The litany of open standards that Google has been abandoning: RSS, XMPP, WebDav…
The accidental beauty in Google’s autosuggest algorithm.
A good history lesson in rendering engines: KHTML, WebKit, and now, Blink.
Charles Arthur analyses the data from Google’s woeful history of shutting down its services.
So if you want to know when Google Keep, opened for business on 21 March 2013, will probably shut - again, assuming Google decides it’s just not working - then, the mean suggests the answer is: 18 March 2017. That’s about long enough for you to cram lots of information that you might rely on into it; and also long enough for Google to discover that, well, people aren’t using it to the extent that it hoped.
Prepare to lose yourself for hours as you keep hitting “take me somewhere else” through these most bizarre and wonderful Google street view locations.
Related to my rant on links that aren’t actually links: buttons that aren’t actually buttons.
Communal satellite eyes. A Mac screensaver is also available.
I’ve been thinking about getting a birdhouse.
A fascinating piece by James on trap streets, those fictitious places on maps that have no corresponding territory.
Beautiful thoughtful work from the BERGians.
In the hippest areas for Street Art, life-sized pictures of people found on Google’s Street View are printed and posted without authorization at the same spot where they were taken.
Google’s datadump makes for a fascinating—and worrying—bit of data dumpster diving.
Robin Sloan compares Facebook and Google in an interesting way:
Really, Facebook is the world’s largest photo sharing site—that also happens to be a social network and a login system.
Google is getting good, really good, at building things that see the world around them and actually understand what they’re seeing.
Advice on creating responsive designs from Google. It’s not exactly the best tutorial out there (confusing breakpoints with device widths) but it’s great to see the big guns getting involved.
Glenn gives a rational thoughtful explanation of why he’s as pissed off as I am about Google’s destruction of the Social Graph API.
An in-depth look at where Google is going wrong.
Jason’s rip-roaring presentation from Defcon last year.
Google are shutting down the Social Graph API. Twunts.
As if you needed another reason why QR codes are shit ..are you certain you’ve proofed it?
2951 images at 12 frames per second. Each image is the “related image” of the image before according to Google image search. The first image is simply a transparent PNG.
Stef does some data-sleuthing and uncovers some shocking behaviour on the part of Google in Kenya.
What would Google+, YouTube and Facebook have looked like in 1997?
Everyone has their bullshit. You can simply decide whose you’re willing to tolerate.
This move by Google to start executing some POST requests makes me very uneasy: the web is agreement and part of that agreement is that POST requests are initiated by the user.
Aral Balkan · Google Dart, or ‘how we lost the ECMAScript 4 battle so we decided to create our own language instead’.
Aral takes the words right out of my mouth. This is pretty much exactly how I feel about Dart.
An excellent article that examines the supposed benefits of publishing through someone else’s app store instead of the web.
John pushes back against the idea that browser innovation is moving too slow.
Performance shit just got real.
You can now sign up with Google to have your site pass every request through them and get your documents served up optimised.
Great news! Google Analytics now tracks page load times.
The threat to Google Videos shows businesses are not suitable cultural custodians — they can’t be held accountable to the public.
A supremely useful tool from Google for measuring performance.
A nice overview of the increasing importance of UX on the web, written by Bobbie with soundbites from Andy.
Yeah, it’s an April Fool’s video (lamest day on the internet) but this is amusing.
Use Huffduffer directly in Google Reader and on your Android Phone | Frankie – Award winning Art Director
How cool is this‽ You can create your own custom “huffduff it” link for items in Google Reader.
The Google voicemail transcript, which begins at 11 minutes in, cracked me up.
Some of the more unusual moments in time that have been captured by Google Street View. There’s something very Gibsonian about this.
Tim Bray calmly explains why hash-bang URLs are a very bad idea.
This is what we call “tight coupling” and I thought that anyone with a Computer Science degree ought to have been taught to avoid it.
So why use a hash-bang if it’s an artificial URL, and a URL that needs to be reformatted before it points to a proper URL that actually returns content?
Out of all the reasons, the strongest one is “Because it’s cool”. I said strongest not strong.
An interesting, if necessarily somewhat complicated-looking, API from Google: analyse your user's past behaviour to predict future outcomes.
If you aren't already marking up addresses in hCard, you really, really, really should start.
Google reaffirms its commitment to net neutrality ...except when it comes to wireless broadband, of course, because that's *totally* different, right? This disgusts me.
Well: this is an odd one: the entire duration of the trans-siberian railway on video and simultaneous map.
A new HTML5 resource from Paul Irish and other Googlers.
Steve Faulkner has created a petition to let Google know what screenreader users think of Chrome's appalling lack of basic accessibility hooks.
