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October 24, 2013
Along the lines of self-driving cars and smart glasses, Google’s newest venture promises to wow the tech scene. Only, it’s not quite tech, at least in the traditional sense. The venture is called California Life Company, or Calico for short, and its goal is to extend human life by 20 to 100 years.

Google Wants You to Live 170 Years

I luff you, Google.

(via kateoplis)

Awesome. I’m pro-living-longer.

13:20 // 12 months ago
October 6, 2013
The assistant to this state rep called my friend back and said, ‘We’d like to hire him, but we Google every potential employee, and the first thing that came up when we searched for Maxwell was a mug shot for a drug arrest.’ I know what I did was wrong, and I understand the punishment. But these Web sites are punishing me, and because I don’t have the money it would take to get my photo off them all, there is nothing I can do about it.
College student Maxwell Birnbaum • Discussing his arrest for possession of ecstasy, and subsequent blackballing by a selection of mugshot websites through Google. If Birnbaum wants his mugshot to go offline, he’ll have to pay hundreds of dollars per site to remove it. The New York Times has a great piece on the issue—caused by sites like JustMugshots, which take content from police websites and repost it on their own—and the damage it causes people who have been arrested, even after their records have been cleared. Read to the end. Reporter David Segal seriously got some great results on this piece.
9:31 // 1 year ago
October 1, 2013
hereiswhereiloveyou:

Seems pretty odd that the Google Doodle of choice honors Yosemite Park when the government shutdown is currently affecting the National Park system…

Lesson of the day: If you tag SFB in a post about Google’s ill-timed paean to the National Park system, we will reblog it and point how that could have all been prevented with a little Googling.

hereiswhereiloveyou:

Seems pretty odd that the Google Doodle of choice honors Yosemite Park when the government shutdown is currently affecting the National Park system…

Lesson of the day: If you tag SFB in a post about Google’s ill-timed paean to the National Park system, we will reblog it and point how that could have all been prevented with a little Googling.

7:58 // 1 year ago
September 11, 2013
Here’s the factory Motorola is using to crank out its U.S.-made smartphones.

Here’s the factory Motorola is using to crank out its U.S.-made smartphones.

11:15 // 1 year ago
September 9, 2013

Today in reporting on rumors that didn’t pan out. (first, second)

19:37 // 1 year ago
September 7, 2013
19:57 // 1 year ago
August 19, 2013
I felt we were actually a company now, and not a Stanford research project, that this thing was really happening.
Google “first employee” Craig Silverstein • Discussing his experience with the company—in this particular case, how big a deal it was that the company moved out of the dorms and into a friend’s home. Google got a lot bigger from there, and Silverstein spent 14 years there, only leaving last year to take on a role with a nonprofit organization.
10:46 // 1 year ago
August 5, 2013
futurejournalismproject:

What Google Knows
Via the Wall Street Journal:

Every hour, an active Google user can generate hundreds or thousands of data “events” that Google stores in its computers, said people familiar with its data-gathering process.
These include when people use Google’s array of Web and mobile-device services, which have long collected information about what individuals are privately searching for on the Web. It includes the videos they watch on YouTube, which gets more than one billion visitors a month; phone calls they’ve made using Google Voice and through nearly one billion Google-powered Android smartphones; and messages they send via Android phones or through Gmail, which has more than 425 million users.
If a user signs in to his or her Google account to use Gmail and other services, the information collected grows and is connected to the name associated with the account. Google can log information about the addresses of websites that person visits after doing Google searches.
Even if the person visits sites without first searching for them on Google, the company can collect many of the website addresses people using Google’s Chrome Web browser or if they visit one of millions of sites that have pieces of Google code, such as its “+1” button, installed.
Android-based phones and Google Maps can collect information about people’s location over time. Google also has credit-card information for more than 200 million Android-device owners who have purchased mobile apps, digital books or music, said a person with direct knowledge of the matter.

Somewhat related bonus: The Public-Private Surveillance Partnership, via Bloomberg.
Image: What Google Knows, via the Wall Street Journal. Select to embiggen.

What Google knows about you could fill a data center.

futurejournalismproject:

What Google Knows

Via the Wall Street Journal:

Every hour, an active Google user can generate hundreds or thousands of data “events” that Google stores in its computers, said people familiar with its data-gathering process.

These include when people use Google’s array of Web and mobile-device services, which have long collected information about what individuals are privately searching for on the Web. It includes the videos they watch on YouTube, which gets more than one billion visitors a month; phone calls they’ve made using Google Voice and through nearly one billion Google-powered Android smartphones; and messages they send via Android phones or through Gmail, which has more than 425 million users.

If a user signs in to his or her Google account to use Gmail and other services, the information collected grows and is connected to the name associated with the account. Google can log information about the addresses of websites that person visits after doing Google searches.

Even if the person visits sites without first searching for them on Google, the company can collect many of the website addresses people using Google’s Chrome Web browser or if they visit one of millions of sites that have pieces of Google code, such as its “+1” button, installed.

Android-based phones and Google Maps can collect information about people’s location over time. Google also has credit-card information for more than 200 million Android-device owners who have purchased mobile apps, digital books or music, said a person with direct knowledge of the matter.

Somewhat related bonus: The Public-Private Surveillance Partnership, via Bloomberg.

Image: What Google Knows, via the Wall Street Journal. Select to embiggen.

What Google knows about you could fill a data center.

11:37 // 1 year ago
June 26, 2013
evanfleischer:

Well played, Google.

Clever.

evanfleischer:

Well played, Google.

Clever.

10:43 // 1 year ago
June 20, 2013
21:12 // 1 year ago