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Google developing SDK to make Android the standard for wearables

Google wants to make it easier for lots of wearables to run on the Android operating system.<p>In about two weeks, the tech giant will release an Android software-development kit (SDK) for wearable devices. This comes from Sundar Pichai, Google’s senior vice president of Android, Chrome, and apps, …

Google: Chromebooks Are Selling Like Crazy But We Don't Make Money On Them

Google executives reminded Wall Street analysts of that fact on the company's conference call on Thursday.<p>Nikesh Arora, Google's chief business officer, happily pointed out that eight big PC manufactures are now making Chromebooks (nearly all of Microsoft's partners).<p>He also said that yet another …

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Chrome hack lets websites keep listening after you close the tab

Toying around with voice-recognition apps, developer Tal Ater noticed something strange. Because of a quirk in Chrome's microphone settings, any site enabled for voice-recognition could use a pop-up window to keep recording almost indefinitely, hidden in the background. In Ater's demonstration, he …

Amazon said to be buying payments startup GoPago

The e-commerce giant looks to be treading into PayPal and Square's digital payments territory.<p>Word has it Amazon is eyeing payments business GoPago, which could give it a leg up in the mobile payments business. According to reports in Italian newspapers La Repubblica and Corriere della Sera, GoPago …

FinTech

While Mulally/Nadella Remain the Favorites, Bates Is Silicon Valley’s Choice for Microsoft CEO

Tony Bates<p>About 10 days ago, <b>AllThingsD</b> reported once again that Ford CEO Alan Mulally was in the lead position to take over as CEO of Microsoft, with …

Xbox is an essential piece of the new Microsoft pie, says departing CEO Steve Ballmer

In his final speech as CEO at a Microsoft shareholder meeting, outgoing CEO Steve Ballmer fired a shot across the bow of those who are rumored to be thinking of splitting the company into component parts and selling some of them.<p>Like possible new CEO Steven Elop, for example.<p>One of the candidates …

Google Has Designed A Throat Tattoo That Is Also A Lie Detector

The tattoo isn't permanent — it's applied to a sticky substance on the skin.<p>The intent of the device is to allow someone to wear a communications device on their throat, keeping a mobile phone or similar device in their pocket. The tattoo communicates with the device, transmitting conversation. …

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Apple Maps Significantly More Popular Than All Other iOS Mapping Apps, Including Google

After a rough launch last year, Apple Maps appears to be doing very well for itself, with 35 million U.S. iPhone owners using the app in September 2013, versus 6 million iOS users of the downloadable Google Maps according to data from comScore and <i>The Guardian</i>.<p>The data remains a little fuzzy as …

Google to sunset Google TV brand as its smart TV platform merges with Android

Advertisement<p>33 Comments<p>Google (s GOOG) TV is dead, long live Android TV: Three years after launching the first generation of Google TV devices, …

Schmidt: Google Now approach could work for businesses

Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt tells CIOs they need to blow up their infrastructure pronto, argues Android is secure, and covers a lot of turf.<p>ORLANDO -- Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Google, said that the concepts and interface behind Google Now could be applied to corporations, …

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Twitter tunes in to TV partnerships ahead of IPO

People don't just watch TV anymore; they talk about it on Twitter. From the comfort of couches, they share reactions to touchdowns and nail-biting season finales - and advertisers and networks are taking note.<p>Examples of Twitter's influence abound. The recent finale of "Breaking Bad" generated a …

Social Media

Jeff Bezos wants to delight you

Jeff Bezos has a big laugh. It's a shotgun; a booming sound that reverberates through a room. It can be a little scary, actually. It is not subtle, gentle, or otherwise restrained. But when he does laugh — which is often — it is a laugh trained squarely on the room. Not inward, but outward. A laugh …

How many iPhones did Apple sell last weekend? Analysts dispute the numbers

Odds are good that not all 9 million are in customers' hands<p>As usual, Apple followed its first weekend of new iPhone availability with an announcement of record-breaking sales, but the number was particularly eye-popping: the company claimed 9 million iPhone 5S and 5C devices sold. That's up …

Surface blades: Microsoft bets on accessories as the future of tablets

Microsoft's biggest announcement this week wasn't its Surface 2 or Surface Pro 2 tablets, or even what was inside them. It was a surprising Music Cover and the thinner, more impressive second-generation Touch Cover. Instead of rethinking the core concepts behind the Surface itself, Microsoft is …

