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2015-01-13 18:33:36 (60 comments; 146 reshares; 417 +1s)Open 

You can now sign up and use Google Domains in the US with no invite! The service is clean and has several neat features like support for dynamic DNS. I've also been impressed with how the team listens to feedback and responds. Check out the service!

And if you're outside the US, you can sign up for when Google Domains is available in more countries.

Most reshares: 146

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2015-01-13 18:33:36 (60 comments; 146 reshares; 417 +1s)Open 

You can now sign up and use Google Domains in the US with no invite! The service is clean and has several neat features like support for dynamic DNS. I've also been impressed with how the team listens to feedback and responds. Check out the service!

And if you're outside the US, you can sign up for when Google Domains is available in more countries.

Most plusones: 543

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2015-11-29 14:17:08 (26 comments; 12 reshares; 543 +1s)Open 

Fifteen years ago, on this day, I joined a small startup called Google; and here I am, fifteen years later, enjoying every moment of this beautiful journey that I started with Google on Nov 28, 2000.

A lot has changed in the last fifteen years, Google has grown up a lot, and I have experienced tremendous personal growth. But one thing that has not changed, is the Google mission: to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful. This mission is one of the things that keeps me so engaged at Google. I feel proud to come in everyday knowing that what I will do will improve the lives of over a Billion people, and that is exactly what my employer wants me to do.

The second reason that has kept me at Google, in fact has made the last fifteen years the best professional ride anyone could every experience is my wonderful colleagues at Google. The people atG... more »

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2016-01-31 04:02:48 (20 comments; 15 reshares; 175 +1s)Open 

For February, I'm not reading news or social media.

Is there anything that you've always dreamed about doing? Why not try it on for size with your own fun 30 day challenge this month?

For February, I'm not reading news or social media.

Is there anything that you've always dreamed about doing? Why not try it on for size with your own fun 30 day challenge this month?___

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2016-01-24 21:58:36 (3 comments; 13 reshares; 100 +1s)Open 

Pretty cool..

To help make deep learning even more accessible to engineers and data scientists at large, we are launching a new Deep Learning Course developed in collaboration with Udacity.

This short, intensive course provides you with all the basic tools and vocabulary to get started with deep learning. For more details, see the Research blog post linked below, and register for the course at https://goo.gl/7RdJYV. ___Pretty cool..

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2016-01-01 16:23:05 (13 comments; 19 reshares; 156 +1s)Open 

Some people get stressed about making big resolutions on New Years. Take the pressure off by trying something new for just 30 days instead!

Some people get stressed about making big resolutions on New Years. Take the pressure off by trying something new for just 30 days instead!___

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2015-12-30 14:53:09 (12 comments; 10 reshares; 82 +1s)Open 

HSTS is a way you can "pin" your website to indicate that it should always be accessed securely. Some good info from +John Mueller​ about HSTS here.

HTTPS & HSTS: 301, 302, or 307? If the combination of these letters & numbers mean anything to you, you might be curious to know why Chrome shows you a 307 redirect for HSTS pages.

In the end, it's pretty easy. After seeing the HTTPS URL with the HSTS header (for example, with any redirect from the HTTP version), Chrome will act like it's seeing a 307 redirect the next time you try to access the HTTP page. Your server's not returning a 307, Chrome is just showing it to you as such to explain that it's doing the redirect for you. You can confirm that by looking at the size of the response -- 0 bytes for the 307 "redirect." In other words, the 307 isn't actually a redirect at all, it's just a placeholder.

This is not the redirect you're looking for.___HSTS is a way you can "pin" your website to indicate that it should always be accessed securely. Some good info from +John Mueller​ about HSTS here.

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2015-12-09 21:10:32 (11 comments; 31 reshares; 97 +1s)Open 

This is a great talk. If you don't have 40 minutes to watch, you can get most of the value just by listening.

This is probably the best talk I've ever done: http://chrisguillebeau.com/derek-sivers/ (40 minutes)___This is a great talk. If you don't have 40 minutes to watch, you can get most of the value just by listening.

2015-12-08 06:04:26 (4 comments; 7 reshares; 56 +1s)Open 

Machine learning does even better now.

Rethinking the Inception Architecture for Computer Vision

An Arxiv paper posted yesterday at http://arxiv.org/abs/1512.00567
by my colleagues +Christian Szegedy, +Vincent Vanhoucke, +Sergey Ioffe, +Jon Shlens, and +Zbigniew Wojna details a bunch of improvements to the Inception image classification model that they've been working on. An ensemble of four of these models achieves 3.46% top-5 error on the validation set of the Imagenet whole image ILSVRC2012 classification task, compared with an ensemble of the initial version of Inception that won last year's 2014 Imagenet classification challenge with a 6.66% top-5 error rate (a 49% reduction in top-5 error rate).

