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  • May 17, 2017
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The Google iPhone search dilemma. It’s a doozy

  17 May 2017 – At my readers know, every February I attend the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona (run by the GSMA). It is an enormous event: 5 days; 110,000+ visitors: 2,900 exhibitors; 167 educational sessions, etc., etc. It is exceeded only by the “mega” event I attend at the end of the year, the […]


Google releases an open source font that supports 800 languages

  11 October 2016 – Google has been working on the project over the past five years in collaboration with Monotype in hopes of eradicating so-called “tofu” — the blank boxes you see when a PC or website can’t display a particular text — from the web. Noto, or No more tofu, is Google’s answer, and it’s […]


  • Sep 21, 2016
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Google’s Assistant: the tech giant’s big bet on artificial intelligence

  Alphabet is set to reveal its foray into conversational computing in the coming weeks   Courtesy of the Financial Times   21 September 2016 – Google’s big bet on computers that can teach themselves is about to face its most significant examination. “Machine learning” has brought artificial intelligence (AI) back into the technology mainstream which, […]


  • Sep 19, 2016
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Google “Trips” launches, “Destinations” expands, as Alphabet focuses on travel [with VIDEO]

  19 September 2016 – Google has created a travel app that organizes flight, hotel, car and restaurant reservations with offline accessibility a main highlight. Says Google: “Google Trips is a personalized tour guide in your pocket. Each trip contains key categories of information, including day plans, reservations, things to do, food & drink, and more, […]


  • Feb 3, 2016
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This should be good: Google to take “Apple-like” control over Nexus phones

  3 February 2016 – According to a report in one of our favorite reads The Information, Google CEO Sundar Pichai wants the company to take greater control over development of their Nexus smartphones. When producing Nexus phones, Google has always partnered with manufacturers, like Samsung, LG, and HTC, who actually built the devices. Rather than creating […]


  • Sep 24, 2015
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European researchers claim Google charges advertisers for YouTube views that its systems realize are fake

  23 September 2015 – European researchers have claimed that Google charges advertisers for YouTube views that its systems realize are fake. Viewing counts can be juiced up by automated “bots” that “look” at videos hundreds of times, and video platforms that charge for the ads on those videos should be able to detect when […]


  • Aug 1, 2015
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Meanwhile, Google has set up its own car company ….

  1 August 2015 – An interesting piece in The Guardian this weekend discussing documents it uncovered that showed the firm quietly established Google Auto LLC back in 2011. Google Auto is a registered passenger vehicle manufacturer and got Californian licensing last year. While Google Auto is currently all about making research prototypes rather than consumer vehicles, […]


  • May 17, 2015
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European telecoms contemplate blocking mobile ads. What’s the potential effect on Google? And Verizon?

  18 May 2015 – An interesting story surfaced last week that may have a big impact on both advertisers and end-users who use their phones as portals to ad-supported websites. Several European telecom providers are apparently planning to use ad-blocking software at the data-center level, which would mean benefit for users (in the form of less […]


  • Oct 4, 2014
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Samsung paid Microsoft $1 Billion last year for Android royalty … and such NASTY language!!

  4 October 2014 – In a glimpse of the financial stakes in the smartphone-patent wars, Microsoft said yesterday that Samsung Electronics paid the software giant more than $1 billion for an annual fee to use Microsoft technology in Samsung phones. Samsung sells smartphones and tablets powered by Google’s Android software. But Microsoft has said some of its patents […]


  • Jul 31, 2014
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You just CANNOT make this stuff up: “Convicted and accused mass murderers seek to intervene in the Apple/Google anti-poaching case”

    31 July 2014 – As most of you know, there was a raging class-action lawsuit alleging that a quartet of Silicon Valley’s biggest tech companies … Apple, Google, Intel and Adobe … colluded not to recruit each other’s employees. The case settled this past April. The settlement papers are now under review by the […]


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