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Google is Getting Into the Domain Business; Should GoDaddy be Worried?

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Watch out, GoDaddy. Google is making moves on your turf. Continue reading “Google is Getting Into the Domain Business; Should GoDaddy be Worried?”

Will Independent Online Storage Companies Get Squeezed Out of the Market?

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As the price of online storage plummets, can independents like Dropbox and Box survive? Continue reading “Will Independent Online Storage Companies Get Squeezed Out of the Market?”

WSJ Report: Apple’s iWatch to Go On Sale in October

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The wait for Apple’s smartwatch may be over soon as signs that the company’s plan to launch a watch become ever more concrete. Continue reading “WSJ Report: Apple’s iWatch to Go On Sale in October”

Google Buys Home-Monitoring Startup, Dropcam, and Some Say the Search Giant’s Intentions are a Bit Creepy

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After weeks of speculation, Google is reportedly buying the home-monitoring startup Dropcam, which will allow the behemoth to physically enter the homes of consumers. The price tag is said to be $555 million. Continue reading “Google Buys Home-Monitoring Startup, Dropcam, and Some Say the Search Giant’s Intentions are a Bit Creepy”

Google Launching New Push To Get Girls Into Coding

In this photo taken Wednesday, June 18, 2014, Bryanna Gilges, 15, left, and Yvonne Gonzalez, 17, right, work at completing an exercise during a Girls Who Code class at Adobe Systems in San Jose, Calif. Girls Who Code, a national non-profit organization that aims to inspire, educate and equip young women for futures in the computing-related fields, kicked off its summer program in partnership with the world's leading tech companies. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg) | ASSOCIATED PRESS
In this photo taken Wednesday, June 18, 2014, Bryanna Gilges, 15, left, and Yvonne Gonzalez, 17, right, work at completing an exercise during a Girls Who Code class at Adobe Systems in San Jose, Calif. Girls Who Code, a national non-profit organization that aims to inspire, educate and equip young women for futures in the computing-related fields, kicked off its summer program in partnership with the world’s leading tech companies. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg) | ASSOCIATED PRESS

Diana Navarro loves to code, and she’s not afraid to admit it. But the 18-year-old Rutgers University computer science major knows she’s an anomaly: Writing software to run computer programs in 2014 is — more than ever — a man’s world. Continue reading “Google Launching New Push To Get Girls Into Coding”

Google Will No Longer Accept Porn In Ads, Apps

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Google is cracking down on sexually graphic content with two recent policy changes, one implemented in March and one that started last week. The new rules take steps to eliminate explicit material in Google’s advertisements and apps.

Continue reading “Google Will No Longer Accept Porn In Ads, Apps”

Google Signs Deal with Portland Officials to Bring Fiber Internet Service to the City

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Some Portland residents will have another alternative for Internet service soon, as this week the Portland City Council has approved a franchise agreement with Google to bring its fiber service into the Northwest locale. Google will apparently offer free Internet service to Portland residents for a one-time $300 fee, a trade-off for the city dropping a three-percent fee levied on rival provider Comcast. Continue reading “Google Signs Deal with Portland Officials to Bring Fiber Internet Service to the City”

Google’s New Satellites: All-seeing Eyes for Good or for Evil?

Building SkySat-1 in the clean room of Skybox in Mountain View, CA, in 2013. (Photo: Spencer Lowell, Wired)
Building SkySat-1 in the clean room of Skybox in Mountain View, CA, in 2013. (Photo: Spencer Lowell, Wired)

The reach of Google’s online empire is hard to overstate. In a sense, the Google search engine is the loom through which the entirety of the public internet is woven. With tools like Gmail, Google Calendar, and Google Docs, the company also handles many of our private online tasks. Using the data generated by these services to target online ads, Google has built a business that generates tens of billions of dollars a year. Continue reading “Google’s New Satellites: All-seeing Eyes for Good or for Evil?”

Google Plunks Down $500 Million Cash for Satellite Imaging Start-up, Skybox

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Google (Photo : REUTERS/Stephen Lam)

Google has purchased a satellite imaging company, Skybox, for $500 million in cash earlier this week, Washington Post reported.

According to Google, Skybox will be helping them in keeping Google Maps up-to-date with the latest satellite images. Over time, Google hopes that Skybox’s team and technology will be able to help them improve Internet access and disaster relief – areas Google has long been interested in.

The satellites and its images provided by Skybox may not be the only thing that Google has eyes out for.

What made the small 5-year-old company stand out for Google is its data processing capabilities. Processing satellite data – turning high-quality, recent images of the earth into useful information – is a complex process, Forbes has learned.

Skybox mines around one terabyte of data daily and the company’s own marketing materials play up its data processing ahead of its satellites. With Google’s latest acquisition of the company, they will have a chance to make big data even bigger.

“The time is right to join a company who can challenge us to think even bigger and bolder, and who can support us in accelerating our ambitious vision,” Skybox said in a blog post.

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