Purpose of Floating Google Structure Revealed
A mysterious floating barge tied to
) has been
to be either a floating data center or a Google Glass store. Now,
the structure is in fact a store, fit with luxury show rooms and a
party deck. The store will market Google Glass and other devices to
"invitation-only clients," multiple sources have told CBS.
The barge is composed of 40-foot-tall shipping containers that can
be disassembled and transported anywhere via truck or train.
The project has been in planning for over a year at a secret
facility run by Google near its Mountain View, California,
headquarters. The project has faced delays because of Coast Guard
Another barge linked to Google has appeared in Portland, Maine.
Facebook to Track Your Cursor?
Wall Street Journal
) is currently testing the ability to track where a user's cursor
travels on a screen and how long it stays on different parts of
Facebook's website. Facebook is also collecting other "behavioral"
data -- as opposed to "demographic" data -- like whether or not a
user's News Feed is visible onscreen at any given moment when using
the website's mobile app.
The tests are part of a larger technology testing program. Ken
Rudin, who left
) to head analytics at Facebook, says the new tests will determine
whether or not to incorporate this new data collection into the
company's business within the next few months.
Facebook is not the first company to track this kind of data.
) records all activity on its site and uses it to better modify its
photograph selection and pricing.
Google, Oracle, and Others Pitch In to Save
The government's newly launched health care website is getting a
helping hand from some of tech's best and brightest,
Bloomberg. The site has suffered from repeated outages since its
October 1 launch. On October 20, the Obama administration announced
a "tech surge" to help solve the underlying software issues that
have hindered people from signing up for plans.
Red Hat, Inc
(RHT) are all contributing engineers to the cause, according to the
First Google Glass Driving Ticket
Cecilia Abadie of San Diego, California, was pulled over and
ticketed for wearing Google Glass while driving,
Wired. Although her primary infraction was for speeding, she is the
first person to be cited for a traffic violation for wearing Google
She was specifically charged for violating California's Vehicle
Code Section 27602, which states that a person shall not operate a
motor vehicle while a television, video monitor, or screen
displaying entertainment or business applications is visible to the
driver. The law does not apply to equipment installed in the
vehicle (e.g. GPS).
Legislation to prohibit people from wearing Google Glass while
operating motor vehicles is currently being considered in both West
Virginia and Arizona. The UK is considering a ban as well.
Instagram Ads Launch
Popular online photo-sharing app Instagram launched its first ad
PC World. A full-page
(KORS) ad appeared on the screens of female Instagram users in the
US. The ad was a photograph labeled with the word "sponsored."
Video ads will be rolled out soon.
Facebook acquired Instagram in 2012 for $1 billion. Facebook has
made strides monetizing its own mobile platform. It now seeks to do
the same with Instagram, which upon purchase generated no revenue.