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Hello, Computer! At I/O, Google Debuts Upgraded Maps and ‘Now’ for Desktops

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Google made no attempt to top last year’s I/O keynote, featuring skydivers. Instead, viewers were treated to a long, rambling meditation on progress from Google CEO Larry Page, who seemed none too keen on talking about Google Glass.

“Technology should do the hard work,” Mr. Page informed us all, “so that people can get on with doing the things that make them happiest in life.” He also suggested that, “being negative is not how we make progress.” Somehow we doubt that outlook inspires Mr. Page to let his underlings off lightly when they screw something up.

The closest thing to a skydiver was when Robert Scoble popped up at the front of the line for Q&A, announcing himself as “one of the first glassholes.” “Robert, I didn’t appreciate the shower picture,” Mr. Page replied.

But there were a few big announcements. Read More

What Twitter Taught Us

Let the “I’m at Google I/O” Humble Brags Begin

Tickets for Google’s annual I/O showcase of new products sold out almost immediately after they went on sale, the site throwing up 503s and the furtive queries–“do you know any way to get a badge for I/O?”–started circulating the same day. “The tickets disappeared so fast you’d’ve thought it was for a Justin Bieber concert,” local dev Eddie Nwabuoku wrote on the New York Tech Meetup mailing list. The conference starts tomorrow and the lucky few are excited. And tweeting. Yay. Read More