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How car-loving Googlers turned a “lemon” into lemonade

This April, Googlers Peter McDade and Clay McCauley spent an entire day trying to keep a $300 car running. No, they weren’t stuck on a nightmare of a road trip. They were competing in the 24 Hours of Lemons race, the culmination of eight months of blood, sweat and tears—and a whole lot of grease.Peter and Clay work at a Google data center in Moncks Corner, S.C., located about 20 miles from Charleston. Like many Googlers, the two find joy in taking things apart and putting them back together to s...
Tags: Googlers, Passion Projects


Here's the follow-up email Google sent to employees after last week's warning about leaks sent a jolt across the company (GOOG, GOOGL)

After an internal email meant to resurface Google's data sharing policies sparked concerns from employees last week, an update was sent via the company's daily newsletter on Tuesday to clarify the the tech giant's position.  The update — which was formatted as a Q&A with Google's Chief Legal Officer, Kent Walker — reiterated the reason data access controls and tried putting to rest fears that collaboration across teams would be harmed.  But two current employees who spoke to Business Insider s...
Tags: Google, London, Trends, Kent, Googlers, Signal, Business Insider, Walker, Kent Walker


Cathy Pearl has learned the art and science of conversation

Conversations can be tough. Whether you’re chit-chatting with a coworker or having an important talk with your partner, it’s easy to misinterpret, say the wrong thing, or accidentally offend someone. Now imagine teaching a computer how to avoid those minefields. That’s even tougher—and Googler Cathy Pearl knows exactly how difficult it is.Cathy has made a career out of teaching computers how to talk to humans. She’s worked in the field of conversation design for decades, and now works in outreac...
Tags: Google, Bell Labs, Googlers, Cathy, Google Assistant, Cathy Pearl, The She Word


Ask a Techspert: What’s so interesting about spreadsheets?

Editor’s Note: Do you ever feel like a fish out of water? Try being a tech novice and talking to an engineer at a place like Google. Ask a Techspert is a new series on the Keyword asking Googler experts to explain complicated technology for the rest of us. This isn’t meant to be comprehensive, but just enough to make you sound smart at a dinner party.The spreadsheet wizard: Every office has one. They’re masters of functions and pivot tables. It’s as if they hold the secrets of the universe, whil...
Tags: Google, Googlers, Ryan, Ryan Weber, Google Sheets, G Suite


Meet the Googler in charge of all things I/O

From May 7 through May 9, more than 7,000 developers will head to Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View for I/O, Google’s annual conference—and take part in talks and events in an area that’s usually a parking lot. In charge of turning that blank space into a festival-like atmosphere is Amanda Matuk, who has been part of the team running the conference for the past 10 years.Amanda, who is the event’s executive producer, has been in charge of I/O for the past four years. The process takes six t...
Tags: Google, Beyonce, San Francisco, Sia, Silicon Valley, Mountain View, Whitney Houston, Googlers, Sundar Pichai, Amanda, Sundar, The She Word, Amanda Matuk


How a Google office became a sticky-note art gallery

At one of Google’s offices, windows have become canvases...for art made from sticky notes. The “pixel art” is not only a way to decompress after a long day of work, but also a way to make the office personal—and a lot of fun, too.The decorations all started when a neighbor wanted to say hello. A company located across the street used brightly colored sticky notes to spell out a greeting in their windows. Googlers decided to join in on the fun and reply with art of their own. Their initial respon...
Tags: Google, San Francisco, Mario, Luigi, Calvin, Googlers, Rick Astley, Tyler Wagner, Sticky, Working at Google, Jakub Gielzak, Hobbes Sticky


From food waste to tasty treats in Google’s kitchens

For Kristen Rainey, a carrot is more than a vegetable. It’s the opportunity to cook “from root to stem” and make anything from salads and juice to ice cream and candy. Cooking this way helps combat food waste, an issue that affects everyone—particularly the 800 million people who suffer from hunger each year.One third of all food produced for human consumption, or about 1.3 billion pounds of food, is wasted every year. Plus,  wasted food emits potent greenhouse gases when it decomposes. “The sit...
Tags: Google, Sustainability, Portland, Kristen, Googlers, Scott, Sunnyvale California, Inside Google, Kristen Rainey, Scott Giambastiani Google


