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October 24, 2012

Google hits the Grand Canyon: Google’s Street View is hitting the trails of the Grand Canyon. A car can’t fit down those tiny trails, though, so Google came up with backpack-mounted cameras. ”Any of these sort of iconic, cultural, historical locations that are not accessible by road is where we want to go,” said Ryan Falor, product manager at Google. source

12:22 // 1 year ago
October 20, 2012

thedailyfeed:

Oops! Google hit “send” a little too early yesterday, causing a massive market blunder.

In a matter of minutes, the search-engine giant shed almost $20 billion in market value when R.R. Donnelley & Sons, the company in charge of its financial filing, published Google’s disappointing earnings report hours ahead of schedule.

The announcement would have weighed on the stock anyway, but releasing the news when markets were open spurred a frenzy of bearish trading. Stock market operators have built-in circuit breakers for shares that swing wildly, but Google reportedly requested that Nasdaq freeze its shares, which the platform did briefly.

“(Google) doing a Felix Baumgartner,” tweeted Joe Donohue, a professional investor using the handle @UpsideTrader.

The precision and care that must go into protecting a publicly traded company’s market value is nothing short of amazing, and not just because of the competition — as some poor folks at Google are now reflecting on, one mistake can cause a big hurt.

(via thedailyfeed)

14:13 // 1 year ago
October 18, 2012
19:50 // 1 year ago
October 14, 2012
Little Nemo in Google-Land: Stop what you’re doing and going to the Google Japan site now. This doodle is multi-paneled, guys.

Little Nemo in Google-Land: Stop what you’re doing and going to the Google Japan site now. This doodle is multi-paneled, guys.

21:14 // 1 year ago
October 8, 2012
0:10 // 1 year ago
October 1, 2012

Iran unblocks Gmail after politicians complain loudly

  • last week In the wake of protests regarding the anti-Islam video on YouTube, Iran blocked Gmail access, reportedly because they couldn’t figure out a way to block HTTPS access to YouTube without blocking it to other services. YouTube has been banned in Iran since 2009, but users have found ways around the ban.
  • this week Politicians in Iran complained so loudly about the Gmail ban that the block was turned off. Users in the country said that Gmail started working again last night. The lesson: Don’t screw with our inboxes. source
20:11 // 1 year ago
September 27, 2012
10:50 // 1 year ago
September 26, 2012
Ocean Exploration: Google has released a new collection of panoramic underwater images, powered by Street View, created with high quality photos provided by The Catlin Seaview Survey. Only a few locations have been added at this time, though Google says they’ll continue to update the Ocean collection with new underwater panoramas on a regular basis. So, what do you think? (Photo via Google Maps) source

Ocean Exploration: Google has released a new collection of panoramic underwater images, powered by Street View, created with high quality photos provided by The Catlin Seaview Survey. Only a few locations have been added at this time, though Google says they’ll continue to update the Ocean collection with new underwater panoramas on a regular basis. So, what do you think? (Photo via Google Maps) source

13:51 // 1 year ago
September 24, 2012

Google News just turned 10 over the weekend. Some quick stats:

  • 50,000 the number of sources available in Google News these days
  • 72 the number of unique editions of Google News worldwide — in 30 languages
  • 1B the number of unique users who read Google News’ content weekly source
9:19 // 1 year ago
September 19, 2012

Google’s shares now worth $25 more than Apple’s

  • $727.50 Per share when the market closed on Wednesday (September 19) which tops Apple’s $702.10. A portion of the credit is being given to the Nexus 7, which sold out quickly, though demand has tapered some since the initial buyers rush. Things are clearly looking up for the company though, at least according to Chief Business Officer Nikesh Arora. “The good news is, we’re seeing phenomenal growth in mobile queries across the board,” said Arora during a recent earnings call, adding, “Mobile is, right now, where search was in 1999.” source
17:23 // 2 years ago