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  2. Apr 2019
    1. The highlight of today’s announcements is the beta launch of the company’s AI Platform. The idea here is to offer developers and data scientists an end-to-end service for building, testing and deploying their own models.
    2. After introducing it in preview last year, the company also today launched the beta of its Contact Center AI. This service, which was built with partners like Twilio, Vonage, Cisco, Five9, Genesys and Mitel, offers a full contact center AI solution that uses tools like Dialogflow and Google’s text-to-speech capabilities to allow its users to build a virtual agent system (and when things go awry, it can pass the customer to a human agent).
    1. AMP is a set of rules that publishers (typically news and analysis content providers) must abide by in order to appear in the “Top Stories” section of Google’s search results, a lucrative position at the top of the page.

      This is just one of many reasons for not using Google's search engine. Or most of their products.

      Monotheistic and, more importantly, monopolistic thinking like this drags us all down.

    1. XML pioneer and early blogger Tim Bray says that Google maybe suffers of deliberate memory loss. I may have found more evidence that this is the case.

      Very interesting, as this ties more knots together in allowing people to know that Google is not the end-all of web knowledge.

      People is the power, the corporation is not power.

    1. Lombardy,

      Lombardy Italian region Description: Lombardy is a region in Northern Italy. Its capital, Milan, is a global hub of fashion and finance, with many high-end shops and restaurants. Its Gothic Duomo di Milano cathedral and Santa Maria delle Grazie convent, housing Leonardo da Vinci’s painting of “The Last Supper,” testify to centuries of art and culture. North of Milan, Lake Como is an upscale alpine resort with dramatic scenery.

    1. technology companies have made it work that way. Ebook stores from Amazon, Apple, Google, Kobo, Barnes and Noble all follow broadly the same rules. You’re buying a licence to read, not a licence to own.

      Bear in mind that this "ownership" is common practice with Amazon, Apple, Google, Kobo, Barnes and Noble, and other ones as well.

      It's not this way with non-DRM books, that you can download, and reuse as with physical books.

    1. After 4 months of waiting, that is the response I got from Widevine, Google’s DRM for web browsers, regarding a license agreement. For the last 2 years I’ve been working on a web browser that now cannot be completed because Google, the creators of the open source browser Chrome, won’t allow DRM in an open source project.

      Google blocks this open-source web browser as created by Samuel Maddock, because it's open source.

  3. Mar 2019
    1. AMR in 120 Seconds

      This YouTube video is a quick overview of the SAMR model of instruction essential for universal design. "S" stands for substitution - New tech replaces old material but does not change text. "A" stands for augmentation - students work to complete a task such as on google docs. "M" stands for modification - tech is used to redesign part of task and transform learning. Ex. google docs comment feature provides instant feedback. "R" stands for redefinition - design and create new tasks. Ex. communicating across world through google docs, discussing it through google voice and recording it all as presentation. Rating 10/10

    1. In a perfect world, the author would sell you a license to the book and you'd just read it on whatever platform suited you. For now, the leading ebook providers are not making this easy so I end up with some titles (and associated annotations) on one platform and other titles on another, which is far more complicated than it needs to be.

    1. You might have also seen that our podcasts are no longer available on certain Google products - including the Google Podcast app and Google assistant. I want to explain a little bit about why that has happened. Last year, Google launched its own podcast app for Android users - they’ve also said they will launch a browser version for computers soon. Google has since begun to direct people who search for a BBC podcast into its own podcast service, rather than BBC Sounds or other third party services, which reduces people’s choice - an approach that the BBC is not comfortable with and has consistently expressed strong concerns about. We asked them to exclude the BBC from this specific feature but they have refused.

      Well, this is truly bad action from Google, not to mention how it reflects on them. The BBC are totally right in stating their claim to their own content. Cheers!

    1. Amazon has been beta testing the ads on Apple Inc.’s iOS platform for several months, according to people familiar with the plan. A similar product for Google’s Android platform is planned for later this year, said the people, who asked not to be identified because they’re not authorized to share the information publicly.

      Sounds like one of the best reasons I've ever heard to run Brave Browser both on desktop and mobile. https://brave.com/

    1. Sharing of user data is routine, yet far from transparent. Clinicians should be conscious of privacy risks in their own use of apps and, when recommending apps, explain the potential for loss of privacy as part of informed consent. Privacy regulation should emphasise the accountabilities of those who control and process user data. Developers should disclose all data sharing practices and allow users to choose precisely what data are shared and with whom.