From kids' music to the tech world, without missing a beat

Matan Ariel’s young nieces and nephew live on the other side of the world, but they keep up with their uncle thanks to his music—and thanks to Google, too. Though they live in Israel and he lives in New York, the three kids love to ask the Google Assistant to play his songs, which have gone double platinum in their country.Matan, or “Uncle Matani” as they call him, works in sales in Google’s New York office. But he also has another love, children’s music, which brought him a level of success he ...
Tags: Google, New York, Israel, Tel Aviv, Googlers, Passion Projects, Matan, Matan Ariel, Matan Ariel Friends, Uncle Matani


An ultramarathoner running so others can “rise”

Editor’s note: Passion Projects is a new Keyword series highlighting Googlers with unexpected interests outside the office.If you had asked Zanele Hlatshwayo several years ago if she’d ever go on a run for 10 days straight, she’d probably laugh. But these days, that’s exactly what she’s training for—and she changed her mind about running for a deeply personal reason.Zanele, an ad sales specialist based in Google’s Johannesburg office, turned to running to cope after a tragedy in her family. In 2...
Tags: Google, South Africa, Cape Town, Johannesburg, Googlers, National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, Zanele, Passion Projects, Zanele Hlatshwayo, South Africa Zanele, Ocal Global Journey for Change, Anxiety Group


Ask a Techspert: Why am I getting so many spam calls?

Editor’s Note: Do you ever feel like a fish out of water? Try being a tech novice and talking to an engineer at a place like Google. Ask a Techspert is a new series on the Keyword asking Googler experts to explain complicated technology for the rest of us. This isn’t meant to be comprehensive, but just enough to make you sound smart at a dinner party.Growing up, I was taught to say “Schottenfels residence” when answering the phone. It was the polite way of doing things. When the phone rang, it w...
Tags: Googlers, Pixel, Inside Google


A recipe for beating the record of most-calculated digits of pi

Editor’s note: Today, March 14, is Pi Day (3.14). Here at Google, we’re celebrating the day with a new milestone: A team at Google has broken the Guinness World RecordsTMtitle for most accurate value of pi.Whether or not you realize it, pi is everywhere you look. It’s the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter, so the next time you check your watch or see the turning wheels of a vehicle go by, you’re looking at pi. And since pi is an irrational number, there’s no end to how many ...
Tags: Google, Japan, Congress, Googlers, Emma, Google Cloud, Emma Haruka Iwao, Yasumasa Kanada, Daisuke Takahashi, Google Emma


Larry Page approved $150M stock grant to Andy Rubin despite sex abuse allegations & without board's OK, lawsuit claims

Alphabet and Google co-founder Larry Page did not ask his company's board of directors for approval before personally approving a $150 million dollar stock grant to disgraced Android executive Andy Rubin, despite the sexual harassment allegations that led to Rubin's ouster. These are the claims in an investor lawsuit, which says the company covered up the sexual misconduct of Rubin and others. From Joel Rosenblatt and Gerrit De Vynck at Bloomberg: Alphabet Inc. Chief Executive Officer Larry Pa...
Tags: Google, Android, Post, News, California, Bloomberg, Larry Page, Sergey Brin, Sexual Abuse, Sexual Harassment, Googlers, Sundar Pichai, John Doerr, Ram Shriram, Page, Alphabet Inc


Ask a Techspert: What is quantum computing?

