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"His continued presence is the biggest overhang on Microsoft's stock." -- hedge fund manager David Einhorn on CEO Steve Ballmer (Reuters)
* Tech blog "This is my next" confirms Google will introduce the a near field communications (NFC) payment system later today along with participating retail partners that will MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - May 26, 2011 10:33 AM ET
Google's new Maps and Local VP Mayer says users are moving to mobile fast and Google will have layers of useful information waiting for them.
FORTUNE -- Despite a recent management reorganization at Google (GOOG), Marissa Mayer, now vice president of Maps and Local, says it's business of usual, describing the company atmosphere as "optimistic." At TechCrunch Disrupt in New York City, Mayer focused on the progress of her division, and MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - May 25, 2011 6:10 PM ET
Every great Apple product needs an app that shows off its unique features
The 1984 Macintosh had MacPaint. The 2007 iPhone had visual voicemail and Google Maps. The iPhone 4 had FaceTime.
Steve Jobs offered two tent-pole demos last week when he introduced the iPad 2. iMovie was cool, but GarageBand for the iPad is Apple's (AAPL) new must-have app.
According to a press release issued Thursday, the $4.99 program will be available MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Mar 10, 2011 11:33 AM ET
The multi-touch Maps application that Andy Rubin demoed last week will be on the Nexus S for official launch.
The Maps application that was loaded on that Motorola(MOT) tablet that Andy Rubin demonstrated last week at the Dive into Mobile event isn't just for prototype tablets. It appears that it will be joining the Nexus S for its release according to a video posted on the Nexus S YouTube account.
Of particular interest is MORESeth Weintraub - Dec 12, 2010 12:34 PM ET
Google may now be the biggest smartphone vendor on earth.
Andy Rubin just Tweeted that Google (GOOG) is activating 300,000 phones a day. That passes Apple's (AAPL) iOS, that passes Blackberry (RIMM). That even matches any figures that Symbian has ever put up (though Canalys says Nokia might be at 325,000/day).
Google is closing in on an astounding 10 million phones per month. Recall that Apple just had its biggest quarter MORESeth Weintraub - Dec 8, 2010 11:45 PM ET
An error on Google Maps has caused an international conflict in Central America.
Search Engine Land was the first to report that a Nicaraguan commander who has been using Google maps, led his troops into neighboring Costa Rica.
La Nacion -- the largest newspaper in Costa Rica -- says the Nicaraguan commander, Eden Pastora, used Google Maps to "justify" the incursion even though the official maps used by both countries indicate the territory belongs to MORESeth Weintraub - Nov 4, 2010 4:45 PM ET
Whether you use an iPhone, Blackberry or Android you may be earning Google some revenue when you use their Maps applications and APIs.
You didn't think Google (GOOG) was offering up all of those maps that you see all over the Web as just a goodwill gesture, did you? Now developers who use Google's Maps UI including Apple (AAPL), with their Maps.app on iPhone, will be supporting Google's advertising efforts.
Google will be MORESeth Weintraub - Sep 7, 2010 3:20 PM ET
The mystery company helping GM's OnStar isn't a mystery anymore.
Google I/O is turning out to be a pretty interesting conference this year with GM now acknowledging the speculation that they are working with Google.
(I'll be dropping in at Google I/O and dropping posts on location tomorrow and Thursday).
Today, GM announced that they'd be showing up at Google I/O to demonstrate the new Android app that will accompany the Chevy Volt and MORESeth Weintraub - May 18, 2010 12:44 PM ET
Fancy driving the A-Team van around San Francisco? There's a Google Map app for that.
Fox and Google teamed up to create a YouTube microsite application to get people excited about the upcoming A-Team movie. According to the (unofficial) Google Maps blog, Planet in Action was contracted along with Google engineers to build the application, which incidentally is quite fun.
Using the 3D renderings of cities like San Francisco and New York you MORESeth Weintraub - May 17, 2010 1:44 PM ET
Google's Crisis Response team has developed a map tool to help locals understand how the Gulf spill will affect them.
The tool, revealed yesterday, has 11 different layers using imagery from a variety of sources over the past few days. The map shows the spill has touched land in a few locations but is mostly still out at sea.
Google also offers the MODIS satellite images as a KML files that MORESeth Weintraub - May 5, 2010 10:23 AM ET
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