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Android 4.4 KitKat and Google's quest to take over the world

Can a low-end Android phone be any good? For Mountain View, a billion users are at stake<p><i>"As we get on our journey to reach the next billion people, we want to do it on the latest version of Android." — Sundar Pichai</i><p>At its root, Google’s Android platform has always been about growing the audience …

Inside Google’s new 1-million-square-foot London office—three years before it’s ready

Google’s new London office, scheduled to open in 2016, will have an open-air swimming pool, an indoor football pitch, a climbing wall and a roof garden from which to watch trains glide out of Kings Cross station towards Cambridge or Hogwarts. Googlers can cycle right into the building and to the …

Swimming Pools

Waze Data Is Starting To Show Up In Google Maps

Millions of users sharing traffic updates in real time.<p>Back in June, Google spent an estimated $1.3 billion on Waze, a popular crowdsourced driving app. While both companies assured users Waze would remain a standalone app, many speculated the company's most powerful asset — millions of dutiful …

Yes, Only 6 Users Signed Up On Healthcare.gov Launch Day, But Don’t Panic

New documents reveal that a mere six people managed to sign up for health insurance through the government’s beleaguered e-commerce website, Healthcare.gov on its opening day.<p>Naturally, the press is milking every last ounce of this click-bait statistic, but in reality, it probably doesn’t matter. …

JD Power Explains Why Samsung Beat Apple In Its Latest Tablet Study: Price

Yesterday, JD Power released its newest tablet satisfaction study and the Internet went a bit nuts. For the first time, Samsung had edged out perennial favorite Apple in customer satisfaction on tablets. This was a stark change from volume one of the study which had Apple handily beating its …

After 5 Years, Grown-Up Groupon Gets 'Sophisticated'

After five roller-coaster years that resembled a teen’s awkward adolescence, Groupon (GRPN) finally seems to be growing up.<p>As it celebrates its five-year anniversary, the Chicago-based site on Friday rolled out a brand new website that it says gives the site a more “sophisticated new look and feel” …

Broken news: struggling to find facts in the Twitter maelstrom

LAX shooting shows that the rules of retraction on Twitter are still unwritten — especially for old media<p><i>By Adi Robertson and Russell Brandom</i><p>As with Hurricane Sandy, the Boston Marathon bombings, and countless other major stories, news of today's shooting at the Los Angeles International Airport …

Android 4.4 KitKat Continues To Reduce Fragmentation Of The Platform Thanks To Google Play

With the release of Android 4.4 (codename KitKat, in an interesting marketing move with Nestle), Google has taken more control of the software stack of the mobile operating system, leaving less control in the hands of the networks and addressing the issue of fragmentation in Android.<p>This is not a …

Google’s Barges Likely Glass Exhibition Spaces, Lease Indicates

The furor over Google’s mystery barges in San Francisco and Portland has reached a fever pitch over the past week. According to our sources the various reports about the barges being showcases for Google’s Glass retail efforts are correct.<p>Today, a report by The Los Angeles Times’ Chris O’Brien …