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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

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Google exec Urs Hözle: Our cloud is ‘battle-tested’ and secure

SAN FRANCISCO– As more companies move workloads into cloud services, a key problem remains: How to secure data. Urs Hözle, Google’s Senior Vice President of Technical Infrastructure, thinks Google has the advantage over its rivals in that arena because of its other consumer businesses. Speaking today at GigaOm’s Structure conference in San Francisco, Hözle said that… Read More

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Google’s Matt Cutts to search marketers: Era of shortcuts is quickly coming to an end

Hundreds of Internet and mobile search marketers are gathering in Seattle this week for SMX Advanced, learning about the latest search-engine optimization techniques and strategies for higher rankings in search results. An annual tradition at the event is the entertaining audience Q&A with Matt Cutts, the head of Google’s webspam team, which represents a critical part… Read More

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Watch out, Yelp: Amazon has been quietly collecting local reviews for a month

Amazon has quietly launched the ability for customers to write reviews for local restaurants, spas and activities, putting it squarely in competition with other online services, like Yelp, Angie’s List or Google’s Zagat. The reviews capability rolled out last month, part of an iPhone app update for Amazon Local, which sells daily deals, similar to Groupon. According to… Read More

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eBay scales back same-day delivery plans, but denies report that it’s giving up

eBay is drastically scaling back its plans for same-day delivery, but says rumors that the service is shutting down are completely false. “It’s just not true,” said Christopher Payne, an SVP and head of eBay North America, in an interview with GeekWire. “We have no plans to shutdown our same-day delivery offering.” Payne says it will continue to focus on Chicago, Dallas, New York, and the… Read More

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Google buying satellite startup Skybox Imaging for $500M

Google says it will pay $500 million in cash for Skybox Imaging, using the company’s satellites and related technology to improve its Google Maps service. The deal was announced by the search company a few minutes ago. In a post about the news, Skybox says, “We’ve built and launched the world’s smallest high­-resolution imaging satellite, which collects… Read More

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Mozilla’s Mitchell Baker: Firefox OS targets all of humanity, not just Apple iOS users

While Apple was busy in San Francisco announcing a new set of features that will wow its fan boys, Mozilla’s Chairman Mitchell Baker was in Seattle discussing devices and tools that can that support a more broader and global community. “Humanity is smart. Sometime in the technology world we think we are smarter, but we are not smarter… Read More