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Courtney Hohne
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Attended Harvard University
Lives in San Francisco, CA
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While I love to drive, there are almost 33,000 reasons why I applaud Google for pushing the envelope.
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We started designing the world’s first fully self-driving vehicle to transform mobility, making it easier, safer and more enjoyable for everyone to get around. Now we're ready for the next step of our project: this summer, our prototype vehicles will leave the test track and hit the familiar roads of Mountain View, California, with our safety drivers aboard. Learn more: http://goo.gl/mBTKZD
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Be sure to check out the video along with this behind the scenes story on +Project Loon from +The Verge 
"Good news," says Katelin Jabbari, Google X’s communications chief. "It’s about to explode." We’re several hundred feet in the air, inching our way along a wooden walkway tucked high into the...
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Billions of people could get online for the first time thanks to helium balloons that Google will soon send over many places cell towers don’t reach. Availability: 1-2 years
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Take a look inside the lab of Google[x] Life Sciences with +The Atlantic ...
Hidden away on Google’s campus, doctors at a world-class life sciences lab are trying to change the way people think about their health.
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Behind the scenes as the Internet giant launched big initiatives to keep its flagship product viable
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How a frugal economist finds the perfect lunch
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Here’s everything you need to know about Prototype.
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In case you missed +Astro Teller on stage at SXSW today...
Astro Teller says that at Google[x], failure is indeed an option. So is changing the world.
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After a record-breaking 187 days aloft, we have recently landed the Project’s longest duration balloon in one of our Argentinian recovery zones.

That’s a long time! Enough time to hard-boil 33,660 eggs, or 134,640 if you like your yolk runny (doesn’t include eating time), or listen to Elton John’s “Rocket Man” just over 61,000 times. In the same time it took the Earth to complete half of its annual orbit of the sun, our record-breaker managed to circumnavigate the globe 9 times, enduring temperatures as low as -75c (-103 F) and wind speeds as high as 291 km/h, soaring to a maximum height of 21km and drifting over more than a dozen countries across 4 continents.

Having been in the air for just over 3 months we decided to put the balloon through its paces, making a series of altitude changes on its last circumnavigation to test our ability to fly north out of southern latitude bands. The test was successful and we managed to turn up to the Northern tip of Australia where we were able to access a much slower wind stream going in the opposite direction and sending our balloon lazily back over to South America. Finally, we brought it back into its original southern latitude band to swoop in and land in one of our Argentinian recovery zones for collection.

Recovery operations are now underway to bring the balloon back to the lab so the team can analyze this magnificent specimen and learn as much as possible about what makes such long durations possible, building these learnings into our future long-duration fleets before putting the record-breaker through our recycling process. We think that this balloon has definitely earned its retirement!
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Speed matters!  Crossing fingers that someday we'll see +Google Fiber in Mountain View.
 
Google Fiber is coming to the Atlanta, Charlotte, Nashville, and Raleigh-Durham metro areas. Woohoo! Now begins the hard work of building and designing the networks. 

Get updates on our progress at g.co/fiber/newcities

We'll continue to work with the cities in the Portland, Phoenix, San Jose, San Antonio, and Salt Lake City metro areas, and we hope all will become Fiber cities.
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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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San Francisco, CA
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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. 

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- 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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  • 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 - 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 - FairService: Very Good
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