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Google's Spring Cleaning Births 'Babble' Rumor, Launches Evernote-Like 'Keep'

Posted by Sheila Shayon on March 20, 2013 07:22 PM

As those of us on the East Coast await the onset of warmer weather, Google is busy ‘spring cleaning,’ making its broad range of platforms and apps such as Google Talk, Hangout, Voice, Messenger and Chat for Drive able to interact and share data in a unifying move called rumored to be called Babble. 

According to Geek.com, “You can share photos in chat windows just like you would in G+ Messenger and start a Hangout with anyone in your contact list."

“Moving forward, the individual services will all be pushed onto the single platform, and you'll be able to use the same chat window across all of Google's products with the same features available everywhere. It's not so much releasing a new product as it is pulling together all of the existing products under a single branding.”Continue reading...

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Google Gooses iPad Search

Posted by Shirley Brady on November 21, 2011 06:11 PM

Google has refreshed its search app for the iPad. It may not be as fun as searching with Google Voice, but Google promises, "With rich interactions and a new, more visual look, it's now simpler to find exactly what you need."

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Google Tries to Do It All for You

Posted by Matthew Moore on October 31, 2011 01:01 PM

Ten years ago, brandchannel quoted a Google spokesperson as saying “It seems counterintuitive to the concept of stickiness, but the point of Google is to allow people to find information as soon as possible and get on their way.” Ten years later, it appears Google would prefer its users to stay in its realm for as long as possible.

Google has come a long way since Sergey Brin and Larry Page started a research project at Stanford in 1996 that would eventually grow into a company employing 30,000 and producing nearly $30 billion in revenue each year. In doing so, Google has expanded its offering from a search engine to a full-fledged suite of services including email, social networking, cloud storage for files and music, and daily deals. Google even recently opened its own branded products store in London.

Google has always been an innovative company, but it has seen some of its innovative thunder stolen by others such as Facebook and Groupon. In order to remain the first-in-mind internet destination for its users, Google has decided to take to some of its web competitors on their own turf. Google+ takes aim at Facebook, and Google Offers is targeted at daily deals sites Groupon and Living Social. As it keeps rolling out new products, Google seems content to throw its brand's name in front of just about any serve it's offering: Google Voice, Google Docs, Google Maps, etc.Continue reading...

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Google's New York Love Story

Posted by Shirley Brady on March 28, 2011 09:30 AM

Google's modern-day version of Sex and the City is a 60-second voice-activated search from emergency shoe shopping at Jeffrey in NYC's Meatpacking District to Joe: The Art of Coffee (and its running team) to Billy's Bakery in Chelsea for cupcakes — and love. Carrie Bradshaw, tweet your heart out.

Sprint And Google Partner in Post-AT&T/T-Mobile Agreement

Posted by Shirley Brady on March 21, 2011 03:00 PM

Sprint's stock price was down this morning, as Wall Street reacted to the company's "odd man out" standing as AT&T and T-Mobile lock arms, brands and networks.

Sprint CEO Dan Hesse, known to customers for his frequent appearances in the brand's commercials, had made a run at T-Mobile too, though (apparently) wasn't willing to pay mostly cash, as AT&T did.

But he's not moping. Instead, Sprint announced that it's partnering with Google. Going forward, it will integrate Google Voice on all Sprint phones, including its just unveiled Nexus S 4G model.Continue reading...

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Brands to Watch: Best Buy, Coke, Microsoft, WikiLeaks and more

Posted by Shirley Brady on December 14, 2010 06:00 PM

Brands to Watch

Google and Microsoft join President Obama's fight on $75 billion illegal drug e-market, as Obama meets with Bill Gates and Warren Buffett to discuss bolstering the US economy.

WikiLeaks leader Julian Assange granted bail (but Sweden vetoes) as supporters pay $360,000 for New York Times ad.

Audi and Mercedes-Benz lead automaker push to go social for 2011 Super Bowl.

Best Buy share price plunges on lowered forecast, despite brighter November for US retail sales.

Brett Favre draws criticism for trying to profit from end of winning streak.

CNBC launches subscription CNBC Pro, "for the serious investor."Continue reading...

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The Beatles on iTunes: As Big a Revolution as iOS 4.2 or Google Voice App?

Posted by Shirley Brady on November 16, 2010 10:20 AM

Visitors to Apple.com today can't miss today's big news — the Beatles are now available on iTunes.

Starting today, fans can purchase the group’s 13 original (and remastered) studio albums, the two-volume "Past Masters" compilation and the classic "Red" and "Blue" collections on iTunes as either albums or individual songs (at $1.29 each). Apple is also offering an exclusive digital “Beatles Box Set” featuring the “Live at the Washington Coliseum, 1964” concert film, the Beatles’ iconic first US concert.

"We’re really excited to bring the Beatles’ music to iTunes," said Sir Paul McCartney in the press release. "It’s fantastic to see the songs we originally released on vinyl receive as much love in the digital world as they did the first time around."Continue reading...

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Google Voice: Your Gran Can Use It

Posted by Shirley Brady on July 5, 2010 05:00 PM

Google Voice explains video chat in a (what else) video that aims to demystify the service by creating a grandmother's guide to using it. Think it succeeds?

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