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The Quiet Death of Google Here

+Google​​ killed a project that could have been Revolutionary before it ever got started. Codenamed Google Here, it would have tied in with Google Maps and beacon technology to detect when a user entered a business and display an HTML5 based 'app' screen from the business, an 'app-less' form of marketing/advertising/customer engagement. This kind of mobile advertising is a Holy Grail, as users wouldn't have to download an app (an increasingly difficult challenge to get them to do) to be targeted.

Between the question of whether retailers would actually build the sorts of experiences necessary to make this project a success, and doubts about the potential invasiveness of the project (after all, Google Maps is one of the most used mobile apps, and Google would hardly want to annoy its users and risk driving them away), +Larry Page​​ himself apparently killed it before launch.

While Google Here may have joined the Google Graveyard prematurely, the idea behind it will surely see new life in some form, some day, if not quite the same in all details.

Would you have liked to see Here go Live, or would it have made you reconsider your devotion to Google Maps?

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You might likely already use Google Maps for many of your local searches and navigation needs, but what if you were able to use Google Maps in an entirely
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#DMBMemories: The last time LeRoi Moore played at the Gorge was on 09.02.2007.

Forever dancing with the GrooGrux King!
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The brilliant tapestry of young stars flaring to life resemble a glittering fireworks display in the 25th anniversary NASA Hubble Space Telescope image, released to commemorate a quarter century of exploring the solar system and beyond since its launch on April 24, 1990.
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In memoriam for Steve Jobs as 2011 draws to a close, here's one more rare photo that illustrates his rebellious spirit. In December 1983, a few weeks before the Mac launch, we made a quick trip to New York City to meet with Newsweek, who was considering doing a cover story on the Mac. The photo was taken spontaneously as we walked around Manhattan by Jean Pigozzi, a wild French jet setter who was hanging out with us at the time. Somehow I ended up with a copy of it. My editor begged me to include it in my book, but I was too timid to ask for permission, especially since IBM was still making CPUs for Apple at the time.
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On this day:
At 12th February of 1981, Rush released their landmark album "Moving Pictures".

Over the course of their almost five decade-spanning career, Canadian power trio Rush emerged as one of hard rock's most highly regarded bands; although typically brushed aside by critics and rarely the recipients of mainstream pop radio airplay, Rush nonetheless won an impressive and devoted fan following, while their virtuoso performance skills solidified their standing as musicians. 

Rush formed in Toronto, Ontario, in the autumn of 1968, initially comprised of guitarist Alex Lifeson (born Alexander Zivojinovich), vocalist/bassist Geddy Lee (born Gary Lee Weinrib), and drummer John Rutsey. In their primary incarnation, Rush drew a heavy influence from Cream, and honed their skills on the Toronto club circuit before issuing their debut single, a rendition of Buddy Holly's "Not Fade Away," in 1973.

A self-titled LP followed in 1974, at which time Rutsey exited; he was replaced by drummer Neil Peart, who also assumed the role of the band's primary songwriter, composing the cerebral lyrics (influenced by works of science fiction and fantasy) that gradually became a hallmark of the group's aesthetic. 

Rush’s eighth studio album, 1981’s 'Moving Pictures', hoisted the trio out from its progressive rock trappings and exposed it to the radio-listening world at large with such groundbreaking hits as “Tom Sawyer” and “Limelight.”

The former song sets the stage for the album, showing a cool fusion of new wave synths sprawled across a hard rock soundscape as drummer Neil Peart takes his otherworldly drumming flourishes to previously uncharted levels. Geddy Lee’s lyrics (cowritten with Pye Dubois) reimagined Mark Twain's character of Tom Sawyer as a modern, free-spirited rebel whose defense mechanisms mirror those of society. 

Where “Tom Sawyer” mused on the discontent of an imagined character, “Limelight” reflects the vexation of Peart, who was becoming uneasy with Rush’s snowballing success and the burdens of fame. The song boasts an incredible guitar solo that Alex Lifeson has claimed is his favorite to play live. The eerie “Witch Hunt” is the third part of Rush’s “Fear Series”: four songs focusing on aspects of life ruled by fear. “Vital Signs” closes, ambitiously braiding progressive rock with reggae.

The album cover art is a visual pun of movers physically carrying paintings, while several songs from the album are connected to motion pictures, with "moving pictures" meaning movies. This second meaning is explicitly shown on the back of the album, where a movie crew is seen filming the scene from the front cover. A third meaning is taken from bystanders who are watching the movers and are visibly emotionally moved by the paintings, making them "moving pictures".

'Moving Pictures' is one of two Rush albums listed in '1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die' (2112 is the other). Kerrang! magazine listed the album at #43 among the "100 Greatest Heavy Metal Albums of All Time". In 2012, Moving Pictures was listed as the #10 'Your Favorite Prog Rock Albums of All Time' by Rolling Stone.

Rush proved with 'Moving Pictures' that there was still uncharted territory to explore within the hard rock format, and were rewarded with their most enduring and popular album.

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