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I fought Ohm's Law and the law won: Drone crash takes out power to Silicon Valley homes

A wayward quadcopter is being blamed for a power outage in Google's back yard this week. The city of Mountain View said that a large portion of the city, including city hall and the central library, were without power from 8:15 to 11:00 Thursday night, as part of an outage that knocked out service to around 1,600 customers. …
Shaun Nichols, 9 Jun 2017
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Blurred vision: Google dreams of a campus mixing buildings with nature

Google has submitted plans to redevelop four sites at its headquarters in Mountain View, California. The Chocolate Factory asked the city council to consider its application for an HQ revamp on Friday. Google hopes to design and build the offices from scratch, said the ad giant's real estate veep David Radcliffe said in a …
Kelly Fiveash, 28 Feb 2015
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Blind justice: Google lawsuit silences elected state prosecutor

Comment Google's success in "assassinating" a democratically-elected legal opponent last week raises troubling questions about corporate power and accountability. The feisty attorney for the USA's poorest state is now trying to make peace, after being on the receiving end of a highly unusual lawsuit from Google. Even if you will have …
Andrew Orlowski, 23 Dec 2014
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Consumer group SLAMS NASA for letting Google rent $1bn 'playground'

A consumer watchdog has slammed NASA for signing a whopping $1bn deal that will see a historic airbase turned into Google's space "playground". Mountain View has inked a deal with the space agency which will see it rent Moffett Federal Airfield for 60 years. The massive site is home to the Ames Research Center, where the …
Jasper Hamill, 11 Nov 2014
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Google's SWOLLEN WINDBAGS circle PLANET, dispensing INTERWEBS

With a name like Project Loon, you would expect Google's scheme to be a bit bonkers, but the Chocolate Factory's madcap plan to bring internet connectivity to remote areas using balloons appears to have paid off after one of the devices circumnavigated the globe in just 22 days. Project Loon is the name for Mountain View's …
Jasper Hamill, 4 Apr 2014
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Google's Wi-Fi not good enough for its home town

Google's offer of free Wi-Fi to its home city of Mountain View isn't good enough for residents who have been struggling to make use of the overloaded service – but now they're finally getting an alternative. Google got permission to strap access points to lampposts around Mountain View in 2005, launching the free network a …
Bill Ray, 10 Oct 2013
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Google turns Street View into Mountain View

Google has taken its Street View service to new heights after deciding to ditch the infamous car in favour of a simple tripod and camera as it unveiled new shots of some of the world’s tallest mountains. The Chocolate Factory’s obsessive bid to map every corner of the planet has now taken it up Mount Everest – or at least base …
Phil Muncaster, 20 Mar 2013
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Google swallows AdMob for $750m

Google is backing a dump truck of acquisition money on AdMob, a company that specializes on serving display ads on the iPhone and other mobile devices. AdMob will receive a cool $750 million to become a part of the Mountain View Chocolate Factory's massive online advertising empire. Google says while its focus to date has …
Austin Modine, 9 Nov 2009
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Google Reader burrows deeper into your web-addled brain

Mountain View has tweaked Google Reader to help tailor content on its Web 2.0 feed more neatly, by tracking a user's online habits. The search giant has added a new section called “Popular items” to Google Reader. The feature uses algorithms to track well-liked images, videos and pages from the internet. It then orders the …
Kelly Fiveash, 23 Oct 2009
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NASA talks little green men with Vatican

It's a good time to be a Catholic and a cosmologist. Heretic stake burnings are at an all-time low, and the Vatican has even warmed to the idea of ETs out there in the infinite expanse. So, it was a notably un-charred and still-communicated Father George Coyne, former director of the Vatican Observatory, who stopped by NASA's …
Austin Modine, 20 Feb 2009
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Dutch vacuum salesman pumps Google for €1m

A Dutch vacuum cleaner salesman is demanding a massive payday from Google in exchange for control of his company's web address, Knol.com. The advertising giant is aiming to end its heavy reliance on Wikipedia for useful search results by brewing its own web encyclopedia, Knol (it's short for knowledge, apparently). The new …
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Spammers, Cuil, and the rescue from planet Google

Analysis Plenty of digital ink has been needlessly spilt this week over the launch of the suicidally-monikered new search engine Cuil.com. But the only threat to Google is itself and, in a roundabout way, the legion of spammers and "search engine optimisation" (SEO) consultants that buttress its dominance. These dog days of summer …
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Google crawls The Invisible Web

As part of an ongoing effort to index the so-called Invisible Web, Google's automated crawlers are now toying with HTML forms. But only on certain "high-quality sites." "In the past few months we have been exploring some HTML forms to try to discover new web pages and URLs that we otherwise couldn't find and index for users …
Cade Metz, 14 Apr 2008
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Dell brings the cha-ching to buy Zing

Dell has agreed to cough up for music startup Zing, which makes software to connect personal music players to live streams and other online content. Mountain View-based Zing was founded by iPod alumnus and Jobsian fashionista Tim Bucher and launched at the beginning of 2006. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Dell …

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