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The Incredible Calculations That Keep Google's Project Loon Aloft

When we last checked in on Project Loon—Google’s moonshot project to blanket the world with internet-packing weather balloons—one had just circumnavigated the globe in a very quick 22 days. I just attended a talk at Google I/O and got some more info about the challenges the team faces in making this wild-ass project… » 5/29/15 9:00pm 5/29/15 9:00pm

Facebook and Google Are Locking In African Customers With Freebie Deals

Facebook and Google have grand plans to bring the internet to developing nations, paying Lisa Rinna-sized lip service to altruistic visions of global connectivity. But let's always remember that these US tech giants are also gunning for new customers and the lucrative data that comes with them. » 3/24/15 8:55pm 3/24/15 8:55pm

A Brief History of People Thinking Google's Loon Balloons Are UFOs

Some South African sheep got a nasty little surprise earlier this week when a Google-branded internet balloon came tumbling down from the heavens to say hello. The sheep are in good company, though. Because this happens—a lot. And fortunately for the conspiracy theorists among us, this means all the UFO fodder… » 11/21/14 9:40am 11/21/14 9:40am

Google's Flying Internet Balloons May Actually Be Feasible Next Year

The biggest secret on the internet is that most of the world still doesn't have access to it. But while a year after launch there's still the possibility Google's Project Loon balloons may fall on you, it looks like they could actually be the most viable way to enable the 61 percent of humans without a Facebook… » 6/16/14 2:00pm 6/16/14 2:00pm

Google Wants to Use Balloons to Cover the World in Wi-Fi

If you go deep inside the desert or climb a mountain or find yourself in the South Pole or a remote farm or any place that can be considered "the middle of nowhere," guess what? You have no internet. Well, Wired is reporting that Google wants to change all that by sending high-altitude balloons into the stratosphere… » 6/14/13 11:17pm 6/14/13 11:17pm