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  • Google Has Invented A Super Spoon To Help Parkinson's Patients

    Lift Lab, a Google owned company, has created a spoon that allows people with essential tremors and Parkinson's Disease to eat without spilling. In clinical trials, the Liftware spoons reduced shaking of the spoon bowl by an average of 76%.

    Produced by Devan Joseph. Video courtesy of Associated Press.

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  • Microsoft And Yahoo Are Throwing Themselves At Apple To Replace Google As The iPhone's Default Search Engine (AAPL, GOOG)

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    Last week, Yahoo and Mozilla announced a new partnership that would place Yahoo's search engine as the default in Mozilla's Firefox browser instead of Google's.

    Now, there's a chance Apple could make a similar move in 2015.

    Apple's contract with Google, which implements Google's search engine as the default in Apple's Safari browser, is expiring next year, according to The Information's Amir Efrati.

    Yahoo and Microsoft have already started pitching Eddy Cue, Apple's SVP of internet products and services, on the idea of replacing Google with their respective search engines, sources have told Efrati.

    Apple has been trying to decrease its reliance on Google, one of its biggest rivals, for years. As of now, Google is the default search engine in both the web and mobile versions of Safari. This means millions of Mac, iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch users are exposed to Google's search engine every day. That's a valuable spot Yahoo and Microsoft seem eager to take, according to Efrati. 

    Former Apple CEO Steve Jobs has been trying to wean Apple products off of Google's services, since 2008, as The Information notes, by stripping out services such as Google Maps and YouTube that previously came pre-installed on iPhones until 2012. 

    Now, Google Search could be another Google-powered service that will no longer come as a default on Apple products. That is, if Apple does decide to pursue a partnership with Microsoft or Yahoo instead. The decision will likely be based on the quality of the search engine as well as how much money there is to be made from search ads, Efrati reports.

    Bing already serves as the default search engine for Siri, so it wouldn't be entirely surprising to see Apple make a similar move with Safari. 

    SEE ALSO: Essential Tips For Saving Time In Google Search And The Chrome Browser

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  • If Carmakers Don't Adapt, Silicon Valley Will Take Over

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    Renowned business strategist and futurist Peter Schwartz is issuing a warning to the automotive sector: Step up or step aside in steering the future of cars. The tech industry, he says, could become the main driver of new motorized transport technologies, including Internet-connected, self-driving cars.

    “If [automakers] don't adapt, they'll just be hardware suppliers to a software industry,” Schwartz told a packed audience Tuesday at the Los Angeles Auto Show’s Connected Car Expo. “The very business model -- who are the winners and losers -- is up for change.”

    The founder of the Berkeley, California-based strategic planning consultancy Global Business Network said he envisions a future where either automakers adapt quickly to the changes taking place in passenger cars, or risk having tech companies like Google and Apple swoop in to fill consumer needs on their own.

    Already Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS are battling for control of the vehicle dashboard touch-screen interface, and Google is taking a strong position on autonomous driving technology. And some Wall Street dreamers have even suggested that Apple dive right into car manufacturing by purchasing Tesla Motors Inc. (If it does, CEO Tim Cook might find himself, as Tesla CEO Elon Musk did during a recent conference call with analysts, lamenting how hard it is to engineer and make a car.)

    The auto industry certainly recognizes the need to embrace the innovation.

    Speaking at a business conference in the United Arab Emirates on Wednesday, Ford Motor Co. Executive Chairman Bill Ford, the great-grandson of Henry Ford, outlined his company’s vision of the future of driving, which seems to correspond with Schwartz’s advice.

    “We are equipping cars and trucks with new technologies that improve the driving experience, guide you to your destination, manage the car’s functions and keep you and your passengers entertained,” Fordtold an audience of business executives in Dubai. “So we are building smart cars, and they will continue to get smarter.”

