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Submission + - How someone acquired the Google.com domain name for a single minute (bgr.com)

An anonymous reader writes: We’ve all been there: It’s nearly 2 in the morning and you’re cruising around the Internet looking for new domain names to purchase. I mean, talk about a cliched night, right?

Now imagine that during the course of your domain browsing, you unexpectedly discover that the holy grail of domain names — Google.com — is (gasp!) available for purchase for the low, low price of just $12. Testing fate, you attempt to initiate a transaction. Dare I say, you’re feeling a little bit lucky. And just like that, in the blink of an eye, the transaction goes through and the vaunted and highly valuable Google domain is in your possession.

While this might read like a ridiculous plot summary from some horrible piece of nerd fiction, this series of events above, believe it or not, actually happened to former Googler Sanmay Ved earlier this week.

Submission + - Google's self-driving cars roll onto public roads this summer (thestack.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Google’s latest self-driving car prototype is expected to make its debut on public roads in California this summer. The two-seater driverless vehicle is the first of its type to be purpose built for self-driving, according to the tech giant. Using sensors the smart car is able to drive, brake, and identify obstacles and hazards without human intervention. The latest design differs from Google’s first driverless prototype unveiled last year – which was so basic it even lacked real headlights. The new model although slightly more sophisticated, still does not contain air bags and does not meet state safety requirements, which limit the vehicles to 25mph. The car is electric and needs to be recharged after 80 miles of driving. The smart vehicle is also only able to drive on roads mapped by Google. The first cars to take to Californian roads will still feature a steering wheel and a gas pedal to meet state regulations. The same law requires that a driver can take back control of the vehicle when necessary. However, Google continues to fight for more flexible regulations.

Comment Next generation of the iWatch capability? (Score 2, Interesting) 414

I can't decide if this is brilliant or stupid. Perhaps Apple could one day create a laptop shell fitted for a phone but not until Apple first pulls off the iWatch. I see this concept being an extension of wirelessly transferring functionality to another device as the Phone Watch combo should provide. Am I being short-sighted here?

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