Web giant Google has been left without a leader for its Google+ social networking site after Vic Gundotra has stepped down as senior vice president for social at Google after almost eight years at the firm.
A consortium of six companies has agreed to build and operate a new trans-Pacific cable system linking Japan with the US. It has an initial design capacity of 60Tb per second and is consequently called ‘FASTER’, despite not apparently being an acronym.
Google has announced that it has set up an arm of Google Ventures in Europe and allocated an initial fund of $100m for local startups. The announcement will presumably be welcomed by startups in the UK, where we’re so keen to emulate Silicon Valley that we insert “Silicon” into the name of anywhere a tech startup spends more than a couple of hours.
US operator AT&T has announced plans to expand its fibre network across the US to up to 100 further cities and municipalities. The operator will be extending the footprint its triple play U-Verse TV, fixed internet and telephony service which it claims delivers speeds of up to 1Gbps.
Leading handset manufacturers and operators in the US have teamed up to introduce a ‘killswitch’ in an effort to curb smartphone theft in the country.
Social media darling Facebook this week had an eye on the future as it announced the acquisition of virtual reality technology provider Oculus for a hefty $2bn. CEO Mark Zuckerberg explained that the decision to acquire Oculus was made to place the firm in a commanding position for the future, as it expects immersive virtual [...]
Web giant Google has announced a tie-up with eyewear specialist the Luxottica Group as part of its Google Glass project. The Group is parent to several eyewear brands, including Ray-Ban and Oakley, and has over 5,000 retail outlets in the US. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Telecoms trade association the GSMA has announced that it has joined the Alliance for Affordable Internet (A4AI), a coalition with 50 members, including Google, Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson, Facebook, Intel and Microsoft, committed to bringing down the cost of internet access in developing nations.
Smart wearables are set to be one of the sexier topics in the industry over 2014. Kicking off next week, consumer electronics trade show CES is expected to be a showcase for progress the industry has made in this nascent product category.
According to National Security Agency documents recently leaked by former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, the US intelligence agency has hacked the main communications links between the public internet and Google and Yahoo’s datacentres globally. Google is ‘outraged’ by the reports, saying it underscores the need for urgent reform.
Keynote speakers on the first day of the Broadband World Forum talked about changing network architectures to build an internet better designed for a generation that has grown up with broadband access.
UK regulator Ofcom has announced that a group of technology firms, including Google, BT and Microsoft, are taking part in Europe’s first major pilot of white space technology. The regulator said that the UK will be among the first countries in the world to road-test the technology, which could help support the next wave of wireless innovation.
Web giant Google has acquired smartphone app developer Bump. The iOS and Android app maker has previously developed a tool (also called Bump) for exchanging business cards and sharing files and Flock; a photo-sharing app.
Web giant Google is looking to monetise its wearable computing project Google Glass by measuring how long users gaze at advertisements in their glasses for. The firm has been granted a patent for its Gaze Tracking System.
In a bid to boost revenues from its mobile services, web giant Google has introduced targeted ads into its Maps app for Android and iOS devices. The move could put a dent in mobile operators’ plans to create new revenue streams using location based services.
Handset maker Motorola Mobility, a subsidiary of Google, has launched a smartphone designed to be primarily controlled by voice. According to the firm, the Moto X handset has an “active display” which constantly feeds new information to the user without the use of notifications and pop ups.
Google has launched a low-price wireless dongle designed to enable users to stream web content to their TV set.
The company said the Chromecast device is designed to “make it easy to bring your favourite online entertainment to the biggest screen in your house,” and is Google’s latest attempt to break into the living room on the back of its Google TV play.
The boards of the world’s ten largest operators are dominated by executives with legal, financial and engineering backgrounds, resulting in a conservative culture that “struggles to drive and nurture innovation”, according to recruitment consultancy European Leaders.
Open source software developer Canonical has established a Carrier Advisory Group for its Ubuntu smartphone OS. The group is to be led by David Wood, a former Psion engineer and one of the founder members of the original Symbian collaboration.
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.