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The latest news bites emanating from the Googleplex.

Samsung Gaining Leverage Over Google?

January 11, 2012 10:01 AM
Jean-Louis Gassée raised an interesting point about whether Samsung, which, if you believe the reports, is on pace to sell between 30 million and 35 million phones from October to December, holds some sway over Google, the steward of the Android handsets Samsung has ascended to stardom

Google, Apple Making Augmented Reality Cool Amid CES

January 10, 2012 12:01 AM
Every year for CES (the 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show, for the uninitiated), I receive scores of pitches about glasses, wrist watches and other gadgets that aim to augment reality or at least pop it out in a lively way via 3D. When I stop by these booths, I'm

Google, Apple Lead Internet Big Five

January 09, 2012 12:01 AM
John Battelle offered this great chart above summarizing by strengths and weaknesses in the areas where Apple, Microsoft, Google, Facebook and Amazon compete. He calls these the Internet Big Five. "For me, these product lines, taken together, are the basis of what we might call 'the

Google Tablet Would Have to Be Dirt Cheap and Great

January 06, 2012 12:01 AM
The Google Nexus tablet rumor I wrote about here two weeks ago after Google's executive chairman Eric Schmidt made some comments received new life from this brief DigiTimes report, which noted: Sources believe that Google will launch the own-brand tablet PC in March-April, featuring a 7-inch

Facebook Launching Google AdSense Rival in 2012

January 05, 2012 12:01 AM
On the heels of my post about Google and Facebook locked in a user engagement death match (or more appropriately, Google chasing Facebook here), John Battelle sallied forth with the prediction that Facebook would launch a third-party ad platform. As in, the one Facebook CEO Mark

Why Google Apps Need to Get Better

January 04, 2012 8:01 AM
Using his Business Insider blog operations as an example, Henry Blodget made a compelling argument as to why Google should pump more money into improving Google Apps. Blodget's predicament goes like this: Of course, because we are occasionally e-mailed Microsoft Office files and need to be able

Google, Facebook Death Match Over User Engagement

January 03, 2012 12:01 AM
Facebook is killing Google, enjoying more than 800 million users, half of whom log on to connect with family, friends and colleagues daily. This is the meme that's been boiling over from the tech press in the wake of Nielsen's latest top Web brands list. Certainly, when it comes

Samsung Galaxy S III Phones Going Quad-Core in 2012

January 02, 2012 12:01 AM
I've been off for the past week, but this report from The Next Web caught my eye. It's nothing special -- just the annual post about what Samsung is doing at Mobile World Congress in February. For this year, that includes the Galaxy S III smartphones. Recall last year

Google, Norad Track Santa and Some 2012 Predictions

December 23, 2011 9:12 AM
Google continued its annual ritual of teaming up with Norad to track Santa. Google supplies its Google Maps and Street View software for Norad's Santa Site. Starting Saturday, Dec. 24, at 2:00 a.m. EST, Santa lovers can navigate to in their Web browser to track Santa's global trip,

Firefox For Android Tailored for Tablets

December 22, 2011 6:12 AM
Anyone out there like to use Firefox on devices other than their work or home PCs? Firefox for Android, which has 5 million to 10 million users, has been tuned to work better for Android Honeycomb and future tablet builds. For example, the Awesome Screen integrates Firefox

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