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« A truly fine meal is enjoyed not once but three times, in anticipation, in consumption, and in remembrance »

Dear followers,

As you might know, I love food, and I love Excel (yes, Excel!), and as such I have a very strong tendency to record, rate and recommend all my favorite restaurants and bars using spreadsheets. (Happy to share them with you, current ‘shareable’ spreadsheets are Paris and London, still working on NY, Dubai and Marrakesh!)

I recently decided that the only missing feature to my little notes was a map, so I could look up what in my favorites or to do list was close by if I was in an area.

Of course, Google having a response to (pretty much) everything, you can create your maps using « My Places » in Google Maps. So here is my Paris Shortlist, in blue are my shortlisted places and in red my to-do list!

Any suggestions please comment on this article and I will gladly add it to my map (even better if you want to go and try it out with me!).


View Ambrouille’s Paris Shortlist in a larger map

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For folks who are either too far from Great Britain or not crazy enough to book tickets two-months in advance and spend an entire day at the Warner Bross Harry Potter Studio (For the reference, I did, the Knight Bus picked us up at Victoria and we left with Thaïs and T.S-H for a magical journey!), Google just added to its Maps a very nice treat!

Whether it is buying a wand in Ollivanders or picking up some extendable ears from Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes, I am sure plenty of muggles would love to step into Diagon Alley… So if you can’t find The Leaky Cauldron, there is another way to soak up the atmosphere among those famous cobbles:

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You can now visit Diagon Alley in the window above or click on this link to open in Google Maps.

I am a huge Harry Potter fan, I grew up with these books (when Harry started at Hogwarts, he was 11, and when I read the first book, I was 10,  only one year difference but due to inevitable gaps of time between the books, Harry and I both found ourselves completing last year of high school pretty much at the same time) and waited in line in front of Smith’s bookshop in Paris at 1am on release dates to be the first to lay hands on the newest volume.

The kind of crazy fan who would re-read the books a dozen times and then dream about it. I find it absolutely incredible that Warner has turned this imaginary world into something you can actually walk into. Just for this, today, I love Google. And I will celebrate this by reading a HP chapter tonight!


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Stephen L. Carter (born October 26, 1954) is an American law professor, legal- and social-policy writer, columnist, and best-selling novelist.

He recently published this article relating to privacy and the Google glasses, which I found very interesting, and which says in very accurate words what I think and would have never been able to express so well, so this is total ‘plagiat’ but to my defense here is a link to Stephen Carter’s blog and and books!

Privacy looks different through Google Glass, by Stephen L. Carter

No sooner had Google Inc. yielded to popular pressure to bar facial-recognition applications from Google Glass than techies split into two factions: those who called the ban an outrage that would hurt law enforcement and medical care, and those who said the ban would make no difference because sooner or later the wall was bound to fall.

The original concern rested on the notion that wearable facial-recognition technology would constitute a threat to privacy — the privacy, for example, of those who would prefer to walk the streets unrecognized. Google’s position continues to be that privacy concerns about Glass are overblown. I think the long run will prove Google right, for reasons less technological than generational.

Glass is essentially eyewear connected to a processor and the Internet, with an interior display that looks to the wearer like a television screen. This sounds so cool and space-agey that it’s at first hard to see how the privacy issues arise.

Certainly the claim that the famous have a “right” to wander the streets incognito seems thin, and Google initially seemed inclined to ignore it, preferring to tout the obvious utility for, say, police officers able to identify suspects at a glance. The company might never have done its about-face had not the disclosure of the scope of National Security Agency’s data- mining program (and Google’s own unclear participation therein) brought privacy to the forefront of public conversation.

But there are other privacy issues. For example, Nick Bilton of the New York Times was startled to encounter Google Glass wearers in the men’s room, immediately after being reminded that “one of the gadget’s greatest features is the ability to snap a photo with a wink.”

Creepy Glasses

Creepy indeed. But privacy as traditionally understood encompasses far more than photographs in the bathroom or recognition on the street. Privacy is fundamental to life in liberal society, where, as the philosopher Judith Shklar argued, our fear of abuse of authority should lead us to establish constraints on both government and private power — so that we are free, in almost everything we do, to make our choices without worrying about retaliation.