    Ford outlined a vision where the future of driving focuses on the needs of congested urban environments where smart infrastructure and smaller, more connected forms of transport will be needed to cope with higher population densities. In what would have been industry sacrilege 20 to 30 years ago, Ford offered up a vision of “access” to transport rather than “ownership,” transport that is shared rather than individually owned.

    “In congested urban environments, we will see more peer-to-peer applications and on-demand transportation networks,” he said, pointing to ridesharing services like Uber.

    Ford Motor Co. three years ago released its vision of automotive transport through 2050, which predicted the arrival as early as 2017 of semi-autonomous driving, vehicle-to-infrastructure communication (smart roads that adjust speed limits in real time, the ability to warn of road construction or traffic jams well ahead of time) and growth in small city cars to navigate congested urban environments. Ford sees fully autonomous driving by as early as 2025.

    Whether automakers will be able to innovate these technologies without the help of Silicon Valley is unlikely. Already major companies, including Ford, Mercedes-Benz and BMW, have opened research labs in California to be close to where many of the innovations are taking place. But as many point out, making a car is not the same as designing a component that enables a car to perform a particular task.

    “I don't foresee that GM, Daimler, Toyota, Hyundai or whoever is going to do their engine development in Silicon Valley or have their crash-testing in Silicon Valley,” Sven Beiker, executive director of the Center for Automotive Research at Stanford University, told Telematics Update, a publication devoted to vehicular technology. 

    A modern vehicle contains tens of thousands of individual parts and takes years to develop at a cost of billions of dollars. If auto companies wind up making hardware that supports the tech industry’s software, the hardware will still be what matters most.

    Schwartz may be a renowned tech futurist admired by Silicon Valley, but his rosy outlooks haven’t always squared with reality. His 1999 book “The Long Boom: A Vision for the Coming Age of Prosperity,” co-authored with like-minded utopian visionaries Peter Leyden and Joel Hyatt, saw the first two decades of this century filled with tech-driven global prosperity and growth.

    Published two years before 9/11 and eight years before the start of the longest period of U.S. economic contraction since the Great Depression, “The Long Boom” today seems more like an exercise in positive thinking, as some critics pointed out at the time, than a work of profound, relevant insight.

    Schwartz’s message may be a warning that the automotive industry could wind up depending on Silicon Valley for some of its transport innovations, in much the same way the automotive industry relies on air bag manufacturers to provide these safety components. But motorized transport is built, not programmed.

    SEE ALSO: In 4 Years, Elon Musk Won't Be CEO Of Tesla

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  • A Google-Owned Company Invented A Spoon That Allows People With Tremors To Eat Without Spilling

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    MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — Just in time for the holidays, Google is throwing its money, brain power and technology at the humble spoon.

    Of course these spoons (don't call them spoogles) are a bit more than your basic utensil: Using hundreds of algorithms, they allow people with essential tremors and Parkinson's Disease to eat without spilling.

    The technology senses how a hand is shaking and makes instant adjustments to stay balanced. In clinical trials, the Liftware spoons reduced shaking of the spoon bowl by an average of 76 percent.

    "We want to help people in their daily lives today and hopefully increase understanding of disease in the long run," said Google spokesperson Katelin Jabbari.

    Other adaptive devices have been developed to help people with tremors — rocker knives, weighted utensils, pen grips. But until now, experts say, technology has not been used in this way.

    "It's totally novel," said UC San Francisco Medical Center neurologist Dr. Jill Ostrem who specializes in movement disorders like Parkinson's disease and essential tremors.

    She helped advise the inventors, and says the device has been a remarkable asset for some of her patients.

    "I have some patients who couldn't eat independently, they had to be fed, and now they can eat on their own," she said. "It doesn't cure the disease, they still have tremor, but it's a very positive change."

    Google got into the no-shake utensil business in September, acquiring a small, National of Institutes of Health-funded startup called Lift Labs for an undisclosed sum.

