Google exec dies in Mt. Everest avalanche after Nepal quake



Google executive Dan Fredinburg is among those who lost their lives due to the devastating earthquake in Nepal on Saturday, which had a preliminary magnitude of 7.8.

Fredinburg’s sister Megan confirmed his passing in a post to his Instagram account in which she described his death as being caused by a major head injury following an avalanche on Mt. Everest that was triggered by the quake

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Can Google’s Project Fi take off with only one phone?



In a potentially disruptive and possibly precedent-setting move, Google has taken the vertical integration of its telecom businesses to the next level by actually becoming a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO), which will offer cellphone voice and data services to its Nexus-branded phone — a phone that naturally runs Android, its wildly popular mobile platform.

I dub the so-called Project Fi potentially disruptive because of the nature of both the technical aspect of the service as well as the plans being offered to consumers

#ProjectFi Excited to see this one go live. Infinity-hugs to our countless collaborators

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Everything worth saying about the Apple Watch



It’s been a big week in the tech world.

The Apple Watch finally hit stores on Friday, and Google announced the launch of its anticipated new wireless service, Project Fi, on Wednesday.

We discuss these product launches and what they mean for consumers in the latest episode of MashTalk, which you can listen to on SoundCloud above

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13 TechCrunch Stories You Don’t Want To Miss This Week

TC-weekly-roundup1 This week, Apple Watch deliveries officially arrived to the first pre-order customers, Q1 earnings were released and Google announced its wireless cell service Project Fi. These were our best stories of the week (4/18-4/24). Read More

Median Age At Google Is 29, Says Age Discrimination Lawsuit

dcblogs writes: The typical employee at Google is relatively young, according to a lawsuit brought by an older programmer who is alleging age discrimination. Between 2007 and 2013, Google’s workforce grew from 9,500 to more than 28,000 employees, “yet as of 2013, its employees’ median age was 29 years old,” the lawsuit claims. That’s in contrast to the median age of nearly 43 for all U.S. workers who are computer programmers, according to the lawsuit.

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Google reveals disappointing earnings for sixth consecutive quarter



Google’s losing streak continues.

The Internet giant posted earnings of $6.57 per share on revenue of $17.3 billion for the March quarter, missing the consensus estimate among analysts polled by Thomson Reuters on both counts for earnings of $6.60 per share on revenue of $17.5 billion.

Perhaps the most troubling number, however, is Google’s cost-per-click, a measure of what advertisers are willing to pay for traffic. In the latest quarter, cost-per-clicks declined by 7% from a year earlier as Google continues to struggle with making as much money from smartphones as it did on bigger screens where users were more likely to click on ads and make purchases. Read more…

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Google’s Eric Schmidt takes an interest in Wall Street, buys 20% stake in powerful hedge fund



Eric Schmidt, the former CEO of Google, is trading in some Silicon Valley money for Wall Street riches instead

Eric Schmidt, Google’s former CEO and current executive chairman, has purchased a 20% equity stake in D.E. Shaw, one of the world’s most powerful hedge funds, the investment firm announced on Thursday

Terms of the deal were not immediately disclosed. Reps for D.E. Shaw did not immediately respond to our request for comment.

Schmidt, who has an estimated net worth of nearly $9 billion according to Bloomberg’s Billionaires Index, acquired the stake through his family’s investment management group, Hillspire. The deal will give Schmidt a portion of the profits from D.E. Shaw, which manages $36 billion in investment capital, but the Google executive will not have any control over its operations and management. Read more…

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Google offers virtual tour of prison where Nelson Mandela was held



The island prison where Nelson Mandela was held for nearly two decades during South African apartheid is now open for online tourists.

Google has launched a virtual tour of the infamous Robben Island prison colony off the coast of Cape Town, now a UN World Heritage site and one of South Africa’s most visited landmarks. Viewers can now roam the drab cells, peek inside the guard towers and soak in the island’s history from a computer or smartphone

The maximum security political prison was shuttered in the 1990s and converted into a museum shortly after. At other times in its history, it served as a leper colony and a mental hospital. Mandela, the prison’s most famous occupant, spent 18 years behind its bars for his role in opposing Apartheid before going on to become the country’s first back president. Read more…

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Google rolls out Box integration, improved videoconferencing



Google is ramping up its efforts to lure workplaces into using its Chrome browser and Chromebook laptops with a handful of updates.

The tech giant said at its first Chrome Live event on Wednesday that it wants to let companies more closely integrate office-focused services into the Chromebook as part of its Chrome for Work program. Chromebook users will now be able to access files saved on the cloud storage service Box just as they would any other stored file.

The company is also upgrading videoconferencing package, Chromebox for Meetings, to allow for bigger groups of people. The system will include a pan-tilt camera and hardware from Dell, Acer and Hewlett Packard. Read more…

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Facebook Testing Caller Id App “Hello” | Crunch Report

CR4.22THUMB On today’s Crunch Report, Google announces Project Fi cell service, what your favorite apps will look like on Apple Watch, Makerbot’s uncertain future, and Facebook’s user base is flocking to mobile. Crunch Report airs Monday through Friday at 7 PM ET / 4 PM PT.
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