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  • Apple, Google, Intel And Adobe Settle Antitrust Lawsuit Over No-Hire Agreement

    Apple, Google, Intel And Adobe Settle Antitrust Lawsuit Over No-Hire Agreement

    Four of Silicon Valley’s largest tech companies have settled an antitrust lawsuit brought against them over a shared no-hire agreement that prevented poaching employees from one company by another. The terms of the settlement weren’t disclosed, according to Reuters, but this averts a trial that had been scheduled to start later in May. The class action lawsuit represented around 64,000… Read More

  • Google Commits $100M To Help Finance Residential Solar Installs With SunPower

    Google Commits $100M To Help Finance Residential Solar Installs With SunPower

    Fresh off its agreement to purchase up to 407 MW of wind power for its Iowa data center, Google today announced that it has committed $100 million to create a new fund to help finance the purchase of residential solar installations with SunPower Corporation. The fund, which will also include $150 million from SunPower, is meant to enable a scheme that is similar to what other residential solar… Read More

  • Google Street View Now Lets You Go Back In Time

    Google Street View Now Lets You Go Back In Time

    Every day, Google’s Street View cars capture massive amounts of data and the company then publishes them on Google Maps at regular intervals. Until now, the only images you could see on Google Maps were the latest images. Starting today, however, you will also be able to go back in time and see older images. When you’re in the Street View interface, you will now see a small clock icon… Read More

  • Foreign Startup Founders Face Unique Struggles To Break Funding Barrier

    Foreign Startup Founders Face Unique Struggles To Break Funding Barrier

    It was either move to Silicon Valley or bust, according to Nitro CEO Sam Chandler. His startup base of Melbourne, Australia, didn’t have the resources back in 2008 to help him scale his cloud-based, document-collaboration startup beyond an angel round of investing. It’s still a common dilemma for entrepreneurs throughout the world. Read More

  • Google Signs A 407 MW Wind Energy Deal For Its Iowa Data Center

    Google Signs A 407 MW Wind Energy Deal For Its Iowa Data Center

    It's Earth Day, so there isn't a company on the Internet that isn't trying to brandish its green image. Apple led the charge earlier this week and today, Google announced that it has inked a deal with MidAmerican Energy to supply its $1.5 billion Iowa data center with up to 407 megawatts of 100 percent renewable wind energy. Read More

  • Facebook Now Powers More Than Half Of All Social Logins

    Facebook Now Powers More Than Half Of All Social Logins

    Social logins are a convenient way to sign in to services without having to go through lengthy sign-up procedures and setting up yet another password. According to the latest data from social login service Gigya, Facebook remains the absolute market leader here and now powers more than 51 percent of all social logins in North America. Google+ is the second most popular service, but at 31 percent… Read More

  • Google Glass Adds Limited SMS Support For iPhone, Gets Calendar App

    Google Glass Adds Limited SMS Support For iPhone, Gets Calendar App

    Fresh off its update to Android KitKat, Google Glass is getting a couple of new features later this week. Until now, iPhone users with Glass weren't able to receive text messages on their devices. Starting later this week, Google will roll out an update that will finally allow them to see text messages right in front of their right eyes. It will not, however, allow them to send text messages. Read More

  • Gillmor Gang: Action Items

    Gillmor Gang: Action Items

    The Gillmor Gang — Dan Farber, Kevin Marks, Semil Shah, Danny Sullivan, Keith Teare, and Steve Gillmor — played the latest favorite game of the Mobility Addicted. It's called Lock Screen, and some of us think it's where the early adopters meet the great unvarnished Silent Majority. Forget clicks or swipes or doing anything; it's all about glancing. What this means is that social scientists… Read More

  • Google App Engine Gets GitHub Push-To-Deploy Support

    Google App Engine Gets GitHub Push-To-Deploy Support

    Last summer, Google started allowing developers to use git to get their code onto App Engine to deploy their applications instead of using Google's usual SDK. Starting today, developers who use the popular GitHub service to manage their code repositories will be able to do the same. Read More

  • Google Trends Debuts Email Notifications For Search Topics, Hot Searches And More

    Google Trends Debuts Email Notifications For Search Topics, Hot Searches And More

    Google Trends, the informative resource that shows you what’s currently popular around the web right now in and in the recent past, now offers email subscriptions, Google announced this morning. The new feature will allow you to subscribe to any search topic, plus Hot Searches for any country, or any U.S. monthly Top Chart, says Google via a blog post detailing the feature. However, though… Read More

