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All posts tagged "larry page"

  • iOS 7, scan the world in 3D and Affleck responds: #StuffToKnow this week

    Well it finally arrived, and wow is iOS7 simply stunning. There are a few things in different places and that will take getting used to — it’s like having a fresh new iPhone. Kickstarter is helping a company scan the real world via a docking station hooked up to your iPad (I kid you not it’s amazing). Oh yeah, and we can run our computers on light soon. Cool, huh? TECH Apple iOS 7 review: a major makeover that takes some getting used to, but ultimately delivers A truly elegant complete revamp of the iOS interface was finally released on Wednesday. It...

  • Google gets into biotech with Calico, will aim to solve death

    Google today announced Calico, a new company headed up by Arthur (Art) D. Levinson, the Chairman and former CEO of Genentech and Chairman of Apple, that will attempt to solve some of health care’s biggest problems. Yes, one of those “problems” is death — Calico will research human life extension. Time magazine figures Google will employ data-processing to shed new light on the challenge of ageing and age-related ailments. Unlike Glass and Google’s self-driving cars that form part of Google’s big-idea think tank, Google X, Calico will be a separate company. Announcing Calico, Google CEO Larry Page, said: “Illness and...

  • Google CEO Larry Page spotted rocking Project Glass glasses [Video]

    Yes, really. When Google co-founder and current CEO Larry Page stepped on stage to speak at Google Zeitgeist 2012, he wore a pair of the Project Glass glasses. Well, I don’t know if you can call it a ‘pair’ of glasses when technically it’s just a set of frames with a small rectangle of glass over one eye, but it seems that Google is slowly releasing prototypes into the wild. Google’s innovative glasses, which will theoretically be able to do everything from guiding your way by GPS navigation to messaging your friends, were proven to be more than just...

  • Meet the Facebook, Google and Zynga overlords [Infographic]

    We are all slaves to Mark Zuckerberg. Ok, this infographic is a bit dramatic, especially the whole ‘Internet slaves, meet your masters’ part and all the mobster-ish illustrations of major tech leaders, but it does have a point. As millions continue to sign up for Facebook or a Google account or play a game of Farmville, these companies are becoming more and more profitable and powerful. You probably know all about Google’s privacy...

  • How Google made the organic link irrelevant [Infographic]

    Aaron Wall over at SEOBook, has put together an infographic explaining how Google has made the organic link irrelevant. It’s ironic that Google’s actions have largely devalued the search rank benefits of a link from another website. Yet this “PageRank,”named after CEO Larry Page, was the heart and soul of the Google algorithm. It was his eureka insight into the structure of the web that made Google into Google — PageRank generated stellar...

  • Who is the next Steve Jobs?

    Chris O’Brien, a columnist at the San Jose Mercury News asked: Who will be Silicon Valley’s next Steve Jobs? He picked out five possible contenders and rejected a sixth. His picks: Mark Zuckerberg, Larry Page, Marc Benioff, Elon Musk, and Reed Hastings. He rejected Jack Dorsey. On Google’s Larry Page: … it’s not yet clear whether Page has the ability to take the company beyond its core business of search. Yes, it has non revenue hits such as the Android mobile operating system, and its new Google+ social network shows promise. But Page’s ability to take the risks necessary for the company to succeed...

  • Is ‘quality content’ a Google red herring? [Analysis]

    I’ve been writing about Google’s Panda algorithm change and the huge amount of pain that it’s caused for content websites since it was introduced in late February. Before the launch of Panda, Google spent months bad-mouthing “content farms” and boasting about how the new algorithm would weed out the bad content. The first version was called “Farmer” as a reference to “content farms” — sites that scrape or produce low quality content just to game search rankings. Who could argue with such a noble goal? When the Panda “Farmer” algorithm hit the internet, though, it failed to highlight “quality” content. Quality sites,...

