17 May 2013

Google still leading the pack in tech

Google announces multiple new services this week--

Google gives Google+ a facelift, enhances photo features
Los Angeles Times
Google is taking significant steps to differentiate Google+ from Facebook by adding dozens of new features, redoing the social network's design and adding a handful of tools that will make it easier for users to upload photo albums. In total, Google+ is being ...

Google's Glass Developer Kit, video streaming on deck
ZDNet
Summary: Timothy Jordan, senior developer advocate at Google for Project Glass, noted new developer tools as it builds the Google Glass ecosystem on the fly. Larry Dignan. By Larry Dignan for Between the Lines | May 16, 2013 -- 17:46 GMT (10:46 PDT) ...


Google Maps to get big, personal redesign
CNN
(CNN) -- Google Maps are getting personal. The next version of the widely used maps tool, previewed on Wednesday at the Google i/o conference in San Francisco, will soon have a different look and some splashy new features including displays of real ...

Page preaches possibilities of tech, cries 'mercy' on tech squabbles
CNET (blog)
At Google I/O, Larry Page preaches a tech fantasia. The CEO charms the Google faithful in an informal Q&A to wrap up the I/O keynote, but his answers cleverly complain about industry backstabbing while promising a utopia driven by tech. Seth Rosenblatt ...

Google Makes Music: Takes on Spotify in the Streaming Business
U.S. News & World Report
It's the equivalent of a modern-day land rush as digital companies scramble to stake their claims on the streaming music business. Google is getting mass attention for its Wednesday announcement of its online All Access streaming service. Apple is ...

Amazon UK paid £2.4m tax last year, despite £4bn sales
BBC News
Revelations about the tax arrangements of companies including Amazon, Google and Starbucks have sparked a debate about tax avoidance in the UK. Matt Brittin, head of Google's northern European operations, is expected to be questioned by MPs later on ...

Google denies trying to disguise how it operates to minimise tax bill
The Guardian
Appearing before the Commons public accounts committee, the Google vice-president Matt Brittin insisted he stood by evidence he gave last year that all the firm's advertising in Europe was sold through its offices in Ireland. But in a series of testy ...

Apple target of Senate hearing on offshore taxes
Politico
Apple has a reported $100 billion in offshore funds. The hearing is part of the panel's continued examination of how companies shift profits offshore and how that impacts the tax code. Representatives from Microsoft and Hewlett-Packard testified in ...

Google announces e-mail money transfers for Google Wallet
CNET
On Wednesday, the company made three announcements at its Google I/O developer conference with regard to Google Wallet that take the service well beyond specialized tap and go technology to make Google Wallet more usable on the Web.

In Microsoft vs. Google, YouTube Returns as Battleground
Wall Street Journal (blog)
The YouTube flap has become a centerpiece of Microsoft's myriad complaints about Google.Microsoft has said Google isn't providing access to YouTube data in the same way it has forApple's iPhone and for smartphones powered by Google's own Android ...

Google I/O: The end of search as we know it?
Washington Post
In a demonstration, Google Vice President Joanna Wright asked Google Search to send an e-mail to a friend using only the person's first name, which the program was able to do. That's similar to what Apple's offered on the iPhone with its Siri program ...

Google takes on AWS, Azure virty servers with micro billing and fat disks
Register
... president for technical infrastructure, discussed Google's Cloud Platform, revealing enhancements to Compute Engine, a service launched in June 2012, which competes with Amazon EC2, MicrosoftAzure Compute, Rackspace Cloud, and a slew of others.

Google Lat Long: Meet the new Google Maps: A map for every ...
By Lat Long
Like a friend drawing you a map to her favorite restaurant, with only the roads and landmarks you need to get there, the new Google Maps instantly changes to highlight information that matters most. And the more you interact with the map, the ...
Google Lat Long


Major Redesign of Google Maps Is Unveiled - NYTimes.com
By By CLAIRE CAIN MILLER
Google is taking on a new challenge in mapping — creating real-time, personalized maps for everyone on the planet. At its annual I/O developers conference on Wednesday, Google announced a new Google Maps, rebuilt from the ground up, ...
NYT Bits

Google CEO Larry Page speaks at I/O about competition and ...
By Matthew Panzarino
He talked, in general terms, about the way that companies competed against one another, specifically calling out Microsoft when it came to moving the web forward with open standards. Which is a somewhat ironic statement given that Google ...
The Next Web

Google's Three-Hour I/O Keynote Boils Down To These Highlights ...
By Drew Olanoff
To make their apps better, Google introduced a new tool called the Android Studio, which makes developing in multiple languages and for multiple screen sizes easier than ever. The takeaway is that Android is massive, is giving Apple a run ...
TechCrunch

Send money to friends with Gmail and Google Wallet | Official Gmail ...
By The Gmail Team
Posted by Travis Green, Product Manager, Google Wallet Paying back your friends is now as simple as sending an email, whether you're chipping in for lunch or reimbursing your roommate for your share of the rent. Google Wallet is now ...
Official Gmail Blog


Official Blog: Live from Google I/O: Mo' screens, mo' goodness
This morning, we kicked off the 6th annual Google I/O developer conference with over 6,000 developers at Moscone Center in San Francisco, 460 I/O Extended ...
googleblog.blogspot.com/.../live-from-google-io-mo-screens-...

Hangouts (replaces Talk) - Android Apps on Google Play
Connect with friends across computers, Android and Apple devices. Brought to you by Google. ○ Say more with photos and emoji. ○ See when people are ...
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google...

Send money to friends with Gmail and Google Wallet | Google ...
Google Wallet is now integrated with Gmail, so you can quickly and securely send money to friends and family directly within Gmail — even if they don't have a ...
googlecommerce.blogspot.com/.../send-money-to-friends-with...

The new Google Maps – On Browser – Hello World – Google Maps
Discover the world with Google Maps. ... The new Google Maps draws you a tailored map for every search and click you make. ... Apple, the Apple logo and iPhone are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.
maps.google.com/help/maps/helloworld/desktop/preview/

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