Google acquires Motorola Mobility and its over 17,000 patents

Mobile Commerce Industry

Many high-tech experts were surprised by Google’s latest acquisition bid of $12.5 billion for Motorola Mobility, an Android phone manufacturer. The all-cash, $40 per share deal comes at a premium of 63 percent. Google has announced that if the deal closes in 2011 or at the beginning of 2012, it will be running Motorola Mobility as its own company. Should the deal close, Google will be receiving more than just a cell phone manufacturer. The first major thing that it will obtain is patent protection, as Motorola currently holds over…

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Google streamlines by ending 10 projects including Aardvark

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Larry Page, the CEO of Google, has announced that the internet and technology giant intends to further streamline and focus its operations by shutting down Aardvark and 9 other programs. Aardvark is a social search site constructed by Google. Senior vice president of Google, Alan Eustace, stated in a blog post that “Technology improves, people’s needs change, some bets pay off and others don’t.” He added that while some of the projects would be ended altogether, others would be fused into other products to become added features. The team members…

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Google+ will likely be unaffected by new privacy features by Facebook

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Though Facebook’s members will certainly be pleased with the increase in the number of privacy controls that have now been made available to them by the social networking platform, most experts are agreeing that this likely won’t have any direct effect on the popularity of Google+. At the very heart of the social network run by Google is the ability of its users to have a direct control over who will be able to see the various elements of their profiles. The “social circles” feature of Google+ allows users to…

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Developers of Android apps can create products for Google TV ahead of 2011’s upcoming hardware

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Google has announced a new preview version of its Android Software Development Kit (SDK) Google TV add-on, which is a software element that will give developers the ability to create apps for Google TV. Google TV for Android has been in operation since October 2010, and was met with a great deal of hype. That launch included significant hardware partners such as Logitech, Dish Network, Sony, and Intel. That said, retail sales weren’t quite what had been hoped for. The purpose of Google TV was to join the internet and…

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iPad Google Catalog app released to kick start tablet commerce

Tablet Commerce

Google has announced the availability of the new Google Catalogs app, which is a free app that allows iPad shoppers to obtain a digital version of the glossy paper catalogs that consumers are accustomed to receiving in the mail. The app includes popular catalogs such as the Pottery Barn, Williams-Sonoma, Lands’ End, L.L. Bean, Crate and Barrel, and others. Though the app is currently only available to users of iPad devices, a version compatible with Android tablets will also soon be released. According to Abigail Holtz, the product manager for…

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