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Damn. I guess this is what happens when you turn down a $6 billion bid from the most successful search engine in the country. Google had announced it will be deploying it's thinly-masked Groupon competitor, dubbed "Google Offers", starting in Portland, Oregon.
Is it me, or is the name itself kind of a stab at Groupon, re: the $6 billion offer to buy the company? Either way, the service will be launched soon, and after Portland will expand to New York City, San Francisco and evidently the greater Bay Area, according to the map in the background of the above photo, which depicts the Oakland/Berkeley region.
Google revealed the service back in January of this year, but you can now sign up at a page that claims it will begin to notify you of deals that offer, minimum, 50% off or more at local businesses. And unlike Groupon, these deals will not, I repeat, not require a minimum number of people to register in order to get the offered deal.
Google has a Help Page to answer basic questions, but little is really known regarding the logistics of the service. I'll put my money on "email-based", but that's really just a shot in the dark.
Telstra have revamped their website in yet another move to get customers to deal online with them more. The move might work as the site is much less text-heavy now and feels slightly less bloated.
Gerd Schenkel, executive director of Telstra Digital says:
You told us our site was too text heavy, confusing and very hard to navigate - you couldn't quickly and easily find what you were looking for, and as a result many visitors had to phone us or go into a store instead...you told us it was really hard to find the basics - such as viewing and paying your bill and checking your email, so we've made these sections much more prominent.
We all know that collectively, we must go through an insane amount of data across the globe through the Internet. Now we have some solid numbers to play with, in 2008 alone the world's servers processed an insane 9.57 zettabytes (ZB) of information. This data even underestimates as it does not include exclusive private servers built by Google, Microsoft and others.
Whichever way you look at it, the number is very difficult to fathom - consider that there are 1000TB's in a Petabyte and then 1000PB's in an Exabyte, with finally, 1000EB's in a single Zettabyte and you'll finally get the picture. I'd like this type of storage at home, thanks.
If you don't recall, Google April Fool's Day pranked the tech community by announcing Gmail Motion. Evidently the members of University of Southern California Institute for Creatie Technology MxR Lab were laughing at Google rather than with them.
USC's ICT MxR lab develops the Flexible Action and Articulated Skeleton Toolkit (FAAST), a Kinect-based motion-recognition system that allows you to develop motion-controlled interfaces for application commands, amongst other things.
The prank was on Google, as the MxR's duplicated Gmail Motion entirely, including all of the ridiculous gestures, using a system they call Software Library Optimizing Obligatory Waving (SLOOW).
Still love that the stamp slapping works.
Good work guys! Video below:
BoB was a huge success for iiNet - it combined the modem, router and home phone and rolled it into a single, stylish device. BoB 2 was announced in February and will now be released in April.
The feature list for the new device is also quite good:
This one is only sort of a joke. Arianna Huffington, infamous Editor-in-Chief of online news site, The Huffington Post, did not pull a single punch today when satirically criticizing the New York Times recent Paywall implementation. Huffington announced in a post today that her news site would now be "offering" digital subscriptions exclusively to New York Times employees (and residents of Winnipeg, but that's another story). Huffington writes that current readers of "HuffPo" that are not Times employees will not be affected.
Biting snippets include the introduction of a "first 6 letters at no charge" plan and content availability depending on what site redirected the Times employee to the Huffington Post:
If you come in through Facebook, you'll be able to access for free all stories involving animals born with extra limbs.
If you come in through Twitter, you'll be able to access for free words that contain more than six letters, but only those that refer to antiquated transportation machines (i.e. "funicular").
If you come in through Google, you'll be able to access stories of criminals who break into people's houses and then do strange things, such as take a shower or eat a snack.
If you come in through Digg, you'll be able to read for free all stories that refer to TV's Erik Estrada.
Huffington also took stabs at Bill Keller...
They almost had me until the guy in the video mimes licking a stamp and placing it on an envelope, where the "envelope" is his lifted knee. And it just gets better from there. Google might be the most infamous April Fool's Day prankster since they began the tradition in April of 2000 with the MentalPlex
Economy passengers flying internationally with Qantas are now able to select where they want to sit when they purchase their tickets online, this comes as an additional $20 cost.
Sophia Connelly, a spokesperson for Qantas has said:
We've had [seat selection] for a while and widened it to include all our customers
There is just something really, really wrong with this video.
GoDaddy CEO Cecil Rhodes- I mean, Bob Parsons, is the new Great White Hunter. He has successfully saved an African village from a terrible, awful elephant that was allegedly destroying their crops, like, every day.
In all fairness to Parsons, the villagers did ask him to help them out, but what's with the video? Like this shot:
Was this really necessary? What's the moral here- you kill one elephant for fun, give it to a village, throw some GoDaddy.com hats on some people and blast the AC-DC?
About an hour ago, Google announced the addition of the "+1" search rating feature, now available through your Google profile. Google is touting the +1 as a way to refine search to be as friendly and familiar, literally, to the user as possible.
Say, for example, you're planning a winter trip to Tahoe, Calif. When you do a search, you may now see a +1 from your slalom-skiing aunt next to the result for a lodge in the area. Or if you're looking for a new pasta recipe, we'll show you +1's from your culinary genius college roommate. And even if none of your friends are baristas or caffeine addicts, we may still show you how many people across the web have +1'd your local coffee shop.
Google users will soon start to see these icons popping up next to search results based on the participation of friends and family in their already existing social connections. Google claims they're going to be implementing +1 "slowly", but if you want to get in on the launch, check out Google's Experimental Search Site for more information.