Remember that Pokemon April Fools joke that Google ran earlier in the month? While it was an obvious gag, it turns out that there was a slight piece of truth to this challenge. Google is reportedly sending out reward notifications to participants who completed its Pokemon Master challenge by finding all 151 of the pocket monsters. While we’re not too sure of what Mountain View is sending to the people who finished its challenge, we do know that it’s a physical item, because the company advised participants that it’ll take four to six weeks for their reward to arrive.
Google Corporate ▪ April 30, 2014
Update: Google has confirmed to TechCrunch that is is applying the same policy to business Gmail accounts.
Microsoft may or may not have killed its Scroogled ad campaign, in which it attempted to portray automated customized ad serving as an invasion of privacy, but it appears to have notched up a success. Google has announced today that it is permanently removing all ads and ad-scanning from Google Apps for Education.
Google had earlier disabled ads by default, allowing administrators to switch them back on if desired, but continued to use automated keyword scanning of Gmail to serve personalised ads if they were switched on. As of today, the option to enable ads is gone, along with keyword scanning within the education version of Gmail … expand full story
Google Corporate ▪ April 25, 2014
Google Corporate ▪ April 24, 2014
Google Corporate ▪ April 22, 2014
While testifying in the Samsung vs Apple case on Tuesday, it was revealed that Google has agreed to help Samsung defend itself against Apple in its current patent-infringement case. According to a report from Re/Code, citing deposition testimony from Google lawyer James Maccoun, Google has also agreed to partially or fully indemnify Samsung for any loses it may suffer on its claims.
Google Corporate ▪ April 21, 2014
Earlier this year, Google acquired smart thermostat maker Nest for the huge sum of $3.2 billion. This led to speculation that the two companies would work together, with Google using its online retail outlet to boost sales of product. Since the acquisition, however, nothing has come to fruition between the companies, with both continuing business as normal. It looks like, however, that Google may soon start to sell the Nest thermostat via the online Play Store.