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How Google handles government requests for your data

Google today (as noted in an email from Communications Policey Manager Derek Slater) released an updated Transparency Report, in which it gives rough numbers for the number of times the government has requested information on its users. It's definitely worth a look-see. Also worth a few minutes...
Google Bar

You can now customize the Google Bar layout on Google pages

Feature to roll out over the next couple of weeks Google finally transitioned from the solid black bar at the top of all of its sites to using more of an "app launcher" style approach, and just like on your Android you can now organize the Google Bar to your liking. What used to require a third-...
Seattle Skyline

Seattle is the next stop for Google Glass showcase event, running April 5 and 6

Folks in the Pacific Northwest can try out Glass for themselves with no strings attached Google has been hitting the road over the past several months, going to major cities around the U.S. to show off Google Glass to the public. Falling in behind Durham, Detroit, Austin and Atlanta previously,...
ASUS Transformer Book Duet TD300

ASUS' Android and Windows 8 hybrid may never see the light of day

Pressure from both Google and Microsoft apparently to blame ASUS proudly showed off its new Transformer Book Duet TD300 at CES in January, but a new report suggests the Android/Windows 8 hybrid laptop/tablet has been cancelled. The Wall Street Journal claims that pressure from both Google and...
Green Throttle Games

Google acquires Green Throttle Games, could aide in future set-top box efforts

Former Green Throttle staff, including co-founders, are headed to work for Google as well Green Throttle Games, the now-defunct maker of a Bluetooth controller accessory for Android devices, is the latest Google acquisition. Although it had basically stopped supporting its controller hardware...
Google Drive add-ons bring more features to Docs and Sheets

Google Drive add-ons bring more features to Docs and Sheets

New functionality from third-party organizations Google has today announced the arrival of add-ons for Google Drive, bringing new capabilities from partner developers to its web-based productivity apps. Activated from the new "Add-ons" menu when editing a document or spreadsheet, add-ons are...
Marvel in-app purchases

Google faces class-action lawsuit over in-app purchases

Mother suing over $69 of in-app purchases through Marvel game Google is facing a class-action lawsuit over claims it "unfairly" profited from unauthorized in-app purchases by children. The suit was filed by New York mother Llana Imber-Gluck, who says her child spent $68.95 on virtual currency...
Sundar

Google to release wearables SDK

Could this mean the Google Watch is finally a reality? According to CNET's Daniel Terdiman, who is on the ground at the SXSW conference, Google will be releasing their own SDK for wearable devices in two weeks. At #SXSW @sundarpichai says Google will launch first SDK for developers for Android...
Nexus 5 camera

Google pinpoints Nexus 5 camera/CPU usage bug, fix coming in next Android release

But 'mm-qcamera-daemon' glitch may affect other KitKat devices too Google says it has fixes ready for reported high CPU usage connected to the Nexus 5's camera, according to a post by a Googler on the company's issue tracker. The bug can cause the phone's CPU to become maxed out — resulting in...
Sign into Flickr with your Google ID — for now

Yahoo to block sign-in via Facebook and Google ID

Gradual change will force users to sign up for a proper Yahoo ID to use services like Flickr or fantasy sports At a time when many are calling for a simple, secure and single sign-in across the web, Yahoo is taking a step back. Starting soon, to access any of Yahoo's Internet services — which...
Project Tango

Project Tango is the future of Google's advanced smartphone efforts

Developers can apply to receive one of 200 prototype units to build software for Google ATAP (Advanced Technology and Projects), a small group of engineers inside the company dedicated to new and exciting projects, has announced its latest effort in the smartphone space — Project Tango. ATAP has...
Flappy Bird

Google starts rejecting 'Flappy' titles from the Play Store

Won't stop games being made but should reduce Flappy spam After Flappy Bird's rampant success, the inevitable rush of clones and 'Flappy' everythings started to emerge. The Play Store – and iOS App Store – is full of them, but it looks now as if developers will at least have to be more creative...
SlickLogin

Sound-based authentication company SlickLogin acquired by Google

Google and SlickLogin will aim to make a safe Internet easy for everyone SlickLogin is, well, pretty slick. It's a two-factor authentication system for your computer, that uses your smartphone as the authenticator. Sounds pretty standard, right? It's not. SlickLogin uses inaudible tones to...
Nest

Google's $3.2 billion Nest acquisition is a done deal

Regulatory filing shows deal closed on Feb. 7 Nest is now officially a Google property after the deal has been finalized. A regulatory filing submitted by Google shows that things were signed and sealed on Feb. 7. The $3.2 billion deal brings Tony Fadell and his team officially under the Google...
Chromebox for meetings

Google intros 'Chromebox for meetings' hardware and service offering

A simpler and less expensive solution for video conferencing  Google is making another step towards the enterprise today with its announcement of "Chromebox for meetings," an integrated and simple solution for getting businesses into video conferencing. At launch, Chromebox for meetings is...
Newsstand

Google Play Newsstand updated with a hot widget and mini card view

Google has pushed out a few updates to its Android apps today, and after Search and Hangouts comes Play Newsstand. Having come together as an amalgamation of Play Magazines and Google Currents, Newsstand's latest update brings us a couple of neat new additions including the pretty hot looking...
Red Nexus 5

Buy a red Nexus 5 and have it delivered today via Google Shopping Express

That is, if you live in the San Francisco Bay Area Google Play is offering overnight shipping for about $19 if you are looking to pull the trigger on a red Nexus 5 today, but if you happen to live in the San Francisco area you can have it delivered today for free. Google's up-and-coming delivery...
Red Nexus 5

Nexus 5 now available in red

New color option launches on Google Play After a flurry of recent online leaks the Nexus 5 is now available in "bright red" through the Google Play devices store. The new color has launched on the Google Play Store at the same price point as the black and white versions — $349/£299 for 16GB,...
Google

Google and Cisco enter patent cross-licensing agreement

Networking equipment manufacturer Cisco has announced that it's entered into a "long-term patent cross-licensing agreement" with Google covering "a broad range of products and technologies." Aside from the obvious benefits involved in each company having a license to the other's patents, the deal...
Chromecast

Google Chromecast SDK released to developers, Google Play Services updated as well

Devs now able to start making 'Google Cast-ready' applications on Android and iOS Google has announced the availability of the Google Cast SDK for all developers, opening the floodgates to devs wanting to incorporate Chromecast support into their Android and iOS apps, or web content through...

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