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HTC One Google Edition to be offered in very limited quantities, report says

May 28th, 2013
Unconfirmed reports suggest there could be less than 50,000 of the "pure" Google experience smartphone. [Read more]
    




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Galaxy S4 Mini could arrive soon

May 28th, 2013
Samsung will showcase new Galaxy devices next month, Google Buzz posts find a new home, and Yahoo hunts for Hulu. [Read more]
    




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Can Yahoo! Buy Enough Companies to Compete With Google?

May 28th, 2013
Can Yahoo! Buy Enough Companies to Compete With Google?        


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Yahoo bids up to $800m for video site Hulu

May 28th, 2013
Yahoo's plan to take on Google continues with bid for Hulu, as well as mobile and communications companies        


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Google To Add Galapagos Islands to Street View

May 26th, 2013
Few have explored the remote volcanic islands of the Galapagos archipelago, an otherworldly landscape inhabited by the world's largest tortoises and other fantastical creatures that inspired Charles Darwin's theory of evolution.

Soon it will take only the click of a mouse or finger swipe on a tablet to explore some of the Galapagos Islands' most remote areas, surrounding waters and unique creatures.

Google sent hikers to the Galapagos with Street View gear called "trekkers," 42-pound (19-kilogram) computer backpacks with large, soccer ball-like cameras mounted on a tower.

Each orb has 15 cameras inside it that have captured panoramic views of some of the most inaccessible places on the Galapagos. Crews from The Catlin Seaview Survey worked with Google to capture 360-degree views of selected underwater areas too.

"We spent 10 days there hiking over trails ... and even down the crater of an active volcano," Raleigh Seamster, the project's leader for Google Maps said. "And these are islands, so half of the life there is under the water surface. So (we brought) Street View underwater to swim with sea lions, sharks and other marine animals."

Google is processing the footage and is trying to stitch it together. It hopes to post it to Street View later this year.

The cameras captured the nesting sites of blue-footed boobies, the red-throated "magnificent frigatebirds," swimming hammerhead sharks and, of course, the island's giant tortoises.

Scientists working with Google are exploring the footage for other species and hope to update the pictures regularly throughout the years as they study the effects of invasive species, tourism and climate change on the island's ecosystems.

"We hope that children in classrooms around the world will be trying to discover what they can see in the images, even tiny creatures like insects," said Daniel Orellana, a scientist with...



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Review: Google All Access Music Is Solid, Serendipitous

May 26th, 2013
Google Inc.'s new music service offers a lot of eye candy to go with the tunes. The song selection of around 18 million tracks is comparable to popular services such as Spotify and Rhapsody, and a myriad of playlists curated along different genres provides a big playground for music lovers.

The All Access service represents Google's attempt to grab a bigger piece of the digital music market as more people stream songs over mobile phones. Such services are also meant to further wed smartphone users to Google's Android operating system, where the search leader makes money from advertising and transactions on its digital content store, Google Play.

For a monthly fee, All Access lets you listen to as much music as you want over an Internet connection. You can also download songs onto mobile devices for smooth playback later when you don't have cellphone or Wi-Fi access.

It's worth a try for the discounted monthly rate of $8 if you sign up by the end of June. Those who sign up later will pay $10 a month, the same amount charged by the main competitors, Spotify and Rhapsody. Either way, you get the first month free and can cancel at any time. All Access works on the free Google Play Music app for Android devices and over Web browsers on computers -- but not on the iPhone. (Spotify and Rhapsody work on both Android and the iPhone).

Visually, the app that I tested on Google's Nexus 4 smartphone is engaging. Iterating on the list-heavy layouts of its competitors, Google Play Music jazzes up the interface by adding plenty of big artist photos along with little animations, including bouncing equalizer bars and screen-size cover art that moves slowly back and forth when a song is playing.

Some of the touch features require a pixie-like dexterity, though....



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Yahoo: Still searching for profits on the Internet

May 26th, 2013
Back in 1996, before "Google" was a ubiquitous verb, four search companies battled to win back Wall Street.


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Grant Morrison: Google Glass is ‘half-fish, half-man’ (Q&A)

May 26th, 2013
The influential author, who has created cult classic comics and written popular heroes like Batman and the X-Men, tells CNET's Seth Rosenblatt that as technology makes us superhuman, personal privacy will die -- and that's a good thing. [Read more]
    




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Google’s Schmidt: Teens’ mistakes will never go away

May 25th, 2013
Speaking at a festival in the U.K., Google's executive chairman offers that the things teens do now will stay with them forever, by way of the Web. He also suggested some people are sharing too much online. [Read more]
    




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HTC One Google edition: It’s real and coming in summer

May 25th, 2013
HTC is planning a Sense-free version of its flagship phone, CNET has confirmed. [Read more]
    




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