Thursday, December 15, 2011
Eva S. Moskowitz's Success Academy Network of charter schools will be moving into two locations in Brooklyn, Cobble Hill and Bedford-Stuyvesant, despite resistance to co-locating the Cobble Hill school with three existing schools in a Baltic Street building. The crowd was large and rowdy, and Twitter posts were flying, but the Panel for Educational Policy voted in favor of the proposal, as expected.
Friday, December 02, 2011
With election season in full flower, pollsters have emerged to gauge the fluctuating preferences of voters. But there are some questions to which pollsters are unlikely to get honest answers. Seth Stephens-Davidowitz, a PhD candidate at Harvard, has found a way to plumb America’s impenetrable psyche: Google Search results. Bob talks to Davidowitz about his method.
Monday, November 14, 2011
Visitors to Central Park will soon have new technology at their fingertips to help them get more out of their park visit. The Central Park Conservancy has joined forces with Google to add street level views to the park's existing app.
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
A Senate panel will open an antitrust inquiry into the business practices of Google today. The search giant's executive chairman Eric Schmidt is expected to testify. Federal authorities are accusing the company of playing favorites with its own businesses in search results. Microsoft endured a similar antitrust case, which took nearly a year to resolve.
Friday, September 16, 2011
On Monday, The Author's Guild filed a lawsuit against several universities who have announced their intentions to make available electronic copies of so called "orphan works," books for which no copyright owner can be found. Law professor and blogger James Grimmelmann talks to Bob about the sticky legal issues that orphan works present.
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Google is attempting to acquire Motorola Mobility Holdings and — as part of the package — Motorola's 17,000 patents. Google’s CEO, Larry Page, explained the motivations in a blog post about the deal: "Our acquisition of Motorola will increase competition by strengthening Google's patent portfolio, which will enable us to better protect Android from anti-competitive threats from Microsoft, Apple and other companies."
Monday, August 15, 2011
In the largest wireless equipment deal in at least a decade Google Inc. will acquire Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion in cash. The deal exponentially increases Google's patent portfolio and makes the company far more competitive in the mobile phone market. Google currently owns and operates Android, today's deal is expected to give the smart phone the patents it needs to compete against Apple iPhone. Joining us is John Abell, New York bureau chief for Wired.com.
Friday, August 12, 2011
Google was the subject of an international public relations nightmare when the public learned that the cars Google uses to take pictures for their Google Street View service were also picking up information over unsecured wireless networks as they drove by. Now, a US District Judge has said that Google can be sued for violating the wiretap act. Ars Technica senior editor Nate Anderson talks to Bob about the potential ramifications of this lawsuit.
Friday, August 12, 2011
Since Google began taking pictures for their Google Street View service in Germany in 2008, it has been a controversial topic in the country. So controversial, in fact, that three percent of the population opted to have their homes blurred on the service, and backlash was so vicious that in April, Google abandoned the service in Germany entirely. OTM's Michael Bernstein traveled there last summer to try to understand why it was so universally reviled.
Friday, August 12, 2011
When most companies try to improve their search engine optimization, the search engine they're optimizing for is Google. But the ease of a Google search belies the hard work that Google engineers like Matt Cutts do behind the scenes to assure that search results aren't unfairly manipulated. In an interview from February of this year, Cutts explains how Google must set the search rules, over and over again.
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Doug Edwards, Google’s first director of marketing and brand management, offers the first inside view of the camaraderie and competition at Google. In I’m Feeling Lucky: The Confessions of Google Employee 59 he describes the first pioneering steps of Larry Page and Sergey Brin, the company’s idiosyncratic partners, the evolution of the company’s famously nonhierarchical structure, as well as the development of the company’s brand identity and culture.
Wednesday, July 06, 2011
Google announced last week that they would close the doors on their medical project, Google Health, leaving an opening for a new player in the medical record tech industry. Google Health was designed as a “personal health record service," a place where patients could voluntarily store all of their health records, in hopes of centralizing their treatment information. The medical industry has limitless room for growth, considering that almost 80 percent of medical records are on paper.
Monday, June 27, 2011
Google's eight-month-old think tank, Google Ideas, is paying for 80 former Muslim extremists, neo-Nazis, U.S. gang members, and other former radicals to gather in Dublin today, to discuss what draws people to violent extremism and how technology can carry out de-radicalization efforts. Google is calling the group "formers," and they'll be participating in the talks with 120 activists and business leaders.
Wednesday, June 08, 2011
(Transportation Nation) Google announced this morning it would provide real-time transit information for mobile apps and desktops in six cities. Which is to say, not when your bus or train is supposed to arrive, but when it is actually going to arrive, based on where it actually is.
From a Google press release this morning:
"Starting now, Google Maps for mobile and desktop can tell you when your ride is actually going to arrive with new live transit updates. We partnered with transit agencies to integrate live transit data in four U.S. cities and two European cities: Boston, Portland, Ore., San Diego, San Francisco, Madrid and Turin."
We'll have more, plus a test run in SF, coming soon.
Thursday, June 02, 2011
Accounts belonging to hundreds of Gmail users, including U.S. government officials and political activists in in China, were hacked. Google has said that the hacking originated in China. The Chinese government has categorically denied any involvement with the hacking. However, China is paying attention to "information warfare," says Jeremy Goldkorn, who works for Danwei, a site that monitors the media in China.
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Facebook has more than 500 million active users. Every link you click, every post you like, every piece of information you share with your friends on the site is also shared with Facebook — and their advertisers. Facebook isn't the only Internet company tracking you. Google, Yahoo News and plenty of other sites do the same. But how are these companies using your information? As the Internet becomes the primary way we get our news and understand our world, how might this filtering affect our world view? In other words, what aren't we seeing?
Friday, May 13, 2011
One of the biggest PR firms in the world, Burson-Marsteller, was hired by Facebook to smear Google, essentially briefing reporters about a feature of Google's social networking service called Social Circle. And the most shocking issue might just be the clumsiness of the PR firm, which blatantly tried to get bloggers to write an Op-Ed bashing Google. While Social Circle "is kind of creepy," says Dan Lyons, Newsweek editor who wrote the story for The Daily Beast, but what really got Facebook angry wasn't the privacy issue, but the fact that Google is also mining Facebook for their new feature. "Facebook is scared that Google might beat them at their own game," says Lyons.
Thursday, May 12, 2011
Google expert Scott Cleland argues that the world's most powerful company has a hidden political agenda, and explains why he things its mission to organize the world's information is destructive and wrong. In Search & Destroy: Why You Can’t Trust Google Inc., he explains that Google has the largely unchecked power to influence and control virtually everything the Internet touches.