LIVE Inside Google Search Event: Search by Image and Voice, and Faster Too

Google will shortly provide an “under the hood look at Google Search” for a group of reporters and bloggers in San Francisco. According to the invitation, Google Fellow Amit Singhal, who for a decade has headed the core search ranking team, and others will “share our visionĀ and demo some of our newest technology and features.”

It’s uncertain what Google will talk about, but events like this often are a forum for introducing new features. The last time Google did a similar event, the company introduced Google Instant, which shows search results as you type–a very significant change in its iconic search engine. Given how much competition Google’s facing not only in search but from social services from Facebook to Quora, it seems likely the search giant will have some notable new features or services to talk about. I’ll be liveblogging the highlights (as will many others). You can also watch it here. And you can submit questions to insidesearch 2011@google.com.

UPDATE: Google announces three key new features:

1) Voice search on desktops and notebooks, not just mobile.

2) Search by image, not just words.

3) Instant Pages, which eliminates load times when clicking on pages in top search results.

Bottom line for us: Easier and faster search no matter where you are.

Bottom line for Google and its competitors: It has no intention of getting one-upped on mobile devices.

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Reed Hastings at D9 Conference: Netflix Will Remain Complement, Not Competitor, to Cable

Netflix has had an incredible run at transforming television, so I’m always interested in what CEO Reed Hastings has to say. This morning, AllThingsD‘s Kara Swisher is interviewing him at the D9 conference in Southern California. I’m not attending, but AllThingsD is doing a livestream of a few sessions, including Hastings. Here’s what he had to say:

Q: Is Netflix so successful that it’s driving up the cost of content beyond what even it can afford? Hastings: We’re in this virtuous cycle. We’re paying more for content, but we continue to grow with 35% gross margins. So it works as long as subscriber growth continues.

Q: Is it just handing over money to Hollywood that has improved its perception of Netflix? Hastings: Yes (in a word).

Q: What about the Starz deal (a key one for lots of movies and TV shows, which Netflix got cheap a couple years ago)? Hastings: We’ve grown a lot since then, so we’ll pay more for the content.

Q: $200 million as rumored? Hastings: Wouldn’t be shocking. (Though Starz wants a lot more than that.)

Q: Where do you go next to get fresher content? Hastings: We look at what we think our subscriber count will be at the end of the year, so what is our budget? Then we go out and do deals. Consumers want us to have all the new stuff. But the new stuff is very expensive. You can’t get it at $8 a month. We’re really much more of a complement for the new-release business.

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