For comparison, +Andrej Karpathy estimates that a well-trained human (him) can achieve about 5.1%, as detailed in his delightfully written "_What I learned from competing against a ConvNet on ImageNet_" blog post at  http://karpathy.github.io/2014/09/02/what-i-learned-from-competing-against-a-convnet-on-imagenet/

The latest Inception models were trained using TensorFlow, our newly open-sourced machine learning system (see http://tensorflow.org).___Machine learning does even better now.

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2015-11-29 14:17:08 (26 comments; 12 reshares; 543 +1s)Open 

Congrats to Amit Singhal on 15 years at Google!

Amit Singhal, one of the unsung heroes of Google, just celebrated 15 years at the company. If you've ever gotten a magical answer from Google, you probably have Amit to thank for it.

I can't think of another person who has taken on so many different roles--individual contributor, manager, and head of search, not to mention dealing with press--and done such a superb job in each role. When a regular person hits a wall and gets discouraged, that's when Amit is just getting started. :) It's always fun to see how he cuts to the root of a problem and solves it. I'm proud to call him my friend.

Fifteen years ago, on this day, I joined a small startup called Google; and here I am, fifteen years later, enjoying every moment of this beautiful journey that I started with Google on Nov 28, 2000.

A lot has changed in the last fifteen years, Google has grown up a lot, and I have experienced tremendous personal growth. But one thing that has not changed, is the Google mission: to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful. This mission is one of the things that keeps me so engaged at Google. I feel proud to come in everyday knowing that what I will do will improve the lives of over a Billion people, and that is exactly what my employer wants me to do.

The second reason that has kept me at Google, in fact has made the last fifteen years the best professional ride anyone could every experience is my wonderful colleagues at Google. The people at Google are just amazing, and they are not just amazing in their respective areas, they are some of the most amazing human beings you will ever meet. I have made friends at Google that will last a lifetime, and that is the true wealth I've accumulated in my life.

On a personal note, when I joined Google, my two kids were four years old and six months old. Even though I had a few jobs before coming to Google, my kids only remember their Dad as a Googler.

Today... I am feeling Thankful.
___Congrats to Amit Singhal on 15 years at Google!

Amit Singhal, one of the unsung heroes of Google, just celebrated 15 years at the company. If you've ever gotten a magical answer from Google, you probably have Amit to thank for it.

I can't think of another person who has taken on so many different roles--individual contributor, manager, and head of search, not to mention dealing with press--and done such a superb job in each role. When a regular person hits a wall and gets discouraged, that's when Amit is just getting started. :) It's always fun to see how he cuts to the root of a problem and solves it. I'm proud to call him my friend.

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2015-11-25 20:52:27 (7 comments; 22 reshares; 177 +1s)Open 

Search for "A Long Time Ago In A Galaxy Far Far Away" on Google, and it's got an awesome surprise for you.

Search for "A Long Time Ago In A Galaxy Far Far Away" on Google, and it's got an awesome surprise for you.___

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2015-11-17 19:37:13 (9 comments; 7 reshares; 115 +1s)Open 

This is a nice new feature.

This is a nice new feature.___

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2015-11-16 19:35:09 (3 comments; 35 reshares; 121 +1s)Open 

"You need to ... violently sweep your Life Table of the debris that is getting in the way of you doing the much more satisfying activity of actually creating something you care about."

"You need to ... violently sweep your Life Table of the debris that is getting in the way of you doing the much more satisfying activity of actually creating something you care about."___

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2015-11-12 21:49:56 (39 comments; 40 reshares; 239 +1s)Open 

Have you tried Google Music?

For $10 a month, you can get access to tens of millions of songs with Google Music. But for that price, you also get YouTube Red, which removes ads in YouTube. And with YouTube Red, you also get the YouTube Music app, which is "optimized to present a vast collection of additional options — from live concert footage to karaoke tracks with embedded lyrics to instructional videos on how to play that bass line — which don’t exist on any other music streaming service." That quote is from the article.

Have you tried Google Music?

For $10 a month, you can get access to tens of millions of songs with Google Music. But for that price, you also get YouTube Red, which removes ads in YouTube. And with YouTube Red, you also get the YouTube Music app, which is "optimized to present a vast collection of additional options — from live concert footage to karaoke tracks with embedded lyrics to instructional videos on how to play that bass line — which don’t exist on any other music streaming service." That quote is from the article.___

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2015-11-09 16:17:34 (8 comments; 80 reshares; 268 +1s)Open 

If you're a software engineer, this is worth your attention.

