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  • Jun. 30, 2012, 3:50 PM

    Amazon Web Services (AMZN) witnesses a giant outage thanks to the storms that hit the East Coast last night. The outage affected Netflix (NFLX), Instagram, Pinterest, and many other clients. It's the second time AWS has gone down in June, and, together with a Thursday Salesforce.com (CRM) outage, drives home the reliability concerns some enterprises still have about cloud services. The outage comes days after Google (GOOG) launched a rival cloud infrastructure platform.

    | Jun. 30, 2012, 3:50 PM | 5 Comments
  • Jun. 29, 2012, 6:23 PM

    U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh has granted Apple (AAPL) a preliminary injunction on U.S. sales of Samsung's (SSNLF.PK) Galaxy Nexus phone, which it co-developed with Google (GOOG). The ruling comes two days after a preliminary injunction was granted on sales of Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1. A recent William Blair report claimed the Galaxy Nexus has been Verizon's #3 phone in June. An Apple patent covering unified voice and text search drew the injunction.

    | Jun. 29, 2012, 6:23 PM | 105 Comments
  • Jun. 29, 2012, 4:54 PM

    The FTC, which already has an axe to grind with Google (GOOG) over a number of issues, is now joining the E.U. in formally investigating whether Motorola Mobility is honoring its commitments to license patents on FRAND terms. In focus are Motorola's wide-reaching disputes (I, II) with Microsoft (MSFT) and Apple (AAPL). The ITC is also taking a close look at whether Motorola is honoring FRAND licensing obligations for certain patents.

    | Jun. 29, 2012, 4:54 PM
  • Jun. 29, 2012, 1:52 PM

    More on Apple: Though a huge Apple (AAPL) fan, Piper's Gene Munster has mixed feelings about Siri after testing it out. Munster estimates Siri was able to comprehend 83% of queries, and delivered accurate results 62% of the time compared with 86% for Google (GOOG) search (per comScore's data). Still, he thinks the Siri updates accompanying iOS 6, along with Apple's mapping solution, will result in Google's share of iOS queries falling to 48% from 60%. (previous) (Google Now)

    | Jun. 29, 2012, 1:52 PM | 12 Comments
  • Jun. 29, 2012, 12:05 PM

    Two new tablet rumors reported by Digitimes: 1) Google (GOOG) will follow up on the launch of the Nexus 7 tablet by introducing a 10" model that uses touch panels from AU Optronics (AUO) and Wintek (this sounds believable, particularly given the Nexus 7's name). 2) A Chinese-language site claims Apple (AAPL) will introduce a new 9.7" iPad in summer that will be thinner and feature better battery life than the latest iPad (harder to believe, given the historical pace of iOS product launches).

    | Jun. 29, 2012, 12:05 PM | 1 Comment
  • Jun. 28, 2012, 7:13 PM

    Is Apple (AAPL) Google's (GOOG) biggest rival? Or is it Microsoft (MSFT)? Or Facebook (FB)? You can make a case for any one after going over Om Malik's list of Google products and services that now compete with these companies, and/or with Amazon (AMZN), Twitter, and a variety of startups. The situation reminds Malik of imperial overstretch, and leads him to declare Google "lacks the star power to win on all fronts," given an intensely competitive market for tech talent. (more on GOOG)

    | Jun. 28, 2012, 7:13 PM | 6 Comments
  • Jun. 28, 2012, 6:32 PM

    Microsoft (MSFT) plans to make Internet Explorer's Do Not Track feature activated by default on the next version of the browser. That isn't sitting well with the online ad industry, which sees the move upending the targeting efforts of display ad networks. Google's (GOOG) DoubleClick network tracks users across different sites, and Facebook (FB) is planning to launch an ad solution that would also rely on multi-site tracking.

    | Jun. 28, 2012, 6:32 PM | 2 Comments
  • Jun. 28, 2012, 5:53 PM

    More Google (GOOG) news: 1) The Compute Engine cloud infrastructure platform will undercut Amazon on pricing (for now, anyway), but lacks many features Amazon offers. 2) The Google Drive cloud storage service receives an update that includes iOS support and new search options.3) Google's Chromebooks will be sold by Best Buy and Dixons. 4) Google is merging its messaging clients to better compete with Skype. 5) Project Glass, available to developers next year, will reach consumers in 2014.

    | Jun. 28, 2012, 5:53 PM | 1 Comment
  • Jun. 28, 2012, 4:18 PM

    A proposed Chinese smartphone law has Apple (AAPL), Google (GOOG), and others on edge. While supposedly aimed at protecting user data from malware, the law's requirement that OEMs make sure their phones and any apps available on them meet with Chinese laws and standards has companies worried it will increase compliance costs, slow phone releases, and act as a means of censorship - the last issue is no small matter for Google. China is now the world's largest smartphone market.