    More than 10 million people worldwide, including Google co-founder Sergey Brin's mother, have essential tremors or Parkinson's disease. Brin has said he also has a mutation associated with higher rates of the Parkinson's and has donated more than $50 million to research for a cure, although Jabbari said the Lift Labs acquisition was not related.

    Lift Lab founder Anupam Pathak said moving from a small, four-person startup in San Francisco to the vast Google campus in Mountain View has freed him up to be more creative as he explores how to apply the technology even more broadly.

    His team works at the search giant's division called Google(x) Life Sciences, which is also developing a smart contact lens that measures glucose levels in tears for diabetics and is researching how nanoparticles in blood might help detect diseases.

    Joining Google has been motivating, said Pathak, but his focus remains on people who are now able to eat independently with his device. "If you build something with your hands and it has that sort of an impact, it's the greatest feeling ever," he said. "As an engineer who likes to build things, that's the most validating thing that can happen."

    Pathak said they also hope to add sensors to the spoons to help medical researchers and providers better understand, measure and alleviate tremors.

    Shirin Vala, 65, of Oakland, has had an essential tremor for about a decade. She was at her monthly Essential Tremor group at a San Ramon medical clinic earlier this year when researchers developing the device introduced the idea and asked if anyone was interested in helping them.

    As it was refined, she tried it out and gave them feedback. And when they hit the market at $295 apiece, she bought one.

    Without the spoon, Vala said eating was really a challenge because her hands trembled so hard food fell off the utensils before she could eat it.

    "I was shaking and I had a hard time to keep the food on a spoon, especially soup or something like an olive or tomatoes or something. It is very embarrassing. It's very frustrating," she said.

    The spoon definitely improved her situation. "I was surprised that I held the food in there so much better. It makes eating much easier, especially if I'm out at a restaurant," she said.

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  • Google Settles Defamation Case From Morgan Stanley Banker Falsely Hounded As A Murderer And Money Launderer

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    LONDON - Google Inc said on Monday it had reached a settlement with a British businessman over defamatory postings in its search results describing him as a pedophile, a murderer and a money-launderer.

    Former Morgan Stanley banker Daniel Hegglin, who said he was subjected to years of defamation by unknown users, had sued the Internet giant to have it block links to the abusive material that appeared on several thousand websites.

    Google had asked him to provide a list of web links to be removed. Calling that an incomplete solution, Hegglin asked the High Court of Justice in England and Wales to order Google to ensure the material did not appear in its search results.

    The case was due to start this week, but the court was told on Monday that the two sides had reached a settlement, details of which were not released.

    "We have reached a mutually acceptable agreement," a Google spokeswoman later said in a statement, without elaborating.

    No response was immediately available from Hegglin, who now lives in Hong Kong. His legal team in London declined to comment.

    The BBC quoted Hegglin's barrister Hugh Tomlinson as telling the court: "The settlement includes significant efforts on Google’s part to remove the abusive material from Google-hosted websites and from its search results."

    The case was separate from the so-called "right to be forgotten" ruling, under which search engines must remove outdated information on EU citizens if requested.

    Since that ruling by a top European court in May, Google has received over 160,000 removal requests from across Europe affecting over half a million sites, according to its online transparency report.

    (Reporting by Liisa Tuhkanen; Editing by Tom Heneghan)

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  • France Is Leading A Desperate Fight Against Google, Netflix, And Uber

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    The French don’t play. Ever since Minitel bit dust, the continental power has been hopping mad about American domination of Internet services. And over the past weeks, attacks on U.S. giants have escalated from Paris to Lille.

    Netflix is right now in the middle of an ambitious European expansion drive that started in Scandinavia and is fanning out south. Sure enough, France’s Association for the Protection of Consumers and Users has now sued Netflix for “malicious and illegal clauses.” These include changing the terms of contract without informing consumers, not offering information of guaranteed minimum quality and writing contract clauses in English.

    No doubt this is only the opening salvo against Netflix in France, which guards its cultural heritage jealously. The U.S. streaming service tried to preempt Gallic criticism by financing a political drama series called Marseilles, but this appears to have been ineffective.

