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Head of Google+ Vic Gundotra announces departure from Google

04/24, 3:15pm

Gundotra leaving Google after almost eight years

Vic Gundotra has announced he is leaving Google, after close to eight years with the tech giant. Revealed in a Google+ post, the social network Gundotra helped create, he praises the company he is parting from and the people he's met, though neither his post nor that of Google CEO Larry Page hint at whether Gundotra is leaving of his own accord or if he was pushed.

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Industry bigwigs launch OpenSSL-fixing Core Infrastructure Initiative

04/24, 1:16pm

New organization to fund open source projects that have wide importance

The Linux Foundation today announced it has formed a new project to fund and support critical elements of the global information infrastructure, namely, OpenSSL. The newly formed Core Infrastructure Initiative enables technology companies to collaboratively identify and fund open source projects that are in need of assistance, while allowing the developers to continue their work under open source community norms. Founding backers of the Initiative include Amazon Web Services, Cisco, Dell, Facebook, Fujitsu, Google, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, NetApp, Rackspace, VMware and The Linux Foundation.

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Google partnering to form $250 million residential solar lease program

04/23, 2:12pm

SunPower corporation tapped for funds, solar panels, installs

Google has announced a plan intended to boost solar energy adoption to residences in the US. In parallel with purchasing up to 407MW of wind energy from Iowa utilities, Google is parterning with SunPower Corporation, to create a $250 million fund to finance the purchase of residential rooftop solar systems and offer them to consumers at a cost said to be lower than monthly energy bills.

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Google Maps adds option to view older Street View image collections

04/23, 12:17pm

Clock icon on Google Street View shows earlier photographs of locations

Google has updated its online Maps service by adding the option to view earlier Street View imagery. Users of Google Maps can, in a number of locations, use previously-collected Street View photographs to explore an area, and be able to compare recent shots of the location with those from the same place dated from as far back as 2007.

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Apple vs Samsung, Day 10: The home stretch

04/23, 2:15am

Apple defends against Samsung charges, discloses secret deal

The biggest news in today's Apple vs Samsung patent trial was the previously-reported revelation of a secret deal between Google and Samsung in which the search and advertising giant not only agreed to indemnify Samsung if it lost on two of the patent claims in this trial, but that Google -- not Samsung -- was to "direct and control" litigation and defense on Samsung's behalf. The revelation, which Samsung had previously denied in court, will be used to diminish the Samsung claim that the case is really about Android.

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Testimony: Google providing indemnity to Samsung in patent lawsuit

04/22, 6:22pm

Google's Mobile Application Distribution Agreement spells out defense aid

Google attorney James Mccoun testified today that the search engine giant agreed to defend Samsung at least in part against some of the claims against it in the ongoing Apple versus Samsung trial. Apple played pre-recorded testimony from the attorney who confirmed emails that Google would provide some level of indemnity over four patents held by Apple if Samsung was sued, or would possibly take over defense of the claims.

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Google Nexus 8 rumored for Q3 launch, manufactured by HTC

04/21, 1:20pm

Report claims Google considering switch from Asus to HTC for next Nexus tablet

HTC may be working with Google to produce the Nexus 8 tablet for a third-quarter release, according to a report. Marking a departure from its previous work with Asus for the Nexus 7 tablet, the move to partnering with HTC apparently stems from previous production discussions before Asus became involved, though there is also talk of it possibly being the last iteration of Nexus tablet.

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Briefly: Google refunds fake-app purchases, Galaxy S5 on MetroPCS

04/21, 8:15am

Google refunds, provides extra credit to buyers of fake antivirus tool

Google is providing refunds to buyers of the fake Virus Shield app for Android. Discovered by Android Police, the paid $3.99 app was discovered to just switch between different sets of graphics, and failed to provide any protection. The app was removed from the Play Store shortly after the discovery, with more than 10,000 downloads recorded. Google has started to send e-mails to affected customers, promising a refund within 14 days and a $5 promotional credit for Google Play.

