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Google Compute Engine Generally Available With Lower Prices And More Linux Support

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Last year, Google unveiled Compute Engine at Google I/O, apparently seeking to compete with Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure for the cloud computing needs of businesses.

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Anti-GNU/Linux Campaigns Are Not Left Behind at Microsoft, Only the Brands Change

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Microsoft

Microsoft’s offensive and facts-free campaigns still target products which run GNU/Linux, even if the “G” and “L” words are not mentioned (Chromebooks/Google are the target now)

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A Tale of Two Browsers: Chrome v. Chromium

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Is Chrome or Chromium more secure? Numerous security experts place their bets on Chromium, suggested Paul Hill, a senior consultant at SystemsExperts. "Chrome's code has to be able to tie into Flash Player, for instance," Hill explained. "So more code is involved to integrate with other third-party products. This all introduces more complexities and more code paths.

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CyanogenMod Installer removed from Google Play Store

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CyanogenMod Inc. recently published an app on Google Play Store which assists users in installing custom ROMs on their phones using Windows PCs. Today Google asked the CM team to voluntarily remove the app from the store or they would be forced to remove it administratively. CM team chose to remove the app voluntarily.

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Google opens Mirror API: Now ANYONE can develop for gizmohead specs

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Opening up the Mirror API to let developers build web-based services that interact glass and getting the GDK ready – where developers will be able to build native apps known as Glassware – indicates that Google is likely ramping up for a consumer launch of the tech specs.

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Google Pays States , Newegg Tackles Troll & More

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In an exclusive story published Saturday by Reuters, the FBI has claimed Anonymous has managed to hack into U.S. government computers and steal sensitive data. What’s more, they believe these intrusions have been going on for at least a year.

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Google Drive for Linux? Patience, patience...

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More than a year and a half ago, Google promised to bring its Google Drive to the Linux. Those who want to use the cloud-synchronized file system on the the open-source operating system, though, will have to keep on waiting.

In April 2012, when Google Drive launched, Google said, "The team is working on a sync client for Linux." In May 2013, the update was, "The team is still working on it." I asked for another update and got it Sunday: Google doesn't "have anything new to share at this time in terms of timing."

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Android 4.4 KitKat, thoroughly reviewed

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After three Jelly Bean releases in a row, Google has unleashed a major revision to the world's most widely used operating system. With the Nexus 5 comes Android 4.4 "KitKat." KitKat brings a ton of enhancements: support for hidden system and status bars, printer support, and lower memory usage. It also has a number of user-level improvements, including a new dialer, a Google-infused home screen, and a whole pile of UI refinements.

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CyanogenMod publishes new Installer app on Google Play

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Cyanogen Inc., the newly created company that produces the popular custom Android ROM CyanogenMod, published a new app called CyanogenMod Installer which will unlock the user’s boot loader, root their device, and flash CyanogenMod to their phone with minimal extra effort. The free app is available over Google Play, and when it's paired with equally free desktop software, this can replace a phone's operating system with Cyanogen Inc.'s highly customizable version of Android.

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Android Pushes Past 80% Market Share

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Google's Android operating system reached a new milestone during the third quarter of 2013 (3Q13), according to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker. With a total base of 211.6 million smartphone units shipped during the quarter, Android accounted for 81.0% of all smartphone shipments, marking the first time that Android topped 80% in its short history. Despite high saturation rates in a number of mature markets, the overall smartphone space grew 39.9% year-over-year in the third quarter.

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Download The Android 4.4 KitKat Quick Start Guide for Free

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Google’s latest mobile operating system, Android 4.4 KitKat, is out and it comes pre-installed on Nexus 5. Android enthusiasts and developers were very excited for this new smartphone as well as the new operating system. But now that KitKat is available for Nexus 5, we can get our hands on this new OS. If you’ve got any Nexus or Google Play edition devices, then you too may be getting Android 4.4 KitKat in the near future. Unfortunately, Galaxy Nexus users won’t get this new update.

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A Tale of 7 Patents: Rockstar v. Google

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We've seen plenty of skirmishes come and go already, of course, but the latest example -- in which that thinly veiled and proprietary minded entity known as "Rockstar" is suing Google and other Android users -- is being called nothing short of "thermonuclear" war.

The expression, of course, hearkens back to the words of the late Apple CEO Steve Jobs, who considered Android a "stolen product." Now, Rockstar -- which, not coincidentally, includes Apple -- appears to be making good on Jobs' combative words.

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Does Google Still Provide Relevant Search Results? [Poll]

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maketecheasier.com: You know that you have developed something big when your service becomes a verb. While there are plenty of search engines on the scene, it’s Google more often than not is the preferred choice. We don’t Bing or Yahoo for information. We “Google” it. But is the service still the same after all these years?

Chromebooks: A bright spot in the dark PC market

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Gadgets

zdnet.com: Yes, the PC market is going to hell in a hand-basket -- except for the sub-$300 market where the Linux-based Chromebook is leading the way to growth.

Big Browser News from Mozilla, Google and Opera

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Moz/FF

ostatic.com: There are some huge announcements this week affecting the plumbing of Internet browsers from leading players, including Mozilla and Google.

Google should acquire Canonical and merge Ubuntu with Android

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Ubuntu

intomobile.com: Ubuntu could easily emerge as a force to reckon with in the mobile industry. Perhaps a stand-alone Ubuntu platform won’t succeed (cause it lacks major backers), but Ubuntu for Android definitely has a chance.

Also: The Insidious Nature of Chromebooks

Chromebook Advances as Linux Desktop Spins its Wheels

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linuxadvocates.com: Ubuntu, ChromeOS, and SuSE, are the only commercial Distros which are marketing Linux Desktop systems. With the exception of Chromebook, none is doing measurably well in the U.S. market.

Google's cloud dumps custom Linux, switches to Debian

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theregister.co.uk: Google is moving the default software for its rentable cloud servers from a custom version of Linux to Debian.

The secret origins of Google's Chrome OS

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zdnet.com: Many people know that Chrome OS is based on Linux. But where did Google's operating system actually come from -- and what is it made of today? Here's its story.

Booting desktop Linux on the Chromebook Pixel

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Hardware

h-online.com: Bill Richardson, a software engineer for Google, has detailed how to boot a conventional Linux distribution on the company's new Chromebook Pixel.

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