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Jul 1, 2014

Google buys music streaming service Songza

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Google Inc has acquired streaming music service Songza, the Internet search company’s latest move to play a bigger role in the fast-growing online music business.

Google said on Tuesday it would explore ways to incorporate aspects of Songza into its existing streaming music service over the coming months. For now the four-year-old Songza service, which creates “expert-curated” music playlists intended to match users’ activities and tastes, will remain unchanged for existing users.

Jun 30, 2014

Google to shut down social networking service Orkut in September

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Google Inc will shut down its early social-networking service, Orkut, which was launched ten years ago but has failed to put Google ahead in what has become one of the Web’s most popular businesses.

Google said it will shut down Orkut, which is widely used in Brazil and India but hasn’t caught on more broadly, on Sept. 30, to focus on its other social networking initiatives.

Jun 30, 2014

Insight – Google, Detroit diverge on road map for self-driving cars

SAN FRANCISCO/DETROIT (Reuters) – In 2012, a small team of Google Inc engineers and business staffers met with several of the world’s largest car makers, to discuss partnerships to build self-driving cars.

In one meeting, both sides were enthusiastic about the futuristic technology, yet it soon became clear that they would not be working together. The Internet search company and the automaker disagreed on almost every point, from car capabilities and time needed to get it to market to extent of collaboration.

Jun 30, 2014

Google, Detroit diverge on road map for self-driving cars

SAN FRANCISCO/DETROIT, June 30 (Reuters) – In 2012, a small
team of Google Inc engineers and business staffers met with
several of the world’s largest car makers, to discuss
partnerships to build self-driving cars.

In one meeting, both sides were enthusiastic about the
futuristic technology, yet it soon became clear that they would
not be working together. The Internet search company and the
automaker disagreed on almost every point, from car capabilities
and time needed to get it to market to extent of collaboration.

Jun 26, 2014

Google sets sights on TVs, cars and watches, beyond mere smartphones

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Google Inc’s Android software is coming to cars, televisions and watches this year, as the Internet search giant races against Apple Inc and other tech companies to extend its business into a rapidly broadening field of Internet-connected devices.

Google’s free Android software runs on more than three out of every four smartphones sold globally: a valuable entry point for consumers to access its money-making online services such as Web search and maps.

Jun 25, 2014

Google sets sights on TVs, cars and watches beyond smartphones

SAN FRANCISCO, June 25 (Reuters) – Google Inc’s
Android software is coming to cars, televisions and
watches this year, as the Internet search giant races against
Apple Inc and other tech companies to extend its
business into a rapidly broadening field of Internet-connected
devices.

At its annual developers’ conference on Wednesday, Google
said the first cars running Android Auto software for
navigation, music and messaging will hit showrooms later this
year. Samsung and LG smartwatches
running Android Wear, the version of Android tailored for
wearable devices, go on sale later Wednesday.

Jun 25, 2014

Google sets sights beyond smartphones at annual developer conference

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Google Inc, whose Android software reigns as the world’s dominant smartphone operating system, will step up efforts to make inroads into cars, televisions and other devices at its annual developer conference this week, sources familiar with the matter said.

The Internet company is racing against rivals such as Apple Inc, Samsung Electronics Co and other companies to extend its business into a broadening field of Internet-connected devices.

Jun 24, 2014

Google’s Nest opens doors to third-party apps

SAN FRANCISCO, June 23 (Reuters) – Nest, the Google
Inc-owned maker of smart thermostats and other home
automation products, will allow other companies to create apps
that communicate with its devices.

The program marks the first time Nest has allowed
third-party companies to access its gadgets, potentially opening
the door to the rich selection of apps and services that have
made smartphones popular.

Jun 17, 2014

YouTube to launch paid music service

SAN FRANCISCO, June 17 (Reuters) – Google Inc’s
YouTube said on Tuesday that it plans to launch a paid streaming
music service, amid criticism that its existing, free video
website might block the music videos of labels that do not agree
to its terms.

YouTube has partnered with “hundreds of major and
independent” music labels for the new service, the company said
in a statement, confirming long-running rumors that the world’s
most popular online video website will offer a paid music
service.

Jun 17, 2014

Facebook launches mobile app that does not require Facebook account

SAN FRANCISCO, June 17 (Reuters) – Facebook Inc
launched a smartphone app on Tuesday that will allow consumers
to exchange disappearing photos and videos without requiring
Facebook accounts, the Internet company’s latest effort to
develop mobile services beyond its core social network.

The new app, dubbed Slingshot, allows users to sign up for
the service with their mobile phone number and connect with
friends in their phone’s contact list or, if they want, by
finding their Facebook friends.

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