    Uber’s French launch has been, if anything, more controversial than the Netflix debut. Infuriated taxi drivers in Lille have attacked a student for trying to enter an Uber car, first attempting to block her from opening the car door, then allegedly throwing a bottle at her head. The UberPOP service is about 20% cheaper than French taxis.

    The French legal attacks on Google are too numerous to list here but the latest one actually has an entirely novel twist. France is now threatening Google with a hefty, €1,000 penalty for every defamatory link the company fails to remove from its global network of Google subsidiaries.

    Google agreed earlier this year in Europe to remove links to articles that may be considered “outdated and inflammatory” — in other words, Europeans can demand removal of old search results that they consider embarrassing. But the new penalty scheme essentially holds the French subsidiary of Google responsible for the actions of its sister and parent entities. This in turn means that the French are attempting to make their legislative decisions global.

    What to make of all these recent moves against some of America’s most successful corporations? They seem to indicate that France has no intention of trying to emulate the American model and foster growth of its own IT industry — instead, the country seems to be sliding towards perpetual guerrilla war against foreign tech powers. It is hard to overemphasize just how futile this bitter battle against the future looks to foreign observers.

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  • The FAA's New Drone Proposal Would Be Bad News For Amazon And Google (GOOG, AMZN)

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    It looks like the Federal Aviation Administration's rules for commercial drone use could be much more restrictive than expected.

    Drones will have to remain below 400 feet and within sight of their operators who will have to be certified pilots of the manned aircrafts, the The Wall Street Journal reports, citing sources familiar with the rule-making process.

    Getting pilot certification requires dozens of hours flying manned aircrafts. Flights will also have to be limited to daylight hours. 

    The FAA plans to release these proposed rules for small, commercial drones under 55 pounds by the end of this year.

    If enacted, these rules would deliver a blow to the commercial drone projects of Amazon and Google, which both planned to use algorithms — not certified pilots — to direct their drones. 

    This FAA proposal isn't set in stone yet. The White House Office of Management and Budget is reviewing it and seeking comment from other parts of the government like the Pentagon, the Journal reports, and specifics could still change.

    Amazon announced its plans for automated delivery drones nearly a year ago, and Google revealed its own project in August.  

    SEE ALSO: Here's Everything Google Knows About You

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  • How Google Glass Helped This Blind 13-Year-Old Dancer Get His Vision Back

    Ben Yonattan

    When a teenage dancer was diagnosed with retinal dystrophy, a disease which left him almost completely blind, it seemed like he'd have to give up his passion. 

    Until, that is, 13-year-old Ben Yonattan and his family discovered that he could use Google Glass to expand his vision.

    The disease had restricted his field of view to the size of a straw opening, but Glass' tiny screen combined with its camera could give him a much larger range. 

    Tonnatan set up a GoFundMe page to buy the $1,500 device, but didn't make enough to afford real frames, which cost extra.

    Instead, he attached the electronic device to his existing pair of glasses using a rubber band. 

    These diagrams show the range of  Yonattan's vision with Glass versus without it: 

    Google Glass

    After WWMT News Channel 3 first aired the story last week, Yonattan started receiving support from people all over the world. He and his mom were overwhelmed by the amount of love and kindness they recieved after the show aired, but they felt even more stunned when they first heard from Google.

    Noticing how he had been using a rubber band, Google reached out to his family and offered to send him a free pair of  frames. A few days later, the company called back and said that they had noticed some "wear and tear" on his Glass and wanted to send him a completely new set. 

    "It's an upgrade too," Yonattan told WWMT. "So it will probably be a lot nicer and easier to use."

    Yonattan says he loves the reaction he's gotten from people, and wants his story to show that it's possible to overcome huge challenges. Yonattan's biggest dream is that dance choreographers from the show "So You Think You Can Dance" will hear his story and get in touch. 

