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Proud to join hundreds of businesses urging the U.S. Supreme Court to rule for marriage equality! http://goo.gl/alI8xr
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Movie industry lobbyists at the MPAA are trying to resurrect SOPA-style web censorship via a back door. Let's defeat online censorship again. Tell the MPAA to kill the #ZombieSOPA. https://takeaction.withgoogle.com/g-stop-mpaa
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Some of the most exciting experiences that our Explorers have shared with us are from their travels with Glass. Glass has become a favorite travel companion because it helps you enjoy your vacation without getting lost in your technology, and now we have new Glassware that will continue to help you discover and explore with ease. 

Go to MyGlass today to add new Glassware from +TripIt, +Foursquare and +OpenTable. You will also find our travel favorites: Field Trip, Word Lens, Google Now, Search and Maps. Whether you’re trying to find your gate at the airport, the best coffee shop in Austin or a reservation for 2 in New York City, Glass has you covered. 

We’re excited to hear what you think. If you’re traveling with Glass this summer, send us your photos, videos and vignettes with the hashtag #travelthroughglass. And if you live in the US and don’t have Glass yet, you can visit google.com/glass to get on board.
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The countdown begins! One week left to submit your idea: how would you use Google Glass to boost your nonprofit’s impact? 5 people who work at US based nonprofits will be awarded a pair of Glass, a $25,000 grant & a trip to Google to make their dream a reality.
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If you're not paying for the product, you are the product.

I have to admit, this is a catchy line.  It appeals to the inner cynic in us all and makes a certain amount of sense in a core, "what can you do for me," type of thinking.

But it's hog-wash.

I work for Google so I follow the news about the company and I'm really tired of seeing that first line, or some variation of it, spouted by people who really don't care enough to want to think it through.  It does not work that way!

Yes, Google is a company.  And yes, Google is a reasonably large company (though not that large compared to the likes of IBM, GE, etc.).  But though a company is a single entity in the eyes of the law, it is not run like that.  Google is full of many thousands of individuals, many of whom are more rabid about user privacy than the privacy watchdogs that complain.  I've watched them take Larry and Sergey to task on stage about the smallest things.  I've done it twice myself.  If the leaders of the company purposely violated our users' trust, there would be open revolt and the founders would be lucky to not find themselves strung up by their toes.

Everything Google does is done for our users.  Your happiness is always the first priority, even above Ads.  (I've seen this in both policy and various practical implementations.)  You are not product; you are our customers!  That's simply the way we view it and it permeates the company from bottom to top.  Everything is done to make a better service for you.

Even Ads is viewed as a service to our users.  Random ads are garbage.  Useful ads are a benefit.  Yes, it's also a benefit to our publishers and yes, it's also a benefit to our shareholders.  Since when did win-win-win arrangements become a bad thing?

I won't claim that Google always gets it exactly right or that we haven't made mistakes.  We don't and we have.  And we admit it.  And it will happen again.  Sorry.  But everything is done with the right intent even if it doesn't always work out as hoped.  Hindsight is perfect.

Google is the most moral company in which I have ever worked.  But guarding our users' privacy doesn't just make moral sense, it makes business sense.  If we purposefully violated our users' privacy, we wouldn't have a business at all before very long.
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I have to admit it looks mean to kick the "cute" robot dog. But you have to love how stable the thing is -- it's uncanny! 
Google purchased Boston Dynamics last year, which means it now owns the company's ongoing robotics projects, including BigDog. Today, the Google subsidiary..
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Proud to be featured in The Wall Street Journal, but even more proud of my amazing team and our new advisor Prof. Michael I Jordan, a statistical machine learning legend whose work has greatly inspired what we are working on. Check out our brand new site https://scaledinference.com to learn more. By the way did I mention that we are hiring? :)
The company's goal is to create a single system that could solve a variety of problems involving artificial intelligence with any kind of data.
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Plastic surgeon Dr. David Kulber shares how Google Glass technology is being used to improve surgical care around the world.
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Race to the bottom. Work in progress.
Testing the labor market. "Uber is not doing anything — it's only an application on our phones."
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I just had to listen to my uber driver go on for about 15 mins about ubers neglect of existing drivers in favor of more work for newer drivers. Wow.
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There aren’t a lot of moments in life that are bigger than this one. "Seeds" is our way of saying "Thank you, Mom."

This film was created by the University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts as part of the Glass Creative Collective.

#throughglass #passthetissues
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Exploring the world with +Google Glass

Just recently, I met this gentleman in the wilds beyond the desert. He was so curious and interested in Glass. Absolutely transfixed, he asked me everything about it, then tried it on and played and played and played!  He loved it!  

First I had him go through the same demo I give everyone.  I have them say, "Okay Glass, Take a picture" — it understands pretty much every accent around the world as far as I can tell. This always makes people freak out with excitement when they see the photo they just took floating as a hologram in front of their eyes.  

Then he started using it more and more, going through all my emails, watching videos, seeing my text messages, asking Google questions, checking weather... I mean it just went on and on and on... and then he started showing all his friends and telling them about it — he was so excited.  Naturally, he was happy for me to take his photo while he was playing!

We ended up talking about a bunch of different things.  I even bought an old used knife from him, and he showed me how to stick the curved end of it into a camel's hump to get water in an emergency.  There's another part of the knife you use to seal up the little puncture wound.  Then we talked about mediation, the sealing of the four cardinal spiritual doors in the night before entering the tent, different cultures around the world, and well, about a dozen other things.  Anyway, it was great... 


(btw after posting this, haha - I see that G+ automatically tagged it with Selfie!)
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