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Google Poised to Show Off Latest Devices, Services

May 15, 2013 9:10 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google is expected to use its annual software developers' conference to showcase the latest mobile devices running on its Android software, while also unveiling other features in its evolving product line-up. Google hasn't spelled out what its executives will discuss during this year's opening keynote, which is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. PT and last for nearly three hours.

How Siri, Google Now Respond to 5 Questions

April 30, 2013 9:29 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

With Google's voice assistant now available on iPhones and iPads, The Associated Press used an iPad Mini to throw five test questions at Google Now and Siri on Monday afternoon in New York. Here's what the two digital assistants had to say for themselves...

Google Now Update Hits iOS App

April 29, 2013 10:43 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Google continues to make inroads on iOS today with the launch of an update to its Google Search app. The company today announced it was adding Google Now functionality to its iOS app. Google Now is a kind of virtual assistant akin to Apple's Siri...

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Former Google CEO Shares Vision in Tech Treatise

April 22, 2013 9:59 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Some illuminating books already have been written about Google's catalytic role in a technological upheaval that is redefining the way people work, play, learn, shop and communicate. Until now, though, there hasn't been a book providing an unfiltered look from inside Google's brain trust.

Google Posts $14B in 1Q Revenue, Struggles with Mobile

April 19, 2013 10:35 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Google's first quarter revenue was up 31 percent annually to $14 billion, while net income reached $3.9 billion, but the company is still trying to sort out how best to capitalize on mobile. Shares of Google were up nearly 3 percent immediately following Thursday's earnings call. That trend continued...

Earnings Preview: Google’s 1Q Hinges on Ad Market

April 18, 2013 9:23 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google' first-quarter earnings report, which arrives after the market closes Thursday, is likely to reveal how effectively the company is managing its dominance of the Internet search market as it expands into the mobile device market.

Google’s Schmidt: More Than 750M Android Phones in Use Globally

April 17, 2013 10:06 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Google chairman Eric Schmidt estimated the global number for Android phones in use today at around 750 million. He added that Google sees 1.5 million sales or activations worldwide of Android phones every day. Speaking at the D: Dive Into Mobile event, Schmidt estimated that Android phones in use worldwide would top one billion later this year and pass two billion by 2014.

App Downloads Rise 11 Percent Quarterly, Hit $2.2B in Revenue

April 9, 2013 10:50 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

App downloads across the four leading digital storefronts totaled more than 13.4 billion in the first quarter of 2013, marking an 11 percent increase quarterly. Without revenue sharing taken into account, that total was enough to post $2.2 billion in revenue for all stores combined.

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Google's Android Target of New Antitrust Complaint

April 9, 2013 8:52 am | by Juergen Baetz, Associated Press | News | Comments

A group of companies led by Microsoft have called on European authorities to launch an antitrust investigation into Google's dominance of mobile Internet usage on smartphones. The "FairSearch" initiative of 17 companies — which includes Microsoft, Nokia, and Oracle...

Judge Deals Blow to High-Tech Workers' Lawsuit

April 8, 2013 10:43 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

A federal judge on Friday struck down an effort to form a class action lawsuit to go after Apple, Google and five other technology companies for allegedly forming an illegal cartel to tamp down workers' wages and prevent the loss of their best engineers...

Report: Google in Talks to Acquire WhatsApp for Around $1B

April 8, 2013 9:55 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Google is reportedly nearing a deal to acquire popular over-the-top messaging application WhatsApp for around $1 billion. Digital Trends is saying that the deal has been in the works for four or five weeks already and that WhatsApp is pushing to drive up the bidding price.

Facebook to Hold Android Event Thursday

March 29, 2013 10:23 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook has invited journalists to the unveiling of what it calls its "new home on Android." Next Thursday's event will be held at the company's Menlo Park, Calif., headquarters. Facebook is not providing further details. There has been speculation that the company could launch a new phone, though that's unlikely.

