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Google has been busy pushing ahead with plans to be a wired internet provider in the US with Google Fiber, and it looks like it’s intent on being a major player in the wireless network business elsewhere in the world as well. According to a report out today from The Wall Street Journal, Google is currently in the midst of a “mutipronged effort” that would “fund, build and help run wireless networks in emerging markets such as sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia.” That effort would reportedly involve partnerships with local companies, and an emphasis on delivering wireless access to residents outside major cities, where wired internet remains unavailable; Google, and Eric Schmidt in particular, have repeatedly talked about reaching the next five billion people. According to the WSJ, Google would provide its own “recently developed wireless technologies” for some of the networks, some of which are said to involve TV whitespace technology. For its part, Google is remaining mum on the matter, and it’s not clear when we can expect the networks to actually roll out.
Source: Wall Street Journal
A week after Google sent Microsoft a cease and desist letter to remove its YouTube Windows Phone app, Microsoft makes a public response.
Those who bought a pair of Google Glass Explorer Edition frames last year began receiving them not too long ago, making them the first round of the buying public to get their hands on the wearables. On February 20, we reported that a second round will be receiving Glass, this time with individuals submitting an
Something our human eyes seem to do, without any prompting, is to pick out shapes and structures that resemble other shapes and structures. Called pareidolia, it’s a form of pattern recognition — and a good example is the way we often see a human face where only a random collection of shapes or shadows exists. This, it is now known, is the reason for the infamous face on Mars.
Our own Earth, as folded and rippled as it is, is also prone to this phenomenon when viewed from above: the Badlands Guardian, discovered on Google Earth in 2006, for example. But we’re sure there are many more human-esque faces lurking in strange corners of the Earth.
That is the premise behind Google Faces, a project by Berlin design studio Onformative: can pareidolia be imitated by a machine? Using OpenFrameworks, the studio has created an application that crawls Google Maps, using facial recognition algorithms to seek out areas that look like faces.
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For those of you bemoaning the demise of Google Reader, fear not. Zite, the personalized news app, has stepped up to fill its place. At least partially.
Justin Bieber, the Corvette C7, and dogs: Google is distilling its trend results into top ten charts, with a colorful new real-time display of what people are searching for most. The popular queries are subdivided into forty categories – spanning sport, music stars, movies, and more – and will be updated month, Google said. For