Mossberg asked Google’s ad wizard Susan Wojcicki why the search engine does not find and filter copyrighted material. The topic came in leiu of Hollywood agent Ari Emanuel’s assertions from Wednesday, while at the conference, when he claimed YouTube filtered child pornography, but allowed pirated media content.
“The problem is identifying which copyright belongs to who… is very complicated,” said Wojcicki, while mentioning that filtering copyrighted content is not technical, but rather a complicated business issue. “At the end of the day, in order to know what to do with that content, we need to hear from the copyright owner.”
During the second-half of the interview, Mossberg asked Chrome’s guru Sundar Pichai about StatCounter’s accuracy in a recent report on Google’s Chrome browser. According to the web analytic website, Chrome passed Microsoft’s Internet Explorer during the week of May 14 to May 20 to become the most popular browser in the world. Internet Explorer still has a commanding lead in the United States, but growth for Chrome is steadily increasing in regions like South America, India, and Europe. The browser also surpassed Internet Explorer, although for just a day, in March.
Pichai did not reveal any internal marketshare data, but he said the three-year-old browser is in first or second place for marketshare in “almost all countries.” Chrome is also the name of Google’s operating system that launched a year ago, and new laptops running the software were announced by the company on Tuesday. Mossberg noted Microsoft’s CEO Steve Ballmer criticized Google for having two operating systems—Android and Chrome.
The platform’s senior vice president scoffed at the remark and noted Microsoft has one operating system for its Windows Phone and a second for PCs. He made the same comparison to Apple with OSX and iOS.
Mossberg then asked Pichai why the Chrome operating system has not taken off.
“Ecosystems take time to build,” Pichai said, while adding that it auto-updates every six weeks. He further confirmed the next version of Chrome will feature the company’s latest cloud-based endeavor—Google Drive.