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Urs Hölzle
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Very useful new Firebase feature.
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Nice feature for developers, thanks Cloud!
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Sad to see that a popular email provider in my home country of Switzerland encrypts 0% of their outgoing email :-(

(https://www.google.com/transparencyreport/saferemail can show you this data about any provider.)
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Funny: the "@Swisscom.ch /@Swisscom.com" domain has outgoing encryption active ... but this is not a free service ;-)
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Congrats to the Photos team for a resounding win in this comparison.
The healthiest approach to managing photos, it turns out, is a Zen one: to not deal with them much at all.
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Google's photo service trades off users who adopt simplicity and ease-of-use (vast majority) against users inclined to manage their own classification system.

The key would be to satisfy both kind of users ('Advanced' tab which gives the ability for further classification and sorting). I'd like Photos to be the definitive photos app so I can forget to store them in my old PC.
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Not having grown up in the US I find baseball/softball boring (sorry) but this play is simply awesome. 
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Who says datacenters can't be art canvases?
Bringing a bit of the magic from the inside of our data centers to the outside.
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+Monika Zahn Your next canvas!
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If you've ever wondered about how run reliable services, this beautifully written intro from the SRE book is the best 5-minute guide on the topic.
Site Reliability Engineer is a job title we are starting to see more and more these days. What does it mean? Where does it come from? Learn from Google's SRE team.
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Whole-heartedly agree. As a member of Ops team, I thank SREs everyday for keeping shit running.

“There’s always demand for people to do operational bullshit. There is an almost infinite amount of bullshit that people will ask an operational person to do. So the idea that you would put a cap on that it legit.”
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Great idea...and very funny too.
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What appears to be sadness, may be hapiness, depending on the age/experience of the observer;
people tends to develop critical thinking with time;
it seems that in today's age of infomation there is hope for humanity to learn faster than ever before, I'd like to see that working to be honest.
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"For instance, Google Cloud is 5 times faster than DigitalOcean and 9 times faster than Microsoft Azure in the VM creation process. "
Part 2: Benchmarking the performance of AWS, DigitalOcean, Linode, Vexxhost, Google Cloud, Rackspace, Packet, Cloud A and Microsoft Azure. This blog post provides updated figures for the data published in my article last year (Part 1). For those unfamiliar with the article, the objective of my piece is to measure
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I am a very happy +DigitalOcean user happy to see it getting compared/ benchmarked with Google and Microsoft. Kudos +DigitalOcean 
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What Luiz says! (Hint: cool jobs available.)
 
Google software engineers have been using some serious new toys to build powerful machine learning (ML) applications. You've known a bit about the software part of it (like tensorflow.org). Yesterday we announced a remarkable piece of hardware that is optimized for ML.

My current team in the Google Geo product area has pioneered the use of these devices to extract information from images (see https://goo.gl/Q8mNPR, or the papers in http://research.google.com/pubs/SachaArnoud.html).

If you are a computer programmer with expertise in machine learning and interested solving some challenging AI problems (and playing with some cool new hardware), please see our job posting at https://goo.gl/xEddQi, or contact Sacha Arnoud (our Director of Smart Imagery) at sacha@google.com.
Google has designed its own computer chip for driving deep neutral networks, an AI technology that is rapidly reinventing the way Internet services operate.
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Awesome project!
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VMs are a commodity, right? Well, not quite, there are good VMs and better ones :-). This Fortune article shows how we've brought more innovation to VMs in 2 years than everyone else combined has in ~10 years. 
Google Compute Engine (GCE), the infrastructure service of Google Cloud Platform, is a late entrant in the market. Amazon EC2 was announced in 2006 while Microsoft added VMs to Azure in 2012. Google announced the general availability of GCE only in late 2013. Source: Google Despite being the laggard in the IaaS [...]
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+Paul Milovanov wrong we disagree apparently about what free means. Forbes is not only not free but demands a pound of flesh to view what IS FREE elsewhere. Bye Paul.
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It's easier than ever to determine if and why your service is slow. Or fast. 
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Does it support Cloud SQL yet?

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Perhaps the most unlikely win in sports history ever, not just of a single event but an entire season. "[...] bookies deemed Elvis Presley twice as likely to still be alive as Leicester finishing top."
Considering the state of modern football, tiny Leicester City had to outmaneuver not one but five Goliaths to win the Premier League. And they did it.
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+Urs Hölzle , what do you think of a Kaggle competition to predict Leicester's win? Given historical data on players and coaching team... Could a machine learning system has predicted it.
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