15 May 2013

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Google I/O 2013 LIVE--starts Wednesday, May 15 at 9 am PDT--here

Interesting--Microsoft allowing users to access and use Google Chat within Outlook.com--

Microsoft's Outlook.com adding Google Chat option despite animosity between ...
Washington Post
SAN FRANCISCO — Microsoft's disdain for Google doesn't extend to all of its rival's products. In a rare bit of cooperation, Microsoft's Outlook.com is giving users of its free email service the option of logging into Google Chat to exchange instant ...“We do not have any queasiness about adding Google Chat,” said Dharmesh Mehta, Outlook.com’s senior director. “We think it’s important to give people choice so they can make their email more personal. It also gives people one more reason to switch from Gmail to Outlook.com.”. . .

Washington Post

On eve of Google developers conference, company 'hot again' - latimes.com: "One of the main reasons Google is the company that everyone is talking about: big ideas. Google has long been known for making long-term bets on audacious ideas, some of which evolve into indispensable parts of our everyday lives: photographing every street on Earth to create a digital replica of the planet, say, or providing instant translations of websites in any language. . . ."

HTC First discontinued by AT&T: First ‘Facebook phone’ a flop | BGR: " HTC and Facebook’s little experiment is nearing its end. BGR has learned from a trusted source that sales of the HTC First have been shockingly bad. So bad, in fact, that AT&T has already decided to discontinue the phone."

Google CEO Larry Page Reveals He Has 'Vocal Cord Paralysis'
Wall Street Journal
In a blog post, Page gave a full explanation as to his condition, which started about 14 years ago and has led to him losing his voice and even skipping last year's annual meeting. Page said he was diagnosed with “left vocal cord paralysis,” which causes his ...

Video Distribution Platform Brightcove Announces A Streaming Module For Live ...
I scream, you scream, we all scream for live streaming online and mobile video. Live is becoming not just an oughta-have, but a must-have, as video distributors seek to reach an audience that isn't content to watch reruns on-demand. For sports and live ...

Netflix Dominates North American Streaming, YouTube Wins Global Crown
PC Magazine
Netflix streaming shows no signs of slowing down, with the video platform eating up almost a third of peak downstream traffic in North America, according to new stats from Sandvine. On fixed networks in North America, Netflix is the "unchallenged leader" ...

Angry Birds Maker Releasing Third-Party Games Via 'Rovio Stars'
PC Magazine
The Angry Birds franchise has been a major hit for Rovio, but now the Finnish game maker is branching out and will boost its game lineup with selections from third-party developers. The effort, dubbed Rovio Stars, is the first time that Rovio will release games ...

Twitch TV App Launches on Xbox 360
PC Magazine
Video platform and gaming community Twitch today launched on the Xbox 360 game console. Its app is available for download from the Xbox Live marketplace, but only for gold-level subscribers in the U.S.. Twitch said the move marks another step in its goal ...
Apple, Google, Microsoft, Samsung Pressed to Combat Smartphone Theft
Wall Street Journal
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is pushing makers of handsets and wireless operating system software to do more to combat the exploding theft of smartphones, as mobile operators work on a global database of stolen devices that could help ...

Why Google Should Unify Its Operating Systems
An even bigger problem is that Google doesn't offer the advantage of an integrated stack. BothApple and Microsoft have made compelling cases for integrating services across phones, tablets, and computers. Each designed its mobile devices from the ...

Amazon Introduces Amazon Coins -- Virtual Currency for Buying Apps and Games
ABC News
But Amazon also hopes the Coins will spur more paid app downloads and encourage application developers to look at Amazon's store as an even bigger challenger toGoogle's Play Store and Apple's App Store. "For you [application developers], it's another ...

ABC News

Microsoft to Name New Software Windows 8.1, and It's Free
Wall Street Journal (blog)
People familiar with the matter have said Microsoft is charging computers makers less money for software for such smaller devices, in order to make them competitive with prices of rivals Google 's 7-inch Nexus tablet has a starting price of $199, and ...

Google Combines Storage For Gmail, Drive, Photos
The maximum amount of storage Google offers is 16 TB, for $800 per month. As a point of reference, Amazon.com currently sells 1 TB hard drives for less than $80. Also, Microsoft Skydrive offers 7 GB free to new users. The change affects Google's ...

Apple chief Tim Cook charity auction stands at over $600000
The Guardian
But there isn't necessarily any expectation that Cook will spill the beans at the meeting on whatever Apple might be planning, explained Rakesh Kumar, founder of the five-strong startup Drbluetooth.com, which put forward $580,000 a week ago but was ...

The Guardian

German court says Google must act if autocomplete makes defamatory ...
Washington Post
The Federal Court of Justice upheld a complaint from an unidentified company selling nutritional supplements and its founder, identified only as “R.S.” The plaintiffs claimed that when their names were entered on Google's German-language website, ...

Washington Post

Google Commemorates The 37th Anniversary Of Atari's Breakout ...
By Drew Olanoff
Whether it was in April or May of that year, Google has decided to commemorate the occasion with a little easter egg in image search that will suck all of your free time from you. It's good to seeGoogle doing these kinds of things away from ...

Apple Continues Building iWork Team, Adds New Job Listings - Mac ...
By Juli Clover
Instead, I'm watching as Facebook, Microsoft, Google, and Samsung all make these major acquisitions --- and with far less cash than Apple. The MacPro hasn't .... Amazon Releases 'Cloud Drive Photos' App for iPhone. 4 days ago on iOS ...
MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors...

Amazon Buys Liquavista From Samsung - John Paczkowski - News ...
By John Paczkowski
Amazon on Monday said it had acquired the company, which develops low-power, high-visibility electrowetting displays. Amazon did not disclose a price, though rumors circulating in March suggested Samsung was looking for less than $100 ...

Bringing it all together: 15 GB now shared between Drive, Gmail ...
By The Gmail Team
Cross-posted from the Google Drive blog. Life gets a bit easier when your Google products work well together—whether that's inserting a Drive file into an email or sharing a photo from Drive on Google+. As this experience becomes more ...
Official Gmail Blog

Google's Developer Conference to Be Light on New Products ...
In recent years, Google's annual developers conference has emphasized new hardware rather than software. But this year, the event won't have much to show in terms of new products. Read more…
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