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  • @jewelia Glad you convinced me to sign up for Twitter when you did, I barely got a decent username. in reply to jewelia #
  • @jewelia Hmm, I was all set to upgrade to iOS 4 until I saw your post… maybe I'll wait for some reports to filter in. in reply to jewelia #
  • @tessalau I posted the "what motivates us" video a while ago. It's one of my favorites. in reply to tessalau #
  • Watching documentary on Fairchild Eight and the birth of Silicon Valley at #chm #
  • "In China, Bill Gates is Britney Spears. Unfortunately, in the US, Britney Spears is Britney Spears." –Thomas Friedman, NY Times #
  • @jboutelle Odd, I've never had Gmail crash in Chrome on my Mac. in reply to jboutelle #
  • Google launches HTML5 developer site: http://html5rocks.com/ #
  • @jeffbigham Usually not, since it seems most Twitter clients don't remove deleted tweets. in reply to jeffbigham #
  • @jeffbigham But I just deleted a tweet with a URL that Echofon shortened, even though it didn't have to, then reposted it on twitter.com. #

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  • @jeffbigham @drjpierce Biggest risk to Android is fragmentation across versions, not handsets. http://bit.ly/bTI9I8 in reply to jeffbigham #
  • Jeff Johnson speaks tonight about the psychological basis of UI design rules in Mountain View: http://bit.ly/cGlZ8j #
  • @Manas @lnhaynes Technically, Highway Gothic is a slight variation of the Federal Highway Adminstration fonts used on Interstate hwy signs. in reply to Manas #
  • Okay folks, http://www.google.com is back to a normal white background. You may resume your regular lives. #
  • In CA, 🙂 to see Props 16 and 17 defeated, despite PG&E and Mercury Insurance pouring millions of $ to pass. Some props can't be bought. #
  • And I will never buy any auto insurance from Mercury. That's not how I want to see my insurance dollars spent. #
  • "Yo dawg I heard you like books, so we put iBooks in your iBook, so you can read while you read" http://bit.ly/9FBKal /via @jnash #

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  • A man in Russia has been building his own subway since 1984. He intends to run cars in it that carry 3-4 people each. http://bit.ly/9gLky7 #
  • Just watched District 9 on DVD. Surprisingly positive tone. Highly recommended, if you haven't seen it already. #
  • @ayman It's a sign! The prawns have infected us. What did you think? in reply to ayman #
  • At Computer History Museum to commemorate Plato, one of the first interactive online systems, created 50 yrs ago. #chm #
  • Lots of teens worked on PLATO in its heyday. The system would prevent them from logging on after 10pm. #chm #
  • PLATO didn't have a mouse because students (their target audience) often had problems with motor skills. It had a touch screen instead. #chm #
  • Ray Ozzie: a reason PLATO isn't better known is that it wasn't well tied into the research community. It was focused on doing not publishing #
  • At #asianartmuseum with fellow Googlers for a special exhibit on Shanghai and the qipao #
  • @edchi @landay While it's true that qipao are originally Manchu, not Han Chinese, it's like saying hot dogs are German, not American. in reply to edchi #
  • Is the Net making us smarter (@cshirky) http://jr.ly/zeex or dumber (Carr)? http://jr.ly/zeey (via @mathewi @smc90 @edchi) #
  • @tessalau To clear the autocomplete of a textbox, type letter to show autocomplete, highlight the one to delete, press Shift+Del. in reply to tessalau #

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  • SoundHound for iPhone works! Hummed a song for which I didn't know title/artist, and bam: Steppin' Out by Joe Jackson. http://bit.ly/cbXATt #
  • More Google distractions: watching the indie band OK Go, who've made a bunch of innovative music videos. Just search for them on YouTube. #
  • Don't know how I missed this xkcd comic – Highway Engineer Pranks: http://xkcd.com/253/ #
  • @epaulos Einstein probably didn't say that, too bad. http://bit.ly/aY4KTi in reply to epaulos #
  • Totally agree. RT @jboutelle: Why don't they sell "normal" laptops anymore? Widescreen sucks for editing documents or code. Grr…. #
  • Did Mark Twain/Einstein/Ben Franklin/Lincoln/etc *really* sat that? http://quoteinvestigator.com/ #
  • Today's gesture UIs are like command-line interfaces in that you have to memorize them. Here's more: http://ignco.de/290 #
  • A 10 min video of Dan Pink on the surprising truth about what motivates us, with wonderful animation. Must see! http://youtu.be/u6XAPnuFjJc #
  • Democracies are more prone to violence than dictatorships. Violence drops when the democracy AND the economy matures. http://nyti.ms/abJFE8 #

