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Marissa Mayer’s Next Big Thing: “Contextual Discovery” — Google Results Without Search

Marissa Mayer’s Next Big Thing: “Contextual Discovery” — Google Results Without Search
Today at LeWeb ’10 in Paris, France, our own Michael Arrington took the stage to talk with Google’s Marissa Mayer. Mayer recently took a new job within Google. Technically, she’s now the head of consumer products for the company. So what’s she working on? Well, as we’ve all heard, location is a big part of it. But she’s also thinking about a bigger picture item that Google is still working on. “The idea is to push information to people,” Mayer said. Mayer said they’re still thinking about how the UI for all of this should look, but they have some ideas. “We’re trying to build a virtual mirror of the world at all times,” Mayer said. Below, find my live notes of the entire discussion (paraphrased): MA: So, you now have a new job MM: We’re calling it consumer products broadly. MA: Why give up search and do something different? MM: Well I had done it for about 11 years. MA: Let’s talk more about contextual discovery. MM: The idea is to push information to people. MM: (Laughs) I use it. MM: I am.

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