Talking Schmidt: I propose that at the age of 18, you should change your name [Video]



Wow, that didn’t take long. Last week we debuted our new series Talking Schmidt where we take a moment to celebrate some of the Google chairman’s more colorful statements, and today Schmidt already delivered the next round of material.

Eric Schmidt spoke today (as he has been doing an awful lot lately) at New York University’s Stern school of business where he jokingly suggested that young people should change their name at the age of 18 as a general policy to address growing privacy concerns that Internet services present.

We can probably expect more of these unforgettable lines as Eric Schmidt promotes his new book The New Digital Age with his coauthor Jared Cohen.

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Days after getting Google Play, Barnes & Noble Nook HD and HD+ receive heavy price cuts for the holiday week


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Just days after Barnes & Noble reversed course and began allowing NOOK owners access to over 700,000 apps and games (and books?) from the Google Play Store, both the HD and HD+ versions have received heavy price cuts.  For the next week, you can pickup a NOOK HD tablet starting at just $150 (25% savings) and a NOOK HD + for $179 (34% savings).  These savings are also available online and in-store from Best Buy.  As of right now Barnes & Noble are saying these price cuts are temporary but we’re getting the feeling that they could become the new norm.

There is a good chance these price drops are in response to the Kindle Fire HD sale Amazon launched over the weekend.

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Saturday Night Live hits Google Glass

If you wonder what normals are thinking, the above is probably a good guess. Google would be well served to make a few more of those feel good movies to counter the rising sentiment against the product. Read more

Google Glass: the case for the prosecution & the defense (Video)

When you stage a debate on Google Glass between a self-described technology evangelist and a man who believes that current technology trends are debasing culture, things are likely to get interesting … especially when the discussion begins with the question of the etiquette of wearing the gadget at a urinal.

Check out The Next Web‘s conference video below of a conversation between Glass enthusiast Robert “I will never live a day of my life from now on without it” Scoble and British entrepreneur and privacy advocate Andrew Keen …

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UK govt to quiz Google on whether it was ‘economical with the truth’ on tax

The British government, which previously questioned Google’s tax arrangements in the country, is to call the company back in to determine whether it has been “economical with the truth” in its previous responses, reports Reuters.

Last November, Google claimed that the reason it paid just £6m tax in the UK on a turnover of £395m was that all its Adword sales to UK customers were handled by staff based in Ireland, Google spokesman Matt Brittin openly admitting that this was to reduce tax payments. A Reuters investigation now casts doubt on this claim … Read more

Google I/O sessions list goes live, only one (3 hour long!) keynote this year

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Google just posted the I/O 2013 schedule and some surprises right off the bat. It looks like there is only 1 keynote this year but it will be a mind boggling 3 hours long according to the schedule (with break) from 9am-12 PT on May 15th.  There will also be satellite events happening around the world. We’re not seeing any Glass specific tracks scheduled but oops a commenter found a few:

There are a bunch of Glass specific sections. Just click the button
at the bottom of each day that says “Show other Tracks”. There is
even a session specifically on how to hack and get root on Glass.
Should be a fun IO.