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How’s that search alliance working out? Yahoo’s U.S. search share hits all-time low as Microsoft Bing grows

Yahoo just can’t catch a break. ComScore’s new U.S. search market share numbers for June will show that the company’s piece of the market has shrunk to what one analyst calls an all-time low, according to a report by Search Engine Land. The Sunnyvale, Calif.-based company had 9.8 percent of the search market last month, which puts… Read More

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Google reports quarterly revenue of $16 billion, misses on earnings again as top business exec departs

Google announced today that it brought in $15.96 billion in revenue for the second quarter of 2014, an increase of 22 percent from the same period a year ago. That beats expectations of $15.61 billion in quarterly revenue from analysts surveyed by Thomson Reuters. The Mountain View-based tech giant also reported earnings of $6.08 a… Read More

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Amazon employees most attractive, Apple workers just average, dating app finds

The top five tech companies typically fight over who employs the biggest brains, but in this competition, they were ranked by another more superficial factor: beauty. In a peer review on Hinge, a dating app that seeks to match up young professionals, Amazon employees were found to be the most sought-after, followed by Microsoft, Google and Facebook. In dead last was Apple. As… Read More

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Amazon hires Google Glass founder to ‘work on a few other things’

Updated at 3:30 p.m. with Google’s statement below. Babak Parviz, who founded and led the Google Glass project, has left the search company’s Google X advanced research division for a new role at Amazon, he announced on his Google+ page this weekend — declaring himself “super excited” without revealing what he’ll be doing. He writes on his Google+ about… Read More

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Former Amazon employee: Disputed non-compete deal ‘excessive’ and ‘overbroad’

A former Amazon manager is responding defiantly to the company’s lawsuit over his new job at Google — further positioning his case as a new legal test for tech-industry employment agreements. A lawyer for Zoltan Szabadi, the former Amazon Web Services partnerships manager who was sued by the company after taking a job with Google, is asking a King County Superior Court judge to throw out the… Read More

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Google shuts down customer service feedback platform TalkBin

Three years after acquiring Talkbin, Google is now shutting the customer feedback platform down. Emails sent to the Talkbin support account are receiving an auto-reply message noting that the service will be shutting down next month. “TalkBin usage has dwindled over the past 2 years, and we have decided to shut down the service on July 31st,… Read More

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Poppy founders: Google Cardboard VR headset is ‘brilliant,’ but not a threat

When Google unveiled its own do-it-yourself cardboard virtual reality headset at the I/O conference on Wednesday, Joe Heitzeberg and Ethan Lowry were bombarded with messages. That’s because the Seattle entrepreneurs have a similar product in Poppy, a 3D imaging device for iPhones. People wondered whether Google Cardboard infringed on Poppy, or if Heitzeberg and Lowry were involved in some… Read More

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Android smartwatches now available for pre-order

Google announced Wednesday that a pair of square-faced Android Wear-powered smartwatches would be available for purchase on the Google Play Store, and the company has opened the floodgates to allow people to pre-order them. The LG G Watch costs $229, and is slated to ship from Google’s warehouse by July 3. It sports a 1.65… Read More

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Android Auto: Google brings its OS into cars to keep your hands on the wheel

In an effort to improve safety and help make our cars more connected, Google today announced Android Auto at its I/O conference. Google’s new initiative brings its software directly into vehicles, enabling drivers to connect their Android devices to cars with a bevy of voice-enabled tools at their disposal. Android Director of Engineering Patrick Brady noted on… Read More

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Google announces Android TV smart television platform

Google is hopping into the smart TV space once again with Android TV, a new platform to bring the company’s mobile operating system into the living room. The move, announced at the Google I/O developer conference today, will allow users to control their television from their smartphone, game controller, Android Wear smartwatch or remote control…. Read More

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Google unveils new Android Wear smartwatches

In March, Google first revealed Android Wear, the company’s interface for wearable devices like smartwatches, along with a limited developer preview. Until now, though, users haven’t been able to purchase a compatible device. David Singleton, the Director of Engineering for Android, took the stage at the company’s Google I/O developer conference today to rehash what’s… Read More

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Google’s Android chief pushes back against Apple, wishes Amazon were ‘more aligned’ with mainstream Android

When Tim Cook took the stage at Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference keynote earlier this month, he had a lot of very pointed things to say about Android. Quoting ZDNet’s Adrian Kingsley-Hughes, Cook called Google’s mobile operating system a “toxic hellstew” of security vulnerabilities. Unsurprisingly, Sundar Pichai, who heads up Google’s Android division, takes issue with… Read More

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Here’s what to expect from Google’s I/O keynote

Google’s big I/O developer conference is coming to Moscone West in San Francisco starting today, and the keynote is sure to bring some interesting information about new and upcoming products. Here’s what to expect when Google’s executives get up on stage to talk about what’s new. Android Wear Earlier this year, Google announced its own… Read More

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Google pledges $50 million to teach girls how to code

Google is investing $50 million over the next three years into its Made with Code effort, a new program that’s designed to encourage young girls to pursue computer science. The commitment comes after Google disclosed last month that just 17 percent of tech jobs at the search giant are held by women. “Nowadays, coding isn’t… Read More

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Google-owned Nest to acquire Dropcam for $555 million

The connected home space just got more consolidated. Nest, the Google-owned home automation company known for its internet-connected thermostats and smoke detectors, has purchased Dropcam, the makers of home surveillance cameras that allow customers to check in on their homes wherever they are. Nest co-founder and head of Engineering Matt Rogers said in a blog… Read More

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Google just quietly bought this stealthy Seattle startup led by ex-Clearwire researchers

Sometimes startups attract corporate attention after releasing cutting-edge products, or nailing down key customers. Others get gobbled up before they ever really get going. The latter situation appears to be the case with Alpental Technologies, a stealthy Seattle area startup that was just recently acquired by Google. Haven’t heard of Alpental? Don’t worry. Not much… Read More