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Microsoft hopes to move students away from Google with ad-free version of Bing

Microsoft has rolled out a custom Bing search engine for schools, allowing administrators to enable an ad-free version of Bing with privacy controls and filters that block adult content. Microsoft first debuted this program in August — back then it was called “Bing for Schools” — to 4.5 million students in a select number of schools, but now is… Read More

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Apple, Google — and now Amazon — offer game publishers top app store placement for exclusivity

Video game publishers are no strangers to signing exclusive deals with platforms, and now that practice is becoming apparent in the mobile gaming industry. A Wall Street Journal report this morning notes that Apple and Google are now offering mobile game publishers highly-coveted placement within their app stores in exchange for exclusivity. As a classic example, WSJ notes… Read More

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Microsoft Bing starts predicting outcome of ‘The Voice’ and other shows using search and social data

Can a search engine tell you the outcome of your favorite TV competition before it even happens? Microsoft believes it can. The company this morning is launching a new feature for its Bing search engine that analyzes search queries and data from social networks to predict the winners and losers of television shows in which the outcome… Read More

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Google sells out of its one-day supply of Glass

Google says it ran out of slots for people interested in purchasing Google Glass during a one-day promotion Tuesday when the head-mounted device was available for sale to the public. Like previous buyers of Google’s hardware, purchasers from this latest round had to pay $1,500 plus tax for the latest “Explorer Edition” hardware in their choice of… Read More

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Google to buy solar-powered drone maker Titan Aerospace

Google has reached an agreement to acquire Titan Aerospace, a New Mexico-based company that builds solar-powered drones, according to a statement from Google emailed to GeekWire. Titan builds a pair of drones, named the Solara 50 and the Solara 60, that use solar panels and batteries to stay aloft without needing to recharge. The company… Read More

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Google Glass has to get real before it gets sold

When I saw that Google would hold the Seattle stop of its Google Glass open house tour at Sodo Park last weekend, I was impressed. Finally, I thought, the device that’s been barraged by public controversy will go out in public. Moms might pull over with their strollers. Old men might try them on and… Read More

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Amazon, Facebook, Google and other tech companies deploy fixes for ‘Heartbleed’ bug

Amazon Web Services has rolled out fixes for several of its online services to address the “Heartbleed” vulnerability that has roiled the Internet this week with reports that hackers can use the flaw to access account information and passwords. It’s one of many technology companies that have been scrambling to roll out updates to fix the… Read More

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GeekWire Radio: Facebook + Oculus, Google Chromebook at college, and the meaning of Microsoft Office for iPad

We have lots to talk about on the GeekWire radio show this week, starting with Facebook’s surprising acquisition of Oculus, the virtual-reality technology company, for a whopping $2 billion. What does Mark Zuckerberg have in mind here? Facebook’s long-term relevance, for starters. From there we delve into one of the more intriguing stories of the… Read More

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Microsoft ‘Scroogled’ ad lambasting Google wasn’t misleading, regulator rules

A UK advertising regulator ruled that a Microsoft “Scroogled” radio ad attacking the way Google scans user email was not misleading, despite two complaints against the Redmond software giant. The ad, part of Microsoft’s ongoing “Scroogled” campaign that lambasts Google’s privacy policies, uses a Pig Latin voiceover to show how Microsoft offers better email security…. Read More

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Google exec: Cloud business will be ‘easily bigger’ than online advertising

SAN FRANCISCO – When it comes to the cloud, Google is taking the long view. Urs Hözle, Google’s Senior Vice President for Technical Infrastructure, said during today’s Google Cloud Platform Live Conference that, while people using the public cloud make up a minority of developers and IT professionals right now, cloud services will continue to grow… Read More

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Gmail steps up security with always-on HTTPS

Gmail users can rest a little bit easier today after Google announced that users sending and receiving email through its service will have their messages encrypted using HTTPS. Most users won’t experience much for change. Google enabled HTTPS encryption for Gmail users at the service’s launch, and made encryption the default for Gmail users in… Read More

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Icahn now in favor of eBay having partial custody of PayPal

Let the custody battles begin. Shareholder activist Carl Icahn reversed course today, saying he no longer supported the idea that PayPal be completely spun off from eBay. Since January, Icahn has been pressuring the online retailer and payments company to sell its fast-growing payments business, and has been critical of how well the company’s board has… Read More

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Eric Schmidt says students should use Google Docs over Office ‘because it’s free!’

Why use Google Docs over Microsoft Word? According to Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt, there’s a very simple answer. As a part of CNN’s ongoing “Chicagoland” documentary series, cameras followed Schmidt, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and IBM exec Stanley Litow into one of Chicago’s IBM-funded technical schools. As a part of the executives’ visit, a teacher… Read More

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OK Google, make me a smartwatch: ‘Android Wear’ brings Google’s mobile OS to the wrist

Google announced today that it’s launching Android Wear, a version of its mobile operating system that’s designed to work with smartwatches to give users access to notifications and data from their phones on their wrists. The system is designed to give users an easy way to look at information from their smartphone without pulling it… Read More

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Workers report increased productivity after Google chat services suffer outage

Several Google services from Hangouts to Gmail Chat went down Monday morning, causing some stress — as well as better productivity — for those that rely on the tools to communicate. The Google Apps Status Dashboard shows “service disruption” for Hangouts, Google Spreadsheets and Google Talk, all of which have been down for the past hour or… Read More

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Google Cloud Platform roadshow aims to lure companies from Azure, AWS

Google’s cloud services team is going on an international tour in a bid to bring companies onto its cloud services platform, the company announced today. Following its Google Cloud Platform Live conference later this month, representatives from the company’s cloud team will visit 25 different cities in Europe, Asia and North America. The roadshow is… Read More