Amazon, Apple, Facebook or Google: Who is building the coolest tech campus?

Amazon, Apple, Facebook or Google: Who is building the coolest tech campus?

One looks like a futuristic spaceship, another includes three steel and glass biodomes. A third is being developed by world-class architect Frank Gehry, and the fourth spans 42-acres on a former airfield.

Welcome to the wonderful world of “geek-tecture” where Apple, Amazon.com, Facebook and Google are all trying to outdo one another with new corporate campuses. It has gotten so heated that CNBC recently called it Silicon Valley’s “incredible edifice complex.”

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Computer Brain Escapes Google’s X Lab to Supercharge Search

Computer Brain Escapes Google’s X Lab to Supercharge Search

Two years ago Stanford professor Andrew Ng joined Google’s X Lab, the research group that’s given us Google Glass and the company’s driverless cars. His mission: to harness Google’s massive data centers and build artificial intelligence systems on an unprecedented scale. He ended up working with one of Google’s top engineers to build the world’s largest neural network; A kind of computer brain that can learn about reality in much the same way that the human brain learns new things…

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Google Brings Its Cloud Messaging Push Notification Service To Chrome

Google Brings Its Cloud Messaging Push Notification Service To Chrome

At last year’s I/O, Google launched its Cloud Messaging push notification service for Android. This week, it extended this service to Chrome and Chrome OS, which, Google says, allows Chrome apps and extension developers to wake up their apps remotely and/or send alerts to users …

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How Amazon Followed Google Into the World of Secret Servers

How Amazon Followed Google Into the World of Secret Servers

Chris Pinkham was walking through a data center that would one day house Amazon’s seminal cloud computing service — the Elastic Compute Cloud — when he came face to face with a cage of Google machines.

This was a decade ago, when Pinkham oversaw the hardware and software that ran Amazon, and the company was considering a spot in the data center, which housed machines for many web operations and other businesses. Google would later pull a curtain around its data-center hardware, moving much of it into private facilities, but in those days, it was easier for competitors like Pinkham to lay their eyes on Google machines…

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