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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.

Jun 22, 2012

Google CEO says “nothing seriously wrong”: source

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Google Inc CEO Larry Page, who plans to skip several high-profile events in coming weeks after losing his voice, told employees there was “nothing seriously wrong with me,” according to a source who had seen an internal staff memo.

Page sat out his company’s annual shareholders’ meeting on Thursday. The 39-year-old Google co-founder is resting his voice because of an unspecified condition, and he will miss Google’s annual developer conference next week as well as its quarterly results announcement next month, executives said on Thursday without elaborating.

Jun 22, 2012

Facebook expands ad business to Zynga’s website

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Facebook Inc has begun showing ads on Zynga Inc’s website, the first time the company has distributed ads beyond the borders of its own website and raising the possibility that Facebook could eventually launch an online advertising network.

“People may now see ads and sponsored stories from Facebook on Zynga.com,” said Facebook spokesperson Tucker Bounds. He said that Facebook does not share information about people or advertisers with Zynga, and that Facebook’s advertisers do not have any new “targeting criteria.”

Jun 21, 2012

Google CEO loses voice, skips shareholder meeting

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Google Inc Chief Executive Larry Page sat out his company’s annual shareholders’ meeting on Thursday due to an unspecified condition affecting his voice that will sideline him from speaking engagements for several weeks.

Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt told shareholders at the company’s Mountain View headquarters that Page, who replaced Schmidt as CEO in April 2011, had “lost his voice” and would not be able to do any public speaking engagements for the time being.

Jun 20, 2012

Facebook provides rare peek at how site is policed

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Facebook Inc offered a rare peek on Tuesday at one facet of the elaborate system it uses to police its 900 million-user social network, as it attempts to keep it free of content it deems offensive, illegal or just plain inappropriate.

The company said it employs “hundreds” of staffers in several offices around the world to handle the millions of user reports it receives every week about everything from spam to threats of violence.

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