Got Patents? Google Wants ‘Em

Looking to offload some patents and make some extra cash? Google may be an interested buyer.

The Web giant on Monday launched a Patent Purchase Promotion, an “experiment to remove friction from the patent market and improve the landscape.” On May 8, Google plans to open a portal where you’ll be able to tell the company about the patents you’re willing to sell, and how much you’re looking to make.

The portal closes on May 22, at which time Google will review all the submissions and let you know by June 26 whether it’s interested in buying your patents. If Google does want to buy your patents, you should get paid by late August, the company said.

(Via PC Magazine)

New Google security chief looks for balance with privacy

Google has a new sheriff keeping watch over the wilds of the Internet. Austrian-born Gerhard Eschelbeck has ranged the British city of Oxford; cavorted at notorious Def Con hacker conclaves, wrangled a herd of startups, and camped out in Silicon Valley. He now holds the reins of security and privacy for all-things Google.

“The size of our computing infrastructure allows us to process, analyze, and research the changing threat landscape and look ahead to predict what is coming,” Eschelbeck said during his first one-on-one press interview in his new post. “Security is obviously a constant race; the key is how far can you look ahead.”

(Via On Manorama)