Google Services Disrupted

IDG Reporter by IDG Reporter - March 16th, 2015

Google’s services were disrupted briefly on Thursday after a broadband provider in India made a network routing error.

Iran ‘ready to welcome Google’

By Loek Essers by By Loek Essers - March 3rd, 2015

Iran is ready to cooperate with Google and other global Internet companies to allow them to operate in the country, according to the country’s media reports.

Google confirms carrier plans

Martyn Williams by Martyn Williams - March 3rd, 2015

Google has confirmed for the first time that it plans to offer connectivity directly to mobile users in the U.S., but a senior executive downplayed the competition it would be to major U.S. cellular carriers.

‘Contagious enthusiasm’ inspired Google RAK Hub

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - February 5th, 2015

Google and the UAE Teacher’s association have launched a new educational Innovation Hub in Ras Al Khaimah.

Google Q4 sales fall short

Zach Miners by Zach Miners - February 1st, 2015

Google disappointed Wall Street with its fourth quarter results, missing expectations for both sales and earnings, and growing its advertising business more slowly.

Google moves to become mobile carrier

Stephen Lawson by Stephen Lawson - January 22nd, 2015

Google has laid the groundwork for its own cellular service by buying capacity on the networks of Sprint and T-Mobile USA, according to news reports.

Google Glass: down but not out

Fred O'Connor by Fred O'Connor - January 18th, 2015

When Google said on Thursday it would end its Explorer program for Glass and stop selling the current version to consumers, a few premature obituaries were written for the head-worn device.

Google to halt Glass sales

Zach Miners by Zach Miners - January 18th, 2015

Google will stop selling its Glass head-mounted computer to the public on 19th January, as part of other big changes the company is making to the product’s program.

FT: EU initiating Google split

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - November 23rd, 2014

Members of the European Parliament are readying a motion calling for the breakup of Google, by separating its search engine functionality from other commercial services, according to news reports.

Yahoo dethrones Google as Firefox search tool

Zach Miners by Zach Miners - November 20th, 2014

Mozilla has picked Yahoo to be the default search engine for its Firefox browser in the U.S., deposing Google in a new five-year partnership announced on Wednesday.

Google parts with former Android chief

Sharon Gaudin by Sharon Gaudin - November 2nd, 2014

The corporate shakeup at Google continues and now it’s Andy Rubin, the former head of the company’s Android business and the current head of its robotics arm, who’s out.

EU tells Google to make concessions or face charges

John Ribeiro by John Ribeiro - September 23rd, 2014

Google has to improve its settlement terms in the antitrust investigation over its search practices or face charges, following opposition from some quarters to the deal, the European Commission’s competition chief and Vice President Joaquin Almunia said today.

Google packs Classroom off to school

Jeevan Thankappan by Jeevan Thankappan - August 13th, 2014

Just in time for the new school year, Google has launched a tool called Classroom that aims to make teachers’ harried lives a little easier. Google started rolling out Classroom on Tuesday to […]

Google acquires Emu texting and virtual assistant app

IDG Reporter by IDG Reporter - August 7th, 2014

Google has acquired Emu, a text-messaging app with a built-in virtual assistant created by a veteran of Apple’s Siri team. The Emu team announced the acquisition in a blog post Wednesday. Emu and Google […]

The growth of Google

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - June 23rd, 2014

So the word’s out. By the end of May it emerged that Google will invest between $20-30 billion in acquisitions of non-US-based companies, following its 2013 disclosure to the U.S. Securities and Exchanges Commission of the plans.

Google’s Nest acquires Dropcam for $555M

Zach Miners by Zach Miners - June 23rd, 2014

Nest, the Internet-connected thermostat and smoke detector maker owned by Google, is acquiring home security system developer Dropcam as part of a push to connect a wider range of devices in people’s homes.

Google unseats Microsoft as U.S. browser powerhouse

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - June 8th, 2014

Google has unseated rival Microsoft as the leading browser maker in the U.S. for the first time, Adobe said this week, citing data from its analytics platform.

Google plans $30B of international acquisitions

Loek Essers by Loek Essers - May 22nd, 2014

Google plans to spend $20-30 billion of its of its accumulated international profits to fund potential acquisitions of non-U.S. companies and technology rights.

Apple and Google agree to drop all patent suits

Martyn Williams by Martyn Williams - May 18th, 2014

Apple and Google have agreed to drop all current patent infringement lawsuits between them, they said Friday.

Google shows homegrown server with IBM Power chip

James Niccolai by James Niccolai - April 30th, 2014

IBM’s efforts to expand the use of its Power chips in hyperscale data centres just got a big shot in the arm from Google.

Google revenue jumps 19 percent but still disappoints

Zach Miners by Zach Miners - April 17th, 2014

Google reported a 19 percent increase in revenue for the first quarter, but results from its advertising business were mixed.

Google envisions Glass in businesses

IDG Reporter by IDG Reporter - April 9th, 2014

Google wants to put its Glass headmounted computer system to work. The company is looking to partner with enterprise software developers and businesses as part of a push to get Glass into the […]

Amazon counters Google with its own cloud price cuts

Joab Jackson by Joab Jackson - March 27th, 2014

The price war among major cloud providers continues, with Amazon Web Services announcing Wednesday that it is lowering the prices of a number of its cloud services, one day after Google slashed prices.

