18 October 2012

The technology, people and places that keep Google running

expri.net - devices and connectivity: Google’s data centers (video): "you’ll get a never-before-seen look at the technology, the people and the places that keep Google running"

Qualcomm's Jacobs Succeeds Ballmer As CES Keynoter
For 14 of the last 15 years, Microsoft's CEO – first Bill Gates, and more recently Steve Ballmer – has been the opening keynoter as the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. But Microsoft last year announced that it would no longer participate in ...

Google Throws Open Doors to Its Top-Secret Data Center
But other, less well-known engineering and strategic breakthroughs are arguably just as crucial toGoogle's success: its ability to build, organize, and operate a huge network of servers and fiber-optic cables with an efficiency and speed that rocks ...

Microsoft: Surface beats the iPad in display quality
Here, Bathiche seemed to struggle for an answer, saying that perhaps Microsoft wasn't as concerned about preserving battery power. He also suggested that since the Pro version is designed for a "professional environment," the extra screen space might ...

Apple sets October 23 event, smaller iPad expected
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Apple Inc on Tuesday invited members of the media to an event next week where it is expected to challenge rivals Amazon.com Inc and Google Inc with a less expensive and smaller version of its popular iPad tablet. The October ...

Apple snaps up celebrity-backed Web app firm Particle
CNET (blog)
The company has done HTML5 work for Google, Motorola, Amazon, Yahoo, Sony, and Apple. The group has also created some "labs" projects including Intervue.me, an asynchronous video interviewing project. CNET has contacted Apple for comment and ...

Apple's China manufacturing model under threat
Oct. 17 - Companies like Foxconn, which assembles most of the world's iPads and iPhones, are struggling to find workers to fill their massive facilities as more young Chinese shun the factory floor.

Google's 32GB Nexus 7 looks set to race Santa to the UK and US
ZDNet (blog)
Summary: Ads have emerged suggesting Google is getting ready to offer a version of its low-cost Nexus 7 tablet with 32GB of storage, but for almost the same price as the existing 16GB version. Ben Woods. By Ben Woods for Tech tech boom | October 17,...

ZDNet (blog)

Is Google invading user privacy?
Washington Post
Alert icon. Loading... Published on Oct 16, 2012 by WashingtonPost. Technology reporter Craig Timberg stops by to fill us in on Google's latest legal woes after regulators in 27 European countries filed complaints about how the technology giant ...

A closer look at Apple iOS 6 Maps and eight alternatives (comparison review)
I tested iOS 6 Maps, Navigon, CoPilot Live, Telenav Scout, MotionX GPS Drive, and Waze apps while also checking out Google Maps, Nokia Maps, and Bing Maps via the Safari web browser. Apple'sMaps gets the job done in most cases and is FREE, but for ...

Google's Disavow Link Tool: Their Best Spam Reporting Tool Yet
Search Engine Roundtable
My big issue, as I said before, this is not a win/win - this is the best spam reporting tool Google has launched to date. Suffering webmasters point fingers at their competitors and friends and blame them for their poor rankings, which Google can use ...

Amazon Lifts Veil on Seasonal Hiring Number
Wall Street Journal (blog)
Amazon.com Inc. has made it an annual tradition to bulk up on workers at its shipping centers for the holidays. ... Investors appear to be taking it as a bullish indicator for holiday sales, bidding upAmazon's shares 0.1% to $244.46 on Tuesday afternoon.

Google's data centers: an inside look | Official Google Blog
By A Googler
Very few people have stepped inside Google's data centers, and for good reason: our first priority is the privacy and security of your data, and we go to great lengths to protect it, keeping our sites under close guard. While we've shared many of ...
Official Google Blog

Apple Acquires Web App Startup Particle, Retains Several ...
By Natasha Lomas
It looks like Apple acquired Justin Timberlake-backed web apps company Particle last month -- maker of social video service robo.to, and a design UI/UX and HTML5 web app consultancy whose clients include Google, Motorola, Sony and ...

Microsoft turns Surface tablet into a skateboard, Windows - Engadget
By Alexis Santos
Gorilla Glass 2 and a chassis forged from magnesium lend Microsoft's Surface slates some durability, but the firm's decided to prove just how tough its. ... Apple announces 'Special Event' for October 23rd -- we'll be there live! 12 hours ago ...

