Google combines its cloud businesses, puts VMWare co-founder at the helm

Sundar Pichai has taken to the Google for Work blog today to announce that Diane Greene, co-founder of VMWare, is taking lead of a newly-organized group at Google that combines the company’s cloud businesses. Besides the obvious Google Cloud Platform, this move pulls in Google for Work and Google Apps to make one integrated team… more…

Clinton email reveals Google working in 2012 on a tool to support Syrian uprising

One of the more amazing revelations in the 30,000 Hillary Clinton emails posted on Wikileaks last week was that Google was in 2012 working on a tool to support the uprising against Syrian President Bashar Assad.

The Washington Examiner highlights an email originally sent by Google Idea‘s Jared Cohen to Clinton’s deputy chief of staff Jake Sullivan, who forwarded it on to Clinton. Cohen was a former State Department staffer who subsequently became a senior Google exec.

Cohen described a tool that Google believed could help to destabilise the Assad regime, and Sullivan said to Clinton that it was ‘a pretty cool idea,’ no-one realizing at that point how things were going to unfold …

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Google expands Material Design with new suite of design and prototyping tools

Material Design was announced in 2014 as a cohesive design language for both first and third party web and mobile apps. Google is now expanding Material to be a “system that supports the principles of good design and strengthens communication and productivity” with a new suite of tools and open source projects (via The Verge).

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Google gives the Nexus 5X another price drop, now available from $299 on the Google Store

Two weeks ago, Google permanently lowered the price of the Nexus 5X by to 9. Today, alongside a Valentines promotion, the smaller Nexus device is getting what appears to be another price drop, this time to 9. “Was starting at 9, now starting at 9,” the wording says on the Nexus 5X Google Store listing…

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Google Fiber sign-ups now open in Charlotte, new small business plans included

Google Fiber sign-ups are now open in Charlotte, North Carolina. Specifically, both residents and businesses in the Highland Creek neighborhood will be able to join one of three plans. The Charlotte expansion was announced at the beginning of last year along with Atlanta, Nashville, and Raleigh-Durham.

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Google removes location sharing from Google+ as it appears for more Google Maps users

One of the lesser-known features found in Google+ was the ability to share your exact location with people in your circles. Now, with the wider rollout of the new location sharing feature coming to Google Maps, this functionality has been removed from the social network.

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