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Google's Project Loon

Google balloon-based connectivity project takes to skies

Google is embarking on an ambitious project to provide wireless internet connectivity to hard to reach or extremely rural areas using hot air balloons. The firm said the project is aimed to get bring fast and affordable internet to those for whom it is out of reach.

Microsoft, Apple, Twitter and Google are among eight cloud firms calling for widespread reforms in US intelligence gathering techniques

NSA accessing Google, Facebook and Apple user data

It has been alleged by the Guardian newspaper that the US National Security Agency (NSA) has direct access to the systems of Google, Facebook, Apple and other US internet players. The access is reportedly part of a broader programme, called PRISM, which allows the agency to collect search history, email contents, file transfers and live chats of internet users.

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Provo, Utah next stop for Google Fiber

Google has revealed plans to brings its super-fast broadband project ‘Google Fiber’ to the city of Provo, Utah, by acquiring the city’s existing fibre network for a nominal fee of $1.

Google’s “predatory distribution of Android” at below-cost makes it difficult for other OS providers to compete, said Fairsearch

Google accused of anti-competitive Android practices in Europe

A pressure group with members including Microsoft, Oracle and Nokia has filed a complaint with the European Commission claiming that Google has used anti-competitive practices to dominate the mobile space. Fairsearch claimed that Google has unfairly cemented its control over consumers’ mobile internet experience and in online advertising for mobile.

Virgin Media Business has extended its service offering to include 4G mobile services

Mobile device price drop sees tablets outsell PCs

The number of tablets sold globally will surpass the number of PCs sold by 2017, according to analyst firm Gartner. Sales of Android smartphones are also expected to triple between 2012 and 2017, the firm forecasted.

Google's wacky Fiber Poles project

“Fiber Poles” among Google’s April Fools

Among Google’s April Fool’s Day jokes yesterday was a spoof video for followers of its Google Fiber blog, which promised to bring fibre speeds to anyone willing to plug their laptop of other device into a box at the base of a utility pole carrying Google’s fibre network.

Mozilla Firefox

Firefox mobile OS draws significant operator backing

The chief executives of Telecom Italia, Telenor, Telefónica, America Movil and Deutsche Telekom were all on hand at a Mozilla press conference on Sunday evening in Barcelona to voice their enthusiasm for the Firefox browser developer’s new HTML5-based smartphone OS.

Android and iOS platforms are most commonly used to generate mobile traffic worldwide

Google launches Maps for iOS

In the wake of the problems surrounding Apple’s own Maps application Google has now launched its own mapping app for the iOS platform. Although Google Maps was preinstalled on previous versions of the iOS platform, Google did not offer a version of its app for the latest iteration, iOS6. Instead Apple, having dispensed with a native installation of Google Maps, created its own mapping application in a move to take more control of the assets on its devices.

Google Wallet

Google Wallet eases online payment process

Google has improved the integration of its mobile wallet application with online retailers in a bid to stimulate mobile financial transactions. From this week, on sites that accept Google Wallet, users will no longer need to enter their credit or debit card number, billing address or other payment information.

Owners of Google's Nexus 4 tablet will have to make do without LTE

Google leaves LTE out of Nexus 4 smartphone

In a surprise move for the industry, smartphone player Google has launched its latest handset, the Nexus 4, without support for LTE. Instead customer will have to make do with HSPA+.

Jeremy Hunt, culture secretary for the UK

UK aiming to lead European broadband speeds by 2015

The UK’s culture secretary Jeremy Hunt has confirmed his intentions to provide citizens with the fastest broadband network of any major European country by 2015, delivering speeds of more than 24 Mbps to over 90% of the country.

Google's first fiber city is now ready for customers to sign up

Google’s Fiber City project goes live in Kansas City

Google has launched its long awaited Google Fiber project in Kansas City, offering a broadband service that it says is 100 times faster the average speed currently available in the US. It has also launched an interactive TV service dubbed Google Fiber TV.

Verizon Wireless has posted a 4.8 year on year increase in revenue for 1Q14, as well as a 15.1 per cent increase in operating income

Vodafone down, Verizon up, Microsoft makes loss, Google strong as usual

It’s quarterly results time again, with Vodafone, Verizon, Microsoft and Google reporting varying degrees of success for the quarter ended June 30.

Operator group Vodafone reported almost flat revenues for the quarter, climbing by just one per cent, to reach £10.8bn ($17bn).

Marissa Mayer, Yahoo's CEO

Yahoo appoints Google’s Marissa Mayer as CEO

Web search firm Yahoo has appointed former Google executive Marissa Mayer as its new CEO. Mayer joined Google in 1999 as the firm’s 20th employee. Her most recent role was to oversee the web giant’s Local, Maps, and Location Services for Google; a suite of products that includes Google Maps, Google Earth, Street View, and local search, for desktop and mobile.

optic fibre

Google Fiber project to expand beyond Kansas City?

As the long-awaited fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network that Google has busily been building in Kansas City nears completion, rumours have surfaced that the tech giant may be planning to build similar networks in other locations across the US.

Apple has unveiled iOS6

Apple ditches Google Maps, cosies up to Facebook

Apple has unveiled a new operating system for mobile devices, iOS6, which sees the firm ending its reliance on Google’s mapping software. Instead Apple has created its own mapping application in a move to take more control of the assets on its devices. One analyst warned that this announcement could have a negative knock-on effect on the operator community.

Telefonica has launched what it says is the world’s first telco-powered real-time mobile advertising exchange platform

Google integrates AdMob into AdWords

Web and advertising giant Google has finally integrated its AdMob mobile technology into the AdWords system, two years after the AdMob acquisition.

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