April, 2014

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"Don't be evil" isn't a cute catchphrase that we bandy about casually….

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014
"Don't be evil" isn't a cute catchphrase that we bandy about casually. It underlies everything that we do at Google; while we aspire to greater things, it's the minimum standard that we set for ourselves. I've never been prouder and more hopeful as an employee than I have been at Google. This, more than the generous perks and benefits, is why I'm happy to come in to the office every day.

Reshared post from +Brian White

If you're not paying for the product, you are the product.

I have to admit, this is a catchy line.  It appeals to the inner cynic in us all and makes a certain amount of sense in a core, "what can you do for me," type of thinking.

But it's hog-wash.

I work for Google so I follow the news about the company and I'm really tired of seeing that first line, or some variation of it, spouted by people who really don't care enough to want to think it through.  It does not work that way!

Yes, Google is a company.  And yes, Google is a reasonably large company (though not that large compared to the likes of IBM, GE, etc.).  But though a company is a single entity in the eyes of the law, it is not run like that.  Google is full of many thousands of individuals, many of whom are more rabid about user privacy than the privacy watchdogs that complain.  I've watched them take Larry and Sergey to task on stage about the smallest things.  I've done it twice myself.  If the leaders of the company purposely violated our users' trust, there would be open revolt and the founders would be lucky to not find themselves strung up by their toes.

Everything Google does is done for our users.  Your happiness is always the first priority, even above Ads.  (I've seen this in both policy and various practical implementations.)  You are not product; you are our customers!  That's simply the way we view it and it permeates the company from bottom to top.  Everything is done to make a better service for you.

Even Ads is viewed as a service to our users.  Random ads are garbage.  Useful ads are a benefit.  Yes, it's also a benefit to our publishers and yes, it's also a benefit to our shareholders.  Since when did win-win-win arrangements become a bad thing?

I won't claim that Google always gets it exactly right or that we haven't made mistakes.  We don't and we have.  And we admit it.  And it will happen again.  Sorry.  But everything is done with the right intent even if it doesn't always work out as hoped.  Hindsight is perfect.

Google is the most moral company in which I have ever worked.  But guarding our users' privacy doesn't just make moral sense, it makes business sense.  If we purposefully violated our users' privacy, we wouldn't have a business at all before very long.

Google does not share your data with law enforcement or other government agencies,…

Monday, April 28th, 2014
Google does not share your data with law enforcement or other government agencies, unless if they have a legal warrant, just the same as law enforcement not being allowed to enter your house without a warrant. You can take your tinfoil hats off now.


Friday, April 25th, 2014

Galaxy Note who?

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014
Galaxy Note who?

OnePlus One Premium Smartphone Launches at $299
OnePlus, the company that has been promising a smartphone without any compromises has finally released their new smartphone, the OnePlus One.

Right on cue for Earth Day, our 3 kW solar array produced a record 19 kWh

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014
Solar outlook not so good for later this week, but rain would be a good thing too! 

Streetview Time Machine is here! Not a late April Fools joke

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

Reshared post from +Google Maps

New! Starting today, you'll be able to go back in time with #StreetView to see seasons turn, towers rise, and the world change in #GoogleMaps . No Deloreans needed. http://youtu.be/lvH3rtFMa9o

Here at +Google Earth, every day is Earth Day

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014
Here at +Google Earth, every day is Earth Day. But does that mean that if every day is Earth Day, no day is Earth Day? Hmm. In any case, happy Earth Day!

Looking for someone cool & interesting to follow circle?

Monday, April 21st, 2014
My good friend, racing driver and instructor, children's author, artist and designer extraordinaire +Geri Amani is on Google+, yay!

Reshared post from +Geri Amani

I never use Google+ but I'm going to give this a whirl!

Following on the theme of yesterday's excellent episode of Cosmos: A Spacetime…

Monday, April 21st, 2014
Following on the theme of yesterday's excellent episode of Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey. While correlation between lead and crime levels doesn't mean causation, it's still an interesting theory, with some supporting data.
+COSMOSonTV +Neil deGrasse Tyson Fan Club 

Did removing lead from petrol spark a decline in crime?

Okay, +Mazda USA, I'll bite

Thursday, April 17th, 2014
Okay, +Mazda USA, I'll bite. Here's my #mx5turns25  pic. Simple, reliable, quick, fun: MX-5 Miatas make the best race cars!