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November 27, 2015
At a certain point, one begins to wonder when internet access will just be a common 'thing' in our American lives, like electricity and access to clean water. (I know not everybody, even in the U.S., has all that, but go with me here.) And large tech companies are doing their best to get us to that point.
November 26, 2015
Google's struggle with the "right to be forgotten" in Europe, which has meandered through the European court system and been upheld repeatedly therein, finally has some numerical context as Google updated the publicly available information on the requests they have received.
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November 25, 2015
A new infographic from Google looks into the where, when, and why people actually get out of their homes to go shopping on the most annoying shopping day of the year, noting the important fact that Google's data isn't just relevant to shoppers, but to stores and advertisers as well.
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November 23, 2015
It's exciting to pick a side, to see all the little changes Google's made, to find the hidden easter eggs, because it's exciting for Google too. This isn't a billboard, or "influencer marketing" or the kind of corporate speak that turns off audiences. I don't even mind that I'm basically being sold multiple products at the same time by Google and Disney because my enthusiasm for the product, along with Google's genuinely clever branding and obvious fellow-enthusiasm has got me hooked.
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November 20, 2015
In February Google launched “Friends Furever ,” an ad for its Android mobile platform. In the months since, it has racked up over 6.4 million shares , besting Disney’s “ Surprise Shopper ” ad (3.9 million shares) and a commercial for Purina pet food (“ Puppyhood ”) created by Buzzfeed (3 million shares).
November 19, 2015
We were pretty confident that we'd find the perfect mix of individual traits and skills necessary for a stellar team -- take one Rhodes Scholar, two extroverts, one engineer who rocks at AngularJS, and a PhD. Voila. Dream team assembled, right?
November 04, 2015
Google and the European Union have been in an antagonistic relationship for years now. Now Google has issued a 130-page response to antitrust charges leveled by the E.U., indicating that the tech giant is prepping for a long fight with European regulators.
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October 30, 2015
George Dolgikh / Several news outlets are reporting (from an original report in the Wall Street Journal ) that Google is currently implementing plans to combine two operating systems it now administers, Chrome OS (which runs on Chromebooks ) and Android (which runs on millions and...
October 29, 2015
James Kirkup of the Telegraph has a very interesting article up, titled "Google wants to monitor your mental health. You should welcome it into your mind." Although the title is rather alarming, it isn't your mind that Google wants to get into but your smartphone or similar device, for the purpose of continuously tracking the state of your mental health. Like many advances in technology, this offers both a great potential to help people, and a great risk to someone's basic right to privacy.
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October 21, 2015
Google launched Google Photos this past May, and in the sixth months since, it has quickly grown to 100 million users per month. The service is a central storage hub for personal photos where they can be uploaded and sent easily via Gmail. It features easy automatic organization, too, via machine learning that makes the process more intuitive. And, phones and tablets connected via Chromecast can also easily upload and share photos.