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Andy Rubin Begins New Role at Google Today – Sundar Pichai Takes Over Rubin’s Baby: Android

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The chief architect of Android, Andy Rubin, begins his new role at Google today, creating “more moonshots” for the technology giant.

While it has not been announced just what it is Rubin will be doing, CEO Larry Page obviously has high hopes for his future in the company.

“Having exceeded even the crazy ambitious goals we dreamed of for Android—and with a really strong leadership team in place—Andy’s decided it’s time to hand over the reins and start a new chapter at Google,” Page wrote in a blog post.  “Andy, more moonshots please!”

Rubin’s arrival at Google eight years ago kick-started the firm’s mobile software development program because he brought with him Android.

Andy Rubin

Andy Rubin

The first Android Smartphone was released in the fall of 2008 and, in just a little more than four years, it has become the only operating system to not only give Apple’s iOS a run for its money, but surpass it as the most-used system. So far, a total of 750 million Android devices have been activated.

Rubin penned a farewell letter to his Android team that touched on the accomplishments and hard work of the past number of years.

Here is an excerpt from his letter:

Android has always been about openness — the idea that a thousand brains are better than one. Just as the ecosystem has grown, so has our team at Google. I am incredibly proud of the phenomenal group of people that spend their days (and nights) building the Android platform and services. Just look at last year…a lean yet incredibly ambitious team released Jellybean with Google Now, launched Google Play in many languages and countries and collaborated with several partners to build three new Nexus devices to help drive innovation in the ecosystem.

Sundar Pichai

Sundar Pichai

Today, the success of Android combined with the strength of our management team, gives me the confidence to step away from Android and hand over the reins. Going forward, Sundar Pichai will lead Android, in addition to his existing work with Chrome and Apps. Hiroshi Lockheimer — who many of you already know well — plus the rest of the Android leadership team will work closely with all of our partners to advance Android and prepare the platform for new products and services yet to be imagined.

As for me, I am an entrepreneur at heart and now is the right time for me to start a new chapter within Google. I am amazed by what we have accomplished from those early days (not so long ago!), and remain passionate about the power of a simple idea and a shared goal — an open source platform freely available to everyone — to transform computing for people everywhere.

Pichai, who heads the company’s Chrome Web browser and operating system for lightweight laptop computers, will now add Android to his list of responsibilities.

“Sundar has a talent for creating products that are technically excellent yet easy to use — and he loves a big bet,” wrote Page. “Take Chrome, for example. In 2008, people asked whether the world really needed another browser. Today Chrome has hundreds of millions of happy users and is growing fast thanks to its speed, simplicity and security. So while Andy’s a really hard act to follow, I know Sundar will do a tremendous job doubling down on Android as we work to push the ecosystem forward.”

There has been some speculation that the change in command is an opportunity for Google to combine Android and Chrome for a more seamless experience for Smartphone and tablet users.

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Google Reader, Seven Other Services Get the Axe – Petitions Spring Up Asking Google to Save Reader

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Google is continuing its “spring cleaning” by shutting down eight more services, bringing the total to 70 features or services closed since the search engine firm began to clean house in 2011.

But its decision to shut down Google Reader, a service it launched in 2005 to make it easier for people to keep tabs on their favorite websites, has been wildly unpopular. It has sparked a handful of petitions as well as tweets begging Google to reconsider shutting the service down July 1.

One such petition — Google: Keep Google Reader Running, — had attracted more than 4,000 signatures.

“Our confidence in Google’s other products — Gmail, YouTube, and yes, even Plus — requires that we trust you in respecting how and why we use your other products,” said the petition’s author Daniel Lewis of New York.

“This isn’t just about our data in Reader. This is about us using your product because we love it, because it makes our lives better, and because we trust you not to nuke it. Oh. So, please don’t destroy that trust.”

Google said in a blog post that while Reader has a loyal following, over the years usage has declined.

Lewis, however, said Reader’s declining usage was due to Google’s decision to remove share and comment functionality in the RSS feed.

