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Google has received over 40,000 requests to “forget” personal information
In the three and bit weeks since a key ruling by the European Court of Justice about the right to be forgotten, Google has received over 40,000 requests to delete links to personal information from its search results (within 24 hours of putting the form online, Google had reportedly received 12,000+ deletion requests).
It should be noted that there is no absolute right to have information deleted, and Google will have to weigh a number of criteria in responding to the requests to delete links, including relevance of the information, and the time passed since the facts related.

Google has received over 40,000 requests to “forget” personal information

In the three and bit weeks since a key ruling by the European Court of Justice about the right to be forgotten, Google has received over 40,000 requests to delete links to personal information from its search results (within 24 hours of putting the form online, Google had reportedly received 12,000+ deletion requests).

It should be noted that there is no absolute right to have information deleted, and Google will have to weigh a number of criteria in responding to the requests to delete links, including relevance of the information, and the time passed since the facts related.

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Google unveils Android Wear and Motorola the Moto 360
Motorola Mobility is trying to bring the sexy back to wearables with the Moto 360. And you know what? It looks pretty cool.
Motorola confirmed in a blog post Tuesday that it will join the ranks of hardware partners who have lined up to use Google’s Android Wear, a modified operating system designed for wearables. The company had previously disclosed at a press conference in Mobile World Congress that it had plans to build a smartwatch.
That watch is the Moto 360, which the company said would launch in the summer, starting in the US. Motorola only offered a small glimpse, but the device looks like an actual timepiece. The company bragged that it would use a round face and premium materials.

"The wristwatch has been through several evolutions since it first became a popular fashion accessory more than a 100 years ago," the company said in the post. "Our vision for Moto 360 was to celebrate that history as we re-imagined the wristwatch for the future."

Motorola said that you would be able to get alerts on emails, missed calls, and calendar appointments with the twist of the wrist. Like other devices running on Android Wear, it responds to the “Ok Google” command.
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More on Motorola.

Google unveils Android Wear and Motorola the Moto 360

Motorola Mobility is trying to bring the sexy back to wearables with the Moto 360. And you know what? It looks pretty cool.

Motorola confirmed in a blog post Tuesday that it will join the ranks of hardware partners who have lined up to use Google’s Android Wear, a modified operating system designed for wearables. The company had previously disclosed at a press conference in Mobile World Congress that it had plans to build a smartwatch.

That watch is the Moto 360, which the company said would launch in the summer, starting in the US. Motorola only offered a small glimpse, but the device looks like an actual timepiece. The company bragged that it would use a round face and premium materials.

"The wristwatch has been through several evolutions since it first became a popular fashion accessory more than a 100 years ago," the company said in the post. "Our vision for Moto 360 was to celebrate that history as we re-imagined the wristwatch for the future."

Motorola said that you would be able to get alerts on emails, missed calls, and calendar appointments with the twist of the wrist. Like other devices running on Android Wear, it responds to the “Ok Google” command.

Check it -

More on Motorola.

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Google Zeitgeist 2013: what we searched for
Providing the perfect digital reflection on the year that was, Google has released its annual list of the most searched for terms.
Actor Paul Walker was the overall most searched for term of the year, following his death last month. In the list of most searched people, he was followed by fellow actor Cory Monteith and former Olympian Oscar Pistorius, with Nelson Mandela, Margaret Thatcher and Nigella Lawson also featured.
Top question of the year?

"what is twerking"

I love hate humanity.
New gadget releases also made for popular searches, with the iPhone 5s, Samsung Galaxy 4s, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One all generating interest.
But trends differed greatly when broken out by region. Rather predicably, the UK buzzed about the royal baby and the Grand National, while Canadians took to Google to research Mayor Rob Ford’s latest blunders and the UAE researched Ramadan (bumping Gangnam Style from their top spot last year).

"Our annual Zeitgeist survey provides a fascinating snapshot of our interests and obsessions for the year. Celebrities always get a lot of interest and the passing of well-known figures makes people want to learn more about them."
- Claudine Beaumont, Google UK

Who or what sparked your digital curiosity in 2013?

Google Zeitgeist 2013: what we searched for

Providing the perfect digital reflection on the year that was, Google has released its annual list of the most searched for terms.

Actor Paul Walker was the overall most searched for term of the year, following his death last month. In the list of most searched people, he was followed by fellow actor Cory Monteith and former Olympian Oscar Pistorius, with Nelson Mandela, Margaret Thatcher and Nigella Lawson also featured.

Top question of the year?

"what is twerking"

I love hate humanity.

New gadget releases also made for popular searches, with the iPhone 5s, Samsung Galaxy 4s, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One all generating interest.

But trends differed greatly when broken out by region. Rather predicably, the UK buzzed about the royal baby and the Grand National, while Canadians took to Google to research Mayor Rob Ford’s latest blunders and the UAE researched Ramadan (bumping Gangnam Style from their top spot last year).

