The fleet of classic DeLoreans that Uber sent tooling through San Francisco this weekend provided just a small glimmer of techno-fantasies to come. And while years may pass before cars can actually fly, we can comfort ourselves knowing that Google's new line of self-driving robo-vehicles is already ... More >>
• Harvest Home Sanctuary's Toast to the Turkeys is THIS Saturday! It's not too late to come eat and drink tons, cuddle animals, and watch turkeys eat cranberries, which is totally what turkeys do best. That, and be cranky and awesome. We've got a lot in common! • So, you want to work at Goog ... More >>
Her prince has come!On Thursday, members of the LGBT media were invited to participate in some kind of weird press conference at the White House. Was it a show of good faith (this is a first for queer journalists) or just another attempt to appear attentive? An administration official named Melod ... More >>
A source very close to the matter told SF Weekly that Google Me does in fact exist, and that Google already has many engineers on the project, a potential rival to Facebook. The search engine is "getting very serious about social," and some early conjecture pegs Google Me as an OpenID project. That ... More >>
Should we brace ourselves for another round of tech news headlines with the word "killer" in them? According to Digg founder Kevin Rose, Google is about to launch a social profile service called, aptly, "Google Me." Rose stated on Twitter earlier today that he heard a "huge rumor" from a "very cred ... More >>
A Washington, D.C. man has claimed that Google's street view vehicles aren't just cruising around hoping to create point-of-view maps and catch the occasional sunbather in a compromising position. A lawsuit filed last week in the nation's capital alleges that the gargantuan company has been surre ... More >>
This search engine is fully operational...Google is a "digital vampire" in the words of Dow Jones CEO Les Hinton. Furthering the vampiric metaphor, the search engine exists to "just suck on your blood," in the words of HDNet owner Mark Cuban. Taking things to the next step, the Mountain View comp ... More >>
We want it ... but we don't know where to put it As noted yesterday, San Francisco publicized its full application to enter the Google fiber network sweepstakes, which has taken on something of a Willy Wonka Golden Ticket feel -- but with delicious Wi-Fi fiber instead of chocolate. San Fran ... More >>
What?! Googling 'guinea pig fights' again?!!Newspapers' tech and financial pages have been filled with headlines this week announcing Google's withdrawal from China. Apparently, the Mountain View-based search engine and all-purpose Web behemoth decided it had had enough of the authoritarian Chine ... More >>
The city's technology mavens are anticipating the Board of Supervisors will tomorrow give them the go-ahead to enter Google's much-ballyhooed fiber sweepstakes. A sub-committee of supes last week unanimously sent a motion to the full board recommending San Francisco get in on Google's game. The M ... More >>
C'mon, Mr. Mayor -- shave that follicle helmet for Google!Puzzling technological initiatives, close studies of dense municipal bureaucracies, garage regulations -- this week at City Hall ain't exactly a stroll down the carnival midway, but there's some important stuff on the table. And if you pay ... More >>
In the first step towards a now inevitable pull out, Google side-stepped the Chinese government's search strictures this morning, as the formerly censored Google China (Google.com.cn) now redirects to the uncensored Google Hong Kong (Google.com.hk).
We bike commuters here at SF Weekly have eagerly awaited the launch of Google's bicycle-directions feature on its maps site. As of today, the wait is over. Along with suggested routes by car and public transit, Googlers in 150 cities can now query the best way to get from Point A to Point B under ... More >>
Google: It's a noun, a verb, and, soon enough, it'll be the Ryan Seacrest of a national, municipal contest determining who wins a brand new ultra-high speed fiber network -- only with discernible talent.The Bay Area-based search engine recently announced a plan to build a new fiber network in a yet- ... More >>
Google Image Search FAIL via Megan McCarthy's Facebook. Click to enlarge. In the estimation of many an Internet pundit, yesterday's launch of Google Buzz was pretty much a buzzkill. After briefly giving the rumored "Twitter-killer" a go ourselves, we'd like to offer yet another suggestion to the ... More >>
Hopefully you'll still be able to eat sushi after seeing this.This Google ad popped up during a random session of surfing local food blogs. It has managed the nearly impossible feat of putting us off of craving sushi for a minute and has evoked numerous bad '80s horror movie scenes in the process ... More >>
While it was definitely sweet, Google's Super Bowl "Parisian love" ad was a pointed reminder that search has not seen any major transformations over the last decade. For as long as we've searched on the web, we've pretty much had the same experience: plug in some words, get a list to parse, rinse, r ... More >>
In a monumental statement earlier today, Mountain View based Google announced that they were no longer censoring their search results in China -- and that if the Chinese government did not agree to these non-censored search results this would lead to a Google pull-out."We have evidence to suggest th ... More >>
Pic via Flickr "Google is Skynet" coming up as a first result here is pretty badass. Nice work @kpereira.
Photo via Natalee DOr at least go watch "Law and Order."6. The Reign of the Standard Blog Post Format We know it's been that way since links.net. But enough or at least less of the big picture/text below monotony. We're the people that invented The Segway and the Wii, surely we can figure out how ... More >>
Didja hear there was a train wreck? Didja hear there was a train wreck? Didja? Well, didja? Living in the Bay Area, you see more than your share of vehicles with barely an inch of paint visible beneath a nearly solid plastering of bumper stickers. If you're like me, such infestations inspire the fol ... More >>
Science news flash to supposed Google geniuses: Astronauts don't leave footprints on suns!Google, the ubiquitous search engine famously based on complex, supposedly-more-accurate-than-the-competition algorithms, Monday graced its homepage with a glaring, scientific error. The July 17 ... More >>
The Google award at Humphry Slocombe.On Wednesday, SFoodie's Meredith Brody reported on Google mapping out Alice Waters' favorite places in the Bay Area. That same day, the tech company dropped off exclamation point-looking statues in front of the chosen places of Waters as well as the selections fr ... More >>
Mayor Gavin Newsom: bears striking resemblance to Will ArnettGoogle Maps unveiled their latest project called "Favorite Places" this afternoon at a press conference/meet and greet/smorgasbord inside City Hall. Local business owners, members of the press, and Mayor Gavin Newsom mingled, networked, an ... More >>
Last year I had to good fortune to hang out with the Rosenthal family--a very talented bunch of artists, musicians, and filmmakers for this cover story. The two siblings in that household, Lou Lou and George, play in a local punk pop band called Lou Lou & the Guitarfish , and have a record out on ... More >>
This just in: The economy still sucks. It sucks so bad, in fact, that Google, Inc. just laid off 100 recruiters. The company no longer needs quite as many people focused on hiring, says Laszlo Bock, Google's vice president for people operations, in a blog post. Although it's another sign the media i ... More >>
Google bought YouTube for something like a bazillion dollars last week. Is this a deathknell for the popular video clip service, or the start of an even bigger, better Internet library?
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As a simple Internet search engine has grown into a billion-dollar tech behemoth, the question becomes: Is Google good? Take quiz, find out.