    Regardless, he's going to keep pursuing his passion. 

    "Inside me there's something saying, 'Keep dancing. Keep dancing. Don't stop. You love it,'" Yonattan says. 

    Of course, giving away a free pair of Glass is nothing to a billion-dollar company like Google. Supporting specialized use-cases for Glass also makes sense for Google because the product has recently been panned by developers, many of whom have given up on making apps for commercial use because of a lack of customers and device limitations. There's plenty of reasons to be cynical about the future of Glass, but it's hard not to be moved by Yonattan's individual story. 

    "The goal of the Glass Explorer program is to get it into the hands of all sorts of people, from firemen to musicians, from chefs to parents, to see how they use it," Google told the Michigan news station, "It's still early days, but the potential for wearables and Glass in particular is great and we're always excited to see how different people put the device to use."

    Watch the heart-warming video here.

    SEE ALSO: Here's Why Europe Wants To Break Up Google

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  • Here's How Much Interns Make At America's Top Tech Companies

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    Jessica Shu, a computer studies undergraduate student at Cornell University who previously worked as a software engineer, published a public Evernote notebook on Friday in which she listed monthly salary offers she says she received for internship positions at leading American companies.

    In the list, which includes tech titans such as Google, Apple, Facebook and investment firm Goldman Sachs, Shu tallied the monthly salary offers received from each company, as well as stipends and expenses for housing.

    Taking the stipends and housing expenses into account, as well as a monthly average of 170 working hours, Dropbox tops Shu’s list with a salary of $13,500, followed by Linkedin ($12,600) and Amazon in San Francisco and Foursquare in New York (tied at $11,000).

    Stipends and housing expenses aside, global trading firm Jane Street leads the list with a salary of $10,400 a month, followed by Fitbit in San Francisco ($9,300) and Dropbox and Yelp (both tied at $8,500).

    Here is the list:

    intern salaries

    For reference, Glassdoor’s list of the top 25 highest paying companies for interns listed Palantir ($7,012), Vmware ($6,966), Twitter ($6,791), Linkedin ($6,230) and Facebook ($6,213) as the leaders for highest monthly salaries.

    Shu’s eye-opening list gives job seekers, particularly students beginning their career path, unprecedented first-person insight into the salaries of the world’s most competitive companies.

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  • There's A Mysterious Field Of Electrical Energy Outside Google's Office In London (GOOG)

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    There's something very strange happening outside Google's office in London.

    Multiple people have reported being zapped by a field of static electricity outside the building, and they have started videoing it to prove the weird phenomenon exists.

    Google declined to comment on this story when reached by Business Insider.

    Reddit user "master_poop" was one of the first people to discover the strange electrical field, posting a video which shows his hair standing on end.

    There's even an audible "buzz" from what he guesses is static electricity.

    After posting the video online, he explained that both of the people featured in the video had since suffered from toothache, and he had even had a small nosebleed. 

    Some people on Reddit dismissed the video as fake. After all, people often try and game the popular site by inventing weird phenomenon. They can earn money if enough people watch their videos through ads on YouTube. But more videos have come to light showing the same electricity field outside Google's office. 

    Back in September, YouTube user "LessAmazingPhil" uploaded a video showing his hair standing on end at exactly the same spot outside Google's London HQ.

    And there's even a third video showing another man standing outside Google's office with his hair standing on end from some kind of static electricity field.

    There are a number of theories for what might be causing the strange build-up of electricity. Some people theorise that there could be a problem with electrical wires underneath the street outside Google HQ.

    Others guess that the design of the building could be to blame. They claim that the building features a mesh of metal poles that could generate static electricity.

    Google London office

    Despite reports of painful tooth fillings and nosebleeds that may have been caused by the electrical field, UK Power Networks has investigated the area and declared it safe.

    Earlier today, workmen were seen outside Google's office, digging up the exact spot where the electrical phenomenon was taking place. 

    Here's where you can find the spot on a map:

    Google electricity map

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