lexipixel - 5:01 am on Sep 18, 2010 (gmt 0)
Maybe the new "Press Enter to search" prompting is part of one of the layers of social functionality...
Facebook was vetted by 18 year olds -- maybe Google is taking the long-tail approach and appealing to pre-schoolers, better yet -- newborns.
The PRESS RELEASE: Hoping to grow a generation of droid based followers. Google has purchased a maker of mobiles that hang over babies cribs. The mobiles have been improved with Android based ROMs. The mobile tracks the baby's eye movement, and logs these eye movements and responses to visual and audible cues to the babies primordial likes and dislikes, (affinity for certain colors, shapes, sounds, light levels and speed of response will help Google garner IQ and personality information, long before these traits are recognizable to even the baby's own parents).
Once Google has learned everything about the baby, (and recorded it all as a "human quality score" based on future earning potential and likely consumer spending habits), Google will them program the baby.
I'd expect a quote from Mr. Schmidt to the effect of, "We have partnered with Facebook and now understand that Mr. Zuckerberg was right in his early F*CK THEM assesment of other people's privacy", and how "corporations have purchased all the aggregated data and know what's best for people, period".
Corporate media buyers will bid for fresh clean minds.
Since this new generation will only know what corporate advertisers pay Google to teach them, (mostly stuff about associating branding and logos with basic needs like food, shelter and clothing, and a healthy dose of anti-union, pro-corporate messaging -- there will be nothing about disposable income as this generation will be programmed to eat, work, shop and sleep, and to procreate at a level that maintains proper supply-side economic profits.
It makes sense this new Android-Based-Google-Fed generation will not be very intelligent, and will need to be prompted with "Press Enter to search.".
This has been a free public service announcement from the future.