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Dec 19, 2014

Google aiming to go straight into car with next Android – sources

SAN FRANCISCO/DETROIT (Reuters) – Google Inc is laying the groundwork for a version of Android that would be built directly into cars, sources said, allowing drivers to enjoy all the benefits of the Internet without even plugging in their smartphones.

The move is a major step up from Google’s current Android Auto software, which comes with the latest version of its smartphone operating system and requires a phone to be plugged into a compatible car with a built-in screen to access streaming music, maps and other apps.

Dec 18, 2014

Exclusive: Google aiming to go straight into car with next Android – sources

SAN FRANCISCO/DETROIT (Reuters) – Google Inc (GOOGL.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) is laying the groundwork for a version of Android that would be built directly into cars, sources said, allowing drivers to enjoy all the benefits of the Internet without even plugging in their smartphones.

The move is a major step up from Google’s current Android Auto software, which comes with the latest version of its smartphone operating system and requires a phone to be plugged into a compatible car with a built-in screen to access streaming music, maps and other apps. The first such vehicles will debut in 2015.

Dec 12, 2014

Facebook dumps Microsoft Web search results

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Facebook Inc (FB.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) has stopped including results from Microsoft Corp’s (MSFT.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) Bing search engine on its social networking site.

The move, confirmed by a company spokesperson, comes as Facebook has revamped its own search offerings, introducing a tool on Monday that allows users to quickly find past comments and other information posted by their friends on Facebook.

Nov 23, 2014

European Parliament may propose Google break-up in draft resolution

By Alexei Oreskovic, Julia Fioretti and Alastair Macdonald

(Reuters) – The European Parliament is preparing a non-binding resolution that proposes splitting Google Inc’s (GOOGL.O: Quote, Profile, Research) search engine operations in Europe from the rest of its business as one possible option to rein in the Internet company’s dominance in the search market.

European politicians have grown increasingly concerned about Google’s and other American companies’ command of the Internet industry, and have sought ways to curb their power. A public call for a break-up would be the most far-reaching action proposed and a significant threat to Google’s business.

Nov 21, 2014

European parliament may propose search services split in threat to Google

By Alexei Oreskovic and Julia Fioretti

(Reuters) – The European Parliament is preparing to call on regulators to consider splitting Internet search from other commercial services, according to a draft motion seen by Reuters, escalating a longstanding effort to curtail Google Inc’s (GOOGL.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) dominance of the industry.

European politicians have grown increasingly concerned about Google’s and other American companies’ command of the Internet industry, and have sought ways to curb their power. A public call for a break-up would be the most far-reaching action proposed and a significant threat to Google’s business.

Nov 20, 2014

Yahoo CEO says Firefox deal will boost search market share

SAN FRANCISCO, Nov 19 (Reuters) – Yahoo Inc struck
a deal with Firefox maker Mozilla Corp to replace Google Inc
as the default search engine on the Firefox Web
browser in the United States, a move that Yahoo Chief Executive
Marissa Mayer said will help boost its flagging search market
share.

The deal between the two companies will start in December
and is set to last five years, Yahoo said. Mayer would not
disclose the financial terms other than to say that the
partnership is a revenue sharing agreement and includes certain
“guarantees.”

Nov 17, 2014

Facebook service aimed at professionals to launch in a few months: source

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Facebook Inc’s professional version of its social network aimed at businesses will launch in the next few months, a person familiar with the matter told Reuters on Monday.

The world’s No.1 Internet social network with 1.35 billion monthly users has been quietly testing a version of its website geared toward workplace collaboration. The service, dubbed Facebook at Work, allows users to exchange messages and share documents using Facebook’s scrolling news feed and other familiar features from the consumer version of Facebook.

Nov 14, 2014

Insight: Google Glass future clouded as some early believers lose faith

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – After two years of popping up at high-profile events sporting Google Glass, the gadget that transforms eyeglasses into spy-movie worthy technology, Google co-founder Sergey Brin sauntered bare-faced into a Silicon Valley red-carpet event on Sunday.

He’d left his pair in the car, Brin told a reporter. The Googler, who heads up the top-secret lab which developed Glass, has hardly given up on the product — he recently wore his pair to the beach.

Nov 14, 2014

Google Glass future clouded as some early believers lose faith

SAN FRANCISCO, Nov 14 (Reuters) – After two years of popping
up at high-profile events sporting Google Glass, the gadget
that transforms eyeglasses into spy-movie worthy technology,
Google co-founder Sergey Brin sauntered bare-faced into a
Silicon Valley red-carpet event on Sunday.

He’d left his pair in the car, Brin told a reporter. The
Googler, who heads up the top-secret lab which developed Glass,
has hardly given up on the product — he recently wore his pair
to the beach.

Nov 12, 2014

Twitter considers crafting new apps, improving messaging

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Twitter Inc is considering creating additional mobile applications beyond its core messaging service and ways of making it easier for newcomers to use its service, as it vies with Facebook Inc and other social media for smartphone users.

Shares of Twitter were up more than 6 percent at $42.14 in midday trading on Wednesday following the comments, in San Francisco at the company’s first financial analyst day.

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