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The latest news bites emanating from the Googleplex.

Google Play Geared to Boost Google's Digital Content Services

March 07, 2012 12:03 AM
The Google-watching world has been abuzz since yesterday about Google Play. No, it's not a new streaming music service from the search giant, though you'd be forgiven for thinking so. Actually, the irony is that the moniker is indicative of how Google is trying to rationalize some

Google Assistant, Majel Rumor Par for the Course

March 06, 2012 12:03 AM
Far be it for me to throw cold water on the prospect of exciting new software from Google, but the Google-is-building-a-Siri-rival meme is wearing thin on me. I noted last year how the smart speech-recognition service would be called Majel. Now TechCrunch says that name has changed to,

Chrome Enables Browsing for U.S. State Department

March 05, 2012 12:03 AM
Google's Chrome browser adoption can be counted in the 200-plus million download range, but it helps to have big organizations embrace the browser. This is super challenging at a time Microsoft Internet Explorer remains the de facto browser for the Windows PCs that orgs and businesses buy.

Why Google's Display Ad March Could Grind to a Halt

March 02, 2012 12:03 AM
"Do Not Track" presents some interesting obstacles for Internet giants that rely on Web advertising, with Google poised to be significantly impacted in the display ad market. A quick refresher: Do Not Track will allow Internet users to add a Do Not Track header from browsers such as

Android Smartphone Costs Dropping Big Time, Says Schmidt

March 01, 2012 12:03 AM
Much of Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt's keynote discussion at Mobile World Congress Feb. 28 concerned very forward-looking, sci-fi-type stuff. Sample: People will deploy robots on their behalf to conferences and concerts when they can't be both places at once. People will experience both activities through the robot

Google+ a Ghost Town of User Engagement?

February 29, 2012 7:02 AM
Google CEO Larry Page said during his last earnings conference call that Google+ has more than 90 million users. He declined to reveal the user engagement of those users. Now comScore reveals that Google+ users only spend an average of three minutes there a month, compared with 405

Google, Evil and the Binary Curse

February 28, 2012 12:02 AM
The whole "Is Google Evil?" meme has grown to be a ridiculous, farcical debate, prone to solemn punditry by some of the most authoritative voices in high tech. I've defended Google countless times here, but I've never subscribed to the notion that Google is good, much less evil. No

Apple Chomps Into Google's Jelly Belly With App Search

February 27, 2012 12:02 AM
Apple is finally doing search, or at least search for applications, somewhat completing a debate ignited nearly two years ago by analysts and pundits. Last week, Apple acquired Chomp, whose application helps users of iOS and Android devices find an app they'd like. It's an application search app,

Google Picking Ad Sales Guy to Lead Motorola (Maybe)

February 24, 2012 12:02 AM
No one is raving about the job Motorola Mobility CEO Sanjay Jha has done in the last couple years. The last couple of quarters have been iffy as Motorola missed expectations both times. But Jha did preside over some of my favorite phones, such as the Motorola Droid

Google's Fiber Plan Taking Shape as Cable TV Power Play

February 23, 2012 12:02 AM
Google's Fiber ambitions for high-speed Internet access are slowly but surely coming together in the form of paid TV programming, and it's something we should have seen coming. Remember when we first learned of Fiber two years ago this month, when wacky political wonks jumped in shark

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