Google Corporate ▪ May 6, 2014

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In addition to the new ChromeOS and Intel-based ChromeBook announcements this morning, Intel announced an important new manufacturing initiative for its computer microprocessors. The company announced via a video that it will be moving production of its processors to completely lack conflict materials. These new chips, including the more efficient Bay Trail, will be conflict free in the new ChromeBooks. Intel’s video explicitly mentions materials such as gold, tungsten, and tin coming from war zones in the Congo. The video says that Intel is choosing to completely revamp its processor manufacturing operations and to assist these zones rather than abandoning them and moving to already conflict-free zones for sourcing materials.

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Also at the Intel/Google event this morning, the companies announced a new Lenovo “Yoga” ThinkPad laptop line. The computer, which was shown off earlier this year, is closer to launch and the companies announced some new details. They say that the laptop is ruggedized and oriented toward the education market. Earlier today, Google announced a stronger ChromeOS push into education.

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The Yoga laptop has a 360-degree, rotating screen. The computer runs the new “Bay Trail” Intel processor, and this chip unlocks a plethora of potential hardware advancements. The more efficient software unlocks 11 hours of battery life (up from 10 on Haswell) and makes for thinner/lighter devices, fanless designs, 802.11ac WiFi connectivity, and new form factor possibilities.

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At the Intel/Google event this morning, Google announced that a few high-profile Android features will be making their way to the ChromeOS computer operating system. First and foremost: voice actions and Google Now support.

Google Now is Google’s voice-based system for accessing information via Google Search and voice-actions will allow a user to control certain functions of their ChromeOS devices by way of voice interaction.

Other notable features coming to ChromeOS include offline support for some Google Play content. Google will be starting off with Movies and TV shows, with more content (like Music) presumably to follow in the future.

The updates announced today should be hitting ChromeOS in the coming weeks.

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JPMorgan Chase’s Jamie Dimon isn’t just keeping an eye on other financial institutions like Wells Fargo and Bank of American. The company’s CEO is also sizing up Google and its online services like Wallet. “We move $10 trillion a day,” Dimon said today at the Euromoney Saudi Arabia conference in Riyadh. “We’re one of the largest payments systems in the world. We’re going to have competition from Google and Facebook and somebody else.”

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The foreman of the jury that awarded Apple just 5.5 percent of the $2.2B it claimed Samsung owed for patent infringements said yesterday that Apple should sue Google rather than handset manufacturers, reports the WSJ.

If you really feel that Google is the cause behind this, as I think everybody has observed, then don’t beat around the bush,” said Tom Dunham, whose job at IBM was to oversee developers expected to file patents. “Let the courts decide. But a more direct approach may be something to think about” …

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Google Corporate ▪ May 5, 2014

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Google started competing in the same day delivery space in May and is now opening up two more fronts in the war to get deliveries to your house the same day as you order them.

In the Los Angeles area, shoppers in Culver City, Inglewood, Marina Del Rey, Santa Monica, Venice, West Los Angeles, and Westwood can now shop from some of their favorite retailers like Costco, Guitar Center, L’Occitane, Smart & Final, Staples, Target, Toys“R”Us/Babies“R”Us, and Walgreens. In the coming months, we’ll be expanding delivery to other parts of Los Angeles, Bel-Air, Beverly Hills, Pacific Palisades, Playa del Rey, Playa Vista and West Hollywood.

In New York, we’re starting with service to the entire island of Manhattan with Babies“R”Us, Costco, Fairway Market, L’Occitane, Staples, Target, and Walgreens. We’re also working to bring Shopping Express to shoppers in Queens and Brooklyn in the coming months.

9to5Google first heard last year that Google looked to take down Amazon Prime with its own same-day shipping service, and the project began in the Google X incubator headed by cofounder Sergey Brin. We also heard somewhat wild information on the program: Google, in the long run, plans to use self-driving cars and flying drones as means of delivery. 

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