Week in Google news: Loses Apple board ties, spiffs up Google Docs

Google’s busy week included losing a board member with Apple ties, sprucing up Google Docs, spreading Google Voice and

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A look back at the week's biggest

Apple severs board ties with Google 

The final ties have been cut between Apple's and Google's board, with Arthur Levinson (he had been serving as an independent member on both the Apple and Google board of directors) resigning from the Google board. This follows the departure of Google CEO Eric Schmidt from Apple's board in August shortly after Google announced it would be competing head on with Apple in the operating system market with Chrome OS just as it was competing with the iPhone with Android.

Amazon, meet Google

Google revealed plans for Google Editions, an online store offering digital books to users of various devices, from e-book readers to laptops and cellphones. Not to be confused with the Google Books project, but possibly a threat to Amazon.com and other online booksellers.

Google bullish on economy

The company posted increases in Q3 revenue and earnings, beating Wall Street expectations. Google CEO Eric Schmidt said in a statement. "While there is a lot of uncertainty about the pace of economic recovery, we believe the worst of the recession is behind us and now feel confident about investing heavily in our future."

Google's cloud security double talk 

Computerworld reported that a group called Consumer Watchdog fired off a letter to the head of the Los Angeles City Council's Budget and Finance Committee, claiming that Google was talking out of both sides of its mouth in pitching its Google Apps to the city. The watchdog group said Google assured the city its cloud-based apps were safe, but separately acknowledged risks in a financial filing with the federal government.

Google Docs get upgraded, but bugs surface 

Google pleased users of its Docs offerings by introducing folder sharing, an ability to upload multiple items to Docs simultaneously and by improving the interface. Unfortunately, Google didn't get all the bugs out first.

Google on the prowl for website malware 

Google on Monday rolled out a service to help Webmasters identify malware that may have been slipped into their sites. The new tool uses automated scanners to show Webmasters of sites flagged as "unsafe" just what the offending code is.

Google Voice gets friendly

Google has started allowing early adopters of Google Voice  to invite friends to join them.

Google's Postini goes on the fritz 

Users of the messaging security and archiving service were festering when service problems emerged during the week. By week's end, Google had fixed the delayed e-mail delivery issues, but some customers were unhappy with a lack of communication on Google's part, Computerworld reports.

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