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Google+ gets a major update, simpler UI and heavier focus on Hangouts (video)

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Google isn't quite calling it version 2.0, but today's update to its flagship social product is just that. As with most Mountain View projects, the new Google+ will rollout gradually, but as it does it may just lure back some of those who jumped ship early on. The UI...
Google+ gets a major update, simpler UI and heavier focus on Hangouts (video)
Want To Know What Apple Will Do Next In Mobile Commerce? Check Out The Pirq It’s Giving To Employees

23andMe Raises $50 Million in New Funding, Adding Yuri Milner as Investor

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Personal genomics company 23andMe, Inc. said it had raised more than $50 million in a a new funding round, a doubling of its investments so far. The new financing includes Russian investor Yuri Milner, as well as existing investors Sergey Brin of Google, 23andMe CEO and co-founder Anne Wojcicki, New...
23andMe Raises $50 Million in New Funding, Adding Yuri Milner as Investor

Google offers free online course to turn you into a 'power searcher'

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If you're game for learning some new search tricks, they may as well come from the hive mind itself. Mountain View is currently accepting registrations for "Power Searching with Google," a free-of-charge virtual course which will start on July 10th and involve six 50-minute interactive classes spread over two...
Google offers free online course to turn you into a 'power searcher'

850k Android Activations Daily, 300m Total Devices, Says Andy Rubin

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Explosive growth. That’s Android. Google’s mobile platform is up 250% over last year and, according to Andy Rubin, SVP, Mobile and Digital Content, Google is seeing 850,000 activations every day. In all he states there are 300 million Google-sanctioned Android devices roaming the world with 12 million of those being...
850k Android Activations Daily, 300m Total Devices, Says Andy Rubin
Shape Security: Kleiner Perkins & TomorrowVentures Lead $6M Round In Stealth Security Startup

How Eeve pivoted into Popset, a Y Combinator-supported group photo-sharing app

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Back in September, we reported on how Eeve was trying to do what Color couldn’t, and was seeking to throw mobile, social, photo-sharing and location together into a big melting pot to create collaborative photo experience around specific events. Well, as is the case with many fledgling startups, Eeve has...
How Eeve pivoted into Popset, a Y Combinator-supported group photo-sharing app

Google updates its campus GBikes, will provide 1,000 for employees at its headquarters

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Google has refreshed the look and model of its two-year old campus bicycles — otherwise known as GBikes — demonstrating a new design that was sourced from staffers at its Mountain View headquarters. Last autumn, Google launched a competition calling for employees to help replace its aging bikes, pushing the...
Google updates its campus GBikes, will provide 1,000 for employees at its headquarters

15 Google Science Fair Finalists and the Science in Action winners are off to Mountain View

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It’s been a fascinating two weeks for our Google Science Fair judges. They’ve been reviewing projects which try to solve myriad problems—from helping people with hearing loss enjoy music to saving water with vacuflush toilets—and they’ve been blown away by the inventiveness of the world’s young scientists. Today, they’ve selected...
15 Google Science Fair Finalists and the Science in Action winners are off to Mountain View
Genetics startup 23andMe raises $50M from Yuri Milner & others, drops price to $99

GoPro app reaches Android, captures reckless Nexus adventures

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GoPro left its Android-using audience hanging (from a paraglider) when it posted an iOS app for remote controlling its cameras, but the group won't have been in suspense for long. The action video camera maker has posted a Google-native version that covers roughly the same feature spread as its...
GoPro app reaches Android, captures reckless Nexus adventures

National Geographic TOPO! maps find their way to Magellan eXplorist GPS devices

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If you're more about the mountainous views, than Mountain View, then you might be pleased to hear that Magellan is bringing National Geographic's TOPO! maps to its eXplorist range of outdoor GPS devices. More specifically the 310, 510, 610 and 710 models. If you like the sound of the...
National Geographic TOPO! maps find their way to Magellan eXplorist GPS devices

Motorola Mobility Sheds Manufacturing Bases In China, Brazil; Singapore Electronics Maker Flextronics To Take Over Operations

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Google-owned Motorola Mobility is shedding its manufacturing operations in Tianjin, China, and Jaguariuna, Brazil — with long-time manufacturing partner Flextronics agreeing to acquire the factories and take on management and operation. The pair said employees and assets at both locations will transfer to Flextronics after the transaction closes — expected to...
Motorola Mobility Sheds Manufacturing Bases In China, Brazil; Singapore Electronics Maker Flextronics To Take Over Operations

First signs of Google's new 'semantic search' spotted, put to good use

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So, Google wasn't merry-dancing when it promised to update its search engine with new "semantic" algorithms. One of our readers sent in the screen grab above, which shows what happens when they search for "Howard Carter." In addition to all the regular links, there's a box on the right...
First signs of Google's new 'semantic search' spotted, put to good use

AT&T CEO blames Google for slow Android updates, Google fires back

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When asked about the slow roll-out of updates for its Android-powered smartphones and tablets, AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson claimed Google was at fault and the carrier could do nothing about it. “Google determines what platform gets the newest releases and when,” the executive said. “A lot of times, that’s a negotiated arrangement...
AT&T CEO blames Google for slow Android updates, Google fires back