      Horrific conclusion, which clearly states that "sharing of user data is routine" where the medical profession is concerned.

    1. While employees were up in arms because of Google’s “Dragonfly” censored search engine with China and its Project Maven’s drone surveillance program with DARPA, there exist very few mechanisms to stop these initiatives from taking flight without proper oversight. The tech community argues they are different than Big Pharma or Banking. Regulating them would strangle the internet.

      This is an old maxim with corporations, Google, Facebook, and Microsoft alike; if you don't break laws by simply doing what you want because of, well, greed, then you're hampering "evolution".

      Evolution of their wallets, yes.

  4. Feb 2019
    1. Buy Google Reviews For Make Your Business Trusted On Google

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    1. Google Home vs Alexa

      We all know Google Home vs Alexa is a talk of the town nowadays. The article is about much talked battle of these voice assistants and benefits of integrating them.

  5. Jan 2019
    1. Sebaiknya, Kementerian Ristekdikti tidak hanya menjadikan kuantitas publikasi dan skor H-index Scopus sebagai tolak ukur keberhasilan program penelitian dan publikasi internasional. Kualitas artikel ilmiah yang diterbitkan oleh jurnal internasional bereputasi lebih bermakna. Untuk rekan sejawat dosen Indonesia, alangkah baiknya kita berlomba meningkatkan kualitas hasil penelitian dan publikasi ilmiah. Rentang waktu yang agak lama ketika proses revisi naskah ilmiah oleh para reviewer mari kita sikapi sebagai proses peningkatan kualitas saintifik kita.

      Saya masih setuju sampai sini. Untuk paragraf kedua, di sinilah peran preprint (atau versi pra cetak). Silahkan kirim ke jurnal manapun, tapi jangan lupa anda juga punya hak untuk mempublikasikannya seawal mungkin, tanpa ada batasan peninjauan sejawat. Manfaatkan hak itu.

      Aktivitas mengunggah preprint atau dokumen apapun ke media yang diindeks oleh mesin pencari (misal Google Scholar) akan menyebabkan seolah karya anda membengkak. Jangan khawatir. Kalau memang kegiatan anda banyak, ya wajar banyak dokumen yang dihasilkan. Mesin pencari atau pengindeks tugasnya menemukan dokumen itu saat kawan atau kolega anda mencari informasi. Itu saja tugas. Ia tidak bertugas memberikan skor atau nilai kepada dokumen anda. Jadi untuk apa memprotes seseorang yang terlalu banyak mengunggah dokumen daring. Lebih baik instrumen pengindeksnya saja yang dimatikan. Toh bukan itu tujuannya dibuat awalnya.

    1. You can display Geocoding API results on a Google Map, or without a map. If you want to display Geocoding API results on a map, then these results must be displayed on a Google Map. It is prohibited to use Geocoding API data on a map that is not a Google map.

      L'output impone una scelta tecnologica, quindi non sono opendata

  6. Dec 2018
    1. James Damore was fired from Google

      How will bigger STEM industries be affected in comparison to smaller industries. The article uses a lot of from big business like Google so how do these assessments of big business work within school environments. Sexism and abuse towards women exist outside of bug business.

  7. Nov 2018
    1. Designing for virtual reality and the impact on education | Alex Faaborg | TEDxCincinnati

      This video includes Alex Faaborg on Tedx Talks sharing how VR virtual reality can positively impact education. The introduction of google cardboard is reviewed along with design techniques.

  8. Sep 2018
    1. That they can download their data, access via APIs

      Interesting concept, should you have full ownership of your data? If yes, how can we enforce this?

  9. Aug 2018
    1. Storing your minute-by-minute travels carries privacy risks and has been used by police to determine the location of suspects — such as a warrant that police in Raleigh, North Carolina, served on Google last year to find devices near a murder scene. So the company lets you “pause” a setting called Location History.
  10. Jul 2018
    1. A good resource to keep in mind for future lessons:) Found this website using a custom google search engine

    1. Using information technology has become an important skill for students and employees. As a teacher wishing to use the Internet your options are typically to either provide students with specific links or have them “Google” to find information on the Internet. Using Google can yield interesting and unexpected results. Creating a list of specific links is time consuming and does not teach the students how to search the web.

      This is a good point- typically teachers either give students a list of links or let them use google free reign. Creating a custom google search engine for the class may help

    1. Alan poses a question in his TEDx talk that we should ask students: “Do you know how to use Google?” Of greater importance, the same question should be asked of teachers.

