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Summer solstice, today.

Google also celebrates it, through a a nice animated illustration in its home page.

And if you are a Google addicted, now there's also the Cube Slam Game made by Google.

But nowadays some of the real issues about the web are related to the online privacy. The tracking technologies are becoming more pervasive than ever. As an example, the so-called fingerprinting is a technique that allows a website to look at the characteristics of a computer (plugins, software, size of the screen, time zone and so on), and it could become more accurate than traditional cookies (here's an article about these issues by Adam Tanner on Forbes.com).

And another sign of the times is the fact that a China-based computer was recently named as fastest computer in the world. The Tianhe-2, developed by China's National University of Defense Technology, topped the list made by a team of international researchers, with a speed of 33.86 petaflop/sec (news on BBC).

And have you ever heard about balloon-powered internet access? It's Loon, one of the most futuristic projects by Google. It's a network of balloons traveling on the edge of space and designed to connect people in rural and remote areas. An explanation in the two videos below.