Google is closing the doors on its social media service, Orkut, to focus on more profitable areas of its business. The tech giant has given users a three-month period to export profile data.
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Google has revealed profits for the first quarter of 2014 of $3.45 billion, up from $3.35 billion in the same period last year, but its average cost-per-click income has fallen by 9 percent year-over-year.
Google has unveiled a new version of its Android operating system called Android Wear, designed specifically for use in wearable devices, as the firm seeks to provide developers with tools to build apps for new hardware form factors.
Google will pay $3.2 billion to buy Nest Labs, a firm that has set out to try and improve everyday items around the home such as smoke alarms and thermostats. The deal clearly positions Google as being ready for the new era of the "connected home."
Finally, Google will allow users to download data from their Gmail and Google Calendars, a function that has long been available on many of their other services. The feature will help users who want to store an offline backup of their information.
Researchers from Trustwave's SpiderLabs have discovered a database with over 1.58 million website login details. Users of Google, Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo and LinkedIn are reportedly affected by the botnet attack.
Google has agreed to pay a settlement of $17 million to 38 U.S. states in order to end a probe into claims that it deliberately bypassed user privacy settings in Apple’s Safari browser. Google also agreed to never deploy similar tracking code again.
Data released by Google shows that requests rose from 21,389 to 25,879 between the second half of 2012 and the first half of 2013. In total 42,500 user accounts were targeted and Google said 65 percent of requests led to some data being given up.
The Android 4.4 operating system will be called KitKat. A deal with Nestlé, which owns the Kit Kat name, came about after a decision by Google to take a break from the norm and name its latest OS after a candy bar. No money changed hands.
Google appears unmoved by the threat of a potential fine of £500,000 from the Information Commissioner's Office after it was told that it needs to update its privacy policies. The data watchdog says Google’s policies aren't in line with UK law.
Google has filed a legal challenge to the U.S. government, demanding the right to reveal more information on the data requests it receives. It wants to publish how many FISA requests it receives and users or accounts encompassed within such requests.
Google is looking to bring its Trusted Stores program to the UK later this year. With thousands of U.S. retailers now signed up, the firm's UK industry retailer leader, John Gillan, is pushing to bring the service to the UK.
Eric Schmidt has defended Google’s UK tax payments, saying the firm operates within the law and is responsible for “billions” of spend in the country. The Public Accounts Committee says Google paid £6 million in taxes from revenues of £396 million.
Google has submitted a response to the European Commission. Competition Commissioner Joaquín Almunia confirmed that Google submitted the documents just in time for the deadline set by the EC. No details of the response have been made public.
Google has announced that it will be rolling out an overhaul to its image search function. This will provide a more prominent display space for selected images and a new scrolling function to make it easier to look at results.
Google controlled 88.35 percent of the search market in December, down from 89.12 percent the month before and down from 91.15 percent in December 2011. But Google's huge share, at almost nine-tenth of the entire UK market, underlines its dominance.
Google's search market share in UK is much bigger than USA. However, new data from web tracking firm Experian Hitwise found that Google's share of search queries in October 2012 dropped by one percent for a second consecutive month.
Google has announced another upgrade to its Google Drive storage and sharing tool that will allow users to post information directly into their Google+ accounts to share information such as presentations, PDFs, videos and other data with colleagues.