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Google is freaking me out
Google is freaking me out
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Google is freaking me out

Last week Google acquired Skybox, a satellite imaging company. This is hot on the heels of acquiring Titan Aerospace – a drone company, Boston Dynamics – a robot company that had military contracts at the time of acquisition, and Deepmind – an artificial intelligence company with technology so powerful they forced Google to setup an ethics board before they would sell it.…

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Tesla wraps shrewdness in altruism
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Tesla wraps shrewdness in altruism

I have a little more cynical take on Tesla’s announcement. I think it’s a play to get other auto makers reliant on Tesla’s infrastructure as a way to: 1. Give them scale to build charging stations and batteries 2. Make electric cars more compatible so they can grow the pie of electric cars vs gas cars (rising tide lifts all boats)…

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Apple Has Turned Evil
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Apple Has Turned Evil

You need only scroll through news of the last few weeks for evidence that Apple has turned evil. The once-doomed computer maker that cowered in Microsoft’s shadow has spent the last two years seeking to squash smaller rivals with a flurry of patent lawsuits. Apple, please see reason – it’s not necessary to sully your good name by unleashing an army of lawyers. Your products are a more powerful assault on competitors than your legal wrath could ever be.…

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Windows Glass – Microsoft’s Problem Isn’t Innovation
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Windows Glass – Microsoft’s Problem Isn’t Innovation

This last week Google announced a really exciting look into the future called Project Glass. Naturally, Google debuted it with a YouTube video that enticed you with the possibilities, but they did more than that. This wasn’t some futuristic video meant to inspire people to build interesting products, this wasn’t just a prototype one researcher had cobbled together in a…

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Ignoring the Introvert – Why even tech companies get it wrong
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Ignoring the Introvert – Why even tech companies get it wrong

There is a certain meeting that is a staple at many tech companies – the user experience design review. It typically involves a designer or product manager presenting the design for a feature while managers, engineers and anyone with a suitable weapon proceed to beat the unfortunate presenter for an hour. The other day I attended such a meeting, and…

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The Tech Release I’m Most Looking Forward to in 2012
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The Tech Release I’m Most Looking Forward to in 2012

In a few short hours 2011 will be behind us, and a new year dawns. While the Mayan calendar portends next year as our last I’m still quite hopeful that we’ll see a slew of amazing software, hardware and services released. For sure 2011 was a busy year in technology. New smartphones were announced almost weekly, with the iPhone 4s,…

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GoDaddy Supports SOPA–Learn How to Transfer Your Domain and Save the Internet
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GoDaddy Supports SOPA–Learn How to Transfer Your Domain and Save the Internet

It was with some shock that I awoke today to discover the one of the most used domain registrars supports SOPA. For those of you who aren’t aware, SOPA is a piece of legislation currently under consideration by the US congress that would effectively destroy innovation on the Internet. Google, Facebook, Mozilla, Yahoo!, Twitter, LinkedIn, eBay, Human Rights Watch and…

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Copyright holders gone wild
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Copyright holders gone wild

Copyright holders have gone crazy, forcing a legitimate music video advertising a file upload service to be taken down from Youtube, and then doing the same to a tech news story that reported on it. The actual song is available here still – Megaupload song The news isn’t just that so many super star musicians are endorsing the service, or…

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