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Google home page a big colorful mystery

 by John Moe // Posted: 09/07/10 11:03 AM

Have you been to Google today? Then you’ve noticed that they’re running another special logo. The word “Google” is formed by a bunch of colorful circles that scatter all over the place when you mouse over them. Unlike other special logos that commemorate holidays or historical events, this one doesn’t have an easy explanation. There’s been talk that it’s for the anniversary of Google or the rollout of HTML5 but the company denies that that’s what it is. And they won’t say why it’s there.

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What will we do with all this "white space"?

09/26/10 11:15 AM

There’s a vote coming up this week in Washington that will have a big impact on how you use the internet, what’s available to you, how much faster you’ll be able to get things online. On Thursday, the FCC is expected to open up unused parts of the broadcast spectrum, a lot of people call it “white space”. This is space that was positioned to be something of a buffer between television stations but such padding is proving less essential since the conversion to digital TV.

On today’s show, we talk to Glenn Fleishman from Wi-Fi Networking News and The Economist about how the spectrum works and what kind of new space we’re talking about. We also check in with Tim Wu from Columbia Law School about the companies that will look to use the space and what it all might mean for you and me as internet consumers.

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