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Briefly: Google Trends' email notifications, Tresorit storage launch

04/19, 12:22am

Google Trends gets e-mail notifications, subscriptions to search topics

Today Google has added email notifications for its Google Trends service. Users can now subscribe to any search topic, including Hot Searches for any country or US monthly Top Chart subscriptions. Google Trends subscriptions can be signed up for by selecting "Subscribe" button beside a particular trend topic, and unsubscribing can be done any time within the preferences area.

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Plaintiffs ask to use Steve Jobs evidence in anti-poaching lawsuit

04/18, 1:14pm

Jobs' personality a potential controversy

Plaintiffs' attorneys in a class action lawsuit against Apple, Google, and two other companies are asking that evidence related to Apple CEO Steve Jobs be included in the case, Reuters reports. The case revolves around the anti-poaching agreements Apple and Google -- and later, other high-tech businesses -- forged to keep salaries low and talent in place. The accused parties settled a US Department of Justice investigation on the matter in 2010, agreeing to end barriers to competitive hiring.

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Briefly: Tesco confirms Hudl sequel, Chromecast offers credit in UK

04/18, 11:52am

Tesco will make successor to Hudl tablet, sold 500,000 units

Tesco has confirmed it is working on a follow-up to the Hudl tablet for release sometime this year, after revealing the British retailer sold over 500,000 units of the Android device, reports Hexus. The current model, priced at £120 ($200), has a 7-inch 1440x900 display, a quad-core 1.5GHz processor, 16GB of storage, and a stock installation of Android with apps for Tesco services pre-loaded. Specifications for the updated model remain unknown.

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Rockstar Consortium denied motion to transfer Google case to Texas

04/18, 9:56am

Google evidence wins over judge

US District Court Judge Claudia Wilken has denied a motion by the Apple-led Rockstar Consortium to transfer a patent invalidation countersuit by Google from California to the Eastern District of Texas, Reuters says. The Eastern District of Texas is infamous for leaning towards patent holders in its court rulings. Wilken ruled, however, that Google was able to provide enough evidence to keep the case in California.

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Google rumored to work with MediaTek for budget Nexus smartphone

04/18, 7:58am

Low-cost Nexus smartphone could be priced at under $100

The next model in the Google Nexus smartphone collection could be a low-budget handset, according to reports. Google is said by report sources to be working with Taiwan-based chip producer MediaTek on a mobile device that, while relatively low in overall specification, could end up being sold by the company for under $100 off-contract.

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Google invites potential users to try Glass hardware at home

04/17, 3:39pm

Google Glass Home Try-On scheme sends Glass units, frames to customers

Google has started a pilot scheme where it sends potential Google Glass customers test units, so they can try the device on from home. E-mails sent to people who had previously let Google know they wanted to buy the device, offering for a free "home try-on kit" to be sent to them, including a variety of Glass units and its Titanium Collection prescription frames.

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Google launching test of fiber Internet for business in Kansas City

04/17, 3:18pm

Emails sent to small business gaging interest, assessing needs

Google is picking select Kansas City companies to test Google Fiber prototype offerings for business. The business rollout in Kansas City is the first of its kind for the Gigabit Internet service, with Google saying that it is "in the beginning of figuring out what that product could look like, and that's why we're launching this pilot." Small businesses in the area have been emailed to inquire if there was an interest in testing the service, in exchange for feedback. Applicants must respond by April 25 with staff size, network requirements, and the name of its current Internet provider.

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Google aims for January launch of Project Ara, organizes $100K contest

04/17, 9:51am

Developers could win cash prize for creating best Project Ara smartphone module

Google is aiming to launch the first Project Ara smartphone in January next year, the company revealed at the project's first developer conference earlier this week. Google is also attempting to encourage developers to produce sections of the modular smartphone, by offering a $100,000 prize in a competition for designing the best Ara module.

