Google Went Down Today: Details and Best Tweets

By Deena Bustillo on
Google went down this afternoon, just shy of 4pm PT, and Twitter exploded with hilarious tweets from concerned users all over the world. HOW COULD THIS HAPPEN?!Anyway, within minutes Gmail and the rest of the web came back and everyone could go about their day (well, except for some really stressed out Google engineers, perhaps). Here's some of the funniest tweets about the ordeal: Of course, some users used this moment to try to convince people to switch to Bing. And claim that the world was...Read Full Story

What Is Google Project Glass?

By Adam Wenger on
Though your mother might think Google is only good for its search engine, the tech giant has become a multi-billion dollar company by creating and acquiring a number of successful side projects, whether it's Gmail, YouTube, or Google Maps. Which brings us to Google's Project Glass -- the next big thing... maybe. Question is: What exactly is Project Glass? On paper, it sounds like a key plot device in a comic book. But no, this is real, at least in concept anyway.Basically, Project Glass is...Read Full Story

Meet the Ideas of Google X, Google's Top-Secret Research Lab

By Darrick Thomas on
(photo by Google)Google is heralded as one of the most forward thinking, technologically savvy companies in the world, but even after all it's pioneered, Google hasn't even scratched the surface of its capabilities. Although it make be one of the biggest, most successful businesses ever, that doesn't men the people behind the tech giant have lost the innovative, entrepreneurial spirit that got them where they are today.Meet Google X, a highly secretive, highly advanced research and...Read Full Story

Google's 'Do a Barrel Roll' Captivates Bored Nation

By Darrick Thomas on
Those cheeky brainiacs at Google are at it again. No, it's not the guitar playing homepage, nor is it the Sesame Street tribute; it's simply a few seconds of search engine motion sickness. If you haven't checked Twitter or Facebook lately, then this may be the first time you hear about "do a barrel roll."The phrase "do a barrel roll" is a command that your computer will actually obey, giving you the illusion of dominion over the far superior device. Go ahead, give it a try. Type "do a barrel...Read Full Story

Search Engines Google's Les Paul Guitar (Video)

By Lauren Gerber on
In honor of Guitar hero Les Paul's 96th birthday, Google out-innovated itself with a playable guitar as its homepage picture. The search engine's known for creating fun Google logos in honor of legends' birthdays, but this is a first for an interactive musical instrument. Wednesday's Google image was a "guitar," with strings that viewers could strum away to and create a little song of their own. The homemade songs turned into a YouTube viral trend -- especially someone's rendition of Twinkle...Read Full Story

Stairway to Heaven on the Google Les Paul Guitar

By Livingly Staff on
Stairway to Heaven is a Led Zeppelin classic.  It doesn't really get more 'classic' than Stairway -- that is unless you play it on the Google logo.Today Google honored Les Paul's birthday by putting up a playable guitar logo.  Thousands of folks are picking away at the Google guitar, recording tunes and sharing them with friends.Some of those recordings are a LOT more advanced than my own.Here's one of my favorites -- a version of Stairway to Heaven on the Google Les Paul Guitar.  Enjoy.Also...Read Full Story

Topeka Google Logo Picture

By JJ Duncan on
The Topeka Google logo turned out to be a big hit as far as April Fools' Day jokes go. When users visited the search engine Thursday, some were confused to find that the word "Google" had been changed to an equally colorful version of the word "Topeka." The prank was Google's spin on Topeka's joke. Topeka mayor Bill Bunten made an unofficial declaration earlier this year that for the month of March, Topeka would change its name to Google. The declaration was a scheme hatched up to show...Read Full Story

Is Google Really Changing Its Name? No, You've Been April Fooled

By JJ Duncan on
The Internet's many, many Googlers found themselves in for a surprise today as they visited the Web site to find that instead of its multi-colored brand name, it said "Topeka." First off, yes it is an April Fools' day joke, but there is an interesting story behind it. City officials in Topeka, Kansas, had decided earlier this year to unofficially change the name of Topeka to "Google, Kansas — the capital city of fiber optics" for the month of March. It's part of an effort to make Topeka a...Read Full Story

Google Flu Tracker to Spot Outbreaks in Real Time

By Jake on
(Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images North America) It may not be a replacement for a flu shot this winter, but Google's philantrhopic arm,, is aiming to help reduce how many people have to suffer through a nasty bout of influenza this year. How? By tracking when and where people are searching for the flu. In early tests, Google Flu Trends has been able to predict outbreaks of the flu seven to ten days earlier than the CDC announces them. It works like this: people get sick with...Read Full Story

Google loves NYC

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Google is everywhere, including NYC.  The Internet giant opened a new office in the garment district, across from their old digs.  Google now employs well over 1,000 people in New York.The concept of the Googleplex isn't just a Silicon Valley thing anymore. Google co-founder Sergey Brin opens the internet company's new office space inside historic Chelsea Market ON June 23, 2008 in New York City. The new space, which is across the street from the older Google office, will house around 300...Read Full Story