Google CEO Warns Against Antitrust - Business Insider
By Owen Thomas
With Its New Music App, Microsoft Pulled Off Something Even Apple Couldn't Do · The Guardian Reported To Be Seriously Discussing An End To It's Print Publication · Microsoft Exec Lets Loose At His Birthday Party With Rapper Too Short ...
Business Insider

Official Google Webmaster Central Blog: A new tool to disavow links
By Gary Illyes
Much like with rel=”canonical”, this is a strong suggestion rather than a directive—Google reserves the right to trust our own judgment for corner cases, for example—but we will typically use that indication from you when we assess links. Q: How soon after I upload a file will the links be ignored?..... It has happened to me (on a much smaller scale) where I was just starting out as an amazonaffiliate and was getting 150 hits/day with 3-6 sales/day. Then some bright spark hit my site with ...
Official Google Webmaster Central Blog

Meet Xbox Music, Microsoft's New All-in-One Music Service
Xbox Music is Microsoft's brand new all-in-one music service that enables users to listen to music how, when, where and on what device they want. It is included ...

Skype for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad on the ... - iTunes - Apple
Description. Say “hello” to friends and family with an instant message, voice or video call on Skype for free. There's so much you can do, right from the palm of ...
LG Optimus G (Sprint)
PC Magazine
Pros. Blistering quad-core performance. Gorgeous display. Sleek design. Good talk time. Cons Disappointing 13-megapixel camera. Runs hot. No microSD card slot. Bottom Line. The LG Optimus G for Sprint is the fastest Android phone today, but it isn't the ...

Amazon's Whispercast for Kindle targets schools, businesses
It may still be years before digital books replace paper ones in schools, but Amazon is laying the groundwork for the transition with Whispercast for Kindle, a free "scalable" online tool for "deploying Kindle devices and Kindle content." With Whispercast ...

Google Nexus $99, iPad Mini $249, Surface $499
Yesterday we finally got Microsoft pricing for the Surface RT, and rumors of prices for the iPad Mini are beginning to become more consistent. Another story has Google selling a $99 Nexus tablet soon. So Microsoft is going to try to compete with Apple up in ...

Pokki Brings the Start Menu to Windows 8
PC Magazine
Pokki for Windows 8. Nervous about finding your way around the upcoming Windows 8 operating system? SweetLabs Inc. has a solution – Pokki. An add-on for Windows 8 users, the free download offers the nostalgia of the earlier Windows Start Menu, ...

FCC allows cable operators to encrypt basic cable TV signals
The free ride is over for people who have been getting access to basic cable TV stations by simply plugging their TVs into the wall. Late last week, the Federal Communications Commission gave cable operators permission to encrypt basic cable TV service, ...

NASA mission to Pluto may have to steer away from moons, debris
Los Angeles Times
An artist's depiction of the New Horizons spacecraft approaching Pluto in July 2015. Moons and debris could damage the craft as it makes its journey, scientists said Tuesday. (Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute ...

Google opens data center Kimono: Why cloud players will follow
Web giants are throwing the doors open to their data centers in a move that would look bizarre in most industries. This go round it's Google, which is showing off its Lenoir, NC data center. While the Google data center tour is interesting, it's probably worth ...

4 more mobile app development resources for small businesses
My post yesterday about FileMaker Pro got me thinking about an item I wrote back in April called "14 Do It Yourself mobile application development platforms" (especially since many of you keep reading it). In that spirit, here are four more offerings that have ...

Google set to launch $99 Nexus tablet this quarter, report says
Google might soon launch a cheaper Nexus tablet. The company is currently working with Taiwan-based Quanta Computer to produce a $99 Nexus tablet boasting a single-core processor that will launch by the end of this year, Digitimes is reporting today, ...

HTC J Butterfly 5-inch smartphone destined for Japan
CNET (blog)
HTC has unveiled its new high-end HTC J Butterfly smartphone aimed at the Japanese market. The Taiwanese phone maker announced today the arrival of the new handset, which features a 5-inch, 1080p display. The HTC J Butterfly -- available in red, white ...

On traffic cameras, relief or retreat?
Washington Post (blog)
Some D.C. Council members want to give drivers some relief from camera-enforced tickets, but do they deserve it? A bill introduced Tuesday by Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6), Mary M. Cheh (D-Ward 3) and Marion Barry (D-Ward 8) would reduce the fine for ...

14-year-olds employed on Foxconn factory production line
14-year-olds employed on Foxconn factory production line. Children as young as 14 have been working on the production lines of a Chinese factory that makes Nintendo consoles and Sony televisions, Foxconn, the world's largest electronic manufacturer, ...


Apple Buys Up Web App Developer Particle
The Mac Observer
Apple Buys Up Web App Developer Particle. 8:59 AM EDT, Oct. 17th, 2012 · Jeff Gamet · News. Apple buys HTML5 firm Particle Apple apparently purchased the Web app development company Particle in September, although so far neither company has...

