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Brad Stone / Bloomberg:
Alphabet hires satellite broadband industry vet Tom Moore as VP at X and GM of Project Loon; Project Loon head Mike Cassidy moves to new research projects   —  Mike Cassidy steps aside for a satellite broadband industry veteran tasked with taking company's internet balloon project from stratosphere to profitability
Aug 23, 2016, 7:25 PMIn context
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google plans to lower search rankings of publishers' mobile pages that use intrusive interstitial ads starting January 10   —  Google has announced that it will begin cracking down on “intrusive interstitials” on January 10, 2017, because this type of ad “can be problematic on mobile devices where screens are often smaller.”
Aug 23, 2016, 4:55 PMIn context
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
Sources: Google's Daydream service is launching “in the coming weeks” as the company pays YouTube stars for VR content and helps promote some Hulu projects   —  Company to release Daydream virtual reality service in weeks  —  Google said to back games, short films with YouTube celebs
Aug 23, 2016, 12:40 PMIn context
Rich McCormick / The Verge:
Lenovo will preload Microsoft Office, Skype, and OneDrive on its Android devices as part of a new patent cross-licensing agreement   —  Microsoft has announced that its software will be soon be preloaded onto some of Lenovo Android devices.  Productivity apps including Microsoft Office …
Aug 23, 2016, 12:15 PMIn context
Jordan Kahn / 9to5Google:
Android Pay adds Walgreens for first retail store loyalty card integration   —  Walgreens today announced that its loyalty rewards program is now integrated with Android Pay at checkout, making it the first retail store location to support the feature through Google's Android-based payments service.
Aug 23, 2016, 12:05 AMIn context
Tony Romm / Politico:
Tech giants and rights groups urge the Department of Homeland Security to scrap proposal asking US visitors for their social media accounts   —  Internet giants including Google, Facebook and Twitter slammed the Obama administration on Monday for a proposal that would seek to weed …
Aug 22, 2016, 8:35 PMIn context
Rita El Khoury / Android Police:
A detailed look at Google Allo's incognito chat feature, which has Snapchat-like expiring messages, private notifications, and crypto key identity management   —  The nice graphic you see above is the background of all your incognito conversations on Google Allo.
Aug 22, 2016, 6:30 PMIn context
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Microsoft tests Project Sonoma, a team chat app for managing shift workers' schedules   —  Microsoft has quietly released a new productivity application to both Google Play and theiTunes App Store called Project Sonoma.  The app is aimed at those who work outside of a traditional office environment …
Aug 22, 2016, 3:20 PMIn context
Phil Oakley / Android Police:
Instagram hits 1B downloads on Google Play, Facebook's fourth app to do so   —  The latest app to join the rather exclusive 1 billion club on Google Play is... drumroll please... Instagram.  This is quite surprising when estimates only put the number of accounts at 500 million …
Aug 22, 2016, 2:55 PMIn context
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Android Nougat is out of beta, now available for select Nexus devices, Pixel C tablet, more; Google says the roll-out to all supported phones may take weeks   —  Google surprised everyone when it launched a public beta of the Android Nougat back in March.  Annual updates are nothing new for Android …
Aug 22, 2016, 1:15 PMIn context

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