Open Source Release of TensorFlow

I'm very excited to announce the open source release of the TensorFlow machine learning library that I and many others at Google have been building.

This blog post gives an overview:
  http://googleresearch.blogspot.com/2015/11/tensorflow-googles-latest-machine_9.html

The web site has a number of tutorials and documentation about the system:
  http://tensorflow.org

The source is on GitHub:
  https://github.com/tensorflow/tensorflow

You might also be interested in the whitepaper we've prepared that describes TensorFlow in more detail:
  http://tensorflow.org/whitepaper2015.pdf

We'd love to hear what people think.___If you're a software engineer, this is worth your attention.

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2015-11-09 14:25:32 (13 comments; 122 reshares; 409 +1s)Open 

Google is open sourcing TensorFlow, its machine learning system

This is huge news, for at least a few reasons:

1. Machine learning is going to have a massive impact on the world. We've already seen that in areas from voice recognition to image understanding to language translation. In many ways, applying machine learning to problems unlocks all kinds of new opportunities. Tons of niches would support specialized startups applying machine learning to specific domains.

2. In the past, Google has released papers like MapReduce, which described a system for massive parallel processing of data. MapReduce spawned entire cottage industries such as Hadoop as smart folks outside Google wrote code to recreate Google's paper. But the results still suffered from a telephone-like effect as outside code ran into issues that may have already been resolved within Google.... more »

Google is open sourcing TensorFlow, its machine learning system

This is huge news, for at least a few reasons:

1. Machine learning is going to have a massive impact on the world. We've already seen that in areas from voice recognition to image understanding to language translation. In many ways, applying machine learning to problems unlocks all kinds of new opportunities. Tons of niches would support specialized startups applying machine learning to specific domains.

2. In the past, Google has released papers like MapReduce, which described a system for massive parallel processing of data. MapReduce spawned entire cottage industries such as Hadoop as smart folks outside Google wrote code to recreate Google's paper. But the results still suffered from a telephone-like effect as outside code ran into issues that may have already been resolved within Google. Now Google is releasing its own code. This offers a massive set of possibilities, without reinventing the wheel.

3. In many ways, machine learning has been an example of "secret sauce." I'm incredibly excited that Google is releasing technology so that the entire world can benefit, not just Google. It's the kind of decision that makes me proud of Google and its people.

Smart people and smart companies often succeed by noticing when something has changed in the world, because change unlocks new opportunities. Well, something has changed. If you're still in school, starting out, or working at a smart company, please think hard about how you could make the world better by applying machine learning to an important issue or a problem that you know well. With TensorFlow now open source, you have a great new tool at your disposal.___

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2015-11-05 04:17:12 (5 comments; 17 reshares; 176 +1s)Open 

So cool. :)

My team at Google has been very big proponents and innovators of USB Type-C. I've worked on two Pixel products now that use the connector and its related technologies (Power Delivery, Alternate Mode, USB 3.1). It really is an amazing little connector.

However, now that there are more and more Type C products rolling out from Nexus, One+, Nokia, and more, this I have found painfully true : USB Type-C will only be as good as its ecosystem, and more specifically, the worst of its ecosystem.

I have started reviewing USB cables on Amazon because I have gotten fed up with the early cables from 3rd party vendors that so blatantly flaunt the specification and I want to hold them to task.

You may not just get weird behavior from your devices with these bad cables... What some these vendors are doing is downright dangerous.

I've been contemplating setting up a blog where I document bad cables and perhaps give some insights into USB Type C as well.

#USB   #TypeC ,
#Nexus   #ChromebookPixel   #PixelC  

 Edit : Want to help check your questionable cables, and have a Pixel 2015?
https://plus.google.com/+BensonLeung/posts/jGP5249NppF___So cool. :)

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2015-10-31 20:06:36 (20 comments; 13 reshares; 325 +1s)Open 

I'm a USB drive this year for Halloween!

I'm a USB drive this year for Halloween!___

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2015-10-07 13:45:10 (45 comments; 34 reshares; 115 +1s)Open 

Looks like whole milk isn't too bad for you after all.

Looks like whole milk isn't too bad for you after all.___

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2015-09-30 13:59:50 (38 comments; 18 reshares; 125 +1s)Open 

The end of the month is a perfect time to brainstorm/plan a new 30 day challenge! An easy/simple one to start is to take a picture a day. But the sky's the limit--what have you always wanted to try? Why not give it a shot for October?

