Post Tagged with: "Google"

Apple-Led Rockstar Consortium Sells off Smartphone Patents

The Rockstar Consortium has agreed to sell about 4,000 smartphone and other technology patents to RPX Clearinghouse for $900 million. Rockstar, which is made up of Apple, BlackBerry, Ericsson, Microsoft, and Sony, purchased the patents from the bankrupt Nortel Networks back in 2011 for $4.5 billion. RPX announced in a press release that it plans [...]

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Google Settles In-App Purchase Case for $19 Million

Google has agreed to pay $19 million to customers to settle a case about children who made in-app purchases without parental consent. The Federal Trade Commission brought the case against Google, claiming that the company did not take appropriate steps to prevent unauthorized charges. Since 2011, customers have reported children making unauthorized purchases ranging from [...]

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Google Has Strong Q2, But Loses Top Executive

Though Google is busy experimenting with self-driving cars and other projects, its core business continues to do just fine. The Internet giant reported strong revenue in the second quarter of the year and managed to beat out estimates. However, the good news was marred by the sudden departure of one of the company’s top executives. [...]

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Google Launches YouTube Video Quality Report for ISPs

Google is following in the steps of Netflix by ranking Internet service providers on whether they can deliver high-quality video-streaming for YouTube. The company has put together a Video Quality Report website which lets users see the ranking of ISPs in their area. The site also provides some information on how video-streaming gets to a [...]

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Google Purchases Songza Music-Streaming Service

Google announced on Tuesday that it is acquiring the music-streaming service Songza. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, but earlier reports suggested the price tag could be around $15 million. Songza is a free online radio service similar to Pandora. Its defining characteristic is providing context based listening by asking users why [...]

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Google Shows Off Three Android Wear Smartwatches

Android Wear, Google’s operating system for smartwatches and other wearable devices, has arrived. At the Google I/O developer conference in San Francisco this week, Google showed off three smartwatches running the OS: the LG G Watch, Samsung Gear Live, and Moto 360. LG’s watch will sell for $229, while Samsung’s device will cost $199. Both [...]

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Google Releases Android L Preview

Google’s Android operating system is the number one OS for smartphones, but the company isn’t resting on its laurels. The next generation of Android is on the horizon and the company has released a preview version for developers. While versions of Android are usually named after sweets, such as the current KitKat, so far the [...]

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Google Allows Europeans to Request Removal of Personal Data

Google is allowing European users to request that information about themselves be removed from search engine results. The introduction of this service is in response to a European court ruling that requires the search giant to delete links to results containing personal information that is inaccurate or outdated. In the decision, European citizens were granted [...]

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Google Unveils Self-Driving Car Prototype

Google has unveiled a prototype of its self-driving car. Unlike previous tests of the company’s self-driving software, which used modified versions of existing vehicles, this car was built from scratch by Google. Since it was designed from the ground up to operate independently, the car omits several of the conventional features used by human drivers, [...]

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Apple and Samsung Resume Peace Talks

Apple and Samsung are giving peace another chance. The two companies have “resumed working-level discussions” with the focus being on “how to dismiss all lawsuits,” according to a report from the Korea Times. Though Apple and Samsung have failed to reach an agreement in the past, the situation is apparently improved by a recent court [...]

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