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Mayer: Yahoo should be Apple's default search engine

04/16, 8:24pm

CEO to make pitch to Apple to make Google search optional

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, who has worked diligently to turn around the veteran search engine's fortunes with some success, is planning on appealing to Apple to make Yahoo's search engine the default choice on the Mac and iOS. Currently Apple offers Yahoo as a option for search, but uses Google as a default (and Bing to power Siri inquiries). Mayer may seen an opportunity to advance Yahoo's already-friendly relationship with Apple, given its fight with Google over Android and patents.

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Briefly: Microsoft All-in-One Media Keyboard, Chrome Remote Desktop

04/16, 5:05pm

Microsoft unveils All-in-One Media Keyboard for living room use

Microsoft has launched its All-in-One Media Keyboard. Designed for use in the living room, the peripheral offers a full-size spill-resistant QWERTY keyboard, and connects to a device using a USB wireless transceiver. On the right-hand side is a multi-touch trackpad that supports gestures, and a row of three buttons above which can be customized for quick access to specific apps. Shipping tomorrow, the All-in-One Media Keyboard is priced at $40.

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Google misses analyst profit estimates, seeing declining growth

04/16, 4:48pm

Cost per click dropping, growth rate slowing for dominant search engine

Google today announced financial results for the quarter that ended in March. The search engine giant reported consolidated revenues of $15.42 billion for the quarter, an increase of 19 percent compared to the first quarter of 2013. Operating income in the first quarter of 2014 was $4.12 billion, or 27 percent of revenues. Earnings per share in the first quarter was $5.04 on 685 million diluted shares outstanding, compared to $4.97 in the first quarter of 2013 on 673 million diluted shares outstanding.

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Google denies plans for Fiber in New York after job listing discovery

04/16, 12:42pm

New York Google Fiber job not a sign of future expansion

A Google Fiber job listing located in New York was thought to be a possible sign the search company is looking to open the service in the market, though Google has denied the possibility. The listings for a Google Fiber Regional Sales Manager in the city is said by a company spokesperson to be a job role that has existed for some time, and not to "read into the job listing."

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Apple vs Samsung, Day Seven: You can't infringe an invalid patent

04/16, 2:47am

String of Samsung witnesses find that Apple's patents are all invalid

Not only did Samsung not infringe on Apple's patents, a parade of witnesses for Samsung told the jury today in the Apple-Samsung trial, those patents aren't valid even if Samsung did copy them. With some help from Apple's very light cross-examination, Samsung again flew through a lengthy list of experts who testified on the relative worthlessness of Apple's patents for "data detectors" (also referred to as "quick links"), universal search, autocorrection and the "slide to unlock" concept.

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Briefly: Google Helpouts for iPhone, Borderlands 2 DLC

04/15, 9:06pm

Google releases Helpouts app for iPhone

Google debuted its Hangouts-based video support service Google Helpouts last fall; today an app version for iPhone has been released. Users can connect over Google's Hangouts service to experts who are knowledgable in a specific subject for tutoring. The iOS app offers the ability to find, schedule, give or start a "Helpout," read reviews and listing details, receive text-message and mobile reminders, and more.

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Google updates terms of service to clarify Gmail scanning stance

04/15, 8:44am

New paragraph specifically advises of content scanning on Google services

Google has updated its terms of service, adding an explanation for its content scanning efforts. The new paragraph, one of relatively few changes to the document, specifically notes that Google scans e-mails in order to provide "personally relevant product features," including "customized search results, tailored advertising, and spam and malware detection."

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Google prepares Android KitKat update for Glass, removes video calling

04/15, 4:58am

Google Glass update bundles media together for simpler navigation

Google has revealed it will be updating Glass to Android KitKat later this week. While the update introduces a number of changes, including a more refined photographic experience, Google has decided to remove its video calling function from the wearable device, claiming that it has received poor user feedback over the function, and that less than ten percent use it in the first place.

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Apple vs. Samsung, Day 6: It's not copying, it's 'benchmarking'

04/15, 4:20am

Samsung offers Google engineers, but Samsung marketers in day of witnesses

Over the weekend, Judge Lucy Koh turned down Samsung's request for a summary judgement in the Samsung-Apple second patent trial, claiming that Apple had failed to prove its case during its presentation. Judge Koh rebuffed the claims and thus the trial continued on Monday, with Samsung still presenting its defense. Continuing its strategy of saying the case is about a dispute between Apple and Google rather than Samsung, the Galaxy smartphone maker put on a stunning seven witnesses -- most of them from the search and advertising giant.

