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If you’ve googled anything today, remember that Google’s co-founder, Sergey Brin, was born in the Soviet Union in the 1970s, and came to the United States with his family to escape Jewish persecution. Their asylum was granted with the help from the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society.

Years later Brin would attend Stanford University in California’s Silicon Valley, and start Google, a search company, with a fellow student named Larry Page. Their mission statement? “To organize the world’s information, and make it universally accessible and useful.”

Today, you have access to a large amount of information at your fingertips, from news to recipes, from weather forecast to driving directions, thanks in large part to the work of a refugee.

the signs as annoying people on College Confidential

Aries: dad who starts a thread called ‘affirmative action kept my white son out of Yale’
Taurus: “at this point i don’t even know if I can go to my local community college!!”
Gemini: scored a 2500 on the SAT
Cancer: mom who creates a thread called ‘how to get D to study instead of being on her phone all the time?!?’
Leo: dad who starts a thread called ‘PC culture on college campuses’
Virgo: asks easily googled questions
Libra: founder of 6 different clubs, won national award for their discovery of a new subatomic particle, interned at the White House, volunteered 5,000 hours nursing baby dolphins with colds back to health
Scorpio: tells libra that their EC’s are ‘weak’
Sagittarius: “Honestly don’t understand why I was rejected?? There are people with way worse stats than me who were accepted??”
Capricorn: “Help! My SAT is a 2370. 800 M, 800 CR, 770 W. Should I retake to improve the W section?”
Aquarius: “I wish I was poor, my family is too rich to get any fin aid”
Pisces: “I knew I was a shoe in for Stanford this whole time”
No, Google Says, It Did Not Delete ‘Palestine’ From Its Maps
There is a social media storm of outrage about the removal of a “Palestine” label, but Google says the label was not there in the first place.
By Liam Stack

Google did not remove Palestine from Google Maps.  The Forum of Palestinian Journalists and other people and organizations (such as JVP, who have tweeted a clearly fake photo where Palestine is not even in the same font as the rest of the Google Maps countries) who have supported this are misleading people in having stated that Google is trying to erase Palestine and they are doing it intentionally.  In a petition, it was claimed:  

“The fact that Google’s two Jewish founders have close links with Israel and its leaders might have had some bearing on their willingness to acquiesce to Israel’s demands.”

Not only is this categorically false, but it is also incredibly antisemitic.  The people who made this petition have regurgitated two antisemitic conspiracy theories without a shred of evidence to support their claims; the first one being that all powerful Jewish people are in collusion with each other in our control over the world and global economy and the second that Jewish people - even in the diaspora - do not have any agency of our own because all we can do or think about is Israel.

Do not sign the petition.  Do not reblog the petition uncritically.  If you do either, you are promoting antisemitism.

Google's self driving car company has sued Uber for stealing its technology

The fierce rivalry between Google and Uber is now a legal fight.

Waymo, the self-driving car business that is owned by Google parent company Alphabet has sued Uber, alleging that the ride-hailing company stole its intellectual property.

The lawsuit, filed in the US District Court in San Francisco, claims that a team of ex-Google engineers used critical technology, including the Lidar laser sensors, in Otto, the autonomous trucking startup they founded that Uber later acquired. 

“We believe these actions were part of a concerted plan to steal Waymo’s trade secrets and intellectual property,” reads a blog post by Waymo posted on Thursday.

Uber did not immediately respond to Business Insider’s request for comment.

Waymo claims in its blog post that Anthony Levandowski, a co-founder of Google’s self-driving car project, “downloaded over 14,000 highly confidential and proprietary design files for Waymo’s various hardware systems, including designs of Waymo’s LiDAR and circuit board” six weeks before resigning from the company. 

Levandowski left Google after 9 years to found Otto, a self-driving truck startup, that was acquired by Uber at a deal valued at nearly $680 million.

Waymo alleges that Levandowski installed specialized software on his company laptop in order to gain access to Waymo’s design server. He then downloaded 9.7 GB of highly confidential files and trade secrets that included blue prints, design files, and testing documentation, Waymo claims.

This story is developing.

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Elon Musk says flying cars aren't a good fix for traffic — here's why

(Getty Images/ Scott Olson)
Tesla CEO Elon Musk may be known for disrupting transit, but he won’t be touching flying cars.

Musk told Bloomberg’s Max Chafkin he thinks flying cars are a dumb idea for city travel in a profile about his tunnel plans published on Thursday. He said even though his plan to build an underground network of tunnels might seem crazy, it’s actually less crazy than flying cars.

“Obviously, I like flying things,” Musk told Bloomberg. “But it’s difficult to imagine the flying car becoming a scalable solution.”

Several companies are pursuing flying cars. Google co-founder Larry Page is funding secretive startup Zee.Aero to build a flying car. Uber has also launched a flying car project.

These ventures don’t involve building a flying car per se because they aren’t intended to drive on roads. Zee.Aero is building a Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) aircraft that, like the name suggests, can take off vertically without a runway. Uber plans to use VTOL aircrafts for city transit, but plans to partner with other companies and the government to actually build the aircraft.

Musk said flying cars need to generate a lot of downward force to not fall out of the sky, which would result in a lot of wind and noise for people on the ground. He also said there’s a risk of falling debris if falling cars were to get in a mid-air fender bender.

“If somebody doesn’t maintain their flying car, it could drop a hubcap and guillotine you,” Musk said. “Your anxiety level will not decrease as a result of things that weigh a lot buzzing around your head.”

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Google has spun off Google, and renamed itself Alphabet, which now owns Google. Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin will run Alphabet as CEO and president, respectively, while Sundar Pichai will run Google as its new CEO. Got it? Good. 

Not every letter in the Alphabet umbrella has a company (yet) but here’s what we know so far:

  • Alphabet (the main company)
  • B
  • Calico (focused on longevity)
  • Capital (investment)
  • D
  • E
  • Fiber
  • Google (now led by Sundar Pichai and includes search, ads, maps, apps, YouTube, and Android)
  • H
  • I
  • J
  • K
  • Life Sciences (“that works on the glucose-sensing contact lens”)
  • M
  • Nest
  • O
  • P
  • Q
  • R
  • S
  • T
  • U
  • Ventures (investment)
  • W
  • X lab (“which incubates new efforts like Wing, our drone delivery effort”)
  • Y
  • Z

Note: we are assuming Alphabet is using the modern English alphabet, based on the companies currently known. Therefore, we have listed all 26 letters, some of which are placeholders until Google announces / acquires a full suite of alphabetical companies.