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Google spews out Alphabet. Alphabet gobbles Google

Google morphed into its new holding company, Alphabet, after close of business on Friday. The Chocolate Factory announced a huge rejig of its biz in August, when Sundar Pichai was crowned chief exec of Google. The ad giant's co-founder Larry Page and Sergey Brin now head up Alphabet as CEO and president. Google, meanwhile, …
Kelly Fiveash, 03 Oct 2015

Google bows to inevitable, stops forcing Google+ logins on YouTubers

Google will get rid of any requirement to "use" its tumbleweed-tastic "social network" Google+ from YouTube and others of its popular websites, following mounting annoyance among users. This means people will no longer be forced to use the ghost-town social network: you'll be able to log into YouTube, and other Googley …
Shaun Nichols, 27 Jul 2015

Cash-hungry Google chief upgrades advertising veeps

Google's recently-uploaded chief Sundar Pichai has made his first big management changes to the ad giant since assuming the top dog role in August. It comes just a week after Google morphed into its new holding company, Alphabet – headed up by the multinational's co-founders, Larry Page and Sergey Brin. According to Re/code, …
Team Register, 10 Oct 2015

Google Google GOOGLE! Cloud cloud CLOUD! These prices are INNNSAAAANE!

Google is cutting prices on its Cloud hosted computing service. The Mountain View Ad server said it would be offering lower prices on cloud compute instances and virtual machines. Under the new pricing model, cloud compute instances will be cut anywhere from 5 per cent (high CPU instances) to 30 per cent (micro CPU instances) …
Shaun Nichols, 18 May 2015
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Google stretches tentacles into the health market

Google is extending its tentacles further into the health space with the announcement of Tom Insel, director of the US National Institute of Mental Health, as senior researcher to its Google Life Sciences unit. It is the second major appointment to be recently announced by the newly renamed mega corporate entity Alphabet in …
Kat Hall, 16 Sep 2015
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I was GOOGLE for a MINUTE, claims quick-witted dude

Google is investigating how an Amazon intern "bought" its domain. The Mountain View giant said it had not "noticed anything unusual" and that it didn't lose control of the domain. Beyond that, the company is keeping mum. Intern Sanmay Ved says he noticed was available for sale, and quickly "purchased" it …
Darren Pauli, 02 Oct 2015

Yow! It's the HOT NEW 'Collections' from Google! Oh wait ... it's a Google+ thing

Google+ has not only, er, joined Twitter in the past few days – it also unveiled a desperate-looking new feature dubbed Collections. The move is Mountain View's latest attempt to create some buzz around its ID-slurping "network thingy", which the ad giant has failed to successfully market as an alternative to Facebook or Twitter …
Kelly Fiveash, 05 May 2015
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Why are Google and 'VW group' having a 'global summit' in San Francisco today?

Pic A friend of The Reg today spotted something rather interesting in downtown San Francisco: an empty van bearing a sign reading “Google VW Group Summit.” We're pretty sure “VW Group” is the automobile manufacturer Volkswagen and that Google, despite the off-brand sign, is the Alphabet subsidiary dedicated to advertising, web …
Simon Sharwood, 03 Sep 2015

Google Cloud in nine-hour storage SNAFU

Google's suffered another cloud storage outage. The Alphabet subsidiary's cloud outfit recently suffered very slight data loss after four lightning strikes took out power flows to a Belgian data centre. This new incident is global and has impacted Google Cloud Storage XML API signed URLs. Google what? The Chocolate Factory …
Simon Sharwood, 27 Aug 2015
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Krafcik takes wheel at Google driverless car project, so to speak

Gigantic automated advertising firm Google has hired the former CEO of Hyundai to head up its famous driverless car outfit. John Krafcik confirmed that he would run the (road)show from late September. "This is a great opportunity to help Google develop the enormous potential of self-driving cars. I can’t wait to get started," …
Kelly Fiveash, 14 Sep 2015

KREMLIN: Google is ABUSING ITSELF, misusing its mighty market position

The Russian state is to take action against gigantic advertising company Google for abuse of its dominant position across internet services, according to reports. The Wall Street Journal cited sources in the Russian Federal Antimonopoly Service as saying that the agency's probe into a complaint from rival Yandex had found …
Shaun Nichols, 14 Sep 2015

Earth wobbles on axis as Google rebrands

Logowatch Paradigms were shifted and the Earth possibly wobbled a little on its axis yesterday as Google announced a new logo to brand its continuing drive towards total world domination. According to a blog post, the revamp includes a fresh face and an "identity family", all suitable for deployment across the bewildering and exciting …
Lester Haines, 02 Sep 2015
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Google Talk is dead, long live, er, Google Talk: Chat will survive app zap, flaps G+ chap