      Video: Alan November TEDx talk "Do you know how to use google?" We need web literacy for teachers as well

    1. Did Google’s killing Reader kill the web? Or did Reader at least do some initial trial strangling?

      gaslighting perhaps?

  11. Jun 2018
    1. (Remember when every news site published the piece, “What Time Is the Super Bowl?”)

      This is a great instance for Google's box that simply provides the factual answer instead of requiring a click through.

    1. The mean proportional difference in the citation frequency between Scopus and Google Scholar was 14.71%

      Apakah perbedaan ini tergolong kecil atau tidak signifikan? Bila hasil ini konsisten pada berbagai kasus, apakah kemudian untuk alasan ekonomis, cukupkah bagi kita di masa mendatang untuk kemudian mendasarkan diri ke GS saja?

    2. Citation performance of Indonesian scholarly journals indexed in Scopus from Scopus and Google Scholar

      Salam dan terima kasih untuk Tim Penulis.

      Secara umum artikel ini patut dihargai, karena penulis telah meluangkan waktu dan tenaga untuk menuangkan hasil penjaringan informasi sitasi dari Google Scholar (GS) dan Scopus yang telah diagregasi SINTA.

      Artikel ini bersifat deskriptif, yang mana artikel jenis ini sering terlupakan, padahal fakta-fakta menarik akan muncul setelah data dan grafik terpampang rapih dalam bentuk artikel. Semoga artikel ini dapat menggugah banyak pendapat yang bersifat argumentatif yang kemudian dapat melahirkan artikel-artikel baru.

      Perkenankan saya meninggalkan beberapa catatan untuk artikel ibu dan bapak ini.

  12. Apr 2018
  13. Mar 2018
    1. People come to Google looking for information they can trust, and that information often comes from the reporting of journalists and news organizations around the world.

      Heavy hit in light of the Facebook data scandal this week on top of accusations about fake news spreading.

    2. we drove 10 billion clicks a month to publishers’ websites for free.

      Really free? Or was this served against ads in search?

  14. Feb 2018
    1. But Alphabet did flag “misleading” information and “objectionable content” as risks to the company’s financial performance in its annual report this week, for the first time ever.

      Google's parent company now includes information disorder as a factor in its profitability and success.

  15. Jan 2018
    1. Over the years, Google has gone from recommending uploading a text file, to parsing RDFa with a slightly modified Microformats vocabulary, to going all-in on Microdata, to then replacing Microdata with JSON-LD and the new Schema.org vocabulary. In the mean time, the Microformats hReview vocabulary hasn't changed, and has continued to be parsed by Google since it is so widely deployed. It would seem there is some advantage to using a format that was developed externally from Google, since they are unable to simply turn their backs on it and replace it with a new format whenever they want. For this reason, I'm sticking with publishing the Microformats 1 hReview markup for my reviews.
  16. www.laurenbcollister.com www.laurenbcollister.com
    1. ThiswasthenumberofpagesbeingsearchedbyGooglewhenwewereputtingthebooktogether.HavealookatthefigurepublishedonthebottomoftheGooglehomepagetoseewhatitisnow.

      This cute service is no longer supported. However, at the end of 2016, the estimate was over 130 trillion pages.

    1. download or install buttons in image ads
    2. Ads that mislead or trick the user into interacting with them

      This is the main reason our responsive ads were disapproved.

    3. buttons
    4. ads depicting features that do not work, such as
  17. Dec 2017
    1. It often feels like Google is run by a bunch of teenagers who think the rules don’t apply to them because they’re in the gifted program at school.

      Interesting way to put it.

    1. How I ended up at Microsoft is really simple. Sergey [Brin] told me, “We don’t want people writing all of these controversial essays,” because I’ve been writing tech criticism for a long time. I’ve been worried about tech turning us into evil zombies for a long time, and Sergey said, “Well, Google people can’t be doing that.” And I was like, really? And then I was talking to Bill Gates and he said, “You can’t possibly say anything else bad about us that you haven’t said. We don’t care. Why don’t you come look at our labs? They’re really cool.” And I thought, well that sounds great. So I went and looked, and I was like, yeah, this is actually really great.
  18. Nov 2017
    1. officially-approvedprogramminglanguagesatGoogle:C++,Java,Python,Go,orJavaScript.Minimizingthenumberofdifferentprogramminglanguagesusedreducesobstaclestocodereuse and programmer collaboration.

      Googleの承認済みプログラム言語

    1. the algorithms of the Web are one of the least understood concepts that our students know nothing about

      “Pay no attention to that mind behind the algorithm”

    1. On a pair of ordinary glasses is a square of fine lines near the top of one lens, where it is out of the way of ordinary vision.

