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    Gillmor Gang: Deep Bench

    Gillmor Gang: Deep Bench

    The Gillmor Gang — Dan Farber, Kevin Marks, Semil Shah, Robert Scoble, Keith Teare, and Steve Gillmor — Heartbleed security hole, changing landscape of Twitter notifications, Brendan Eich's exit from Mozilla, politically charged and leadership compromised, Condoleezza Rice heading to the Dropbox Board of Directors? Dropbox, OneNote, Evernote, Box. Office on the iPad decidedly hot. Mobile's… Read More

  • Google Strengthens Android App Security With Continuous Post-Install Scans

    Google Strengthens Android App Security With Continuous Post-Install Scans

    Google is making a change to its Android security systems today that is meant to ensure that users who install apps from outside of the Google Play store are a bit safer from malicious apps. Currently, Android users can have Google scan their apps for malicious code at the time of installation. Going forward, Google will expand this program with a more service-based system that will… Read More

  • Do Startups Stand A Chance Against Valley Incumbents?

    Do Startups Stand A Chance Against Valley Incumbents?

    A few weeks ago, I was talking with an entrepreneur in the search space who had a simple question: “Can Google ever be beat?” It’s actually quite profound, one at the heart of everything we do in startups. Is it possible to defeat the incumbent players, even when they are essentially monopolies? I answered with the usual Silicon Valley rhetoric and bravado, arguing that every company will… Read More

  • A Satellite Startup Could Be Google’s Next Purchase

    A Satellite Startup Could Be Google’s Next Purchase

    According to a report, Google is interested in buying Skybox Imaging, a California-based startup that builds high-resolution imaging microsatellites and provides a platform to view the data. Because apparently Google needs satellites now that Facebook has drones. Read More

  • Red Hat Teams With Google Compute Engine To Ease Cloud Management

    Red Hat Teams With Google Compute Engine To Ease Cloud Management

    Red Hat announced a deal today in which Red Hat Enterprise Linux customers could move their subscriptions to Google Compute Engine, a deal that could benefit both companies. Red Hat offers what it calls a "bring your own subscription" plan. For instance, Red Hat Linux customers can shift their installations from on-premises to a public cloud provider of their choice as long as it's part of… Read More

  • Google Prepares To Launch Android TV (Report)

    Google Prepares To Launch Android TV (Report)

    Google has plans for another smart TV product, according to a report in The Verge. Apparently this set top box will be less ambitious and easier to use than one of the company's previous initiatives, Google TV. In the words of Google documents that The Verge said it has obtained, "Android TV is an entertainment interface, not a computing platform." Read More

  • When Your Carrier Becomes Your Bank

    When Your Carrier Becomes Your Bank

    I write to you from my vacation, meaning, this time, the dusty port town of Kaolack in sunny Senegal. (What, your vacations don't involve long hours spent riding in--or, sometimes, on--overcrowded West African inter-city public transit? Weirdo.) On arrival I picked up an Orange SIM card, which cost 1000 francs (US $2) and came with 1000 francs of credit. And then my cab driver kind of blew my… Read More

  • Google’s Project Loon Internet Balloon Traverses The Globe In Under A Month

    Google’s Project Loon Internet Balloon Traverses The Globe In Under A Month

    Google’s Project Loon, the effort to bring Internet connectivity to more remote areas using a network of hot air balloons, has racked up an impressive achievement – going around the world in just 22 days. One of the project’s test balloons just managed this, despite estimates from the team that it would take around 33 days for it to make the trek. This particular… Read More

  • Google Pays Another Tiny Fine In Europe — $1.4M — For Street View Privacy Concerns

    Google Pays Another Tiny Fine In Europe — $1.4M — For Street View Privacy Concerns

    Google has paid a €1 million ($1.4 million) fine in Italy levied by the country’s data protection watchdog for complaints relating to its Street View street-level image capturing cars that date back to 2010. At issue was a failure by Google to make its Street View cars clearly identifiable. In 2010, the watchdog ruled that the Street View cars must carry signs or stickers to indicate that… Read More

  • Google Shows A Glimpse Of How Its Modular Phone Moonshot Is Progressing

    Google Shows A Glimpse Of How Its Modular Phone Moonshot Is Progressing

    Google has released a video showing a glimpse of what's going on behind the scenes at Project Ara, one of the hardware shunkworks projects coming out of its Advanced Technology and Projects that's aiming to put together a modular smartphone. Read More