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  • If You Want Google Glass, Now’s Your Chance

    If You Want Google Glass, Now’s Your Chance

    It's been nearly a year since Google released the Google Glass face computer, and still only a select few have had access to the thing. But that's all about to change. On Tuesday April 15 (perhaps to take your mind off of taxes), Google is opening up a new batch of Google Glass units to explorers, according to an email sent out to those who had signed up for more information on the product. Read More

  • Google Glass Gets KitKat Support And Improved Photo Browsing, Loses Video Calls

    Google Glass Gets KitKat Support And Improved Photo Browsing, Loses Video Calls

    Anybody will be able to buy Google Glass tomorrow, but ahead of this, Google is giving the Glass software an update. There are a couple of new features in this update, including new tools for making working with photos easier, but Google has also decided to remove the option to do video calls from Glass for the time being. Read More

  • Google Gets In On Ground Level With Drone Maker Titan Buy

    Google Gets In On Ground Level With Drone Maker Titan Buy

    Titan Aerospace, the drone maker Facebook had been in acquisition talks with prior to being bought by Google (as we've now confirmed following The WSJ's initial report), was a name that took many in the industry by surprise. How was it that a company that reportedly has solar-powered drones that can fly at 65,000 feet above sea level for five years without needing to land, did not have more public… Read More

  • Google Patents Tiny Cameras Embedded In Contact Lenses

    Google Patents Tiny Cameras Embedded In Contact Lenses

    Google has a new patent application with the USPTO (via 9to5Google), which takes one of the basic concepts of Glass and extends it even further, embedding tiny cameras that could be embedded in contact lenses for various uses, including photographing what a wearer sees, or providing the basic input for a contact-based assistive device for the visually impaired. Google has previously detailed a… Read More

  • Google Acquires Titan Aerospace, The Drone Company Pursued By Facebook

    Google Acquires Titan Aerospace, The Drone Company Pursued By Facebook

    Google has acquired Titan Aerospace, the drone startup that makes high-flying robots which was previously scoped by Facebook as a potential acquisition target (as first reported by TechCrunch), the WSJ reports. The details of the purchase weren’t disclosed, but the deal comes after Facebook disclosed its own purchase of a Titan Aerospace competitor in U.K.-based Ascenta for its… Read More

  • Google, Eich, Rice: The Evil That Tech Does

    Google, Eich, Rice: The Evil That Tech Does

    Techies hate politics. Well, no: we hate the idea of politics. Whenever I talk to pretty much anyone in the industry about politics as a sphere of human endeavor, from individual coders to zillionaire VCs, pained expressions cross their faces and they rush to distance themselves from the whole toxic mess. Which is a problem on two levels. One, now that technology is the dominant cultural and… Read More

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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