Another petition — Google Inc: Please do not shut down Google Reader — had just under 1,000 signatures

Twitter was also full of comments about the impending doom of Reader.

“Miffed that Google is killing off their Google Reader — it’s all I use for reading blogs these days. What alternatives do ppl use?” tweeted Darren Rowse, Founder of @ProBlogger. “I suspect a lot of publishers are going to lose traffic from this too. We have 300k RSS subscribers, how many use Reader!?”

Ezra Klein, a blogger for The Washington Post and columnist for Bloomberg tweeted that he uses “Google Reader more than any single website or app save Gmail. I’ll really, really miss it.”

Google said users and developers interested in RSS alternatives can export their data, including their subscriptions, with Google Takeout over the next four months.

The other services Google will retire are:

• Apps Script will be “deprecating” the GUI Builder and five UiApp widgets to focus efforts on Html Service. The rest of the Ui Service will not be affected. The GUI Builder will be available until Sept. 16.

CalDAV API will become available for whitelisted developers, and will be shut down for other developers Sept. 16. Google recommends using Google Calendar API instead. “If you’re a developer and the Calendar API won’t work for you, please fill out this form to tell us about your use case and request access to whitelisted-only CalDAV API,” Google’s blog reads.

• Google Building Maker, which helped people to make three-dimensional building models for Google Earth and Maps, will be retired June 1. Users can access and export their models from the 3D Warehouse. “We’ll continue to expand the availability of comprehensive and accurate new 3D imagery on Google Earth, and people can still use Google Map Maker to add building information such as outlines and heights to Google Maps,” Google said.

• Google Cloud Connect, a plug-in to help people work in the cloud, will  be retired April 30. Google recommends users of the plug-in install Google Drive on their desktop.

• Google Voice App for Blackberry will no longer be supported as of next week. Google recommends switching to its HTML5 app, which is compatible with users of Blackberry version 6 and newer.

• Google is also deprecating its Search API for Shopping, which allowed developers to create shopping apps based on Google’s Product Search data. “While we believe in the value this offering provided, we’re shifting our focus to concentrate on creating a better shopping experience for users through Google Shopping,” Google said. The API will shut down completely Sept. 16.

• Effective immediately Google will no longer sell or provide updates for Snapseed Desktop for Macintosh and Windows. Existing customers can still download the software and can contact Google for support. Its Snapseed mobile app on iOS and Android will still be available for free.

 

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Google Reader, Seven Other Services Get the Axe

Google Reader, Seven Other Services Get the Axe – Petitions Spring Up Asking Google to Save Reader

Written by: admin Date of published: . Posted in test

Google is continuing its “spring cleaning” by shutting down eight more services, bringing the total to 70 features or services closed since the search engine firm began to clean house in 2011.

But its decision to shut down Google Reader, a service it launched in 2005 to make it easier for people to keep tabs on their favorite websites, has been wildly unpopular. It has sparked a handful of petitions as well as tweets begging Google to reconsider shutting the service down July 1.

One such petition — Google: Keep Google Reader Running, — had attracted more than 4,000 signatures.

“Our confidence in Google’s other products — Gmail, YouTube, and yes, even Plus — requires that we trust you in respecting how and why we use your other products,” said the petition’s author Daniel Lewis of New York.

“This isn’t just about our data in Reader. This is about us using your product because we love it, because it makes our lives better, and because we trust you not to nuke it. Oh. So, please don’t destroy that trust.”

Google said in a blog post that while Reader has a loyal following, over the years usage has declined.

Lewis, however, said Reader’s declining usage was due to Google’s decision to remove share and comment functionality in the RSS feed.

Another petition — Google Inc: Please do not shut down Google Reader — had just under 1,000 signatures

Twitter was also full of comments about the impending doom of Reader.

“Miffed that Google is killing off their Google Reader — it’s all I use for reading blogs these days. What alternatives do ppl use?” tweeted Darren Rowse, Founder of @ProBlogger. “I suspect a lot of publishers are going to lose traffic from this too. We have 300k RSS subscribers, how many use Reader!?”

