We imagine, for a second, that we are writing a movie script.This script features an international technology company run by a pair of charismatic billionaires. It’s omnipresent and yet difficult to define, with deep pockets and huge, high-profile projects that seem to bear only a passing resemblance to actual revenue streams. Most of these projects involve eerily sophisticated methods of finding out as much as possible about everyone on Earth. In recent months, this company has made headlines buying drones, home monitoring software, artificial intelligence, and a firm that makes military robots.
The always-uplifting Google doodle is especially warm and fuzzy today, offering real-life love stories arranged in a cluster of candy hearts.
TIME created this behind-the-scenes video of the Feb. 14 doodle’s inception, and upon watching it, Betabeat was reminded of this fun fact: Google doodles only exist because Larry Page and Sergey Read More
Did you find yourself in a state of fury this morning because nobody seemed to be responding to your emails? Worse still, did it make you feel unloved and unpopular both personally and professionally?
Well, we can’t actually speak for how your friends and coworkers feel about you, but you can take some solace in the fact that Gmail is experiencing service disruptions.
Fight! Fight! Fight!
Forget fighting off the Grim Reaper with devout attendance at the local New York Sports Club and endless self-quantifying. That’s not moonshotty enough for Larry Page. Luckily, he’s got the resources of an enormous American corporation at his disposal, which is how Calico, Google’s new anti-aging initiative, came about.
This isn’t like living through the prologue of a singularitarian novel, nope, not at all.
Sex Drugs and Code
Well, look who’s taken it upon himself to liven up the summer doldrums. Larry Ellison recently sat down in his garden (attired in his chillest power-casual v-neck) to chat with Charlie Rose. The resulting CBS This Morning interview opens with, “The only guys I have trouble with are the Google guys,” before he specifies that he means, “Larry specifically.”
This’ll be fun!
It’s apparently easier than ever to make like Neely O’Hara and hoard red pills, blue pills, all the pills, just by clicking a mouse. Thanks again, Internet.
The National Association of Attorneys General say a plethora of prescription drugs and their counterfeit counterparts are available online, and it’s partly Google’s fault.
Obviously the concerns of wearing Google Glass, the Internet-enabled face computer with a built-in camera and Keurig machine, are causing some alarm for privacy advocates. Because these paranoid people figure someone with a lightweight recording device strapped to their head might find some way to do evil, go figure. However, Google’s CEO Larry Page isn’t worried.
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.
Google claims that the London operation mostly handles marketing, Read More
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.