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Topic: Google

Apple challenges Google with growing Web search program, fueled by Topsy acquisition

05/06/2015, 01:05 pm

Apple's rapidly-expanding internal search group --aimed at making Spotlight a legitimate Web search engine --is being led by the team acquired in 2013 with social search firm Topsy, AppleInsider has learned.


EU to probe market control of Facebook, Google, other tech firms

05/05/2015, 04:05 pm

The European Commission is beginning a probe into how major technology companies such as Amazon, Facebook, and Google exploit their market power, a move that could potentially lead to new regulations, a report said on Tuesday.


Google announces 'Project Fi' mobile phone network for Nexus 6 owners

04/22/2015, 02:04 pm

Owners of Google's Android flagship Nexus 6 smartphone now have a new option for wireless service, as the company officially announced its long-awaited mobile service, dubbed Project Fi, on Wednesday.


Apple's lobbying costs grew to $1.24M in Q1, still lag well behind rivals

04/22/2015, 07:04 am

Partially to push its new Apple Pay mobile wallet service, Apple boosted its lobbying efforts to a new high in the first quarter of 2015, though the company's spending in Washington remains well behind rivals Google, Microsoft and others.


Google to discontinue YouTube support on older iOS devices, Apple TVs

04/20/2015, 05:04 pm

The YouTube app will no longer function on many older iOS devices and Apple TVs after today, a consequence of the YouTube Data API being updated to support newer features, according to an official Google document.


Chrome for iOS adds Today widget, Halo comes to iPhone and iPad for first time

04/16/2015, 06:04 pm

Google today updated its Chrome for iOS Web browser with features such as an iOS 8 Notification Center widget and support for app extensions, while Microsoft launched its first Halo game for iOS, called Spartan Strike.


Apple's iOS App Store widens revenue lead over Google Play in Q1 2015

04/15/2015, 06:04 pm

Apple strengthened its position over Google in mobile app market revenue during the first quarter of 2015, helped along by massive growth in China, a country that now downloads more apps than the U.S., according to a report by analytics firm App Annie issued on Tuesday.


European Commission charges Google with multiple antitrust violations

04/15/2015, 11:04 am

Search giant Google has run once again into the welcoming embrace of European regulators, finding itself in the European Commission's crosshairs over allegations that it favors its own services unfairly with Android and web search products.


Google at work on major battery improvements with help from former Apple expert

04/13/2015, 03:04 pm

A small Google team is at work on developing batteries to overcome some of the obstacles of modern devices, under the leadership of a former Apple expert, according to a recent report.


Android Wear support may soon arrive on Apple's iPhone

04/09/2015, 02:04 pm

Google is almost ready to bring support for Android Wear devices to the iPhone, but public availability will be dependent not only on Apple approval but whether Google decides to release it, a new report claims.


Australian government is latest to grill Apple, Google, others over tax loopholes

04/08/2015, 09:04 am

Following in the footsteps of the U.S. and the E.U., the Australian government has declared that American technology giants Apple, Google and Microsoft are all under investigation for their use of multinational corporations to pay lower taxes.


Advocacy groups ask FTC to investigate YouTube Kids app for targeting children with ads

04/07/2015, 06:04 pm

Consumer and child advocacy groups, such as the Center for Digital Democracy, today asked the U.S. Federal Trade Commission to investigate whether Google's YouTube Kids app violates rules for children's programming.


Plaintiffs drop class-action suit claiming Google Android monopoly

04/03/2015, 10:04 pm

Plaintiffs in a class-action lawsuit against Google voluntarily dropped allegations that the company illegally created an Internet and mobile search monopoly through Android terms of use agreements.


Google unveils new $149 Chromebooks, Asus-made Chromebit stick computer

03/31/2015, 03:03 pm

Devices running Google's budding Chrome OS cloud-based operating system continue to fall in price, as the company announced two new laptop models from Chinese manufacturers Haier and Hisense, alongside a convertible Chromebook and thumb drive-sized "Chromebit" from Asus.


Adobe debuts Comp CC for iPad, Facebook Messenger gets third-party hooks, Google Drive enables automatic backups

03/30/2015, 04:03 pm

Adobe on Monday launched a conceptual design app for the iPad, Comp CC, while Facebook brought third-party app integration to Messenger, and Google Drive gained support for automatic iOS photo and video backup.


Google, Johnson & Johnson to partner on surgical robot technology

03/27/2015, 06:03 pm

Google has formed a partnership with medical and consumer goods firm Johnson & Johnson that will see the development of robots to help surgeons in the operating room, according to an announcement made on Friday.


Google loses UK appeal in Safari cookie tracking case, could face trial

03/27/2015, 09:03 am

The U.K.'s Court of Appeal has denied Google's request to block lawsuits from British consumers over the search giant's disregard for Safari privacy restrictions designed to prevent advertisers from tracking users.


Google News buries news of Google's FTC investigation under Daniel Lyons fluff [updated with response]

03/22/2015, 11:03 pm

After the embarrassing leak of a U.S. Federal Trade Commission investigation that described how Google shifted around its search results to harm competition, Google News has shifted its search results to harm journalism, promoting instead a fluff piece glorifying Google, written by Daniel Lyons [updated with response from Lyons].


Google brings beta Places API to iOS, promises better location sharing

03/20/2015, 09:03 am

Google on Thursday launched a beta Places API for iOS, which should allow future apps with location sharing to use actual place names, instead of latitude and longitude.


Google, Intel team with TAG Heuer on luxury Android Wear smartwatch to counter Apple Watch

03/19/2015, 03:03 pm

At today's inauguration of the Baselworld 2015 watch and jewelry expo in Switzerland, watchmaker TAG Heuer announced a partnership with Google and Intel on a new luxury smartwatch, due to launch sometime before the end of 2015.