BOSTON (AP) — A longtime Google executive is taking on a new role at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The university announced Monday that Eric Schmidt will become an innovation fellow starting in the spring. It’s a yearlong fellowship that will involve working with scholars and advising the new MIT Intelligence Quest. The new research […]
The Alphabet executive, who has been with Google since 2001, will become a technical adviser and will continue to serve on the company’s board.
Google TV, which allows viewers to mix Web and television content on TV screens via a browser, has received lukewarm reviews and been blocked by the major U.S. networks since its launch in the United States in October. Google is “absolutely committed” to its fledgling television business and expects many more partners to join it soon, Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt said on Saturday.
Sources say outspoken Google honcho Eric Schmidt, who announced his plan to hand over control of the tech giant last week, has been consulting with CNN’s Parker Spitzer executive producer Liza McGuirk on developing a show featuring himself as host.
A feisty Eric Schmidt fired back at the major broadcast networks over their reluctance to allow their content to be accessed via Google TV, implying that the execs simply don’t get the concept of Web-enabled television — and that fear was driving their decisions.