As Google killed off its Windows Google Talk client, it was feared the web giant would soon drop Google Talk support completely – in hope of forcing everyone over to Hangouts. The death of the Windows desktop app was seen was a signal that Google will, in the near future, axe Google Talk for all XMPP-based clients, not just …
Shaun Nichols, 18 Feb 2015

Choc Factory patches zero day Google for Work hack hole

Google has patched a vulnerability in the Google Admin application that could allow attackers to steal enterprise accounts. MWR Labs researcher Rob Miller reported the sandbox-hopping hole, rated medium severity, which can be exploited by malware residing on a user's device. The flaw can be used to steal Google for Work …
Darren Pauli, 17 Aug 2015

Avere climbs higher up the Google cloud mountain

Filer speed turbocharger Avere has a faster virtual filer in the cloud and front-ends Google Nearline and DRA cloud storage. It's adding the three-second data retrieval Nearline and Durable Reduced Availability (DRA) support to its existing FXT front-end caching box' support of Google cloud storage. This means that data in …
Chris Mellor, 02 Oct 2015

Google ponders purified Pakistani YouTube

Pakistan's Standing Committee on Information Technology and Communications has recommended that the nation end its ban on YouTube. Pakistan was unhappy with YouTube for years, on grounds that it made it possible to view content considered blasphemous. Once the controversial film “Innocence of Muslims” made it to Google's …
Simon Sharwood, 17 Sep 2015
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Google says Loony broadband balloons are 'nearly perfect'

Google is promising that its Project Loon balloon-broadband initiative is ready to go and wants to announce its first operator partners in Africa soon. Last Friday, Google [x] regional business lead Wael Fakharany told the GSMA Mobile 360 conference in South Africa the company has “almost perfected” the Loon technology. …
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Google burnishes Chrome to patch over 43 bugs

Google has pushed out a new cross-platform version of Chrome that fixes no less than 43 security bugs. Chrome version 44.0.2403.89 for Windows, Mac and Linux addresses 12 potentially “high-impact flaws”, several of which revolve around buffer overflow bugs. A pair of universal cross-site scripting bugs also rate towards the …
John Leyden, 24 Jul 2015

Google's Euro-cloud in lengthy disk degradation drama

Users of Google Compute Engine's Persistent Disks in the europe-west1-b region have endured an anxious few hours, as the service has experienced a lengthy brown-out. Persistent Disks are data stores that exist independently of virtual machines and retain data whatever the state of the VM. One can store data in a Persistent …
Simon Sharwood, 14 Aug 2015
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Google swallows, but won't digest, mobile app prototyping biz Pixate

The Chocolate Factory has snapped up mobile app prototyping biz Pixate for an undisclosed sum. Under the deal, Google will make the software that allows developers to collaborate and share prototypes with their team, free to use. Previously, the software licences cost around $150 (£96). Pixate is now promising to reimburse …
Kat Hall, 22 Jul 2015
Google faces antitrust charges in the European Union

Commish grants Google two more weeks to work on EU antitrust defence

Google has been given another deadline extension as it prepares to mount a defence against antitrust charges in Europe. The search monster will now have until the end of the month to get its affairs in order, EU Competition Commission spokesman Ricardo Cardoso confirmed on Friday. Google had already been given an extra six …
Jennifer Baker, 14 Aug 2015
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Google adds Windows Server to Cloud Platform

Google's Cloud Platform has offered any operating system you want, so long as it's Linux. But as of this week you can also run Windows Server in the company's cloud. The company's spinning the addition as a hybrid cloud play, writing that many of its customers “ deploy and operate diverse sets of technologies in mixed Linux …
Simon Sharwood, 15 Jul 2015

Want cheaper AT&T gigabit service? Move to a Google Fiber city

Disturbing content Competition works: AT&T has been found to be charging less for its gigabit broadband service in cities where it has to compete with Google Fiber. A report by Consumerist analysts noted that AT&T varies the prices on its 1Gbps Gigapower service depending on where it's rolled out – and the correlation between the lower rates was …
Shaun Nichols, 01 Oct 2015
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Google Californian warehouse workers file to form union

Workers at a Google Express warehouse in San Francisco have filed to form a union, citing poor conditions, low wages, and lack of benefits. The Teamsters Local Union 853 announced that 140 workers at the facility have filed for a representation election. Google Express Services, operated by Swiss HR biz Adecco, provides …
Kat Hall, 28 Jul 2015
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Google it onna Google phone onna GOOGLE NETWORK. MVNO plan imminent

