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Google to generate ad sales using Maps app

Google  will allow local businesses to advertise to potential customers through its Maps app

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.

Motorola champions ‘hands-free’ device

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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 intros content streaming TV dongle

The Chromecast HDMI dongle

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.

Operator boards to blame for lack of innovation

Operator board members are less innovative than those at OTT players, claims European Leaders

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.

Canonical announces Telco steering group for Ubuntu

Ubuntu on smartphones

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 balloon-based connectivity project takes to skies

Google has launched Project Loon

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.

NSA accessing Google, Facebook and Apple user data

US National Security Agency (NSA) allegedly has direct access to the systems of Google, Facebook, Apple and other US firms

It has been alleged by the Guardian newspaper that the US National Security Agency (NSA) has direct access to the systems of Google, Facebook, Apple and other US internet players. The access is reportedly part of a broader programme, called PRISM, which allows the agency to collect search history, email contents, file transfers and live chats of internet users.

YouTube: “100 hours of content is uploaded every minute; content discovery is very important”

Eric Mauskopf, Business Development, YouTube

Eric Mauskopf, Business Development, YouTube is delivering the opening keynote on Day Two of the Broadband LATAM conference, taking place on 2 – 3 July 2013 at the Grand Hyatt, Sao Paulo, Brazil. Ahead of the show we speak to him about his role at YouTube, what he’s working on right now and what YouTube plans are for future growth.

Provo, Utah next stop for Google Fiber

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Google has revealed plans to brings its super-fast broadband project ‘Google Fiber’ to the city of Provo, Utah, by acquiring the city’s existing fibre network for a nominal fee of $1.

Access field development director, Google: “We have to create more local content in Africa”

Kai U. Wulff, access field development director, Google

Kai U. Wulff, access field development director, Google is speaking on Day Two of the LTE Africa conference, taking place on 9th-10th July 2013 in Cape Town. Ahead of the show, we speak to him to find out more about his role, and why he is excited about Africa and its potential for growth.

Google accused of anti-competitive Android practices in Europe

Google’s “predatory distribution of Android” at below-cost makes it difficult for other OS providers to compete, said Fairsearch

A pressure group with members including Microsoft, Oracle and Nokia has filed a complaint with the European Commission claiming that Google has used anti-competitive practices to dominate the mobile space. Fairsearch claimed that Google has unfairly cemented its control over consumers’ mobile internet experience and in online advertising for mobile.

Mobile device price drop sees tablets outsell PCs

Worldwide devices are on pace to total 2.4 billion units in 2013

The number of tablets sold globally will surpass the number of PCs sold by 2017, according to analyst firm Gartner. Sales of Android smartphones are also expected to triple between 2012 and 2017, the firm forecasted.

“Fiber Poles” among Google’s April Fools

Google's wacky Fiber Poles project

Among Google’s April Fool’s Day jokes yesterday was a spoof video for followers of its Google Fiber blog, which promised to bring fibre speeds to anyone willing to plug their laptop of other device into a box at the base of a utility pole carrying Google’s fibre network.

Regional Manager Gulf, Google: “Mobile search is becoming increasingly crucial”

Mohamad Mourad, Regional Manager Gulf, Google

Mohamad Mourad, Regional Manager Gulf, Google is delivering a keynote of the opening day of the Broadband MEA conference, taking place on the 19th-20th March 2013 at the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel, Dubai, UAE. Ahead of the show we speak to him about his role and what opportunities he sees for Google in the region.

Firefox mobile OS draws significant operator backing

Handsets running Firefox OS are expected on the market in early 2013

The chief executives of Telecom Italia, Telenor, Telefónica, America Movil and Deutsche Telekom were all on hand at a Mozilla press conference on Sunday evening in Barcelona to voice their enthusiasm for the Firefox browser developer’s new HTML5-based smartphone OS.

Google launches Maps for iOS

Apple's Maps application has experienced serious teething problems

In the wake of the problems surrounding Apple’s own Maps application Google has now launched its own mapping app for the iOS platform. Although Google Maps was preinstalled on previous versions of the iOS platform, Google did not offer a version of its app for the latest iteration, iOS6. Instead Apple, having dispensed with a native installation of Google Maps, created its own mapping application in a move to take more control of the assets on its devices.

Google Wallet eases online payment process

Google Wallet

Google has improved the integration of its mobile wallet application with online retailers in a bid to stimulate mobile financial transactions. From this week, on sites that accept Google Wallet, users will no longer need to enter their credit or debit card number, billing address or other payment information.

Google leaves LTE out of Nexus 4 smartphone

Owners of Google's Nexus 4 tablet will have to make do without LTE

In a surprise move for the industry, smartphone player Google has launched its latest handset, the Nexus 4, without support for LTE. Instead customer will have to make do with HSPA+.

A quick chat with Daniel Sieberg, host of the Broadband Infovision Awards 2012

Daniel Sieberg, author of 'The Digital Diet'

Hosting this year’s Broadband Infovision Awards ceremony is Emmy-nominated former TV correspondent and tech expert Daniel Sieberg.

Director of product management YouTube: “YouTube has become a global living room”

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Hunter Walk is director of product management at YouTube and is delivering an opening day Keynote at the Broadband World Forum 2012, taking place on the 16 – 18 October 2012 at the RAI Exhibition and Convention Centre, Amsterdam, the Netherlands. We speak to him on what has made YouTube the global success it has become and how he sees the video platform evolving in the future.

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