Today, 5:10 PM
- The city has been in Google's (GOOG, GOOGL) sights for a while and it now marks the seventh location Fiber is available in.
- Google recently sought authorization to conduct radio experiments using transmitters, seemingly looking for a more efficient and inexpensive way to grow the offering.
- Further expansion plans
- Salt Lake city sign-ups
Today, 12:34 PM
- Tom Moore, co-founder of WildBlue Communications (acquired by ViaSat in 2009), will take over the role formerly held by Mike Cassidy.
- X (GOOG, GOOGL) head, Astro Teller: "Tom’s valuable industry experience will help launch us into the commercial stage. We’re looking forward to working with telcos around the world to integrate Loon with their networks."
- Moore: "Billions of people still lack affordable, reliable access to the educational, cultural, and economic opportunities of the Internet, largely due to the costs and challenges of connecting rural and remote parts of the globe. The world needs fresh approaches like Project Loon, which can help overcome terrestrial obstacles like mountains and jungles, and has made far more progress than anyone would have expected.”
- The division additionally announced the project's balloons have traversed over 17M kilometers, some remaining afloat for over 100 days, and noted a Puerto Rico test site's capacity to launch balloons on every-thirty-minute intervals.
Today, 10:18 AM
- Google (GOOG, GOOGL) plans to remove the mobile-friendly label it started adding to pages two years ago, noting 85% of pages now meet the company's criteria for receiving the tag. Mobile-friendliness will, however, remain a factor in determining results positioning.
- The company additionally plans to devalue pages utilizing intrusive popups and interstitials, citing "the need to broaden our focus to interstitials more generally." This initiative will begin on January 10, 2017.
Yesterday, 1:37 PM
- The report notes Google (GOOG, GOOGL) will promote Hulu projects and produce VR videos in coordination with YouTube creators. Partnerships with video-game makers and sports leagues are also cited.
- Netflix, HBO, IMAX and others were already announced as partners for the Android-powered platform at Google's I/O event earlier this year.
- Daydream is expected to go live in coming weeks.
Thu, Aug. 18, 3:10 PM
- Google (GOOG, GOOGL) Developers' blog post notes the space will be used for collaborating and hosting events including Google Developer Group community meetups, Codelabs, Design Sprints, and Tech Talks. The latest Launchpad Accelerator class will additionally make use of the area.
- The move is furthermore an effort by the company to cater to emerging-market developers and startups that "often lack access to the resources and network we have here."
Wed, Aug. 17, 1:25 PM
- Google (GOOG, GOOGL) is adding the ability to share summaries of a student's work on Google Classroom automatically with parents. The summaries also include class announcements that can be received daily or weekly after being invited by a teacher.
- Document annotations are similarly being added to the Classroom mobile app to create what Google calls a "portable classroom whiteboard." Teachers are able to grade and write on student's work using the feature.
- More Expeditions are being added, marking 200 potential locations for virtual field trips.
Wed, Aug. 17, 11:37 AM
- The $6.75M figure was assessed last Thursday after Google (GOOG, GOOGL) was found to be in violation of the country's antitrust regulations last September.
- Talks to settle the matter amicably were reportedly considered, though today Russia's Federation Antimonopoly Service stated: "The Court of Appeal upheld the decision of the court of first instance in force, confirming the legality of the decision and the requirements of FAS Russia. The prescription period set by it must be fulfilled by Google in its entirety. We are confident that the requirements create fair conditions for effective competition in the rapidly growing market for mobile applications."
- Stemming from a complaint originally filed by Yandex, a spokesperson for the Russian company commented: "We are satisfied with today’s Moscow Arbitration Tribunal decision. This decision confirms the FAS findings of the investigation into Google’s anti-competitive practices on Android."
- Though a marginal sum for the company, a trend of recent antitrust issues continues with South Korea and the European Commission on watch as well.
Tue, Aug. 16, 3:33 AM
- Google (GOOG, GOOGL) is trying again with a new video chat application called Duo, which works with both Android and iOS devices.
- The app runs on Wi-Fi and cellular networks, automatically switching between different speeds of connection to adjust video quality.
- Duo also uses phone numbers, rather than Gmail addresses, and has a "knock knock" feature that displays a live video preview of who is calling.
Mon, Aug. 15, 3:59 PM
- Google (GOOG, GOOGL) announced Google+ will no longer support its Hangouts On Air product as of September 12. It will continue to exist instead under YouTube Live.
- The move appears a logical consolidation as Google continues to diminish attention to Google+ while simultaneously enhancing its YouTube offering that figures to see increased live-streaming focus going forward.
Mon, Aug. 15, 1:39 PM
- Google (GOOG, GOOGL) is working on "a new Operating System" with the code repository available here.
- Details on what the system is for have been gleaned from the tools used to build it.
- Most distinctly, the operating system is not being built on a Linux kernel, something Google's existing Android and Chrome OS systems are based on. Fuchsia instead has Magenta at its core.
- While details from Google are limited (an employee has stated the system will be available on Raspberry Pi 3), suggestions the project is an attempt to support IoT machines, merge Android and Chrome OS, run more efficient software on low-power devices and scale across mobile and desktop have been made.
Fri, Aug. 12, 4:22 AM
- South Korea's antitrust watchdog is looking into whether Google (GOOG, GOOGL) violated the country's anti-competition laws, officially confirming its scrutiny of the global internet search group for the first time.
- The news comes a day after Russian officials fined Google $6.8M for abusing its market position with Android, a relatively small penalty that nevertheless represents a growing list of regulatory problems for the tech giant.
Thu, Aug. 11, 10:06 AM
- Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) (NASDAQ:GOOGL) is being assessed the penalty after a complaint was filed by Russian company Yandex stemming from Google's requirement for mobile-devices powered by its Android operating system to pre-install some of the company's services. The complaint argued third-party services, like Yandex, were not given the same privilege.
- Google was found last September to have violated rules related to the objection.
- The fine amount was determined as a portion of Google Play sales in the country, though an exact breakdown has not been disclosed.
- An appeal of the case is set to continue August 16 and talks to settle the matter amicably are additionally said to be under consideration.
- Google has also run into antitrust issues with the European Commission in recent months.
Thu, Aug. 11, 2:05 AM
- The founder and chief of Google Ventures, Bill Maris, is leaving the venture capital firm, Recode reports.
- He'll be the third high-ranking executive to depart from an Alphabet (GOOG, GOOGL) unit in recent months, as the tech giant continues to stumble through the transition into its new corporate structure.
- Sources say Maris will be replaced by GV managing partner David Krane, effective Friday.
Wed, Aug. 10, 6:10 PM
- Google (GOOG, GOOGL) is requesting the approval to explore the initiatives for a 24-month period.
- The move appears an effort to determine methods of broadening the reach of Google Fiber in a more efficient, more inexpensive way. Some of the locations proposed for testing include New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Phoenix and Las Vegas. It is looking to test between 3.4 GHz and 3.8 GHz bands.
- Google acquired high-speed internet company Webpass in late June. The company specializes in developing wireless broadband technology to elude the physical infrastructure costs of building a traditional high-speed network.
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Tue, Aug. 9, 12:01 PM
- Google (GOOG, GOOGL) continues to give the Olympics a bit of extra attention throughout its product offerings, today unveiling a dedicated Rio Olympics 2016 Search Trends section.
- The company notes search insights, data interaction and trending lists regarding anything related to the Olympics as discoverable.
- Google Trends Explore is also newly redesigned with a color-coded map and other freshly-introduced features.
- Google's Search and Maps products have similarly received their own unique Olympic-specific adjustments in recent weeks.
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