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Jul 16, 2012

Yahoo snags Google’s Mayer as CEO in surprise hire

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Google Inc’s Marissa Mayer will become Yahoo Inc’s new chief executive, a surprise pick for its third CEO in a year.

Mayer’s hiring, edging out front-runner and acting CEO Ross Levinsohn, helped push its shares up 2 percent to $15.97 in after-hours trading.

Jul 16, 2012

Google’s hardware makeover to get uneasy welcome on Wall Street

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Wall Street has a long-running love affair with Google the search engine. But will it feel the same way about Google the hardware maker?

Google on Thursday will report quarterly results for the first time since closing its $12.5 billion acquisition of smartphone maker Motorola in May.

Jul 13, 2012

Google’s Nexus tablet selling fast across retail chains

SAN FRANCISCO, July 13 (Reuters) – Google Inc’s
“Nexus 7″ tablet is off to an encouraging start, with major
retailers running out of the gadgets as the Internet company’s
first entry in an increasingly crowded market showed up in U.S.
stores on Friday.

GameStop said on Friday it had already run through
its first two allocations of the tablet, co-developed by Google
and Taiwan’s Asustek that starts at $199 and has drawn
glowing reviews from major gadget reviewers.

Jul 13, 2012
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Google’s Schmidt wants to put you in a self-driving car

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Google executives never miss a chance to talk up the futuristic self-driving cars the company is developing.

Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt gave an update on Google’s automotive efforts during a chit-chat with reporters at the Allen & Co conference in Sun Valley on Thursday.

Jul 2, 2012

Google sees advantage in making new gadget in USA

SAN FRANCISCO, July 2 (Reuters) – When Google Inc
decided to build its Nexus Q home entertainment device in
Silicon Valley rather than in China, it was not fretting about
the bottom line. It was fretting about speed.

“We wanted to innovate fast. This is the first end-to-end
hardware product that Google has ever put out,” said John
Lagerling, Google’s senior director of Android global
partnerships.

Jun 28, 2012

Google’s Chrome browser to be available on Apple’s iPad, iPhone

SAN FRANCISCO, June 28 (Reuters) – Google Inc’s
Chrome, the world’s top Internet browser, is now available on
the iPhone and iPad, as Apple Inc finally granted
access to its arch-foe’s more popular Web-surfing app.

At Google’s annual I/O developer conference in San Francisco
on Thursday, company executives announced the development as
well as a limited launch of a cloud-computing and hosting
service to take on Amazon.com’s thriving Web services
arm.

Jun 28, 2012

Google goes up against Amazon, Apple with Nexus tablet

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Google Inc will sell its first tablet from mid-July for $199, hoping to replicate its smartphone success in a hotly contested market now dominated by Amazon.com Inc’s (AMZN.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) Kindle Fire and Apple Inc’s (AAPL.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) iPad.

By taking a greater role in the tablet market, Google hopes to ensure that its various online services remain front-and-center to consumers amid a changing technology landscape in which tablets by Apple and Amazon are increasingly becoming gateways to the Web and Web-based content such as movies and music.

Jun 28, 2012

Google’s digital glasses move out of lab and closer to reality

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Google Inc expects to roll out a consumer version of its electronic eyewear that can live-stream images and audio and perform computing tasks in less than two years, though it stopped short of putting a price tag on the “smart” glasses.

Google Glass, as the technology is known, will be sold to consumers at a price “significantly” lower than the $1,500 that the company is selling it to U.S.-based software developers from early next year, Google co-founder Sergey Brin said.

Jun 27, 2012

Google unveils tablet to take on Apple, Amazon

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Google Inc took the wraps off its first tablet computer on Wednesday, looking to replicate its smartphone success in the tablet market despite tough competition from Apple Inc, Microsoft and Amazon.

The “Nexus 7″ tablet, built by and co-branded with Taiwan’s Asus, will begin selling for as low as $199 on the Google Play website and apps store from around mid-July.

Jun 27, 2012

Google unveils tablet to take on iPad, Kindle

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Google Inc(GOOG.O: Quote, Profile, Research) unveiled its first tablet PC on Wednesday, as the Internet company looks to replicate its smartphone success in a tablet market where it faces stiff competition from Apple Inc(AAPL.O: Quote, Profile, Research), Microsoft(MSFT.O: Quote, Profile, Research) and Amazon(AMZN.O: Quote, Profile, Research).

The “Nexus 7″ tablet, built and co-branded in partnership with hardware maker Asus (2357.TW: Quote, Profile, Research), will be priced starting at $199. Google unveiled the tablet at its annual developer conference in San Francisco.

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