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GOOGLE EARTH JUN 26, 2017 Harry Potter casts his spell on Google Earth

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Conjured up by author J.K. Rowling, "Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone" (called "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone" in the U.S.) has sold more than 450 million copies in 79 languages since its initial publication on June 26, 1997. The worldwide pop-culture phenomenon grew to include six more Harry Potter books, a few literary spinoffs, a movie franchise, and a hit two-part play. To celebrate this anniversary, Google Earth’s storytelling platform, Voyager, takes you on a global tour (no portkey needed) of real-world places inspired... Read More »

CSquared gets new investors to expand internet access in Africa

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In 2011, a team of Googlers identified a major barrier to affordable, reliable broadband in Africa: the lack of fiber optic networks in large cities. This led to Project Link, an initiative to build world-class, high-speed urban fiber networks in Africa’s metropolises. In 2013 we folded these efforts under a new Google brand called CSquared with the aim of bringing other companies into the market, expanding access and lowering costs. CSquared has built more than 800 km of fiber in the cities of Kampala and Entebbe; and 840 km of fiber in the Gh... Read More »

Your Assistant for all seasons

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Here are some questions to ask: How long does it take to bike to Prospect Park? Play my spring cleaning playlist from Google Play Music. When’s the first day of summer? When does the Cherry Blossom Festival end? How do you say “flower” in Japanese? Show my photos from the Cherry Blossom Festival in April. So plan your spring adventure—or hunker down and finally clean out the kitchen drawers—with your Google Assistant by your side.  ... Read More »

AkzoNobel, DSM, Google and Philips to purchase green energy from wind farm Bouwdokken

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The Krammer and Bouwdokken wind farms have a total capacity in excess of 140 MW – sufficient to supply around 140,000 households. Speaking on behalf of the consortium, Marcel Galjee said, “With this new contract, we are taking the next big step towards a new way of generating energy for the Netherlands’ leading industries. It shows that we really are serious about promoting sustainability and creating a future without carbon emissions.” As part of the Dutch Energy Agreement, the Netherlands is working towards a target of using 14% renewable ... Read More »

Cast a spell with Google and Warner Bros. Pictures

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You can also explore the world of “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” with Google Street View. Visit New York in 1926 as brought to life in the film, as well as the real locations today. Fans can visit MACUSA (Magical Congress of the USA); Steen National Bank, where Newt first meets Jacob Kowalski; the underground speakeasy The Blind Pig; and the magical apartment of Tina and Queenie Goldstein, two of the film’s key characters. Once you’ve mastered charms and found the lay of the land, help Newt find his escaped beasts before they come... Read More »

A personal Google, just for you

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From mobile first to AI-first When I look at where computing is heading, I see how machine learning and artificial intelligence are unlocking capabilities that were unthinkable only a few years ago. This means that the power of the software — the “smarts” — really matter for hardware more than ever before. The last 10 years have been about building a world that is mobile-first, turning our phones into remote controls for our lives. But in the next 10 years, we will shift to a world that is AI-first, a world where computing becomes universally ... Read More »

Google Science Fair 2016: a look back, and a giant leap ahead

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Today 20 of the world’s brightest young scientists have that same chance ahead of them, and I am so excited and grateful to be here with them in Mountain View to re-live that experience.   Meeting President Obama(!) Official White House photo by Pete Souza   For me, the Google Science Fair took my passion for science and gave me a global platform to share it with the world. I went on to do my undergraduate studies at Harvard University, majoring in Molecular and Cellular Biology with a minor in Global Health... Read More »

Experience British political history with Google Arts and Culture

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Walk through historic rooms and hallways and get up-close looks at more than 50 photographs and works of art. Take a peek into the cabinet room, where the Prime Minister has held weekly cabinet meetings since 1735, or look around Margaret Thatcher’s office. Stroll down the grand main staircase, stopping to study the carefully ordered portraits of the house’s previous residents. Once you’re ready for some fresh air, you can wander through the gardens, where Winston Churchill liked to nap. There are also two brand new online exhibits. The fi... Read More »

Capture and share VR photos with Cardboard Camera, now on iOS

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VR photos taken with Cardboard Camera are three-dimensional panoramas that can transport you right back to the moment. Near things look near and far things look far. You can look around to explore the image in all directions, and even hear sound recorded while you took the photo to hear the moment exactly as it happened. To capture a VR photo, hold your phone vertically, tap record, then turn around as though you’re taking a panorama. Bugaboo Spire in B.C., Canada captured by Googler Adam Dickinson Starting today, you can also share your VR p... Read More »

Refreshing our Transparency Report for copyright removals

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The report hasn’t changed much since 2012 and was getting a little rusty. So today, we’re releasing a new version of the report that makes it easier for you to understand the data: Examples of removal requests, similar to the annotations we added togovernment requests to remove content last year. These illustrate the range of things we’re asked to remove and the decisions we make in response. A new Explore the Data page, which lets you search the database of removal requests and see a more detailed list of reporting organizations, domains... Read More »

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