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Chromecast is now the No. 1 streaming device in the U.S., users have casted 1 billion times

Today in the earnings call coinciding with its Q4 2014 release, Google CBO Omid Kordestani let us in on a few metrics of the Chromecast's success. The $35 (or less) streaming stick has been available for over a year and a half now, and just crossed the milestone of users tapping the "cast" button...
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Google Play drives growth in 'other revenues' section of Google business to $1.95 billion

Google released its Q4 2014 earnings today, showing strong numbers all around, but on the earnings call we also got word on the strength of Google Play. Google CFO Patrick Pichette said today on the call that Google's "other revenues" segment grew by 19 percent year-over-year (6 percent quarter-...
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Google posts earnings: $66 billion revenue for 2014, $18 billion in Q4 alone

Revenues jump, and Motorola is officially off the books as a $740 million net gain Google has just announced its Q4 and full year 2014 earnings, with the search giant and Android purveyor showing growth in revenues for both the final quarter and the full year. Revenues for 2014 came in at $66...
Google reportedly in talks to acquire mobile payments company Softcard

Google reportedly in talks to acquire mobile payments company Softcard

A new report today claims that Google may be in talks to acquire Softcard, a mobile payments solution that has garnered significant carrier backing from the likes of Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile. The report, which comes from TechCrunch citing unnamed sources, says that the potential price...
Google Search

You can now buy concert tickets from Google Search

Need to quickly purchase tickets for a major concert soon approaching? No problem, should you be searching through Google. The company has partnered with AXS, Ticketfly and Ticketmaster to link directly to checkout if you search for specific venues. What's more is the search results page will...
Google teams up with auto manufacturers for self-driving car

Google teams up with auto manufacturers for self-driving cars

Google has announced today that it will be partnering with several major car manufacturers, including Ford, Toyota, and Volkswagen, to speed up production of its self-driving cars. According to Reuters: "We'd be remiss not to talk to ... the biggest auto manufacturers. They've got a lot to...
Google announces Google Cast for audio

Google announces Google Cast for audio

As CES 2015 starts ramping up, Google has announced Google Cast for audio. This integrates the same tech behind Chromecast into speakers, soundbars, and A/V receivers to let you cast your music from Android, iOS, and the web. From Google: Google Cast Ready speakers pull content...
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Microsoft teams up with Google to oppose hotels blocking personal Wi-Fi hotspots

Google and Microsoft are joining a wireless industry lobbying group in a bid to oppose a recent hotel industry petition, which seeks the FCC's permission to block personal Wi-Fi networks set up in hotel rooms by customers. The two giant companies may not see eye to eye each day, but they have...
Google Self Driving Car

Google shows off first 'complete prototype' for its self-driving car project

Google has been working on its self-driving car project for some time but today the company revealed the first image of what it calls its "first complete prototype for fully autonomous driving." Google had revealed very early model for its car project in May but that vehicle was apparently...
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Verizon signs a patent license agreement with Google to help fight 'frivolous' lawsuits

Verizon Wireless has announced that it has signed a patent licence agreement with Google. Specific details about the agreement were not revealed, but Verizon did say it was designed "to lower the risk of frivolous patent litigation." The company added: Verizon has long championed patent...
Google Year in Search

Google celebrates a year's worth of search, reveals top trends and terms of 2014

Trillions of search results were displayed in 2014, and that's just from Google. The search giant has today shared with the world what it believes to be the moments of 2014. As well as releasing a video to show the year in search, Google has rounded up some of the most popular search terms across...
Google to take responsibility for collecting VAT for EU app sales

Google to take responsibility for collecting VAT for EU app sales

If you're a developer selling apps in a European Union member country, there will be some changes in the way taxes are handled on your apps and in-app purchases. In response to some changes to Value-Added Tax (VAT) laws in the EU, Google will be responsible for calculating and remitting VAT for...
Google makes it easier for you to see all the devices connected to your account

Google makes it easier for you to see all the devices connected to your account

After adding functionality to its search client yesterday, Google is rolling out a new security-oriented feature that lets you see all the devices connected to your account. The Devices and Activities tab, which is accessible via your account's security settings, gives an overview of all the...
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Google takes over Times Square with biggest Android advertisement yet

Google has taken over the largest digital screen in North America. You can see it right now in Times Square. The screen is more than 25,000 square feet in size. It is eight stories tall and takes up the whole length from 45th to 46th Street. Want to see it in action? We go eyes-on with the giant...
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The European Parliament is considering a call to break up Google

Google is a big company, perhaps too big, according to the European Parliament. By far the dominant player on the internet thanks to its leading search engine, Google's size and power is reportedly worrying the European Parliament to the point that they're considering a draft motion that would...
Google agrees to settlement with Rockstar Consortium over patent dispute

Google agrees to settlement with Rockstar consortium over patent dispute

Google has reached a settlement agreement with patent-holding consortium Rockstar, which counts Apple, Microsoft, and BlackBerry among its members, in a lawsuit originating last October. In its suit, Rockstar alleged that Google had infringed on seven search-related patents that it owned after...
Google Contribute to make ad-free blogs a reality

Google Contribute to make ad-free blogs a reality

It looks like advertising isn't the only way way to fund your favorite sites anymore. Google announced a new program called "Contributor" today that allows people to contribute money to participating websites via a monthly subscription to get rid of ads. In typical Google fashion, the service...
Google acquires Mac app-maker RelativeWave, gives away $80 Form app for free

Google acquires Mac app-maker RelativeWave, gives away $80 Form app for free

RelativeWave, the team behind the Mac app Form, has announced that it is now part of Google. As part of the acquisition, Google has made the $80 prototyping and design app available as a free download on the Mac App Store. The RelativeWave team will continue development of the app under Google...
Google subsidiary 'Planetary Ventures' leases historic Moffet Airfield from NASA for R&D

Google leases historic Moffet Airfield from NASA for R&D

Google will soon be leasing Moffett Airfield, a former Navy air base, from NASA. The deal, detailed in a NASA press release today, will see Google subsidiary 'Planetary Ventures' paying out roughly $1.16 billion over the course of the next 60 years to rent the airfield. Additionally, the deal...
Google's brand takes third top spot in the world

Google places third in new brand rankings

After having ranked second this fall in Interbrand's rankings, Google has earned itself the third top spot on the competing Forbes' ratings. Google trails Apple, whose coveted products are able to command a price premium, and Microsoft. According to Forbes, Google's strengths with search and...

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