Google's Marissa Mayer

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Google's Marissa Mayer

Do you use Google? You'll want to watch Google's VP of Search Products, Marissa Mayer, talk about acquiring tech startups vs. developing tech in house, Google's APIs and, of course, the GPhone.

If you use Google, then Marissa Mayer impacts your life every day. As the Vice President, Search Products & User Experience, she runs Google's search products: web search, images, groups, news, the Google Toolbar, Google Desktop, Google Labs... it's a pretty serious list.

Marissa chats with Om and Joyce about what she's most excited about at Google, taking maps, to the next level, the APIs, and privacy...

... along with Google's strategy in acquiring technology startups (or, why YouTube was worth 1.67B), and why Google chooses to acquire something vs developing it in-house.

She says innovation in niche areas, such as vertical search, often comes from highly focused technology startups, where Google focuses on a platform for broad search.

Of course, Om and Joyce try to get the latest info on the gPhone!

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2) Cnet reports that Sprint Nextel CEO Gary Forsee, was Forced Out in the wake of poor performance at the company.

1) Google's stock price passed $600 per share on October 8th. Om asks, "How High Can It Go? ...$750, $1,000 or (shudder) $2,000 a share?"