Spanner: Google's Globally-Distributed Database James C.
Our 30 million members view over 1 billion hours of Netflix per month, so we have very reliable data for consumers to compare ISPs in terms of real world performance. Starting today, we’ll publish monthly rankings of major ISPs based upon their actual performance across all Netflix streams. Google Fiber is now the most consistently fast ISP in America, according to actual user experience on Netflix streams in November. Broadly, cable shows better than DSL. AT&T U-verse, which is a hybrid fiber-DSL service, shows quite poorly compared to Verizon Fios, which is pure fiber.
After much fanfare and holding of breath, Google has finally started to connect the general public of Kansas City to Google Fiber . That means that homes can finally get in on those sweet pricing plans , which includes a tier of free Internet with a one-time construction fee. The first area to receive installations appears to be Hanover Heights , but all the neighborhoods receiving Google Fiber can rejoice as their time will come shortly. Kansas City’s never been such a tempting locale. Good Guy Google explains how they’re going to make the entire process as friendly as possible:
<img src="http://www.webmonkey.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/allseeingeye.jpg" alt="" title="allseeingeye" width="200" height="148" class="alignleft size-full wp-image-52341" /> Mind what you say in Facebook comments, Google will soon be indexing them and serving them up as part of the company’s standard search results. Google’s all-seeing search robots still can’t find comments on private pages within Facebook, but now any time you use a Facebook comment form on a other sites, or a public page within Facebook, those comments will be indexed by Google.
The announcement that Nexus One users won’t be getting upgraded to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich led some to justifiably question Google’s support of their devices . I look at it a little differently: Nexus One owners are lucky. I’ve been researching the history of OS updates on Android phones and Nexus One users have fared much, much better than most Android buyers.
Why do I hate Android? It’s definitely one of the questions I get asked most often these days.
This project is currently in the process of moving to the Apache Foundation, as an Incubator project.
Writing this in part to let off steam, and in part so I can point the next recruiter at it. Time from my leaving Google til getting the first unrelated contact from a Google recruiter: 6 days. Interest I have in going through Google’s hiring process again: zero.
A striking number of Google+ accounts have been deleted in the last 24 hours as the new social network struggles with its community standards policy around real names - alienating and frightening the people it aims to serve. Removed but restored through influence is Limor Fried - AKA Lady Ada / Adafruit Industries: She was recently featured on the cover of WIRED Magazine.
Google publishes hundreds of research papers each year.
By Michael Hickins
Google is still hard at work on their social strategy.