Editor’s Note: Do you ever feel like a fish out of water? Try being a tech novice and talking to an engineer at a place like Google. Ask a Techspert is a new series on the Keyword asking Googler experts to explain complicated technology for the rest of us. This isn’t meant to be comprehensive, but just enough to make you sound smart at a dinner party.Quantum computing sounds like something out of a sci-fi movie. But it’s real, and scientists and engineers are working to make it a practical reali...
Tags: Google, Youtube, Googlers, Santa Barbara, Inside Google, Techspert, Marissa Giustina, Google AI Quantum


Daraiha Greene wants everyone to see themselves in tech

Tech companies like Google create products for the whole world. But when employees don’t reflect the diversity of the global population their products serve, that lack of diversity can be discouraging for people who don’t look like the stereotype of a tech worker.Googlers like Daraiha Greene are pushing for more diverse representation of people who work in tech, whether it’s in the media, in the business world or at events across the country. That way, the next generation will be inspired to pur...
Tags: Google, Googlers, Greene, NICU, Diversity and Inclusion, Diversity Equity, Working at Google, The She Word, Daraiha Greene, CS in Media


To help make Google more inclusive, I had to understand my journey

I was born to a black father and a white mother in 1967, and at that time, it was illegal for them to get married. That changed two months after I was born, in June of that year, courtesy of the Supreme Court’s unanimous decision in Loving v. Virginia.Throughout my life, from a childhood in Texas to a career in computer science, I have faced discrimination in ways both seen and unseen. Now at Google, I strive to make my team, and the products we create, inclusive and welcoming to everyone. But b...
Tags: Google, Texas, Supreme Court, Virginia, Silicon Valley, Google Earth, Berkeley, Loving, San Antonio, Googlers, Diversity and Inclusion


Living the "multidream" by blending coding with a rap career

Editor’s note: Passion Projects is a new Keyword series highlighting Googlers with unexpected interests outside the office.At Google’s offices in Los Angeles, Brandon Tory spends his days working in artificial intelligence, training computer models to better understand how humans use language—why we use certain words, or describe things in a particular way. Once he leaves the office, he’s crafting language in a different style: by writing and recording hip-hop music. Through his two passions, To...
Tags: Google, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Mit, Timbaland, Tory, Jay, Googlers, Passion Projects, Brockton Massachusetts, Brandon Tory, Hollywood Tory


These three Googlers would like to thank the Academy

Chances are, you’ve seen the work of Paul Debevec, Xueming Yu and Wan-Chun Alex Ma on the big screen—but you probably don’t know it. And that’s by design. Just this weekend, these Googlers took home an Academy Award for their face-digitizing technology, which has changed the way movies and video games use visual effects. And their goal is often to make sure you can just enjoy the characters, without thinking of them as computer-generated effects at all.The three, alongside their former colleague...
Tags: Google, Disney, Angelina Jolie, David Oyelowo, Sam Worthington, Googlers, Zoe Saldana, Ma, Rachael, Sean Young, Stephen Lang, Google Cloud, Neytiri, USC Institute for Creative Technologies, Academy Software Foundation, Paul Debevec Xueming Yu


An Olympian-turned-Googler trains the next generation of figure skaters

Editor’s note: Passion Projects is a new Keyword series highlighting Googlers with unexpected interests outside the office.On Saturday, Timothy Goebel received one of the biggest honors of his life. In an arena full of fans in Detroit, as his family, former teammates, and former coaches cheered him on, he stood on the ice and was inducted into the U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame, alongside two others. “I am truly humbled,” Goebel says. “This weekend's events are some of the most cherished from ...
Tags: Google, New York, New York City, Salt Lake City, Detroit, Hall of Fame, Googlers, Harlem, Team USA, Goebel, U S Figure Skating, Working at Google, Timothy Goebel, U S Figure Skating Hall of Fame, Jumbotron Having, Goebel Goebel


