When Google first announced Google Now, lots of people called it a “Siri rival.” The two services do have some overlap, but Google Now is much more than a sassy personal assistant. Like Google itself, Now is all about using data to provide the answers you’re looking for – whether you’ve asked or not. Today iPhone users can finally get in on the Google Now fun...
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Apr 18 - Summary of business headlines: Higher earnings at Google and Microsoft could restore confidence in battered tech stocks; Apple slides further as Verizon sales signal trouble for iPhone; Stocks fall as economy trumps profits. Conway G. Gittens reports.
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Microsoft confirmed that Windows 8 users who upgrade the Calendar app will no longer be able to synchronize that schedule with the calendar included with Google Apps for Business, Academic or Government. “Google’s paying customers and those with business accounts will not be able to sync their calendars in the [Calendar] app update,” a Microsoft spokeswoman said Monday....
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Microsoft is leading a multicompany charge against Google, alleging the company committed antitrust violations and asking that European authorities investigate its mobile smartphone sales and marketing techniques. The group, called FairSearch and made up of Microsoft, Nokia and Oracle, to name just a few, said Google has crossed antitrust lines ...
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Much as he dismissed the significance of the iPhone when it first released, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer also dismissed Google’s free-to-use Android platform when it launched because Google wasn’t charging any money for OEMs to use it. In the five years since launching Android, however, it’s clear that making money from the direct sales of Android devices was never part of...
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Google on Tuesday confirmed that it has acquired social navigation company Waze. Earlier reports had suggested that Google offered to pay a whopping $1.3 billion to acquire the company, reportedly beating out both Apple and Facebook. Brian McClendon, Google’s vice president of geo-products, announced that for the time being, the Waze product development team will operate...
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From Google’s blog: “To help you outsmart traffic, today we’re excited to announce we’ve closed the acquisition of Waze.” Waze “will remain in Israel and operate separately for now,” says Google. Google Maps and Waze, outsmarting traffic together [Google]
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Microsoft’s Bing is displacing Google as the default source for searches spoken into the Siri voice assistant for iPhone and iPad.
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Google CEO isn’t very happy that Microsoft decided to integrate its Google Talk messaging service into its Outlook webmail platform without extending a similar offer to Google for the Gmail platform. Page, speaking during the Google I/O developers conference Wednesday, said that Google always pushes to have open-source platforms that other companies can use but lamented the...
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