Google Just Bought a Company That Says It Can Predict iPhone Launches From the Sky

Google Just Bought a Company That Says It Can Predict iPhone Launches From the Sky

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Google has announced the acquisition of Skybox Imaging, a company that could have a major impact in the next few years, reports the WSJ.

Google paid $500 million for the company that puts satellites into orbit 185 miles above the Earth. Within a few years, you might be able use Google Maps to check if you left a light on or if your car is in your driveway.

That's because by 2016 or so, Skybox will be able to take full images of the Earth twice a day, at a resolution that until last week was illegal to sell commercially—all with just a half-dozen satellites. By the time its entire fleet of 24 satellites has launched in 2018, Skybox will be imaging the entire Earth at a resolution sufficient to capture, for example, real-time video of cars driving down the highway. And it will be doing it three times a day.

Notably, Skybox says that satellite imagery isn't the business that they see themselves in. At Google their business will be knowledge, not data.

For example, co-founder Dan Berkenstock says they can predict the release of the iPhone.

"We're looking at Foxconn every week," Mr. Berkenstock says, because measuring the density of trucks outside the Taiwanese company's manufacturing facilities tells Skybox when the next iPhone will be released.

Skybox can also use its imagery to determine how much oil is being pumped out of the ground in Saudi Arabia or even peg the price of grain months in advance by measuring the health of every square yard of cropland on Earth.

The possibilities for Skybox are seemingly endless and Google acquired it for 1/38th the price of WhatsApp.

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Google Just Bought a Company That Says It Can Predict iPhone Launches From the Sky
P0werEdge - June 17, 2014 at 7:59am
you guys are really stupid if you believe this useless post , that sentence of spying apple releases was just a facking example and the person which posted this is much more stupider than any of you by releasing such garbage .
K - June 17, 2014 at 12:25pm
Not as retarded as how much sense it all made to you in your comments, it's just out opinions for one thing, this is not a guessing game or see who's the moronic one here, but dude if you think about it, what is google going to do to this company, besides that would make sense what you said if the article mentioned "Google will not use this company to spy" so how in a way is it stupid?
Fukran John - June 17, 2014 at 7:29am
Misleading heading. ROFL
Jethro - June 17, 2014 at 6:57am
Sounds like they want to be God minus the Almighty and partial All-seeing.
Great! - June 17, 2014 at 1:38am
Sounds more like spying on everyone!
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