Let me know what you might try this month, or give me suggestions for my own challenge!

The end of the month is a perfect time to brainstorm/plan a new 30 day challenge! An easy/simple one to start is to take a picture a day. But the sky's the limit--what have you always wanted to try? Why not give it a shot for October?

Let me know what you might try this month, or give me suggestions for my own challenge!___

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2015-09-17 04:07:50 (21 comments; 37 reshares; 231 +1s)Open 

Help refugees and migrants in urgent need. Donate now and Google will match your donation. google.com/refugeerelief

Help refugees and migrants in urgent need. Donate now and Google will match your donation. google.com/refugeerelief___

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2015-09-15 19:48:36 (6 comments; 3 reshares; 44 +1s)Open 

A tech-savvy candidate in the Kentucky debate for governor tonight

Do you live in Kentucky? Did you know that tech entrepreneur Drew Curtis is running for governor of Kentucky? He's officially on the ballot, and tonight at 7 p.m. Eastern time, you can watch him in the gubernatorial debate at http://www.whas11.com/ . Please spread the word and tell other Kentuckians!

A tech-savvy candidate in the Kentucky debate for governor tonight

Do you live in Kentucky? Did you know that tech entrepreneur Drew Curtis is running for governor of Kentucky? He's officially on the ballot, and tonight at 7 p.m. Eastern time, you can watch him in the gubernatorial debate at http://www.whas11.com/ . Please spread the word and tell other Kentuckians!___

2015-09-06 03:30:26 (52 comments; 3 reshares; 303 +1s)Open 

Today was weird. I'm away from my running friends, but still decided to do the 10 mile distance that they were doing. Except I decided to run on a trail, and the trail apparently doesn't get that much usage. I stopped counting after I'd run through 140 spiderwebs in four miles. I ran through so many webs, I felt like I was catching bugs as I jogged.

Later, I took my niece and nephew for a hike. They wanted to go straight up into a hilly forest, so we did. Coming back down, I stepped on a yellow jacket nest in the ground and got stung 19-20 times. Luckily the niece and nephew didn't get stung at all.

Maybe I'll stay in and read a book tomorrow.

Today was weird. I'm away from my running friends, but still decided to do the 10 mile distance that they were doing. Except I decided to run on a trail, and the trail apparently doesn't get that much usage. I stopped counting after I'd run through 140 spiderwebs in four miles. I ran through so many webs, I felt like I was catching bugs as I jogged.

Later, I took my niece and nephew for a hike. They wanted to go straight up into a hilly forest, so we did. Coming back down, I stepped on a yellow jacket nest in the ground and got stung 19-20 times. Luckily the niece and nephew didn't get stung at all.

Maybe I'll stay in and read a book tomorrow.___

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2015-08-30 14:30:08 (38 comments; 55 reshares; 239 +1s)Open 

The full piece is worth reading, but this was a tough paragraph to read: "What Hurricane Katrina, the floodwall and levee collapses, and the aftermath taught me is that America, and its institutions, simply don’t work — and that people like it that way. Perhaps this is a boilerplate observation, so obvious in light of what happened there, and all our other disasters and chronic problems — the Iraq war, political gridlock, gun violence, and a thousand other things. But I believe this is an under-appreciated point. America is an optimistic nation. It has a short memory. Our political system and media don’t really learn very obvious lessons that unspool right in front of everyone’s faces. And so we end up repeating our errors — at least, some of them — to great sorrow. And I expect the sorrow is going to get a lot greater in the coming decades."

Myrecollection is that someone ... more »

The full piece is worth reading, but this was a tough paragraph to read: "What Hurricane Katrina, the floodwall and levee collapses, and the aftermath taught me is that America, and its institutions, simply don’t work — and that people like it that way. Perhaps this is a boilerplate observation, so obvious in light of what happened there, and all our other disasters and chronic problems — the Iraq war, political gridlock, gun violence, and a thousand other things. But I believe this is an under-appreciated point. America is an optimistic nation. It has a short memory. Our political system and media don’t really learn very obvious lessons that unspool right in front of everyone’s faces. And so we end up repeating our errors — at least, some of them — to great sorrow. And I expect the sorrow is going to get a lot greater in the coming decades."

My recollection is that someone shared a photoset on Flickr, and that was the eye opener for me about how bad things were post-Katrina. It was also an eye opener about the power of what would eventually be called social media: people sharing information, photos, and opinions with each other directly.___

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2015-08-17 18:58:51 (24 comments; 81 reshares; 348 +1s)Open 

Project Sunroof is awesome!

