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Allan Heydon
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The view from the top of California Great America. This panoramic photo was constructed automatically by Google photos.
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Incredible progress being reported by the Project Loon team. What once seemed to me to be a pie-in-the-sky idea is getting closer and closer to reality!
 
When we launched Project Loon in 2013 we hoped to answer a single question - could balloons be used to connect people to the Internet? Proving that this was possible in our New Zealand launch then led the team to start asking a much larger question - how can we make this work for everyone, no matter where they are in the world? How do you manufacture enough balloons to be able to provide coverage anywhere in the world and then launch them and control them so that there is always a balloon overhead to provide connection to the user on the ground?

In this latest video Project Lead Mike Cassidy offers a glimpse behind the scenes into how the Project Loon team have been tackling the challenges involved in moving from small scale, one-off launches and tests, to the scale and automation required to make balloon-powered Internet for all a reality.
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Using Kiva, you can contribute to micro-loans to people all over the world. Over time, your loans are (usually) paid back, and you can continue to either re-invest in other borrowers or have the funds returned to your bank account. Please give it a try!
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#TIL  that Aimee Mann has teamed up with Ted Leo to form a new musical group called "The Both". They are apparently selling an album of the same name. And it's even on Google Play Music All Access!
The official website of The Both (Aimee Mann + Ted Leo) pre-order their album NOW!
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Ben Bradlee was a legend who exemplified the power of a free press!
Ben Bradlee’s gift for leadership and zest for journalism — and life — made him the most celebrated editor of his era. He directed The Post’s coverage of Watergate, which resulted in the only resignation of a president in U.S. history.
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This is an amazing concept and the folks at thingCHARGER are going the extra mile to do it right. I can't wait to get mine once they start production! They announced today that they're launching a second Indiegogo funding campaign. Check it out!
"A clever, beautiful design unlike anything we've seen before. Use a smartphone/tablet? Must Have!"
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Hey, this is exciting! Even if you're not a Google Play Music subscriber, you can get streaming access to all 30 million songs in Google's music library (initially in the U.S. only).

I've been a Google Music All Access subscriber for over a year now, and it's a great service. What I really love about it is that I can listen to new albums from my favorite artists, and also easily check out artists new to me in more depth. The free version is ad-supported. It's initially available only via a web browser, but Android and iOS versions will be available in a week!
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I signed a petition to Governor Jerry Brown which says:

"California is in a serious drought, and thus far, restrictions have been disproportionately placed on residents, while big agribusiness, oil interests and bottled water giants continue to deplete and pollute California's groundwater resources instead of taking steps to save water.

We must protect California’s precious water from corporate water abusers like Big Ag, Big Oil and Nestlé.

Governor Brown, I urge you to regulate groundwater as a public resource and to stop these egregious water users from abusing our water for profit!"

Will you sign this petition? Click here:

http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/protect-californias-water?source=s.em.cp&r_by=8617470

Thanks!
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Google is adding special health-related information to its search results. Given that 5% of Google searches are health related, this should benefit a huge number of people.
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A great initiative by google but just to bring to your notice, a software company has developed an application specifically for doctor's and patient's instant communication i.e. tell the application about the symptoms you have and the relevant doctor calls you up within few minutes. 

It's a United Kingdom based company and is launching the application initially for the US & UK markets i.e. where internet connectivity is not an issue.

The above mentioned company is trying to get in touch with the decision makers of technical leaders like Google, Yahoo, Apple etc as this application can be easily spread by any one of the above.

Now the question is that who out of all the big names will get the opportunity to spread the application?
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Pop history quiz: who uttered these words?

"We think that when someone dear to us dies,
we think that when we lose an election,
we think that when we suffer a defeat,
that all is ended.
We think, as T.R. said, that the light had left his life forever.
Not true.

It's only a beginning, always.
The young must know it.
The old must know it.
It must always sustain us.
Because the greatness comes,
not when things go always good for you,
but the greatness comes -- and you're really tested --
when you take some knocks,
some disappointments,
when sadness comes.
Because only if you've been in the deepest valley
can you ever know how magnificent it is
to be on the highest mountain.

And so I say to you on this occasion:
we leave,
we leave proud of the people have who stood by us
and worked for us and served this country.
We want you to be proud of what you've done.
We want you to continue to serve in government
if that is your wish.

Always give your best.
Never get discouraged.
Never be petty.

Always remember: others may hate you.
But those who hate you don't win unless you hate them.
And then, you destroy yourself.

And so, we leave with high hopes,
in good spirit,
and with deep humility,
and with very much gratefulness in our hearts."
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The answer: These were Richard Nixon's final remarks to his staff at the White House!
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This is incredible! Congratulations to all those responsible for this remarkable achievement! From the news story:

"12 November 2014
ESA’s Rosetta mission has soft-landed its Philae probe on a comet, the first time in history that such an extraordinary feat has been achieved.

Rosetta was launched on 2 March 2004 and travelled 6.4 billion kilometres through the Solar System before arriving at the comet on 6 August 2014.

Deployment was confirmed at 09:03 GMT (10:03 CET) at a distance of 22.5km from the centre of the comet. During the seven-hour descent, which was made without propulsion or guidance, Philae took images and recorded information about the comet’s environment."

It's going to be exciting to start getting the science back from the Philae probe now that it has landed on the comet's surface! Note that the comet is currently a distance of 510 million kilometers from Earth -- that's ~28 light minutes.
ESA’s Rosetta mission has soft-landed its Philae probe on a comet, the first time in history that such an extraordinary feat has been achieved.
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Is it just a coincidence that "V" and "B" are located next to each other on the standard QWERTY keyboard? The letters sound very similar, and when exchanged for each other in some words produce near-homonyms. Consider:

jibe vs. jive
curb vs. curve

Any others?
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    Chief Architect, 2000 - 2005
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I'm a computer scientist and software engineer living in San Francisco.
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  • Carnegie Mellon University
    Computer Science, 1985 - 1991
  • Princeton University
    Computer Science, 1981 - 1985
  • Wilton High School
    1977 - 1981
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