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  • Google simplifies new Maps preview with instant access (video)

    Google simplifies Maps preview with instant access

    There’s a new Google Maps on the way, and you can check it out today. The search giant just simplified the process for getting access — instead of signing up and waiting for an email invitation, you can simply hit the source link below and click through to explore the new interface. The redesigned Maps includes a much more content-rich design, featuring neighborhood attractions and a more polished interface. See for yourself in the demo after the break.

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    Source: Google Maps

  • Microsoft asks US Attorney General to intervene on security disclosures, denies assisting with NSA interceptions

    Microsoft request on FISA disclosures

    Microsoft sits between a rock and a hard place when it comes to privacy — it can’t reveal more about FISA requests, but it’s also accused of assisting with NSA eavesdropping. The company is trying to settle both matters today, starting with a call on the US Attorney General for help. Microsoft hasn’t had a response to its June 19th request to publish aggregate security request data, and it wants the Attorney General to directly intervene by legalizing these disclosures. The government official hasn’t publicly acknowledged the request so far, although we weren’t expecting an immediate answer.

    At the same time, Microsoft is expanding its denials of The Guardian‘s recent reporting that it facilitates large-scale NSA snooping. Along with insisting once more that it only offers specific information in response to legal requests, the firm claims that its supposedly eavesdrop-friendly actions were innocuous. Microsoft was only moving Skype nodes in-house rather than simplifying the NSA’s access to audio and video chats, for example. It’s doubtful that the public position will completely reassure doubters given the veils of secrecy surrounding the NSA and its collaborators, but the crew in Redmond at least has a full statement on record.

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    Source: Microsoft on the Issues

  • Google reportedly pitching streaming online TV service to multiple media companies

    Google reportedly pitching streaming online TV service to multiple media companies

    Streaming online television services appears to be the next big thing in the Valley — at least, if you ask Google, Apple, Intel and other tech giants that are considering making a move in that direction. According to the Wall Street Journal, Google has approached several media companies about licensing TV channels for such a service, which involves offering cable TV-like channel packages over broadband. This wouldn’t be the first time we’ve seen the folks at Mountain View putting feelers out, as the company opened up discussions with media companies two years ago. Nothing came of them, of course, but it’s hard to say if the current conversations will meet the same fate — a couple years is a long time in the industry, and things may be different enough to merit a more appealing offer on either side, especially given the rise of Netflix, Roku, Amazon Instant and others. A report from the New York Times indicates that these talks are still likely preliminary and not anywhere close to a deal, so we shouldn’t anticipate watching new TV shows live on our Google TV anytime soon.

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    Source: Wall Street Journal

  • The origin of 'OK, Glass,' as told by Google's Amanda Rosenberg

    “OK, Glass.” It’s a phrase that’s become synonymous with Google’s trailblazing wearable tech, and with good reason. As the headset’s hotword, it must be uttered by the user (with varying levels of self-consciousness) to activate Glass’ menu. Amanda Rosenberg, the Product Marketing Manager for Project Glass, took to her Google+ page today to share both the phrase’s history and a few scrapped ideas. During dinner with Mat Balez, the Glass Project Manager, Rosenberg learned that the product required a simple, culturally resonant term that would let Glass know that it was go-time. Accompanied by what we can only assume was a choir of angels singing, Rosenberg realized that “OK, Glass” would be both functional and subtle enough to not embarrass users in public. It’s an interesting anecdote, which you can read in full at the source link, but we have to admit . . . we’re kind of sad “Go go, Glass” was never given a chance.

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    Source: Amanda Rosenberg (Google+)

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