Google launches Constitute, a tool for creating and comparing governments (video)

Countries frequently amend or draft constitutions, but they can't always find example constitutions to work from -- not every country publishes its founding documents in accessible formats. So, Google's simplifying nation building by launching Constitute, a website that puts all the world's …

Microsoft Initiates Massive $40 Billion Share Buyback Program

Shortly before market opening, Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) announced a new massive buyback program as well as a dividend increase. The new buyback program comes after the expiration of a previous $40 billion program that is set to expire on September 2013. In other words, today’s news is a confirmation …

Bing gets a new logo and modern design to take on Google

Microsoft's Bing search engine is getting a new look. A year in the making, Bing is dropping its curly blue logo for a modern design that closely matches the rest of Microsoft's recently redesigned product branding. "The logo, obviously, is a big deal for us, a lot more angular and fresh and …

Google teams up with Harvard and MIT to help boost free online courses

Google said today that it will develop software for edX, a nonprofit created by Harvard and MIT that solicits and distributes online courses for free. Open edX, as the effort is called, is a platform for creating courses that can be taken by anyone with internet access. The move builds on Google's …

Apple still selling three-year-old iPhone 4 in China

In most countries, today's introduction of the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c also signaled the end of iPhone 4 availability. But apparently that's not the case in China, where Apple's three-year-old smartphone remains for sale alongside the newly unveiled models. Originally introduced in 2010, Apple and …

The chart Tim Cook doesn’t want you to see

At Apple’s iPhone presentation today, Tim Cook presented the following chart:<p>At best the chart is misleading; at worst it’s disingenuous. The chart has no scale. It could be showing billions of iPhone sales or it could be showing hundreds of iPhone sales.<p>Furthermore, showing sales cumulatively …

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4 Books Every Entrepreneur Must Read

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>The greatest lessons you'll ever learn will most likely be from your own experience. But entrepreneurs can also learn a lot from the advice and experiences of others, as long as we allow ourselves to be teachable.<p>Perhaps you were in grade …

Entrepreneurship

Nissan Unveils its In-Car Smartwatch

Smartwatches are the tech industry’s topic du jour after Samsung launched its Galaxy Gear watch, while even Qualcomm got in on the act when it unveiled Toq. If seeing Qualcomm — which makes chips for countless smartphone companies, but has little awareness among consumers — launch a watch was …

Google Confirms It Has Acquired Smart Watch Maker WIMM Labs

Google on Friday confirmed that the company had quietly acquired the team behind WIMM Labs, one of the early players in the smart watch category.<p>The …

New faces of Android: inside Google's management shuffle

With Andy Rubin and Hugo Barra out, who's next up to lead Google's biggest platform?<p>One big loss at the world's most popular smartphone platform has been followed by another. Five months after Android founder Andy Rubin left his creation to work on unspecified other projects inside Google, head of …

Yahoo’s Redesign Isn’t Over Yet, More Sites & Ad Formats To Come

Yahoo rolled out a major redesign to several of its web properties today – a move that’s part of a project apparently code-named “Grand Slam.” At least that’s how it was recently described in a Vogue profile of Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, which said Grand Slam is “an effort to bring a more coherent …

Google testing search-friendly tabs in stable versions of Chrome and Chrome OS

Google has been testing search-enabled tabs in Chrome since December, but you've had to run test versions of the browser to see those tabs in action. That changes today: the company is expanding its trials to include a small number of users running stable copies of Chrome and Chrome OS. If you're …

Ballmer Departure From Microsoft Was More Sudden Than Portrayed by the Company

According to sources close to the situation, the departure of CEO Steve Ballmer from Microsoft last week was more sudden than was depicted by the …

Sina, 'China's Twitter,' Launches Mobile Messaging App

Sina, China’s equivalent to Twitter, has jumped on the mobile messaging bandwagon after it began promoting its new app WeMeet, known as ‘Weimi’ in Chinese.<p>WeMeet has actually been around since April and is developed by 20-person Hangzhou Kuyue Technology, a team incubated within Sina, according to …

4 Charts That Explain Why Steve Ballmer Is Out At Microsoft

Microsoft dropped major news on Friday when it announced that its longtime chief executive, Steve Ballmer, is going to leave the company. While it's unclear if Ballmer left on his own or was forced out, it's apparent to everyone that Microsoft just isn't the behemoth it used to be.<p>Here are four …