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Apple vs. Samsung, Day Five: Now it's Samsung's turn

04/12, 1:54am

Tweet: 'Both sides relying on stories to sell jury, Samsung borrowing Google's'

At the end of the twelth day of the Apple-Samsung trial, and fifth day of testimony, Apple rested its case against Samsung following a detailed presentation from "microeconomist" and PhD Chris Vellturo in which he explained for the jury exactly how he calculated the $2.191 billion in damages Samsung should owe Apple for its infringement. Samsung, which has admitted in an earlier damages retrial that it copied from Apple, began presenting its defense -- by borrowing a Google software executive.

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Briefly: Google Glass one-day sale, Coachella on YouTube

04/11, 4:38pm

Google opening up Google Glass sale April 15 for one day

Confirming earlier rumors, Google is opening up wearable computing device Google Glass for purchase for one day in the US. Any US adult can join the Explorer program with any shade or frame for $1,500, plus applicable local sales tax. Available devices are limited. Purchase begins April 15 at 6AM PDT.

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Aereo bringing live television, DVR service to Chromecast in May

04/11, 7:12am

Chromecast support in Android app brings Aereo to televisions

Troubled television rebroadcasting start-up Aereo will be adding support for the Google Chromecast to its Android app at the end of next month, the company has announced. The move will allow customers to watch live broadcast television via the Chromecast, as well as programs recorded on the service's cloud-based DVR, starting from May 29th.

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Google issues Module Developers Kit for Project Ara smartphone

04/10, 11:58am

Project Ara developer kit defines basic specifications of smartphone modules

Google has provided more details about its modular Project Ara smartphone plans, by releasing its Module Developers Kit. The documents, published ahead of a developer conference for the device, detail how the smartphone is put together, as well as basic specifications that individual modules must fulfill in order to interface with the main endoskeleton and other modules.

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Google Fiber's Austin rollout delayed, company says

04/10, 10:15am

Switch to flip 'later this year'

Google Fiber's deployment in Austin, Texas has been delayed several months, Google tells local NBC affiliate KXAN. Signups for Austin residents will only open this summer, while the service itself is due to go live "later this year." When Google announced that Fiber was coming to Austin a year ago, it said it had hoped to connect people by mid-2014, after signups in January.

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Rick Osterloh appointed as Motorola Mobility chief operating officer

04/10, 7:58am

Executive selected for the job, will assist in Lenovo transition

Just prior to its offload to Lenovo, Motorola Mobility has named Rick Osterloh as chief operating officer. Jonathan Rosenberg, Google's Senior Vice President of Product Management announced the appointment of Osterloh, who is replacing Dennis Woodside -- who departed to become Dropbox's first chief operating officer.

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Google patches Mail, Search, others for Heartbleed OpenSSL bug

04/09, 2:57pm

Android 4.1.1 vulnerable, device manufacturers informed

In the wake of the disclosure of the OpenSSL "Heartbleed" bug, search engine Google has patched its systems to counter the day-zero flaw. While noting that Google Chrome and ChromeOS aren't affected, the search engine behemoth has fixed any issues with Search, Gmail, YouTube, Wallet, Play, Apps, and App Engine.

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Apple, Google considering possibility of buying Square

04/09, 12:54pm

Google seen as most likely buyer

Both Apple and Google have explored buying mobile payment platform Square during the past year, sources say. Rumors about an acquisition have allegedly increased in recent weeks, with Google being picked as the most likely buyer, should a deal actually happen. No offers have been made though, and people close to Square's management say the company isn't actively chasing an acquisition.

