After being told its antitrust concessions were insufficient, Google has increased its concessions to avoid a possible $5 billion fine from the European Commission in its ongoing antitrust review. The EC didn't reveal the latest concessions offer.
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Yahoo dethroned Google as the top destination of U.S. web users in July, comScore reported. Yahoo had an estimated 197 million unique visitors in July, compared to Google's 192 million. However, mobile device visits aren't included in those figures.
Google Maps users will now benefit from real-time incident reports from Waze users, such as accidents, road closures, and speed camera alerts. The Waze app for iOS and Android will be getting Google Search, Street View and satellite images.
The Android Device Manager feature, which is similar to Apple's Find My iPhone app, lets users of Android smartphones and tablets locate and remotely wipe the device if it is lost or stolen, a feature long called for by Android users.
Although it was widely thought that Google's three-year long antitrust review in relation to the firm blocking its rivals in search results was coming to an end, it seems not. EU regulators say Google must offer more and improved concessions.
Google Reader is no more. Google officially closed the doors on its popular RSS news reader yesterday. Today, it has posted a thank you message to its fans, and points users to alternatives like Feedly. Digg and AOL have also launched RSS readers.
Iit's unlikely the FTC will conclude that Google's Waze buyout will significant harm other mapping services such as Bing Maps and Tomtom. But the FTC will consider whether Google is buying Waze to eliminate a potential future competitor.
Google moved swiftly to get rid of the first pornographic app created for Google Glass. This was followed by a quick tweak to its Glass Platform Developer Polices to ensure that no more porn makes its way onto its augmented reality spectacles.
European Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia addressed the European parliament yesterday and said that Google's proposed changes to its search aren't good enough, and that it's unlikely to signal an end to the EC's ongoing probe into the firm.
Google Play Music All Access allows users to browse tunes by genre, with options also available to look through popular and local tracks. It also boasts a feature similar to Apple's Genius tool, designed to help users find new music.
With 500,000 downloads in nine days, only about 0.05 percent of Facebook's user base is using the service. Facebook Home hasn't had great initial reviews on the Google Play store from the majority of users. The app has a lowly two star rating.
A Japanese court has fined Google $3,100 for an autocomplete suggestion that linked an innocent man to criminal acts. Google has been asked to change its autocomplete feature, but Google isn't based in Japan, so the court can't enforce a change.
The three-year Google antitrust investigation might be over. An agreement means that Google must clearly label search results for its own services such as Google News or Google+, but it won't involve any changes to Google's search algorithm.
Microsoft is on the attack again, this time slamming Google Play for the information it shares when users buy apps. The attack ads coincide with another European antitrust complaint orchestrated by Microsoft relating to Google's Android software.
Google Keep, like rival app Evernote, allows users to jot down notes, make lists, record voice reminders and save photos that are stored on Google Drive and synced between all Google linked devices. It's available for Android and on the web.
Google pulled ad blocking app AdBlock Plus. Google says it "interferes with or accesses another service or product in an unauthorized manner", which Google said is a violation of section 4.4 of its Developer Distribution Agreement.
Google's Andy Rubin has stepped down from his role as the head of the Android mobile operating system to "start a new chapter" at the Internet giant. Rubin will be replaced by Sundar Pichai, who presently heads the firm's Chrome and Apps division.
Google Play is celebrating its first birthday today by giving away free and cheap Android applications. Well, it's not really Google Play's first birthday, but it is exactly a year since Google rebranded its Android applications store.
YouTube is reportedly planning to launch a music streaming service later this year to compete with Spotify that will be tightly knit into Google Play and the Android ecosystem, will apparently offer both free and paid-for subscription models.
Google Maps for IOS app reached 10 million downloads in just two days. Jeff Huber, SVP of Commerce and Local at Google announced the news on Google+ saying, "More than 10 million downloads in less than 48 hours after release!"