      Holy Moly--this is Google Glass he is describing!

    1. Note that Speak the Words only works in Chrome. 

      Ugh! Conceivably, it also works in Chromium. But this is the kind of thing which really changes the way a feature is used.

    1. Perhaps a future with great user experience in AR, VR, hands-free commerce and knowledge sharing could evoke an optimistic perspective for what these tech giants are building. But 25 years of the Web has gotten us used to foundational freedoms that we take for granted. We forget how useful it has been to remain anonymous and control what we share, or how easy it was to start an internet startup with its own independent servers operating with the same rights GOOG servers have. On the Trinet, if you are permanently banned from GOOG or FB, you would have no alternative.
    2. The internet will survive longer than the Web will. GOOG-FB-AMZN will still depend on submarine internet cables (the “Backbone”), because it is a technical success. That said, many aspects of the internet will lose their relevance, and the underlying infrastructure could be optimized only for GOOG traffic, FB traffic, and AMZN traffic. It wouldn’t conceptually be anymore a “network of networks”, but just a “network of three networks”, the Trinet, if you will.
    3. Similarly, while AMZN’s business still relies on traffic to their desktop web portal (accounting for 33% of sales), a large portion (25%) of their sales happen through mobile apps, not to mention Amazon Echo. Like Google Home, Amazon Echo bypasses the Web and uses the internet just for communication between cloud and end user. In these new non-web contexts, tech giants have more authority over data traffic.
    4. As an index, people have different expectations on search result neutrality. Some want Google Search to be entirely neutral, some demand immediate action to remove some results. The European Union has both demanded GOOG to comply with removal requests, and fined GOOG for not being neutral in shopping queries. It is not beneficial for GOOG to assume the role of an impartial arbiter of content, since it’s not supporting their business model. Quite the contrary, they are under public scrutiny from multiple governments, potentially risking their reputation.
    5. GOOG promotes lock-in and proprietary technologies such as Firebase and Google-dependent AMP installations as much as it advocates open PWAs. GOOG does not consistently defend the open Web. They dropped XMPP in Gtalk, and Gtalk itself was deprecated, favoring Google Hangouts with a proprietary protocol. Chrome Web Store is a walled garden like App Store. They shutdown Google Reader based on RSS, an open standard. Google Cloud TPU is proprietary hardware that only exists in their datacenters, supporting their open source framework TensorFlow. Google Inbox suffers “proprietary creep”: non-standard, closed algorithms that promise to organize your life, an essential component of a lock-in based business model.
    6. What has changed over the last 4 years is market share of traffic on the Web. It looks like nothing has changed, but GOOG and FB now have direct influence over 70%+ of internet traffic. Mobile internet traffic is now the majority of traffic worldwide and in Latin America alone, GOOG and FB services have had 60% of mobile traffic in 2015, growing to 70% by the end of 2016.
  19. Oct 2017
    1. October 4th - Google Event

      Google announced the new Google Pixel phone and lots of cool Google Home new features.

    2. I like the "Stranger Things" AR stickers for the Google Pixel camera.

      I'm glad I can use Hypothes.is for page notes like this, because Google disabled chat for this live stream. (Did you know that in YouTube live streams, chats are destroyed when the event is no longer live? They don't become video comments.)

      I've noticed that if I share this annotation, when the via.hypothes.is link is opened, YouTube gets confused and shows the message: "Your browser does not currently recognize any of the video formats available. Click here to visit our frequently asked questions about HTML5 video.". It includes a link to: https://via.hypothes.is///www.youtube.com/html5

  20. Sep 2017
  21. Aug 2017
    1. without downloading or reading them.

      This is cool but the "reading of them" is the more radical proposition.

    2. Many of the university’s holdings “were invisible to the world,” Coleman says. Google’s involvement promised to change that.

      An important point for those who might immediately dismiss anything Google-related.

    3. “It’s hard to imagine going through a day doing the work we academics do without touching something that wouldn’t be there without Google Book Search,”

      But this is a statement that would align with Somer's lament above, no?

    4. a persistent cultural challenge: how to balance copyright and fair use and keep everybody—authors, publishers, scholars, librarians—satisfied. That work still lies ahead.

      I'll be very interested to see how this gets negotiated moving forward.

    1. An excellent meditation that brings out the problem in today's computing culture: under-representation of the minority and females in computing, starting with the students and all the way up to venture capitalists and the culture. It is interesting how Bogost talks about alternative scenarios. Looks like this is a disbalance of power.