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Briefly: Logitech K830 illuminated keyboard, Chromecast code tease

04/09, 7:58am

Logitech launches K830 illuminated keyboard in US, Europe

Logitech has introduced the K830 Illuminated Living-Room Keyboard. The wireless, rechargeable keyboard has a range of up to 33 feet from its 2.4GHz USB adapter, and an integrated trackpad for mouse controls. The backlit keys, along with the multimedia keys, automatically dim and brighten based on the amount of available light, with the backlight switching off after five seconds of inactivity. Logitech is shipping the K830 in the US and Europe this month for $100.

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Chrome 34 adds responsive image support, updated Web Audio

04/08, 3:45pm

Images can be picked to match device specs

Google has released Chrome 34 for Windows, Mac, and Linux users. The main addition is support for "responsive" images. This allows web developers to set multiple versions of a graphic, improving speed and bandwidth consumption on less powerful devices. Whereas a Windows desktop user might see the full-quality version of an image, for example, someone on an iPhone might see a lower-resolution file. The iOS and Android apps haven't been updated yet, however.

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Apple, Google, other firms look to settle anti-poaching class action

04/08, 11:25am

Failure to reach settlement could cost high-tech industry $9 billion

Apple, Google, Intel, and Adobe are among the high-tech companies working to settle a class action lawsuit over their hiring practices within the next several weeks, according to the New York Times. The suit covers some 100,000 people, and alleges that anti-poaching policies agreed to between the companies deprived workers of higher wages they would've got had the businesses had been hiring competitively. If a settlement isn't reached, the firms could owe as much as $9 billion in damages, or $90,000 per person.

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Briefly: Game of Thrones crashes services, Google I/O registrations

04/08, 8:07am

Game of Thrones premiere free on Xbox Video after HBO Go crashes

HBO is offering the season 4 premiere of Game of Thrones free on Xbox, after its HBO Go app failed during the broadcast. The free episode will be viewable on both the Xbox One and Xbox 360 through Xbox Video, rather than the HBO Go app until April 14th, reports Variety. HBO Go is not the only service to be affected by the influx of Game of Thrones fans, as British broadcaster Sky's Now TV suffered a similar fate during the later UK broadcast last night.

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Leaked documents show Google working on Android TV

04/06, 3:19pm

Google TV replacement uses cards, recommends content

Google is preparing to offer an updated form of its Google TV software under the name of Android TV, according to a report. Screenshots of the software, which was previously said to have been rebranded to the new name, have surfaced to show an interface that takes after the company's "card" system in what appears to be a more cohesive user experience.

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Briefly: Google Night Walk, Autocast Android add-on for Chromecast

04/04, 7:48pm

Google's new Night Walk offers immersive tour through Cours Julien neighbourhood in France

Google's Street View has been taken to a new level with its release of Google Night Walk, an audio-based tour through a French neighbourhood. Leading those accessing the tour though Cours Julien, a neighbourhood of Marseille, France, narrators Julie and Christophe lead users across the city, highlighting locations of note. A mini-map displays one's progress though the city, and certain hotspots initiate YouTube clips, Wikipedia segments and photo galleries, and more.

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Project Ara teaser video shows Google modular smartphone development

04/04, 10:41am

Electro-permanent magnets for Project Ara demonstrated

Google has revealed more about its Project Ara modular smartphone ahead of its first Ara Developers Conference on April 15th. A video showing the team behind the project has been posted to YouTube by PhoneBloks, demonstrating how the smartphone stays together, as well as how individual modules could have various external textures and styles.

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Google has issues trademarking 'Glass' in United States

04/04, 6:38am

US Patent and Trademark Office objects to single word 'Glass' trademark from Google

Google has hit a minor stumbling block in releasing its Glass smart headwear, thanks to the US Patent and Trademark Office. The USPTO is resisting an application to trademark the single term "Glass," with a letter to the company unearthed by the Wall Street Journal revealing a pair of objections by one examiner, though this is unlikely to have stalled the device's eventual release.

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Google reportedly considering carrier creation in Fiber regions

04/03, 3:26pm

Google carrier service could supplement Fiber-based Wi-Fi hotspot network

Google may be looking to create its own wireless carrier, according to a report. The company allegedly plans to create some form of mobile virtual network operator (MVNO), namely one working on top of an existing cellular network, with the initial target areas for the service said to be markets that already have Google Fiber up and running or will do so in the future.

