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March 24, 2013
My sense is, if it’s a consumer product at Google that’s not making money, unless it’s going to get to 100 million users it’s not worth doing.
Early Google Reader product manager Nick Baum • Discussing why Google likely killed the product. Another readon why it took a hit? Most likely, Google didn’t want to invest anything extra into the product, which may have exposed Google to any number of future privacy lawsuits regarding compliance issues. (That’s something startups don’t have to worry about to such a high degree, but Google, with many millions of users, does.) And while the service was quite large, it likely wasn’t worth the investment to put anything further into it. In other cases where this happened, Google eventually spun off the service, but with Reader so intertwined into the Google experience, it would have been difficult. (ht The Verge)
20:46 // 1 year ago
March 13, 2013
We launched Google Reader in 2005 in an effort to make it easy for people to discover and keep tabs on their favorite websites. While the product has a loyal following, over the years usage has declined. So, on July 1, 2013, we will retire Google Reader. Users and developers interested in RSS alternatives can export their data, including their subscriptions, with Google Takeout over the course of the next four months.
Google is shutting down Google Reader, because they are stupid.
19:21 // 1 year ago
March 10, 2013

Five things that will make you gouge your eyes out from SXSW

  • one Google is showing off a new piece of footwear at its Art, Copy & Code booth. It’s a shoe. That can talk. For some reason your Reebok Pumps seem much cooler than this.
  • two The uh, sexy, hookup site Bang With Friends has a SXSW-specific site called “Bang With SXSW,” which should ensure that you’ll remain lonely for the rest of the year.
  • three Author Neil Gaiman, who’s an extremely creative guy, spoke during a SXSW panel on creativity with “Two and a Half Men” creator Chuck Lorre, who’s anything but.
  • four As a marketing stunt, the cable network Syfy created a pop-up hotel, which would be useful as there’s never anywhere to stay in Austin during this time of year, except there are only a handful of rooms, and the network didn’t bother to tell people about the lodging space ahead of time.
  • five Speaking of temporary lodging, there are augmented-reality porta potties which tell passing customers how long you’ve been inside. Get ready to punch everyone around you.
12:11 // 1 year ago
March 4, 2013

Wondering what kind of spam Google is killing right now? Glance through the company’s “fighting spam” section of its “How Search Works" site. These are actual sites recently taken out of Google’s search results. Feel like you’re missing anything by not getting to read this content?

11:04 // 1 year ago
February 24, 2013
Our partners and users do not have the right to take down videos from YouTube unless they contain content which is copyright infringing, which is why we have reinstated the videos.
A statement from Google • Regarding the reinstatement of a fan-shot video NASCAR took down Saturday, using YouTube’s DMCA copyright claims—which they claimed they did in an effort to respect the privacy of those injured. In other words, Google totally overruled NASCAR in the case, which, according to PaidContent’s Mathew Ingram, is relatively rare, as Google often has little recourse in such cases due to the way the Digital Millennium Copyright Act works. “The fact that Google acted quickly to put the content back up is admirable,” he explains, “but it shouldn’t have to do this, and there are no doubt many other important cases in which it hasn’t that don’t involve something as attention-getting as a race-car crash.” Daytona International Speedway, meanwhile, managed to repair the damaged section of fence in time for Sunday’s race.
15:21 // 1 year ago
February 21, 2013
Google’s new Chromebook Pixel: Hey there pretty laptop. How are you?

Google’s new Chromebook Pixel: Hey there pretty laptop. How are you?

14:52 // 1 year ago
January 30, 2013

Google is donating thousands of Raspberry Pi computers to schoolchildren in the U.K.

  • 15k Raspberry Pi computers will be donated to British children by Google, and the first batch has already been hand delivered by Google’s Eric Schmidt and Raspberry Pi co-founder Eben Upton. For those thinking, “who cares,” let us put it another way — Google just donated the brains of 15,000 semi-functional R2-D2 units to some  lucky British kids. source
16:45 // 1 year ago
January 29, 2013
discoverynews:

Google Maps North Korea
Details of cities and even prison camps in North Korea became more visible on Tuesday when Google updated its Google Maps application to include information citizen cartographers have been providing it about the country through a crowdsourcing development program called Map Maker. Read more…

Good work, Google. The more this info is out there, the more people will pay attention to this issue.

discoverynews:

Google Maps North Korea

Details of cities and even prison camps in North Korea became more visible on Tuesday when Google updated its Google Maps application to include information citizen cartographers have been providing it about the country through a crowdsourcing development program called Map Maker. Read more…

Good work, Google. The more this info is out there, the more people will pay attention to this issue.

11:30 // 1 year ago