SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Google Inc is launching a service that lets consumers pay for live video chats with experts who can provide everything from step-by-step turkey cooking instructions to marriage counseling.
The Google Helpouts service, introduced on Monday, features roughly 1,000 partners in fashion, fitness, computers and other topics, available for live, one-on-one video consultations. The video sessions can be as short as a few minutes or can last several hours, depending on the topic, with pricing set by each individual provider.
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Google Inc’s mysterious barges, which prompted fevered speculation about everything from offshore data centers to floating research labs, may serve a more prosaic role as upscale party venues and showrooms.
The multi-story vessels made out of stacked shipping containers, one moored in the San Francisco Bay and the other at the Portland, Maine harbor, are invitation-only luxury showrooms for Google’s Glass wearable computers and other gadgets, according to local San Francisco TV station KPIX.
SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 31 (Reuters) – Google Inc on
Thursday unveiled the newest version of its Android smartphone
software, aiming to allow more smartphone users access to its
evolving menu of online services such as driving directions
The new “KitKat” version of Android will be able to run on
inexpensive, low-end smartphones as well as the most advanced
devices, Sundar Pichai, Google Senior Vice President of Android,
Chrome and Apps said at a press event in San Francisco on
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Facebook Inc posted strong growth in its mobile advertising business on Wednesday but rattled investors after saying that it did not plan to boost the frequency of ads shown to users.
Shares of the world’s No. 1 online social network soared as much as 15 percent in extended trading before suddenly falling to $47.40, down 3 percent from its $49.10 close. The stock settled at $49.16.
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Facebook Inc posted strong growth in its mobile advertising business, driving a 60 percent increase in revenue that beat Wall Street’s targets.
Shares of the world’s No. 1 online social network rose 9.4 percent to $53.60 in after-hours trading.
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – How badly does Google want to keep under wraps a mysterious project taking shape on a barge in San Francisco Bay? Badly enough to require U.S. government officials to sign confidentiality agreements.
At least one Coast Guard employee has had to sign a non-disclosure agreement with the Internet giant, said Barry Bena, a U.S. Coast Guard spokesman. Another person who would only identify himself as an inspector for a California government agency had to do the same.
(Reuters) – Google Inc on Tuesday unveiled new technology that creates polished movies, complete with music soundtracks, from collections of home videos and photos that users post on its fledgling Google+ social network.
The new features mark Google’s latest move to try and differentiate its 2-year-old social network from Facebook, the world’s No. 1 online social network with 1.15 billion users.
SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 27 (Reuters) – Facebook Inc
finally earned Wall Street’s love in the second quarter. Now it
needs to make the relationship last.
Its shares have doubled in just the last three months,
buoyed by an increasing belief among investors that Facebook has
finally struck a winning formula in mobile advertising.
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Seeking to avoid a repeat of Facebook Inc’s much-maligned public debut, Twitter Inc revealed more modest ambitions on Thursday, saying its initial public offering would raise up to $1.6 billion and value the company at up to $10.9 billion.
The valuation was more conservative than the $15 billion that some analysts had expected for the social media phenomenon.
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Facebook Inc removed a video of a woman being beheaded from its website on Tuesday and said it would use a broader set of criteria to determine when gory videos are permitted on the site.
The move came a day after a public outcry over news reports that Facebook, the world’s No. 1 social network with 1.15 billion members, had lifted a temporary ban on images of graphic violence.