Guess the august lawmakers of the United Kingdom aren’t impressed by face computers, future cars and Star Trek inventions. Bloomberg News reports Google’s outpost in merry old England is under siege from Parliament, which wants to know why the search company is barely paying any U.K. taxes.
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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.
Family ties Looks like Kim Dotcom has a pretty good sense of humor about his appearance. The Megaupload founder recently posted a photo on his Instagram of himself posing next to a hippo with the caption “Kim and his Brother .” Zing.
Since Facebook announced Graph Search last week, experts have been speculating at the implications for a certain Internet giant.
We’re currently barreling toward flu season, much to the dismay of everyone who commutes via public transportation. And it seems a couple years watching the seasonal illness wax and wane on Google’s flu trends map has made an impact on CEO Larry Page: The Mercury News reports that until the end of the month, his family foundation will be covering the cost of flu vaccines for kids at Targets across the Bay Area.
Even a dorky-looking pair of Google Glasses won’t be able to hide the disdain on Google CEO Larry Page’s face today. Reuters reports that the company’s financial printers, RR Donnelley, accidentally filed a draft of the company’s Q3 earnings results to the SEC. “PENDING LARRY QUOTE,” reads a placeholder at the top, indicating that the results were filed accidentally, before Mr. Page had a chance to chime in and defend the 20 percent dive in net income.
Company earnings are typically filed before or after trading hours to reduce the immediate impact on stock prices. As of this writing, Google’s stock had dipped 9.03 percent, though it’s still hovering around $687.
In response to the accidental filing, Google said that RR Donnelley had filed the earnings without authorization. “We have ceased trading on NASDAQ while we work to finalize the document. Once it’s finalized we will release our earnings, resume trading on NASDAQ and hold our earnings call as normal at 1:30 PM PT,” the company said.
Larry Page is “hopeful” about the outcome of that antitrust probe into Google. Good for him! [Wall Street Journal]
Speaking of Google, here’s a peak inside its top secret data center. [Wired]
Microsoft has set its Surface tablet price at $499. That’s a lot of money you will never spend on a thing from Microsoft. [Wall Street Journal]
Motherboard talked to Steve Jobs through a psychic medium. Happy Halloween? [Motherboard]
The London Review of Books has a sad about online dating. [LRB]
Looks like The GOOG will soon be expanding its New York City footprint. Sources tell the Wall Street Journal that the company plans to lease an additional 94,000-plus square feet at the Chelsea Market.
The great irony is that, thanks to that swank employee cafeteria, Googlers are the techies least likely to be longing for proximity to the delicious smorgasbord that is the Chelsea Market. Why bother paying for a lobster roll when there’s suckling pig in the employee cafeteria?
The Final Frontier
If you live in the Bellevue, Wash. area and consider yourself Elon Musk Jr., boy do we have the internship of a lifetime for you. Planetary Resources, a budding startup backed by the likes of Google CEO Larry Page and famous Hollywood director James Cameron, posted a job listing for interns hoping to help the company mine near-earth asteroids. Non-space nuts need not apply.
Alley vs. Valley
In honor of the Zynga-enriched Pincuses, who recently closed on a $16 million Pacific Heights pile described as ”very massive, very Old Money,” Curbed has an envy-inducing little roundup of swank mansions belonging to wealthy West Coast techies.
Suddenly, the Valley as tech nirvana makes more sense than ever. Not since the Gilded Age has it been possible for even the wealthiest robber barons to lay claim to this much space in Manhattan.
The new home of Mark and Allison Pincus is not merely spacious but just about as historic as you can get out in California, short of moving into a Spanish mission: