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Sandiego?

"Looking at the world through via Google Earth offers striking images of the diversity of our planet and the impact that humans have had on it. Today's entry is a puzzle. We're challenging you to figure out where in the world each of the images below is taken. (You'll find answers and links at the bottom of the entry.) North is not always up in these pictures, and, apart from a bit of contrast, they are unaltered images provided by Google and its mapping partners. So I invite you to open up Google Earth (or Google Maps), have a look at the images below, and dive in. Good luck!"
posted by vidur on Aug 3, 2011 - 22 comments

Yes .name exists!

Neil Fraser has an infrequently updated but interesting blog featuring such gems as the Lava Lamp Centrifuge, laptop storage advice, a Google vs. Multivac comparison, a synchronization algorithm improvement, a Godwin incident, and occasional holiday specials. He also bailed out Jeremy Marks, an LA kid arrested for video taping a police beating, who's now free btw, and helped death row inmates with their SEO optimization. (previously)
posted by jeffburdges on Aug 2, 2011 - 12 comments

The logical conclusion of our relationship to computers: expectantly to type “what is the meaning of my life” into Google.

It’s for your own good—that is Google’s cherished belief. If we want the best possible search results, and if we want advertisements suited to our needs and desires, we must let them into our souls. James Gleick writes about 'How Google Dominates Us' for the New York Review of Books. [more inside]
posted by WalterMitty on Aug 1, 2011 - 61 comments

OK Go Dance

OK Go + Pilobolus = All Is Not Lost [more inside]
posted by EvaDestruction on Jul 29, 2011 - 33 comments

"Got his nose in every colon..."

In a two minute-and-forty-two-second advertisment against advertising, Microsoft explains why you should use their product instead of that of their competitor [via]
posted by Blazecock Pileon on Jul 29, 2011 - 138 comments

Inside the Google Plex

Don't Be Evil -- a somewhat philosophical review of two new books about Google.
posted by empath on Jul 22, 2011 - 20 comments

Google+ multiplies anger by subtracting pseudonyms

Not so fast, internetpseudonym, on signing up for that Google+ account. Turns out you can only use your real name or face account suspension. Users don't like it and some are worried about safety, but Google isn't budging: "To help fight spam and prevent fake profiles, use the name your friends, family or co-workers usually call you...You can use pseudonyms to upload videos in YouTube or post to Blogger."
posted by Brandon Blatcher on Jul 16, 2011 - 201 comments

Google News Badges

Everybody likes earning badges. It's what built scouting and what drives the Khan Academy. Now Google has introduced "Google News Badges". Is this a benevolent attempt to get more people to be aware of what's going on in the world, or is something deeper and/or darker going on? It's an unusual move, whatever the reason.
posted by strangeguitars on Jul 14, 2011 - 41 comments

Metatalk post in 6 months: Where's that post about how we forget stuff we know is available online somewhere?

A lot of things make us dumb but for seriously this time you guys, the availability of information on the internet is making us not bother to remember information. We aren't even that great at remembering where the information is that we didn't bother to remember. Instead we just remember that it can be found someplace or other. [more inside]
posted by cashman on Jul 14, 2011 - 82 comments

Tantalizing hints of the world beyond the virtual

Languages of the World (Wide Web) — Google researchers graph cross-language links on the web, and "see a surprisingly clear map of Europe and Asia"
posted by blasdelf on Jul 8, 2011 - 24 comments

"We Don't Care If You Are A Member of the Gorillaz. Let's See Some ID."

What Do You Do When Your Only Online Identity is a Pseudonym? In a move reminiscent of recent Facebook purges, a well-known Second Life user (whose only online presence is pseudonymous) finds his new Google+ account deleted, allegedly for not being a real person. Whether this move is directly related to the limited-beta status of Google+ or not, questions remain for those who have been 'unpersoned' by Facebook and hopeful that Google's laissez-faire attitude toward personal identification would make G+ a friendlier environment - particularly given Google's encouragement - as recently as February of this year - to "be who you want to be" when using Google services.
posted by tpoh.org on Jul 8, 2011 - 189 comments

Girl questions.

