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September 17, 2012

Google rejects White House appeal to remove “Innocence of Muslims”

  • last week The White House sent a request to YouTube, asking that the “Innocence of Muslims” film be taken offline for violating the website’s Terms of Service. Parent company Google ultimately rejected the request.
  • this week Following a White House request to reconsider, Google has confirmed that the video will remain online. The company confirmed that “Innocence” was no longer viewable in several countries (including Egypt and Libya), but stressed that the restrictions were due to local law and not political pressure. source
19:48 // 2 years ago
Congratulations to the team at Nik Software on their recent acquisition by Google. We’re curious to see how this will affect development of Snapseed, as well as the rest of Nik’s software catalog, and whether or not this might bring an end to some of iOS’ most popular photography apps. source

Congratulations to the team at Nik Software on their recent acquisition by Google. We’re curious to see how this will affect development of Snapseed, as well as the rest of Nik’s software catalog, and whether or not this might bring an end to some of iOS’ most popular photography apps. source

15:21 // 2 years ago
September 16, 2012

thedailyfeed:

These photos might look staged, but they’re actual images captured by the Google Street View cameras.

There’s an album cover in here somewhere. The one with the masks could be a Mars Volta cover.

(via thedailyfeed)

20:05 // 2 years ago
September 11, 2012
YouTube releases its official not-Apple iOS app: Unfortunately, they promoted it with screenshots of a Train video. Cool app, though — though we’re gonna warn you, this app comes with monetization efforts, so be warned. As Apple is dropping support for the YouTube app on their end, you’ll want to download this. More info here.

YouTube releases its official not-Apple iOS app: Unfortunately, they promoted it with screenshots of a Train video. Cool app, though — though we’re gonna warn you, this app comes with monetization efforts, so be warned. As Apple is dropping support for the YouTube app on their end, you’ll want to download this. More info here.

7:43 // 2 years ago
September 10, 2012

More on Google Fiber and service coverage

colincurtis says: This doesn’t tell the full story. KCK turned our whole map green. We lead a grassroots effort to sign up neighborhoods by canvassing and the city allocated funds for people who couldn’t afford the $10 fee so that no area was left behind.

» SFB says: Thanks for speaking up. It’s worth pointing out that while Kansas City, Missouri struggled to fill out its map, Kansas City, Kansas did much better. In related news, here are some more details on Google’s renewed efforts to sign up people in communities that didn’t turn out the first time around. — Ernie @ SFB

10:18 // 2 years ago
This is just one more example of people that are lower income, sometimes not higher educated people, being left behind. It makes me very sad.
Kansas City, Mo. resident Margaret May • Expressing frustration with her neighborhood’s slow push to sign up for Google Fiber. May leads the neighborhood council in the Ivanhoe neighborhood, which is 46 percent black. Google said they could only sign up neighborhoods that had enough people pay a $10 preregistration fee for broadband access, and by Sunday’s deadline, only 32 percent of those that had signed up were black, while 54 percent were white, with predominantly-black neighborhoods lagging behind. The company plans to offer a second opportunity to sign up for those that missed the chance.
8:45 // 2 years ago
September 7, 2012

Infamous eyewear site owner goes to jail, two years after Google article

  • cause In 2010, the New York Times published a profile on eyeglass seller Vitaly Borker, who used threats of violence to create negative buzz for his brand online — buzz, he found, that was just as good as positive buzz in Google’s eyes.
  • reaction Eight days after the article published, federal agents arrested Borker over the threats of violence and rape to his customers. Google also  changed its algorithm specifically as a result of the negative reaction to the article.
  • results Now Borker is going to jail for four years. He also received a $100,000 fine. “I had a big mouth I couldn’t control, and it ruined my life,” Borker, who claimed he never planned to act on his threats he made to his customers, said. source

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8:08 // 2 years ago
August 31, 2012

Apple, Google reportedly sorting out their differences over patents

  • cause In a stinging defeat for Samsung and a resounding victory for Apple in its fight against Google’s Android operating system, jurors decided a highly-watched patent lawsuit sharply in the iPhone maker’s favor, leading to over $1 billion in penalties and word of an appeal.
  • reaction Apparently, the respective CEOs at Apple and Google — two companies that have slowly become bitter enemies over the smartphone market — are talking about some sort of patent agreement. Could Apple cave and offer Google licensing? source

» Why the jury favored Apple: Jury foreman Velvin Hogan, in an interview with the BBC, says that the evidence strongly showed that Samsung was infringing on Apple’s patents. “When we went into deliberation in the jury room we not only had all the physical evidence of everything that was presented,” he said, “but we also had sealed source code in its entirety from both sides, we actually had the memos that were talked about in the trial … and there was a piece of evidence after a piece of evidence that just clearly stacked up.”

11:02 // 2 years ago
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