The Mac Observer

Google CEO Larry Page finally speaks again, calls regulation 'a big risk' (video)
Google chief executive and co-founder Larry Page is back in the public eye for the first time since June, after spending several months to recover from a vocal cord injury. Page's voice is still raspy, and it looks like he has to speak in a fairly controlled way, but ...


Nissan Looks to Steer-by-Wire Technology for Future Infiniti Vehicles
Paving the way for autonomous future? Nissan Motor Co. has announced plans to equip some of its high-end Infiniti brand luxury vehicles with new steer-by-wire technology. This new technology would replace the mechanical systems that link the steering ...


Fisker confirms no Atlantic until late 2014/early 2015; downplays battery supplier ...
Fisker's second car, the smaller and cheaper Atlantic all-electric vehicle, may not roll onto buyers' drives until early 2015 the company has warned. The launch date of the Atlantic, revealed back in April as a more affordable option than Fisker's first car, the ...


Beats by Dre launches Pill portable speaker, Executive headphones
Beats, the audio company synonymous with rap mogul Dr. Dre, unveiled two new audio products on Tuesday. The Pill is a portable Bluetooth speaker system that looks to take some market share from Jawbone's Jambox while a new line of Executive ...


Nearest star boasts Earth-sized roaster planet
This artist'€™s impression shows the planet orbiting the star Alpha Centauri B, a member of the triple star system that is the closest to Earth. Alpha Centauri B is the most brilliant object in the sky and the other dazzling object is Alpha Centauri A. Our own sun ...

Apple's funky new venue
Fortune (blog)
FORTUNE -- Some reporters expressed surprise that Apple (AAPL) would choose to hold next week's special event -- the one widely expected to showcase a new, smaller iPad -- at San Jose's California Theater rather than the venues it's been using lately: ...

Fortune (blog)

Quick Note: GM Will Build Plug-in Cadillac ELR in Detroit
Cadillac ELR production will begin in late 2013. General Motors (GM) announced that it plans to build the Cadillac ELR luxury coupe in the Motor City. The Cadillac ELR, which is a two-door, plug-in hybrid sports car that is based off of the Converj concept ...


Cisco's OpenStack Edition Publicly Released
While hardware is at the core of what Cisco does, the company is no stranger to software either. In many cases, software from Cisco is all about leveraging and enabling its networking and server gear, but that's not the whole story when it comes to Cisco's ...

Google may own Motorola, but carriers still have their way with Android
Houston Chronicle (blog)
RAZR HD_Dyn_R_vert_Hero_VZW-2 Two drawbacks to Google's Android mobile operating system are fragmentation of its ecosystem and the lack of timely upgrades – and in some cases, no upgrades at all. Since version 1.0′s launch four years ago, ...

The World's Most Powerful Climate Change Supercomputer Powers Up
For all the political discord over climate change, one thing everyone can probably agree on is that when you're throwing computational resources at modeling weather, the more the merrier. Think of the new computer that just came online at the ...


Time-lapse video shows shuttle move | LA Times
The Seattle Times (blog)
We had a lot of coverage over the weekend during the move of the shuttle Endeavour through the streets of Los Angeles to its new museum home. Now the Los Angeles Times has posted this incredible time-lapse video showing the move and some of the ...

In April 1986 comet watchers gathered at Jells Park, Glen Waverley, to see ...
Sydney Morning Herald
IT WAS early autumn 1986, Dire Straits were touring Australia and Comet Halley was touring the inner solar system. I have heard many reasons for people missing a sighting of the comet, but with a record 21 nights in Sydney alone, it seems nobody missed ...

Sydney Morning Herald

Apple bullies EPEAT into greenwashing its impossible-to-repair MacBook Pro
Last summer, the Green Electronics Council got into a tussle with Apple over EPEAT — the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool. EPEAT is a standard that's used to measure the overall environmental friendliness and impact of consumer ...


Square abruptly halts NYC taxi payment system trial
Square has abruptly shut down Checker, a pilot service enabling New York City taxi passengers to more efficiently pay their fare via credit card. In a letter to New York's Taxi and Limousine Commission obtained by The New York Post, Square told officials it ...

Downsized iPad to be unveiled
Sydney Morning Herald
Apple is expected to announce the long-rumoured iPad mini next Wednesday, Sydney time, after sending invitations to the press. The invite doesn't say what will be revealed, beyond hinting that ''We've got a little more to show you.'' The event is at the ...

Reddit Defines What Free Speech Means on Reddit
The Atlantic Wire
Reddit leadership has clarified the official rules when it comes to creeps-on-Reddit, standing up for free speech on the site, said CEO Yishan Wong in a leaked memo via Gawker's Adrian Chen. "We stand for free speech," wrote Wong. "This means we are not ...

