A Halloween doodle from Google.
Be sure to click around, and save the kitty for last.
Google's Street View jumps the curb and enters the Grand Canyon
, with Trekker
You want us to pay you for directing eyeballs to your sites?
Newspaper publishers in France want a law whereby Google (and other search engine services) have to pay for each click made from the search engine to their sites. You click on a link to a French newspaper site from a search engine, the Search Engine has to pay the newspaper for that click. If the law is passed it's likely Google will no longer
include links to French sites that require payment for said links.
This is what the internet looks like.
Google hired photographer Connie Zhou
to photograph its data centers for the first time ever, from enormous warehouses in Iowa
to color-coded pipes in Georgia
. You can even check out their security team on Street View
“These companies are willing to shove 1,000 attorneys down your throat if you share music, but won’t even respond to a legal order about actual music theft and piracy.”
] [more inside]
It was pretty grand when The Roller Coaster Capital of the World, Cedar Point (previously
) , started offering HD quality perspective videos
of their coasters for those of us far away from home.
Recently, Google Street View
has mapped the entire amusement park for our enjoyment!
The Hathi Trust
, a partnership between 66 universities and 3 higher education consortia, is breathing a little easier now that Judge Harold Baer, Jr. of New York's Southern District has found
that the Trust was within its fair use rights
to allow Google to scan member library holdings, and then making the resulting files available for the reading impaired, and for use in search indexing and data mining. While this is excellent news
for the educational institutions involved, it doesn't completely exonerate Google's role in the scanning project. It's notable that just last week Google abandoned it's own fair use claim
in settling a different case involving the same book scanning project. Of the four factors used when considering fair use cases
, Judge Baer ruled on the side of the Hathi Trust on all four.
The iEconomy: Apple and Technology Manufacturing.
Since January, the New York Times has been running a series of articles "examining the challenges posed by increasingly globalized high-tech industries," with a focus on Apple's business practices. The seventh article in the series was published today: In Technology Wars, Using the Patent as a Sword
. Related: For Software, Cracks in the Patent System
and Fighters in the Patent War
. [more inside]
Female executives at Twitter, Yahoo and Google discuss
work/life balance at the top of the tech industry, how women should negotiate at work, and whether women view job satisfaction differently than their male colleagues. [more inside]
Google Maps Street View Collections
now includes Heron Island
, a coral cay
in Australia's Great Barrier Reef.
In honor of the opening of Shepherds Flat Wind Farm
in Oregon this week, the largest wind farm in the United States, let's take look at 'high-altitude wind power', HAWP: [more inside]
Google makes great maps
. But Apple and Google aren't getting along well. So in its new iOS 6, Apple dropped all Google mapping tech in favor of its own Maps app that it promised would "blow your head off"
. Some people
like it. Others
don't. But the numbers
are that 63 countries with a combined population of 4.5 billion people will lose at least one of the traffic, transit, or street views they had before. And even arch-supporter John Gruber acknowledges " the maps experience in iOS 6 is a downgrade"
. Google may produce an official Google Maps app for iOS. Then again, they may not
Vitaly Borker, seller of counterfeit frames and gamer of google rankings, has been sentenced to four years in jail
. "Vitaly Borker was an Internet shopper’s worst nightmare," said the US attorney. “Borker operated behind the veil of the Internet and aliases to first defraud his victims and then, if they complained, terrorize them with threats, intimidation and harassment.” Previously
"Behind every Google Map
, there is a much more complex map that's the key to your queries but hidden from your view. The deep map contains the logic of places: their no-left-turns and freeway on-ramps, speed limits and traffic conditions. This is the data that you're drawing from when you ask Google to navigate you from point A to point B -- and last week, Google showed me the internal map and demonstrated how it was built
. It's the first time the company has let anyone watch how the project it calls GT, or 'Ground Truth,' actually works."
How Google and Apple's digital mapping is mapping us
"Digital maps on smartphones are brilliantly useful tools, but what sort of information do they gather about us – and how do they shape the way we look at the world?"
Google brings its Street View cameras into the NASA Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
This is their largest special Street View collection to date: 6000 panoramic images, including the Apollo 14 module, the Vehicle Assembly Building, Launch Firing Room #4 and Space Shuttle Orbiters Atlantis and Endeavour. Intro Video
) [more inside]
Get More Out Of Google
— in a recent study on student research skills, 3 out of 4 students couldn't perform a "well executed search" on Google. When the success of your term paper hangs in the balance, using Google effectively is crucial, but most students surprisingly just don't know how. Get that and more at Hack College
, where you'll get 10 Tips from a Senior to an Incoming Freshman
The Google Cultural Institute
is the portal for an effort to digitally preserve and present vital historical information using the latest web technologies. Highlights include the World Wonders Project
, a geographical tour of UNESCO Heritage sites; Google Art Project (previously)
, curating 50,000 years of human cultural expression; the Palace of Versailles in 3D
and a digital archive of the Dead Sea Scrolls (previously)
Today Google announced the details of its Google Fiber
), rolling out in Kansas City (both Missouri and Kansas versions) within the next few months. [more inside]
, Google's Marissa Mayer
. Maybe they got it right this time?
