Google Corporate July 7, 2014

Re/code piece on Google’s Shopping Express service says that the company is investing $500M to expand the service beyond San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York City and roll it out nationally.

The service lets shoppers buy things from local retail stores through Google, which then delivers them to consumers from the physical retail store on the same or next day.

A source familiar with the company’s plans says senior Google execs have set aside as much as $500 million to expand the service nationwide …

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Google Corporate July 6, 2014



Google has been ordered by the South Korean government to revise its Play Store refund policy, the Korea Herald reports. The company’s current policy requires users to submit a request for a refund within 15 minutes of the purchase. Once that time has passed, refunds can still be requested, but must be reviewed manually by a Google employee.

The practice was ruled “unfair” by the Fair Trade Commission after numerous requests from the Citizens’ Coalition for Economic Justice. Google told the Fair Trade Commission that it would create a new, automated refund system for the Korean Play Store, but had no plans to roll this system out to the rest of the world.

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Google Corporate July 3, 2014


Sprint announced in a press release this afternoon that it will start selling the LG G3 flagship on July 18th. Pre-orders for the device will go live next Friday, July 11th. T-Mobile earlier this week made the device available for pre-order and announced that it will hit retail on July 16th. Verizon is launching pre-orders on July 10th with retail availability on July 19th.

Sprint’s LG G3 variant will be compatible with Sprint Easy Pay, which means  you can get the device for $0 down and pay it off with $25 monthly payments for 24 months. Sprint is also offering a $150 reward card for people who purchase between July 11th and July 24th and register by August 7th.

As a refresher, the G3 features a 2,560 x 1,440 display, a quad-core 2.5GHz Snapdragon 801 processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB storage and Android 4.4.2 KitKat out of the box. You can check out our full review of the G3 for all of our impressions. Full press release after the jump.

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Well-known figures taking advantage of Europe’s ‘right to be forgotten‘ ruling, in which Google and other search engines are required to remove links to sensitive information deemed ‘out-dated or irrelevant’, are not quite getting the results they hoped for. Google is choosing to notify the media when links to stories are removed, and the British media is responding by running stories on the censorship – putting the subjects of the removed links back in the news once more …  expand full story

Google Corporate July 2, 2014


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Update: The WSJ reports that Google agreed to block access to the email, and advised that it had not been read

According to a new report from Reuters, investment banking firm Goldman Sachs is taking legal action against Google over an email that it accidentally sent to the wrong address. The report claims that a Goldman Sachs employee was sending an email, but instead of putting the correct ending, the employee put, which in turn caused the email to be sent to a total stranger.

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