    | Jun. 28, 2012, 4:18 PM | 4 Comments
  • Jun. 28, 2012, 2:21 PM
    Announced on day 2 of Google I/O: 1) Compute Engine, a rumored cloud infrastructure platform that competes with Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, and Rackspace's OpenStack. 2) The launch of Google Chrome (GOOG) on iOS devices. Unlike searches on the default Safari browser, Chrome searches won't require revenue-sharing payments to Apple. 3) Offline editing support for Google Docs, a long-requested feature. 4) Gmail now has 425M users, and Chrome 310M. (live blog)
    | Jun. 28, 2012, 2:21 PM | 1 Comment
  • Jun. 28, 2012, 1:56 PM

    Google's (GOOG) Nexus 7 tablet, the day after: 1) Analysts are mostly unenthusiastic. Credit Suisse thinks the Nexus 7's window is limited if an iPad Mini is on the way. Needham believes weakening Kindle Fire demand doesn't bode well for the Nexus, and Sterne Agee argues Microsoft is more at risk than Apple. 2) The Verge thinks the 7's international availability (the Kindle Fire is still U.S.-only) could prove crucial. 3) AnandTech provides a positive review of the 7's hardware. (previous)

    | Jun. 28, 2012, 1:56 PM
  • Jun. 28, 2012, 12:02 PM

    The next Kindle Fire (AMZN) will ship in August, feature a 7.85" display, sell for $199, and be thinner than the current Fire, sources tell Digitimes. The report comes as Raymond James publishes a survey in which 26.1% of respondents say they'd buy a 7", $300 iPad (AAPL). This compares with 16.5% who say they'd buy a Kindle Fire or $200 Android tablet, 22.9% who only want a 10" tablet (probably the regular iPad), and 34.4% who have no interest in tablets. (previous: I, II, III)

    | Jun. 28, 2012, 12:02 PM | 1 Comment
  • Jun. 27, 2012, 6:41 PM

    Google's (GOOG) Nexus 7 tablet is the "first Android tablet that rocks as a consumer product," claims an industry exec who has used it. Google "learned a lot from Amazon's (AMZN) experience," he adds. BGR's Zach Epstein doesn't think the $199 Nexus 7 can match up with the iPad (AAPL), but also doesn't think it has to, since Google's objective is to "grab as many new tablet buyers as possible in this emerging market." But could a sub-$300 iPad Mini upend Google's plans? (more)

    | Jun. 27, 2012, 6:41 PM
  • Jun. 27, 2012, 2:49 PM

    Also announced at Google I/O: 1) The launch of Project Glass. The first glasses will cost $1,500 and ship early next year. 2) Details about the Nexus Q: It can be controlled by Android (GOOG) devices, uses a Texas Instruments (TXN) OMAP processor, and doesn't yet support Netflix or Hulu. 3) Google+ (GOOG) now has 150M monthly users and 75M daily users. Not disclosed is how many of these "users" merely clicked a +1 button or have an Android app running in the background. (live blog)

    | Jun. 27, 2012, 2:49 PM | 1 Comment
  • Jun. 27, 2012, 1:32 PM

    Announced thus far at Google I/O (GOOG +1%): 1) Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean), which will feature a smoother UI, Siri-like voice recognition, and Google Now, a search update that delivers info based on time, location, and search history. 2) The expected Nexus 7 tablet, which will run Android 4.1, ship with various media apps, weigh 0.75 lbs, and feature (in-line with rumors).an Nvidia (NVDA +3%) Tegra 3 processor. 3) 1M Android devices are being activated daily, up from a prior 900K. (live blog)

    | Jun. 27, 2012, 1:32 PM | 3 Comments
  • Jun. 27, 2012, 1:16 PM

    Microsoft (MSFT) Office 365 cloud suite, launched last year to much fanfare, receives an upgrade that adds support for 46 new markets and 11 new languages. Office 365 represents an attempt to better compete with Google Apps and other cloud rivals, and has seen decent uptake among small businesses drawn to its low rates. However, questions remain about whether Microsoft can succeed in both thwarting Google and preventing regular Office sales from being cannibalized.

    | Jun. 27, 2012, 1:16 PM
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Alphabet, Inc. is a newly founded holding company for the Google group of businesses. Under the new operating structure, its main Google business will include search, ads, maps, apps, YouTube and Android and the related technical infrastructure (the 'Google business'). Businesses such as Calico,... More
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