As the hordes head to the Internet to purchase gifts for the holiday season, there are two things that Google has discovered about them by looking at recent search trends. First, they are shopping much more actively on mobile than ever before (shopping and buying, not just searching for goods). Second, there are more people shopping for holiday gifts online right now than the entire holiday period last year.
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Throughout his talk at the EmTech MIT conference today, Boston Dynamics chief executive Marc Raibert carefully avoided mentioning the robotic-elephant in the room — Google, which just so happens to own his company.
Astro Teller, chief—no, Captain of Moonshots—at Google's secretive skunkworks shared some behind-the-scenes info about the Google's incubation zone for Really Crazy Ideas. It makes sense for Google to host X: big ideas come with big payoffs, he said in a conversation with Jason Pontin, editor in chief at MIT Technology Review, at the publication's annual EmTech MIT conference.
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