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Google rolls out new tool to help Android users create perfect home screen

Google rolls out new tool to help Android users create perfect home screen

Tech giant Google has confirmed that it is rolling out a new tool to help Android users in one aspect of the popular mobile operating system’s customization.

A broad range of customization options, a feature that rival tech giant Apple isn’t offering to iOS users, is one of the key advantages of the Android mobile OS. But, it also creates a problem for those who simply can’t make up their mind on what they want their mobile devises to look like.

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Google Fiber hits pause button and planning to reduce staff count by 9 percent

Google Fiber hits pause button and planning to reduce staff count by 9 percent

Google Fiber has announced that it won’t expand in other cities for the moment as the company aims to push forward in wireless segment. Alphabet currently operates its fiber internet division under brand name Access. Access CEO Craig Barratt informed that he will be staying only in advisory role and also hinted that the company plans to lay-off some of its employees.

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Google signs multi-year deal with CBS for its ‘Unplugged’ web TV service

Google signs multi-year deal with CBS for its ‘Unplugged’ web TV service

According to a development first reported by the Wall Street Journal (WSJ), Google has signed a multi-year deal with CBS Corp. The deal paves the way for Google to carry the broadcast network on the web TV service it plans to launch soon.

As a result of the multi-year deal, CBS has become the first leading TV network to sign on to Google's new web TV service - called 'Unplugged' - which will likely be premiered by Google early next year. The service - with a monthly cost of around $40 - will be housed on Google's YouTube platform.

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Google officially confirms that Pixel and Pixel XL will be sold by Verizon in US

Google officially confirms that Pixel and Pixel XL will be sold by Verizon in US

After having officially unveiled its much-anticipated new Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones at an October 4 product launch event, Google has now confirmed that the handsets will be sold by bigwig wireless carrier Verizon in the US.

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Google could face European Union fine over Android Competitive Practices

Google could face European Union fine over Android Competitive Practices

Google could face fine from European Union as the authorities in Europe plan to order Alphabet to stop offering financial incentives to hardware companies to preinstall Google Search on devices. The investigation is ongoing and EU authorities could slap Google with a massive fine for competitive practices on its Android mobile operating system. Android is the most installed operating system for smartphones and Google currently pushes many of its apps as default on new handsets.

Google’s self-driving car badly damaged in crash with commercial van

Google’s self-driving car badly damaged in crash with commercial van

One of the worst accidents to date for Google’s driverless cars took place when a commercial van ran a red light badly hit one of Google’s autonomous Lexus SUVs, as it was crossing a Mountain View intersection.

In the incident, the side of the Google’s driverless car was badly damaged, but the Google observers and the van driver were safe. Google will carry out an investigation into matter and include the complete details of the collision in its self-driving car report due by the end of this month.

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Google Express online shopping service launches in Nebraska

Google Express online shopping service launches in Nebraska

Google Express has been launched at some locations in Nebraska. The platform offers the option to buyers to shop for goods from many retailers at Google Express website. The purchases made at different retailers are delivered in batches by Google.

Google Express service offers delivery of goods to doorstep and currently has 17 big and medium sized merchants using its platform. Google Express members pay $95 per year for free delivery of goods from different retailers.

Google takes its self-driving program to next level by hiring high-level Airbnb executive

Google takes its self-driving program to next level by hiring high-level Airbnb executive

Many companies have been trying their hand in self-driving technology. Google is no different, as its Self-Driving Car unit has hired Shaun Stewart, a top-notch Airbnb executive. Earlier, Stewart was the global head of vacation rentals for Airbnb and now, he is director for the Google X program.

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Google to phase out support for Chrome apps on Windows, Mac and Linux

Google to phase out support for Chrome apps on Windows, Mac and Linux

In a Friday announcement, Google said that it plans to gradually end support for Chrome apps on all platforms excepting Chrome OS.

According to the announcement, the special apps which Google had launched in 2013 to run inside the Chrome browser will be removed from the Windows, Mac and Linux platforms by early 2018. These special apps were introduced by Google for offering new functions which were otherwise not available on the web.

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Founder of Google Ventures Bill Maris to quit by this week’s end

Founder of Google Ventures Bill Maris to quit by this week’s end

Founder of GV, earlier known as Google Ventures, Bill Maris is quitting his position by the end of this week. Maris, who founded the unit in 2009, would be replaced by David Krane, a managing partner at GV.

Krane have spent around a decade at the post of Google’s director of global communications and public affairs and then joined HV in 2010. Experts said that it is big news as a high-profile departure is going to take place within Alphabet, parent company to GV and many other units.

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