"Our annual Zeitgeist survey provides a fascinating snapshot of our interests and obsessions for the year. Celebrities always get a lot of interest and the passing of well-known figures makes people want to learn more about them."

- Claudine Beaumont, Google UK

Who or what sparked your digital curiosity in 2013?

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Google and the Daleks
Google’s doodle today celebrates the 50th anniversary of Dr. Who.
This summer, engineers at Google London added the Tardis to Google Street View, but that wasn’t enough for Doctor Who fans, 4,000 of whom have signed a petition asking Google to do a doodle for the show’s 50th Anniversary.
Today, those wishes were granted: not only did Google make the doodle, but the game gracing every Google homepage in the world today is one of the biggest the company has ever produced. But despite appearances, the “Whodle” – as it’s known internally – is the work of just five people, led by Matthew Cruickshank, a Brit who has been working at the company as a full-time doodler for just over a year.

"It’s the first game that I’ve designed," he explains over the phone from California. "But it’s the technicians and programmers that actually make the game. I just art direct, create the assets, set the visual tone, design the characters, and then do pieces of animation."

Read the full story behind the doodle on The Guardian.

Google and the Daleks

Google’s doodle today celebrates the 50th anniversary of Dr. Who.

This summer, engineers at Google London added the Tardis to Google Street View, but that wasn’t enough for Doctor Who fans, 4,000 of whom have signed a petition asking Google to do a doodle for the show’s 50th Anniversary.

Today, those wishes were granted: not only did Google make the doodle, but the game gracing every Google homepage in the world today is one of the biggest the company has ever produced. But despite appearances, the “Whodle” – as it’s known internally – is the work of just five people, led by Matthew Cruickshank, a Brit who has been working at the company as a full-time doodler for just over a year.

"It’s the first game that I’ve designed," he explains over the phone from California. "But it’s the technicians and programmers that actually make the game. I just art direct, create the assets, set the visual tone, design the characters, and then do pieces of animation."

Read the full story behind the doodle on The Guardian.

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"…as Apple, Google, and Facebook whizzed by, it has fallen flat in every arena it entered."
How Microsoft lost its mojo: Steve Ballmer and corporate America’s most spectacular decline.
Full article on Vanity Fair.

"…as Apple, Google, and Facebook whizzed by, it has fallen flat in every arena it entered."

How Microsoft lost its mojo: Steve Ballmer and corporate America’s most spectacular decline.

Full article on Vanity Fair.

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Is 40% anything to worry about?
Worldwide internet traffic plunged by around 40% last night when Google services suffered a complete black-out, reflecting the breadth of the companies grip on the web.
All of its services from Google Search to Gmail to YouTube to Google Drive went down for between one and five minutes. The reason for the outage is not yet known, and Google has refused to provide any further information.
More on Sky News.

Is 40% anything to worry about?

Worldwide internet traffic plunged by around 40% last night when Google services suffered a complete black-out, reflecting the breadth of the companies grip on the web.

All of its services from Google Search to Gmail to YouTube to Google Drive went down for between one and five minutes. The reason for the outage is not yet known, and Google has refused to provide any further information.

More on Sky News.

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Google is the Internet?
Wired Magazine claims that Google is now 25% of North American Internet traffic with a mostly unreported - and rapidly expanding - deployment of edge caching servers in almost every Internet provider around the world.
Whether users are directly using a Google service (search, YouTube etc.), or their devices are automatically and silently sending data (Google Analytics, Android update requests etc.), the majority of end devices around the world will now send traffic to Google during the course of an average day.
Scary or awesome? I’m not sure yet, but I do know that Google powers a significant chunk of our infrastructure and that it’s at least a bazillion times better than the old school alternatives still run by so many (Microsoft, I’m looking at you).
Full story on Wired.

Google is the Internet?

Wired Magazine claims that Google is now 25% of North American Internet traffic with a mostly unreported - and rapidly expanding - deployment of edge caching servers in almost every Internet provider around the world.

Whether users are directly using a Google service (search, YouTube etc.), or their devices are automatically and silently sending data (Google Analytics, Android update requests etc.), the majority of end devices around the world will now send traffic to Google during the course of an average day.

Scary or awesome? I’m not sure yet, but I do know that Google powers a significant chunk of our infrastructure and that it’s at least a bazillion times better than the old school alternatives still run by so many (Microsoft, I’m looking at you).

Full story on Wired.

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One of the things you’re supposed to work out some time in your adolescence is that though you’re the star of your own life, you’re not the star of anyone else’s. Some companies never work this out.

Benedict Evans

On Google Glass, Facebook Home and solipsism.

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Google floats balloons for free Wi-Fi

Google has revealed that it has 30 balloons floating over New Zealand in a project to bring free Wi-Fi to earthquake-stricken, rural or poor areas.