I love this new 20% project from Google. They take a bunch of high-resolution Google Earth data and figure out how much sunlight individual houses get. Currently, this is live for the Bay Area and Fresno in California, plus the Boston area. So you can get a pretty good estimate of whether solar panels would save money on your house. Hint: solar makes sense for a lot more people than you'd think!

You can even connect directly with several different solar panel providers if you'd like to start saving money now. I hope that Google expands this even more widely at some point.

Edit: By the way, here's one more reason why this kicks butt. The price of solar is dropping so much that the cost of solar panel modules isn't the primary factor as much anymore. Instead, the overall cost of solar installation, including cost for... more »

Project Sunroof is awesome!

I love this new 20% project from Google. They take a bunch of high-resolution Google Earth data and figure out how much sunlight individual houses get. Currently, this is live for the Bay Area and Fresno in California, plus the Boston area. So you can get a pretty good estimate of whether solar panels would save money on your house. Hint: solar makes sense for a lot more people than you'd think!

You can even connect directly with several different solar panel providers if you'd like to start saving money now. I hope that Google expands this even more widely at some point.

Edit: By the way, here's one more reason why this kicks butt. The price of solar is dropping so much that the cost of solar panel modules isn't the primary factor as much anymore. Instead, the overall cost of solar installation, including cost for solar installers to find customers, is one of the larger factors now. If Project Sunroof can help solar customers and solar installers find each other more easily, that just pushes solar to be even cheaper and more widely accessible. If you're interested, see http://rameznaam.com/2015/08/10/how-cheap-can-solar-get-very-cheap-indeed/ for a little more about this.___

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2015-07-29 23:59:06 (17 comments; 29 reshares; 214 +1s)Open 

New Moto Hint? Sounds pretty cool.

So apparently +Motorola Mobility​​ quietly released the second generation of their already awesome somewhat flawed Bluetooth the moto hint. At first glance it looks the same but some welcome additions have been made!!

1. It fits even better which is an area that was already excellent to begin with.
2. 70% more battery life!! Used to be up to 10 hours now it's 17
3. Crystal talk noise and wind-cancelling technology
4. Bluetooth 3.0 + EDR technology
5. It is now only $129.99 as opposed to $149.99

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/motorola-moto-hint-bluetooth-headset-multi/7495021.p?id=1219679622708&skuId=7495021___New Moto Hint? Sounds pretty cool.

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2015-07-27 21:35:02 (20 comments; 9 reshares; 143 +1s)Open 

Cool.

Everything in Its Right Place

It’s been a little more than a quarter since I took on leadership of a newly formed team, which we’ve christened SPS: Streams, Photos, and Sharing.

In that short time, I’ve had some time to reflect on the products we’ve built over the last few years, and also the opportunity to oversee the launch of our new Google Photos product. I’ve concluded that it’s time for a “pivot”... or more precisely time to talk more openly about a pivot that’s been underway for some time (and in fact is reflected in the name of the new team). We're going to continue focusing Google+ on helping users connect around the interest they love, and retire it as the mechanism by which people share and engage within other Google products.

Four years ago when we conceived of the “Google+ Project”, we made it clear that our goals were always two-fold: Google+ aspired to be both a “platform layer that unified Google’s sharing models”, and a product / stream / app in its own right.

This was a well-intentioned goal, but as realized it led to some product experiences that users sometimes found confusing. For instance, and perhaps most controversially, integration with YouTube implied that leaving a comment on YouTube (something users had obviously been doing successfully for years) suddenly and unexpectedly required “joining Google+.”

We decided it’s time to fix this, not only in YouTube, but across a user’s entire experience at Google. We want to formally retire the notion that a Google+ membership is required for anything at Google… other than using Google+ itself.  

Some of the consequences of this shift in thinking have already been deployed. Others we’re rolling out as fast as possible (e.g. the changes to YouTube we referenced today). And many more will roll out over the rest of the year.

What does this mean for Google+ the product? Relieved of the notion of integrating with every other product at Google, Google+ can now focus on doing what it’s already doing quite well: helping millions of users around the world connect around the interest they love. Aspects of the product that don’t serve this agenda have been, or will be, retired. But you’ll also see a slew of improvements that make this use case shine (like the recent launch of Collections - https://plus.google.com/collections/featured).

It’s been incredibly gratifying to see how this strategy has played out as realized in the recent Google Photos launch, a product which in many ways embodies and telegraphs the changes discussed above. Google Photos not only doesn’t require a Google+ account, but as much of the functionality as possible doesn’t even require an account at all. It was important to me that when we launched Google Photos, we stressed the product implements sharing by any means a user prefers… without compromise or agenda. This is the right thing for users and the feedback and usage has been extremely validating.

