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Google scoops up Foxconn communications patents

Taiwanese electronics producer Foxconn has sold "a number" of its communications-related tech patents to Google for an undisclosed sum, according to The Wall Street Journal. The newspaper reports that Foxconn, best known in mobile circles for assembling Apple's iPhone, has applied for 128,400...
Apple and Google settle with employees over antitrust no-hire case

Apple and Google settle with employees over antitrust no-hire case

The giants of Silicon Valley have bowed to their employees and settled an antitrust case brought against them over back-room deals to not hire from each other. The settlement, first reported by Reuters, brings to an end a legal battle that could have cost Apple, Google, Intel, and Adobe billions...
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Google may take some burden of Apple lawsuit against Samsung

Previous contractual obligations may see Google getting involved in the current patent lawsuit trial between Samsung and Apple. According to testimony by a Google lawyer today, the contract associated with bringing Google apps to Samsung's devices has Google pick up some of the defense associated...
WSJ: Exclusive games latest battleground for Google, Amazon, Apple

WSJ: Exclusive games latest battleground for Google, Amazon, Apple

Are the best games on Android or are the best games on iPhone? That's a question that's becoming increasingly important to both Apple and Google, and they're reportedly willing to help developers get massive marketing pushes in exchange for periods of exclusivity for hot new games. This will come...
Google Glass

Google starting try before you buy program for potential Glass Explorers

Anyone interested in trying out Glass without shelling out the full $1500 for the privilege will be interested in hearing about this offer that Google is extending to potential Explorers. For a $50 deposit, Google will ship you four non-functioning dummy units from the Titanium series frames in...
Motorola

UK managing director Andrew Morley departs Motorola after Lenovo takeover

In light of Motorola's sale to Lenovo, the company's UK managing director Andrew Morley is set to leave after joining Motorola back in 2010. This departure follows CEO Dennis Woodside stepping down back in September, soon after Google sold its mobile company to Lenovo. Morley noted in an...
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Google snaps up Titan Aerospace, Google Drone to bring internet to the skies

Google has another acquisition in the works, and this time it's not a mobile technoligies company. According to the Wall Street Journal Google will be buying Titan Aerospace, a company that builds high-altitude craft — ones that can take high-resolution images. A few months back, Facebook was...
Project Ara

Google shares details on Project Ara third-party modules and designs with initial MDK release

Three sizes of phones with various layouts will give several device style options, module configurations. With its first developer conference on the horizon, Google has just released the first public version of the Module Developers Kit (MDK) for Project Ara. While things are still very early,...
Google fixes Heartbleed

Google updates back-end in light of Heartbleed vulnerability

If you've been online at some point in the last 36 hours, chances are you've heard of 'Heartbleed', a flaw in OpenSSL that has exposed data to theft on approximately 2/3 of servers in use around the globe over the past two years. It's not known how bad the damage may be, but the revelation of the...
UK university uses Google Glass to help Parkinson's sufferers

UK university uses Google Glass to help Parkinson's sufferers

While the the Google Glass Explorer Program hasn't yet reached British shores, Google has begun gifting trial versions of the connected eyewear to various organizations around the world ahead. One of the first institutions to get hold of Glass was the UK's Newcastle University, which used its...
Chrome

Google offers incentives to bring XP business users to Chromebooks

With the recent demise of official support for Microsoft's Windows XP, Google is looking to attract business users of the 12-year-old OS with a handful of promotions for enterprises considering the switch to Chromebooks. Organizations buying through Chromebooks for Business will get $100 off...
Project Ara hardware

First working Project Ara prototype device expected this month

Project Ara, the modular smartphone endeavor started by Motorola before being folded into Google's ATAP (Advanced Technology and Projects) group, is making progress towards its first working prototype, according to a recent write-up by MIT's Technology Review. The publication visited NK Labs, one...
Google I/O

Reminder: Registration for Google I/O 2014 opens tomorrow [updated with delay]

Update: Google has pushed back registration by a week. Original follows. Google I/O, the annual conference for all things Google and developers, kicks off registration for the 2014 edition tomorrow, April 8th. If you've been waiting for your opportunity to get in on the two-day event, this year...
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YouTube subscription music service reportedly delayed

Reports of a YouTube subscription music service being in the works have been circulating since late 2013, with Billboard reporting last October that a two-tier system would build on Google's existing deals with record labels for its Play Music service. Now Billboard reports that the service may...
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Stock Talk: Relax, Google's stock split isn't a big deal

A gentle reminder that stock splits basically don’t matter and, no, Google hasn’t robbed you of voting rights. On Thursday morning Google started trading post-split, as explained in this post from Derek earlier in the day. I’m a Google shareholder, and instead of having shares worth over $1,100...
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Google reportedly considering adding cellular service to Google Fiber cities

Welcome to Google Town Google Fiber is in the process of turning the cable internet service on its head with low-cost, high speed service, and according to a report from The Information (subscription required) Google is considering doing the same for mobile phone service. The report cites a...
Google stock split arrives as 2-for-1 deal for investors

Google stock split arrives as 2-for-1 deal for investors

The long-awaited and much-clamored-for Google stock split has arrived. The split, which will see one share of GOOG stock divided into two shares, is a little more complicated than a simple straight-forward split. Instead of two shares of GOOG at half the value of the pre-split stock, investors...
Apple, Google, Microsoft come out clean in Greenpeace cloud rankings, Amazon dirty

Greenpeace gives mark of approval to Google's cloud, cites 48% clean energy use

Greenpeace has published a report on the renewable energy used by major internet companies, including those active in the mobile space. Topping the list is Apple, which apparently runs iCloud and iTunes on 100% green electricity. It’s got a massive solar farm powering its North Carolina data...
In video: HTC One M8 versus Nexus 5

In video: HTC One M8 versus Nexus 5

If you're after a more visual guide to the differences between HTC's new hotness, the HTC One M8, and Google's current stock Android flagship, the LG-built Nexus 5, you'll want to check out our hands-on comparison video above. When you're done, be sure to head on over to our full head-to-head...
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Google asking Supreme Court to put an end to Street View class action lawsuit

Google is petitioning the Supreme Court to dismiss one of the Google Street View lawsuits. Google Street View vehicles would scan unencrypted and open Wifi networks to help find the Street View cars location, which led to cries of privacy violations, and ultimately lawsuits. While the FCC...

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