They’re calling it Project Loon.

"[W]e’ve built a system that uses balloons, carried by the wind at altitudes twice as high as commercial planes, to beam Internet access to the ground at speeds similar to today’s 3G networks or faster. As a result, we hope balloons could become an option for connecting rural, remote, and underserved areas, and for helping with communications after natural disasters."

Eventually, as the balloons move across the stratosphere, consumers in participating countries along the 40th parallel in the Southern Hemisphere will be able to tap into the service. The technology will be trialled in Australia next year.

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The RSC and Google team up for online Midsummer Night’s Dream
The RSC has partnered with Google for the project, called Midsummer Night’s Dreaming, in which Shakespeare’s fanciful play will unfold in real time. The production will use a number of online formats, from live-streaming to written blogs, all shared through the social network Google+ over the Midsummer weekend, from 21 June.
It marks the company’s second major foray into online drama, following its Twitter take on Romeo and Juliet, Such Tweet Sorrow, in 2010, which saw actors microblogging in character over the course of five weeks. However, that project, though praised for its intentions, was ridiculed in practice.
The Midsummer Night’s Dreaming project will reduce the length of engagement required of its audiences, and centre on a day of live events on Sunday 23 June in Stratford-upon-Avon.
It’s awesome to see theatre making forays into digital spaces, but seriously, Google+?
Via The Guardian.

The RSC and Google team up for online Midsummer Night’s Dream

The RSC has partnered with Google for the project, called Midsummer Night’s Dreaming, in which Shakespeare’s fanciful play will unfold in real time. The production will use a number of online formats, from live-streaming to written blogs, all shared through the social network Google+ over the Midsummer weekend, from 21 June.

It marks the company’s second major foray into online drama, following its Twitter take on Romeo and Juliet, Such Tweet Sorrow, in 2010, which saw actors microblogging in character over the course of five weeks. However, that project, though praised for its intentions, was ridiculed in practice.

The Midsummer Night’s Dreaming project will reduce the length of engagement required of its audiences, and centre on a day of live events on Sunday 23 June in Stratford-upon-Avon.

It’s awesome to see theatre making forays into digital spaces, but seriously, Google+?

Via The Guardian.

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What’s inside Google Glass?

Ever wonder how Google packed all of the Google Glass functionality into a slender eyeglass frame? So did Scott Torborg and Star Simpson. And they pulled one apart to find out.

Goodies found inside include proximity, light and inertial sensors, sound transducers, a TI OMAP CPU, flash, RAM, camera and tiny projection display.

You can check out the full teardown here.

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I just lost an hour to Google’s trend visualization

Late last month Google unveiled a series of charts for the most-searched people, places and things covering more than 40 categories, including movies, sports teams and local attractions. Tucked toward the end of the announcement was a link to a new data visualisation page that displays the latest trending topics in Google’s colours in real time.

Very awesome.

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@google wishes Maurice Sendak a happy 85th birthday via its search homepage bit.ly/18nEfkc #lovely
Via @robfields

@google wishes Maurice Sendak a happy 85th birthday via its search homepage bit.ly/18nEfkc #lovely

Via @robfields

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Welcome to Google Island. I hope my nudity doesn’t bother you. We’re completely committed to openness here
“I think as technologists we should have some safe places where we can try out some new things and figure out… What is the effect on society? What’s the effect on people? Without having to deploy it into the normal world.”
- Larry Page
Worth a read.

Welcome to Google Island. I hope my nudity doesn’t bother you. We’re completely committed to openness here

“I think as technologists we should have some safe places where we can try out some new things and figure out… What is the effect on society? What’s the effect on people? Without having to deploy it into the normal world.”

- Larry Page

Worth a read.

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A very Google time machine
Google has unveiled new functionality for Google Earth as part of Time’s Timelapse project. Timelapse is a collection satellite images that visualize how different parts of the earth have changed during the past 28 years.
You can watch the trends in deforestation in the Amazon from year to year or see just how much the city of Las Vegas has grown in a little more than two decades.
The images were collected as part of an ongoing joint mission between the USGS and NASA called Landsat. Their satellites have been observing earth from space since the 1970s - with all of the images sent back to Earth and archived on USGS tape drives that look something like this.
Amazing stuff.

A very Google time machine

Google has unveiled new functionality for Google Earth as part of Time’s Timelapse project. Timelapse is a collection satellite images that visualize how different parts of the earth have changed during the past 28 years.

You can watch the trends in deforestation in the Amazon from year to year or see just how much the city of Las Vegas has grown in a little more than two decades.

The images were collected as part of an ongoing joint mission between the USGS and NASA called Landsat. Their satellites have been observing earth from space since the 1970s - with all of the images sent back to Earth and archived on USGS tape drives that look something like this.

Amazing stuff.