 
  • Nest Uses Its Data To Turn Electric Utilities Into Cash Cows

    Nest Uses Its Data To Turn Electric Utilities Into Cash Cows

    When Google acquired smart thermostat maker Nest for $3.2 billion, the startup quickly stated that it would never share its user data with other Google services and outside companies. But according to a recent report by Forbes, the company is taking advantage of its data to create a lucrative revenue stream from electric utilities. “Our privacy policy clearly limits the use of customer… Read More

  • Google Analytics Now Lets You Track Web And App Data In A Single View

    Google Analytics Now Lets You Track Web And App Data In A Single View

    Here is a small but important update to Google Analytics: Developers can now create a single reporting view that includes both web and app data. Google says this will help businesses that have multiple digital touchpoints for their users (web, mobile apps, other devices) to better understand them. Read More

  • Google Misses in Q1 With Revenue Of $15.42B, EPS Of $6.27 As Its Cost-Per-Click Fell 9%

    Google Misses in Q1 With Revenue Of $15.42B, EPS Of $6.27 As Its Cost-Per-Click Fell 9%

    Following the bell, Google reported its first quarter financial performance, including revenue of $12.20 billion excluding traffic acquisition costs (ex-TAC), $15.42 billion including those costs, and earnings per share of $6.27. Analysts and investors had expected Google to earn $6.40 on revenue of $12.25 billion (ex-TAC), or $15.54 billion including traffic costs. Read More

  • Google Camera App Brings Lens Blur Background Defocus To Any KitKat Android Devices

    Google Camera App Brings Lens Blur Background Defocus To Any KitKat Android Devices

    Google has a new standalone camera app available in the Google Play app store, and it can be installed on any smartphones or tablets running KitKat 4.4 or higher. The new app will also be rolling out to other devices in the future according to Google, so that might expand beyond just KitKat to those on other versions of Android. The app offers a 100 percent viewfinder to show you exactly what… Read More

  • Google I/O To Elevate Focus On Design

    Google I/O To Elevate Focus On Design

    For Google to win, it needs to attract the best designers to its team and get beautiful third-party apps built for its platforms. Yet, right now it's Google's rival Apple and the iOS ecosystem that are known for their style. So Google tells me it's "doing a really big push around design" at its 2014 I/O conference by adding sessions on Android UX, wearable app design, speech interfaces, and more. Read More

  • Google’s Cloud Platform Gets Improved Hadoop Support With BigQuery And Cloud Datastore Connectors

    Google’s Cloud Platform Gets Improved Hadoop Support With BigQuery And Cloud Datastore Connectors

    Google has long made it possible for its users to run Hadoop -- a framework for storing and processing large amounts of data -- on its Cloud Platform. Until now, however, the only way to get in and out of Hadoop on Cloud Platform was through Google's Cloud Storage service. Starting today, however, Google also makes it possible to run Hadoop jobs against data in its BigQuery SQL and Cloud Datastore… Read More

  • Google’s Environment Sensing Project Tango Gets A Teardown

    Google’s Environment Sensing Project Tango Gets A Teardown

    Google’s Project Tango prototype smartphone is armed with four cameras to allow it to take stock of its environment and record and use 3D depth-sensing info, and it’s basically just a bunch of cameras and sensor glommed onto a fairly impressive Android smartphone with a quad-core processor and 2GBs of RAM to crunch all that environment data. iFixit got to tear it down and have a look… Read More

  • Google’s Modular Ara Smartphone To Launch For The Public In January 2015

    Google’s Modular Ara Smartphone To Launch For The Public In January 2015

    Google has been showing off its Project Ara modular smartphone in a lot more detail over the past few days, likely because it’s also hosting a developer conference for the device this week. Ara uses interchangeable modules to deliver a smartphone that can be whatever a user wants it to be, complete with first- and third-party components including sensors, cameras, radio antennas and more. Read More

  • Ellen Tries Out Google “Glasses”

    Ellen Tries Out Google “Glasses”

    Today is Google Glass day. For the first time, the company is letting anybody and everybody order a pair with no application process needed. Because before, if you wanted to give Google $1,500 for a face computer, you had to qualify. Now that Google Glass is fair game, we're probably going to see it a lot more. Take, for example, this episode of The Ellen Show, where Ellen Degeneres tries on… Read More

  • Google Actually Sells Out Of A Google Glass Model

    Google Actually Sells Out Of A Google Glass Model

    Apparently some people still want Google Glass. The white model sold out several hours after Google allowed anyone to purchase the product. Models of the other colors are still available -- at least until Google stops selling the product tonight. For today only, Google made Glass available to anyone. This is the first time since the product's announcement that Google has allowed the general… Read More