“Sheryl is putting together a new-girls network inside Silicon Valley.” She neither flaunts nor hides her ambition, and she talks about her guilt at not being home more; she takes command in meetings, yet she’s comfortable describing Mark Zuckerberg as “my boss,” and as “the Steve Jobs of his generation.” She is emblematic, Gruenfeld thinks, of a post-feminist woman who believes that “when you blame someone else for keeping you back, you are accepting your powerlessness.”
posted by availablelight on Jul 4, 2011 - 95 comments

More Google than you require

New search goodies - While the rest of us wait for our Google+ invites, Google has quietly pushed some significant changes to its web and image search interfaces. [more inside]
posted by kakarott999 on Jul 1, 2011 - 114 comments

Grumpy Wizards make toxic brew for the Evil Queen and Jack

Google WebFonts - 184+ open-source webfonts from Google.
posted by blue_beetle on Jul 1, 2011 - 42 comments

The plus means better!

Last night Google quietly rolled out Google+ to a limited beta release. Unified across all Google sites, Google+ is the company's latest and perhaps most serious attempt to enter the social networking space. As Facebook surpasses Google in some key user metrics, Google's efforts may already be too late [more inside]
posted by 2bucksplus on Jun 28, 2011 - 178 comments

Another Notch in Google’s Belt Of Social Fail

Yesterday was the third Sunday in June, the officially recognized date of Father's Day in the US and many other countries. Google really, really wanted to remind you of that fact, not only celebrating the day with a special Google Doodle, but also putting reminders on the front page of Google Search and a special "Reminder: Call Dad" note in the chat roster of Gmail Calling. Many people were not happy about it. [more inside]
posted by 2bucksplus on Jun 20, 2011 - 264 comments

Tidal Eclipsed

Google broadcasting today's Lunar Eclipse real-time. With play by play commentary on the action. [more inside]
posted by humannaire on Jun 15, 2011 - 40 comments

I got the whole world in my hands...

The official Google Earth plugin is one free download that makes all sorts of cool stuff possible in your browser. There's a full screen version of the program (complete with underwater views and 3D buildings) which can be searched by entering queries at the end of the URL. There's a framed version with support for layers, historical imagery, day/night cycles, and the Google Sky starmap. Less useful but more fun are Google's collection of "experiments" demonstrating the possibilities of the Earth API, including a "Geo Whiz" geography quiz, an antipode locater, a 3D first-person view of San Francisco, a virtual route-follower, and MONSTER MILKTRUCK!, a crazy fun driving simulator that lets you careen a virtual milk truck through the Googleplex campus, ricochet off the Himalayas, or explore any other place you care to name. Lots more can be found in the Google Earth Gallery -- highlights include a look at mountaintop removal mining, a real-time flight tracker, a guide to trails and outdoor recreation, a 360 panorama catalog, geotagged Panoramio photos, and the comprehensive crowdsourced Google Earth Community Layer. And while it's too large to view online, don't miss loading the Metafilter user location map into a desktop version of Google Earth! [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi on Jun 9, 2011 - 15 comments

Happy Birthday Les Paul, 5565 98

In another deadly strike in Google's war against productivity (previously), today's Google homepage features a playable guitar in honor of Les Paul's birthday. [more inside]
posted by Gordafarin on Jun 9, 2011 - 45 comments

Schema

"Schema ...provides a collection of schemas, i.e., html tags, that webmasters can use to markup their pages in ways recognized by major search providers. Search engines including Bing, Google and Yahoo! rely on this markup to improve the display of search results, making it easier for people to find the right web pages. " [more inside]
posted by 00dimitri00 on Jun 2, 2011 - 20 comments

Simulated Language

In the recent MIT symposium "Brains, Minds and Machines," Chomsky criticized the use of purely statistical methods to understand linguistic behavior. Google's Director of Research, Peter Norvig responds. (via) [more inside]
posted by nangar on May 28, 2011 - 95 comments

Man uses Google Books to build a 1906 Oldsmobile

Bob Ferry used Google Books to find old magazines that described mechanics, showed pictures and gave descriptions of a 1906 Oldsmobile Model B Runabout so he could build it 100 years later. Lots of pics and "how to" info at the article.
posted by dbooker on May 26, 2011 - 10 comments

Google translation ... 1 2 3 Go!

