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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...
Andy Rubin

Andy Rubin, former head of Android, is leaving Google

Andy Rubin, a co-founder of Android and long time employee of Google, is leaving the company. In Android circles Rubin is best known for his time leading the Android division at Google after his company was acquired in 2005, only to move after many years to head up robotics efforts at the company...
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Google gives non-profits real-time satellite imaging data for free

Google acquired satellite startup Skybox earlier this year, and now the search giant has announced the Skybox for Good program, through which Google will provide non-profit organizations and projects access to real-time satellite imagery. It's an interesting move for the company which puts...
Sundar Pichai

Chrome/Android chief reportedly now oversees all of Google's core products

Google is apparently experiencing a pretty big shakeup today. Mountain View's CEO, Larry Page, has reportedly appointed Sundar Pichai as leader of core Google products. This is a somewhat surprising move, as it adds a lot to Pichai's already hefty plate. The move will see Google's research,...
Android guide

Switching from iOS to Android? There's a guide for that

Alongside the launch of Lollipop, Google updated the official Android website with a guide for users switching from iOS to Android. Apple wrote a similar guide on how users can switch from Android to iOS during the debut of iOS 8, so it's only fair that Google is making a transition guide after...
Google announces Q3 2014 earnings: revenue up 20 percent year over year

Google announces Q3 2014 earnings: revenue up 20 percent year over year

Google has now announced their Q3 2014 earnings and unsurprisingly, revenue for the company is up year over year. This time around, reported consolidated revenues of $16.52 billion for the quarter ending September 30, 2014, amounting to an increase of 20 percent compared to the third quarter of...
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Google may be more flexible toward OEM customization on wearables, TVs and cars in the future

When Google announced Android Wear, Android TV and Android Auto at this year's I/O event, it mentioned that it was going to limit the amount of customization manufacturers would be able to undertake. However, that may change soon, according to vice president of engineering Hiroshi Lockheimer....
Eric Schmidt

Google's Eric Schmidt says that Amazon is biggest search rival

During a speech in Berlin, Google chairman Eric Schmidt stated that the search giant's biggest rival in the online search market was not Bing or Yahoo, but Amazon. According to Schmidt: Many people think our main competition is Bing or Yahoo. But, really, our biggest search competitor is...
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Google ranked second most valuable brand in the world

For the second year running, Google lost out to Apple in Interbrand's Best Global Brands report. The report valued Google at $107 billion, which was not enough to beat Apple's valuation of $118.9 billion. Coca-Cola was ranked the third most valuable brand at $81 billion, IBM was placed fourth...
Android manufactuers mandated by Google to include more Goog

There's a reason you're seeing more Google on new Android phones — Google wrote the contracts that way

If it seems like Google's apps and services have been becoming more prominent on newer Android phones, it's because they are, and Google's mandated it be so. While Android is technically an open source operating system, as the likes of Amazon have shown with their own complete customizations, the...
Chairman Eric Schmidt dishes the dirt on Google in new tell-all book on 'How Google Works'

Chairman Eric Schmidt dishes the dirt on Google in new tell-all book

Ever wonder what really happens behind the scenes at Google and how the Internet search giant operates? Google Executive Chairman and former CEO Eric Schmidt along with former SVP of Products Jonathan Rosenberg will give you the inside scoop on the internal workings of Google in How Google Works...
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Google settles with FTC for $19 million due to in-app charges dispute

The Federal Trade Commission has announced a settlement agreement with Google, for $19 million, in a complaint that claimed Google was billing parents unfairly for in-app purchases that were made by their children without the parent's consent. The FTC stated: "According to the complaint,...
Google holding event in India on September 15, Android One on the way?

Google holding event in India on September 15, Android One on the way?

Google has sent out invitations for a press event in India taking place on September 15. The invitation simply says "Block Your Date" for Monday, September 15 at 12 noon, promising more details as the event approaches. Given recent reports of devices launching in India soon, the event likely...
How to see what Google thinks you like

How to see what Google thinks you like

Google Ad Settings and how to tailor them to you Google brings us wonderful services and the Android ecosystem, but let us remember that its primary function is as a search engine. And secondarily it's to sell ads — and targeted ads, at that. And there's nothing inherently wrong with that, as...
Twitch

Report claims Google halted Twitch.tv acquistion talks due to antitrust concerns

A new report claims Google decided to end acquisition talks with the game video streaming service Twitch.tv due to concerns that the deal could generate antitrust investigations from government regulators. On Monday, Amazon and Twitch.tv jointly confirmed that the online retailer will acquire...
Amazon reportedly buying Twitch for over $1 billion

Amazon will reportedly buy Twitch for over $1 billion [Update: It's official]

Update Twitch has now made the official announcement on their acquisition by Amazon via a post from their CEO Emmett Shear. He stated, "We chose Amazon because they believe in our community, they share our values and long-term vision, and they want to help us get there faster. We're keeping most...
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China is working on a homegrown OS to replace current U.S. solutions

The government of China could launch its own PC desktop operating system sometime in October which could later be extended to smartphones and tablets, in a bid to compete with rival overseas systems from Microsoft, Google and Apple. The government controlled Chinese news agency Xinhua quoted...
Gecko Design acquisition would help Google commercialize advanced research projects

Gecko Design acquisition would help Google commercialize advanced research projects

Google is showing that it may be moving more into the hardware space thanks to the acquisition of Gecko Design, a mechanical engineering and product design firm, that was announced today. Though details of the deal were not disclosed, Gecko's design team will be joining Google X, the Internet...
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Ten years of Google awesomeness as a publicly traded company

Mountain View has been a prime example of the long-term play Google went public 10 years ago today. I remember it well because, at the time, I was working as an equity analyst covering the technology hardware sector on Bay Street in Toronto. When IPOs happen, the investment bankers typically are...
Location reporting

Understanding Google's Android location tracking

Is Google following your phone everywhere it goes? Sure — but only if you let it. Every now and again a story hits the blogosphere reporting how Google is automatically tracking your location on your Android phone (or your iPhone), and how you can see proof of this by visiting a certain website...

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