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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 // 1 year 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.”

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For nerds only: Here’s a fully-functioning Twitter client … inside a Google Docs spreadsheet, using the client’s scripting language. (via Hacker News)

For nerds only: Here’s a fully-functioning Twitter client … inside a Google Docs spreadsheet, using the client’s scripting language. (via Hacker News)

9:30 // 1 year ago
inothernews:

Addicting.

Basically Google wants us to stop working and play this game.

inothernews:

Addicting.

Basically Google wants us to stop working and play this game.

7:51 // 1 year ago
July 29, 2012
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July 26, 2012

Google Fiber heads to Kansas City: Here’s what the deals look like, guys

  • free Google Fiber’s new base plan, which offers (after an initial $300 installation fee) its users free broadband access at traditional speeds for the next seven years.
  • fast Google’s Gigabit ethernet, which offers speeds at 100 times faster than traditional internet access for a relatively-inexpensive $70 per month.
  • different Google’s fully-integrated HD television plan, which includes cable TV, a Google Drive, and a Nexus 7 tablet. That bells-and-whistles deal? $120 per month. source

» But before you move to Kansas City … It’s worth noting that there are a few notable holdouts on the cable front — for example, there isn’t any AMC, CNN, the Disney Channel, HBO or ESPN, so “Game of Thrones” is off the table in the Google household. But on the other hand, if you download an episode of said show on The Pirate Bay at gigabit speeds, it’d take you less than five seconds. Seems like some major companies didn’t think this through …

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19:07 // 1 year ago
July 25, 2012
YouTube comments, as you might have heard, are kind of terrible. Would a push to getting people to use their full names help? That’s what Google appears to be banking on.

YouTube comments, as you might have heard, are kind of terrible. Would a push to getting people to use their full names help? That’s what Google appears to be banking on.

11:47 // 1 year ago