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Josh Ong / The Next Web:
Google Maps challenges Foursquare with new Explore feature on Android and iOS   —  Google announced today the addition of an Explore Nearby button for Google Maps on iOS and Android.  The featuring is rolling out “starting this week.”  —  The new feature expands the Google Maps as more than just your go-to app for directions.
Jul 24, 2014, 12:15 AMIn context
Dan Seifert / The Verge:
Sprint and Google partner up to push Google Apps for enterprise   —  The struggling carrier looks to other services to boost revenue  —  Sprint and Google are today announcing a new partnership which allows Sprint to sell Google's Apps for Business services to its enterprise customers starting next month.
Jul 23, 2014, 3:35 PMIn context
Josh Ong / The Next Web:
Former Google Maps architect launches PlaceUs, an iPhone app for smart location sharing   —  Alohar Mobile, the location startup led by ex-Google Maps architect Sam Liang, today launched a new iPhone app called PlaceUs that tries to add contextual intelligence to location sharing.
Jul 23, 2014, 1:05 PMIn context
Rolfe Winkler / Wall Street Journal:
YouTube Music's Head Quits, a Setback to Paid Service   —  The head of YouTube's effort to launch a music subscription service is leaving, marking yet another hurdle for the long-delayed project.  —  Chris LaRosa, YouTube's product manager in charge of music, will be leaving Google this Friday to join a startup.
Jul 23, 2014, 10:05 AMIn context
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
For Its First Google Glass Effort, EBay Adapts Its RedLaser Product Finder App   —  Back in March 2013, eBay said it would start to work on applications for Google Glass — the idea being that the Android-powered, head-mounted computer could help consumers shop for things online and in the real world …
Jul 23, 2014, 9:35 AMIn context
Dmitri Sarle / ArcticStartup:
Google Acquires Helsinki Based drawElements for 8 Figures   —  Yet another exit for the Nordics.  The normally slow summer is turning into a shopping spree by the big players as the Helsinki based drawElements is acquired by Google.  The exact amount behind the transaction is not disclosed …
Jul 23, 2014, 7:45 AMIn context
Brandon Chester / AnandTech:
Google Play App Updated to 4.9.13 With Material Design App Pages   —  Google has begun the rollout of an update to the Google Play application on Android.  At first glance the update doesn't seem to have any big changes.  The sliding menu is the same, and the Play Store home page is the same as it has been for a while.
Jul 22, 2014, 11:15 PMIn context
Kara Swisher / Re/code:
There Have Been No Google-Spotify Acquisition Talks   —  When last we checked in, The Wall Street Journal was surmising, based on a public cocktail between AOL CEO Tim Armstrong and Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer in Sun Valley, that a merger could possibly be afoot between their companies.
Jul 22, 2014, 6:40 PMIn context
Wall Street Journal:
Google Considers Buying Spotify But Finds the Price Too High   —  Talks Break Down For Number of Reasons, Including Valuation and Luke-Warm Larry Page  —  Google Inc. tried to buy music-streaming service Spotify AB late last year, according to a person familiar with the matter.
Jul 22, 2014, 6:25 PMIn context
Vlad Savov / The Verge:
‘One more thing’: ex-Google exec says his Chinese employer is no Apple ripoff   —  “We're not copying Apple's products.  End of story.”  —  A man wearing a black top and denim jeans stands on stage promising to unveil “one more thing.”  As much as that might sound like the familiar finale …
Jul 22, 2014, 3:20 PMIn context

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