Those shuttles -- which have colloquially come to be known as "Google buses," though many of the large tech companies use them -- have been a hot-button topic in the Bay Area, becoming a symbol for the growing divide between the tech industry and some of the non-tech community that blames the sector's wealthy employees for the … Read more
Google's doodles aren't universally popular.
Last week, the Washington Post published an opinion from Justin Moyer, who suggested that history's great names had become "marketing tools."
Of course, it's not just Google that has featured famous people. Apple's "Here's To The Crazy Ones" as is all about a company attaching itself to history's rebels in order to sell a computer.
Still, for Martin Luther King Jr. day, Google offers a simple, peaceful rendition of Dr. King.
Moyer in his piece wrote: "We'd be appalled if McDonald's … Read more
It appears Google is true to its word.
One month after the company announced that it was kicking some toolbars and other "multipurpose extensions" out of the Chrome Web Store -- to keep its browser's interface uncluttered and to protect users from unpleasant surprises -- it has removed two Chrome extensions, according to The Wall Street Journal.
The two extensions, "Add to Feedly" and "Tweet This Page," reportedly had their code updated so that users would see more pop-up ads while using Chrome. Dozens of users took to message boards after the update … Read more
Google is the only big tech company that's visionary and disruptive enough to back an idea like the smart contact lenses to help diabetics monitor blood-sugar levels, right?
Wrong. Microsoft, that dowdy old has-been (at least in Silicon Valley conventional wisdom), was involved in the very same project in 2011. Project co-founder Babak Parviz, who today also leads Google Glass, previously worked on the contact-lens idea while at the University of Washington, cooperating with Microsoft.
The project, at that time clearly at an earlier stage of maturity, is the centerpiece of a Microsoft video spotlighting the idea of a … Read more
Google has been working on smart contact lenses embedded with sensors "so small they look like bits of glitter" and an antenna "thinner than a human hair."
Google announced Thursday that it's been working on this secret project at its Google[x] research lab. Not only has it developed prototypes of these smart contact lenses, but it's also done multiple clinical research studies, met with the US Food and Drug Administration, and is looking for potential partners to bring the product to market.… Read more
Dian Fossey is the latest person to be honored by a Google Doodle.
Born in San Francisco on January 16, 1932, Fossey became famous, and to some people infamous, for her efforts to protect gorillas in Africa from poachers. First traveling to Africa in the early 1960s, she was eventually introduced to mountain gorillas by famed anthropologist Louis Leakey. Fossey lived among the gorillas in the Congo in the midst of a civil war before she was finally forced to leave the area.
Fossey later started the Digit Fund in memory of her favorite gorilla, Digit, who was killed and … Read more
Google, taking a big step in its effort to make Android and Chrome equally good homes for people's digital lives, has at last built its Google Now anticipatory notification service into its browser.
Google Now cards for Chrome are active in the very rough Canary build of Chrome, which is three steps removed from the stable version the company recommends for mainstream use. Not only that, the feature must be enabled by activating the Google Now flag by entering "chrome://flags/#enable-google-now" into the address bar then restarting.
Google is once again the best company to work for in the United States, at least according to Fortune.
The magazine's 2014 list of its 100 favorite employers placed Google on top for the third year in a row after leaping ahead of software developer SAS in 2012. The companies are ranked based on how they treat their employees. Fortune revealed a few reasons why Google continues to be No. 1:Google's stock climbed past $1,000 in 2013 -- a boon for Googlers, all of whom are stockholders. CEO Larry Page urged them to be "audacious,&… Read more
While security startup Impermium doesn't have the hot name cache of Nest, it is Google's latest corporate buy.
Impermium specialized in helping Web sites fight spam, something that Google is already an industry leader at doing, but it had chops at stopping fraud and abuse as well.
The company is shutting down its services immediately to begin integration with Google. CEO and co-founder Mark Risher said in a post on the company Web site that he was "excited" to merge Impermium with "some of the best abuse fighters in the world."
Impermium had raised $… Read more
Several Google Chrome forum boards are lighting up with complaints about scroll bar changes. Apparently, people running Windows, and possibly other operating systems, have seen their scroll bars slim down and drop vertical scrolling arrows -- making Web navigation difficult.
"When I got on today I noticed that the scrollbar has changed from one with little boxes with arrows on each end you can click to one that you have to drag," forum contributor Bethany Rice wrote last week. "I was just wondering if its possible to switch back to the other one because this one is … Read more