Google could uncloak plans for a mobile network in the US today, possibly running on two networks, the Wall Street Journal is reporting. While a lot of the brouhaha over the plans – which were referenced in a presentation at Mobile World Congress in March – has been over the cost of data, perhaps the most interesting aspect is …
Simon Rockman, 22 Apr 2015
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Google MURDERS Google Code, orders everyone out to GitHub and co

Google killing off its own software projects is nothing new, but the Mountain View goliath will soon kill your software projects, too, if you host them on Google Code. The online ad titan said on Thursday that it was shutting down its code collaboration service, which was launched in 2006, effective immediately. The service …
Neil McAllister, 12 Mar 2015
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Google's new free music service is classic Google: Take someone's idea and slap ads on it

A week before Apple launches its streaming music service, Google has sneaked out a free-to-use rival. Youtube Video Google's new advert-crammed streaming service won’t cost you a penny to tune into. Be aware, though, that you won’t be able to pick artists directly; instead, you have to stream from playlists (or "stations") with …
Iain Thomson, 23 Jun 2015
Google faces antitrust charges in the European Union

Now India probes Google, threatens $1bn fine over 'biased' search

Google has confirmed to The Register it is being probed in India over allegations that it unfairly promotes its own services over rivals in web search results. The California goliath faces a fine up to $1.4bn – a tenth of its annual profit – if it is found to have broken monopoly laws in the country. The Competition …
Shaun Nichols, 31 Aug 2015
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Google to China: Please Play with us, we promise to respect your strict censorship diet – report

Google has reportedly been working hard to reboot its business in China, after the ad giant walked away from the country following a censorship spat with Beijing in 2010. The Sundar Pichai-run company apparently hopes to return to the People's Republic armed with mobile services that suit the censorship sensibility of the …
Kelly Fiveash, 05 Sep 2015
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Google creates cloud code cache

With an uncharacteristic lack of fanfare, Google has decided to hang around the kitchen at the code repository party. With Microsoft, AWS, and Atlassian and BitBucket already eyeing off the popularity of GitHub, it's probably no surprise that the Chocolate Factory would also like a piece of the action. Google has been quietly …

Pirate captain blasts Google for its 'mystery' Chrome blob

Pirate Party captain Rick Falkvinge has weighed into the Google Chrome 'listening blob' debate, saying Mountain View silently downloaded an 'eavesdropper' to Chrome users' machines. The row arose last week, when Debian users first noticed that The Chocolate Factory was dropping the blob on their machines. Falkvinge rejects …
Darren Pauli, 23 Jun 2015
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Google Adblock shock a load of cock – users mock post hoc

AdBlock Plus has denied Google has found a way of getting around its adblocking tool, instead blaming the problem on Chrome. Users complained that ads were loading on YouTube and not displaying a skip button. Initially it was thought the failure to use the adblocking tool was an aggressive tactic by Google to combat its …
Kat Hall, 07 Sep 2015
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Google wraps search designer in Cardboard

Google luminary Jon Wiley has taken a sideways jump that's seen as signalling a serious move on the virtual reality market. The change was noticed when Wiley updated his Twitter profile. Previously head of user experience in Google's search business, his profile now describes him as “Principal Designer, Google Cardboard and VR …

Cyber crims up the ante with Google Play brainteaser malware

Android malware bundled in an intelligence-testing game has been published to the official Google Play Store, not once but twice, claiming hundreds of thousands of victims in the process. Dodgy versions of a gaming app called BrainTest were able to bypass Google’s security scanning of mobile apps using a range of techniques. …
John Leyden, 22 Sep 2015
Google faces antitrust charges in the European Union

Google on Google: The carefully collated anti-trust truth

Google doesn’t always take the threat of anti-trust charges too seriously. After the Wall Street Journal implied that the FTC opted for less aggressive action against Google because of political pressure, Google responded with references to a laughing baby, and by personally attacking the newspaper’s owner. After all, when you’ …
Andrew Orlowski, 16 Jun 2015

Google research bods hope to LICK BATTERY life limits – report

Google has reportedly been attempting to develop batteries that last longer. The world's largest ad broker apparently has a small team of four people beavering away at lithium-ion technology and solid-state batteries in its Google X research lab. According to the Wall Street Journal, erstwhile Apple battery bod Dr Ramesh …
Kelly Fiveash, 12 Apr 2015
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Google sneaks out new clip-on tech goggles for saddo Glassholes

Google has reportedly been developing a revision of its infamous Glass product for use in the workplace. The Wall Street Journal cited sources familiar in reporting that the new version of Glass will be a clip-on system designed for specialized tasks. Google execs have previously said that the Chocolate Factory was looking to …
Shaun Nichols, 31 Jul 2015

