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Courtney Hohne
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Chris Urmson, Director of the Self-Driving Car Project, explains the difference between driver assistance systems and fully self-driving cars in his recent +TED Talk "How a driverless car sees the world." 
Statistically, the least reliable part of the car is ... the driver. Chris Urmson heads up Google's driverless car program, one of several efforts to remove humans from the driver's seat. He talks about where his program is right now, and shares fascinating footage that shows how the car sees the road and makes autonomous decisions about what to do next.
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Notice anything new on the streets of Mountain View, California? Our latest prototype vehicles are ready for the road and a few of them are now cruising around town! 

These prototype vehicles are designed from the ground up to be fully self-driving. They’re ultimately designed to work without a steering wheel or pedals, but during this phase of our project we’ll have safety drivers aboard with a removable steering wheel, accelerator pedal, and brake pedal that allow them to take over driving if needed. The prototypes’ speed is capped at a neighborhood-friendly 25mph, and they’ll drive using the same software that our existing Lexus vehicles use—the same fleet that has self-driven over 1 million miles since we started the project. 

As we start to cruise around the neighborhood, we really want to hear what our neighbors think. To learn more about our project or to leave feedback on how we’re driving, please visit our website: www.google.com/selfdrivingcar.

See you on the road!
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Cool look into the archives of +Project Loon  -- check out all the crazy balloon designs the team has gone through!
 
Today, Project Loon turns two! It’s been quite a journey—16 million kilometers to be precise—since we first connected sheep farmer Charles Nimmo to the Internet during our 2013 pilot test.

Our earliest tests started back in 2011, using a weather balloon and basic, off-the-shelf radio parts. These tests showed that balloon-powered Internet might just work, but the team knew that weather balloons wouldn't be a long term solution since they aren’t built to last in the stratosphere. So, our balloon enthusiasts got down to work and asked: if we wanted to bring balloon powered Internet to the whole world, what type of balloon would we need to build?

We started by building much, much bigger balloons able to hold equipment capable of beaming connectivity 20 km down to the earth below—starting with our modestly larger early Albatross design, all the way up to our 141-foot-long Hawk and beyond. To ensure there’s always a balloon overhead to provide connection, we needed to build a system that can manufacture these balloons at scale, leading to our latest balloon design, the Nighthawk, the likes of which has never been seen before.

Take a peek into our archives to see how our balloons have developed over time to deal with these challenges, from our very first ‘prehistoric’ balloons all the way to our latest flock design.
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Homesick for real summer and +Dunkin' Donuts !!!
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A big milestone for the +Google Self-Driving Car Project   (And much as i love Jon Hamm's voice in those Mercedes ads, "10,000 autonomous miles" doesn't have quite the same ring as "a million autonomous miles!"  
 
Last week, we crossed the million mile mark for our project.  Our software has now self-driven the equivalent of 75 years of typical U.S. adult driving!  Along the way, we’ve navigated more than 200,000 stop signs, 600,000 traffic lights, and seen 180 million vehicles—with several thousand traffic cones, some fluttering plastic shopping bags, and a rogue duck thrown in for good measure.  

We’ve come a long way since +Larry Page first challenged us to demonstrate that self-driving technology had long-term potential. Back in 2009, he gave us two audacious goals. The first was to drive 100,000 miles on public roads; in 2009, this was about 10x more miles than had ever been completed by any autonomous driving team.  The second was to drive 10 sets of 100 interesting miles—well known California routes that included crossing the Golden Gate Bridge, navigating the curves of Lombard Street in San Francisco, and traversing the 200+ traffic lights of major boulevard El Camino Real.  We met those early goals, but it was hard to imagine we’d ever cruise the boulevards of Mountain View, California, as smoothly as we do today.  We’re taking this million mile milestone as further proof that fully self-driving vehicles will become a reality, and we’re looking forward to finding out where the next million miles will take us.  
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I taught my grandmother how to drive when she was 65. It was nerve wracking, but we got it done.

I hope the Google autonomous cars drive more like someone who's being tailgated by a police car.
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Google's ambitious plan to deliver Internet service from enormous balloons turns two today.
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Curious about how our self-driving cars work, what path has led us here, and what’s next for the project? With our prototype vehicles heading out onto the streets of Mountain View, California, this summer, it’s really important to us that we share more information on what we’re up to and give our neighbors space to share their thoughts. Learn more about our project on our new website: www.google.com/selfdrivingcar
What if it could be easier and safer for everyone to get around? To start, we’re building a prototype vehicle that’s designed to take you where you want to go at the push of a button–no driving required.
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I’ve been testing the new Google Photos for about a week, and despite a few drawbacks, I consider it the best photo backup-and-sync cloud service I’ve tested.
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In praise of Google's boring Google I/O.

(Read my column: http://goo.gl/gsXk4e )
 
Nobody jumped out of blimps this year, but who cares when Google's products, services and platforms are getting this polished?

As a veteran of four Google I/O conferences, it's clear that this year's event was the least exciting for users and attendees, but it was definitely the most exciting for serious developers.

Unlike at past I/Os, nobody jumped out of blimps to deliver Google Glass to Sergey Brin. Rock star CEO Larry Page didn't give a hushed and momentous surprise speech. Google didn't give away a ridiculously expensive assortment of unreleased gadgets to attendees. The vast majority of announcements this year were either announced or leaked earlier, reducing the surprise factor. Even the food was poor cafeteria fare.

Some attendees were stunned by the conspicuous absence of such Google products as Google Glass, Chromebooks, Google+, Nexus smartphones, Project Ara and Project Fi.

But those are the complaints of shallow and entitled crybabies. Serious developers were thrilled by what they saw and heard at Google I/O.

Here's why: 

http://www.eweek.com/cloud/in-praise-of-googles-boring-2015-developer-conference.html

#googleio2015  
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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. 

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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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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 - 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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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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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.
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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.
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