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]
The Final Frontier
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?
Alley vs. Valley
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.
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:
How did big data become a meme? Here’s a hint: a catchy, non-technical name helps. [New York Times]
Larry Page’s big plan for his “boldest” acquisition involves laying off 20 percent of Motorola’s work force–and nearly a third of its 94 offices around the globe–on his way to becoming a hardware manufacturer. Generous severance packages Read More
the future is now
Obviously, the best thing about joining the ranks of the fabulously wealthy and successful is the freedom to do whatever you want. For some people, this might mean racing sports cars and popping bottles with models. (Fair enough, Eduardo.) Maybe you’d like to move into venture capital. (That sounds lovely, Marc.)
But a select few think a little bigger and get a little crazier. In fact, we’re starting to wonder whether they’re executing on plans they’ve had since they were 13, because their current lives are exactly what a 13-year-old boy would dream up if he were asked to imagine being a billionaire.
There are seven guys (yes, they’re all dudes) that we’ve got in mind.
Tech in the City
Talk about eating your own dogfood. This isn’t exactly brand-new news, but we feel compelled to point out that it is, in fact, officially a real and true trend. It appears that high-level Googlers, including but not limited to the founders themselves, are actually running around in public wearing those augmented reality specs that are the fruits of Project Glass.
Back in April, almost immediately after the prototype’s debut, Sergey Brin was spotted at a charitable dinner wearing a pair. Other Googlers have been wearing them to media interviews.
And now, Wired reports that a Google employee has snapped a pic of CEO Larry Page at Google Zietgeist, wearing his own pair. (He uploaded and then deleted the photo, but not before it was already in Wired‘s hands.)
Mayor Bloomberg announced today at Google’s New York headquarters in Chelsea that the company has agreed to provide CornellNYC Tech with 22,000 square feet of free office space while the Roosevelt Island campus is built. The mayor joined Google CEO Larry Page, Cornell President David Skorton and Technion’s director Craig Gotsman at a press conference this morning to make the announcement. The value of the space is over $10 million, said Mr. Page.