Google's Moto-v-Microsoft appeal denied

A US appeals court has said that yes, Motorola/Google had chased Microsoft in bad faith over WiFi patents and that the Chocolate Factory still owes Redmond US$14 million. In among the mass of messy patent litigation of recent years was a suit that saw Motorola sue over how much Microsoft should be paying it for using WiFi and …

Google endures wobbly Wednesday in the cloud

Google's endured a wobbly week in the cloud, suffering three brown-outs of varying severity. On Wednesday, the company's App Engine had trouble with its task queues that meant some users had trouble deploying applications. Later that day, the Big Query streaming API struck trouble. Next came trouble connecting to Cloud SQL. The …
Simon Sharwood, 19 Jun 2015
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Sue us for Safari ad tracking? You'll be lucky, peons, cackles Google

The UK's Supreme Court has granted Google permission to appeal against a ruling giving Apple Safari users the right to sue the Chocolate Factory over its adbot tracking. Google had been accused of unfairly circumventing users' privacy settings in Safari, allowing it to follow Safari users around the internet and show them …
Kat Hall, 29 Jul 2015
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Google to axe TXT reminders for Calendar events

Google has emailed users of its Calendar service to advise them that “Starting on June 27th, 2015, SMS notifications from Google Calendar will no longer be sent.” The Chocolate Factory's reasoning for the cessation of TXT reminders is that “SMS notifications launched before smartphones were available. Now, in a world with …
Simon Sharwood, 01 Jun 2015
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Feeling sweary? Don't tell Google Docs

NSFW Google's turned on speech recognition for Google Docs users, but only if you're polite. That's the conclusion of blogger Gretchen McCulloch, who writes about swearing at Strong Language (while the blog is probably NSFW, it's got some gems, such as a thorough trawl of Australia's Hansard to record “unparliamentary language” …

What's not up, Docs? Google Docs goes titsup in time for Friday beers

Updated It's not you – it's Google. The web giant's Docs cloud has fallen off the internet, leaving US office workers eyeing up the boozer early. The in-browser word processor is offline around the world, and returns a 502 error when accessing it. Google Drive is also struggling to stay up, it seems. The alleged productivity suite …
Chris Williams, 09 Oct 2015

Google: Maps editing is back – but, please, no more p*ss-taking robots!

Google is set to reopen its Maps service to user-submitted edits and labels albeit through a new moderating process. The web goliath will use a team of hand-selected users to screen edits to its maps and approve any changes. Previously, Google employees were taxed with monitoring all submitted revisions of Maps. "Map Maker …
Shaun Nichols, 15 Jul 2015
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Google wants to take a bite out of your apples (NOT your gadgets)

Google is hoping to wean Silicon Valley man-children off junk food diets with fresh-food deliveries by its Google Express operation. Google Express was announced in 2013 in opposition to Amazon and eBay's grocery deliver services. It's potentially a nice earner for Mountain View because it offers the chance to clip the coupon …
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Google: Hey startups, want in on our patent gang? First hit's free

Google is looking to recruit 50 startups to participate in its patent licensing network. The Mountain View ad giant said its Patent Starter Program would offer startups free Google Patents as well as the ability to view Google's entire portfolio with the option of acquiring further patents. In exchange, the startups will be …
Shaun Nichols, 24 Jul 2015

Baidu, Google, Microsoft and Qualcomm join to invest in CloudFlare

Four internet giants – Baidu, Google, Microsoft and Qualcomm – have cosied up to join CloudFlare's most recent funding round, which raised $110m. The Content Delivery Network service, which is headquartered in San Francisco (with an additional office in London) was founded in July 2009 and is reportedly considering an IPO. It …
Google Cardboard VR

Google's Cardboard cutout VR headgear given away GRATIS by OnePlus ... SELLS OUT

Google's VR face goggles, dubbed Cardboard, were being given away for free, plus shipping by OnePlus. Until – that is – the smartphone maker sold out of the devices. The marketing stunt appeared to have paid off for the Chinese firm, at least in shipment fees ($5 a pop) and publicity. OnePlus was offering a modified version …
Team Register, 04 Jul 2015

Now you can be tracked online by your email addy. Thanks, Google!

Companies can upload your email address to Google so when the internet goliath detects you surfing across the web, it can throw better-targeted adverts at you. So if you buy a bike and give the store your email address, and the store gives that information to Google, the internet billboard giant can find the Google account …
Jennifer Baker, 29 Sep 2015
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Hey, glassholes: Google patents movement-sensing, shape-shifting specs

Keeping your glasses on the bridge of your nose as you move around is a problem for which Google has a solution. The Chocolate Factory has filed a patent for glasses which mechanically alter their shape. Much like peril-sensitive sunglasses, they monitor what you are doing and react. Unfortunately this isn't a reaction to …
Simon Rockman, 15 Sep 2015