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Google±?

July 4th, 2011 · 30 Comments

When I left Google last December, it was an open secret that Google was developing a social networking product. Now that Google has released Google+, I am at liberty to share my personal impressions. Let’s start with the clear wins. Impressive launch. Google has certainly learned its lesson from the past launches of Wave and Buzz. […]

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Google vs. Bing: A Tweetle Beetle Battle Muddle

February 5th, 2011 · 52 Comments

Unless you’ve been living in a cone of silence, you’ve probably heard about the epic war of words between Google and Bing. But just in case, here’s a quick summary: Amit Singhal, Google Fellow: “Microsoft’s Bing uses Google search results—and denies it“: Bing is using some combination of: Internet Explorer 8, which can send data […]

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David Petrou Presents Google Goggles at NY Tech Meetup

September 9th, 2010 · Comments Off

Image recognition is one of those problems that has presented long-standing challenges to computer scientists, despite being taken for granted by science fiction writers. Google Goggles represents one of the most audacious efforts to implement image recognition on on a massive scale. Tonight, I had the pleasure of watching my colleague, David Petrou, present a […]

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The Google Job Experiment

May 15th, 2010 · 1 Comment

This is just so brilliant that I had to post it here. I’ve blogged in the past about alerting spam, but this guy took the idea to a new level, with great return on investment. Perhaps the news about this story will make the tactic more popular and thus less effective through dilution. Still, it’s […]

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Something Different from Google New York

May 12th, 2010 · Comments Off

Earlier this week, I mentioned that my colleagues here at Google New York were working cool stuff. Today some of them officially blogged about it! Check out today’s official Google blog post about “Understanding the web to find short answers and ‘something different‘” by engineer John Provine, which talks about Google’s latest work in question […]

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Celebrating Six Months at Google New York

May 9th, 2010 · 3 Comments

Today I celebrate six months of working at Google. I’m having a great time, and I wanted to take a moment to share a bit about my experience thus far. First, a bit about Google’s New York office. It is a major office–in fact, Google’s second largest office and an R&D powerhouse. New York Googlers […]

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Google’s New Look

May 5th, 2010 · 11 Comments

I wish I could take even a gram of credit for this! I’m really proud of my colleagues for rolling out this new design that encourages and facilitates exploratory search. Go HCIR!

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Google Follow Finder

April 14th, 2010 · 4 Comments

I know there’s lots of interesting stuff coming out at the Chirp Twitter developer conference this week, and I’m still catching up on it all. But I am happy to point folks to a Google Labs application that was announced this morning: Follow Finder. It’s not the first application to suggest Twitter followers based on analysis […]

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Google and Transparency

March 7th, 2010 · 17 Comments

Let me preface this post with a clear disclaimer: I work at Google, but the views I express on this blog are my own personal views. Last week, Google head of webspam Matt Cutts posted a full-throated defense of Google’s transparency on Google’s European Policy Blog in response to complaints that a few companies raised […]

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Fun with Google, Bing, and Yahoo

November 29th, 2009 · 8 Comments

Web search is a fiercely competitive space–as Google points out, “competition is just one click away“. In practice, I take that claim with a grain of salt–but I do think the switching costs are much lower than in most competitive markets. With that in mind, it’s interesting to look at what happens if you search […]

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