The Atlantic Wire

Canadian government 'knew of plans to dump iron into the Pacific'
The Guardian
As controversy mounts over the Guardian's revelations that an American businessman conducted a massive ocean fertilisation test, dumping around 100 tonnes of iron sulphate off Canada's coast, it has emerged the Canadian government may have known ...

Microsoft acquires StorSimple
Hindu Business Line
Microsoft has acquired StorSimple, a cloud storage company. In a press release, Microsoft said it had “reached a definitive agreement to acquire StorSimple, a leader in Cloud-integrated Storage (CiS) solutions. The addition of CiS will advance Microsoft's ...

Hindu Business Line

Moon rocks fetch $330000 at meteorite auction
Hindu Business Line
A pair of lunar rocks, which originated on far side of the Moon, has sold for a whopping $330,000 at a meteorite auction in New York. The auction is estimated to have netted more than $1 million from the sale of meteorites. The Moon slabs, each weighing ...

FTC declines to join European criticism of Google
Washington Post
Regulators from three continents presented a unified face Tuesday in criticizing Google's tracking of users across services and calling for major changes in its privacy policy. But a key player declined to participate: the U.S. government. Though the news ...

Russian Anti-Virus Firm Plans Secure Operating System to Combat Stuxnet
Russian anti-virus firm Kaspersky Lab announced Tuesday that it plans to develop a secure operating system to protect critical infrastructure systems from online attacks. Kaspersky hopes to develop a pared-down operating system that would be less ...


GoPro, The Little Action Camera Company That Could, Unveils Its Latest Line-Up
Kim-Mai Cutler is a technology journalist who has worked for Bloomberg, VentureBeat and The Wall Street Journal. Before she joined TechCrunch, she led mobile coverage at Inside Network, a six-person media startup that was acquired by WebMediaBrands ...

Activision releases 007 Legends video game
Activision has announced that its new video game 007 Legends is available to purchase. This is the latest video game in Activision's James Bond franchise, and the game sounds very cool. As the name implies, the game is based on five different classic Bond ...


Android malware, FUD, and the FBI
The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3), a U.S. government task force made up of the FBI and the National White Collar Crime Center, recently issued an Android malware warning. This has been taken by some to be yet more proof of how insecure Android ...


Halo: Forward Unto Dawn
Huffington Post (blog)
Last week, 343 Industries launched the web series Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn to lead up to the release of the anticipated video game, Halo 4. The popular video game franchise is entering into a new era with this latest release as this will be the first new Halo ...

Xbox 360 to get Internet Explorer with Windows 8 release
CNET (blog)
Xbox 360 to get Internet Explorer with Windows 8 release. With the release of Windows 8, Microsoft will update its console to include the Internet. Users will be able to personalize their dashboard, pin favorite sites, and watch Web videos. Dara Kerr. by Dara ...

Biodiversity experts call for funding boost
Deutsche Welle
The International Union of Conservation of Nature (IUCN) said that in total 20,219 species are now at risk of dying out. The additions include unique palm tree species in Madagascar, Egypt's large dab lizard, an indigenous Chinese fish, the Sichuan Taimen,...

Deutsche Welle

The state of the climate report
Deutsche Welle (blog)
This will probably be the last blog post for a few weeks, as the Ice Blogger is looking forward to a long, relaxing holiday. Let me draw your attention to the “monthly global state of the climate reports” published by the National Climatic Data Center of NOAA.

Deutsche Welle (blog)

Amazon eyes TI OMAP business
Amazon is apparently negotiating to acquire Texas Instruments' OMAP business. Israeli financial newspaper Calcalist reported on Monday that Amazon.com Inc. is apparently in advanced talks to buy Texas Instruments processor divison. This Amazon choice ...

Wii U Pro Controller battery lasts 80 hours, retailers claim
The Wii U Pro Controller is obviously aimed at gamers who want a more traditional experience, but it may just be perfect for hardcore gamers in more ways than one. Listings on both Amazon and GameStop are saying that the Pro Controller's rechargeable ...


Giant Strand of Elusive Dark Matter Seen in 3D
This enormous image shows Hubble's view of massive galaxy cluster MACS J0717. The large field of view is a combination of 18 separate Hubble images. The location of the dark matter is revealed in a map of the mass in the cluster and surrounding region, ...

Pump Passer: 2013 Ford C-Max Energi Gets EPA-Rated 620-Mile Overall Range
MotorTrend Magazine
The 2013 Ford C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid's mpg equivalent figures were revealed last week, and now we have more information on Ford's plug-in people-mover. We now know the 2013 C-Max PHEV will have an EPA-rated 21-mile all-electric range and ...

MotorTrend Magazine

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