Technology

Link the World to the Internet with Balloons

Google is planning to launch hundreds - perhaps thousands - of high-altitude balloons to link the world to the internet. Wired http://bit.ly/164VvWy

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Environment

Home Power Meter for Your Computer

Energy consumption is voluntarily constrained if users have easy access to real-time usage data. Google PowerMeter is one step towards smarter energy monitoring.http://bit.ly/aePLuF

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Online Collaboration

Online Disease Surveillance

Researchers have shown that combining search data with an awareness of social networks, better early detection systems for disease outbreaks can be designed. Economist.com http://bit.ly/dzowbl

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Management

Balancing Innovation and Execution

How does an organization balance the need to innovate with the need to execute on current projects? Eric Schmidt at Google imposes the 70 / 20 / 10 rule for percentage of company resources spent on core business / new businesses / speculative efforts. Wikipedia:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/70/20/10_Model

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Philanthropy

Sign up for Google AdWords Grant

If you are a non-profit, Google has great grant programs (aka "free money"). This and seven other good ideas for AdWords / non-profits: http://ow.ly/1sbOO

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Let your phone give you ideas

Google Now makes suggestions to you based on your calendar, map, e-mail and other sources. Popular Science Innovation of the Year 2012 http://bit.ly/JGbaWa

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Energy

Provide Real-Time Access to Home Energy Use

Researchers demonstrate that when homeowners are given real-time access to energy usage data, their consumption drops by 15%. Google Public Policy Blog: http://bit.ly/5nealR

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Security

Use Google to Prevent Terrorism

Google could be efficiently employed to prevent terrorism, including help with data processing, image review, and search analysis. http://bit.ly/5Id2qo

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Rename Your City to "Google"

In order to be chosen by Google for a free fiber-optic program, cities are pulling out all stops. Topeka, Kansas just officially renamed itself "Google, Kansas". http://bit.ly/aePLuF

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Sell Advertising On Virtual Billboards

Google offers advertisers the chance to update billboards in Google StreetView -- and will sell unclaimed inventory .http://ow.ly/VlEM

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Provide Different Maps for Different Audiences

Google and Facebook present different versions of politically sensitive maps, depending on which user is requesting. http://ow.ly/wrgk

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To identify drug side effects, track Google

Researchers use search engine data to identify drug side effects more quickly than the FDA. http://nyti.ms/YcTG3V

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