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Google overtakes Apple to become the most valuable brand in the world

Google is now the most valuable brand in the world. According to global market research agency Millward Brown, Google's brand value increased by 40 percent in a single year to $158.84 billion, edging out Apple's $148 billion, which saw a decline of 20 percent. Google has been making its way up...
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Google buys Divide to boost Android in enterprise

Might Android finally get serious about business out of the box? In a recent post, I compared how Android supports Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) and Mobile Device Management (MDM). We saw that out-of-the-box Android does not really address the enterprise very well, leaving device manufacturers to...
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Google commemorates 40th anniversary of Rubik's cube with interactive doodle

Google is celebrating the invention of the Rubik's cube with an interactive Google doodle which is in the form of a Rubik's Cube. Invented 40 years ago by Erno Rubik, a professor of architecture at the University of Budapest, the Rubik's cube became one of the most popular toys worldwide....
Google's YouTube rumored to be buying video game streamer Twitch for over $1 billion

Google's YouTube rumored to be buying video game streamer Twitch for over $1 billion

Google's YouTube is reportedly going to acquire popular video game streaming service, Twitch for more than $1 billion. Twitch lets Xbox and Playstation gamers share and watch live gameplay footage, and they claim more than 45 million visitors a month. According to Variety: The deal, in an...
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Google Play Store 'freemium' apps being investigated by Italian regulator

Google, Apple and Amazon are being investigated by Italian regulators over freemium apps. It's no secret that the freemium model for financing apps on mobile app stores have taken off in recent years. Simply doing a quick search on popular mobile platforms today will yield hundreds of results for...
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Outlook users can now join Hangouts with new Google plug-in

Google has now released a plugin for Google Apps apps user who also use Microsoft Outlook allowing them to use Google Hangouts to do a video conference call. Users can now initiate or join a Google Hangouts call directly within Outlook's mail or calendar functionality if they also have a Google...
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Word Lens developer snapped up by Google

Google has purchased Quest Visual, the company behind Word Lens, an app that translates text in the world using the iPhone's camera. The technology from Word Lens is expected to be incorporated into Google Translate. The Word Lens language packs will be made free during the transition to Google,...
Google Now

Google Now will remind you to pay your bills

Google has updated its Google Now service to remind users when their bills are due and the amount of the bill based on emails in your Gmail inbox. The bill payment reminder will appear as a card that sits alongside Google's existing cards for boarding passes, sports and news updates, weather,...
Google's self-driving cars can't go where no man has gone before

Google's self-driving cars can't go where no man has gone before

So it turns out that Google's self-driving car may not be as smart as we thought — though it's still pretty darn smart. The teched-out Lexus RX350h has plenty of lasers, cameras and radar systems to keep it on track when driving around with no human at the wheel, but according to Google Software...
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Google London HQ redesign pushes opening back to 2017

Work on Google's upcoming London headquarters has been put on hold as the search giant went back to the drawing board to put together an even more ambitious project. BAM Construct, the contractor selected for the construction, revealed that the launch of the building has been pushed back to "at...
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Chromecast now available in South Korea

After launching the streaming device across the E.U. in March, Google has announced that the Chromecast will be available for sale in South Korea starting today — the first time the dongle has been made available in Asia. In addition to the ability to cast content from iOS, Android, Mac and...
Appeals court sides with Oracle in fight with Google over Java

Appeals court sides with Oracle in fight with Google over Java

Oracle has won a round in its ongoing battle with Google over copyright protection of Java. The APIs used by Java were at issue in the case, with Oracle alleging the Google had used them without providing proper compensation. The case was first brought in 2010 by Oracle, and a 2012 San Francisco...
Nexus

Android 4.4.3 changelog outs new Nexus devices: HTC 'Flounder' and Google's 'Molly' set top box

A detailed changelog for Android 4.4.3, a.k.a. KitKat Maintenance Release 2, has hit the Android Open Source Project (AOSP). And lurking within are tantalizing references to upcoming AOSP targets — likely future Nexus devices — alongside current products like the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7. First up,...
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Watch the Google-Intel Chrome OS event here at 1 p.m. EDT!

Google and Intel are having a little get-together today, apparently. We've already seen new Chromebooks this morning from Lenovo. Are more on tap? We'll find out at 1 p.m. EDT.
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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...
Google announces Q1 2014 earnings: revenue up 19% year over year

Google announces Q1 2014 earnings: revenue up 19% year over year

Google's first quarter 2014 results are in, and the company unsurprisingly made buckets of money. Revenue was up to $15.4 billion, a 19% increase from the same quarter a year prior. Earnings were also up, clocking in at $4.12 billion — 27% of revenues. That's an increase in the raw profit from...

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