A slice of Google: looking back on 2018

If I had to summarize 2018 in one word ... it would probably be “flossing” (kids, am I doing this right?). But let’s put the dance moves aside for a minute. As my dentist continually reminds me, it’s easy to miss stuff when you don’t take enough time to look in the mirror, really focus, and ... floss. No, reflect! Reflect. So while 2018 is still (minty) fresh in our minds, we’re taking a moment to take another look at some things you may have missed from us this year: 1. AI is behind many pro...
Tags: Google, Singapore, Disney, Spain, Canada, Netherlands, Harry Potter, Ncaa, Google Maps, Grand Canyon, Googlers, Northern California, Waldo, Lin Manuel Miranda, Working at Google, Robbie Iveyand Tania Finlayson


Almost 17,000 Googlers walked out to protest of sexual misconduct at the company

Googlers all over the world walked out en masse on Thursday in protest of the company's record on sexual misconduct. The protest followed a bombshell article in the New York Times that detailed sexual misconduct allegations against senior executives, specifically against Android creator Andy Rubin, though he has denied the claims. The organisers behind the protest said that nearly 17,000 Google employees took part in the walkout, and they aren't done counting yet. Thousands of Google staff ar...
Tags: Google, London, California, Wikipedia, Singapore, US, Trends, New York Times, Mountain View, Donald Trump, Jimmy Wales, Googlers, Sundar Pichai, Katie Couric, Rubin, Andy Rubin


Google walkout organizer: ‘I hope I still have a career in Silicon Valley after this’

Shouting “women’s rights are worker’s rights” and a number of other #TimesUp and #MeToo chants, upwards of 1,000 Google employees gathered in San Francisco’s Harry Bridges Plaza Thursday to protest the company’s handling of sexual harassment and misconduct cases. Staffers from all of Google’s San Francisco offices were in attendance. An organizer, who declined to be named, told TechCrunch there were 1,500 Google employees across the globe that participated in the 48-hour effort to arrange a w...
Tags: Google, Android, Startups, New York City, San Francisco, Diversity, New York Times, Cambridge, Silicon Valley, Globe, BI, Googlers, Sundar Pichai, Andy Rubin, Danielle Brown, Pichai Google


Engineers are girls: the Googler behind “Ara the Star Engineer”

Editor’s note: Today, on International Day of the Girl, we’re sharing the story of Komal Singh, a Googler who was inspired by her own young daughter to write a children’s book focused on engineering, called “Ara the Star Engineer.” Elisabeth: Tell us about what you do at Google. Komal: I’m a program manager on the Ads Infrastructure team, based out of Waterloo, Canada. I act as the glue between various engineering teams to ensure we’re designing and building systems cohesively for the world. ...
Tags: Google, Alex, Googlers, Ara, Ada Lovelace, Mike, Eric, Kurt, Elisabeth, Waterloo Canada, DeeDee, Komal, Parisa Tabriz, Komal Singh, Araiya, Ipek Konak


Laura Allen, leveling the playing field with more accessible technology

Editor's note: The She Word is a Keyword series all about dynamic and creative women at Google. In honor of National Disability Awareness Month in the U.S., we’re talking to Laura Allen, a program manager for Chrome accessibility. Laura shares how technology changed everything for her, and how she is working to level the playing field for everyone with more accessible technology.How do you explain your job at a dinner party?I help make Chrome and Chrome OS more accessible to everyone, including ...
Tags: Google, Accessibility, Googlers, Laura, Laura Allen, California School, The She Word


What’s that you say? Present with captions in Google Slides

Years ago in a Long Island doctor’s office, four-year-old Laura was fitted with her first pair of hearing aids, customized to compensate for her specific hearing loss. However, they didn’t work very well, particularly in noisy backgrounds, so she eventually stopped wearing them.A few years later on a school bus in Bethesda, MD, nine-year-old Abigail sat next to a classmate who taught her how to communicate using American Sign Language. In high school, she worked in a biology lab at the National ...
Tags: Google, Mit, Accessibility, Slides, Long Island, Googlers, Bethesda, Abigail, Laura, Google Slides, Diversity and Inclusion, G Suite, National Eye Institutewhere


