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  1. Eric Schmidt Says You Can’t Have Google Glass Until Next Year

    Though earlier reports said that Google Glass would be commercially available by the end of this year, it seems like we're going to have to wait longer before we can walk around looking like super cool cyborgs. Eric Schmidt said in an interview that Glass would not be available to the public until some time next year. The bright side is now you have more time to save up $1,500 to buy a pair.

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  2. Google’s Eric Schmidt Will Continue Strange World Tour in Myanmar

    In what might just an attempt to get obscure Foursquare badges, Google chairman and guy wh0 goes to North Korea sometimes, Eric Schmidt is headed to Myanmar to tell them how great the Internet is. He'll be giving a one-hour lecture in Yangon during a tour of Asia on March 22nd. The talk will focus on the importance of Internet access, and why Myanmar should probably stop restricting it for its people.

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  3. Serenity Now: Startup Will Send “FireFly” Spacecraft to Prospect Mineable Asteroids

    Asteroids have been catching our attention a lot lately. Apophis was found to be larger and more dangerous than initially believed just in time for it to pass by Earth at 9.3 million miles. NASA has a potential plan to give the Moon its own moon by capturing an asteroid. The European Space Agency is sending up a pair of craft to test asteroid deflection methods. Now the startup Deep Space Industries plans to send "FireFly" spacecraft to explore near-earth asteroids to see if they can mine them for resources.

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  4. Here’s What Eric Schmidt Said About North Korea

    Not everyone was happy with former Google CEO Eric Schmidt's trip to North Korea, or its secretive nature, but it seems like now we have some details about what the whole thing was about. Schmidt posted on his Google+ account this morning, and said the goal was to talk to North Korea about a free and open Internet. The reason many people suspected Schmidt was making the trip was to increase Google's market into the country, but why can't it be both? Google would no doubt get one of its many fingers into an open North Korean Internet, so it could be a classic win-win for Google and the North Korean people.

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  5. An Unexpected Journey: Google Chairman Eric Schmidt Set to Visit North Korea

    If you count yourself a devoted reader of all things Geekosystem, then you no doubt know that among our other self-imposed journalistic duties, one of them involves the constant and dedicated coverage of developments coming out of North Korea -- whether the news be legitimate, comedic, or -- typically -- a unique amalgamation that skates that fine line of being both. In keeping with this trend, South Korean officials have reported that Google chairman Eric Schmidt is scheduled to visit North Korea on a clandestine humanitarian mission, with the company itself pretty tight-lipped on the details surrounding the reason for this unorthodox trip. And as far as we know, it ain't a vacation.

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  6. Google Continues to Let Apple Hang Itself, Has No Maps App Waiting

    With the update to iOS 6, Apple finally rolled out their own mobile Maps app that would supposedly compete with what was previously offered by Google Maps. As most are well aware, the information that Apple managed to cobble together into one semi-cohesive lump has proven to be less than accurate. Some railway stations are designated as parks, parks as ponds, and ponds as unobstructed thoroughfares. In short, they border on dangerous. Google, while still maintaining something of a neutral stance, has now said that they have no app of their own on the way.

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  7. Google to Put Arduino, Raspberry Pi Computers in U.K. Classrooms

    While at the London Science Museum, Google chairman Eric Schmidt announced that Google would help pay for 100 new science teachers and equip classrooms with Arduino kits and Raspberry Pi microcomputers. Those are some lucky, lucky kids.

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  8. James Cameron, Google Founders, and Ross Perot Jr. Fund Mysterious Space Venture Company

    MIT's Technology Review reports that this coming, April 24, a new space venture company will be announced at Charles Simonyi Space Gallery at The Museum of Flight in Seattle. The company, sporting the kind of scary name an evil, faceless corporation in a sci-fi film would have, Planetary Resources, has some pretty famous backing, including James Cameron, Ross Perot Jr., Google co-founders Larry Page and Eric Schmidt, and Charles Simonyi, known for overseeing the creation of Microsoft Office. With the somewhat foreshadowing company name and the prestige of its backers, MIT speculates that the new company could very well be an asteroid mining company, especially due to some wordage in its press release.

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  9. Eric Schmidt Takes the Hit on Google’s Poor Social Performance

    Eric Schmidt may not be Google's CEO anymore now that Larry Page is in the saddle, but Schmidt, currently the executive chairman of the search company, clearly still views Google through a leader's eye -- and that includes the company's screwups. Speaking at the D9 conference, Schmidt opened up about Google's poor showing in social media, which has given rise to criticism as failures like Orkut, Wave, and Buzz have piled up. When asked what his greatest regret was as CEO of the company this is what he pointed to:

    Tellingly, Schmidt said the social problem Google is grappling with today is largely his fault. He said he recently looked up memos he wrote four years ago about Google needing to address online identity. “I clearly knew that I had to do something, and I failed to do it,” he said. “A CEO should take responsibility. I screwed up.”
    Though Facebook has emerged as a bitter rival to Google in winning ad dollars, top engineers, and hearts and minds, with dirty tactics not out of the question, Schmidt praised Facebook for its role in de-anonymizing the Internet: "[Facebook is] the first generally available way of disambiguating identity. Historically, on the Internet such a fundamental service wouldn’t be owned by a single company. I think the industry would benefit from an alternative to that….Identity is incredibly useful because in the online world you need to know who you are dealing with." (AllThingsD via CNET)

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  10. Report: Eric Schmidt Stepped Down as Google CEO Over China Dispute

    Yesterday's news that Eric Schmidt, who had been Google's CEO since 2001, was stepping down from his post to become the company's executive chairman shocked tech watchers and led to some interesting analysis of what a Larry Page-helmed Google would mean for the company, but there was little in the way of a 'why' in Schmidt's blog post/press release apart from Google's need to "simplify our management structure and speed up decision making." But Ken Auletta, who literally wrote the book on Google, reports for The New Yorker that Schmidt's decision to step down was not quite as rosy as that, and that "an advisor" says that Schmidt plans on leaving Google after one year as executive chairman. "Was Eric Schmidt pushed or did he jump? Both," Auletta asks and answers in an instantly memorable opening. Per his report, Schmidt's shove and springboard came from one and the same place: China.

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