A song/video made using Google Translate has become one of the most popular YouTube clips in Taiwan this month. (previously) (via)
posted by nasreddin on May 18, 2011 - 12 comments

ro.me if you want to

ro.me A new Google Chrome experiment showcasing WebGL.
posted by ryoshu on May 12, 2011 - 25 comments

Egg on their Facebooks

Last Friday, USA Today reported that two people from PR firm Burson-Marsteller had been contacting various news outlets and bloggers, pushing a story about how Google's "Social Circle" gmail feature violates users' privacy. The pitch was made on behalf of an unnamed client that The Daily Beast now confirms was Facebook. [more inside]
posted by zarq on May 12, 2011 - 104 comments

Return to Sender

So it turns out that the United States Postal Service has lost $2.2 billion in the first quarter of 2011 with estimated losses of $7 billon by September. Despite shedding over 130,000 jobs in the past three years and promises from the Postal Worker's Union to not demand any raises in the near future, some doubt that the USPS has a future in America. Does the future have a P.O. Box? Google sure thinks so.
posted by Avenger on May 11, 2011 - 174 comments

If you have work to do today, please consider doing that work before installing Angry Birds.

Angry Birds beta, free for Google Chrome. Previously. Conan.
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 on May 11, 2011 - 121 comments

What Are the Advantages of Horizontal Fly Men’s Underwear?

Age of the Algorithm. In the age of the algorithm, you can get just about anything you think you want, learn everything you think you need to know, by clicking on a link or typing a few words into a search bar. On SEO, content farms, old media, and 'online sweatshops.' (From Maisonneuve.)
posted by shakespeherian on May 11, 2011 - 20 comments

Music Beta by Google

Music Beta by Google launches today, so go request an invitation to stream 20,000 songs from your collection for free (for now) .
posted by carsonb on May 11, 2011 - 192 comments

Small Saltbox

Running Chrome? NaCL Box is a port of DosBox, running in your browser. Game demos include The Secret of Monkey Island and SimCity 2000, among others. [more inside]
posted by jenkinsEar on May 10, 2011 - 31 comments

Take a drive with Google Earth

Enter start and destination and watch your route payed out.
posted by iffley on May 8, 2011 - 48 comments

Don't be evil

Andrew Norman Wilson was fired from his job at Google for investigating the working conditions of yellow badge employees misusing company equipment: [more inside]
posted by AlsoMike on Apr 30, 2011 - 167 comments

I guess you could always dust off that Britannica set ...

"Let's pretend it's an alternate world, or maybe sometime in the future, and there is no free search. You have to pay for your Google, or Bing, or whatever. How much would you be willing to pay?"
posted by bayani on Apr 28, 2011 - 119 comments

It's alive, again!

Days after Google Video announced the impending death of Google Video, prompting jscott to start archiving as many videos as the Archive team could and a subsequent Metafilter post on the best of Google Video, it turns out that Google has relented and removed the deadline. It will also be migrating the videos over to Youtube.
posted by titantoppler on Apr 23, 2011 - 33 comments

The best of Google Video on MetaFilter

As discussed over the weekend, in less than two weeks the millions of videos uploaded to six-year-old erstwhile YouTube competitor Google Video will no longer be viewable. Though a download button has been added to each video page for easy back-up, that will only be available though May 13th, and the company will not be offering transfer service for users with YouTube accounts. The search giant has been slowly winding down the service over the years since their billion-dollar buyout of YouTube, controversially revoking purchased content (with a refund) in 2007 and disabling new uploads in 2009. The shutdown is a big blow to the web video ecosystem, as Google Video was one of the few major services to allow free hosting of long-form video, including the content for many popular MetaFilter posts. But all is not lost! Reddit users have organized a virtual potluck to share the most interesting and unique videos not available anywhere else, and the Archive Team, preserver of doomed web properties like Geocities (previously), is partnering with Archive.org to back up as much content as possible. In that spirit, click inside for a list of some of the most popular Google Video-centric content posted here over the years. [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi on Apr 18, 2011 - 54 comments

Watson has begun selecting targets

Google launches a trivia game where Googling is not cheating, but encouraged
posted by ConstantineXVI on Apr 11, 2011 - 25 comments

From #elxn40 to #elxn41: Mapping Canada's last most recent federal election

Cédric Sam has released an updated version of his 2008 Google Maps and Google Earth layers showing Canada's 2008 federal election data in every riding across the country, accessible down to the polling district level. A great GIS data visualization tool for understanding how your riding or district may vote on May 2.
posted by HLD on Apr 10, 2011 - 5 comments

It turns out the future doesn't really care about space travel.

