Bloomberg reported Google would be faced with an ultimatum in its talks with the Federal Trade Commission over antitrust discussions that have been occurring over the last two weeks. If Google does not agree to settle with the FTC, it will be forced to face a formal complaint from the organization.
The FTC has been looking into Google for alleged abuses regarding its large reach over the Internet for roughly two years. FTC Chairman Jonathan Leibowitz is requesting Google make an offer and “won’t accept a resolution short of a consent decree.”
Google just announced on its Chrome Blog that it would sell a new Chromebook from Acer on Google Play starting tomorrow. The new Acer C7 Chromebook will debut for $199 in the U.S. at Best Buy and through Google Play. In the U.K., customers will be able to get their hands on the new Chromebook this coming week through various retailers including: Google Play, Amazon UK, PC World, and Currys.
As for specs, Google’s Chromebook website said it includes an11.6-inch (1,366-by-768) display, 3.5 hours of battery life, an Intel Core processor, three USB ports, HD camera, HDMI, a full-sized keyboard, and a “fully clickable trackpad.” Acer is also including a 320GB hard drive and the usual free 100GB Google Drive account.
The $200 price point is obviously extremely aggressive pricing, as it is $50 under Samsung’s newest Chrome OS powered offering. With an included free 100GB Google Drive account (usually $60 per year from Google), the new C7 pays for itself in a little over three years in a way.
AT&T just announced the Samsung Galaxy Camera would land Nov. 16 for $499.99 with or without a data plan.
The Galaxy Camera is Samsung’s first 4G-connected camera to marry point-and-shoot technology with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean software. It sports AT&T mobile internet connectivity, access to Android apps from the Google Play store, a quad-core 1.4 GHz processor, 4.8-inch HD Super Clear LCD display, 21x optical zoom lens, and a 16-megapixel backside illuminated CMOS sensor.
Samsung also noted a limited time-only sale for customers who want to purchase any Samsung Galaxy smartphone. They can now receive up to $100 off the new Samsung Galaxy Camera or any connected Samsung device. The Samsung Galaxy Camera will hit AT&T’s online store and select company-owned retail stores nationwide.
AT&T further said the camera will have access to its new cloud-storage app, AT&T Locker, and it revealed data plan options for the camera:
AT&T Mobile Share: $10 to share between 1 GB and 20GB
Apple and HTC have announced that the two companies have reached a global settlement regarding the two firm’s multiple patent infringement lawsuits. The agreement is on a global-scale and includes a ten-year licensing agreement. All current lawsuits have been dismissed.
TAIPEI, Taiwan and CUPERTINO, California—November 10, 2012—HTC and Apple® have reached a global settlement that includes the dismissal of all current lawsuits and a ten-year license agreement. The license extends to current and future patents held by both parties. The terms of the settlement are confidential.
“We are glad to have reached a settlement with HTC,” said Tim Cook, CEO of Apple. “We will continue to stay laser focused on product innovation.” Peter Chou, HTC’s CEO, said “HTC is pleased to have resolved its dispute with Apple, so HTC can focus on innovation instead of litigation.”
“We can sit by and watch competitors steal our patented inventions, or we can do something about it. We’ve decided to do something about it. We think competition is healthy, but competitors should create their own original technology, not steal ours.”
The update comes just in time for the holiday season, as Google noted on the Google Commerce blog this afternoon that users of the refreshed app could now “easily browse for gift ideas, research products, and locate great deals on the go.”
The app’s newly added improvements include a redesigned home screen with a larger search box and bigger photos, and it now spotlights great sales and special offers from the new Sales page. Version 3.0 also notably integrated GoodGuide, a rating system that details whether a product is healthy, safe, or environmentally friendly.
The app’s full change log:
New UI with faster navigation and bigger images.
Discover sales and special offers in your area from the new sales screen.
Search for apparel and accessories more effectively with image-centric search results.
Make more informed buying decisions with GoodGuide product ratings.
Get great deals online with retail promotions.
Find out about new features and content with push notifications.
3.0.1: Fixed a bug that caused the app to crash at startup for some users.
Google Shopper 3.0 is available for Android devices at the Google Play store. While the iOS version is not yet live, many reports speculate it will roll out sometime soon.
Many reports are coming in that Chinese users are having trouble accessing a number of Google’s web products. There is no word on the exact cause of the service disruptions, but The Wall Street Journal noted Google’s Transpareny Report website shows “a precipitous drop in traffic in China starting more than eight hours ago,” although the site doesn’t list the services as completely inaccessible in the country. Google provided a statement to WSJ confirming the interruptions do not appear to be on its end:
“We’ve checked and there’s nothing wrong on our end,” a Google spokeswoman said in a prepared statement.
The Washington Post reported “Users with special VPN (virtual private network) services,” which many Chinese users take advantage of to access banned sites like Facebook, are still able to access Google’s services. Read more