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At Google, one of the main things I and my team work on is unstructured question answering, like you get when asking Google "How often does Halley's Comet come around?",  "What was the name of Invader Zim's robot?" or "How many cards in a standard deck?"

But, we realized sometimes you don't even know what question to ask, but would like to learn something cool, so we made it so you can just say to Google: "I'm Feeling Curious"

https://www.google.com/search?q=i%27m+feeling+curious
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"With recently compiled data showing that nearly 80 percent of the revenue generated since 2000 by the two voter-approved transportation taxes is funding the extension of BART to San Jose through the East Bay, Mountain View and 10 other cities are joining forces to ensure that a bigger piece of the tax-revenue pie is divvied up to support North County projects."

http://www.mv-voice.com/print/story/2015/08/21/editorial-timings-right-to-exercise-political-might
Momentum is growing among cities in the northern part of Santa Clara County to seize an opportunity arising from the potential transportation tax measure on the November 2016 ballot. With recently compiled data showing that nearly 80 percent of the revenue generated since 2000 by the two ...
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The "Measure D" project of a couple years ago involved a project a few blocks from our house, and the community's response kinda soured me a bit on the Palo Alto community.  The Buena Vista mobile-home park is a half mile away, and the shenanigans around that haven't made me happier.  I certainly wouldn't lock any of my money in any sort of multi-tenant project in Palo Alto.
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Saw that earlier.  It would have much better if it had slowly slowly creeped towards the socket, then lunged...
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The decline of the old gatekeepers, or how "news" became a term of derision.
Bethany Mota, Glozell Green, and I got an opportunity that a lot of people don’t think we deserved.
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Behind the scenes as the Internet giant launched big initiatives to keep its flagship product viable
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This, my friends, is a double-rainbow yoga class on the beach.

(moments before I was mocking the X-on-the-beach classes, but DOUBLERAINBOW)
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This is a cute spin-off project from the core open domain question answering tech my team has been building.

http://www.cnet.com/how-to/tell-google-youre-feeling-curious-for-fun-facts/
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Go, Steve! 
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Faster, better, cheaper solar.

As the price of solar panels keeps dropping, one of the fixed costs for home solar installations is simply assessing a roof. When I installed my panels 2 years ago, the installer had to climb up on my roof with a tape measure and a device for measuring sunlight, take a bunch of manual measurements, and then go and make a plan. They must do this even for homes that don't eventually buy solar. It's a non-trivial cost.

Google just launched Project Sunroof, which uses the Google Earth aerial and satellite data to make this calculations for essentially every roof in an area all at once. It's not perfect, but it's a very good estimate and a good place for homeowners to start. Type in an address and get a rough idea of what a solar install would cost and return for them with typical lease/loan/buy options.

I tried it for my own roof and the results came out fairly close to the more detailed ones that I ran myself with my installer's help. I wrote up a blog post 2 years ago with those numbers if you are curious how they essentially work (http://gregable.com/2013/05/residential-solar-financials.html) as well as a more recent post with a years worth of actual data (http://gregable.com/2014/06/one-year-of-solar-and-tale-of-how-pg.html).
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The site of Axis Development Group's proposed four-story building at Folsom and 22nd falls within the part of the Mission targeted for a possible moratorium. Here's the part no one...
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You could give me a free house
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fascinating article about east palo alto.  If anyone has good recommendations for silicon valley history books, I'd love to read.  I don't know enough about its history.

http://techcrunch.com/2015/01/10/east-of-palo-altos-eden/
What if Silicon Valley had emerged from a racially integrated community? Would the technology industry be different?  Would we? And what can the..
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