Technology

Google’s Gmail Blocked in China

  (Reuters) – Google Inc’s Gmail was blocked in China after months of disruptions to the world’s biggest email service, with an anti-censorship advocate suggesting the Great Firewall was to blame. Large numbers of Gmail Web addresses were cut off in China on Friday, said GreatFire.org, a China-based freedom of speech Read More

Technology

Google Shows of Android Auto, Wearables

Barbara Ortutay, ASSOCIATED PRESS   SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Some 1 billion people are now using Android devices, Google said as the company kicked off its two-day developer conference Wednesday in San Francisco. But the online search leader’s effort to broaden its focus beyond smartphones and tablets Read More

Op-Ed

Google Boldly Did the Right Thing

By Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. NNPA Columnist Last week, Google made the bold and necessary decision to release information about their employment diversity, detailing the race and gender makeup of its workforce, admitting in the words of Senior Vice President Laszlo Bock, “Google is not Read More

Technology

Windows Phone 8.1: All The New Features

[Information Week] Microsoft unveiled Windows Phone 8.1 at its Build developer conference in San Francisco Wednesday, and the update brings some much-needed and long-overdue features to the mobile operating system. Many of the new features are borrowed from competing platforms but should be enough to Read More

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Google Updates Hangouts For iOS

[Information Week] Google redesigns mobile messaging app, adds a handful of new features following Facebook’s acquisition of rival messaging service WhatsApp. Google on Thursday released a new update to its Hangouts app for iOS that introduces a handful of new features and a redesigned interface. Read More

Technology

Internet Pay-TV is Coming. Will You Care?

[CNET] To hear television companies describe it, no plot is more predictable than the arrival of a Web-based TV provider. “Somebody’s going to come over the top,” said David Zaslav, the head of Discovery Channel- and TLC-parent Discovery Communications, using the phrase for delivery of TV Read More

Business

Google Wins Book-Scanning Case: Judge Finds “Fair Use,” Cites Many Benefits

[Gigaom] Google has won a resounding victory in its eight-year copyright battle with the Authors Guild over the search giant’s controversial decision to scan more than 20 million books from libraries and make them available on the internet. In a ruling (embedded below) issued Thursday Read More

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Yahoo Launches Two-Step Verification and App Passwords

[Mashable] In order to strengthen its user and data security features, Yahoo has launched second sign-in verification and App Passwords. Similar to Google’s two-factor verification, Yahoo’s second sign-in verification adds an extra level of protection for your Yahoo account. In the event that your account is accessed from an unrecognized Read More

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Want To Comment On YouTube? You’ll Need A Google+ Account First

[ReadWrite] YouTube announced a new way of filtering out annoying comments on videos. Starting this week, YouTube comments will be powered by Google+, Google’s social network. The video site is notorious for users who down-vote videos en masse or post vicious replies, so YouTube is taking action Read More

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Google Glass App Store to Open Next Year

[About.com] An app store entirely dedicated to Google Glass is indeed coming sometime in 2014. After a Glass software update accidentally hinted at a potential app store designed for the cool new wearable tech gadget, Google confirmed it was true in a New York Times Magazine article published recently. Read More

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Samsung Said to Introduce Watch-Like Phone Next Month

[Bloomberg] Samsung Electronics Co. (005930) will introduce a wristwatch-like device named the Galaxy Gear next month that can make phone calls, surf the Web and handle e-mails, according to two people familiar with the matter. The Galaxy Gear will be powered by Google Inc. (GOOG)’s Android operating Read More

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YouTube Lines Up Its Latest Hit

[CNet] A major YouTube mobile update allows people to browse other videos while watching, to search and watch playlists, and to queue videos on connected devices. Google began a slow rollout on Monday of a major update to its YouTube app for Android, with other Read More

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Amazon Is the Cloud to Beat, but Google Has the Cloud to Watch. Here’s Why

[BLOOMBERG BUSINESSWEEK] Amazon Web Services (AMZN) is by far the biggest and most experienced public cloud provider. Accepting that, the next question is: What cloud vendor can give AWS a run for its money? Increasingly the money is on Google (GOOG)—at least in computing capacity where Google Compute Engine is Read More

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Microsoft, Google swap April Fools’ barbs

[CNET] Microsoft and Google have both gotten in some April Fools’ Day zingers against each other. The two competitors often trade insults about each other’s respective search engines, online office suites, and other products. But April Fools’ Day inspired them to create a couple of Read More

Op-Ed

Beyond the Rhetoric: Business Tools for Success

By Harry C. Alford NNPA Columnist   No business can guarantee success.  In fact, the vast majority of business ventures fail by the second year. Yet, entrepreneurship is the backbone of our economy and the few who succeed provide more than 70 percent of all Read More