    2. A Googler's Would-Be Manifesto Reveals Tech's Rotten Core
  22. Jul 2017
    1. How to Properly Setup Google AMP on Your WordPress Site

      How to setup google amp on wordpress

    1. AMP provides a great user experience across many platforms

      Description about google acelerated mobile platform

  23. Jun 2017
    1. we’re at a pivotal point not just in the life of our democracy, but in how we think, read, and make choices. Selective information is being presented to us in a way that encourages selective reading and offers psychological and social rewards for, to put it bluntly, being stupid and submissive and spreading stupid to submit others.

      ...

      What’s different now is that this propaganda is being gamed by professionals in a massive, orchestrated data campaign at a volume, pace, and consistency that not only muddies the truth, but completely eclipses the truth. Destroys the very notion of truth.

      ...

      The truth about the truth is that we believe because we want to, because our ability to think independently is a point of pride for Americans. The people behind the curtain are telling us the same story we tell ourselves about ourselves. But this is also a vulnerability: Independence is in its purist form a kind of division. If you exploit it the right way, you can turn a democracy against itself.

    1. literature became data

      Doesn't this obfuscate the process? Literature became digital. Digital enables a wide range of futther activity to take place on top of literature, including, perhaps, it's datafication.

  24. May 2017
    1. “organise the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful”.

      Google obviously wants to have all the answers to all possible absurd questions. The danger with this goal is that they positioned the persons that represents part of the diversity of the world as not worthy of being treated with respect.

    1. How do we reassert humanity’s moral compass over these alien algorithms? We may need to develop a version of Isaac Asimov’s “Three Laws of Robotics” for algorithms.

      A proposed solution to bad effects of info algorithms.

    1. It inspired his work at Google, where he led the creation of the historical map platform Field Trip, and then, the Pokémon Go precursor, Ingress.

      I loved field trip for Glass!

  25. Apr 2017
    1. teamed up with the BBC, Jane Goodall and Sesame Street to offer 50 “Voyager” stories, each of which offers an interactive exploration of a new part of the world.

      This could be cool!

    1. En fait, je pense que la plupart des gens ne veulent pas que Google réponde à leurs questions. Ils veulent que Google dise ce qu’ils doivent faire ensuite.

      Qui a dit que Google répond à vos questions ? Depuis longtemps, Google fait les questions et les réponses (à vos dépens).

    1. From July 2008 to April 2012, Googleoffered a service called Google Knol, where a ‘knol’ is a basic ‘unit of knowledge’ asopposed, presumably, to a unit of information.4Users wrote ‘knols’ predicated upon theirown interests and expertise.

      The "KNOL" a unit of knowledge: a Google experiment in crowd-sourcing knowledge

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    1. Marketers would prefer to have their own predictive marketing platforms, helping them collect and activate their own proprietary data. Enterprise technology companies want that future as well. They want to be the ones to sell and provision those tech platforms, integrating and packaging them with all of the other systems they sell into the enterprise, from CRM to call center management to finance and sales force automation. Quite naturally, they worry that it will be easier for Google and Facebook to add their own CRM and related systems than it will be for them to replicate Google and Facebook’s digital marketing system.Agencies? They just want to keep themselves in the middle. Whether as consultants, media brokers, system integrators or owners of syndicated data, agencies just want to stay relevant and find ways to reverse their declining margins.

      That is most certainly their wishlist. But it overlooks the reason why Google and Facebook get all the ad dollars in the first place: they have all the users & their data. That's why most advertisers will have to play by their rules as the chances to succeed with their own offerings aren't great.

      Telcos/ISPs meanwhile, particularly Verizon, are to watch indeed (The new FCC rules play right into their hands as well). Since they own many users & their data, they are a force to be reckoned with. But: ISPs aren't global players and regulated differently in each country.

  26. Mar 2017
    1. “Design it so that Google is crucial to creating a response rather than finding one,”

      With "Google" becoming generic for "search" today, it is critical that students understand that Google, a commercial entity, will present different results in search to different people based on previous searches. Eli Pariser's work on the filter bubble is helpful for demonstrating this.

