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  1. Enjoy the Irony: WikiLeaks Is Mad That Google Handed Their Emails Over to the FBI

    WikiLeaks is not a fan of leaking information to the goverment.

    WikiLeaks, which has kind of a habit of making secret information publicly available, is pretty upset that Google gave in to a Department of Justice order to hand over data including emails and IP addresses associated with several WikiLeaks staff members. Who could blame them? No one likes to be on the receiving end of that level of irony.

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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. Google CEO Stepping Down

    Google has just announced that its longtime CEO Eric Schmidt will be stepping down April 4 as CEO, with company co-founder Larry Page replacing him. Google says that this an effort to "streamline decision making and create clearer lines of responsibility at the top of the company." Schmidt writes:
    For the last 10 years, we have all been equally involved in making decisions. This triumvirate approach has real benefits in terms of shared wisdom, and we will continue to discuss the big decisions among the three of us. But we have also agreed to clarify our individual roles so there’s clear responsibility and accountability at the top of the company.
    Schmidt says that he will stay with Google, acting as the company's executive chairman, and will "focus wherever I can add the greatest value: externally, on the deals, partnerships, customers and broader business relationships, government outreach and technology thought leadership that are increasingly important given Google’s global reach; and internally as an advisor to Larry and Sergey." Owen Thomas notes that Page was the original Google CEO from 1998-2001, and writes based on their personal correspondence that "Page has long held an interest in the top role"; one interesting thing that Thomas points out is that in stepping down from the role of company president to "Co-Founder," Sergey Brin gives up some real power, though he'll continue to be a respected authority within Google. (Via PaidContent)

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  13. Google Giving 10% Raise to All 23,000 Employees

    Silicon Alley Insider's Henry Blodget reports and the Wall Street Journal confirms that Google will be giving 10% raises to all 23,000 of its employees, effective at the beginning of next year. Blodget reports, moreover, that all employees will be getting $1,000 cash bonuses for the holidays. This is believed to be at once a morale boost and a way to keep employees from being poached off by the likes of Facebook. Per the usual Google M.O., the company decided to focus primarily on salaries rather than bonuses or equity because that's what data analysis told them to do. Update: Ruh-roh: The Google employee who leaked the following memo has been found and fired.

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  14. Google’s CEO Proposes Future Where People Will Have to Change Their Names to Escape Social Media

    A few days ago, the Wall Street Journal published an interview with Google's CEO Eric Schmidt. It delved into a number of things like the Verizon deal and Schmidt's excitement for Minority Report-style "targeted advertisement," but the folks at the Telegraph noticed a truly interesting quote nestled unto the discussion. Schmidt apparently believes that, as time goes on and we reach a point where every single person has embarrassing information and pictures from their adolescence posted on social media sites online, it will become commonplace for people to automatically change their name once they reach adulthood.

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  15. Google and Verizon Propose a Second, Paid Internet. What Does That Mean?

    Last week's New York Times report on Google's and Verizon's alleged plans to undercut net neutrality might have been deeply flawed, but they weren't entirely unfounded. Google and Verizon have indeed been working on a seven-part joint proposal concerning the future of the Internet, and they unveiled it to the press and to the world today. While the proposal stresses a commitment to the continued neutrality of the broadband Internet as we know it, legally enforceable by the FCC as never before with fines of up to $2 million per infraction, it allows for the possibility of a sort of second Internet, which reporters on the call referred to as the "private Internet." This may protect net neutrality on the Internet as we know it, but could badly wound it on the Internet as we don't yet. What does it mean, exactly?

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  16. iAd: Apple Unleashing Mobile Ad Platform on April 7th? [Rumor]

    Not long after a photo of Steve Jobs and Eric Schmidt drinking coffee together tore the tech gossip world asunder, a rumor has surfaced that Apple may soon be taking Google on in a big way: With iAd, a new, personalized mobile ad platform that would encroach on Google's home turf of ad sales.

    According to MediaPost, which published its account yesterday afternoon, iAd "has been described as "revolutionary" and "our next big thing" by Apple chief Steve Jobs," and would be built on Quattro, the mobile ad developer Apple bought in January for roughly $300 million.

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