…Well, not for a fairly long time anyway.
Google is rolling out a new feature to make it easier to access indoor “Street View” imagery for businesses by including a “See Inside” button next to search results for those who have opted into the program. Google has worked with businesses to capture 360-degree imagery of the interior of retail locations, and it recently started promoting the feature in Maps and more services. As highlighted by Google in the tweet below, search results displaying listings for businesses will now include a “See Inside” link to quickly jump into the indoor Street View mode.
It just got easier to see inside a business — When you search on Google, simply click "See Inside" on the right goo.gl/Fjd0l—
Google Maps (@googlemaps) December 19, 2012
Google got $2.5 billion of its $12.5 billion Motorola purchase price back today with the sale of the Motorola Home division to Ariss.
The sale—on the surface—is a curious one: Motorola’s Home business makes cable boxes, and Google and its Google TV division clearly have an interest in this area.
The deal is $2.05 billion in cash and a $300 million stake in Arris for Google.
There will be a call to discuss the sale at 6:30 p.m. EST.
The press release follows:
Today, Kodak announced the $525 million sale of its patents to two firms, Intellectual Ventures and RPX Corporation. It is interesting that the two companies will work with 12 intellectual property licensee to pay a portion of the over $500 million price tag. The 12 licensees, who aren’t listed by name in Kodak’s press release, would all receive varying access to the digital imaging patent portfolio and other Kodak patents included in the sale. In turns out that Apple, Google, and many other large tech companies, will provide cash toward the purchase as licensees.
Under the agreements, Kodak will receive approximately $525 million, a portion of which will be paid by 12 intellectual property licensees organized by Intellectual Ventures and RPX Corporation, with each licensee receiving rights with respect to the digital imaging patent portfolio and certain other Kodak patents. Another portion will be paid by Intellectual Ventures, which is acquiring the digital imaging patent portfolio subject to these new licenses, as well as previously existing licenses.
Bloomberg is reporting, as relayed by Business Insider, that the 12 companies are made up of Apple, Google, Samsung, Microsoft, Facebook, and just about every major player in the tech business:
If you’re like us, you just can’t wait to hear the U.S. Federal Trade Commission’s final ruling over Google’s antitrust case that has spanned more than two years. Recent reports tipped the ruling to come in as early as this week. However, Bloomberg reported this evening that the ruling has been delayed until next year. We presumed the settlement talks are continuing, resulting in a delay, as Google tries to skirt any formal settlement or lawsuit and rather provide “voluntary concessions.” The report earlier this week mentioned that the debacle, centered on antitrust litigation and allegations, is said to end with Google coming out relatively unaffected. Read more
Similar to iTunes Match, Google has updated its Google Music service in the United States with its new scan match feature that previously was only available in Europe. The feature is definitely welcomed, as it scans a user’s local library for songs and matches them in the cloud, doing away with any lengthy upload periods. Engadget reported that U.S. users who have already put their music library on to Google Music will begin seeing the process take place in the coming weeks, which means matched songs will be streamed at 320Kbps. Want to know the greatest thing about Google Music’s scan and match? It’s entirely free if you stay under 20,000 songs, unlike rival services. Read more