06 April 2012

Google: a Healthy Disregard for the Impossible

2012 Update from the CEO – Investor Relations – Google: "Happiness is a healthy disregard for the impossible When I was a student at the University of Michigan, I went on a summer leadership course. The slogan was “a healthy disregard for the impossible,” and it’s an idea that has stayed with me ever since. It may sound nuts, but I’ve found that it’s easier to make progress on mega-ambitious goals than on less risky projects. Few people are crazy enough to try, and the best people always want to work on the biggest challenges. We've also found that “failed” ambitious projects often yield other dividends. Believe it or not, the technological innovation behind AdSense, which, as I mentioned earlier, has paid out over $30 billion to partners, was the result of a “failed” more ambitious project to understand the Web. The team failed at understanding the Web, mostly, I think, because they were distracted by their work making advertisements amazingly relevant."

Larry Page Letter Highlights Google's Conflicts
PCWorld
By Nancy Gohring, IDG News Google CEO Larry Page published a long public letter on Thursday that gives an update on the company's strategy and highlights some of the conflicts he faces after a year at the head of the company.

MPAA chief: SOPA and Protect IP back from the grave?
CNET
The Motion Picture Association of America hasn't exactly given up on the Stop Online Piracy Act or similar legislation, despite January's widespread protests. by Declan McCullagh April 5, 2012 5:11 PM PDT Follow @declanm The Motion Picture Association...

Complaints about iPad Wi-Fi problems continue to climb
Computerworld
By Gregg Keizer Computerworld - Complaints from owners of Apple's newest iPad that their device has trouble connecting to wireless networks continue to mount. One Apple support thread on the subject has collected over 770 messages, and has been viewed ...

'Anonymous' hit takes down govt websites in China
Times of India
BEIJING: China was struggling Thursday to restore several government websites that international hacking group Anonymous says it attacked in an apparent protest against Chinese Internet restrictions. On a Twitter account established in late March, ...

Google aims to meld human and goggle with futuristic Project Glass _ just don ...
Washington Post
NEW YORK — If you think texting while walking is dangerous, just wait until everyone starts wearing Google's futuristic, Internet-connected glasses. While wearing a pair, you can see directions to your destination appear literally before your eyes.

To Fill Out Its App Store, Microsoft Wields Its Checkbook
New York Times
Nowadays, cellphones are all about apps. And Microsoft is so determined to have lots of brand-name apps for its Windows Phone app store that it's willing to pay for them. All an app developer has to do is sign on the dotted line.

Turn Your Boring HD Videos Into 3-D Masterpieces on YouTube
Wired News
By Roberto Baldwin Unless you're James Cameron or Peter Jackson, sharing a 3-D video with your friends is damn near impossible. Which is a shame because that video of you falling down the stairs demands a third dimension. YouTube wants you to share ...

Twitter Squawks at, Sues Alleged Spammers
PC Magazine
By Mark Hachman Twitter said Thursday afternoon that it filed suit against several firms the service accused of developing tools that enabled Twitter spam. Twitter sued TweetAttacks, TweetAdder, and TweetBuddy, plus James Lucero of Justinlover.info, ...

Instant View: Samsung estimates record first quarter profit
Reuters
| SEOUL (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics, the world's top technology firm by revenue, estimated operating profit nearly doubled in January-March from a year ago, boosted by sales of its flagship Galaxy smartphones and its Note mini-tablet and phone.

Ferdinand Alexander Porsche, designer of the 911 model, dies at 76
The Guardian
The Porsche 911, with its sloping roof line, long hood and powerful rear engine, has been a sports car-lover's fantasy since its 1963 introduction. Its creator, Ferdinand Alexander Porsche, grandson of the car firm's founder, has died at the age of 76.

The Guardian

Wipe It! Security Hole In Facebook Mobile Apps Threatens Jailbroken / Stolen ...
TechCrunch
There's panic about a security hole in Facebook's iOS and Android apps that surfaced this week, but the threat of identity theft is being blown out of proportion. You only need to worry if your phone is actually stolen, and even then a hacker would ...