I’m excited to share this strategy with the world, excited about what it means for Google+, and most of all for all of Google’s users.___Cool.

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2015-07-22 02:03:56 (10 comments; 14 reshares; 97 +1s)Open 

A fascinating article which includes this wonderful quote: "Political movements are viral, but conspiracies are bacterial. They thrive in dark recesses, fed by self-reinforcement, shielded from the disinfecting light of contrary opinion."

A fascinating article which includes this wonderful quote: "Political movements are viral, but conspiracies are bacterial. They thrive in dark recesses, fed by self-reinforcement, shielded from the disinfecting light of contrary opinion."___

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2015-07-14 13:57:26 (7 comments; 37 reshares; 187 +1s)Open 

Cool.

Cool.___

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2015-07-08 23:43:08 (7 comments; 25 reshares; 137 +1s)Open 

This looks cool. Found via +Andrew Davison , who you may want to follow if you enjoy hearing about the future before other people.

We are releasing a complete implementation of our latest high-fidelity scene reconstruction pipeline. Code, executables, data, and detailed tutorials can be found here:

http://redwood-data.org/indoor/

The code and executables are released under the permissive MIT license. You can use the system for any purpose, including commercial applications. Have fun!

(with +Sungjoon Choi and +Qianyi Zhou )___This looks cool. Found via +Andrew Davison , who you may want to follow if you enjoy hearing about the future before other people.

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2015-07-02 12:03:48 (7 comments; 59 reshares; 326 +1s)Open 

Pictures of a new transpacific fiber optic cable that just landed.

Last week the FASTER cable, a new transpacific network link with a theoretical peak capacity of 60 Tbps (that's 60 million megabits), landed in Japan.  FASTER is a joint project between Google and several ISPs to provide, well, faster Internet speeds between the two regions.  The album (with pictures courtesy of http://gigazine.net/news/20150615-kddi-faster/) give you a quick overview of how such a cable is installed.

PS: see how this was done in 1956 for TAT-1, the first modern transatlantic telephone cable (with capacity for 36 phone calls, or about 0.2 megabits): http://atlantic-cable.com/Cables/1956TAT-1/index.htm.___Pictures of a new transpacific fiber optic cable that just landed.

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2015-06-18 00:50:39 (19 comments; 20 reshares; 150 +1s)Open 

A really good piece by +Cade Metz . From the article: "Today, according to Vahdat, one of [Google]’s “Jupiter” cluster switches provides about 40 terabits of bandwidth per second—or the equivalent of 40 million home Internet connections."

A really good piece by +Cade Metz . From the article: "Today, according to Vahdat, one of [Google]’s “Jupiter” cluster switches provides about 40 terabits of bandwidth per second—or the equivalent of 40 million home Internet connections."___

2015-06-17 13:12:55 (21 comments; 7 reshares; 233 +1s)Open 

I had a few magical moments with Google Photos yesterday. My nephew is four, and I told him that he had visited us in California before. He's four, so of course he didn't remember. So I searched for my nephew's name in Google Photos and a picture of him visiting us popped up.

At that point, I could click for more info on that photo and see when the nephew visited: August of 2013. So I pinched out to the new month/year view and scrolled quickly to August, 2013. Then I pinched in, and boom there's all the photos I took of the nephew's visit, even though it was from my last phone, not this one.

And since I had a Moto X for the 2013 visit, at the time I would take several snapshots in a row by tapping and holding the screen. Google Photos turned these photos into animated GIFs automatically.

"How did you do that?" my nephew asked, looking at... more »

I had a few magical moments with Google Photos yesterday. My nephew is four, and I told him that he had visited us in California before. He's four, so of course he didn't remember. So I searched for my nephew's name in Google Photos and a picture of him visiting us popped up.

At that point, I could click for more info on that photo and see when the nephew visited: August of 2013. So I pinched out to the new month/year view and scrolled quickly to August, 2013. Then I pinched in, and boom there's all the photos I took of the nephew's visit, even though it was from my last phone, not this one.

And since I had a Moto X for the 2013 visit, at the time I would take several snapshots in a row by tapping and holding the screen. Google Photos turned these photos into animated GIFs automatically.

"How did you do that?" my nephew asked, looking at me like I'm a wizard. I looked up and the adults had a similar look. We spent most of lunch sharing and laughing at pictures from the last visit.___

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2015-06-15 21:47:02 (8 comments; 16 reshares; 88 +1s)Open 

From the article: "What I think this does," says Megan Smith, the current U.S. chief technology officer, who spent much of her career at Google, "is really provide a third option. In addition to joining a friend’s startup or a big company, there’s now Washington."

