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Topic: Google

Google reportedly mulling $1B Waze bid, could spark bidding war with Facebook

05/23/2013, 08:05 pm

According to Bloomberg sources, Google is looking to throw in a $1 billion bid for Waze, possibly portending a bidding war between the search giant and Facebook, which is also rumored to be eyeing an acquisition of the social mapping service.

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Google's new 3D Maps destroy Manhattan in the wake of Apple's Flyover

05/22/2013, 06:05 pm

Nearly a year after Apple introduced its own Maps service in iOS 6 with Flyover 3D satellite views, Google is expanding its own online Maps to support similar 3D satellite imagery, with the same sorts of buckled roads and visual distortions Apple was castigated for last summer.

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Google to activate voice search in Chrome iOS app

05/22/2013, 05:05 pm

In a post to its Chrome blog on Wednesday, Google announced plans to bring intuitive voice searches directly into the Chrome Web browser for iOS.

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Apple's iPad dominates online shopping traffic & revenue generation

05/22/2013, 01:05 pm

Despite growing competition from other tablets, Apple's iPad still accounts for a whopping 89.28 percent of e-commerce website traffic, and also rakes in more money on a per-user basis than any other platform.

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Samsung Galaxy S4 & Google Now accused of violating Apple patents for Siri

05/22/2013, 10:05 am

In its ongoing litigation against Samsung, Apple has added five new patents to its claims, targeting both the company's new flagship Galaxy S4 smartphone, as well as the Google Now service for Android.

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Like Apple, Google & Yahoo also avoid taxes by way of Ireland

05/22/2013, 08:05 am

Though they weren't grilled before a U.S. Senate subcommittee on Tuesday like Apple, Google and Yahoo rely on Irish subsidiaries to avoid taxes on billions of dollars in income, and they go one step further than Apple by utilizing offshore accounts.

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Google's Chrome team developing app launcher for Mac

05/21/2013, 06:05 pm

Google is looking to bring a version of its Chrome OS app launcher to the Mac, possibly as an add-on to the Chrome browser, allowing users to access a slew of Web apps normally available only from within the

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Apple still by far the world's most valuable brand name

05/21/2013, 10:05 am

Once again, the strength of Apple's products has led to the Cupertino company being honored as the most valuable brand in the world, topping not only tech rivals like Google and Microsoft, but also giants of industry like McDonald's and Coca-Cola.

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Looking to pull even with Apple, Samsung to pay developers for Galaxy-specific apps

05/20/2013, 09:05 am

Apple rival Samsung is turning to third-party developers to help improve the standing of its smartphone lineup against the iPhone, offering $800,000 in prize money for Galaxy-specific apps.

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Google engineers talk fragmentation, how to make Android work for emerging markets

05/18/2013, 09:05 pm

This week's Google I/O saw no announcements of any new versions of the company's mobile operating system, Android, and that may be because the team that is building the system is working to address the platform's biggest problem: fragmentation.

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Editorial: Apple's billions are building an empire for the future

05/18/2013, 06:05 pm

Given that Apple now sits on well over $144.7 billion in liquid resources, there's lots of discussion about how the company could or should be spending it. What Apple is already doing with its cash is actually more interesting.

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Music service's structure, plus Apple's culture, holding up 'iRadio' service

05/17/2013, 01:05 pm

Industry sources are saying that Google's willingness to acquiesce to music label demands and the structure of the hybrid service Apple is trying to build are the main reasons why the search giant's music service is live now while the iPhone maker's offering might miss WWDC.

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IDC: Apple's iOS fell to 17% of smartphones shipped in Q1, Windows Phone passed BlackBerry

05/16/2013, 08:05 am

Gains made by Google's Android platform chipped away at the smartphone market share of Apple's iOS in the first quarter of 2013, while Microsoft's slow-growing Windows Phone managed to surpass BlackBerry in the battle for third place.

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Google tells Microsoft to take down unofficial YouTube app from Windows Phone store due to lack of ads [u]

05/15/2013, 08:05 pm

Google's YouTube on Wednesday sent a cease and desist letter to Microsoft requesting the company remove the made-for-Windows Phone YouTube client app from its store, citing a number of reasons for the takedown, one of which being an inability to garner advertising revenue.

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Reworked Google Maps for iOS, Android gains better search, tablet compatibility

05/15/2013, 03:05 pm

In the midst of its Google I/O developer conference, the search giant showed off a redesigned version of its popular mapping app, one that will heighten the competition for Maps supremacy on Apple's iOS mobile platform.

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Revamped, cross-platform Google Hangouts app competes with Apple's iMessages, FaceTime [u]

05/15/2013, 02:05 pm

Google on Wednesday expanded its cross-platform service offerings with a revamped version of Hangouts, now a standalone application for iOS and Android with a focus on video and text conversations within groups.

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Google's All Access music streaming service to take on Spotify, Pandora

05/15/2013, 01:05 pm

On Wednesday, Google introduced its long-anticipated Spotify competitor: Google Play Music All Access, a "uniquely Google approach" to subscription music service.

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Google Play game services offers cross-platform support on iOS, Android and Web

05/15/2013, 12:05 pm

Google's response to Apple's Game Center was announced on Wednesday in the form of Google Play game services, a cross-platform series of developer tools that will support iOS as well as Android and the Web.

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Google announces 900 million Android activations, 48 billion app installs

05/15/2013, 12:05 pm

Google on Wednesday announced that its Android mobile platform has seen 900 million total activations to date, while 48 billion applications have been installed on Android devices.

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Google to reportedly debut paid streaming music service at Google I/O

05/14/2013, 09:05 pm

Internet search giant Google is said to be preparing a launch of a subscription-based music streaming service akin to existing offerings like Spotify, with the announcement possibly coming as soon as this week at the company's Google I/O Developers Conference.

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