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Our thoughts on using Google Glass so far, plus videos that show what it can do

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In his TED talk, Sergey Brin of Google shares the idea that motivated the development of Google Glass: that while smartphones inherently take us away from experiencing the real world, a device could allow for a digitally-mediated experience within it. “This position you just saw me in – looking down at my phone – that’s one of the reasons behind this project, Project Glass,” he says, hunching over his phone. “We ultimately question if this is the ultimate future of how you want to connect to other people in your life, how you want to connect to information. Should it be by walking around looking down? Is this what you were meant to do with your body?”

Yesterday, Google announced that it was stopping the Google Glass Explorer Program, which let curious software developers buy a pair for $1,500. Many interpreted this as the company rolling back on this vision, but Google assured that they…

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With Lucky Sort creators on board, Twitter is officially a data company

Reblogged this on UberTechMedia This move by #Twitter is intriguing– they already have promoted tweets… GigaOM reminds us all of Twitter’s organic growth potential – #hashtags being the most prized asset underlying Twitter’s entire business model.

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We all kind of knew that Twitter’s path to making money was paved with data, and the announcement on Monday that it’s buying analytics startup Lucky Sort makes it official. Unless I’m totally misreading the writing on the wall, this move is all about giving advertisers — and anyone, in theory — the tools to learn about what people are talking about.

Word that Lucky Sort is shutting down and that several of its team are joining Twitter’s revenue engineering department suggests this is exactly what the acquisition aims to accomplish.

As it stands, companies use Twitter as a way to track how people are talking about them and maybe, if they’re really advanced, do some sentiment analysis. If they’re willing to pay a third party, Datasift and Gnip are more than happy to broaden marketers’ views to encompass the entirety of Twitter’s data, both real-time and historical. What…

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FCC Proposes Ridiculously Fast In-Flight Internet Speeds

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In a slam dunk 4-0 vote, the Federal Communications Commission just proposed kicking off a process that could eventually make your experience cruising the Interwebs at 30,000 feet considerably less, shall we say, sedate. How? By auctioning off the rights to recently freed up airwaves, and allowing Internet service providers to share those airwaves with satellite companies.

According to the FCC:

The Commission proposes to establish an air-ground mobile broadband service, using a ground-based network to communicate with planes, by taking advantage of technical innovations to expand sharing of certain spectrum among users. Expanded availability of in-flight Wi-Fi will help meet demand from travelers to connect to a full range of communications services while flying in the contiguous United States. More options for in-flight broadband are likely to increase competition, improve the quality of service, and lead to lower prices.

Today’s in-flight Internet service involves either satellite (an antenna mounted atop the plane) or air-to-ground systems (an…

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Why Channeling Your Inner Weirdo Helps You Get Ahead At Work | Fast Company | Business + Innovation

Why Channeling Your Inner Weirdo Helps You Get Ahead At Work | Fast Company | Business + Innovation.

Intriguing! – Robotic insects make first

Intriguing! – Robotic insects make first controlled flight — Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences – http://s.shr.lc/18hMcFc

The Smell Of Coders In The Morning, Or, 10:30AM At The Disrupt NYC Hackathon [TCTV]

@TechCrunch #hackdisrupt – certainly would have been great to attend!

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