Before Urs Hölzle became Google's first chief engineer, he took a tour of the company's server room at the Exodus data center in Santa Clara, Calif. Not yet a Google employee, Hölzle was taken there by Google co-founder Larry Page on February 1, 1999, on possibly the shortest Google data center tour of all time.
A federal judge in Delaware declared a mistrial Wednesday in a patent lawsuit between Google's Motorola Mobility and Intellectual Ventures, according to a statement from the patent-holding company.
US District Judge Sue Robinson issued the decision after jurors were unable to unanimously agree on a verdict, according to a statement by Intellectual Ventures chief litigation counsel Melissa Finocchio.
"Mistrials are an occasional fact of life, and it is disappointing (for us, and probably also for Motorola) that the jury could not reach a unanimous verdict. But we are looking ahead to the retrial on these patents and also … Read more
Google's acquisition of Nest Labs appears to have been sped up.
The Federal Trade Commission announced Wednesday that the deal was granted an "early termination" of the acquisition waiting period. This means applicable antitrust and competition regulations for the deal have been satisfied and the acquisition could be complete earlier than previously forecast.
Google announced last month that it was buying Nest, maker of the Learning Thermostat and the Protect smoke and carbon monoxide detector, for $3.2 billion. While Nest will be joining Google's ranks, the company said it will still be run by current … Read more
For as long as people have envisioned the inevitable advent of smart home, critics and privacy advocates have warned how it might all go horribly wrong.
We're not just talking Orwellian paranoia or a dystopian future where our personal lives are intertwined with corporate identities constantly siphoning data from them. The security and privacy issues at play in haphazardly wiring up our personal spaces are becoming increasingly more substantive and -- with the proliferation of smart devices -- opening up our lives to more points of vulnerability, both from real-world threats and existential ones.
"There's been nearly … Read more
Going into space does havoc on the human body.
One of the biggest problems is muscle atrophy. When the body isn't working against the forces of gravity to move, or even stay upright, thereby putting weight on the muscles of the legs and back, those muscles can waste away pretty quickly. To combat this, astronauts in space have to work out for two hours a day to keep their muscles in check.
As you can see in the video below of astronaut Colonel Michael Hopkins training aboard the International Space Station, it's pretty intense. … Read more
Google-owned YouTube has a new chief, according to a new report.
Susan Wojcicki, Google's senior vice president of advertising and commerce, has been chosen to lead YouTube, The Information reported early Wednesday, citing people who claim to have knowledge of the company's plans. Later in the day, Recode confirmed the report. Current YouTube head Salar Kamangar will remain at Google in a different role, developing his own early stage projects.
Google CEO Larry Page said in a statement e-mailed to Recode, "Salar and the whole YouTube team have built something amazing. YouTube is a billion person global … Read more
Android Jelly Bean continues to flavor more Android devices.
Analyzing Google Play data from the seven days ending Tuesday, Google's Android developer dashboard pegged Jelly Bean's collective reach at about 60.5 percent. Breaking down those beans, 4.1.x held the highest share with 35.5 percent, followed by 4.2.x with 16.3 percent and Android 4.3 with 8.9 percent
Among other Android versions, Gingerbread retained second place with a 20 percent cut of the action, while Ice Cream Sandwich covered 16.1 percent of all Android devices. The newest Android flavor, KitKat, … Read more
Google and the European Commission have come to an agreement over competition in the company's search results.
Joaquin Almunia, commission vice president in charge of competition, announced on Wednesday that Google has vowed to display search results for its own services in the same manner as those of competing offerings. In search results, Google will be required to show three competing services to its own products, such as its online office suite Google Docs.
According to Almunia, the three competitors will be chosen "through an objective method [and] will also be displayed in a way that is clearly … Read more
Adobe is recommending that users update their Flash Players immediately -- especially those who frequent Google Chrome and Internet Explorer. The company released an emergency security bulletin on Tuesday that addresses vulnerabilities in Flash, which could be exploited by hackers.
"This vulnerability could allow an attacker to remotely take control of the affected system," Adobe wrote in a blog post. "Adobe is aware of reports that an exploit for this vulnerability exists in the wild, and recommends users apply the updates referenced in the security bulletin."
Adobe assigned a Priority 1 rating to the vulnerabilities being … Read more
Just as Google's San Francisco ferry service trial ends, the company is firing up another trial on the other side of the bay -- in Alameda, according to the San Francisco Examiner.This new service will bring Google employees from Oakland, Berkeley, and Alameda to Redwood City in a week-long trial. According to the Examiner, the Water Emergency Transportation Authority executive director Nina Rannells said that the authority "has a long-term strategic plan for expanding ferry service in San Francisco Bay," and Google's service will complement public ferry services.
A Google spokesperson told CNET, "We … Read more