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Courtney Hohne
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Attended Harvard University
Lives in San Francisco, CA
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"Dan, show him the hoverboard you built," says Heinrich.
"Right," says Piponi, sitting up and clearing his throat.

And did we mention...Google[x] is hiring?  
Space elevators, teleportation, hoverboards, and driverless cars: The top-secret Google X innovation lab opens up about what it does--and how it...
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Everything about this piece makes me miss Boston...even the fact that it's late March and the story right next to it is about blizzard conditions on the Cape. 
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:) yes, quite blustery here today!
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Awesome to see the guys from +KC SV in the NYTimes and the Financial Times on the same day!  Also nice example of the benefits of +Google Fiber : "Brandon Schatz, founder of SportsPhotos.com, which stores and sells sports photography, moved there from Springfield, Mo., in 2012 just for Fiber. “In Springfield, it would take us 30 to 40 hours to upload photos from a sporting event,” Mr. Schatz said. “Now it takes 30 to 40 minutes.”
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Thanks for the support and shout out, Courtney!
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"One mainland [China] journalist said he felt it was ironic that the government used Google’s most advanced product but blocked many of its services."
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"So where is the next generation of broadband? Call your congressman. Tell him, in your best Pete Townsend voice, "I want my Gigabit Home!""
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Love hearing about the adventures of our +Project Loon balloons...this one made it all the way around the globe!
 
 
One of our balloons has had quite a journey over the past few weeks. It did a lap around the world in 22 days, and has just clocked the project’s 500,000th kilometer as it begins its second lap. It enjoyed a few loop-de-loops over the Pacific ocean before heading east on the winds toward Chile and Argentina, and then made its way back around near Australia and New Zealand. Along the way, it caught a ride on the Roaring Forties — strong west-to-east winds in the southern hemisphere that act like an autobahn in the sky, where our balloons can quickly zoom over oceans to get to where people actually need them.

Traversing the stratosphere is particularly challenging this time of year because the winds actually change direction as the southern hemisphere moves from warmer to colder weather, resulting in divergent wind paths that are hard to predict. Since last June, we’ve been using the wind data we’ve collected during flights to refine our prediction models and are now able to forecast balloon trajectories twice as far in advance. In addition, the pump that moves air in or out of the balloon has become three times more efficient, making it possible to change altitudes more rapidly to quickly catch winds going in different directions. There were times, for example, when this balloon could have been pulled into the polar vortex – large, powerful wind currents that whip around in a circle near the stratosphere in the polar region – but these improvements enabled us to maneuver around it and stay on course. We can spend hours and hours running computer simulations, but nothing teaches us as much as actually sending the balloons up into the stratosphere during all four seasons of the year.

Take a look through our photo album to see some of the specific improvements that have been made to the balloon technology, thanks to the lessons we’ve learned in flight.
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These perspective-bending images were made from Google Street View photographs and centuries-old paintings.
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"Andrew Stanton, the famed Pixar director who helmed Finding Nemo and Wall-E and co-wrote the Toy Story trilogy, talks about the importance of storytelling during a montage of amateur directors trying to hone their craft. His narration was lifted from a TED Talk he gave on the clues to a great story."
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"Houses without broadband could be worth as much as 20% less than comparable properties with a good connection, according to experts who say superfast speeds are increasingly important to prospective homebuyers."
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Google -- director of communications for Google X and Google Fiber
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    Global Communications & Public Affairs, present
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Sydney, Australia - Singapore, Singapore - Pebble Beach, CA - Cambridge, MA - Mattapoisett, MA
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Google PR working on Google X and Google Fiber; Cape Cod roots now stretched to San Francisco, Singapore, and Sydney; Tottenham Hotspur supporter. 