Google brokers a deal with French publishers to immortalize out-of-print books

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Google has reached an agreement with France's publishers to scan thousands of out-of-print texts. From the terse explanation offered, it looks like Mountain View will digitize the books, but the publishers and authors will retain commercial use of them. It means those editions will presumably be sold over Google...
Google brokers a deal with French publishers to immortalize out-of-print books

Google to switch on 'semantic search' within months, emphasize things as well as words

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A search engine should be about more than just keywords. MC Hammer believes that passionately and Google must do too, because over the next few months and years it'll gradually adjust its own algorithms to put greater emphasis on "semantic search". Under this system, search queries are run through...
Google to switch on 'semantic search' within months, emphasize things as well as words
Google's Nexus 7 tablet outed before I/O

Google simulates the human brain with 1000 machines, 16000 cores and a love of cats

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Don't tell Google, but its latest X lab project is something performed by the great internet public every day. For free. Mountain view's secret lab stitched together 1,000 computers totaling 16,000 cores to form a neural network with over 1 billion connections, and sent it to YouTube looking for...
Google simulates the human brain with 1000 machines, 16000 cores and a love of cats

Google pumps cash into UK classrooms, will buy Arduino, Raspberry Pi sets for kids

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Eric Schmidt has said that Google will make cash available through its investment into Teach First to buy Raspberry Pi and Arduino units for British schoolchildren. He was at the UK's Science Museum to talk about Mountain View's partnership with the charity, which puts top university graduates into schools...
Google pumps cash into UK classrooms, will buy Arduino, Raspberry Pi sets for kids

Behind The Scenes: The Making Of Google’s Jelly Bean Android Statue

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As is customary, Google has erected a giant statue earlier today on the grounds of its Mountain View headquarters that represents the latest version of Android: version 4.1 Jelly Bean, which is expected to make its debut very shortly at Google I/O. Created by Giovanni Calabrese of Themendous, the...
Behind The Scenes: The Making Of Google’s Jelly Bean Android Statue
Google CEO Larry Page on Apple: 'Can we all just get along?'

From 0 To $1 Billion In Two Years: Instagram’s Rose-Tinted Ride To Glory

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Even now, it’s still shocking how the remarkably low distribution costs of the web can change a founder’s fate overnight. Many startups are duds, and most grow at a clip that’s just not fast enough to justify an interesting valuation. But once in awhile, a company comes along and just...
From 0 To $1 Billion In Two Years: Instagram’s Rose-Tinted Ride To Glory

Marissa Mayer Only Gave Google 30 Minutes Notice Before She Quit To Become Yahoo CEO (YHOO, GOOG)

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Google made Marissa Mayer rich and famous, and she clearly loved the place.  But when it was time to go somewhere else for a better opportunity, Mayer did not stand on ceremony. We've learned from a source familiar with the details of her dramatic hiring that Mayer only told her...
Marissa Mayer Only Gave Google 30 Minutes Notice Before She Quit To Become Yahoo CEO (YHOO, GOOG)

Google asks car makers "Ullo John, wanna self-driving motor?"

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Larry Page's tenure as Googler-in-chief has heralded the death of many ambitious experiments, but even he refuses to kill the self-driving car. His project head, Anthony Levandowski, has now asked the car makers of Detroit to sign up with Mountain View for hardware testing, saying that if driverless cars...
Google asks car makers "Ullo John, wanna self-driving motor?"

Google on a hiring spree in UK and Ireland

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The London offices that Google’s European boss says don’t do much innovative engineering is on a hiring spree — but Google doesn’t want to talk about it. Google is currently advertising for 134 positions at its locations in the capital, after posting dozens of vacancies last week. A further 156...
Google on a hiring spree in UK and Ireland

Microsoft invests $300 million in new Barnes & Noble 'strategic partnership'

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Well, that's an interesting end to all those legal tussles. Microsoft and bookseller Barnes and Noble have decided to buddy-up in the face of competitors like Amazon and Apple. The strategic partnership -- Microsoft loves 'em -- would come in the form of a new Barnes and Noble subsidiary...
Microsoft invests $300 million in new Barnes & Noble 'strategic partnership'

Google Street View gets its first underwater panoramic images, ready for desk-based scuba expeditions

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After working on its sea legs for some time, Google Street View is ready to take users on virtual scuba expeditions through six living coral reefs with the first underwater panoramic images to hit the service. In partnership with The Catlin Seaview Survey, Mountain View created the on-rails snorkeling...
Google Street View gets its first underwater panoramic images, ready for desk-based scuba expeditions

Google's gunning for web spammers, bans us from mentioning Bieber

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Google's changing its search algorithm to punish sites that emphasize search-engine optimization over quality. Mountain View's data centers will exclude sites that offer no useful content, have articles written in keyword-sprinkled gibberish or only link to sites within a cluster. If the computers find it, the site's pagerank will...
Google's gunning for web spammers, bans us from mentioning Bieber
Quik.io launches with an excuse to stay lazy: Instant streaming between devices
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