    1. Following the Guardian action, Google and YouTube promised to make significant changes to its policies to deal with the problem. A spokesman said: “We have strict guidelines that define where Google ads should appear, and in the vast majority of cases, our policies work as intended, protecting users and advertisers from harmful or inappropriate content. “We accept that we don’t always get it right, and that sometimes, ads appear where they should not. We’re committed to doing better, and will make changes to our policies and brand controls for advertisers.”
    2. David Pemsel, the Guardian’s chief executive, wrote to Google to say that it was “completely unacceptable” for its advertising to be misused in this way.
    1. The Google Analytics Setup I Use on Every Site I Build : 글쓴이가 수없이 웹사이트에 GA를 설정해 보면서 얻는 경험으로 GA 스크립트의 로딩 자체를 최적화하는 방법과 커스텀 디멘션을 사용해서 유용한 추적설정을 한 내용을 모두 설명하고 있다. 설정 방법과 어떻게 보고 참고할 수 있는지까지 잘 나와 있어서 웬만한 사이트는 이 글의 내용을 그대로 따라 해도 될 정도고 여기 나온 내용을 바탕으로 사이트에 필요한 추적을 추가하기에도 좋다. 이 사람은 GA를 엄청나게 연구했는지 비슷한 작업을 매번 하다가 결국 autotrack 플러그인을 개발했고(이 플러그인만 사용해도 엄청 편하다) 이 글에서 설명한 코드를 참고할 수 있도록 analytics.js boilerplate를 만들어서 공유하고 있다.(영어)

      GA study

  27. Feb 2017
    1. When we first got Google’s virtual reality headset at my house, called the Google Daydream, I can’t say I was too excited.

      Well, we have a drone in a box.

    1. Perspective was created by Jigsaw and Google’s Counter Abuse Technology team in a collaborative research project called Conversation-AI.

      Interesting.

  28. Dec 2016
    1. “a-r-e”. And then “j-e-w-s”.

      If you flip the words around to "jews are..." you don't get predictive searches. Why? I guess it doesn't think of the words as a question. Check out the related searches at the bottom of my page with this query.

      How in the world can these results be so skewed? Is there an active community of antisemitic folks actually looking for self-justification or is this a gaming of the search system?

    1. Telescope system on moon, 有100 telescopes, 天文学家可以用它们拍照观测,每个观测任务可能会要couple hours和地球通信只能用radio signal,latency会很高;设计系统manage Telescopes, 要fault tolerant,任务调度,deploy update思路:类似long distance data center的manage, moon上多台app server负责控制telescope,每台server会与地球的master用radio作为heartbeat通信;如何deployupdate时,选一台active server发送file,然后分chunk,在moon上peer to peer的用gossip传播update

      Sys Design

      System on the Moon

  29. Oct 2016
    1. For G Suite users in primary/secondary (K-12) schools, Google does not use any user personal information (or any information associated with a Google Account) to target ads.

      In other words, Google does use everyone’s information (Data as New Oil) and can use such things to target ads in Higher Education.

    1. You can’t say the Nexus phones don’t count just because they never succeeded.

      No, but you can say they don’t count because they were made by other manufacturers. They were Google-branded and had some Google-specific features (or, at least, lack of bloatware). But they weren’t Google’s handsets.

  30. Sep 2016
    1. Even some of the world's largest companies live in constant "fear of Google"; sudden banishment from search results, YouTube, AdWords, Adsense, or a dozen other Alphabet-owned platforms can be devastating.
  31. Jul 2016
    1. Google’s chief culture officer

      Her name is Stacy Savides Sullivan. She was already Google’s HR director by the time the CCO title was added to her position, in 2006. Somewhat surprising that Sullivan’d disagree with Teller, given her alleged role:

      Part of her job is to protect key parts of Google’s scrappy, open-source cultural core as the company has evolved into a massive multinational.

      And her own description:

      "I work with employees around the world to figure out ways to maintain and enhance and develop our culture and how to keep the core values we had in the very beginning–a flat organization, a lack of hierarchy, a collaborative environment–to keep these as we continue to grow and spread them and filtrate them into our new offices around the world.

      Though “failure bonuses” may sound a bit far-fetched in the abstract, they do fit with most everything else we know about Googloids’ “corporate culture” (and the Silicon Valley Ideology (aka Silicon Valley Narrative), more generally).

  32. Jun 2016
  33. May 2016
    1. NOTE: Files in your Google Drive account that are stored in the root of your Drive account (not in a folder) will be automatically synced no matter what

      Thank you Google for making that point clear as mud. Perhaps some kind of notification, a heads up would be good.

    1. Pictured above: The same area and zoom in 2010 and 2016. Notice how many fewer labels are on the 2016 map.

      A similar thing happens with streets and roads within London: often main streets don't display their name until you've zoomed in way past it's useful.

  34. Apr 2016