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Chris Welch / The Verge:
Google confirms the Nexus Player has been discontinued   —  Google has ceased direct sales of its Nexus Player set-top box.  The hockey puck-shaped device, manufactured by Asus, has been unavailable from major third-party retailers like Best Buy for months.  And after a brief Google Store restock …
May 24, 2016, 7:20 PMIn context
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google now handles at least 2T searches per year, up from 1.2T searches per year in 2012   —  How many searches per year happen on Google?  After nearly four years, the company has finally released an updated figure today of “trillions” per year.  How many trillions, exactly, Google wouldn't say.
May 24, 2016, 1:50 PMIn context
Fast Company:
Samsung says no Android Wear devices are in development or being planned, citing better battery efficiency of Tizen OS   —  It was at Google I/O two years ago that Samsung announced its Gear Live smartwatch (now discontinued) running the Android Wear OS.  Two years later the collaboration is over.
May 24, 2016, 1:07 PMIn context
Sam Schechner / Wall Street Journal:
French government raids Google's Paris HQ as part of ongoing tax investigation seeking €1B+; company says it is working with authorities   —  Prosecutors follow up on complaint from France's tax authority  —  PARIS—Dozens of tax investigators swooped into Google's French headquarters …
May 24, 2016, 12:45 PMIn context
Katie Roof / TechCrunch:
Google brings new local search ads to Google Maps, will experiment with new formats like promoted pins, supports bids from advertisers for specific device types   —  Google's AdWords is getting a makeover.  The search giant announced today that they have made several updates to make its advertising tools more suitable for mobile.
May 24, 2016, 12:15 PMIn context
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Apple, Microsoft and Google hold 23% of all U.S. corporate cash outside the finance sector   —  Apple, Microsoft and Google are the top three cash-rich U.S. companies across all sectors of business, not including banks and other financial institutions — holding a combined $391 billion in cash …
May 24, 2016, 2:30 AMIn context
Joe Mullin / Ars Technica:
Oracle's closing argument implores jury to think in basic terms: “You don't take people's property”   —  “It takes strength and courage to stand up to Google.  That's what Oracle has done."  —  SAN FRANCISCO—Oracle's copyright lawsuit is all about one “very simple rule,” the company's attorney told a jury today.
May 23, 2016, 3:10 PMIn context
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Google plans to bring password-free logins to Android apps by year-end via Project Abacus   —  Google's plan to eliminate passwords in favor of systems that take into account a combination of signals - like your typing patterns, your walking patterns, your current location, and more …
May 23, 2016, 1:00 PMIn context
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Vizio P-Series review: great 4K TV but Google Cast-powered approach and Android tablet remote have a learning curve, casting via the SmartCast app can be buggy   —  Vizio's 2016 lineup of 4K HDR TVs aren't actually TVs at all.  Well, they are, but since they don't have tuners built in, the company can't market them as television sets.
May 23, 2016, 10:55 AMIn context
Romain Dillet / TechCrunch:
Spotify family plan is now cheaper, $14.99 for up to 6 people   —  Spotify is catching up with the competition when it comes to family plans.  Like Apple Music and Google Play Music, families can now subscribe to Spotify Premium for $14.99 per month and get six different Spotify accounts and profiles.
May 23, 2016, 9:50 AMIn context

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