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A 360 Degree Perspective: Google I/O

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This week, downtown San Francisco got a little more crowded as developers from all over the world gathered for the technical spectacle that is Google I/O. As always, big things were expected from – and delivered by – the company that’s become so much more than a search engine. Since you probably don’t have time to read every article about the conference, here’s a 360 degree recap of some of the most newsworthy moments of the event.

Of course, the biggest hype surrounding Google this year is definitely the Google Glass. At I/O this year, a good chunk of the 6,000 attendees were wearing Glass, and Facebook and Twitter announced apps built for Glass. Erick Tseng, Facebook’s head of mobile products, took a picture of an event and posted it to Facebook using the app and displayed it at his session – making it the first ever public photo posted with the new app.

Just slightly less trendy than Google Glass is Google +. You’re probably excited to know that they’ve released 41 new features for the social network. You can watch the talks rolling out the features on WebProNews.

That said, most of the big features and gadgets get covered by multiple publications, but have you ever wondered what happens after hours? Jon Gold attended an official After Hours event and wrote about it for IT News, capturing the spirit of tech party culture in this priceless soundbite: “The best description I can come up with is that After Hours is kind of like what I imagine a big, swanky club opening must be like, populated almost exclusively with people who never, ever go to big, swanky clubs.” The party also included robot boxing and Billy Idol.

In a room with less beer and (probably) more insights, four Google researchers – artificial-intelligence specialist Peter Norvig, Google glass lead Thad Starner, Jeff Dean, who cowrote Google’s paper on MapReduce, and Alfred Spector, a distributed computing expert – gathered for a fire-side chat. An audience member asked what they thought the world would look like in 10 years. Here’s what they said.

If you’re still feeling like you might have missed something (other than the Chrome book Google gave away to all participants) you can check out Mashable’s reflection on the company’s biggest announcements this week and thoughts on what we learned this year.

If there are particular topics that interest you, remember that you can add them to your News360 homepage and track them all year long – until Google I/O 2014!