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Google, mobile and the next billion

by Gizmoration March 1, 2015
The change in Google’s narrative over the past few months has been very interesting to watch. The recent “Peak Google” proclamations remind me of Facebook’s post-IPO narrative in 2012. Conventional wisdom back then was that Facebook’s decline was imminent as mobile was not a meaningful part of their revenue. Of course, Facebook’s app install ads and other [...]

An insider’s look at the tumultuous launch of Google Glass

by Gizmoration February 28, 2015
It’s been more than a month since Google announced that it was going to stop selling its wearable headset Google Glass. We spoke to source close to the situation about what it was like watching the product go from beta to off the table — Here’s their timeline of Glass’s rise and fall: In spring [...]

Twitter has one major advantage over Google and Facebook (TWTR)

by Gizmoration February 28, 2015
As of November, Twitter had just 60,000 advertisers, which is small fries compared to Google (4 million) and Facebook (2 million). But Twitter has one big advantage: It makes much more money per advertiser than either of those giant internet companies. Based on data from Macquarie Securities and company filings charted for us by BI [...]

Do you remember what Facebook, YouTube and Google looked like years ago?

by Gizmoration February 28, 2015
The Internet has evolved at an incredible pace. Websites that looked amazing less than a decade ago are absolutely hideous by today’s standards — even the websites that are now worth billions of dollars. Continue reading…

Infamous ‘revenge porn’ kingpin asks Google to remove ‘unauthorized’ pictures of him from searches

by Gizmoration February 27, 2015
It looks like one of the Internet’s biggest scumbags is trying to exercise his “right to be forgotten.” Ars Technica reports that Craig Brittain, the former proprietor of a “revenge porn” website, has filed requests under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) to have Google remove 23 links that contain accounts of his past actions, including a link [...]

Google Cloud Platform gets a new incident reporting dashboard

by Gizmoration February 27, 2015
If you’re a developer using Google’s Cloud Platform, the company is introducing a new tool you’ll likely find handy. You can now view a Web dashboard to check status updated on Cloud Platform services. Current service status is shown with a column of green indicators on the right side of the dashboard’s graph.  Whenever a service [...]

Here are the latest rumors on the next Google Nexus phone

by Gizmoration February 27, 2015
Google will likely unveil new Nexus devices at some point in late 2015, but the rumor mill has already started churning out reports about them, with particular focus on the Nexus 6 successor. A source in China, who revealed via Weibo that a local smartphone manufacturer might partner up with Google for the next Nexus smartphone, [...]

Google chief economist: Don’t fear the robots

by Gizmoration February 27, 2015
Google chief economist Hal Varian says that we’re grossly underestimating the productivity benefits we’re getting from robots and other forms of automation. Speaking at a Churchill Club forum in San Francisco last night alongside Paul Thomas (Chief Economist, Intel) and Jaana Remes (Partner, McKinsey Global Institute), he mentioned on multiple occasions that he views productivity [...]

Google caves to porn lovers, rescinds Blogger ban on adult content

by Gizmoration February 27, 2015
In an about-face due to widespread pressure from the blogosphere, Google said Friday that it is rescinding its move to bar sexually explicit content on its free blogging platform, Blogger. Wikipedia Google announced Tuesday that starting March 23, bloggers using its platform would no longer be permitted to “publicly share images and video that are sexually explicit [...]

Google is proposing a crazy new futuristic campus – here are some awesome renders

by Gizmoration February 27, 2015
Apple has gotten a lot of attention for the work it’s doing with its so-called “Spaceship” campus but it turns out Google is looking to build an insane-looking futuristic campus of its own. Google on Friday revealed plans to build a massive new campus in the North Bayshore area of Mountain View, California and it [...]

Big, beautiful renderings of the stunning new campus Google is planning in California (GOOG)

by Gizmoration February 27, 2015
Google just announced details about the beautiful new campus it’s planning to develop in Mountain View, California.  The company is submitting plans to develop four sites in Mountain View’s North Bayshore. It will be the first time Google has built offices from scratch, instead of taking over previously existing buildings. This campus is designed by Bjarke Ingels [...]

Google Unveils Plans For Flexible, Biodome-Like Headquarters in Mountain View

by Gizmoration February 27, 2015
 Google just unveiled plans for a new headquarters that looks like a series of canopies or even almost geodesic-dome like formations down in Mountain View. It’s the first time the company has designed and built offices from scratch. They’re partnering with Bjarke Ingels at BIG and Thomas Heatherwick at Heatherwick Studio will lead to a better way of [...]

Google Maps for iOS adds POI quick facts, upcoming events for select venues, more

by Gizmoration February 27, 2015
Google is packing even more useful information into the latest version of its Maps app for iOS. Google Maps 4.3.0 for iPhone and iPad adds several contextual data points to locations like nearby businesses for address searches, quick facts for notable locations, and even event information for select venues. As you can see with the Empire [...]

Google just bought the entire .app web domain for $25 million

by Gizmoration February 27, 2015
Fancy a .app web address? You’re going to be buying it from Google. The search giant has splashed out just over $ 25 million on the entire .app web domain, which is around $ 19 million more than any other company has paid for a top-level domain so far. The actual figure Google paid to the Internet Corporation [...]

Google just bought the entire .app web domain for $25 million

by Gizmoration February 27, 2015
Fancy a .app web address? You’re going to be buying it from Google. The search giant has splashed out just over $ 25 million on the entire .app web domain, which is around $ 19 million more than any other company has paid… Read more ›

Google may have chosen an unlikely partner for the next Nexus

by Gizmoration February 27, 2015
Every year Google recruits a partner to help it create its next Nexus devices – so far we’ve seen products from HTC, Samsung, LG, Motorola and Asus. The latest in the smartphone range was made by Motorola and turned out to be the Nexus 6. A new report found on the Chinese social networking website [...]

Google has taken a massive U-turn over banning porn on Blogger (GOOG)

by Gizmoration February 27, 2015
Earlier this week Google announced plans to change its content policy on Blogger. In a statement posted online, the company said that from March 23 this year users “won’t be able to publicly share images and video that are sexually explicit or show graphic nudity.” But Google has changed its mind, Engadget reports. Google came under fire from some [...]

Google will allow sexual content on Blogger after all

by Gizmoration February 27, 2015
Three days ago Google announced that any Blogger blog found to contain nudity or explicit content would be converted into a private blog that only the owner could see. Unsurprisingly, this move wasn’t well received by the Blogger community, and today Google has backtracked. Writing on the Google Product Forums, Jessica Pelegio, Social Product Support [...]

Google Maps for iOS update brings calendaring and event information upgrades

by Gizmoration February 27, 2015
Google Maps has today started rolling out an update to the app on iOS that bumps it to version 4.3.0. Most notably, it allows you to add public transport directions to your calendar. Alongside general bug fixes, the improvements include being able to see businesses nearby if you are searching for an address and getting quick [...]

Google rolls back its decision to block adult content on Blogger

by Gizmoration February 27, 2015
After announcing that it would begin blocking sexually explicit content on its blogging platform from March 23, Google has decided to drop its plans to do so. The company said that it had received plenty of feedback against its move to block adult images and video on Blogger. Users said that such censorship would negatively impact those [...]

 
 
 
 

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