Add me to circles if you want posts on:
- News & other goodies from Google & across the web
- Start-up culture
- Free expression & the open Internet
- Miscellaneous interesting tidbits about life in Australia
- Education & writing (watch out - I can get really worked up about use of the passive voice and other grammar related topics)

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- Food (love to cook...but too impatient to bake)
- Wine (especially earthy Pinots/Burgundies and almost anything New Zealand!)
- Tennis (reasonably good in a past life)
- Books (novels, tending to favor British authors, esp those whose brains work like David Mitchell's) 


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  • Harvard University
  • Old Rochester Regional High School
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Really friendly Turkish/Mediterranean restaurant -- made me wish I lived in this neighborhood so I could go all the time. Had the shared cold appetizer plate (mostly a selection of dips like hummus along with very tasty bread) to start -- a very good start. Mains were tasty and good value. Affordable wine list; the waiter was a good sport bringing us tastes of all 3 Turkish white wines so we felt comfortable choosing a bottle. Good for groups, and one of those rare places that will leave both meat-lovers and vegetarians with plenty to choose from.
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Food: Very goodDecor: Very goodService: Very good
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New "wine pub" in SOMA definitely worth a visit -- really friendly and attentive staff, good comfort food. If you find yourself at the Whole Foods hot bar a block away, staring at the mac & cheese, just walk down the street and go to Jamber instead. They told us their kitchen will stay open late -- well past 10pm on weekdays and as late as 2am on weekends, which is a rarity in SOMA never mind SF. I had a tasty burger and fries -- would definitely go back. Wine available in sizes ranging from half glass to milk jug, and all at very good prices. It's the kind of place that SOMA hasn't had many (any?) of and needs more of.
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Go for the wine list and food, not for the service. Brick walls, comfy banquettes, great for a winter night, especially with all the Italian reds on the wine list. Many options of wine by the glass, with various sizes of pour available plus tasting notes that are usefully detailed but not intimidating. All of us enjoyed our food -- my mushroom risotto with flank steak was delicious. The service was bizarre; one of our servers seemed really sad and disinterested, and the other acted as if any request was an inconvenience.
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Food: Very goodDecor: Very goodService: Poor to fair
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Need to move to Toronto so I can eat here more often. Most creative and interesting Italian menu I've ever seen -- in or outside of Italy. Warm and friendly service. Long list of interesting wines by the glass (they have one of those Enomatic machines); had a glass of white pinot noir (!) and a pinot nero. I had a fantastic salad of just-close-enough-to-bitter greens with poached plums, pistachios and a creamy cheese, followed by pork blood sausage on polenta with cipollini onions and raisins. Oh - and - they had balsamic fir gelato for dessert, drizzled with real Canadian maple syrup. Christmas in a bowl! Amazing and wish I could go back tomorrow.
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Food: ExcellentDecor: Very goodService: Excellent
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I went in skeptical of eating at a celebrity chef restaurant at a Hilton Hotel, but wow, was I wrong! Beautiful space, surprisingly friendly service. We shared two sashimi dishes to start -- it's hard to make sashimi memorable but they did -- the kingfish with ginger and shallot was gorgeous. The spanner crab omelette was stunning -- one of the best things I've eaten in my life. Good wine list -- AU/NZ centric and had a long list of affordable options, which is nice to see in a restaurant of this level.
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Food: ExcellentDecor: ExcellentService: Excellent
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One of the best pizzas of my life! Spectacular dining room -- old building, high ceilings, wine bottles and Italian road signs and tons of character. Buzzy busy but not too loud. Huge selection of pizzas and pastas -- I had a pizza with smoked prosciutto, pears, gorgonzola, and walnuts. Amazing.
Food: ExcellentDecor: ExcellentService: Very good
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Busy even in the middle of a holiday Monday afternoon. Super friendly and fast service. Decor falls short of having a French-cafe-feel but it doesn't matter -- the food is great. Long list of crepes (savory and sweet) as well as baguettes and not-too-greasy panini.
Food: Very goodDecor: Poor to fairService: Very good
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