Mozilla has previously relied on deals with Google to keep the company floating, but it looks like that’s changing. Google paid Mozilla to set Google Search as the default search engine in Firefox, but thanks to some other deals with companies like Yahoo, Baidu, and Yandex, Firefox is moving towards a less Google-influenced future. Read more
Although Google’s Project Loon is being developed as a way to bring Internet access to underserved markets around the world, Google is still deploying the technology in mature markets like the U.S. Thus far Google has limited Project Loon’s presence in the U.S. to testing, but a new filing seeking to expand authorization from the FCC suggests Google may have some larger plans in the works. Read more
Back in 2014, the European Union’s courts decided individuals covered by their jurisdiction had a right to not have some information about them show up in search results, the so-called “right to be forgotten.” Although action to protect individuals exercising this right applies to all search engines, by virtue of its size and having been a party to the original complaint, Google has been the primary recipient of attention regarding how this right will actually be implemented. To help the public understand the impact of the decision, Google has released a transparency report on search removals. Read more
Google will be giving out this cool Lego kit to some Project Fi subscribers. We don’t currently know if every Project Fi subscriber will get one, or just a lucky few. However, if you are lucky enough to receive the kit, once it is built it becomes a charging station for your Nexus.
If you cast your mind back a week, you may recall that Google employee Benson Leung published a post over on his official G+ page disclosing that the OnePlus’ official Type-C cable is not safe for use with Android-powered smartphones and tablets as it doesn’t comply to the operating system’s USB compatibility specifications.
OnePlus has now issued a statement revealing that the cable is only safe for use with the OnePlus 2 and may cause damage to third-party devices. As a result, the Chinese company is offering all customers who purchased a wire independently for use on a non-OnePlus handset a full refund.
Nest is sending out an update to all of its thermostats that will allow them to make small changes in-order to keep your house at the ideal temperature. Nest says it has done this by creating even better algorithms that take into consideration things like weather, drafts, and your schedule.
Google utilized two of its most popular Twitter accounts to tease upcoming Black Friday deals.
In the United States only, with hopefully more countries to come, Android users can send Play credit gifts to others via email.
Back in October, Google announced the launch of a new initiative called the Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) project. AMP is an effort to speed up the delivery of web content through an open framework. In an update posted this week, Google indicated they are on track to start sharing AMP pages via Google Search in early 2016. The AMP team also shared some information on the partners they are bringing on board and some of the challenges they are addressing. Read more
Google once had many smaller projects it was working on, but all of those are now their own company under the Alphabet umbrella. However, unlike before, Alphabet will be keeping a close eye on their spending habits, and making sure they are held accountable for their spending.