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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...
YouTube music

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...
Nexus 5, HTC One M8

HTC One M8 versus Nexus 5

How does HTC's latest match up to Google's six-month-old Nexus? With the launch of the new HTC One M8 last week, the first major Android flagship of 2014 is finally upon us. And as we said in our full review of the phone, the M8 is one of the most impressive Android devices we've used. But...

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...

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