This WEEK in GOOGLE 158
Recorded: August 8, 2012
This WEEK in GOOGLE 158: Forking the Meatball
- Leo Laporte ( • )
- Gina Trapani ( • )
- Jeff Jarvis ( • )
- NBC and the Olympics: the responsibility of a big platform
- It is about stewardship. NBC has a bigger responsibility then normal when it comes to the Olympics.
- Jeff was on CNN talking about NBC's coverage of the Olympics
- He also compares NBC responsibility to Twitter's role in the case of Guy Adams: Twitter is more then just a service. Jeff blogged about it later: The responsibilities and opportunities of the platform.
- Leo mentions App.net which is trying to build a Twitter-type service, but user-focused and without ads.
- In a blog post titled The difficult challenge of media alignment Seth Godin suggested Twitter could let its top users pay.
- Jeff believes in an advertising model and at the same time companies have to maintain their users trust. If NBC would broadcast the Olympics live, the superfans would watch and created more social buzz, leading to more viewers.
- Leo: they are never going to change unless forced to by viewer finding other ways to get that content. Jeff: yes, as for instance using Tunnelbear to watch the Olympics ad free on the BBC.
- Google News:
- Google hosted a Search Breakfast for the press
- They announced a limited trial showing you results from your Gmail account in searches: Building the search engine of the future, one baby step at a time
- Google Search app for iPad and iPhone adds voice-based answers, available in the 'next couple of days'
- Google Now which according to Clay Johnson shows you bus times when you're near a bus stop .
- Jelly Bean:
- Samsung Galaxy SIII is getting Jelly Bean
- Jason Howell just reviewed the ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity tablet and Mobile Dock which still runs Ice Cream Sandwich and he said Jelly Bean definitely makes things run faster (he has a Nexus 7 running on Jelly Bean).
- Samsung Confirms Galaxy Note 2 Launch on August 29th if the courts allow them to release it.
- Samsung Galaxy Note 2 Potentially Hobbled by Ice Cream Sandwich
- Google's self-driving car
- The self-driving car logs more miles on new wheels. No accidents, while the computer was behind the wheel.
- People are more open to the idea of self-driving cars now than 3 years ago. Whats going to drive that attitude change: people dying from texting while driving. The Dangers of Texting While Driving -- AT&T Commercial
- Once the car is autonomous you don't have to own a car anymore. This will change the car industry, which is why Google took their car to Detroit, as Leo, Gina and Jeff discussed in TWiG144
- Sebastian Thrun led the development of the Google self-driving car. It would be interesting to invite him to one of the TWiT shows.
- A lot of the very smart people working at Google and changing the world, are not well know. Wired wrote about Jeff Dean and Sanjay Ghemawat in an article; Peter Norvig is another one of them.
- Google Listen
- Talk about the TV show the Newsroom
- Google Ventures Joins DocuSign’s New Funding, Round Grows To $55.7M. DocuSign could be the feature that when implemented i Google docs is finally going to kill the fax machine. No more faxing of signed documents.
- Matt Honan got hacked
- He blogs about this: Yes, I was hacked. Hard.
- Does using Google's two step verification help?
- Leo pointed out that the "Application specific passwords" are a weakness, as they can be used without the second factor. It's worth pointing out that the are no weaker than having two-factor two factor switched off, and is in fact more secure in many ways:
- The password is only showed once - there is no way to get Google to show you it again
- It is in essence a strong password because it is randomly generated
- You only ever type it in once, from then on it is stored (hopefully encrypted) in the application that uses it (Outlook, Android whatever, iPhone etc).
- Once you've typed it, that password is no longer vulnerable to keylogger attacks, because you'll never type it again.
- You've already forgotten it. You probably didn't even type it - you cut-and-paste it
- It can be revoked. If you suspect that password has been compromised, revoke it and create a new one. No need to change your master password and reconfigure everything.
- Social engineering can't be used to extract it from you.
- It's never going to get re-used on dodgy forums like many peoples Google password is.
- Basically applications don't need to do two-factor between themselves, because they don't have the same flaws as humans.
- But Google 2 step verification can also be hacked as the Cloudflare incident shows: CloudFlare Security Breach: The Result Of Smart Social Engineering, Flaw In Google’s Account Recovery System
- Security Questions: The Biggest Joke in Online Identity Verification
- Matt Cutts on Lifehacker writes Please Turn On Two-Factor Authentication
- Facebook also has 2 step verification, called Login Approvals
- and Lastpass uses Google Authenticator too
- Mars Curtiosity Landing
- Ustream Mars Curiosity broadcast numbers beat primetime CNN, company says
- TWiT did a live special
- Lots of interest in the landing in the geek community, not a lot in the non geek community
- Props to NASA and their media and internet savy. And to superannuated hippie, Pompadour Guy and Mohawk Guy
- Just for fun: Conan O'Brien on Samsung Calls BS On Apple's Charges Of Copying
"We Do A Little Thing At The End"
- Gina's tip of the week: Get Gmail in your search results
- Jeff's number: Google opens up about the future of search
- Google crawls 20 billion web pages a day out of 30 trillion URLs
- 100 billion searches every month
- 530 improvements made to search this year so far
- Leo's tool: Mighty Text
- Promo Code: twig
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