Google Outs Google Drive On Its French Blog: Here Are All The Details | TechCrunch

Update: Google Drive is now live.

Assuming the post is genuine – and we have no reason to believe it is not – here is what we now know about Google Drive:

  • as expected, users will get 5GB of free storage space
  • additional space can be bought, of course, starting at 20GB for $4/month
  • Google Drive will be deeply integrated into Google Docs. Indeed, Google calls it the “next evolution” of Google Docs.
  • the web-based file viewer will be able to handle 30 file types, including Photoshop, Illustrator and HD video
  • PC, Mac and Android apps will launch today. An iOS app will launch in the coming weeks.
  • Google promises a 99.9% uptime
  • there will be a focus on search, including some support for OCR and image recognition

Viacom so devastated by piracy that CEO gets $50 million raise

Last year, Viacom, whose Paramount subsidiary is an MPAA member, told the Wall Street Journal that “a new wave of digital piracy could threaten the US media business” if it lost its copyright infringement case against YouTube. Similarly, the MPAA has argued that “when profits are reduced, the studios have fewer dollars to invest in movies, and when there is less money to invest they make fewer movies and the diversity and variety of films we love become more limited.”


So we were interested in this CNN story on the 20 biggest CEO pay raises. The winner? Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman. He got a raise of $50.5 million in 2010. That represents an impressive 149 percent pay increase from his 2009 compensation of $34 million.

Iit makes us wonder about the merits of spending even more taxpayer dollars (and trampling civil liberties) to better protect Viacom copyrights. Making movies seems pretty profitable as it is. And it seems a bit counterintuitive for a company that says its business is threatened by piracy to be so lavish with executive compensation. Neither the MPAA nor Viacom were willing to comment on this story.


World’s total CPU Power: Roughly One Human Brain via @arstechnica

Lest we get too enamored with our technological prowess, however, the authors make some comparisons with biology. “To put our findings in perspective, the 6.4*1018 instructions per second that human kind can carry out on its general-purpose computers in 2007 are in the same ballpark area as the maximum number of nerve impulses executed by one human brain per second,” they write.

Our total storage capacity is the same as an adult human’s DNA. And there are several billion humans on the planet.

Just stumbled on a fantastic year-old article comparing the computational and storage power of society’s various forms of digital and analog computer systems over time.

It’s a bit dense, but some interesting highlights are the fact that gaming systems have always out-processed supercomputers, fixed internet connections have essentially replaced all other forms of connectivity, and ‘a 6cm^2 newspaper image is worth 1,000 words.’ Cute.

I’d love to see a cleverly designed infographic of this dataset!

“Girls Around Me” Developer Defends iTunes App

Girls Around Me does not allow anonymous usage of the app. It is impossible to search for a particular person in this app, or track his|her location. The app just allows the user to browse the venues nearby, as if you passed by and looked in the window. The Girls Around Me user has to be registered in Foursquare and must be logged in this service to be able to see anything in Girls Around Me. The app Girls Around Me does not have access to user login and password, authentication is carried out on the social network side. Girls Around Me shows to the user only the data that is available to him or her through his or her accounts in Foursquare, and gives the user nothing more than Foursquare app can provide itself (when you browse venues around you in Foursquare, you can see how many people checked in there and you can see their profiles and photos, even contacts and social networks profile). The aim of the app is to make the usage of this data more convenient and more focused on finding popular and crowded venues.

Girls Around Me, the most recent in a slate of disturbingly creepy apps which aggregate public data from social media networks together to give you a picture of the activities of people you don’t know, has released a statement about the negative press they’ve been receiving. On one hand, it suggests the company didn’t do anything unethical — while at the same time, pointing out just how oblivious many users are to how much data they’re sharing.

Isn’t capitalizing on users’ ignorance still kinda… creepy? Especially when you give it such a stalker-inducing name?