Ezra Klein, a blogger for The Washington Post and columnist for Bloomberg tweeted that he uses “Google Reader more than any single website or app save Gmail. I’ll really, really miss it.”

Google said users and developers interested in RSS alternatives can export their data, including their subscriptions, with Google Takeout over the next four months.

The other services Google will retire are:

• Apps Script will be “deprecating” the GUI Builder and five UiApp widgets to focus efforts on Html Service. The rest of the Ui Service will not be affected. The GUI Builder will be available until Sept. 16.

CalDAV API will become available for whitelisted developers, and will be shut down for other developers Sept. 16. Google recommends using Google Calendar API instead. “If you’re a developer and the Calendar API won’t work for you, please fill out this form to tell us about your use case and request access to whitelisted-only CalDAV API,” Google’s blog reads.

• Google Building Maker, which helped people to make three-dimensional building models for Google Earth and Maps, will be retired June 1. Users can access and export their models from the 3D Warehouse. “We’ll continue to expand the availability of comprehensive and accurate new 3D imagery on Google Earth, and people can still use Google Map Maker to add building information such as outlines and heights to Google Maps,” Google said.

• Google Cloud Connect, a plug-in to help people work in the cloud, will  be retired April 30. Google recommends users of the plug-in install Google Drive on their desktop.

• Google Voice App for Blackberry will no longer be supported as of next week. Google recommends switching to its HTML5 app, which is compatible with users of Blackberry version 6 and newer.

• Google is also deprecating its Search API for Shopping, which allowed developers to create shopping apps based on Google’s Product Search data. “While we believe in the value this offering provided, we’re shifting our focus to concentrate on creating a better shopping experience for users through Google Shopping,” Google said. The API will shut down completely Sept. 16.

• Effective immediately Google will no longer sell or provide updates for Snapseed Desktop for Macintosh and Windows. Existing customers can still download the software and can contact Google for support. Its Snapseed mobile app on iOS and Android will still be available for free.

 

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Google Reader, Seven Other Services Get the Axe

Technology News Briefs — March 14, 2013

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Judge Orders Cook to Testify in Anti-Trust Case

A judge has ordered Apple CEO Tim Cook to testify as part of the U.S. Department of Justice’s anti-trust case against the iPhone maker, Reuters is reporting.

Apple has been accused of plotting with five publishers to raise eBook prices. The publishers — Pearson Plc’s Penguin Group, News Corp’s HarperCollins Publishers Inc, CBS Corp’s Simon & Schuster Inc, Hachette Book Group Inc and MacMillan —have already reached settlements with the government.

Apple, who had been hoping to avoid Cook’s involvement, reasoned that because the Justice Department already had 11 Apple executives as part of its case, it didn’t really need input from the firm’s CEO as well.

Cook must testify for four hours in a deposition.

The trial is set to take place in June. The government is hoping for a ruling that Apple breached anti-trust law and is seeking an order blocking the firm from taking part in similar deals in future.

BlackBerry Partner Orders 1M Smartphones

BlackBerry has announced it received a record-setting order from an unnamed partner this week.

One of the Canadian firm’s “established partners” has placed an order for one million BlackBerry 10 Smartphones — the largest single purchase order the company has received to-date.

Shipments are to start immediately.

“An order for one million devices is a tremendous vote of confidence in BlackBerry 10,” said Rick Costanzo, BlackBerry EVP global sales. “Consumers are ready for a new user experience, and BlackBerry 10 delivers. With strong partner support, coupled with this truly re-invented new platform, we have a powerful recipe for success.”

The order is a significant one — even for Smartphone retailers like Apple or Samsung, let alone the Waterloo, Ont. company that has been struggling to regain a larger market share.

U.S. carrier Verizon Wireless also revealed earlier this week it will begin accepting pre-orders for BlackBerry’s Z10 beginning this morning. The touchscreen device will be available online and in stores March 28.

