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Google’s Fountain of Youth?

April 20, 2014

Geneticist Cynthia Kenyon is heading to Google

Kenyon will join Calico – Google’s mysterious health venture.

Stephanie M. Lee writing in The Chronicle:

“Google has revealed little about Calico since the search giant formed the independent company in September, except that it wants to slow aging and fight age-related diseases. As Google CEO Larry Page once put it, Calico is truly a ‘moon shot.'”

Cynthia Kenyon Geneticist Google Calico

Cynthia Kenyon, Ph.D. Credit: UCSF

Kenyon is a pioneer in the genetics of aging.

Her role at Google’s Calico? Not detailed.

Her background may provide some clues, quoting:

“‘Age is the single largest risk factor for an enormous number of diseases,’ she explained to The Chronicle in 2005. ‘So if you can essentially postpone aging, then you can have beneficial effects on a whole wide range of disease.'”

Calico is collecting scientific heavyweights.

Its CEO is Arthur Levinson – the board chair of Genentech and Apple.

Sounds like a health “Skunk Works.”

Fountain of Youth-like stuff.

One more thought from reporter Lee about Kenyon:

“So deep is her dedication that she avoids bread and sugar – except dark chocolate – because studies show they speed up aging.”




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Gmail’s April 1 Anniversary

April 1, 2014

How Gmail Happened: The Inside Story of Its Launch 10 Years Ago Today

Harry McCracken writing for TIME:

“If you wanted to pick a single date to mark the beginning of the modern era of the web, you could do a lot worse than choosing Thursday, April 1, 2004, the day Gmail launched.”

It was not an April Fool’s joke.

Here’s Google’s original news release.

Gmail’s “creator”, Paul Buchheit, is not quoted.

His color in the TIME article is classic Silicon Valley.

Balancing innovation, creating a team, addressing privacy, advertising, incorporating search, launching.

A tech “how-to.”

Gmail is now a decade old.

Out of Beta.

But a work in progress.

Still addressing privacy.

Did you get one of the original Gmail invites?

Do you still use it?


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Google Gives Away Money

March 11, 2014

Send business to Google Apps; Make Money

Carolyn Said writing in The Tech Chronicles:

“Google is offering a $15 bounty for every new user of Google Apps for Business referred by a current user. But it’s not as simple as signing up mom, dad and your hamster. This offer is for new business customers. You score the $15 bounty for each of the first 100 users at a new business customer who pay for at least 120 days of Google goodness.”

But why give away money?

Think long term.

Each new customer will probably pay for that $15 many times over.

Plus, the tech-media giant can afford to dish it out.

Google has plenty of money:

$GOOG Weekly Chart: Stock near an all-time high

Google’s weekly chart is an exquisite image of a stock in a strong uptrend.

Technically, the stock is riding the 8MA.

That’s not just bullish.

It’s extremely bullish.

In fact, at $1211 a share, Google is just $18 from an all-time high.

What to do with that financial strength?

Make more cash.

By giving some to you.

Each new, business Google App user could return that initial $15 back to the company in buckets.

The firm also benefits because time spent on referrals is your time, your work.

So, how do you get in on the cash-action?

Google it for the details.

You saw that one coming, I’m sure.

Google’s Secret Flying Car?

November 21, 2013

Photos emerge of strange aircraft, similar to designs from a company near Google

+Caleb Garling of the San Francisco Chronicle:

After reporting on a company near Google’s headquarters that’s developing what looks like a flying car or drone, a couple pictures of crafts very similar to the designs from the patents it holds have come to our attention.”

Secret Car Google Greg Espiritu
Credit: Greg Espiritu via

Park it between two cars at a shopping center:

Secret Car Google
Credit: U.S. Patent Office and John Blanchard, The Chronicle

Reporter Garling:

“Some are calling it a flying car – a ‘Jetsons’ mobile.

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“A side question for now is where Zee.Aero might get the sort of battery power such a vehicle would need. Electric-car maker Tesla certainly has made waves recently with its willingness to license its technology.”

All my life: a Dick Tracy watch, Bones’s tricorder and a Jetson’s craft.

The perfect tech trifecta.

Why has it taken so long?

Google Buys Tesla?

June 25, 2013

Tesla Takeover Tenuous

Bloomberg’s Tara Lachapelle and Alan Ohnsman:

“Google, with $52 billion of cash and equivalents, is a possible suitor given its interest in vehicle technology … . Self-driving cars are among projects stemming from Google’s practice of letting employees develop ideas not tied to online search and digital advertising … .”

I think Elon Musk is the final stamp on Tesla’s journey:

“’I’ve said from the very beginning, from the creation of Tesla, that our goal is to create a compelling mass-market car,’” Musk said. “’I would not consider stepping away from Tesla until we’re there,’” he added. “’We’re several years away obviously.’”

Tesla’s stock, after one of the worst days for U.S. stocks this year, finished strong:

Tesla Stock Holds 21-Day Moving Average

Tesla cars have wheels.

Its stock still has legs.

Yahoo Plans to Buy Tumblr

May 19, 2013

$1.1 Billion Cash Deal

The New York Times:

If the deal is approved, Ms. Mayer will face the challenge of successfully managing the takeover, given Yahoo’s notorious reputation for paying big money for start-ups and then letting the prizes wither. Previous acquisitions by Yahoo, like the purchase of Flickr for $35 million and a $3.6 billion deal for GeoCities, an early pioneer in social networking, have been either shut down or neglected within the company.

This would be Marissa Mayer’s seventh and largest deal, since leaving Google.

How Google Fiber is "Working"

March 16, 2013

What Do You Do With the World’s Fastest Internet Service?

Slate on Google’s pilot program in Kansas City:

And this gets to the fundamental problem with Google Fiber: It’s totally awesome, and totally unnecessary.

Unfortunately, that take falls in the camp of watch the future or join it. They make my point later in their story:

After all, it was true that, in the 1940s, most people didn’t need a computer.

In 1940s, most of humanity was unaware of computation. This changed.

I say, embrace fast.

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