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Competitors reportedly take aim as Apple/Google search deal nears expiration

It appears that both Yahoo and Microsoft are both lobbying Apple to try and replace Google as the default search engine in Safari. Apple's deal with Google is set to expire early next year, and both Microsoft and Yahoo apparently feel that this is the right time to try to grab a lucrative deal with Apple out from under Mountain View. Both companies have reportedly held talks with Apple SVP Eddy Cue, according to The Information:

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Google agrees to settle with Apple-backed Rockstar

Patent-holding consortium Rockstar, which counts Apple, Microsoft, and BlackBerry among its members, has reached a settlement agreement with rival tech giant Google from a lawsuit originating last October. In its suit, Rockstar alleged that Google had infringed on seven search-related patents that it owned after winning a bid to acquire Nortel's intellectual property portfolio.

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Google Contribute to make ad-free blogs a reality

It looks like advertising isn't the only way way to fund your favorite sites anymore. Google announced a new program called Contributor today that allows people to contribute money to participating websites via a monthly subscription to get rid of ads.

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Google acquires Mac app-maker RelativeWave, gives away $80 Form app for free

RelativeWave, the team behind the Mac app Form, has announced that it is now part of Google. As part of the acquisition, Google has made the $80 prototyping and design app available as a free download on the Mac App Store. The RelativeWave team will continue development of the app under Google.

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Google launches Primer app for iPhone to help startups with marketing

Google is doing something a tad unusual for them; it is launching a new app that at the moment is only available for the iPhone. It's called Primer and it's been designed to help business startup learn about marketing.

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Why I've stopped using Google apps on my iPhone 6 Plus

While compiling the list of apps on my iPhone 6 Plus I realized something — I'd listed not a single one from Google. It was something of a shock. Previously I'd had Gmail and Google Maps, Google+ and Hangouts, YouTube and Google Search. I'd even been using apps they'd acquired, like Snapseed. After setting up my iPhone 6 Plus as new, however, and downloading apps only as I needed them, after close to 3 weeks, I still hadn't needed a single Google app. So what happened?

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Google News & Weather app debuts on iPhone

Google is launching its own News & Weather app to the App Store in select markets right now, giving you access to local weather, the top stories of the day, and coverage from 65,000 publications. The app comes just after Google had updated its Google Currents application for iOS and renamed it to Google Play Newsstand. At this time, Google News & Weather isn't available in the U.S.

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New, updated, and discounted apps: Google, LinkedIn, and more!

While you're all busy cracking open your new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, we're still reeling from the launch of iOS 8 earlier this week and the accompanying tidal wave of apps that have been updated to take advantage of new capabilities. Here are a few noteworthy stragglers, but we're constantly on the lookout for more. Sing out in the comments if you spot any new or updated apps in the comments!

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Vector 53: Regeneration with Guy, Georgia, and Dave [Explicit]

Vector is a news and analysis show focusing on the biggest stories, hottest trends, and most important issues in technology, past, present, and future. On this week's show, Rene is joined by Georgia Dow, Guy English, and Dave Wiskus, to announce the end of the current season of Vector and the launch of the next. Also: Google scanning email for child porn, tinkering to learn, Apple University, fear and reinvention, yelling on Twitter.

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Google releases official Analytics app for iPhone and iPad

Checking to see how well your web properties are performing is an absolute breeze when utilizing one of many solutions available today. Google Analytics is a popular, free analytics suite for websites and the search giant has just released an official app for the iPhone and iPad. Downloading and installing this client will enable webmasters to log into their Google accounts and really dig deep at exactly how visitors are interacting with services and pages available.

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