Also: eBay unleashes a redesign; how Google Earth reunited two brothers.
In 2009, having graduated from college, Saroo was living with a friend in the center of Hobart and working on the Web site for his parents' company. Recovering from an ugly breakup, he was drinking and partying more than usual. After years of ignoring his past, it finally came crashing back—the desire to find his roots, and himself.
That's when he went to his laptop and launched Google Earth, the virtual globe made from satellite imagery and aerial photography. With a few clicks, anyone could get a bird's-eye view of cities and streets on the computer screen. "I was flying over India on Google Earth just like Superman," he recalled, "trying to zoom in on every town that I saw."
The other Zuckerberg [Harper's Bazaar]
Without having seen the show, some people have accused her of selling out, and even of betraying her brother. In a post acidly titled "An Open Letter to Randi Zuckerberg: How Could You Do This to Real Entrepreneurs?" the high-profile tech writer Sarah Lacy took direct aim, writing that Randi had betrayed her geek DNA: "I hope she made plenty of money off the deal, because as far as I'm concerned she's sold her Silicon Valley soul for 15 minutes of fame on basic cable."
Consider it a modern twist on an old trend: since the birth of the web, traditional brick-and-mortar retailers have been creating digital storefronts. Web sales of apparel and accessories, in particular, are growing far faster than any other e-commerce product category and are expected to reach $40.9 billion in 2012, up from $40.9 billion in 2011, according to eMarketer. But until recently, digital retailers rarely took to the streets. (When's the last time you drove down to your local Amazon to pick up a skirt?)
Now that's changing as a new crop of entrepreneurs are developing digital brands that migrate to physical locations. They know that the online opportunity may be big, but it is still dwarfed by more traditional shopping experiences; 80% of transactions still occur offline after all.
PC sales go into a tailspin [THE WALL STREET JOURNAL]
Researchers IDC and Gartner Inc. said PC shipments in the third quarter fell more than 8% from a year earlier, the steepest drop since at least 2001. A third report, from IHS iSuppli, projected PC shipments for the full year would decline for the first time in 11 years.
Mark Carges, CTO of eBay, introduced a completely redesigned website with a better search experience designed to help users more easily find what they want. Christina Mercando, responsible of Product And Design at eBay, has been walking us through the new interface. The big image grid looks a lot like Pinterest.
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No more daydreaming. The fine-tuned, touch-free, gesture-based motion control of "Minority Report" is real -- and it costs $70.
FORTUNE -- When Tom Cruise swiped and pinched his way through a computer interface in 2002's Minority Report, audience-goers were wowed. Here was a compelling glimpse at the future of the computer interface, one no longer tethered by the dreary, decades-old mouse. Ever since, the public -- especially tech reporters -- has MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - May 23, 2012 12:49 PM ET
One of the mysteries surrounding the 500,000-square foot server farm Apple (AAPL) has famously constructed in a small North Carolina town called Maiden -- besides its ultimate purpose -- is why it didn't show up on Google Earth.
We knew what it looked like, thanks to the local Fox TV affiliate, a trespassing photographer and a local real estate agent who conducted a couple of video flybys that ended up on MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jun 1, 2011 6:46 AM ET
Google Earth keeps getting closer to reality.
Google announced the latest upgrade to Google Earth, version 6, today with some pretty significant new features. Most importantly, Google (GOOG) is integrating the controversial Streetview with imagery provided by satellites. That means as users zoom to a Streetview-enabled location (denoted in a similar fashion as maps), they can seamlessly switch to the streetview and vice versa as they zoom out.
Google has also updated Earth to display MORESeth Weintraub - Nov 29, 2010 1:49 PM ET
Is this a toy for Andy Rubin or a replacement for Google's Streetview mapping fleet?
Update: Jeff Jarvis says on Twitter and the comments that it is indeed an executive buying stuff.
News out of Germany over the weekend had Google (GOOG) buying at least one md4-1000 drone aircraft from Microdrones GmbH. The remote controlled aircraft can carry any payload weighting up to 1.2 kilograms and can fly as high as MORESeth Weintraub - Aug 9, 2010 11:29 AM ET
Frankly, it's surprising it took Greece this long to figure out this way of using Google Maps.
When you do a Google Maps or Google Earth fly over of residential neighborhoods, it is pretty easy to spot who has a pool and who doesn't. In fact, if you look closely, you can even see people enjoying themselves by their pools. This has been the case pretty much since Google bought Keyhole MORESeth Weintraub - Aug 2, 2010 11:27 AM ET
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