Cory Doctorow's new science fiction story collection, With A Little Help, is available in text and audio. The stories range from an order of datamining monks to Google gone terrible wrong, and the readers include Neil Gaiman, Mur Lafferty, Mary Robinette Kowal and Wil Wheaton. The introduction is written by Jonathan Coulton.
posted by NoraReed on Apr 3, 2011 - 97 comments

Cooking with Google

"The more Google's scientists refine search algorithms, the more they manipulate the results, even unconsciously. When you search Google for a recipe now, you get steered towards something with low calories that can be made quickly". An interesting post about how Google's search results can be seen as "promot[ing] a cooking culture focused on speed and diets. "
posted by hepta on Apr 1, 2011 - 98 comments

Tech Support For Everyone

showmewhatswrong. downforeveryoneorjustme. LetMeGoogleThatForYou.
posted by Bora Horza Gobuchul on Apr 1, 2011 - 25 comments

Oh Google, you foolers

Gmail Motion by Google. Gmail for the Knect generation.
posted by 00dimitri00 on Apr 1, 2011 - 59 comments

Monopoly is as monopoly does

Why Is Microsoft Seeking New State Laws That Allow it to Sue Competitors For Piracy by Overseas Suppliers?
posted by T.D. Strange on Mar 24, 2011 - 41 comments

HTML Phive

Think Quarterly a new online magazine by Google UK. [more inside]
posted by blue_beetle on Mar 24, 2011 - 10 comments

Google Goes Gaga

Musicians@Google Presents: Google Goes Gaga. A 1h13m video interview with Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, mostly fan-submitted questions. [more inside]
posted by hippybear on Mar 22, 2011 - 74 comments

Opting out rejected, Opting in suggested

Only weeks after Judge Denny Chin extended the filing deadline, and presumably a final decision, and reflecting the Department of Justice’s own opinion, the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals has rejected the landmark class-action lawsuit settlement between the Authors Guild, the Association of American Publishers, and Google. And offers some advice for a revised resubmission.
posted by Toekneesan on Mar 22, 2011 - 22 comments

Goodbye expertsexchange.com

Users may now ban domains from their Google results. After users click through, they may return to Google and ban the entire domain from ever showing up in results again. This comes as part of a general reaction in the context of increasing complaints about Google's search results being spammy.
posted by jaduncan on Mar 11, 2011 - 194 comments

Global Warming?

Clement Valla uses Google Earth to zoom in on bridges and roads in a way which makes them appear warped. [more inside]
posted by gman on Mar 7, 2011 - 21 comments

HTML 5 Circus

Mozilla's HTML 5 Circus rolls into town. The emergence of HTML 5 is marked by, among others, emerging browsers (or browser versions). The soon to be released Firefox 4, often delayed, mirrors the slow march to an HTML 5 Flash reduced web. Like others, Mozilla feels the need to sell HTML 5. We also have Chrome Experiments, Canvas Demos, IE HTML 5 demos and Never Mind the Bullets, and Apple's (warning: sniffer protected) HTML 5 showcase. [more inside]
posted by juiceCake on Mar 6, 2011 - 102 comments

Now where's my flying car?

Inside Google's Auto Driving Car
posted by empath on Mar 4, 2011 - 33 comments

Smarter, Happier, More Productive

Previously we worried Is Google Making Us Stupid?. Author Nicholas Carr has expanded that concern into a book, The Shallows: What The Internet Is Doing To Our Brains. An interesting review, more of a discussion piece, from the London Review Of Books. (via)
posted by tumid dahlia on Mar 3, 2011 - 55 comments

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