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How closely does Portland follow web trends?


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Look around—those 17 other people next to you in the coffee shop hunched over their laptops might be hunting the Web for kitty videos or Kate Middleton’s tanning habits. You, of course, are Go   More
 
Wednesday, September 26, 2012 WW Editorial Staff

Groupon Update: Now It Wants To Be Your Cash Register

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Bloomberg BusinessWeek reports that Groupon chief executive Andrew Mason has been working as a maitre d’ in order to learn more about the restaurant business.Critics of the daily deals company—whose prescient arguments got an airing in a WW cover story last year—might wonder why Mason didn't make that effort before running thousands of deals that pinched local businesses around the country on ...   More
 
Tuesday, July 17, 2012 COREY PEIN

Top Wieden+Kennedy Web Honcho Defects to Google

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Portland advertising giant Wieden+Kennedy took a hit today when the creative director who helped make one of the internet's most successful viral ad campaigns—the Old Spice Guy's personalized videos—announced he's taking a job at Google.Iain Tait was a key player behind Old Spice's "The Man Your Man Could Smell Like" response videos, which featured towel-wrapped wide receiver Isaiah Mustafa delivering ...   More
 
Monday, April 16, 2012 by Aaron Mesh

Sticker Shocker

This Google window decal will talk to your phone. Next, Google wants your phone to tell all about you.


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They came in the mail, thousands upon thousands. And Portland businesses have obediently applied them to their windows: white stickers   More
 
Wednesday, August 24, 2011 COREY PEIN

Massive Cojones on Display at Oregon Convention Center (Updated With Shrinkage)

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Via Hacker News comes this video of a fascinating talk by (former) Google staff software engineer Steve Yegge.Speaking at the annual prestige geekfest that is OSCON, the open-source software convention, at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland this week, Yegge took the opportunity to quit his job in front of a live audience.There's a fair amount of technical jargon in Yegge's speech, but his main ...   More
 
Wednesday, July 27, 2011 COREY PEIN

Google Plunks $100 Million Into Oregon Wind Project

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 Oregon's beleaguered economy is set to receive a massive infusion from Google, which is poised to invest $100 million in the world's largest wind farm, according to a news report by CNET.The 845-megawatt Shepherds Flat project in Arlington, Ore., is set to go online next year. Construction is expected to employ around 400 people near the banks of the Columbia River in Eastern Oregon.In other ...   More
 
Tuesday, April 19, 2011 by

Hashtag: #Boot-on-a-Face-Forever

Evgeny Morozov challenges the idea that the Internet will set us free

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Are Facebook, Twitter and Google going to usher in a new age of democracy and freedom around the world? No, according to Evgeny Morozov, who's speaking in Portland on Wednesday night, April 6.Morozov, a native of the former Soviet republic of Belarus, is the author of The Net Delusion, a book critical of what he calls the “cyber-utopianism” underlying U.S. foreign policy. Democracy doesn’t ...   More
 
Tuesday, April 5, 2011 NATHAN GILLES

Willamette Geek: Google Instant - Are We Really That Impatient?


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Yesterday morning, Google introduced Google Instant. As far as Google products go, this one seems more of a Google Maps or Voice style success than the failure that was Buzz or Wave. It works, and people will use it. So what is it? Google Instant augments a live search suggestions so that while you type, instead of just giving you a list of potential search topics, it automatically starts presenting ...   More
 
Thursday, September 9, 2010 BRIAN PANGANIBAN

Portland Attempts World Record to Woo Google


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Any possible doubt of Google's status as the unofficial king of the world vanished when we received news of the national competition currently underway for one lucky city to partner with the technological giant for an installation of a 1 gigabit fiber optic network to serve up to 500,000 homes. Human translation: internet that is potentially 100 times faster than what is currently available ...   More
 
Friday, March 19, 2010 NATALIE BAKER

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