Google Downplays Expectations Ahead of I/O Developer Conference

Not appearing at this week’s performances: Razzle and dazzle.
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Sympathy for Peter Thiel

I feel sorry for Peter Thiel. Did he really want flying cars? Flying cars are not a very efficient way to move things from one point to another. On the other hand, 20 years ago we had the idea that information could become available at your fingertips. We got that done.

— Bill Gates, in an interview with Wired magazine’s Steven Levy

When Even 10x Isn’t Big Enough

Wait, that’s the second time you’ve mentioned Google as potentially a million-person company.

Wired’s Steven Levy, pressing Google CEO Larry Page on his “moon shot” ambitions

Sundar Pichai: Google Drive Is About Context, Where Competitors Are About Files

After years ago helping to kill an unreleased previous product called Google Drive, Sundar Pichai is now pitching a product with the exact same name.
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Larry Page Declares He Is Above the Fray

Though outside observers who know Google very well describe Larry Page, in his first year back as CEO, as singularly impatient, Page offered a sort of serenity in a rare interview.
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Developer Finds New Use for iPad Camera: Invisibility Trick

For many, the cameras on the iPad 2 seem a bit superfluous. That’s especially true for the rear camera, since at least the front one can be used for video chatting. But a developer has found at least one fun use for that low-resolution camera on the back of Apple’s latest tablet — making the device appear to be invisible.
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Yup, It's True: No Social at Google I/O

Sources familiar with Google’s plans say there will be no big social launches at the splashy Google I/O developer conference next week.

Viral Video: Google Inside Out With Steven Levy

The Churchill Club posted this video of a morning interview session I did with author and journalist Steven Levy last week in Silicon Valley. Levy talked about his new book, “In the Plex: How Google Thinks, Works, and Shapes Our Lives.”

Video: Steven Levy Talks About Google Book "In the Plex"

Earlier this week, BoomTown interviewed longtime author and tech journalist Steven Levy about his new book, “In The Plex: How Google Thinks, Works, and Shapes Our Lives.” I met Levy at the Plex in question–the Googleplex–to chitchat about what he learned after being embedded at the Borg, um, search giant for years.

Nerd Alert: Here Come Two More Google Books!

Although there have already been several big-deal books on Google already–including Ken Auletta’s “Googled,” which was bought by Hollywood for a movie–a new pair is about to debut in coming months. One is penned by prominent Silicon Valley journalist Steven Levy, who had a lot of access to the Google and its denizens, and the other is what appears to be an insiderish tell-all by a former employee.