Instagram release illustrates why developers pick iOS over Android
Computerworld
By Lex Friedman Macworld - Earlier this week, Instagram--the beloved iPhone app for snapping, filtering, and sharing photographs--arrived on Android phones, nearly a year and half after the iPhone app's initial release. Until that time, folks using ...

Apple Preparing to Defend Price Deals With Publishers
BusinessWeek
By Andy Fixmer, Sara Forden and Edmund Lee on April 05, 2012 Apple Inc. (AAPL) (AAPL) and two publishers are preparing to fight the US Justice Department in court if necessary over pricing agreements for digital books, according to two people with ...

Ice age study delivers blow to global-warming skeptics
Christian Science Monitor
A new study finds that rising levels of carbon dioxide drove rising temperatures at the end of the last ice age. The findings contrast with previous studies, which skeptics of human-triggered global warming said showed that CO2 levels weren't an ...

Christian Science Monitor

Amazon.com shop offers Kindle books in Spanish
AFP
SAN FRANCISCO — Online retail titan Amazon.com on Thursday opened a virtual shop specializing in Spanish-language digital books for its popular Kindle electronic reading tablets. US Kindle users seeking digital books in Spanish could buy them at ...

AFP

How much is that patent lawsuit going to cost you?
CNET
While the tech industry's elite are fighting it out with their whopper patent portfolios, a recent survey shows just how scary one lawsuit can be for a small company. by Jim Kerstetter April 5, 2012 10:00 AM PDT Follow @jimkerstetter So you're facing a ...

State Attorney General Seeks To Ban Sex Offenders From Online Gaming
NY1
When teenagers take the controls of online video games, they may not know who they are playing against, and on Thursday State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced a program to make sure the gamers are not registered sex offenders.

NY1

How to remove the Flashback malware from OS X
CNET
An estimated 600000 Mac systems are suspected to be infected with the Flashback malware. Here's how it works and how to remove it. by Topher Kessler April 5, 2012 2:12 PM PDT While OS X was relatively void of malware for the first 10 years of use, ...

Angry Birds, Farmville and Other Hyperaddictive 'Stupid Games'
New York Times
In 1989, as communism was beginning to crumble across Eastern Europe, just a few months before protesters started pecking away at the Berlin Wall, the Japanese game-making giant Nintendo reached across the world to unleash upon America its own version ...

New York Times

BioWare plans to expand Mass Effect 3 ending this Summer with free “Extended ...
Warp Zoned
The fan reaction to the Mass Effect 3 ending is quickly becoming the video game news event of the Spring. While many were happy (or, at least, satisfied) with how BioWare brought their sci-fi epic to a close, many others were not.

Schools put students in charge of own technical support
Sydney Morning Herald
At The Illawarra Grammar School students in Years 7 to 12 must bring their own device for use in classrooms. Enterprise requirements aside, schools are finding solutions to BYOD technical problems. As companies debate the merits of allowing employees ...

Sydney Morning Herald

Video: 12-mile-high dust-devil on Mars
OCRegister
A satellite captured an image of a 12-mile-high dust devil on the surface of Mars March 14. 52% off! $12 for $25 Towards Lunch at Mangi Con Amore By PAT BRENNAN / ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER A satellite captured an image of a 12-mile-high dust devil on the ...

Envision a flying car — now envision it on autopilot
msnbc.com
NEW YORK — Aviation company Terrafugia's first step toward creating a flying car does not allow drivers to hover over downtown traffic gridlock and land on city roads or highways. But the company's vision for making flying safer and more accessible ...

msnbc.com

Humongous fuzzy dinosaur unearthed in China (+video)
Christian Science Monitor
An ancestor of Tyrannosaurus rex, Yutyrannus huali weighed 3000 pounds and was covered in a downy fuzz. By Jennifer Welsh, LiveScience Staff Writer / April 5, 2012 Artist's impression of a group of Yutyrannus and two individuals of the smaller ...

