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.

Uganda first recipient of Google’s fiber-optics upgrades

Zach Miners by Zach Miners - November 21st, 2013

Google has kicked off a project to build high-speed fiber-optic networks in parts of the world that lack fast broadband connections, starting with the Ugandan capital, Kampala.

Google and HP pull Chromebook 11 from shelves due to overheating chargers

Chris Martin by Chris Martin - November 17th, 2013

Google and HP have been forced to stop selling the recently launched Chromebook 11 due to faulty chargers.

Google will build another six solar power plants in the U.S.

Lucas Mearian by Lucas Mearian - November 17th, 2013

Google has announced plans to continue its rollout of solar energy plants in the U.S. with an $80million investment for six new facilities; its second largest to date.

Google Android inside four of every five smartphones shipped last quarter

Jon Gold by Jon Gold - November 13th, 2013

Devices running Google’s Android operating system accounted for 81% of all smartphones sold worldwide in the third quarter of 2013, according to a study released today by IDC. Of the more than 261 […]

Google extends App Engine for mobile app back end

Joab Jackson by Joab Jackson - November 12th, 2013

To encourage developers to create more mobile applications to run from its cloud services, Google is offering two new or updated frameworks to run the back-end infrastructure of mobile apps.

Google dumps Windows Vista support from Google Apps

Mark Hachman by Mark Hachman - November 7th, 2013

Google’s policy of discontinuing support for aging versions of Internet Explorer will nearly cut out businesses and consumers who run Google Apps on Windows Vista. That’s because Google said Tuesday that it will […]

Google’s secret proposals leaked as dismay over EU antitrust inquiry grows

Jennifer Baker by Jennifer Baker - November 7th, 2013

Google’s secret proposals leaked as dismay over EU antitrust inquiry grows

Google Maps could use more personalised data, present customised views

Zach Miners by Zach Miners - November 6th, 2013

Google’s increasing use of users’ personal data in its services may in the future extend to Maps, where users could see more customised, individual views.

Google escalates offensive against Office with Android ‘KitKat’

Gregg Keizer by Gregg Keizer - November 5th, 2013

Google last week again turned the screws on Microsoft and its Office franchise, this time by including Quickoffice with its newest Android mobile operating system, version 4.4 and dubbed “KitKat.”

Google Apps, once a leader, faces growing cloud app rivals

Juan Carlos Perez by Juan Carlos Perez - November 4th, 2013

When Google Apps arrived in 2006, it stood on the cutting edge of Web-hosted email and collaboration suites for businesses, a bold pioneer clearing a path in the new, wild frontier of enterprise cloud computing.

Google looks to triple Glass testers

Sharon Gaudin by Sharon Gaudin - October 29th, 2013

Google is looking to triple the number of people testing Glass before the official rollout of the wearable computers next year.

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