Amazon Drops Price on Kindle Fire HD

Amazon has slashed the prices in the U.S. for both versions of its large-screen 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD tablet.

The e-retailer knocked $30 off the prices of its Wi-Fi version to $269 and cut $100 off its 4G version to $399.

An Amazon spokesman said the price cut was not due to slow sales but, rather, to increased production and lower costs.

“We’re thrilled with customer reaction to Kindle Fire HD 8.9-inch. Customers tell us they love our large-screen version of Kindle Fire HD for web browsing, email, gaming, watching TV shows, reading magazines, and more,” Amazon Kindle vice-president Dave Limp said in a statement.

The tablet is now available in the U.K., Germany, France, Italy, Spain and Japan.

“As we expand Kindle Fire HD 8.9-inch to Europe and Japan, we’ve been able to increase our production volumes and decrease our costs,” Limp said. “Across our business at Amazon, whenever we are able to create cost efficiencies like this, we want to pass the savings along to our customers.”

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Technology News Briefs — March 14, 2013

Technology News Briefs — March 14, 2013

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Judge Orders Cook to Testify in Anti-Trust Case

A judge has ordered Apple CEO Tim Cook to testify as part of the U.S. Department of Justice’s anti-trust case against the iPhone maker, Reuters is reporting.

Apple has been accused of plotting with five publishers to raise eBook prices. The publishers — Pearson Plc’s Penguin Group, News Corp’s HarperCollins Publishers Inc, CBS Corp’s Simon & Schuster Inc, Hachette Book Group Inc and MacMillan —have already reached settlements with the government.

Apple, who had been hoping to avoid Cook’s involvement, reasoned that because the Justice Department already had 11 Apple executives as part of its case, it didn’t really need input from the firm’s CEO as well.

Cook must testify for four hours in a deposition.

The trial is set to take place in June. The government is hoping for a ruling that Apple breached anti-trust law and is seeking an order blocking the firm from taking part in similar deals in future.

BlackBerry Partner Orders 1M Smartphones

BlackBerry has announced it received a record-setting order from an unnamed partner this week.

One of the Canadian firm’s “established partners” has placed an order for one million BlackBerry 10 Smartphones — the largest single purchase order the company has received to-date.

Shipments are to start immediately.

“An order for one million devices is a tremendous vote of confidence in BlackBerry 10,” said Rick Costanzo, BlackBerry EVP global sales. “Consumers are ready for a new user experience, and BlackBerry 10 delivers. With strong partner support, coupled with this truly re-invented new platform, we have a powerful recipe for success.”

The order is a significant one — even for Smartphone retailers like Apple or Samsung, let alone the Waterloo, Ont. company that has been struggling to regain a larger market share.

U.S. carrier Verizon Wireless also revealed earlier this week it will begin accepting pre-orders for BlackBerry’s Z10 beginning this morning. The touchscreen device will be available online and in stores March 28.

Amazon Drops Price on Kindle Fire HD

Amazon has slashed the prices in the U.S. for both versions of its large-screen 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD tablet.

The e-retailer knocked $30 off the prices of its Wi-Fi version to $269 and cut $100 off its 4G version to $399.

An Amazon spokesman said the price cut was not due to slow sales but, rather, to increased production and lower costs.

“We’re thrilled with customer reaction to Kindle Fire HD 8.9-inch. Customers tell us they love our large-screen version of Kindle Fire HD for web browsing, email, gaming, watching TV shows, reading magazines, and more,” Amazon Kindle vice-president Dave Limp said in a statement.

The tablet is now available in the U.K., Germany, France, Italy, Spain and Japan.

“As we expand Kindle Fire HD 8.9-inch to Europe and Japan, we’ve been able to increase our production volumes and decrease our costs,” Limp said. “Across our business at Amazon, whenever we are able to create cost efficiencies like this, we want to pass the savings along to our customers.”

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Technology News Briefs — March 14, 2013