word? According to Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt, there’s a very simple answer. As a part of CNN’s ongoing “Chicagoland” documentary series, cameras followed Schmidt, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and IBM exec Stanley Litow into one of Chicago’s IBM-funded technical schools. As a part of the executives’ visit, a teacher… Read More

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Eric Schmidt says consumers shouldn’t have drones, even though Google wants to use them

In an interview with the Guardian, Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt said that consumers shouldn’t be able to keep drones for their personal use, because of potential problems they might cause. “You’re having a dispute with your neighbor,” he said. “How would you feel if your neighbor went over and bought a commercial observation drone… Read More

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Bezos, Schmidt, Ignition and others toss support behind API marketplace Mashape

Some heavy hitters in the technology industry are tossing their support behind Mashape, a San Francisco startup that’s building a marketplace for Application Programming Interfaces or APIs. Among the investors in the company’s $1.5 million round are Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos, former Google CEO Eric Schmidt and Bellevue venture capital firm Ignition Partners. Other investors… Read More

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Google’s Schmidt: Patent issues ‘terrible,’ but Motorola deal about more than that

Eric Schmidt, Google’s executive chairman, gave his take on the company’s Motorola acquisition — and the state of the U.S. patent system — as part of his appearance on stage at Salesforce.com’s Dreamforce conference in San Francisco this afternoon. Questioned by by Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff, Schmidt said Google’s proposed $12.5 billion Motorola acquisition isn’t just… Read More

Eric Schmidt speaks Tuesday night at the D9 conference. (Credit: Asa Mathat, All Things Digital)

Google’s Eric Schmidt: Microsoft ‘not driving the consumer revolution’

There were plenty of headline-grabbing comments from Google chairman Eric Schmidt tonight coming out of the D9 conference in California. Many of them were not-so-subtle digs at Microsoft, which Schmidt all but dismissed as a provider of consumer technology platforms. He topped it off by recommending that anyone interested in security choose Macs over Windows PCs…. Read More

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Study: Microsoft’s Ballmer sees approval rating decline

Take this with a grain of salt, like a U.S. presidential approval rating based on a limited survey, but the latest CEO rankings from employment web site GlassDoor.com show Eric Schmidt faring considerably better in sentiment from his company’s employees than Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer and Yahoo’s Carol Bartz do among theirs. Schmidt’s approval rating from employees… Read More