Ten years ago, in a report titled “Bigger Monster, Weaker Chains: The Growth of an American Surveillance Society,” the American Civil Liberties Union gave an example of privacy in this traditional sense: “A woman who leaves her house, drives to a store, meets a friend for coffee, visits a museum, and then returns home may be in public all day, but her life is still private in that she is the only one who has an overall view of how she spent her day. In America, she does not expect that her activities are being watched or tracked in any systematic way — she expects to be left alone.”

That familiar cultural understanding has been upended — not all at once by post-Sept. 11 anti-terror measures, but gradually, as more and more of our lives are lived out digitally. The woman in the ACLU’s example might use GPS, thus revealing her location as she drives. Perhaps she talks on her mobile phone, stops to buy gas or pays for coffee with a credit card. All of these activities leave digital traces. To imagine that those traces simply vanish, unrecorded, is no longer reasonable.

And reasonableness is very much the word to think about. When we conceptualize privacy as a right, our thoughts turn naturally to the Constitution. According to the judges, the measure of what is private turns on what a reasonable person would expect to be private. But the reasonable person is a shifting target, her expectations informed by culture and mores and actual practice.

Once everybody knows what so many already suspected — that the federal government eavesdrops extensively on the people it purports to represent — our expectations suddenly shift. One might be a passionate opponent of the programs, or one might accept their grim necessity; either way, the reality of their existence necessarily changes the way we think.

Cool Glasses

How much has the digital world changed the conception of privacy? A recent study by the Annenberg Center for the Digital Future at the University of Southern California concluded that the so-called millennials — those ages 18-34 — don’t share the fears of their elders about online privacy. In particular, the rising generation seems willing to trade privacy for other gains. They are, for example, “more receptive than older users to accepting targeted advertising when their personal information is required.”

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has been widely criticized for making essentially this very point, but the data suggest he is right. The millennials do indeed tend to have a different view of where one draws the privacy border. As a headline several years ago in New York magazine declared: “The future belongs to the uninhibited.”

A recent Washington Post-Pew Research Center survey purports to show that those ages 18 to 39 are slightly more worried than their elders about the NSA program. But the same poll indicates that this group is far less likely to have paid close attention to the story. The episode seems to be rolling off their backs, perhaps because the young always assumed that somebody was cataloguing their telephone calls, Internet searches and credit-card transactions.

According to the companies that market to them, millennials are quite sophisticated in using privacy controls to limit access to their online data. But they seem to worry a lot more about keeping their online activities from parents and teachers than from corporations and government.

The point is that the reasonable person and her expectation of privacy are reconstructed in every generation. Criticizing Google for supplying what is certain to be heavy demand for so cool an advance as Glass is no way to hold a serious conversation. And a serious conversation is what will be needed — not among us Baby Boomers, but among those who follow us.

That will be an intriguing challenge. It’s important for members of the rising generation to be active in shaping their expectation of privacy, and so demand law and practices that strike a reasonable balance. The alternative is to drift along, allowing their expectations to continue to be shaped for them, by the twin determinisms of technology and security.

Stephen Carter’s blog and and books

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Top 3 – Andrew Keen

Andrew Keen is a British born entrepreneur and author. His book The Cult of the Amateur sets out his views of user-generated content websites such as YouTube and Wikipedia.

Keen’s view is that by worshipping the amateur individual – bedroom filmmaker or prolific blogger, part time Flickr photographer or war tourist tweeter – we’re losing sight of carefully considered media production techniques that have evolved over decades, along with the intelligent professionals who operate in far flung places to bring us the news.


Keen reckons Wikipedia is the online home of inaccuracy and crowdsourced content can never be as reliable as pre-digital information channels. He argues fluently for media literacy, challenging the mantra of the digital generation, the user is not king.



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Haha. So I guess Google engineers are men!

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La pub ciblée sur Google, Gmail and co, ce n’est pas nouveau… Mais si vous voulez voir comment Google vous a catégorisés, cliquez ICI !

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Quelques tips pour utiliser Google+ comme un vrai pro… Merci Mashable!

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Google nous sort un… nouveau moteur de recherche.
WDYL = What do you love, from Google. Enjoy :

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Chaque jour, les gens du monde entier cherchent sur Google des réponses a leurs questions. L’équipe Google Data Arts vient de publier leur nouveau jouet: WebGL, une API graphique 3D pour JavaScript. Le Search Globe visualise les recherches d’un jour, et indique la langue des requêtes par différentes couleurs.

