The post that swept the internet Thursday by a Long Island woman who said her families home was searched by the FBI after her family searched for information about pressure cookers and backpacks was touched off by her husband’s former employer, according to Tech Crunch.
The article quotes the Suffolk County Police as saying in a statement:
Suffolk County Criminal Intelligence Detectives received a tip from a Bay Shore based computer company regarding suspicious computer searches conducted by a recently released employee. The former employee’s computer searches took place on this employee’s workplace computer. On that computer, the employee searched the terms “pressure cooker bombs” and “backpacks.”
After interviewing the company representatives, Suffolk County Police Detectives visited the subject’s home to ask about the suspicious internet searches. The incident was investigated by Suffolk County Police Department’s Criminal Intelligence Detectives and was determined to be non-criminal in nature.
Google launched a new website and mobile apps for Zagats Restaurant Guides this afternoon.
According to Google, which acquired Zagat Restaurant guides in 2011, updated the service to include multimedia content to help users find the best restaurants in their area.
For the first time ever, users can get free access to content (which now includes pictures, videos and more multimedia features)online using computers and smartphones.
For now, the website only offers curated content for nine cities across the country and abroad, including New York City and Boston. However, there are plans to expand to fifty cities.
Using Google services such as search and mapping, the company has worked to improve the experience for users.
“These days, the challenge in deciding where to go is not about about a lack of information or user reviews, but finding accurate information and trusted opinions so you can quickly make informed decisions. Through our digital products—and the Google products you use every day like the new Google Maps for Mobile—you can rely on Zagat’s curated lists and summary reviews to cut through the clutter so you can find the perfect spot.” said Gannon Hall, Group Product Manager and Head of Zagat in a blog post.
The device, which connects to your TV via HDMI is a three inch dongle that lets users stream content from devices to a connected television.
The Chromecast is about the size of a flash drive, and connects with devices including smartphones, tablets and computers. Notably, connectivity is not limited to Google and Android products, the Chromecast will also work with Apple products.
Additionally, Google is offering developers the opportunity to create products and services for the Chromecast. This means that services like Spotify or Flickr can create apps specifically for the platform and expand available content to Chromecast users.
Additionally, in the announcement post, Google says that the device will feature support from entertainment services like Netflix and Youtube, with more services offering support in the future.
Based on the wide support for the product, a remote will not come with the device. Instead, users will control the Chromecast using any of the compatible devices to use and manage content. Additionally, Google is offering developers the opportunity to create products and services for the Chromecast.
If you’ve tried to cache a Google map on your Android device recently, you had to go through some more hoops than on the previous version.
Google hopes that it’s fixed that according to CNET.
Caching maps on a device is useful when traveling to areas where the network connection is bad or where high roaming fees discourage mobile network use. But the new Google Maps app had required a laborious and obscure method to cache maps.
Now it’s not so hard. Users can tap on the map to display a screen to search or explore an area, and scrolling down to the bottom of that page reveals a small card that says, “Make this map area available offline.”
Saying they were overcharged stemming from a transaction in 2004, Google and AOL are suing the Internal Revenue Service for $88 million.
According to a Bloomberg article, the companies worked together on several projects, starting in 2002.
Google, based in Mountain View, California, issued the warrant for its “series D preferred stock” in June 2002 in recognition of AOL efforts to promote Google’s search engine among its users, according to the complaint.
The IRS erred in disallowing a $238.6 million deduction claimed for the difference between the price AOL paid to exercise a warrant for Google stock and the value of the shares, according to the complaint in U.S. Tax Court.
AOL’s suit is separate from Google’s action. Google is asking for over $83 million and AOL is asking for over $4 million.