Jordan Kahn

@JordanKahn

Senior Editor, 9to5Mac – 9to5Google – 9to5Toys

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Jordan writes about all things Apple as a senior editor for 9to5Mac. He also covers Google for 9to5Google.com and the latest gear and deals on 9to5Toys.com.

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Yesterday

GOOG: 684.12

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Google Forms is getting a welcomed update today that brings an enhanced user interface and new features for all users and some specifically for Google Apps for Work and Education users.

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Jeff-Huber

Image via Noah Berger for The New York Times

After joining genetics research firm Illumina’s board of directors back in 2014, long-time Google employee and Senior VP Jeff Huber is now leaving Google for a full-time position at the company. Huber noted the change on his LinkedIn profile where he lists his new role as CEO at Illumina’s Grail Inc as of this month, a startup developing cancer detecting technologies, and the company made an official announcement today via Bloomberg:

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February 9

GOOG: 678.11

-4.63
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Wired has an excellent profile on Andy Rubin and his latest ventures post-Google. As creator of the original Android operating system that Google would eventually acquire and later a long-time Google employee on various Internet efforts at the company, a lot of people are waiting to see what Rubin does next since leaving Google over a year ago. 

In 2013, Rubin discussed his restlessness with Larry Page, and—as Rubin recounts it—the two men agreed it was time for a change. That March, Rubin stepped down from Android… For a year, Rubin spun up Google’s new robotics division, but he quickly realized that Google’s goals, which reportedly involve creating humanoid assistants, would take a decade of basic research.

We already knew that Rubin’s new company, Playground Global, would provide support and hands-on engineering assistance to hardware tech startups it’s investing in, but Rubin elaborated on the company’s plans, including describing what he hopes will eventually become an open platform for all companies building AI into their products:

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9to5mac 

February 8

GOOG: 682.74

-0.83
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YouTube and its YouTube AdBlitz channel are always popular destinations for watching Super Bowl ads that will air on TV during and online leading up to the game– and this year even an alternative half-time show. Following yesterday’s Super Bowl 50 with the Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos, YouTube has now shared some data on what the most popular ads were this year based on views as of this morning, and we’ve embedded the list in video form below for easy viewing…

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January 29

GOOG: 742.95

11.99
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January 28

GOOG: 730.96

30.97
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9to5toys 

January 27

GOOG: 699.99

-13.05
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January 25

GOOG: 711.67

-13.58
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electrek 

January 20

GOOG: 698.45

-3.34
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HP today announced a new Chromebook designed specifically for students and teachers with an ‘Education Edition’ model of its Chromebook 11 G4 starting at $199. expand full story

January 19

GOOG: 701.79

7.34
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For me, coffee at Starbucks is secondary to the great music you discover courtesy of your twenty-something barista’s Spotify DJ skills. The good news is you can now easily save those Spotify playlists for listening later through an update to the Starbucks Android app today. expand full story

January 15

GOOG: 694.45

-20.27
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January 13

GOOG: 700.56

-25.51
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Google’s secretive Google X division is getting a new focus at the company that includes rebranding and a new logo, Recode reports.

Among the changes for Google X, according to the report, is a rebranding to simply “X” and the new butter-like yellow logo pictured above. But perhaps more importantly, behind the scenes there will also be a renewed focus including a team put in place specifically to “steer moonshots through the life-or-death throes.” expand full story

January 12

GOOG: 726.07

10.04
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December 17, 2015

GOOG: 749.43

-8.66
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Kamcord, the popular platform for gameplay recording in mobile apps, is today launching support for live streaming directly from Android.

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9to5toys 

December 16, 2015

GOOG: 758.09

14.69
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December 10, 2015

GOOG: 749.46

-2.15
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December 9, 2015

GOOG: 751.61

-10.76
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electrek 

December 7, 2015

GOOG: 763.25

-3.56
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December 3, 2015

GOOG: 752.54

-9.84
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Yahoo Messenger has long taken a back seat to other Yahoo products on mobile devices, but today the company is finally unveiling a revamped app that brings its messaging platform into this decade with a completely redesigned user experience and new features. expand full story

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