During the Global LGBT Workplace Summit of July 5 and 6, 2012 in London
, Google announced the "Legalize Love"
campaign . Launched in Poland
intended for every country where the company has an office, it will focus on places with homophobic cultures, where anti-gay laws exist. [more inside]
The Google I/O Conference
, currently streaming live, has highlighted a diverse series of technological achievements: the full launch of Google Music (currently limited to US residents) Yeoman
, a client-side web development stack, Chrome (profiled in a charming video
) now running on iPhone and iPad
, and a demo of Google Glass while skydiving
. The conference has also updated this excellent interactive visual deep dive of the history of the web and browser technologies
Stop data collection by Google: Abine introduces Googlesharing
for Firefox [beta]
Government requests to censor content ‘alarming,’ Google says Google has received more than 1,000 requests from authorities to take down content from its search results or YouTube video in the last six months of 2011. In its twice-yearly Transparency Report, the world’s largest web search engine said the requests were aimed at having some 12,000 items overall removed, about a quarter more than during the first half of last year. [previously]
Following a jury finding that Google had not infiringed upon Oracles patents, a development described as a near disaster
for the database company, Judge William Aslup
has ruled that the Java APIs cannot be copyrighted
. That leaves Oracle with only the 9 lines of rangeCheck code
and a handfull of decompiled test files to show for the massivecourt case. CEO Larry Ellison remains confident, claiming that the aquisition of Java creator Sun has still paid for itself
Celebrating the memory of beloved synth pioneer Bob Moog
and commemorating his birthday, Google's home page (currently in Australia, live in the US tomorrow) is a fully working, multi-trackable Moog synthesizer
. Share your masterpiece!
New Google+ Study Reveals Minimal Social Activity, Weak User Engagement Fast Company
summarizes a new study
from RJMetrics that looks at public posts, +1s, replies and reshares on Google+. It concludes "the average post on Google+ has less than one +1, less than one reply, and less than one re-share." Google replies that public posts are a poor metric of user activity; Fast Company replies that "Google has refused to provide clear figures and metrics for its social network's active user base" and links to Danny Sullivan's "brilliant rundown of Google's lack of transparency on the subject" - If Google’s Really Proud Of Google+, It Should Share Some Real User Figures
There was also Wil Wheaton's recent angry "Oh, go fuck yourself, Google" rant
in response to a recent experiment replacing YouTube's "like" button with a Google+ button for a small number of users, thus requiring them to sign up for Google+ before they can 'like' a YouTube video. Is Google Forcing Google+ Down People’s Throats?
In 2007, Google project manager Dan Siroker took a leave of absence from Google, moved to Chicago, and joined up with Obama’s campaign as a digital adviser.
"At first he wasn’t sure how he could help. But he recalled something else Obama had said to the Googlers: “I am a big believer in reason and facts and evidence and science and feedback—everything that allows you to do what you do. That’s what we should be doing in our government.” And so Siroker decided he would introduce Obama’s campaign to a crucial technique—almost a governing ethos—that Google relies on in developing and refining its products. He showed them how to A/B test."
Google is famous for it's many "doodles
", some of which are nation-specific, and some are global. For International Worker's Day
(aka May Day), Google has created an appropriate doodle
, though it is not shown to visitors from the U.S.
The single link
to the you tube. The single link
to the New York Times. The single link
to the Amazon dot com. The single link
to Meng (this is what they call him in the video) at blogger. [more inside]
Today, Google launched Google Drive
, their long-awaited cloud storage solution. Although it's seen by many as a direct answer to Dropbox, iCloud, and Skydrive, it also offers a few novel features of its own: integration with most Google web services, like Gmail, Docs, and Picasa. And perhaps most notably in the long run, it launched with
encouraging third-party integration. 18 apps in the Chrome Web Store
already implement Drive.
David Lowery, of Cracker
and Camper Van Beethoven
has an interesting argument for why the new Internet-based music-publishing industry may actually not be great for the artists: Meet The New Boss [more inside]
It looks like the speculation on a near-future market for wearable computers is already heating up
. However, the first competitor to the recently-announced
Google Glass project comes as a surprise to almost everyone: Valve
, the gaming company renowned for Half Life, Portal, and many others, in addition to their digital distribution heavyweight Steam. This will be their first foray into hardware of any kind.
Mix tower defense games and Google Maps and you get MapsTD
April Fools' Day On The Web
is a list of websites running April Fools' gags. The list is updated througout the day as more sites are submitted by anyone who comes across them. [more inside]
Google partners with NASCAR
to introduce an autonomous racing car. # 10^100, of course.
A column by John Brownlee over at Cult of Mac
yesterday highlighted his privacy concerns about the app Girls Around Me
-- which used a mashup of FourSquare check-ins, Google Maps and Facebook public profile information to show the user women who were nearby. In response to the story, Foursquare cut off the app's API access to their data
, effectively knocking it out of commission. CNET: How to prevent friends checking you into locations at Facebook Places
. [more inside]
"Why I left Google": James Whittaker joined Google from Microsoft
in 2009. Now he want back to MS, and explained why he left Google
"The Obama Administration today unveiled a Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights
as part of a comprehensive blueprint to protect individual privacy rights and give users more control over how their information is handled." Full 62-page PDF - Consumer Data Privacy in a Networked World: A Framework for Protecting Privacy and Promoting Innovation in the Global Digital Economy
"In addition, advertising networks announced that leading Internet companies and online advertising networks are committing to act on Do Not Track technology in most major web browsers to make it easier for users to control online tracking. Companies that represent the delivery of nearly 90 percent of online behavioral advertisements, including Google, Yahoo!, Microsoft, and AOL have agreed to comply when consumers choose to control online tracking. Companies that make this commitment will be subject to FTC enforcement." [more inside]
If you want to keep Google from combining your Web History with the data they have gathered about you in their other products, such as YouTube or Google Plus, you may want to remove all items from your Web History and stop your Web History from being recorded in the future.