Vous verrez un paysage lumineux de requêtes à travers l’Europe, et certaines régions d’Asie, par exemple, mais malheureusement, beaucoup moins venant des parties du monde ou l’accès à Internet et à l’électricité est limité. Ce qui est particulierement interessant est que cet outil est dynamique et mis a jour quotidiennement, vous pouvez zoomer, faire tourner le globe…! Cliquez ICI!

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Aujourd’hui, un Google Doodle à l’effigie de Roger Hargreaves. Né le 9 mai 1935, il est à l’origine des séries Monsieur et Madame (Monsieur Grand, Madame Chatouille…), qui se sont vendus, depuis leur création en 1971, à plus de 100 millions d’exemplaires à travers le monde!

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Près de trois ans après la première libération de Map Maker, Google offre enfin à ses utilisateurs la possibilité de modifier la carte des États-Unis!

Google Map Maker est une version parallèle de Google Maps qui accepte les contributions et modifications des utilisateurs. Une fois approuvé par les modérateurs, les modifications sont publiées sur Google Maps et visibles par tous les utilisateurs.

Cet outil a déjà été utilisé dans 183 pays et régions du monde, ou les utilisateurs ont activement participé afin d’ajouter des niveaux de détails: routes, universités, pistes cyclables, piscines….

En 2008, environ 15% de la population mondiale utilisaient les cartes en ligne de leur quartier via Google Maps. Aujourd’hui, ce pourcentage a grimpé à 30% grâce à la contribution des utilisateurs via Google Map Maker, qui ont permis de rentre Google Maps d’autant plus précis.

Aujourd’hui, Google offre à l’ensemble des États-Unis une carte disponible pour l’édition.

L’attente de trois ans est due à deux facteurs principaux.

- Google a choisi de se concentrer dans un premier temps sur les parties du monde qui ne disposaient pas de cartes détaillées. (En Inde et en Roumanie, par exemple)

- Il fallait également assurer la modération des ajouts et la potentielle évolution du processus d’édition afin de répondre à une demande de plus en plus élevée (la version live de Google Maps rien qu’aux Etats-Unis voit déjà plusieurs millions de visiteurs par jour)

N’importe quel utilisateur de Google peut s’inscrire et zoomer sur une région afin d’y ajouter un point sur la carte ou de dessiner une entité. 

Une fois qu’une modification est enregistrée, elle est examinée par un modérateur et affiché sur la version live de Google Maps, quelques secondes seulement après l’approbation.

PS: Google emploie un système hybride avec modération pour assurer l’exactitude et la qualité des cartes de modifications. Il ya une petite équipe de modération en interne, mais la plupart des modérations sont géré par des utilisateurs ayant obtenu un diplôme afin de devenir modérateur !

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Pas faux, qui va chercher plus loin que la page 7?! 

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La Singularity University est une « université multidisciplinaire dont la mission est de rassembler, d’éduquer et d’inspirer les dirigeants qui veulent  comprendre et faciliter le développement de façon exponentielle par l’avancement des  nouvelles technologies avec l’objectif de relever les défis de l’humanité ».

Ami Google, quelle humilité!! (Et ce n’est pas tout :)

« Avec le soutien d’un large éventail de dirigeants dans les milieux universitaires, commerciaux et gouvernementaux, Singularity Université espère trouver des solutions aux défis les plus urgents de la planète. »

Et ils s’en donnent les moyens : La Singularity University est basée sur le campus de la NASA Ames dans la Silicon Valley.

Au programme des cours :  

 Technologie, Intelligence artificielle et robotique
 Réseaux et systèmes informatiques
 Biotechnologie et bioinformatique
 Médecine et neuroscience
 Etudes prospectives et prévisions
 Politique, droit et éthique
 Finances et Entrepreneuriat
Energie & Ecologie
Espace et sciences physiques

Tout cela packagé dans un programme de 10 semaines, qui ne vous couterons que la bagatelle de 25 000 dollars, et pour ce prix, vous etes logés nourris blanchis !

(Je plaisante, mais si je les avais je les paierais sur le champ!!)

En attendant, je vous invite a vous ballader sur le site et je promets de poster sur ce blog les vidéos les plus interessantes !

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