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  • 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

  • Google Cloud Platform Expands To Asia Pacific With 2 New Compute Engine Zones

    Google Cloud Platform Expands To Asia Pacific With 2 New Compute Engine Zones

    The Asia-Pacific market is quickly becoming a battleground for cloud computing vendors. Amazon has always been very active in the region. Microsoft is investing heavily there and made Azure generally available in China last month, for example. Today, Google is joining the fray by launching its first two Compute Engine zones in the Asia-Pacific region. Read More

  • If You Want Google Glass, Now’s Your Chance

    If You Want Google Glass, Now’s Your Chance

    It's been nearly a year since Google released the Google Glass face computer, and still only a select few have had access to the thing. But that's all about to change. On Tuesday April 15 (perhaps to take your mind off of taxes), Google is opening up a new batch of Google Glass units to explorers, according to an email sent out to those who had signed up for more information on the product. Read More

 
  • Google Glass Gets KitKat Support And Improved Photo Browsing, Loses Video Calls

    Google Glass Gets KitKat Support And Improved Photo Browsing, Loses Video Calls

    Anybody will be able to buy Google Glass tomorrow, but ahead of this, Google is giving the Glass software an update. There are a couple of new features in this update, including new tools for making working with photos easier, but Google has also decided to remove the option to do video calls from Glass for the time being. Read More

  • Google Gets In On Ground Level With Drone Maker Titan Buy

    Google Gets In On Ground Level With Drone Maker Titan Buy

    Titan Aerospace, the drone maker Facebook had been in acquisition talks with prior to being bought by Google (as we've now confirmed following The WSJ's initial report), was a name that took many in the industry by surprise. How was it that a company that reportedly has solar-powered drones that can fly at 65,000 feet above sea level for five years without needing to land, did not have more public… Read More

  • Google Patents Tiny Cameras Embedded In Contact Lenses

    Google Patents Tiny Cameras Embedded In Contact Lenses

    Google has a new patent application with the USPTO (via 9to5Google), which takes one of the basic concepts of Glass and extends it even further, embedding tiny cameras that could be embedded in contact lenses for various uses, including photographing what a wearer sees, or providing the basic input for a contact-based assistive device for the visually impaired. Google has previously detailed a… Read More

  • Google Acquires Titan Aerospace, The Drone Company Pursued By Facebook

    Google Acquires Titan Aerospace, The Drone Company Pursued By Facebook

    Google has acquired Titan Aerospace, the drone startup that makes high-flying robots which was previously scoped by Facebook as a potential acquisition target (as first reported by TechCrunch), the WSJ reports. The details of the purchase weren’t disclosed, but the deal comes after Facebook disclosed its own purchase of a Titan Aerospace competitor in U.K.-based Ascenta for its… Read More

  • Google, Eich, Rice: The Evil That Tech Does

    Google, Eich, Rice: The Evil That Tech Does

    Techies hate politics. Well, no: we hate the idea of politics. Whenever I talk to pretty much anyone in the industry about politics as a sphere of human endeavor, from individual coders to zillionaire VCs, pained expressions cross their faces and they rush to distance themselves from the whole toxic mess. Which is a problem on two levels. One, now that technology is the dominant cultural and… Read More

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    Gillmor Gang: Deep Bench

    Gillmor Gang: Deep Bench

    The Gillmor Gang — Dan Farber, Kevin Marks, Semil Shah, Robert Scoble, Keith Teare, and Steve Gillmor — Heartbleed security hole, changing landscape of Twitter notifications, Brendan Eich's exit from Mozilla, politically charged and leadership compromised, Condoleezza Rice heading to the Dropbox Board of Directors? Dropbox, OneNote, Evernote, Box. Office on the iPad decidedly hot. Mobile's… Read More

  • Google Strengthens Android App Security With Continuous Post-Install Scans

    Google Strengthens Android App Security With Continuous Post-Install Scans

    Google is making a change to its Android security systems today that is meant to ensure that users who install apps from outside of the Google Play store are a bit safer from malicious apps. Currently, Android users can have Google scan their apps for malicious code at the time of installation. Going forward, Google will expand this program with a more service-based system that will… Read More

  • Do Startups Stand A Chance Against Valley Incumbents?

    Do Startups Stand A Chance Against Valley Incumbents?

    A few weeks ago, I was talking with an entrepreneur in the search space who had a simple question: “Can Google ever be beat?” It’s actually quite profound, one at the heart of everything we do in startups. Is it possible to defeat the incumbent players, even when they are essentially monopolies? I answered with the usual Silicon Valley rhetoric and bravado, arguing that every company will… Read More

  • A Satellite Startup Could Be Google’s Next Purchase

    A Satellite Startup Could Be Google’s Next Purchase

    According to a report, Google is interested in buying Skybox Imaging, a California-based startup that builds high-resolution imaging microsatellites and provides a platform to view the data. Because apparently Google needs satellites now that Facebook has drones. Read More

  • Red Hat Teams With Google Compute Engine To Ease Cloud Management

    Red Hat Teams With Google Compute Engine To Ease Cloud Management

    Red Hat announced a deal today in which Red Hat Enterprise Linux customers could move their subscriptions to Google Compute Engine, a deal that could benefit both companies. Red Hat offers what it calls a "bring your own subscription" plan. For instance, Red Hat Linux customers can shift their installations from on-premises to a public cloud provider of their choice as long as it's part of… Read More