Canada’s privacy commissioner proposes right to change inaccurate search engine results

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Canada’s privacy commissioner thinks you should have the right to ask that inaccurate, incomplete or outdated information appearing in search engines be either amended or removed — and that under Canadian law, internet companies should have to comply. Source: CBC News Date: January 26th, 2018 Link: http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/privacy-commissioner-de-indexing-forgotten-search-results-1.4505425 Discussion 1) Search engines are searching information from websites that they have no control over… Read more »

Google’s Sidewalk Labs signs deal for ‘smart city’ makeover of Toronto’s waterfront

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A unit of Google’s parent company, devoted to urban innovation, has signed a deal to map out a new kind of neighbourhood on Toronto’s waterfront that could demonstrate how data-driven technology can improve the quality of city life. On Tuesday, Sidewalk Labs, a division of Alphabet Inc., and the government agency Waterfront Toronto announced a partnership in… Read more »

Google Clips camera: creepy or fun?

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Google has revealed a small camera that uses artificial intelligence to recognise individuals, and decides when to record short videos by itself. Source: BBC Technology News Date: October 4th, 2017 Link to video: http://www.bbc.com/news/av/technology-41504748/google-clips-camera-creepy-or-fun Discussion 1) Creepy or fun?  And what decides the difference? 2) How might you build a business around this technology?      

Google’s Search Changes May Not Level Playing Field

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GOOGLE WILL ALLOW rivals to bid on coveted advertising spots that it previously reserved for itself at the top of product search results in Europe, but there are widespread doubts that the move will create meaningful competition. Source: Wired Magazine Date: September 28th, 2017 Link: https://www.wired.com/story/googles-search-changes-wont-really-level-playing-field/ Discussion 1) “Google’s plan to auction space at the top of search results… Read more »

Google signs $1.1bn HTC smartphone deal

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The deal marks the latest move by Google to boost its hardware capabilities.  “It’s still early days for Google’s hardware business,” the firm’s senior vice-president of hardware Rick Osterloh said in a blog post on Google’s website.  Under the deal, Google will acquire a team of people who develop Pixel smartphones for the US company and receive… Read more »

Wake up! Amazon, Google, Apple and Facebook are running our lives

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Google Home wakes you up in the morning and later, Google recommends a lunch spot – it even gives you live information on how busy it is. It is partly responsible for your cab home, as Google is an investor in Uber. You checked in with friends on Facebook on that morning commute (you might have also used… Read more »

All the Slick Stuff From Google I/O 2017

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From Google Lens to the the company’s new artificial intelligence chip here are the big announcements from Google I/O 2017’s first day.  Source: Wired Magazine Date: May 18th, 2017 Link to video: https://www.wired.com/video/2017/05/all-the-important-stuff-from-google-io-2017/ Discussion 1)  Why do companies like Google and Apple host these “show off shows”? 2) Google is “all in on AI”.  How might this impact… Read more »

Google’s parent eyes Toronto as location of new high-tech district

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Larry Page’s dream of using technology to fix cities may come to Canada first.   Sidewalk Labs LLC, the urban innovation unit of Page’s Alphabet Inc., has applied to develop a 12-acre strip in downtown Toronto, according to two people familiar with the plans. Details of the proposal are private, but these people said the bid… Read more »

Inside a Google datacenter

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Joe Kava, VP of Google’s Data Center Operations, gives a tour inside a Google data center, and shares details about the security, sustainability and the core architecture of Google’s infrastructure. It is very interesting to compare and contrast the Google setup of a datacenter to the Facebook setup of a datacenter here: http://wileyinformationsystemsupdates.com/2017/05/11/facebook-servers/ Source: Google Date: May 11th,… Read more »