Waze Accused Of Stealing Map Data From Competing Traffic App

Waze Accused Of Stealing Map Data From Competing Traffic App

How do you catch someone who you think is stealing your map data? Just put locations on the map that don’t exist, and then look for those locations to show up on the alleged thief’s maps. That’s what traffic-alerting app PhantomAlert did when it believed that competitor Waze was stealing its location database. Now PhantomAlert is suing Waze, which has since been purchased by Google. [More]

Judge Signs Off On $415M Settlement To Resolve Tech Industry Anti-Poaching Conspiracy Case

Judge Signs Off On $415M Settlement To Resolve Tech Industry Anti-Poaching Conspiracy Case

More than three-and-a-half years after a group of workers in Silicon Valley filed a lawsuit claiming that some of the technology industry’s biggest bigwigs were involved in a secret, anti-poaching pact to prevent their employees from switching jobs and thus, keeping their salaries down, a judge has approved a $415 million settlement to lay that case to rest. [More]

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Google Won’t Consider Sites Mobile-Friendly If They Use Those Annoying, Full-Screen App Install Ads

There you are, searching for the perfect cheese dip recipe on your phone, and you think you’ve finally found the cheesiest of the cheesy. You click on the Google search result, excited, anticipating, ready to gain knowledge — and you’re faced with a plea to install that site’s app that covers your entire screen and forces you to find the tiny “X” to close out of the thing and move on with your life. Hate that? You might see it less often, as Google says sites that use those full-page app install ads will soon not be considered “mobile-friendly” sites. [More]

Google provided this example of what its new services ad function will look like.

Google Adds Paid Home Service Provider Suggestions To Search Results For “Clogged Toilet,” “Plumber”

Less than a year after Amazon took on the likes of Angie’s List, Yelp and other companies that can connect consumers to professional service providers like plumbers, locksmiths, electricians and others, Google announced it would join the fray by adding prescreened service providers to its sponsored search results. [More]

Amazon Launches App Store That Claims To Show Other Actually Free Apps

Amazon Launches App Store That Claims To Show Other Actually Free Apps

In a relatively novel idea, Amazon has launched a new store called Amazon Underground that claims to provide Android users with a list of top apps that are actually free – no hidden in-app purchases here. [More]

This memo posted on Reddit states that McDonald's will start accepting the new Android Pay option on Aug. 26. (Photo: reddit/blackmartian)

McDonald’s Memo Says Android Pay Launching This Week

Though it hasn’t received the headlines that Apple Pay has, Google’s Android Pay mobile payment has been slated for a vague “later this year” launch. Recently leaked memos from McDonald’s now seem to indicate that the platform could go live as early as this week. [More]

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Google Testing Feature That Lets You Put Your Food Photos On The Map

If you’re a diner that enjoys providing your social media followers with (sometimes) artistic shots of the food you plan to shove down your throat, but are getting tired of just getting little hearts from Instagram, have no fear. Google is reportedly working on a new feature that will put your foodie photos on the map, literally. [More]

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U.K. Orders Google To Forget 9 News Articles About The “Right To Be Forgotten”

Although Europeans in 28 countries have the option to ask Google to remove Internet search results about themselves under certain conditions, Google is pushing back against a new “right to be forgotten” request — one that seeks to remove nine news articles about the “right to be forgotten” itself from its internet search results. [More]

Google Launches Tool That Tells You If Solar Panels Can Save You Money

Google Launches Tool That Tells You If Solar Panels Can Save You Money

Are you thinking of putting a solar panel on your home, but not sure if the investment would be worthwhile? Google’s latest unusual online tool aims to take the guesswork out of the alternative energy investment. [More]

Google Maps Restoring Map Maker Editing Feature

Google Maps Restoring Map Maker Editing Feature

After an image of an Android bot urinating on an Apple logo popped up in Google Maps and prompted the company to temporarily shut down Map Maker, which allows users to edit maps, the company says the feature will be reopening in phases. [More]

Before Google created its new parent company, BMW used and trademarked the Alphabet name and domain.

BMW Beat Google To The “Alphabet” Name And Website

Yesterday, Google announced a massive reorganization that will put the Internet giant and all its other side businesses under the umbrella of a new company called Alphabet. But don’t expect to visit Alphabet.com anytime soon, unless you want to buy a bunch of BMWs. [More]

Google Reorganizing Itself Under New Company Called “Alphabet”

The message posted today by CEO Larry Page on ABC.xyz, the homepage of Alphabet Inc.

Google, probably one of the most well-known brand names in all the world, has decided to change things up today, with an announcement from CEO Larry Page that the company is going to be reorganized under the umbrella of a bigger corporation known as “Alphabet.” [More]

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Google Maps For iOS Adds Night Mode To Make It Easier To Navigate After Dark

There’s nothing quite like the white glare of your phone’s map app to annoy a driver at nighttime. Which is why Google Maps for iOS will now include a “night mode” with a darker background, making it easier for drivers to navigate in the dark. [More]

Google, Samsung, And LG To Start Pushing Monthly Security Patches That You Still Won’t Get

Google, Samsung, And LG To Start Pushing Monthly Security Patches That You Still Won’t Get

There have been a number of very high-profile security flaws in Android phones this summer. The good news is, the makers of the hardware and software are now pledging to roll out updates to everyone more often. The bad news? “Everyone” doesn’t actually mean “everyone.” [More]

HBO Now Adds Chromecast Support

HBO Now Adds Chromecast Support

Last month, HBO Now crossed the tech dividing line, making its way to Android devices after months of being exclusively available to Apple device users. Today, the standalone streaming service announced it was taking things a bit farther by adding support for Google Chromecast. [More]

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What Can You Do If Your Mobile Carrier Sends You An Update That Breaks Your Phone?

When you buy a new phone or tablet, you’re not just buying it as-is in its current state. Software is dynamic, and constantly updated. In a sense, then, you’re also making a bet that your device will keep working into the future, after countless rounds of mandatory system updates. And usually, it does! But every once in a while, something goes wrong. And for that small handful of consumers, that’s where the real trouble begins. [More]

Apple Denies Report That It’s Planning To Sell Mobile Services Directly To iPhone Users

Apple Denies Report That It’s Planning To Sell Mobile Services Directly To iPhone Users

Apple has come out against a recent report that had claimed the company was testing a mobile virtual network operator, a cellular service that would replace traditional phone carriers for iPhone users in the U.S. and Europe. [More]

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Google Slaps Air Pollution Monitoring Systems On Street View Cars In San Francisco

The next time you see a Google Street View car cruising down your block, it might be doing more than just snapping photos — it could be tracking air pollution.
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