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  • @landay Doing my part: I got a good systems paper and gave it a 5. in reply to landay #
  • Some companies ban Pac-Man Google home page because they ban games. Others think they have a virus. Killjoys! http://bit.ly/9kx2p3 #
  • Armed with a netbook, med supplies and a bike, InfoLadies give Bangladeshis access to crucial info. The Guardian: http://bit.ly/9OkR1o #
  • Went curling with my colleagues at Sharks Ice yesterday. Surprisingly sore today. #
  • Classic scene today in Los Altos: a woman smoking in front of the American Cancer Society thrift store. #
  • @landay By the time I realized the irony, she was gone. in reply to landay #
  • @drjpierce It was a lot of fun! Don't know when I'll go back, but at least I'll be able to understand what I'm watching during the Olympics. in reply to drjpierce #
  • @manukumar I'll also +1 Helvetica the film. in reply to manukumar #

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  • @manukumar I tend to "firehose"-consume my Twitter stream. in reply to manukumar #
  • @ayman What are you using to make the iPad prototype? in reply to ayman #
  • Can you imagine living without a legal name for 19 years? This guy did: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/10/us/10name.html #
  • Another productive day at Google: today Dave Barry is visiting. #
  • Dave Barry was pretty damn funny. He even got an audience member to help out with a "dramatic" book reading. #
  • Metaweb releases Freebase Gridworks, an open-source data cleansing tool – looks impressive: http://code.google.com/p/freebase-gridworks/ #
  • I'm seeing Iron Man 2 tomorrow but haven't seen IM1 yet. All copies at the library and Blockbuster are out, and Netflix doesn't stream it. #
  • Is it the middle of May already? @drjpierce reminded me that UIST reviews are due this Friday. #
  • What English sounds like to people in other countries: http://bit.ly/ceduEC #
  • @drjpierce Ah, the fame and glory… in reply to drjpierce #
  • @ayman Is that a good thing? I'm guessing it could be better. in reply to ayman #
  • @jewelia Congrats on foocamp! When I first read your tweet, I thought you had to be in Sebastopol by 8 AM. That wouldn't have been good… in reply to jewelia #
  • @sophia_tseng He's your cousin? I should say hi to him. 🙂 in reply to sophia_tseng #
  • @jennism Same in Berkeley. If you don't get a check by a certain date, you can withhold 10% of your deposit from a rent payment instead. in reply to jennism #
  • @tessalau I hope you don't zone out *too* much while driving home. in reply to tessalau #
  • @landay The keyboard dock looked awkward to me. I think I'd rather use a Bluetooth keyboard instead. in reply to landay #
  • At #chm watching Bob Taylor, who funded Engelbart, oversaw ARPAnet, started PARC's comp sci lab, and founded DEC SRC. A giant in tech. #
  • "There are four people that claim to be the father of the Internet. What does that say of the morals of the mother?" — Bob Taylor #chm #
  • "How many of you have punched holes in cards?" (most of the audience raises hands) "You look a lot smarter than that." — Bob Taylor #chm #
  • Dave Barry's visit to Google is now up on YouTube: http://bit.ly/aw2Q8B #
  • For 25 years, Fry's had an annual sale: 6-pack of Coke for 99c (or 12 for $1.98). This year, it's finally gone up: a 12-pack costs $2.25. #
  • If Fry's had actually kept up with inflation for 25 years, then a 12-pack would cost $3.90 instead of $2.25. #
  • @edchi Way to work the keynote circuit! Should be a good conference. in reply to edchi #
  • @msbernst That's funny, I think I'm posting on Twitter more and more. Maybe we'll meet in the middle. in reply to msbernst #

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  • @Manas My 1st Googleversary is just two weeks after yours. in reply to Manas #
  • Just received the book No Code Required about end-user programming on the web. +1 to @jwnichls @tessalau @socialCypher and Mira Dontcheva! #
  • RT @uwnews: Survey shows that among whites, tea party supporters more willing than others to curtail civil liberties: http://bit.ly/dnYaPs #
  • I didn't foresee HP buying Palm, but it makes sense if executed well. In mobile: differentiation, not compatibility, is now a driving force. #
  • @rashmi Steve Jobs won't put Fake Steve Jobs out of business. FSJ is still funnier. in reply to rashmi #
  • @drjpierce I also think OS X apps tend to be better designed than Windows apps because OS X users have higher expectations. in reply to drjpierce #
  • @jeffbigham The study said 1/8 will scale back or eliminate their pay TV, a big difference. I'm curious to see how many follow through. in reply to jeffbigham #
  • @jeffbigham I also don't have cable or satellite, and I don't miss it either. But I'm curious to see how many others will take the plunge. in reply to jeffbigham #

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