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Google's Sundar Pichai confirms MVNO is happening

Google's Sundar Pichai dropped something of a bombshell today at Mobile World Congresss 2015: Google is working on some sort of limited wireless operating status — becoming a cellular service provider of some manner. The idea is to show what's possible, Pichai said during his session at...
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Google's proposed new headquarters looks like a futuristic city

Google unveiled its proposal for a new campus located at its Mountain View, California headquarters that looks like something from a science fiction movie. The proposal is being submitted to the Mountain View City Council for their approval. This will be the first time that Google has...
Google Play Store

Google to show sponsored apps on Play Store search results

Google has announced a new sponsored results feature the company will be piloting in the next few weeks, which will enable developers to pay for sponsored spots on the Google Play Store. The search giant has looked at how sponsored advertisements have performed on organic search results and...
Google steps up anti-malware initiatives with updates to Chrome and Search

Google steps up anti-malware initiatives with updates to Chrome and Search

Google already shows a warning message when you attempt to download malicious software, and the search giant is now expanding its efforts with the SafeBrowsing initiative to protect you from visiting websites that are flagged for malware. Chrome has been updated to display a new warning message...
Judge dismisses antitrust case against Google over bundled apps and services

Judge dismisses antitrust case against Google over bundled apps and services

An antitrust case against Google over bundling its own apps and services into Android phones has been dismissed by a federal judge today. The suit in question claimed that Google's contracts with smartphone makers that required its own apps and services to come bundled on their devices put rival...
Twitter confirms deal with Google to show tweets in search results

Twitter confirms deal with Google to show tweets in search results

We reported last night that Google and Twitter had reportedly struck a deal to show tweets in search results, and now it looks to be official. Twitter CEO Dick Costolo made the announcement today during the company's Q4 2014 earnings call. From TechCrunch: The Google search deal will...
Mattel and Google are announcing… something… on Feb. 13

Mattel and Google are announcing… something… on Feb. 13

So on Feb. 13 in New York City, Mattel and Google are holding a joint "exclusive announcement and product debut" for… something. We honestly don't know what, and there's only so much we can divine from the classic View-Master styling of the invitation. Is it a Google Glass for kids? Google's...
Google and Twitter reportedly pen deal to show Tweets in search results

Google and Twitter reportedly pen deal to show tweets in search results

According to a new report, Google and Twitter have struck a deal that would provide would enable the search giant to populate search results for tweets the moment they are published. From Bloomberg: In the first half of this year, tweets will start to be visible in Google's search results...
Google reportedly set to launch Uber-like taxi service

Google reportedly considering its own Uber-like taxi service

It looks like competition for Uber is about to heat up. According to a new report, Google, despite investing hundreds of millions in Uber in 2013, has informed the service that it is considering launching its own on-demand taxi service. The report comes from Bloomberg, which states: Google...
Google and Android

Stock Talk: Google's Q4 2014 results a reminder of long-term goals

Short-term hits to the wallet may ultimately be good for the company The mother ship behind Android (that'd be Google) reported its Q4 earnings on Thursday, and while there isn't a lot of Android-specific news to consider form the report (we did get small nuggets on the Nexus 6, Google Play...
Samsung Z1

Even the Tizen-powered Samsung Z1 doesn't avoid Google's ecosystem

Samsung's first Tizen phone ships with Google Search and YouTube apps, and Google as its default search engine Following delays of over a year, Samsung finally shipped its first Tizen-powered handset, the Z1, earlier this month in India. The arrival of Tizen on smartphones — remember it's been...
Chromecast

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...
Google Play Store

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-...
Google Bike

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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