Google and Cisco partner to bring WebEx to Chromebooks

Juan Carlos Perez by Juan Carlos Perez - March 19th, 2014

Google and Cisco are teaming up in the enterprise collaboration market, bundling WebEx with Chromebooks and integrating the Cisco Web conferencing and online meeting product with Google Apps.

Battle of the fives: Samsung Galaxy S5 vs. Apple iPhone 5S vs. Google Nexus 5

Jon Gold by Jon Gold - February 26th, 2014

Samsung officially unveiled the Galaxy S5 on Monday at a Mobile World Congress presentation in Barcelona, touting a slimmed-down approach to the latest flagship’s feature set and simplified design.

Samsung joins IBM, Google in OpenPower alliance

Agam Shah by Agam Shah - February 13th, 2014

Samsung has joined the fledgling OpenPower Consortium, an alliance led by IBM to push Power-based chip designs into hardware products such as servers.

Google launches ‘out-of-the-box’ videoconferencing system for businesses

Anh Nguyen by Anh Nguyen - February 9th, 2014

Google aims to equip meeting rooms with videoconferencing capabilities with the launch of its product for businesses, Chromebox.

Google and Cisco strike patent deal

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - February 5th, 2014

Google has added Cisco to the list of tech companies with which it has struck a long-term patent cross-licensing agreement.

Lenovo to acquire Motorola Mobility from Google for $2.91 billion

Brian Karlovsky by Brian Karlovsky - January 30th, 2014

Lenovo is set to buy Motorola Mobility from Google for $2.91 billion in a deal that excludes the vast majority of Motorola’s patent portfolio.

Google acquires artificial intelligence firm DeepMind in $400 million deal

John Ribeiro by John Ribeiro - January 28th, 2014

Google has acquired DeepMind Technologies, an artificial intelligence company in London, reportedly for a fee of US$400 million.

Canalys: Android, wearable tech to get boost from Google-Samsung patent deal

Loek Essers by Loek Essers - January 28th, 2014

The Android ecosystem and wearable technology will probably get a boost from the patent deal Google and Samsung have struck, but the agreement is unlikely to have an influence on Samsung’s intellectual property disputes with Apple, analysts said Monday.

Google faces $125 million in damages for Android patent

Loek Essers by Loek Essers - January 23rd, 2014

SimpleAir is seeking $125M in damages from Google after a jury found that push notification services in Android infringe on a SimpleAir patent, the company said Tuesday.

Google uses YouTube performance to rate ISPs

Mikael Ricknäs by Mikael Ricknäs - January 23rd, 2014

A new Google service uses YouTube to shed some light on the bandwidth delivered by ISPs.

EU tells Google: make antitrust concessions within weeks, or face fine

Jennifer Baker by Jennifer Baker - January 16th, 2014

Europe’s competition chief is running out of patience with Google’s attempts to avoid an antitrust fine.

Google buys smart thermostat maker Nest for $3.2 billion

Zach Miners by Zach Miners - January 14th, 2014

Google has acquired Nest, a company that makes a home thermostat that can be programmed from mobile phones, for US$3.2 billion in cash, Google said on Monday

French fine Google over change in privacy policy

Grant Gross by Grant Gross - January 9th, 2014

The French government’s privacy watchdog has fined Google €150,000 (US$204,000) over changes the company made to its privacy policy in March 2012.

Google aiming to bring Android to cars by end of 2014

Loek Essers by Loek Essers - January 7th, 2014

Google has teamed up with several auto manufacturers on Monday with the goal of bringing Android to cars by the end of this year.

EU to reject Google’s latest efforts to avoid an antitrust fine

Jennifer Baker by Jennifer Baker - December 22nd, 2013

The European Commission will reject Google’s latest proposals aimed at settling a three-year antitrust dispute, the case Commissioner said Friday.

Google’s recent hires and buyouts point to a robot-filled future

Florence Ion by Florence Ion - December 17th, 2013

For as much as Google is known for today, it’s easy to forget that it’s also the force behind a hefty number of research projects. Those projects have led to things like wearables and self-driving cars, but the latest news gives a clear idea of where it’s going next.

Google buys human, animal-replica robot builder

Juan Carlos Perez by Juan Carlos Perez - December 15th, 2013

Google has acquired Boston Dynamics, a company that builds robots that mimic the movements of humans and animals with stunning dexterity and speed.

Google opens data centres in Taiwan and Singapore to handle Asian traffic

John Ribeiro by John Ribeiro - December 12th, 2013

Google said its data centres in Taiwan and Singapore have gone online to cater to the growing number of Internet users in Asia.

Oracle may get second chance to prove Google infringed on Java copyrights

Chris Kanaracus by Chris Kanaracus - December 9th, 2013

Oracle’s copyright case against Google’s Android OS appeared to gain new life this week after a federal appeals court judge poked holes in Google’s defence.

Botnet ‘Pony’ software steals Facebook, Google, ADP payroll processor logins

Jeremy Kirk by Jeremy Kirk - December 4th, 2013

Two million logins and passwords from services such as Facebook, Google and Twitter have been found on a Netherlands-based server, part of a large botnet using controller software nicknamed “Pony.”

Google Compute Engine goes live as commercial service

Joab Jackson by Joab Jackson - December 3rd, 2013

After running the service in preview mode for over a year, Google is making its IaaS (infrastructure-as-a-service) Google Compute Engine (GCE) available as a full-fledged commercial service.

German court rules Google must change privacy policy

Loek Essers by Loek Essers - November 21st, 2013

Google’s privacy policy and terms of service violate German data protection law, the Regional Court of Berlin ruled Tuesday.

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