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Google Digitizes The Dead Sea Scrolls – Like Taking a Time Machine To 2000 Years Ago | Singularity Hub

An elite team of tech specialists have taken one of the world’s most precious historic relics and given it to people for free. Sound like the latest Hollywood heist film? Or maybe a retelling of Robin Hood? No, it’s just Google’s way of bringing the world’s cultural treasures into the digital age. In collaboration with the Israel Musuem, Jerusalem, Google has made ultra high resolution images of The Dead Sea Scrolls available for anyone to explore online. 

Why is this interesting? I see it as a symbol for the increasing transparency and global availability of everything that can be digitized.

Posted at 5:11pm and tagged with: google, death sea scrolls, transparency,.

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Google Digitizes The Dead Sea Scrolls – Like Taking a Time Machine To 2000 Years Ago | Singularity Hub
An elite team of tech specialists have taken one of the world’s most precious historic relics and given it to people for free. Sound like the latest Hollywood heist film? Or maybe a retelling of Robin Hood? No, it’s just Google’s way of bringing the world’s cultural treasures into the digital age. In collaboration with the Israel Musuem, Jerusalem, Google has made ultra high resolution images of The Dead Sea Scrolls available for anyone to explore online. 
Why is this interesting? I see it as a symbol for the increasing transparency and global availability of everything that can be digitized.

Posted at 6:14pm and tagged with: India, Google, tech, internet,.

The Google Internet Bus has traversed ten states in India and arrived in Patna, the capital of Bihar, on Tuesday. Speaking at the launch event, Peeyush Ranjan, Google India’s managing director of R&D, said that more than 1.5 million people had gone online for the first time after visiting the bus, according to a report by The Times of India. The bus has so far made stops at over 2000 locations in 120 cities and towns all over the country.

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Carriers set to chip in $100M in Isis to take on Google | GigaOM

AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile are reportedly poised to invest $100 million in their joint mobile payment venture called Isis, a near field communication-based contactless payment system that will do battle in the increasingly competitive mobile payments market. According to Bloomberg, the carriers are still determining exactly how much to invest based on Isis’ ability to obtain support from banks and merchants, but they could throw in a lot more money if the platform can gain momentum.

Isis will have to play catch-up with Google Wallet the open NFC platform launched by Google, MasterCard and Citibank. That payment system was unveiled in May and is set to open to the public soon. Google Wallet lets people pay for things by waving their NFC-enabled Android phone at point-of-sale terminals that are equipped to handle MasterCard Paypass purchases. However, Google’s offering is limited right now to just the Nexus S from Sprint, and it hasn’t announced new credit card or banking partners beyond MasterCard and Citibank.

Isis, meanwhile, is backed by credit card companies MasterCard, Visa , American Expressand Discover. But the first trials won’t begin until next year in Salt Lake City and Austin, Texas. That will put it behind Google Wallet, though with few NFC-enabled devices available so far, it may not be that much of a disadvantage. But will consumers even embrace NFC payments on their handsets when the tech does become available? Questions about thesecurity, reliability and fees of mobile payments still suggest that adoption will be slow, at least initially.

Posted at 8:26am and tagged with: banking, commerce, mobile, transactions, Isis, AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, Google, digital wallet, NFC,.

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Carriers set to chip in $100M in Isis to take on Google | GigaOM
 
AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile are reportedly poised to invest $100 million in their joint mobile payment venture called Isis, a near field communication-based contactless payment system that will do battle in the increasingly competitive mobile payments market. According to Bloomberg, the carriers are still determining exactly how much to invest based on Isis’ ability to obtain support from banks and merchants, but they could throw in a lot more money if the platform can gain momentum.
Isis will have to play catch-up with Google Wallet , the open NFC platform launched by Google, MasterCard and Citibank. That payment system was unveiled in May and is set to open to the public soon. Google Wallet lets people pay for things by waving their NFC-enabled Android phone at point-of-sale terminals that are equipped to handle MasterCard Paypass purchases. However, Google’s offering is limited right now to just the Nexus S from Sprint, and it hasn’t announced new credit card or banking partners beyond MasterCard and Citibank.
Isis, meanwhile, is backed by credit card companies MasterCard, Visa , American Expressand Discover. But the first trials won’t begin until next year in Salt Lake City and Austin, Texas. That will put it behind Google Wallet, though with few NFC-enabled devices available so far, it may not be that much of a disadvantage. But will consumers even embrace NFC payments on their handsets when the tech does become available? Questions about thesecurity, reliability and fees of mobile payments still suggest that adoption will be slow, at least initially.

Today’s quiz: What company derives 96 percent of its revenue from advertising, has a video platform that is currently negotiating with the National Basketball Association, a movie studio and various celebrities, and is developing a subscription service that would be plug-and-play for publishers and consumers the world over.

Nope. Google.

CHART OF THE DAY: Here’s Why YouTube Wants To Spend $100 Million On Original Video

Despite the rise of Netflix streaming, iPads, mobile apps, and Facebook, plain-old TV viewing is still an incredibly popular activity — and the number of hours that Americans spend in front of the boob tube each month is still growing.

Full Story: Business Insider

Posted at 9:29am and tagged with: TV, attention, Google, online, internet TV,.

CHART OF THE DAY: Here’s Why YouTube Wants To Spend $100 Million On Original Video

Despite the rise of Netflix streaming, iPads, mobile apps, and Facebook, plain-old TV viewing is still an incredibly popular activity — and the number of hours that Americans spend in front of the boob tube each month is still growing.
Full Story: Business Insider

Google advances on mobile payment system, makes partnerships with MasterCard, Citigroup

Google is making some new friends in the world of finance. They have announced partnerships with both MasterCard and Citigroup, that will allow users of Android-based phones to go shopping and pay with their smartphones at the register

Full Story: Physorg

Posted at 12:35pm and tagged with: mobile, smartphone, google, economic,.

Google advances on mobile payment system, makes partnerships with MasterCard, Citigroup

Google is making some new friends in the world of finance. They  have announced partnerships with both MasterCard and Citigroup, that  will allow users of Android-based phones to go shopping and pay with  their smartphones at the register

Full Story: Physorg

Google offers help for U.S. nonprofits

U.S.-based nonprofit organizations can get discounts on advertising and Google Apps subscriptions as part of a new Google for Nonprofits program

Full Story: CNET

Posted at 7:52pm and tagged with: not for profit, Google, economic,.

Google offers help for U.S. nonprofits
U.S.-based nonprofit organizations can get discounts on advertising and Google Apps subscriptions as part of a new Google for Nonprofits program
Full Story: CNET