Behind the scenes of GHC ‘18: a story of ten rooms

This past week, 20,000 people gathered at the Grace Hopper Celebration for Women in Computing in Houston, Texas for three days of learning, networking and inspiration. While 20,000 is quite a large number, there are many of you who could not join us in person … so we’re taking you on a quick journey through ten rooms at #GHC18.It should be noted that this particular path just scratches the surface, and we wish we could have been in more than one room at a time, but alas, time travel has yet to b...
Tags: Google, Youtube, Google Earth, Googlers, Pixel, Jessica, Houston Texas, Michelle Duffy, Toyota Center, Ada Anita, Jessica Mathews, Grace Hopper Celebration for Women in Computing, Grace Anita


Vint Cerf on accessibility, the cello and noisy hearing aids

The Internet is undoubtedly a transformative technology, changing how people all over the world live and work. One of the key figures responsible for designing the architecture of the Internet is Dr. Vint Cerf, who along with Robert E. Kahn is known as one of the “fathers of the Internet.” Dr Cerf also been Google’s chief internet evangelist for last 12 years. This Disability Awareness Month, we sat down with him to learn more about the impact of technology on the more than 1 billion people with...
Tags: Google, Washington Post, India, Accessibility, Jack, Berkeley, Googlers, Ucla, MCI, SVP, Ray Tomlinson, Vint, Cerf, Vint Cerf, Diversity and Inclusion, Sigrid


Ara The Star Engineer, a STEM book on a mission

“Engineers are boys.”What do you do when your 4 year-old daughter proclaims this? Start a passion project, collaborate with your peers, and publish a children’s picture book to bust that bias.I wrote “Ara the Star Engineer” to inspire young kids to explore the magic of STEM. And it took a village to do it. Along with many other Googlers who shared my determination, we came up with an inspiring, inclusive and whimsical way to learn about computers and technology from real-life Google trailblazers...
Tags: Google, Googlers, Kripa Krishnan, Diane Tang Marian Croak Parisa Tabriz


The accessibility team helping make our products work for everyone

At the end of 2017, the Google Primer team contacted Google's Central Accessibility team. They wanted feedback on the accessibility of their app—but also input on whether it was useful for people with disabilities. This kicked off a larger conversation. The Primer app is used by business owners, startups and marketers to learn new business and marketing skills. As the two teams discussed, they wondered, “What if we don’t just improve the accessibility of our own app, but also create brand new le...
Tags: Google, Design, Accessibility, Googlers, Diversity and Inclusion, Voice Access, Central Accessibility Team


Happy National Youth Science Day from Google and 4-H

Today kicks off the 11th annual 4-H National Youth Science Day--the start of a month-long celebration to challenge kids and educators excited about computer science (CS) through hands-on projects—and for the first time, Google.org is supporting the effort.I’ve been involved in 4-H since I was nine. I joined because I wanted to show horses (just like my big sister), which I did as an Iowa 4-H member for 10 years. Now I use some of my time at Google to support 4-H students around the country. Alon...
Tags: Google, Education, CS, Iowa, Googlers, Google.org, Curtis, Santa Clara CA, Fiona, H Club, CS First, National 4 H Council West Virginia University, MIT Scratch, Fiona Reyes, CS First Animate, California Computer Science Pathway Team


We made it to #GHC18! Here’s what Googlers are looking forward to.

Today, technologists from around the globe are landing in Houston for this year’s Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC). It’s the ultimate meeting of the minds—over 20,000 women and allies from different backgrounds get together to learn, share ideas, and most importantly, get to know each other. The sense of community at Grace Hopper is one of the reasons women come back every year, including many Googlers who will be in Houston this week to participate in talks, panels, workshops and hanging out at o...
Tags: Google, US, Canada, Houston, Googlers, Grace Hopper, Michelle Duffy, Cambridge MA, Alan Eustace, GHC, Diversity and Inclusion, Reena Lee, Alejandra Estanislao, Googlers Karen Ng Group Product Manager, Sara Khoury, Reena Lee Product ManagerTake