Calif. City Gets Free Wi-Fi Via High Tech Meters

March 27, 2013 10:15 am | by Martha Mendoza, AP National Writer | News | Comments

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — The city of Santa Clara flipped on a big Internet switch this week, becoming what it says is the first in the country to use wireless, digital "smart meters" on homes as channels for free citywide outdoor Wi-Fi.

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Google Picks 8,000 Winners of 'Glass' Contest

March 27, 2013 9:00 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google has picked out 8,000 people who will be given a chance to don a pair of Internet-connected glasses and make a fashion statement likely to be envied by gadget-loving geeks around the world. The pool selected by Google won a contest conducted last month requiring U.S. residents to submit 50-word applications through Twitter or Google's Plus.

Report: Android Tablets to Grab Market Share Lead From Apple in 2013

March 13, 2013 9:51 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Android tablets are forecast to snag a 48.8 percent share of the worldwide tablet market in 2013 while Apple will drop to 46 percent. International Data Corporation (IDC) has revised its expected global tablet shipment numbers for this year to 190.9 million from its previous prediction of 172.4 million.

Google Paying Bonuses Totaling $15M to 4 Top Execs

March 13, 2013 9:07 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Google is paying nearly $15 million in bonuses to four of the Internet search company's top executives for their performances last year. Documents filed Tuesday disclosed Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt will get the biggest award at $6 million to supplement his estimated fortune of $8 billion...

AP Source: Google to Pay $7M to Settle Wi-Fi Case

March 11, 2013 10:49 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Google will pay a $7 million penalty to settle a multistate investigation into the Internet search leader's collection of emails, passwords and other sensitive information sent over wireless networks several years ago in neighborhoods scattered around the world...

Google Cutting 1,200 More Motorola Jobs

March 8, 2013 8:43 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Google says it's cutting an additional 1,200 jobs in its Motorola division as the unprofitable cellphone maker struggles to compete. The latest reductions come on top of the 4,000 Motorola job cuts that Google Inc. announced last summer...

Google Builds White-Space Spectrum Database

March 5, 2013 10:54 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Google has unveiled a searchable map of the available white-space spectrum in the U.S. The company said this new effort is in order to help promote dynamic spectrum sharing. The FCC last month announced the public testing period of Google’s new database, which will last 45 days before the Commission will decide if the map is accurate and helpful to the general public.

China Expresses Concern Over Android Dominance

March 5, 2013 9:55 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Reuters translated the report and found that even though Android is open source, the paper asserts that Google strictly controls the core technology and technology roadmap. The report accuses Google of discriminating against Chinese developers by delaying the sharing of code and by using commercial agreements to stymie those companies’ attempts at mobile device development.

Companies Struggle to Popularize Mobile Money

March 1, 2013 10:05 am | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Mobile money may seem like a hot concept, but consumers aren't warming to it. At the world's largest cellphone trade show, here in Barcelona this week, the 70,000 attendees are encouraged to use their cellphones —instead their keycards— to get past the turnstiles at the door...

Google's Stock Price Breaks $800 for 1st Time

February 19, 2013 11:14 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google's stock price topped $800 for the first time Tuesday amid renewed confidence in the company's ability to reap steadily higher profits from its dominance of Internet search and prominence in the increasingly important mobile device market.

Google Jumps on Strong 4Q Despite Motorola

January 23, 2013 10:31 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Motorola Mobility showed up like a stain on Google’s otherwise strong fourth quarter, but investors shrugged off the handset maker’s losses. Shares of Google were up over 6 percent or $44 to $743 in early trading Wednesday. Total gross consolidated revenues were up 36 percent...

Ahead of the Bell: Google's 4Q to Give Ad Insights

January 22, 2013 10:55 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Google's fourth-quarter earnings report should provide a barometer on how much more advertising shifted to the Internet during the holiday shopping season. The results, due out after the stock market closes Tuesday, will also give investors...

Facebook Announcement Stirs More Handset Speculation

January 14, 2013 11:33 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Speculation is running rampant around the Facebook media event scheduled for tomorrow. The hubbub around a possible big announcement has even sent the company's struggling stock up above $30 per share. Perhaps the biggest surprise possible tomorrow would...

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