From the article: "What I think this does," says Megan Smith, the current U.S. chief technology officer, who spent much of her career at Google, "is really provide a third option. In addition to joining a friend’s startup or a big company, there’s now Washington."___

2015-06-13 11:53:16 (11 comments; 10 reshares; 121 +1s)Open 

Nice to see the Chrome team working on better battery usage, with good results.

One of the big complaints about Chrome currently is that it's a battery hog, especially on Mac where Safari seems to do better.

The team has been working on addressing this; here are some cases that have recently been improved on trunk:

http://crbug.com/460102

Before: Renderers for background tabs had the same priority as for foreground tabs.
Now: Renderers for background tabs get a lower priority, reducing idle wakeups on various perf test, in some cases by significant amounts (e.g. 50% on one test).

http://crbug.com/485371

Before: On a Google search results page, using Safari's user agent to get the same content that Safari would, Chrome incurs ~390 wakes over 30s and 0.3% CPU usage vs. Safari’s 120 wakes over 30s and 0.1% CPU usage.
Now: 66% reduction in both timer firings and CPU use. Chrome is now incurring ~120 wakes over 30s and 0.1% CPU use, on par with Safari.

http://crbug.com/489936

Before: On capitalone.com, Chromium incurs ~1010 wakeups over 30s vs. Safari's ~490 wakes.
Now: ~30% reduction in timer firings. Chrome is now incurring ~721 wakeups over 30s.

http://crbug.com/493350

Before: On amazon.com, Chromium incurs 768 wakups over 30s and consumes ~0.7% CPU vs. Safari's 312 wakes over 30s and ~0.1% CPU.
Now: ~59% reduction in timer firings and ~70% reduction in CPU use. Chrome is now incurring ~316 wakeups over 30s, and 0.2% CPU use, on par with Safari at 312 wakes, and 0.1% CPU use.

The Chrome team has no intention of sitting idly by (pun intended) when our users are suffering.  You should expect us to continually improve in this area.___Nice to see the Chrome team working on better battery usage, with good results.

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2015-05-31 23:13:36 (30 comments; 16 reshares; 190 +1s)Open 

Sunday flowers.

Sunday flowers.___

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2015-05-27 14:43:00 (19 comments; 25 reshares; 123 +1s)Open 

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2015-05-24 19:21:51 (26 comments; 14 reshares; 227 +1s)Open 

Sunday flowers

Sunday flowers___

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2015-05-17 23:06:38 (41 comments; 66 reshares; 328 +1s)Open 

Much of the recent "self-driving cars get in accidents" coverage felt off to me. This piece does a good job of explaining why. I've ridden in a self-driving car and I pass them all the time in my own car. I can't wait for them. I've seen way too many bad drivers, so I'm looking forward to the better safety and technology that will come with self-driving cars.

Much of the recent "self-driving cars get in accidents" coverage felt off to me. This piece does a good job of explaining why. I've ridden in a self-driving car and I pass them all the time in my own car. I can't wait for them. I've seen way too many bad drivers, so I'm looking forward to the better safety and technology that will come with self-driving cars.___

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2015-05-17 19:12:42 (10 comments; 10 reshares; 159 +1s)Open 

Sunday flowers.

Sunday flowers.___

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2015-04-29 05:12:29 (28 comments; 14 reshares; 250 +1s)Open 

Emmy looks at me.

Emmy looks at me.___

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2015-04-27 23:52:14 (20 comments; 14 reshares; 184 +1s)Open 

A few years ago my wife and I got a rosebush that I considered to be a "Yahoo" rosebush. It was some sort of hybrid that had yellow and purple flowers, which are the Yahoo colors. The purple blooms have faded away, but the yellow flowers are flourishing. I'm happy to see Yahoo flourishing in several ways too, from redoing their search contract with Microsoft to sponsoring the show Community. I'm all for more competition in the Internet space, and I think Marissa Mayer is doing a great job at Yahoo to foster that competition.

A few years ago my wife and I got a rosebush that I considered to be a "Yahoo" rosebush. It was some sort of hybrid that had yellow and purple flowers, which are the Yahoo colors. The purple blooms have faded away, but the yellow flowers are flourishing. I'm happy to see Yahoo flourishing in several ways too, from redoing their search contract with Microsoft to sponsoring the show Community. I'm all for more competition in the Internet space, and I think Marissa Mayer is doing a great job at Yahoo to foster that competition.___

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2015-04-19 20:00:47 (19 comments; 22 reshares; 327 +1s)Open 

Sunday flowers.

