JPMorgan Chase CEO sees Google as a challenging bank

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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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Google’s secret meetings with NSA may reveal a more cozy relationship than previously portrayed

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Google may be publicly denouncing some of the NSA’s recent tactics, but the search giant might be closer to the agency than it has led people to believe. A chain of emails between Google execs and former NSA director Keith Alexander suggests that the company may have downplayed how closely the two have worked together in the past.

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Google buys online marketing platform Adometry to improve Analytics

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Google announced today that it has acquired marketing platform Adometry to help improve its Google Analytics products. In the short-term, Adometry will continue to offer its products and support its current customers but also work with Google to make the platform available to Analytics customers:

We’re deeply committed to the customers and relationships we have cultivated over the years. Adometry will continue to offer the same excellent service our clients have come to expect, and there will be no immediate changes to our current offerings or contracts. We’ll be reaching out to all of our customers individually to discuss future plans in the coming weeks.

Google said that it would be using Adometry to complement its “existing measurement & analytics offerings” for Google Analytics Premium, while Adometry noted it will work with the Google Analytics team “to offer great attribution solutions for both our customers and theirs.” A little on the Adometry platform and how it works from the company:

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Lenovo offers its first consumer-oriented Chromebooks to world’s largest customer base, starting at $279

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The profile of Chromebooks is likely to get a boost after the world’s largest PC manufacturer, Lenovo, announced its first Chromebooks aimed at the consumer market. Pricing starts at $279.

Lenovo, best known for its Windows laptops, launched its first Chromebook in January – but that one was pitched at the education market, selling in bulk to schools and colleges. This is the first time it has pitched a Chromebook directly at consumers – something which may worry Microsoft. Lenovo has 18.6 percent of the PC market, ahead of HP, Dell and Acer …  Read more

Patent jury foreman advises Apple to sue Google directly

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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 reportedly working to integrate Wallet functionality into Glass

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According to a new report out of TechCrunch, Google is working to add Google Wallet functionality to Glass. Citing a “source close to the company”, the report claims that Google is currently testing the feature internally, but that it hopes to make it public in the near future. Currently, Glass users have to be signed in to a computer on Google’s corporate network in order to install the app on their Glass.

Like many features on Glass, Google Wallet will work almost exclusively with voice commands. Users will be able to simply ask Glass to “Send money”, then have the ability to swipe through the interface a view times and your done. One of the most common uses for this would be the ability to send your share of a dinner bill to a friend, much like with the Google Wallet integration in Gmail.

The fees for using Wallet with Glass will be the same as other services, with Google taking a 2.9 percent fee for all transactions. Google is certainly looking to add more practical use cases to Google Glass, and the ability to pay with Wallet will certainly come in handy for users.

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Google Now will alert you when nearby shops have products you’ve been searching for

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If you find yourself constantly searching the web for new toys, you’re really gonna dig Google Now’s newest trick. As a follow up to a recent update that helps you locate stores while cruising the mall, this new software push takes things to another level. Starting today, Google Now will display a product information card whenever you’re near a shop that carries an item that you’ve been searching for online.

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Verizon Galaxy S5 Developer Edition now available directly from Samsung for $600

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The Verizon variant of the Galaxy S5 may be having a little camera trouble, but depending on who you ask, this might not be the handset’s biggest issue. Although Android’s setup offers a lot of flexibility, Big Red’s version of Samsung new flagship ships with a locked bootloader. This makes it extremely difficult to take advantage custom ROMs and early software updates. Verizon locking down the Galaxy S5’s bootloader has become such an issue, a band of developers are offering a bounty (now over $11,000) to whoever can find an effective workaround to this problem.

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Google Play Music All Access now streaming in Canada

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Google’s Play Music All Access subscription streaming service is today arriving for Canadian users almost a year after first launching in the U.S. and Europe. A report from the CBC notes that Google is expected to make an official announcement today ahead of the Canadian Music Week event kicking off May 6.

Google is already listing Canada as supported for All Access on its website and Canadians should now be able to access the subscription service online and through the Android app Read more

Here’s a look at Google Stars in action (video)

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A couple of weeks ago, an ambitious software developer by the name of Florian Kiersch uncovered an unannounced Google platform known as Stars. From the looks of things, this new product is Google’s next-gen take on bookmarking content from the web. Up until now, we’ve only seen still shots of the forthcoming software, however thanks to a recent Javascript module update, Kiersch was able to gain access to parts of Stars’ web-based UI.

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Samsung’s new AMOLED tablet will reportedly be called Galaxy Tab S

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Samsung is working on its next high-end tablet that will ship with a high-res 2,560 × 1,600 AMOLED display, according to SamMobile. The slate will reportedly be called the Galaxy Tab S and will be available in two models (8.4- and 10.5-inch). Like Samsung’s Galaxy S5, its new tablet will also feature a fingerprint scanner built into its home button that will offer similar features to the company’s flagship smartphone. 

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Google Shopping Express comes to Los Angeles and New York City with 6 months of free unlimited deliveries

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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.