Google Gets Rid of “20% Time” Innovation Policy

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The policy that gave rise to some of Google’s most iconic products-Gmail, Google Reader, Google Talk, and more-is being axed. Employees previously used the search giant’s 20% time perk to work on side projects one day a week. It’s a policy that’s taken off in Silicon Valley, with other companies following suit for out-of-the-box ideas. But as noted by a former Google employee, there were barriers to overcome before a 20% project could see the light of day. In addition to seeking technical and product approvals, engineers were also responsible for maintenance. Furthermore, when it came time for peer reviews, he noted that employees who dedicated their full time on a sanctioned project were more likely receive better marks and promotions. The 20% policy, which used to apply to all employees, had also narrowed in scope over the years.

Read the full story at Fast Company.

Report: Apple Again Working on ‘iTV’ for 2014 Launch

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Apple is in the development stages of an long-rumored television, partnering with glassmaker Corning, G-Tech Optoelectronics, Foxconn, and display maker Innolux - if a report from Taiwan’s Economic Daily News is to be believed. The paper has a spotty track record at best, but it seems plausible that Apple would be talking with potential suppliers for a television as it continues to work on the much-rumored project. EDN did report on Pegatron’s and LG Display’s involvement with the iPad mini months ahead of its public launch, suggesting it does have some good sourcing with suppliers. According to sources in the industry, Apple, Corning, Foxconn, and G-Tech Optoelectronics met two weeks ago in US to discuss the production of iTV.

Read the full story at MacRumors.

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