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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Amazon Brings Free, Ad-Supported TV Episodes To iOS, Plus HBO Content

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amazon-angled Amazon may have denied earlier reports that it would launch a free, advertising-supported TV and music video service, as a departure from Prime Instant Video, but it has at least begun dipping its toe in to the waters of ad-supported TV, it seems. In the most recent example, today’s update of the Amazon Instant Video application on iOS now includes free episodes for selected TV… Read More

Amazillions Are Streaming Music Via Amazon Prime

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Screen Shot 2014-06-23 at 15.25.12 Amazon today released its first numbers offering some insight into how many people are streaming music over its new Amazon Prime Music service a little over a week after its launch. Before you ask, I’ll say straight out that par for the course with Amazon, there are no specific sales numbers: “Prime members streamed tens of millions of songs—that’s millions of hours… Read More

Blogging History: Snowden leaves Moscow; Iran arrests journos; RIAA shafts libraries

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One year ago today
Edward Snowden is on the move: headed Moscow -Havana -[Quito|Caracas]: The Guardian and South China Morning Post report that NSA leaker Edward Snowden has left Hong Kong on an Aeroflot jet heading for Moscow, aiming for Havana, and then, eventually, either Quito, Ecuador, or Havana, Cuba.

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British Airways will lull you to sleep with seven-hour train video

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Long-haul passengers on British Airways will soon be able to pick between Hollywood blockbusters and footage from a seven-hour Norwegian train ride. Bloomberg reports that the airline plans to show the long, scenic passage from Bergen to Oslo, Norway on select flights. In the future, the company may also incorporate knitting, bird feeding, and walks in the park into its repertoire. “There’s a hypnotic, calming and entertaining quality to Slow TV that is perfect for in-flight entertainment,” says on-board entertainment manager Richard D’Cruze.

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Android everywhere: 11 things to watch for at Google I/O

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The Google I/O conference is ostensibly meant for developers, but the reality is that there are always important products announced there. Every year we expect big things from the company that has become much more than a search giant. Two years ago we witnessed the wild hijinks of co-founder Sergey Brin leaping out of a zeppelin to demonstrate Google Glass, while last year brought us an array of incremental updates to Google’s products and CEO Larry Page’s whispered dreams of a private,…

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Syria has handed over the last of its declared chemical weapons

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Syria’s chemical weapons stockpile may finally be a thing of the past. After months of careful diplomacy, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons is reporting that the last hundred tons of Syria’s stockpile has been loaded onto ships to be shipped to a European site for destruction. In a statement to the press, OPCW hailed the successful elimination of the stockpile as a watershed moment in international relations. “The mission to eliminate Syria’s chemical weapons programme has been a major undertaking marked by an extraordinary international cooperation,” said Ahmet Üzümcü, Director-General of the OPCW. “Never before has an entire arsenal of a category of weapons of mass destruction been removed from a country…

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Employee Perk Startup AnyPerk Raises $3M From Vegas Tech Fund And Others

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Taro Fukuyama AnyPerk, a Y Combinator-incubated startup that aims to help companies of all sizes deliver employee perks, is announcing that it has raised $3 million in additional seed funding.
The startup said it already works with 2,500 customers, including TaskRabbit and Lyft (which offers perks to its drivers). While there’s a lot of discussion right now about recruiting top-notch employees… Read More

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