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I didn’t expect to write another post about cars this year, let alone this week, but here we are!

Today’s link comes from The Verge, where Casey Newton writes about his experience hitching a ride in one of Google’s self-driving cars:

After years of working mostly in secret, Google is beginning to speak more publicly about what its autonomous vehicle can do. There’s a reason the company has decided to explain its program more fully: its cars are moving from the highways, where they typically interact only with other cars, to cities, where they are contending with pedestrians, cyclists, moving vans, and freight trains, among hundreds of other objects. As autonomous vehicles start becoming a part of daily life — at least for residents of the Bay Area — Google will face new questions, concerns, and regulatory hurdles.

Gary Shteyngart is an early adopter for Google Glass. He wrote about his experiences using the techie eyewear for The New Yorker:

As I leave Basecamp, I cross a bike lane where, a week earlier, I’d nearly been run over, an irate cyclist telling me exactly where I should wedge the iPhone I was distractedly tapping at the time. A similar near-miss now brings out a shout of “O.K., Glass!” from a cyclist clearly in the know. As I walk down lower Lexington’s curry row, a group of Indian men start chanting, “Google Glass! Google Glass!” Freshmen from Xavier High School follow me for an entire city block the way kids in the world’s poorest countries follow you if you have, say, a pen. I hear that in San Francisco, where these devices are far more in evidence, the term “Glassholes” is already current, but in New York I am a conquering hero. I pass by fascinated faces looking intently into my own unremarkable punim, as I update Walt Whitman’s poem—“Are You the New Dork Drawn Toward Me?”

“Sunset Period” →

Google Reader will shut down on July 1st.  This is probably the Google service I use the most — I bet I spend more time in it than e-mail.

The upside: another kick in the pants that I should take services important to me off of Google.

Drowning In Data →

Over at The Verge, Ellis Hamburger wonders if Google Glass will just drown us in data.

While Jordan’s examples are 100 percent “tech demos,” his keynote serves as lens as to how Google sees the utility of Glass aside from taking photos, looking up words, and getting directions. There’s no doubt that Glass apps will allow a fine degree of customization for how and when notifications arrive, but so do iPhone and Android apps. The trouble is, most of us choose to ignore these settings and face a steady barrage of notifications for emails, Twitter mentions, and a dozen other apps. Since Glass is on your face, these notifications will be even more disruptive. “This isn’t innovative!” one audience member exclaimed during a Q&A session following Jordan’s talk. He said, “I don’t want to post more social network crap!” The audience roared in approval.

I simply wonder how long it will take Google to start throwing ads into these glasses.

Stub Stories →

The Verge and The Huffington Post have a spat over stub stories.  This is some really insider baseball stuff — except search engine optimization is decidedly less fun than baseball.

List Price →

Stephen Colbert visits Google.  Colbert is always worth watching (even when not in-character), as is Eric Schmidt’s awkward approach to interviewing.

Google’s Lost Social Network →

While I can’t call myself a “Sharebro,” I was certainly an avid Google Reader user who hated the changes to Google’s RSS reader.  Rob Fishman writes about the history of Google’s organic social network for BuzzFeed:

They wonder why Google deep-sixed superlative features, years in the making, for an upstart social network, a Facebook clone. In the year past, the same question has been framed and phrased in a thousand different ways — why force an unproven social network on users at the expense of an organic one?

Ducking Google →

Inspired by this Washington Post story, I’ve been trying to use DuckDuckGo more often.  The change — when I remember to follow through on it — has not disrupted me.  At this point, it’s simply a matter of breaking a years-old habit.

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