There are actually scientists at Google trying to make their incredible workplace even better [video]

CBS News went behind the scenes to see how Google has people constantly trying to make Googlers’ work lives even better. Remember, this is the company that just reported record earnings, so focusing on the employee work-life balance seems to be paying off.

Ultimately, the goal behind all of this number-crunching is to extend the life of the average Googler by an astonishing 30 years. The company wants people to live longer, Bock said. “It’s funny,” he said. “I think our oldest Googler is 83 years old and we want people at Google for a lifetime.” Read more

Google Q4 2012 earnings call live [GOOG]

Larry Page’s voice was quite raspy still, but the news was good and the CEO is upbeat. Some notable bits he laid down on Motorola: “We’re working on batteries you won’t have to remember to charge and enclosures you don’t have to worry about dropping.”

I am excited about the business. In today’s multi screen world, the opportunities are endless. Think about your device. Battery life is a huge issue. You shouldn’t have to worry about constantly recharging your phone. When you drop your phone, it shouldn’t go splat. Everything should be a ton faster and easier. There’s real potential to invent new and better experiences.

Sounds good.

On the downside, Page noted, “Clearly there is work to be done managing our supply better, and that is a priority.” The fact that you can’t buy most of Google’s Nexus products right now clearly shows that.

GOOG stock price is up almost 5 percent.

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Google reports Q4 2012 earnings: $14.4B in revenue, $2.9B in net income


Google just released Q4 2012 earnings ahead of its conference call, and the company notably reported $14.42 billion in consolidated revenues, up 36 percent from last year, and $2.89 billion in net income.

Google’s revenues were also up 8 percent quarter-over-quarter, and the Internet Giant hit $50 billion in revenues for the first time. The company further reported earnings per share of $10.65 on a non-GAAP basis, as well as $8.62 using GAAP measurements. Revenues from outside of the United States totaled $6.9 billion and accounted for 54 percent of total revenues in the fourth quarter.

Analysts pegged Google to have revenues of $12.3 billion, and so it has performed slightly above expectations.

“We ended 2012 with a strong quarter,” said CEO Larry Page in a press release. “In today’s multi-screen world we face tremendous opportunities as a technology company focused on user benefit and seo services. It’s an incredibly exciting time to be at Google.”

Google alerted Wall Street analysts last week that their Q4 2012 earnings estimates were too high and did not accurately reflect the yet-to-be-reported results, and it clarified financial results from Motorola Home would be “presented as a separate line item.”

True to its word, Google said today that consolidated revenues would have hit $15.24 billion had Motorola Home been included. Moreover, Motorola Mobile reported an operating loss of $353 million.

Google also reported employee headcounts for the quarter: the company’s full-time staff grew, with 53,861 overall compared to 53,546 globally in Q3 2012, but Motorola lost 1,111 employees from last quarter.

Get the full press release below, or listen to the earnings call at 4:30 p.m. EST.

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Google-commissioned survey: P2P users buy more music, 53 percent of Americans want pirated content blocked


Columbia University’s American Assembly research center is out with a new survey (PDF) commissioned by Google on file sharing and copyright enforcement.

The survey gathered public opinions to gain insight into how consumers get content and what their opinions are toward copyright enforcement. Google would be interested in such results because it now offers the Google Music service through Google Play and often touts the open Internet cause.

As ArsTechnica pointed out, the results indicated that Americans do not support the use of bandwidth throttling and disconnection as fair punishments for unauthorized file sharing. Interestingly, though, 41 percent of U.S. P2P users support at least some type of penalty for unauthorized downloading. The findings most notably mentioned, however, that peer-to-peer file-sharing users tend to purchase 30 percent more music than non-filing-sharing users.

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Other noteworthy results: Only 4 percent to 15 percent of Americans said it is O.K. to upload copyrighted material for public consumption, share links to pirated material on Facebook, or sell unauthorized copyrighted materials.

In addition, 13 percent of Americans actually use peer-to-peer file-sharing software and 20 percent of them are under 30. Eight in 10 Americans then said it is O.K. to share copyrighted material with family, but six in 10 said it is O.K. to share copyrighted material with friends. Moreover, 76 percent of Americans under 30 said it is O.K. to share content with friends, but just 51 percent of those over 65 agree with that idea.

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Just Sergey Brin rocking Google Glass on the downtown 3 Train in NYC

I imagine in a few months that this will be commonplace as the 3 train is on a lot of the Chelsea Googler’s commute. But, at the moment, a Glass spotting in NYC (outside of a fashion show) is unique. Oh, and it happens to be the founder of that company. Perhaps Brin was doing some comparison-shopping with the headgear.

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Google’s Amit ‘Mr. Search’ Singhal talks Knowledge Graph, says that Star Trek was an early influencer


In a great story from the Guardian, Amit Singhal talks about the Knowledge Graph and Google’s moves to create the Semantic Web. While the whole article is worth a read, I found the following passage interesting…

Google’s Mr Search, Amit Singhal, has likewise come a long way to get here. He started out in a village in Uttar Pradesh in India, in a home that for the first eight years of his life possessed no screen at all. When one arrived in 1977, a black-and-white television, it carried for Singhal, he tells me, all the magic of prophecy. “There were two kinds of programmes,” he recalls. “Programming for local farmers and reruns of American series such as Star Trek.” You don’t really have to think too hard to imagine which of these programmes Singhal chose.

“I watched way too much Star Trek, to the extent that I could remember episodes by heart,” he recalls with a laugh, “and I deeply believe now that shaped my thinking. The fascination with flying through galaxies and talking to a computer that could answer any question was always there for me. But of course I never imagined those problems would begin to be solved in my lifetime at all.”

It is interesting to see what “Star Trek” innovations are being solved now and which are still too far off to even imagine really being solved.
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