Google gives Cornell’s NYC tech school free space in its headquarters

Google is donating 22,000 square feet of its New York City office to CornellNYC Tech for classes and other uses, Mayor Bloomberg and Google announced today. The science and engineering school won the bid to become a Stanford of the East back in December, and this partnership with one of the largest and most influential tech companies gives it a running start.

Google Hangout competitor, Meetings.io, attracts 100K users in 2 months (exclusive)

Google Plus, eat your heart out. Group video conferencing service Meetings.io has grown to 100,000 users since launching in April. The startup’s three founders have been heads down developing screen-sharing and file transfer features, released today, with lofty plans of taking on Webex and other clunky video conference services for the enterprise.

Apples to oranges: Google and Amazon are too timid to copy Apple’s retail success

There is a strange duality in the world of brick and mortar tech stores today. In the last four years CompUSA, Borders, and Circuit City all went out of business. Many expect Best Buy to follow in the near future. At the same time, Apple has opened over 300 retail outlets worldwide. And recent reports indicate that Microsoft, Amazon, and Google plan to follow Apple’s lead.

People analytics: How Google does HR by the numbers

Google offered some insights yesterday into its innovative, data-driven HR process. “All people decisions at Google are based on data and analytics,” said Kathryn Dekas, a manager in Google’s “people analytics” team, speaking at O’ Reilly Strata. Those decisions cover compensation, talent management, hiring and all other HR issues. Google’s data-based HR may become a key factor in the company’s future success.

Facebook’s new HQ will have a BBQ pit and a bike doctor. Beat that, Googleplex.

Facebook is about to have a high-value bargaining chip when it comes to luring engineers to its ranks. The company has unveiled plans for a “West Campus” in Menlo Park, Calif., which, when combined with the existing “East Campus” in Palo Alto, could rival the Googleplex and Apple’s planned flying saucer as one of the largest, most awesome places to work.