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February 24th, 2015 at 3:54 pm

Can Google’s new health search change how we manage health?

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According to Google, one is twenty searches is for health information.  For a lot of people, the internet has become the first place to look when a strange symptom, the common cold, or morbid curiosity in the ‘Google Images’ bar strikes. Continue Reading »

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February 23rd, 2015 at 3:44 pm

Google and our right to be forgotten

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When Mario Costeja González googled himself in 2009, two prominent results appeared: home-foreclosure notices from 1998, when he was in temporary financial trouble.  It took the next five years to have 18 words delisted from Google search results on his name.   Continue Reading »

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February 23rd, 2015 at 3:04 pm

A new Google-powered website lets you compare every constitution in the world and write your own

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In 1787, a few dozen men at the Philadelphia State House drafted the US constitution.  They debated and revised the document For four months, until they had something they could generally agree on.  Now a new site could let anyone work on drafting a new constitution in real time over the web. Continue Reading »

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February 2nd, 2015 at 6:00 pm

Google exec predicts the end of the internet

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Asked about the evolution of the internet at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Google guru Eric Schmidt gave a simple answer, “I will answer very simply that the internet will disappear,” Schmidt said on Thursday. Continue Reading »

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January 19th, 2015 at 1:57 pm

Baidu image recognition better than Google and close to human level

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A sample of the effects Baidu used to augment images.

Baidu’s computer vision system is close to human level with fewer errors than Google. Continue Reading »

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January 4th, 2015 at 10:06 am

56.1% of Paid Online Ads are Never Seen

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An incredible 56.1% of ads on the internet are not seen by humans, according to new research released today by Google.
“With the advancement of new technologies we now know that many display ads that are served never actually have the opportunity to be seen by a user,” said Google group product manager Sanaz Ahari in a blog post.

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December 29th, 2014 at 8:30 pm

Ray Kurzweil believes we don’t need to fear artificial intelligence

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Ray Kurzweil:  Stephen Hawking, the pre-eminent physicist, recently warned that artificial intelligence (AI), once it surpasses human intelligence, could pose a threat to the existence of human civilization. Elon Musk, the pioneer of digital money, private spaceflight and electric cars, has voiced similar concerns.

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December 29th, 2014 at 11:55 am

Google sues Visa and MasterCard

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With little ceremony and only two days before Christmas, Google filed an antitrust law against Visa and MasterCard for setting “supracompetitive” interchange rates from 2004 to 2012. This is but one more volley in the Battle Royale between big companies like Wal-Mart, Target, and Macy’s and major players in the payments industry.

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December 15th, 2014 at 10:00 am

Which Smart Home Device will be Under your Tree this Year?

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Apple’s splash into home automation with addition of HomeKit to iOS 8 is expected to have a huge impact on sales of smart home devices in 2015 according to a Park Associates report that found 37% of U.S. Households plan to purchase one or more devices next year.

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December 3rd, 2014 at 8:08 am

Google’s secret alliance with the NSA

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Engineers at Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, California, back in mid-December 2009, began to suspect that hackers in China had obtained access to private Gmail accounts. Those accounts included those used by Chinese human rights activists opposed to the government in Beijing.

 

 

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