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Google Finally Offers a Style Guide for Cleaning Up Your Crappy Android App

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Google’s philosophy towards Android developers has been something along the lines of: If you build an app market, they will come. Leave the rigid quality control (and censorship) to companies named after fruit. But yesterday, three-and-a-half years in operation, Google finally launched an Android Design Guide. Considering that there are 700,000 new Android devices activated everyday, now’s the time. Well, now or three years ago, either way. Read More

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Why Google’s New Social Search Features Will Make You Dumber

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Today Google unveiled three big new features for its campaign to bake Social Search into your browser. Over the next few days, the company plans to roll out these developments to anyone signed in and searching in English. In a blog post called, “Search, plus Your World” the company enumerated the changes that will empower the search engine to understand “not only content, but also people and relationships.” Read More

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Does Santa Have an Android Bias? Google Claims 3.7 M. Activations Over the Weekend

Google senior vice president Andy Rubin happily tweeted out some holiday cheer this morning: “There were 3.7M Android devices activated on 12/24 and 12/25.” It was an update on another bit of pre-Christmas good news, namely that more than 700,000 Android devices are now activated everyday.

Yesterday, Venturebeat shared statistics from the app analytics company Flurry that activations for Android and iOS devices shot up to 6.8 million on Christmas day. It’s not yet clear whether Apple or Google can claim more activations, but it’s more evidence that of that unflashy eventual market dominance Android fans keep promising will come. Read More

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Shame on Humanity: Rebecca Black Was the Fastest Rising Google Search in 2011


Google just released its 11th annual Zeitgeist site, covering the most searched terms in 2011. In a year that brought us the Arab Spring, Occupy Wall Street, nuclear disaster in Japan, floods in Brazil, and the tenth anniversary of 9/11, the fastest growing search turns out to have been a manufactured pop star. Don’t ever change, humans! No, you’re good just like you are.

Google claims the second fastest rising search term this year was for Google +. See! Sometimes using your search engine as an ad for your plans to destroy Facebook really does pay off! Read More

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Does ‘Find My Face’ Sound Like Something You Want to Let Google Do?

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Google landed on the right side of the privacy debate by making its newly released facial recognition feature for Google+ opt-in. If you’ll remember,  “Tag Suggestions,” Facebook’s similar service, is not only opt-out, but also strongly encouraged! (“Before you opt out of using this feature, we encourage you to consider how tag suggestions benefit you and your friends. . . “) Read More

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Google’s Covert Google X Labs Is Overrun with Robots, Has Designs On Your Future

Tony Stark would approve.

If you’ve never heard of Google X, a secret lair hidden away in some undisclosed Bay Area location, you’re in good company. Many Google employees haven’t either.

The future-facing lab makes Google’s 80/20 model for fostering innovation sound like child’s play. Rather than devoting part of the week to somewhat far-fetched ideas, the New York Times reports, Google X is “tackling a list of 100 shoot-for-the-stars ideas.”

That “stars” part is somewhat literal. One of the projects its developing is a space elevator, “a longtime fantasy of Google’s founders and other Silicon Valley entrepreneurs” that images space travel along a cable tied to Earth. Read More

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Google+ Pages Proves Mark Zuckerberg Was Right: Google Is ‘Trying to Build Their Own Little Version of Facebook’


In an interview with Mark Zuckerberg that airs tonight, Charlie Rose speaks in grave tones about the impending platform cage match that will define our technological future.  “There are many people who look to the Silicon Valley and they say there are four platforms out here. It’s Amazon, it’s Apple, it’s Google, it’s Facebook. And what we’re going to witness over the next 10 years is a flat-out war between the four of you for the future.”

Mr. Zuckerberg shrugs off the war metaphor: “I mean, people like to talk about war. You know, there are a lot of ways in which the companies actually work together,” pointing to Facebook’s mutual back-scratching with Amazon and Apple. (AllThingsD has the full transcript.) But eventually, Zuck concedes, “Google, I think, in some ways, is more competitive and certainly is trying to build their own little version of Facebook.”

After taking a look at the newly-launched Google+ Pages for businesses, brands, groups, artists, places, and more along with its Direct Connect feature, it’s obvious that Google is not even pretending otherwise anymore. Read More

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Google Wallet: Next Stop New Jersey Transit


Near field communication is now as near as our friend to the south and east. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie announced today that Google Wallet would be partnering with NJ Transit, the third largest transit system in the country.

TechCrunch says commuters with Nexus S 4Gs with be able to use their phones to pay for tickets with a whoosh (a swish? a swipe? did we decide on something here?) of their phones . Read More