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Google introduces new ‘Hummingbird’ search algorithm – vía @Reuters


Amit Singhal, senior vice president of search at Google, introduces the new 'Hummingbird' search algorithm at the garage where the company was founded on Google's 15th anniversary in Menlo Park, California September 26, 2013. REUTERS/Stephen Lam

Amit Singhal, senior vice president of search at Google, introduces the new ‘Hummingbird’ search algorithm at the garage where the company was founded on Google’s 15th anniversary in Menlo Park, California September 26, 2013.

Credit: Reuters/Stephen Lam

MENLO PARK, California | Thu Sep 26, 2013 6:25pm EDT

(Reuters) – Google Inc has overhauled its search algorithm, the foundation of the Internet‘s dominant search engine, to better cope with the longer, more complex queries it has been getting from Web users.

Amit Singhal, senior vice president of search, told reporters on Thursday that the company launched its latest “Hummingbird” algorithm about a month ago and that it currently affects 90 percent of worldwide searches via Google.

Google is trying to keep pace with the evolution of Internet usage. As search queries get more complicated, traditional “Boolean” or keyword-based systems begin deteriorating because of the need to match concepts and meanings in addition to words.

“Hummingbird” is the company’s effort to match the meaning of queries with that of documents on the Internet, said Singhal from the Menlo Park garage where Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin conceived their now-ubiquitous search engine. Sigue leyendo

23 and me, big data como commodity y medicina personalizada // thnxz Dolors Reig @dreig


 

Muchos/as habéis escuchado hablar de 23andMe, la empresa que fundaba la compañera de Sergei Brin (explicamos aquí su curioso origen) y que se dedica a la realización por correo de análisis genéticos personales.  Desde Mountain view te hacen llegar un kit de testeo genético, consistente en un recipiente para la saliva que se analizará después, devolviéndote desde la web una serie de reportes acerca de tu DNA.

La idea es medir las probabilidades de incidencia, riesgos relativos de padecer varias enfermedades con base genética conocida y a la vez dibujar un mapa de probabilidades para rastrear nuestros orígenes, descubrir nuestros ancestros.

En algunos casos puede resultar curioso sabes qué porcentaje de Neanderthal nos queda…. Sonrisa 

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Artículo Completo —> dreig.eu/caparazon

 

Exitosas empresas nacieron en el garaje


Algunas de las firmas más importantes del mundo se originaron en el fondo de un hogar y lograron expandirse a niveles insospechados. Conozca cuáles son
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Comenzaron en un garaje y crecieron hasta cruzar las fonteras de sus países.

De hecho, se convirtieron en grandes negocios que actualmente son inmensas fábricas donde se define parte de la economía global.

En la actualidad las utilidades de esas compañías, según Eurobrands, superan los u$s344 mil millones, cifra que sacaría de apuros a cientos de empresas en crisis.

Según informa Dinero.com, ellas son:

1. Apple
Comenzó en el garaje de la casa de Steve Jobs a mediados de los años 70s.

El padre de Steve, Paul Jobs, tuvo que sacar sus herramientas para que su hijo pudiera trabajar con Stephen Wozniak en el diseño de los primeros aparatos de Apple.

Actualmente es la empresa más valiosa del mundo y cuesta u$s130 mil millones.

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Google patents smart watch with flip-up display that could reveal everyday objects’ secrets


By  | engadget.com

Google just announced its earnings for Q1 of 2012 and the company did not disappoint. It raked in $10.65 billion, a full 24 percent higher than last year for the same time period and a hefty improvement over last quarter. Of that rather sizable chunk of cash, $10.2 billion came from advertising revenues — $7.3 billion of that placed on Google’s own properties.
GAAP net income for the quarter was $2.89 billion, more than twice that of Q1 2011, which brings its total war chest to $49.3 billion in cash on hand.

Perhaps the biggest news for investors, though, is the 2-for-1 stock split, which is a perfect accompaniment for the skyrocketing price. It’s worth noting however, that this new stock is a new class of non-voting shares. For more info check out the PR after the break and don’t miss the letter from Larry Page and Sergey Brin at the source link.

Google patents smartwatch

It looks like Google has considered transferring ideas from Project Glass over to your wrist by patenting a smart watch with a transparent, flip-up touchscreen. Sigue leyendo

ALL HANDS ON TECH: THE REAL DIGITAL ELITE


http://www.fastcocreate.com
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Whose hand is that pinching, swiping, tapping, and dragging in ads for everyone from Apple to Bump? We poke deep inside Silicon Valley to discover the latest digital innovation in modeling.
A hand swipes left to right, and a new iPad comes to life. The features are flawless and smooth, the curves are soft, and the movements are fluid. No, not the Apple device. We’re talking about the hand model caressing its screen in ads for this and similar tech devices and services.

