PRISM, more EU privacy complaints, and even U.S. accusations of taking drug money weren’t enough to keep Google down. This quarter, I/O and Glass generated excitement, but ads brought the revenue.
Google, Apple, Facebook, Microsoft, and many more companies are asking President Barack Obama and the U.S. congress for greater transparency on PRISM, NSA surveillance of Americans, and government requests for data about their customers.
For years, developers asked Google to enable PHP on App Engine. In May of this year Google finally relented, and the most-requested language for Google App Engine is becoming one of the most popular languages on Google cloud offerings.
In 2011, 80 percent of apps were free. Today, 90 percent of apps are free, with monetization provided via good old we-gather-an-audience-and-sell-its-attention strategy that has worked since the dawn of modern media.
The 61 signatories include top tech companies as well as public interest and consumer privacy groups such as the ACLU, the EFF, Wikimedia Foundation, Reports without Borders, and the Center for Democracy and Technology.
Enterprise cloud storage startup Egnyte already has ties to Google, but now it gets closer with deep Google Drive integration.
The colorful search and mobile giant just sent out press invites for a July 24th press event with Sundar Pichai, who leads Google’s Android and Chrome teams.
Kinvey releases a new “unconventional comparison” between the two largest software distribution outlets on the planet today: Apple’s App Store and Google Play.
The biggest mobile developer study in history with 6,000 respondents from 115 countries says that while iOS developers make an average of $5,200 per month in app revenue and Android developers pull in $4,700, more developers plan to start developing for Windows Phone than any other platform. Besides Windows 8, that is.
Google has launched a new version of its hugely popular Maps application for iOS. But most importantly, it has finally added iPad and iPad mini support so people don’t have to use Apple Maps.
The Wall Street consensus is revenue of $14.45 billion and earnings per share of $10.79, and analysts are predicting a 4 percent decline in cost-per-click. That’s in line with the historical model, which shows seven straight quarters of decreasing click prices. The only problem is, it’s wrong.
“We found that Samsung users generate close to 50 percent of all Android Web traffic within the U.S. and Canada,” a company representative said. “That’s nearly five times the share of HTC users, the next closest competitor.”
“That’s the beauty of the scam,” Segura told me. “You’re not actually infected — they make you think that you are, and most users believe it — and that’s the trick.”
“I made up my mind to tell the truth about Google Glass,” Barrett told me today. “I’ve seen all the Ocean’s 11 and card-counting movies where they take you into the back room and threaten to break your legs in the old-school casinos … I don’t think they do that any more, but didn’t want to take any chances.
Editor’s Pick Once Venice was the capital of global glass-making. Now, wearable computing pioneer and GlassUp CEO Francesco Giartosio is hoping that lightning will strike twice.
Google, however, is not, and has already asked the company to change the name.
Apple is pulling a page from Google’s playbook.
While the Moto X is still weeks away from being officially unveiled, we already know quite a bit about Google’s first Motorola device
Search giant wants to improve its design for the site at the NASA-Ames research center.
If you follow VentureBeat but don’t regularly check our GamesBeat site, here’s a list of the best video game stories we ran over the last seven days that you may have missed.
Thanks to Eric Shcmidt, we finally have our best look yet at how Motorola’s upcoming Moto X will look.
It’s that time again. Google has decided to kill off yet another one of its services. This time, it’s Alfred, a handy local recommendations app that learned your likes.
Mexico City’s mayor was so impressed, I heard, that he said something unprintable.
“The world is bigger than Google now,” co-founder Brandon Chatreau told me this morning. “And it’s more open.”
Languishing at 1 percent of a global phone market it helped create, Google subsidiary Motorola is planning to unveil the Moto X, a customizable phone, this summer. And to support its launch, Google is planning to spend as much as $500 million.
A year ago UpTo was going to be the social network that lives in your calendar. Today, with 250,000 downloads, a million events, and a $2M series A round under his belt, CEO Greg Schwartz realizes that a modernized calendar is a big enough vision on its own, thank you very much.
The co-founder of AdMob talks about moving to being an investor.
There is a very definite price war in cloud services going on right now.
While Google updated its Android and iOS versions of Google Maps today, it also snuck in some bad news with the announcement that it will soon kill its Latitude location-sharing service.
Google has updated its already slick Google Maps application for Android smartphones and tablets, with an update for iPhone and iPad coming ”soon.”
What can you do about it besides march, shout, and protest?
The experts offer their opinions on who is getting it right when it comes to a mobile experience.
Western Virginia University became the first college in the U.S. to use empty TV broadcast channels for something better than ye olde boob tube: Internet.
Google is solidifying its position as the number two social network, after Facebook, in a variety of dimensions.
Editor’s Pick Kansas City-based search startup Leap2 offers up an engaging visual take on search. Will it be able to carve out its own place in search?
Google and Maker Media have teamed up to create a six-week virtual summer camp for kids who like making things and learning about science and technology.
Don’t say VB never did anything to help you get over a case of the Mondays, folks.
Google makes a microgame to celebrate the famous alien conspiracy incident.
While there are only a few thousand Glassholes in the world to date, more of them are soon going to be walking around uttering seemingly random shouts of joy and groans of defeat. BrickSimple has just released a version of Battleship for Google Glass: GlassBattle.
Mobileye’s Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) uses a single camera and chip to keep drivers and passengers safer and decrease traffic accidents, at a lower-cost than competitors like Google.
News about PRISM and other government surveillance programs have brought these issues to the foreground of our minds and the news cycle, but online privacy was an oxymoron long before those fateful slides leaked.