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Google Earth for Chrome & Android gets upgraded with guided tours, more discovery features

As reported earlier this month, Google today has unveiled its new vision for Google Earth, the software that combines satellite imagery, topographic maps and 3D cities, to help you better visualize the planet. The company is now rolling out an update for Google Earth for web and Android, two years in the making, that will introduce features like guided tours, Knowledge cards, as ... Read More »

Waymo v. Uber: Everything you need to know

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PAX: Android patent protection consortium formed

Linux and open-source software have had to content with intellectual property (IP) legal challenges for years. Now, Google has started a new effort to bring peace to potential Android IP sore points: PAX. The new Android and Google software patent protection group may help crush patent trolls. The Android Networked Cross-License, which the members call “PAX” for short, is a ... Read More »

Waymo pursued arbitration with Anthony Levandowski before it sued Uber

Google’s self-driving car unit, Waymo, pursued arbitration against one of its star engineers last fall before filing a lawsuit in February against his current employer, Uber, for theft of trade secrets. Waymo claims that its former employee Anthony Levandowski stole 14,000 confidential documents before leaving to start the self-driving truck company Otto, which was acquired by Uber shortly after emerging from ... Read More »

Apple to start manufacturing in Bengaluru by end-April, but faces huge uphill climb to lure the Indian masses

Apple will have to undertake a big leap in product innovation and pricing if it hopes to tap into India’s vast, promising market and best the fierce competition that exists among smartphone makers there. (Image: CNET/CBS Interactive) In perhaps the most important electronics manufacturing benchmark for India yet, the green signal has finally been given to Apple to start manufacturing ... Read More »

Google is fighting with Symantec over encrypting the internet

Google, which has accused Symantec and its partners of misissuing tens of thousands of certificates for encrypted web connections, quietly announced Thursday that it’s downgrading the level and length of trust Chrome will place in certificates issued by Symantec. Encrypted web connections — HTTPS connections like those on banking sites, login pages or news sites like this one — are enabled by ... Read More »

Waze Carpool to launch in Brazil

(Image: Waze Carpool) Traffic and navigation app Waze will be launching its ride-sharing product in Brazil, parent company Google announced last week. The exact launch date for Waze Carpool in the country is yet to be confirmed, but it is expected that the service will be up and running by September. “Brazil has revealed itself to be a lab and ... Read More »

Social media firms given a month to fix consumer rights issues in Europe

Facebook, Twitter and Google are under more pressure in Europe to comply with regional rules. The latest issue they find themselves on the hook for relates to complaints pertaining to a variety of consumer rights that have been investigated by EU regulators since last year. EU consumer authorities have been specifically looking into complaints about unfair terms and conditions, and looking for ways to tackle ... Read More »

Battle of the big smartphones: HTC U Ultra vs Huawei Mate 9

Back in January, I reviewed the Huawei Mate 9 and was pleased to see Huawei launch it for the US market at a very reasonable $599. Earlier today, my review of the HTC U Ultra went live and this large phone is available now in blue, white, and black for $749. While these prices show a $150 premium for the ... Read More »

Google is acquiring data science community Kaggle

Sources tell us that Google is acquiring Kaggle, a platform that hosts data science and machine learning competitions. Details about the transaction remain somewhat vague, but given that Google is hosting its Cloud Next conference in San Francisco this week, the official announcement could come as early as tomorrow. Reached by phone, Kaggle co-founder CEO Anthony Goldbloom declined to deny that the acquisition is ... Read More »

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