Google Hates You, Wants To Make You Cry (video)
That’s the only reason I can think of why they would make this ad titled ‘Reunion’
Great ad, great story telling… just amazing.
Google Stock Hits Big Milestone
This should make Google shareholders happy: The tech giant’s stock soared to its highest price today, breaking the $1,000 mark for the first time.
Today’s peak thus far has been $1,007.40 per share which squashes the previous July peak of $928, CNN reports. The jump came as the company announced strong Q3 results: It saw $14.9 billion in sales, a 12% gain year over year. And though CNN notes the company continues to have a “mobile problem,” that was overshadowed by today’s numbers, which blew analyst estimates out of the water. Motorola Mobility continues to be a drag; it lost $248 million in the quarter.
Google May Soon Be NSA-Proof
Google is looking to encrypt its data, in an effort to hide it from the prying eyes of intelligence agencies amid the fallout from the NSA’s PRISM surveillance program.
“If the NSA wants to get into your system, they are going to get in. … Most of the people in my community are realistic about that,” says an ACLU computer security expert. “This is all about making dragnet surveillance impossible.”
Google had already planned to do the encryption anyway, but put a rush on the project when the PRISM revelations brought it some bad press. The work should be completed soon—months ahead of the original schedule. The company wouldn’t go into detail about the specifics of the project, but does tell the Post it will involve “very strong” encryption in both its data center servers and the fiber-optic lines connecting them. “It’s an arms race,” says Google’s VP of security engineering. “We see these government agencies as among the most skilled players in this game.”
Google Unleashes Google Play Music
The war for streaming music has begun…
Google Play Music All Access has been officially announced, the streaming music service for smartphones, tablets and desktops will launch in the U.S. on Wednesday and it will allow users to stream “millions” of songs, create personalized radio stations and discover music based on their music preferences, according to the company.
“This is radio without rules,” Chris Yerga, Android’s engineering director, said when he introduced the service at Google’s annual I/O conference in San Francisco. “It’s as lean back as you want to as or as interactive as you want it to be.”
The service, which will be available for $9.99 per month after a monthlong free trial, competes directly with Spotify, the 5-year-old streaming music service that launched in the U.S. in 2011, as well as Pandora, the Internet radio giant.
Unlike All Access, which has a monthly fee, Spotify uses a “freemium” model; users can listen, with ads, for free on their desktop computers, pay $4.99 to listen ad-free, or pay $9.99 to stream and download unlimited music on multiple devices.
Google Recognizes Palestine
The United Nations may have recognized the state of Palestine last year… but the influence won there is now shadowed by an even bigger nod: Google has changed the tag on the home page of its Palestinian edition to read “Palestine” instead of “Palestinian Territories.”
The change went into effect at the start of this month, and a company spokesman cites the UN precedent, adding that Google consults “a number of sources and authorities when naming countries.” The Palestinian Authority is thrilled because “this means putting Palestine on the virtual map as well as on the geographic maps,” says a spokesman.
Google Street View Catches Guy Getting Hand Job (pics)
Another gold nugget from Google Street view was recorded recently when its 15-lens cameras recorded a woman and a man on Temperance Street in Manchester, U.K., engaged in some manual stimulation.
Google Sightseeing, an unofficial blog covering Google Maps and Google Streetview, embedded the map in question on its site on March 7.
Tweets from Google Sightseeing indicate that the images were unavailable later that day, but not before screenshots had immortalized the couple.
Google Prepares To Shut Down Reader
I’ll be honest, I never used it and didn’t even notice that it existed, but a lot of people seem quite sadden that Google is shutting down its Reader after eight years of its launch.
The news-reading service was “an effort to make it easy for people to discover and keep tabs on their favorite websites,” Google said in a blog post. “While the product has a loyal following, over the years usage has declined. So, on July 1, 2013, we will retire Google Reader.” Google Reader’s own blog noted sadness over the closure, adding that “as a company we’re pouring all of our energy into fewer products.”
At the Atlantic Wire, Adam Clark Estes notes widespread frustration—but says we shouldn’t be surprised. “Google Reader’s been staring death in the face at least since the fall of 2011, when the company shut down the product’s social features,” he writes. Still, users took no time to lament. “Google puts the kittens in the blender, prepares to push the button,” tweeted one.
Google: You Are Using Google+ Whether You Like It Or Not
You don’t like Google+? Well, Google is going to MAKE you like it… While Facebook users are spending 400 minutes per month on that site, Google+ users spend just three minutes—and Google is trying to change that by making its own social network a little more “obligatory”
People who use a range of Google services, including writing reviews, are now required to take part in its social network, though it is possible to keep personal pages private.
It was Google CEO Larry Page who pushed for the new integration. Facebook currently has an advertising advantage in that it links online behavior to people’s real names, and it knows who your friends are, too. Google is hoping to get its hands on such information through Google+.
Complains one frustrated user: Google is “trying too hard to compete with Facebook, and if people aren’t going to share willingly, they’ll make them share unwillingly.”