So basically, Google and Lego made a kind of crappy version of Minecraft. Or an awesome online Lego builder, depending on how you look at it. “Build may look simple,” the company writes, “but this collaborative 3D building experience would not have been possible a couple of years ago. It shows how far browser technology has come and how the web is an amazing platform for creativity.” Check it out.
To lose a language is to lose a lot of cultural information. If we don’t preserve them, we’ll be left with much impoverished human heritage.Institute for Language Information and Technology Director Anthony Aristar • Speaking in supposrt of Google’s latest project, the Endangered Languages Project. ELP went live this week; it has “text, audio and video — such as people speaking or singing in the endangered languages - and bibliographic resources” of languages like Navajo and Koro. There are thousands of languages in danger of going extinct; this project aims to help preserve as many of them as possible. source (via • follow)
Google is making a ton of money from YouTube.What?! That’s right, patience pays when building platform businesses. If a media company had owned YouTube, it would’ve ditched it a long time ago, when it bled money. But kudos to Google for having the patience to realize the long-term business opportunity. (via corybe)
By taking detailed pictures of individuals in intimate locations such as around a pool, or in their backyard, or even through their windows, these programs have the potential to put private images on public display. We need to hit the pause button here and figure out what is happening and how we can best protect peoples’ privacy, without unduly impeding technological advancement.Sen. Charles Schumer • Arguing that Google and Apple’s separate, upcoming 3D aerial maps raise major privacy concerns. He even wrote an open letter to the companies on the matter, which features this all-caps scare message: “TECHNOLOGY STRONG ENOUGH TO SEE THROUGH WINDOWS AND EVEN CATCH SUN BATHERS IN BACK YARDS” Problem is, Schumer appears to be citing a Daily Mail report on the matter that suggested that “military grade” spy planes were used to get this data, despite the fact that appears to not be the case. Google, in fact, responded, suggesting Schumer misunderstood the technology. “We currently don’t blur aerial imagery because the resolution isn’t sharp enough for it to be a concern,” a spokesperson said in a statement.
The Meebo Bar will continue to be available to site publishers and will see continued improvements and new features in the weeks and months ahead.A page on Meebo’s Web site • Discussing the company’s discontinued products in the wake of its acquisition by Google. Everything the company created over the years — sharing, Meebo Me widgets, chat, and the company’s mobile apps — is going away. Well, except for the Meebo Bar, the persistent (and in some quarters, controversial) sharing bar the company created that allows for advertising on every page. Which, let’s face it, really sucks for end users. What’s likely to happen from here? The ideas from Meebo will probably get integrated into Google+.
We have a ton of things we want to accomplish here and working for some conglomerate or having bean-counting investors breathing down our necks simply isn’t the way for us to achieve them.Taptaptap founder John Casasanta • In a statement released via the Camera+ developer’s blog, announcing that the popular camera replacement app had sold its 8 millionth copy. In a new profile on TheNextWeb, Casasanta revealed that his company has declined acquisition offers from some of the biggest names in tech, including Google, Twitter, Adobe, and Zynga. He says that, since Facebook acquired Instagram, the offers for his company have continued to grow both in size and frequency; however, the development studio simply values its independence too much to turn its direction over to the whim of investors. source (via • follow)