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A photo tour of the Google campus in Mountain View, California

Next up, after my tour of the Mozilla offices, is Google! Much like Mozilla (and the rest of Silicon Valley), the Google offices are modern. Almost everywhere you look is open space with just a few dividers providing a modicum of privacy between each of the engineers. There are temporary, blow-up yurts if you require a meeting space, but that's it. Between the buildings there are beautiful...

A photo tour of the Mozilla offices in Mountain View, California

Last week, while I was in San Francisco for the IE9 beta thing, I was fortunate enough to also visit the Mozilla offices in Mountain View, California. I was mostly there to interview three big-wigs from the Firefox development team, but I also managed to take a few photos! This means that this week's Firefox Friday takes the form of a photo tour. I have provided extensive commentary for each...

Schwarzenegger: No internet sales tax in California, please stick around Amazon

It's not unusual to see a Republican politician promise not to raise taxes. But California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's recent promise not to sign any legislation that would force internet retailers to collect sales tax was designed specifically to keep companies like Overstock.com and Amazon doing business with affiliates in California. In recent weeks, Amazon and Overstock have shut down...

California targets internet maps, seeks blurry buildings

California lawmakers are considering legislation that would require online mapping services from companies including Google, Microsoft, and AOL to blur details of public buildings like schools, churches, hospitals, and government buildings. The goal is to prevent terrorists from being able to obtain detailed images of buildings and surrounding areas by using Google Earth. But it's not like a...

Federal government knocks California state websites offline

Sometimes the cure can be more painful than the disease. Case in point: the federal government tried to help a California county website recover from a hacker's attack yesterday and wound up knocking every California state website offline for 7 hours. Here are the details. A hacker had diverted traffic from the Marin County website so that visitors found themselves looking at porn. That's bad. But...

Google celebrates its first year of WiFi

It's been a year since the folks at Google successfully knocked off WiFi in Mountain View California. Transmitting all those great 802.11 b/g signals to the grateful residents, businesses and visitors at absolutely no charge at all. They are still trucking along on the San Francisco wireless deal with EarthLink and the city to give all residents free connections to the internet, but who knows...

Keeping an eye on crime in Oakland with Crimespotting

Crime is an ugly thing, but the folks over at Stamen Design have turned the tables and made something beautiful to track it in the Oakland California area. Microsoft Virtual Earth was the tool of choice when it came to skillfully building out this Oakland Crimespotting mapping creation. The interactive map tracks crimes that users can subscribe and receive updates about them via RSS and email,...

SpaceShipOne bought by Google?

Did Google buy SpaceshipOne? Michael Arrington has a scoop that Google has acquired the ship and is planning on storing it in building 43 at the Googleplex. The Ship is rumored to be still in the Smithsonian museum, since it won the $10 million X prize in 2004, but could be on the way to Mountain View California. We all know that Google can afford it with their sizable bank account, especially...

Google surrenders Orkut data

It's been a long time coming, but Google has finally handed over Orkut data to Brazilian authorities. Google is complying by surrendering data on users with the requests that were requested by Brazilian courts. Brazilian prosecutors are investing illegal activity that might be going on inside of Orkut, Google's social network, and sued Google for the requested information. Google has been...

California bill to protect against stolen WiFi

California is on the road to new legislation that could require manufacturers to protect consumers against WiFi invaders that prowl the streets looking for open connections. Gov. Schwarzenegger is considering the bill due to the fact that that many consumers do not implement security settings on their wireless routers when configuring them. If the bill passes, manufacturers would have to choose...

Municipal WiFi capacity gets a boost

Philadelphia, San Francisco, and New Orleans are some of the cities that will be enjoying a boost in their citywide WiFi networks care of their provider. WiFi equipment provider, Tropos Networks, a major municipal WiFi supplier based in Sunnyvale, California, announced that they will be providing a 50% boost in capacity. This means that many service providers will be able to increase bandwidth...

Google Wi-Fi Testing

Katie Fehrenbacher was lucky enough to get invited to test out Google's free wi-fi service around the Mountain View California area. She was testing it out, and says that there is ample signal strength. She is set to drive around a bit and try out the different locations that are marked on Google's Mountain View wifi coverage map. In order to download the the Google Secure Access, and start using...