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An interview with a Google Street View driver

How did you get into working as a Street View Driver?

It was through a temp job agency. I was looking for a job after I moved to NYC and went through Craigslist. Found the offer for a driving position, nothing related to the actual job or Google or anything. Once I was approved by the agency, I was contacted by the Streetview team explaining what the job actually entailed. This way they didn’t have a ton of people applying knowing what the job was.

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We now spend more than eight hours a day consuming media

On average, people spend more than 490 minutes of their day with some sort of media, according to a new report by ZenithOptimedia. Television remains dominant, accounting for three hours of daily consumption—an hour more than the internet, in second place. (The report measures media consumed in its traditional form—for example, broadcasts on television sets and newspapers in print. Watching videos on the web or reading a newspaper’s website counts as internet consumption.)

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Woman who left rare Apple 1 for recycling has $100,000 check waitin

A $100,000 check is waiting for a mystery woman who donated a rare Apple 1 computer to a Silicon Valley recycling firm.

CleanBayArea in Milpitas, California, said on its website that a woman in her 60s dropped off some electronic goods in April, when she was cleaning out the garage after her husband died.

The boxes of computer parts contained a 1976 Apple 1, which the recycling firm sold for $200,000 in a private auction. The recycler’s policy is to split the proceeds 50-50 with the person who donated the equipment.

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This alarm clock lets you literally wake up and smell the coffee

There are few better ways to wake up than the smell of your favorite food or beverage — coffee, croissants, you name it — wafting into your bedroom from the kitchen. Waking up to realize that the smells are only coming from your alarm clock and that you’ve got to make your own coffee might not be as nice, but hey, at least you’re up, right?

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Chip Shot: Intel Headquarters Building Topped with Wind Turbines

Visible from Mission College Blvd. in the heart of Silicon Valley, Intel has installed one of the world’s largest operating rooftop arrays of wind micro-turbines on the roof of Intel’s worldwide headquarters in Santa Clara, California. Intel’s micro-turbines are a proof-of-concept project, in which Intel hopes to collect data that will help the company better understand green power and identify ways to continue evolving its sustainability programs. This is just the latest milestone in Intel’s longstanding commitment to innovation and environmental sustainability.

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This week marks the 25th anniversary of Windows 3.0

The first version of Windows to support a stunning palette of 256 full colours, Windows 3.0, turns 25 today, having launched on May 22, 1990. Windows 3.0 was the first version of Windows to see widespread use, largely because it was the first version to come pre-installed on the PCs shipped by the manufacturers of the day, starting with Zenith PC. It supported a range of memory modes, from 16-bit Real Mode (for machines with less than a 286-based processor) to 32-bit enhanced mode (which required a higher-end 386). This version of Windows was the first to be a real operating system, significantly expanding the role held by DOS.

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