Google Gets Into Domain Sales

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domains So, you want to buy a domain name. Who do you go to first? GoDaddy? NameCheap? Whoever happens to have a sale going on right now? How about Google? For the past few years, anyone looking to Google to buy a domain has been met with this support page, which proclaims that “Google itself doesn’t register or host domain names.” before recommending up a few partners who do.… Read More

Google Play Quarterly App Revenue More Than Doubled Over Past Year, Thanks To Games, Freemium Apps

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google-play How well the Android app marketplace on Google Play is performing is the subject of a new report from recently expanded app analytics firm App Annie, out today ahead of this week’s Google I/O 2014 developer conference. The report indicates that the past year has been significant for Android app publishers, as Google Play apps, downloads, and revenue have all seen what the firm referred to… Read More

John Oliver attacks Dr. Oz and nutritional supplements with the help of George R.R. Martin

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In his latest segment on Last Week Tonight, John Oliver once again proved he’s the longform storyteller to John Stewart and Stephen Colbert’s daily news writers. Last night, Oliver took on Dr. Mehmet Oz, who last week had to address a Senate committee about the often ludicrous claims he makes to describe unregulated nutritional supplements on his popular show. His critique eventually grew into an indictment of the supplement lobby, which has for 20 years fought against regulation from the FDA despite products like Ephedra killing people. Oliver says he understands the issue, though; there’s only so much an Ivy League-educated physician can tell his captive audience every afternoon, so he necessarily has to (irresponsibly) sell concepts…

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The man who built Apple’s iPod is now running Google’s hardware future

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Google’s acquisition of Nest wasn’t finalized all that long ago, but it seems that CEO Tony Fadell is already making his way into Mountain View’s highest ranks. A new piece from The Information claims that Fadell — Nest’s founder and a former Apple executive who oversaw development of the iPod — now “owns” Google’s consumer hardware division. Sundar Pichai reportedly “dismantled almost all of the Android team’s hardware initiatives” to lend Fadell more creative freedom with Google’s future products and overall hardware roadmap. Still, it’s not exactly clear how much there was for Pichai to “dismantle” in the first place.

Google itself doesn’t produce much consumer hardware. Other manufacturers build its Nexus smartphones and tablets,…

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Yahoo’s Aviate intelligent home screen app leaves beta, gains useful new features

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Aviate, the Android app that caters your home screen to the time of day and where you are, is finally opening its doors to the world. After several months in beta and being acquired by Yahoo, the app is formally launching today with a revamped look, several new features, and a new name: Yahoo Aviate.

Yahoo Aviate is a lot like the app we tested last October. It shows music apps when you’re driving, news and weather apps in the morning, productivity apps while you’re at work, and maybe even a Reddit app right before bed. But with the company’s acquisition came a new focus on daily habits, and on showing actual content instead of apps. Where the Aviate Beta showed news apps when you first turned on your phone in the morning, Yahoo Aviate…

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Google’s lobbying powerhouse takes on state regulations

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As the company pushes forward on ambitious projects like Fiber and the self-driving car, Google has mounted an equally ambitious lobbying campaign in state capitols to make sure the projects aren’t held up by regulation. A new piece in Politico examines the various lobbying campaigns, which range from shepherding new self-driving provisions in Nevada to beating back anti-Glass driving laws in Illinois and Delaware. The company has also mounted campaigns in Kansas, Texas and Utah to clear any regulatory hurdles that might stand in the way of the project. Google spent more than $3.8 million on lobbying at a federal level, but the state-level initiatives often let the company exercise more power with less scrutiny. In the case of locally…

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Supreme Court limits EPA’s greenhouse gas regulations, but not by much

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The Supreme Court reined in the Environmental Protection Agency in a ruling on Monday, but the limitations it imposed were slight and largely allow the agency to continue instating regulations on greenhouse gas emitters. In a long and complex ruling, the court found that one of the ways that the EPA had been regulating large bodies like power plants was illegal — namely, it had adjusted the specific language of a law addressing pollutants. However, the agency has other means to apply these regulations in most situations.

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