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Matthew Braga / Bloomberg:
As major tech firms focus on voice assistants, microphone makers face pressure to improve product that hasn't seen much change since 2012   —  The billion-dollar digital mic industry hasn't seen much improvement since the launch of the iPhone 5.  —  Subscribe Reprints
Aug 27, 2016, 11:50 AMIn context
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Google Wallet introduces feature that lets users automatically transfer funds to their bank accounts, skipping the manual “cash out” process   —  Google today is stepping up its battle with Venmo, Square Cash and other person-to-person payment applications with an update …
Aug 26, 2016, 9:55 PMIn context
Mark Bergen / Recode:
Report: Google Fiber chief Craig Barratt was told by Larry Page to halve staff to 500; Alphabet CFO Ruth Porat interceded to defend business model   —  Another bump in the road for Alphabet.  —  For the past year, Ruth Porat, the CFO of Google and its parent Alphabet, has told Wall Street …
Aug 25, 2016, 3:35 PMIn context
Nick Statt / The Verge:
Google brings Wi-Fi Assistant, a previously exclusive Project Fi feature that cuts down on data usage, to all Nexus devices in the US, UK, Canada, and more   —  Starting in the coming weeks, Google is adding a new data-saving perk for owners of its Nexus smartphones.
Aug 24, 2016, 4:55 PMIn context
Jordan Novet / VentureBeat:
Microsoft updates Word Flow keyboard for iOS with built-in search for animated GIFs, images, contacts, and the web via Bing   —  Microsoft today released version 2.0 of its swipe-friendly Word Flow third-party keyboard for iOS.  Now the app is a much better match for the Gboard iOS keyboard that Google released in recent months.
Aug 24, 2016, 12:00 PMIn context
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

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