Lots of people talk about the booming tech sector creating jobs for developers, engineers, and designers. Fewer talk about jobs created for people who hold all of these touchscreen devices and multi-touch-powered apps in ads:hand models. For Silicon Valley heavyweights such as Apple and Amazon and all kinds of scrappy startups, members of this deeply moisturized elite class have represented the human factor in the marketing of cold, lifeless services and gadgets–in YouTube ads and TV spots and on billboards, websites, and press images. Sigue leyendo

Para Fortune, Steve Jobs es “El empresario más grande de nuestro tiempo” – FayerWayer


Via Scoop.ithuman being in – perfección

En un conteo realizado por la revista Fortune, Steve Jobs, el fallecido co-fundador de Apple fue declarado como “El empresario más grande de nuestro tiempo”. Esta designación se debió a que Jobs tuvo ese instinto para crear productos que hicieron la diferencia frente a sus competidores, ya que no era algo intestinal, sino como él decía “conectar los puntos”.
El conteo se basó en el impacto social y económico que cambió la visión, inspiración, innovación y el desempeño de las empresas a través del tiempo, como lo fue en su tiempo NeXT y posteriormente, la adquisición de Pixar. Aunque se le acusó por ser abusivo o mezquino, para Fortune, Steve Jobs es el empresario por excelencia de nuestra generación por ser “visionario, inspirador, brillante y vivo”.

Esta es la lista completa de Fortune… Sigue leyendo

The raison d’être of a business/ Google and political reform


Google in 1998, showing the original logo
Image via Wikipedia

by Shefaly

What is the raison d’être of a business*? To serve a societal or consumer need? To make profits for the shareholders? To keep the stakeholders happy? To create jobs? To realise the vision of the entrepreneur? Any combination of these?

What about social and political reform? Can that be the raison d’être of a commercial business? Would that not be called “profiteering” since any profits will necessarily be about taking advantage of some people’s miseries.

Google, whose original justification for entering China and agreeing to censorship did not convince me, and whose recent strategic moves leave me less than impressed, is now publishing a report on Google service accessibility from within mainland China.

I don’t imagine it uses up much resource for Google to generate that report. But the question must be asked:

What is the point of this exercise and what, if any, strategic aims of Google are likely to be furthered by it?

I frankly find the exercise pointless. Those in the world, who passionately care about the issues of freedom of speech (yours truly included) and political freedom, have a fair idea about what information China blocks. Many of us have friends and business contacts, who straddle China and HK, and do not hesitate to share how their web experience changes in the mainland and the hoops they jump through to circumvent the Great Firewall of China. So Google’s report is quite likely to be preaching to the choir.

If the report is about naming-and-shaming China into something, I think Google is once again over-reaching its raison d’être as a business. Moreover, having lain once with the dogs and now woken with fleas, it can now hardly be a credible turncoat.

Further the timing of such a shaming exercise couldn’t be worse. One could say that Google is just trying to add its voice to the growing discontent in USA with China’s direct impact on the SME and the manufacturing sector, whether through trade and through protectionism. But in reality, China is holding the USA by the short & curlies. Any posturing at this time could only serve to damage diplomatic relations further, especially as the balance is no longer unquestionably favourable to the USA.

My money – and I daresay the smart money of those, who understand nuance and the complex dance of cross-cultural business – is on that Google should do its duty as a business and not try to bring about political or social reform in China. At the very least, any such action reeks of hubris; at the kindest, of naïveté. And when one hopes to do business across cultures, neither is very helpful.

What about the Chinese people and their freedom of speech then?

With a rich, if somewhat inscrutable to us, heritage, the Chinese are hardly a stupid or insentient people. When they are fed up enough, they will redeem themselves.

* n.b. The word “business” here is used to indicate a commercial, profit-making enterprise, funded by private individuals and/ or other commercial institutions. A body such as UNHCR or Amnesty International would not be a “business” by this definition.

Late edits (March the 25th): Links on the issue: My agreement is not a necessary condition for links to be included.

Google’s slow boat from China or slow death? (Telegraph);

Google’s Quixotic China challenge (Business Week);

Google, China and the Art of War (Guardian); via Salil who has commented below;

While you read an explanation of why Google’s move saves face for China, remember the flanking manoeuvre as applicable to diversified businesses.

China Unicom won’t allow Google on mobiles using Android

China reminds Sergey Brin of Russia and WSJ in a hilarious moment says he is using that experience to shape Google’s China strategy. Hilarious because Brin left Russia when he was 6!  His parents remained and tolerated Russia till they were good and ready. They redeemed themselves, when they were ready. Just as the Chinese will.

Google also censors elsewhere: Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Brazil, Burma, Cuba, Ethiopia, Fiji, Indonesia, India, Iran, Morocco, North Korea, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Syria, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, the UAE, Uzbekistan and Vietnam.

More on India’s “reasonable restrictions” on free speech here.

Rape, pillage and philanthropy: via Hemant, who has also commented below.

http://shefaly-yogendra.com/

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