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Greenpeace ranks Apple as most environmentally friendly in data

04/02, 1:11pm

eBay, Amazon, HP, Oracle near bottom of major corporations

In terms of datacenters, Apple has scored the top position on a new Greenpeace list of the most environmentally-friendly high-tech businesses. The company is the only one with a 100 percent figure on Greenpeace's "clean energy index," since its datacenters are completely free of any dependence on coal, nuclear power, or natural gas. It also has an "A" score under categories of Energy Transparency, Commitment & Siting Policy, and Deployment & Accuracy. It achieved a B in terms of Energy Efficiency & Mitigation.

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Google's Andy Rubin may testify during second Apple v. Samsung trial

03/31, 9:49am

Samsung says Google was already working on Apple-patented tech

Google's former Android head, Andy Rubin, may be asked to testify on behalf on Samsung during the second Apple v. Samsung patent trial beginning today, says the Wall Street Journal. Samsung is reportedly challenging Apple's assertion that the iPhone was completely groundbreaking by pointing out that Google was already working some of the contested technologies before the iPhone shipped. It notes that except for slide-to-unlock, all of the patents Apple is asserting -- related to hyperlinking, background sync, Siri's universal search functions, and auto-complete -- are Android features.

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Turkish ISPs hijacking free DNS IP addresses, claims Google

03/31, 6:14am

Interception of Turkish traffic to Google DNS could be continued censorship attempt

Google's Public DNS service is being intercepted by Internet service providers in Turkey, the company has alleged. Servers have apparently been set up by each ISP to "masquerade as Google's DNS service," in what could be considered an attempt by those responsible to monitor or censor critics of the country's government while elections are underway.

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Google pushes for 'Powered by Android' branding on new smartphones

03/28, 12:55pm

Logo rules promote Android at device start-up

Google is pushing to promote the Android operating system further, by requiring device manufacturers to add extra branding to their devices. The start-up screens of the new HTC One and the Samsung Galaxy S5 both now include a "Powered by Android" logo close to the bottom, and could possibly lead to more prominent signs of the mobile operating system's use in the future.

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Apple, Samsung, Google trying to court Swiss watchmakers

03/28, 12:16pm

Swatch turning away partnership deals

Apple, Google, and Samsung are among the wearable tech developers trying to court help from Swiss watchmakers, says the Financial Times. One of the core targets has been Swatch, the world's biggest watchmaker. "We have been in discussions – not ever initiated by us – with practically all players in smart wearables up until today," says Swatch CEO Nick Hayek. "However, we see no reason why we should enter into any partnership agreement."

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Google transparency report shows 120-percent increase in data requests

03/27, 4:05pm

US tops list of countries requesting user data from Google

Requests for user information received by Google from government agencies have increased 120 percent since 2009, according to the search company's latest transparency report. The quantity of requests in the second half of 2013 reached an all-time high of 27,477, up from 25,879 for the first half of the year, while the percentage of requests where some data is provided has reached its lowest point since the report began, with 64 percent.

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Google fined $166,000 for not complying with India anti-trust agency

03/27, 12:59pm

Fine assessed for failure to provide documentation in a timely manner

Search engine giant Google has been fined 10 million rupee ($166,000) in India. The penalty has been levied by the nation's antitrust investigative body "for failure to comply with the directions given by the Director General (DG) seeking information and documents." The company is under investigation by India's Competition Commission (CCI), and may face $5 billion in fines for abusing its search engine dominance.

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Turkey blocks YouTube over security meeting recording leak

03/27, 12:51pm

YouTube banned in Turkey one day after similar Twitter block lifts

Turkey is blocking access to YouTube, in order to prevent the spread of videos alleging there to be corruption in the country's government. The new ban on the video service comes just a day after courts ordered the block on Twitter to be lifted by the government, with the telecommunications regulator (TIB) claiming the latest block is to prevent a "national security issue."

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