Christian Science Monitor

Attempting to recreate Big Bang conditions, CERN scientists break energy record
Christian Science Monitor
Scientists at CERN may be getting closer to Higgs boson the particle that could help explain the birth of the universe billions of years ago. By Robert Evans, Reuters / April 5, 2012 A technician looks at collision at the CMS experiment in the control ...
Israel's Technology Companies Are Undervalued
Washington Post
Apr. 5, 2012 - April 5 (Bloomberg) -- Richard Gussow, senior analyst at DS Securities & Investments Ltd., talks about investment opportunities in Israel. He speaks from Tel Aviv with Maryam Nemazee on Bloomberg Television's "The Pulse.

Tech industry applauds Facebook for Yahoo countersuit
ZDNet (blog)
The technology industry is applauding the move: most are either with Facebook, or at least against Yahoo. First up is Yammer CEO David Sacks who, after Yahoo filed its lawsuit, declared he won't hire anyone from Yahoo that doesn't quit in the next two ...

Polycom, PMC lead tech drop; Dell keeps buying
MarketWatch
By Dan Gallagher, MarketWatch SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) — Technology stocks were mostly in the red on Thursday morning, led by sharp selloffs on shares of Polycom Inc. and PMC-Sierra, while Dell Inc. picked up gains with its latest acquisition.
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E-books spur reading among Americans
CNN
Editor's note: Amy Gahran writes about mobile tech for CNN.com. She is a San Francisco Bay Area writer and media consultant whose blog, Contentious.com, explores how people communicate in the online age. (CNN) -- E-books aren't just becoming ...

The 6 Hottest Tech Careers of 2012
U.S. News & World Report
By Jessica Harper As our reliance on computers and Web applications grows, so does the demand for technology professionals. The surge will create more than one million new technical positions by 2020, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects.

Tech Life: Connect Philly's aim is to do just that
Philadelphia Inquirer
Due to be unveiled this afternoon by Mayor Nutter at a City Hall event, Connect Philly was created by Technically Philly, a local start-up that sees itself both as a media company and as a catalyst for the region's technology community.

Searching for the King of Tech? In Popularity, Google Lays Claim
ABC News (blog)
In the high-flying world of iconic technology brands, two – Google and Apple – tower at remarkable levels of public popularity in a new ABC News/Washington Post poll. But add in strength of sentiment and one of them claims the crown.

New high-tech NYC taxi comes with special odor absorbing seats
DVICE
Here in New York City we had something similar until the demise of the Checker some 25 years ago, but today at the New York Auto Show Nissan unveiled a new high-tech yellow cab that will hit the streets of the Big Apple next year.

DVICE

Tech Journal: How to Back up Your Digital Assets
Wall Street Journal (blog)
By Amit Agarwal To store digital assets such as emails and photos, it is better to create continuous backups. In 2001, when I was working on an IT project for an investment bank, I was told that its databases and other digital assets were ...

Post-SOPA surprise: Common ground for tech, big media
CNET
A spirit of cooperation appears to be rising in the technology and entertainment sectors regarding antipiracy efforts. Three months after the defeat of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), leaders from both sides say they wish to work together to forge a ...

Pre-caffeine tech: Google glasses, Nyan Cat!
msnbc.com
Our pre-caffeine roundup is a collection of the hottest, strangest, and most amusing stories of the morning. Here's everything that you need to know before taking that first sip of coffee today. We've heard rumors about Google working on augmented ...

Daily Report: Old Money, New Tech
New York Times (blog)
The real estate heir Joshua Kushner, 26, helped to found Vostu, a large Brazilian online game company, and recently raised $40 million for his own technologyinvestment firm, Thrive Capital. David Tisch, the grandson of Laurence A. Tisch, ...

New York Times (blog)

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