  • Google buys Motorola mobile division for $12.5bn

    Hours before the opening of US markets, Google announced in a press release that it had acquired Motorola Mobility for “a total of about US$12.5-billion”. Motorola Mobility is the handset sub-division of Motorola, which spun-off from the parent company earlier this year and has been trading as an independent company. The announcement follows a tumultuous week for the markets and states that the two companies have “entered into a definitive agreement under which Google will acquire Motorola Mobility”. The statement goes on to add that the decision was unanimously accepted by the boards of both companies. Regulatory bodies in the US...

  • Google’s Larry Page wants to change the world

    Steven Levy, a senior editor at Wired, spent a lot of time at Google researching his new book, “In the Plex”. He also spent a lot of time with the new CEO Larry Page. Mr Levy says Google is now in the hands of “a true corporate radical”. In an article for Wired, “Larry Page Wants to Return Google to Its Startup Roots” he reports that Mr Page has said many times, that he has always “wanted to change the world”. He sees the historic technology boom as a chance to realise such ambitions and sees those who fail to do so...

  • Users losing interest in Google+ as traffic drops, research firm reports

    Google+‘s explosion into the social networking sphere may be slowing down, Bloomberg reports. While growth for the social network continues to grow in terms of user numbers — 10-million in two weeks and 20-million in a month — a report shows that traffic to the site does not reflect the same trajectory. Experian Hitwise, a company which tracks internet behaviour, has found that the initial interest shown by users seems to be waning. Bloomberg quotes...

  • Google reflects on success but refocusing on products and “start-up philosophy”

    Speaking at the Fortune Brainstorm Tech conference Patrick Pichette, Google’s chief financial officer, said that the company’s new chief executive Larry Page, has decided to refocus the internet giant on products and its “startup philosophy”. Pichette also said investors should not worry about Google earning revenue from its Android mobile operating system or its Chrome Web browser. “With scale there always becomes this tension of how do you keep the start-up philosophy”, Pichette said of Google which now employs over 28 000 people around the world. “We don’t want to lose our startup philosophy”, he said. “Through the reorg(anisation), the realignment that Larry...

  • There’s a little bit of Google in most of us

    Google has been all over the news since Larry Page took over as CEO, I realised that there is a little bit of Google in most of us. Since search entered our lives things have never been the same. From when Google was first incorporated as a privately held company on September 4, 1998, we would never have imagined how different things would be a decade later. According to Wikipedia “Google runs over one million servers in data centers around the world, and processes over one billion search requests and about twenty-four petabytes of user-generated data every day.” We...

  • Insights into what really happens at Googleplex

    Douwe Osinga, a software engineer, recently left Google after seven years. He’s written a series of blog posts explaining why he left and also describing what it was like working there, and he dispels some of the many myths about Google. For example: The 20% time myth. The myth might have been that you basically get a day off a week to do whatever. It is still work. And you’re still held responsible for what you do. So yeah, you can do whatever you want to, but you have to actually want it and it is still for Google… Also, it isn’t...

  • Zuckerberg, Huffington and Bieber — The online influencers

    Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Google’s Larry Page and Wikileaks’ infamous editor Julian Assange are among the online personalties to grace this year’s Time magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people in the world. The yearly list was released on Thursday Time. This year’s list includes a number of people who are making their mark online as well people who have used technology to rocket into the spotlight. Notable examples include Newark Mayor Cory Booker who made excellent use of Twitter during the New York/New Jersey snow storms of 2010. And there is of course the reigning prince of...

  • Larry Page finally back at Google helm

    Google co-founder Larry Page on Monday takes back the reins of the internet powerhouse that he and Sergey Brin created as Stanford University students some 13 years ago. Page is expected to bring an entrepreneurial spirit and a computer engineer’s intensity to the chief executive position being ceded by Eric Schmidt, who helped turn Google into a multi-billion-dollar enterprise. “I get the impression that Larry Page is going to be more hands-on,” technology analyst...