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Google’s 5 Most Expensive Acquisitions To Date

Published by pratyushkp on August 16th, 2011 - in Social, Technology

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Google announced on its blog Monday that it plans to purchase Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion in cash. If the deal is approved by antitrust regulators, then it will go down in the books as Google’s largest acquisition to-date.

Google’s VP of Corporate Development David Lawee told Reuters in 2010 that the tech giant’s agressive M&A strategy is “paying off huge.” Big bets on young companies like Android and YouTube might have raised doubts when the deals were going down, but now most will agree that those have, thus far, turned out to be success stories

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Google+ Adds Games: Angry Birds, Bejeweled, Zynga Poker And More

Published by pratyushkp on August 12th, 2011 - in Social, Technology
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Google+, the search engine’s recently launched social network, has announced a slew of popular games that will be added to the platform.

Soon, gamers on Google+ will enjoy titles like “Angry Birds,” “Zynga Poker,” “Bejeweled Blitz,” “Sudoku” and many more–all while signed in to a Google+ account.

Games will begin rolling out to users on August 11, according to an announcement posted on the Official Google Blog by Vic Gundotra, Senior Vice President of Engineering.

When the games are live on your account, writres Gundotra, a button for the Games page will live at the top of your Google+ stream.

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Windows Phone Head “Charlie Kindel” Quits Microsoft

Published by pratyushkp on August 9th, 2011 - in Social, Technology

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Charlie Kindel, one of the most public faces of Microsoft‘s Windows Phone group, has quit Microsoft after 21 years to start his own company.

Kindel was charged with getting developers on board for the new platform, and he and his team have done a pretty good job so far — Windows Phone has more than 25,000 apps after less than nine months on market. But it still trails behind the hundreds of thousands of apps available for the iPhone and Android. A lack of long-tail apps is really the only glaring gap in Microsoft’s mobile platform, which is otherwise a solid competitor.

Kindel reported the news on his personal blog this morning and posted his good-bye email. It’s mostly full of inside jokes, but one funny bit:

iPhone vs. Android : Which Does US Prefer

Published by pratyushkp on August 8th, 2011 - in Social, Technology

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New findings released by Jumptap, a mobile advertising network, reveal that residents of the Southern and Southwestern United States tend to prefer devices running Google’s Android operating system, whereas Apple’s iOS devices are more popular in the Midwest and Northeast.

According to data (PDF) pulled from over 11 billion requests via 83 million unique users on the Jumptap network, Android has held on to its lead over other smartphone makers for another month by sustaining 38% of the overall mobile operating system market in June 2011; a four-point decrease from the previous month. On the other hand, iOS continues to gain ground by increasing its market share from 30.3% in May to 33% in June of 2011. Blackberry remains in third with a reported 22% market share in June 2011.

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