Sunday flowers.___

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2015-04-14 03:54:18 (44 comments; 9 reshares; 396 +1s)Open 

Monday night burritos!

Monday night burritos!___

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2015-02-09 18:40:01 (19 comments; 33 reshares; 182 +1s)Open 

I recorded a podcast episode with +Kevin Kelly and +Mark Frauenfelder about some tools that I really like. You can see other episodes of the Cool Tools podcast at http://kk.org/cooltools/archives/category/podcast-2 , and Kevin Kelly's Cool Tools site is just great in general: http://kk.org/cooltools/ . Check it out!

I recorded a podcast episode with +Kevin Kelly and +Mark Frauenfelder about some tools that I really like. You can see other episodes of the Cool Tools podcast at http://kk.org/cooltools/archives/category/podcast-2 , and Kevin Kelly's Cool Tools site is just great in general: http://kk.org/cooltools/ . Check it out!___

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2015-01-23 20:56:26 (42 comments; 65 reshares; 300 +1s)Open 

My talk about some lessons from the early days of Google is now live. You can watch the slides at https://www.mattcutts.com/blog/lessons-from-early-days-of-google/ Thanks to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for hosting me, and especially to everyone in the computer science department that I got to see again!

My talk about some lessons from the early days of Google is now live. You can watch the slides at https://www.mattcutts.com/blog/lessons-from-early-days-of-google/ Thanks to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for hosting me, and especially to everyone in the computer science department that I got to see again!___

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2015-01-18 20:50:47 (30 comments; 27 reshares; 289 +1s)Open 

#sundayflowers

#sundayflowers___

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2015-01-17 20:16:06 (25 comments; 11 reshares; 252 +1s)Open 

Saturday flowers.

Saturday flowers.___

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2015-01-13 18:33:36 (60 comments; 146 reshares; 417 +1s)Open 

You can now sign up and use Google Domains in the US with no invite! The service is clean and has several neat features like support for dynamic DNS. I've also been impressed with how the team listens to feedback and responds. Check out the service!

And if you're outside the US, you can sign up for when Google Domains is available in more countries.

You can now sign up and use Google Domains in the US with no invite! The service is clean and has several neat features like support for dynamic DNS. I've also been impressed with how the team listens to feedback and responds. Check out the service!

And if you're outside the US, you can sign up for when Google Domains is available in more countries.___

2015-01-08 14:08:39 (18 comments; 9 reshares; 125 +1s)Open 

This is your last chance to register for my (free) talk about the early days of Google--it's today at 5pm! I'll be speaking in Chapel Hill in case you're in the area and want to stop by. It'll be more stories about the early days instead of arcane stuff about SEO, so it should be pretty accessible for a general audience.

This is your last chance to register for my (free) talk about the early days of Google--it's today at 5pm! I'll be speaking in Chapel Hill in case you're in the area and want to stop by. It'll be more stories about the early days instead of arcane stuff about SEO, so it should be pretty accessible for a general audience.___

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2015-01-06 20:42:57 (22 comments; 16 reshares; 158 +1s)Open 

Come hear me talk this Thursday in North Carolina!

Do you live near Chapel HIll or Raleigh-Durham? I'm doing a free talk at UNC-Chapel Hill this Thursday. I'll tell some stories from the early days of Google, and we should have time for general questions at the end. Register at the link below! Please share with anyone that might be interested--even Duke folks. :)

Come hear me talk this Thursday in North Carolina!

Do you live near Chapel HIll or Raleigh-Durham? I'm doing a free talk at UNC-Chapel Hill this Thursday. I'll tell some stories from the early days of Google, and we should have time for general questions at the end. Register at the link below! Please share with anyone that might be interested--even Duke folks. :)___

2014-12-29 23:51:31 (4 comments; 10 reshares; 75 +1s)Open 

Cool beans.

I made a thing! Find your Twitter contacts' personal RSS feeds. Import them into your favorite feed reader.___Cool beans.

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2014-12-17 16:13:23 (31 comments; 72 reshares; 488 +1s)Open 

Woohoo! Google Drive now supports open document formats!

We’ve been listening to your feedback, and we’re happy to say that we now offer support for importing all three major ODF (Open) file formats: .odt files for documents, .ods for spreadsheets, and .odp for presentations. http://goo.gl/P8T2Oz

Not only that, but we’re wrapping up the year with a few more Office-friendly improvements: we support more complex SmartArt from older Powerpoint presentations, and last week’s updates are also now import/export friendly, with support for merged cells in Word and slide numbers in Powerpoint.___Woohoo! Google Drive now supports open document formats!

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