Google-hosted free-as-in-beer webfonts.
Mozilla, Opera and Google are collaborating on an open format for audio and video for the web (a wrapper for Vorbis for audio and VP8 for video).
An excellent way to do geolocation even in browser that don't support it natively.
A lesson from Google Buzz: a large sampling isn't always a representative sampling.
Before we point the finger and laugh at the Facebook users leaving confused comments on Read Write Web, we should look to our own experiences with Google Buzz.
Erin explains exactly how badly Google have messed up privacy concerns with Buzz.
A frightening tale of just how badly Google messed up with the lack of privacy controls on Buzz.
Best. Bug report. Ever.
Using Google Chrome Frame in IE will give users of assistive technology the same shitty to non-existent experience they would get in the actual Google Chrome browser.
A tool from Google to help you see how your microformated content is showing up.
Foreheadslappingly stupid behaviour from the Associated Press.
A Quicksilver rival from Google.
Standalone embeddable widgets from Google that you can drop into any web page. The maps widget finally frees the maps API from the tyranny of coupling a domain with an API key.
Cory Doctorow: We must ensure ISPs don't stop the next Google getting out of the garage | Technology | guardian.co.uk
A superb call to arms on the importance of "fat pipe, always on, get out of my way."
Douglas is featured in The New York Times (and look: there's Dustin behind him).
A nice overview of Glenn's XFN Firefox plug-in.
A person-specific portal generated using Google's Social Graph API. And it's less than 5K!
Douglas explains why he's leaving Google. "I won’t miss a design philosophy that lives or dies strictly by the sword of data."
There's a new rel value in town: "canonical". It looks like an awful lot like "bookmark".
Vint Cerf announces M-Lab: an excellent resource which will allow people to find out if and how their internet access is being throttled. Viva l'internet!
A nice way to play around with Google's APIs. Example code is provided which you can edit and immediately see the results.
Gravity's rainbow on a Google map.
This looks like being an excellentâ€”and freeâ€”resource "...meant to provide web application developers, browser engineers, and information security researchers with a one-stop reference to key security properties of contemporary web browsers."
Jon's helvetican theme for Google Reader.
A patent filed by Google for offshore server farms cooled by sea water.
WiFi hotspots in Brighton (including passwords where required) courtesy of Josh.
User-agent: zombies Disallow: /brains
The Google Chart API can produce QR codes. Neato!
In the course of defending a porn site owner, a defense attorney has come up with an interesting way of trying to define "community standards" ...using Google search stats.
All of Google's data APIs (Calendar, Blogger, Contacts, etc.) all now support OAuth. Excellent!
A handy Mac app from Google that allows you to record from your iSight and upload directly to YouTube.
As promised by Kevin Marks in the Q&A after my panel at South by Southwest, the Google Contacts API now supports OAuth. w00t!
There is an undocumented feature in Google Maps: add "&output=html" to the URL to get the accessible, non-Ajax version.
David Recordon shares his first impressions of Google App Engine.
Every Google account can now be an OpenID login thanks to this app built with the Google App Engine.
Infrastructure just got even cheaper. Between this and Amazon's EC2/S3, the barrier to entry to getting an app up and running is getting lower and lower.
The first of the We Tell Stories series is online. It's a clever piece of storytelling using Google Maps to full effect.
A cautionary tale that explains just why the password anti-pattern needs to die. Coding horror indeed: in this case, 1,777 GMail accounts were compromised.
This is great news! Brad Fitzpatrick and Kevin Marks have built a new Google API that will spider XFN links.
Scroogled is a short story by Cory Doctorow that's especially timely.
Google have a service called Knol on the way. It looks like it's going up against Wikipedia.
All the code you need to add charts and graphs to your site.
The new "you are here" feature on the mobile version of Google Maps looks, as Matt Jones said, "indistinguishable from magic." But it doesn't work on my phone. Grrr...
What would happen if Google tried to apply SEO techniques to itself?
Ian Lloyd gets search results for curry houses in Swindon from Google Maps to his phone in less than 60 seconds. All thanks to hCard.
Is Google Earth about to become a more immersive environment?
There's something very Gibsonesque about this real world mashup of Google Maps and Amazon's Mechanical Turk.
If you missed it at XTech in Paris, here's a chance to see Gavin Bell's excellent musings on identity and consolidation from a talk he gave at Google.
W00t! This is a biggie! Google Maps now returns its listing results in hCard. Now you can do one-click export to your address book (or phone).
This is so so childish but here you go: rude place names on Google Maps.
Finally revealed: what Jeff has been working on since he moved into the lair of the Google. He's been making Google Analytics look and feel nicer.