Google’s seven-month old “rabbit hole” recruiting program simply has to be classified as innovative. The program has two major components. The first (a “keyword sourcing” approach) identifies employed top talent (some call them passives) based on the advanced terminology that they place in the Google search box while learning and doing their job. After they are identified, an unexpected message appears on their open Google search page stating “You speak our language. ”The second component challenges them to “follow the white rabbit” to an invitation-only “foobar” page. This begins a series of coding puzzles/problems (that can take over 30 hours to complete) that are designed to first excite and then to assess their capabilities. With fewer than 20 total hires during its short run, rabbit hole certainly isn’t a large program but it does produce quality. It has an extremely high offer rate (nearly 20 percent of interviewees) and an amazing 100 percent offer acceptance rate.

Source: Google’s Rabbit Hole — Innovatively Sourcing Top Talent Based on Their Search Words | ERE

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Yesterday, all the news channels, social media platforms, and tabloids worldwide were splashed with the news of Google announcing India-born and bred Sundar Pichai as its new CEO. It’s the second year in a row that an Indian has been handed over the reins of one of the most powerful companies of the world after Satya Nadella was made the CEO of Microsoft last year. Nothing can be more inspiring and motivating than the fact that these guys who rose from the modest soils of the Indian middle class are today p

Source: An entire generation sacrificed. And Google gets its new CEO! | Aninda Baruah | LinkedIn

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Researchers at Google have been developing a computer software program that may shed new light on certain aspects of dream formation.  Titled “Inceptionism: Going Deeper into Neural Networks, ” the Google project involves the clever use of computer networks designed to recognize images.  The engineers created a program that could “learn” how to identify various kinds of images with increasingly greater precision and accuracy.  Through millions of trial-and-error attempts, the program …

Source: Algorithms of Dreaming: Google and the “Deep Dream” Project | Psychology Today

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Google’s SVP of People Operations, Laszlo Bock, wrote on the HBR Blog Network about Google’s Scientific Approach to Work-Life Balance (and much more). It is an insightful read about how the company is using evidence-based approaches in their people programs. For instance, initial results suggest that 31% of their workforce are “Segmentors” (those who are able to draw a clear line between work and personal life) and 69% are “Integrators” (those who find it hard to blur the lines).

Source: The Growing Need for Evidence-Based HR

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Google is constantly updating their algorithm to improve the user experience and help worthy businesses make it to the top, and this year is no different. Starting April 21st, mobile-friendly websites will be a contributing factor to overall page rankings, and this move is affecting businesses worldwide.

Google is seeking to make the best possible experience for their users, both on desktop and mobile devices, and if your business can’t make the cut, your rankings and therefore conversions will plummet. For ecommerce businesses in 2015, it will pay to know exactly what this announcement means and how it will affect your business.

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So we’ve heard this story at least 3 times before right? Google to buy Twitter. And of course it’s never happened. But the rumours circulating right now are that it’s finally on, like Donkey Kong (whatever that means).

Anyway, you may have noticed that the share price for Twitter has seen a c.4% spike of late. Apparently this is mainly attributable to the fact that they have hired Goldman Sachs to defend any bid from Google. A rather strong indicator that this time, it’s serious. And to add more fuel to the proverbial fire, when both companies were asked for a statement on the mounting speculation of a deal, they both declined to comment. Which basically means it must be true.

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