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Steve Jobs and Eric Schmidt Take Coffee, Talk Shop

Gizmodo has just posted up some candids of Apple CEO Steve Jobs, and Google CEO Eric Schmidt taking tasty beverages together and talking shop at the Calafia in the Town and Country, Pal Alto, which is owned by former Google chef Charlie Ayers. Reportedly Jobs was overheard saying:

  • "They're going to see it all eventually so who cares how they get it."
  • "Let's go discuss this somewhere more private."

What the "it" and the "this" are precisely, we don't know. Could this be the first tender, fragile steps towards reconciliation? Was the public setting intentional?

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Google Paying Carriers to Go Android, Apple Still Charging for iPhone

Well technically Google seems to be sharing revenue generated from services like Search, Gmail, Maps, etc. with their carrier and manufacturing partners to incentivize their "going Android". If rumors of Apple making a cool $100,000,000 a year from Google for iPhone search are any indicator, the money may be nothing to sneeze at either.

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Sent from Steve Jobs' iPhone: No Google Picasa Support for iPad

Once again 9to5Mac reports on Steve Jobs answering Apple users' questions, this time regarding iPad support for Google's Picasa. The question:

...Are there any plans to support Picasa's faces and albums in iTunes, so I can take full advantage of the [iPad] Photos application, since Photoshop Album is long discontinued. If not, please can you look into supporting the Picasa library format?

And the response from Steve Jobs:

No, but iPhone on the Mac has much better Faces and Places features.

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How Do You Use Gmail on Your iPhone?

Gmail may only be the 3rd most popular email service on the planet (behind Yahoo! and Hotmail) but it ranks first in the hearts of geeks everywhere and can be used in a variety of ways on the iPhone:

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Confusing: Developers Who Complain Apple's iPhone is Closed AND Think HTML5 is the Future

TechCrunch links to noted developer Tim Bray who's taking a position as "Developer Advocate" at Google for Android but who announces it while taking a swipe at Apple's iPhone:

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VoiceCentral's Black Swan Brings Google Voice to the iPhone

Riverturn has entered into the Google Voice for iPhone arena with it's latest offering VoiceCentral Black Swan. Google Voice and iPhone have a long history together and it has not been pretty, until now that is.

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Buzzie Unofficial Google Buzz App Hits App Store

The first unofficial Google Buzz application, Buzzie, [$1.99 on sale - iTunes Link] has made it's way into the Apple App Store.

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Google Comments on Apple vs. HTC Patent Lawsuit

Without being asked, Google decided to whip out an email to TechCrunch anyway and comment on the Apple vs. HTC patent lawsuit announced yesterday:

“We are not a party to this lawsuit. However, we stand behind our Android operating system and the partners who have helped us to develop it."

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Google Buys reMail, Kills iPhone App

Yesterday it was announced that Google is buying reMail a localized high-speed email search service, and now as part of that deal, founder Gabor Cselle has posted that they're killing the reMail iPhone app, effective immediately [iTunes link dead].

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TiPb Apps #1.4 -- Documents To Go for iPhone to get Google Docs, Desktop Sync (MWC 2010)

We just finished having a sit down with the fine folks from DocsToGo and they shared some exciting news about DocsToGo Premium: Desktop Sync and Google Sync are en route! They expect they'll be submitting the app to the Apple in a couple of weeks, so stay tuned for the release. DocsToGo is currently $14.99 in the App Store.

Document Sync with the desktop works just like you would expect it to: plug in and Sync. What's more exciting for me (and for cloud-lovers everywhere) is that you'll be able to sync with all the documents you've stored up at Google Docs. It's a full sync client - meaning that you can download and edit documents offline and then sync them up with Google Docs later. Another thing worth noting is that Google recently updated Google Docs to allow you to upload any file - which means you will be able to upload and store PDFs, images, and documents to Google Docs and then access them later with DocsToGo. (Video after the break!)

Otherwise, as it always is with major mobile conferences, the iPhone isn't officially here but unofficially it's everywhere. My completely unscientific method of "hey, what's in people's hands" poll shows that it's slightly edging out Nokia as the most popular phone at Mobile World Congress.

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