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Google Chromecast SDK is open for business

The day many a Chromecast owner has been waiting on has finally arrived. Google has officially opened the doors on the SDK making it available to Android and iOS developers to add support for the $35 HDMI dongle. It has previously been available as a preview, but with strict restrictions attached. Thus far, only apps officially signed off by Google like Netflix and Hulu Plus have been allowed access.

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Engagement, affluence, and value: The numbers Apple's using to show Android is #2

Apple believes their customers browse more, buy more, and are just plain worth more than Android's. And they're saying so now. A lot.

It's commonplace now for an Apple event keynote to include a slide or two pointing out Google's struggle to get tablet-optimized versions of Android apps, or to get any sort of usage momentum. That makes sense. Unlike the raw marketshare numbers that so often consume the popular media narrative these days, usage is hugely in Apple's favor.

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Google sells off Motorola for $2.9 billion. What does it mean for Apple? Nothing...

Google is selling off their Motorola Mobility handset business to Lenovo for $2.9 billion dollars. China Daily broke the story:

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Google Chrome for iOS now translating and compressing your data

A quick heads up for Google Chrome users on iPhone and iPad that the already discussed and promised update with on-board Translate and data compression is now live in the App Store.

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Google apologizes for outage, claims what we had was a failure to configurate...

Google services like Gmail, Calendar, Google+, and pretty much anything and everything that required a login was down for a while today, and it turns out the reason for it all was a bum configuration file that got accidentally, devastatingly pushed live. Ben Treynor, VP Engineering at Google:

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Horizontal vs. vertical lock-in: Until DRM dies, iTunes is no worse than Google or Amazon

Horizontal lock-ins are harder to see than vertical ones. When you buy a movie or TV show or book from iTunes, you know it'll only work on Apple devices. If you own anything else, all that content might as well be dead to you. When you buy a movie or TV show or book from Amazon or Google, however, it can feel like a safer investment, like you can play it anywhere and on anything. But it only seems that way. The truth is, you can only ever play your content on the devices the content and service provider — any provider — allows you to play them on, and only for as long as they allow it. We're just as locked to Google's will and servers, and Amazon's, and anyone else's. And we will be until such time as DRM (Digital Rights Management) is dead.

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Why Google is seen as invulnerable and Apple as merely hard to kill

Though it may slowly be changing, Google has enjoyed incredibly good public and market sentiment for the last few years while Apple has seen itself beset by doomsayers. Horace Dediu has taken a crack at explaining just why that is, and why it might not be entirely bad for Apple. Asymco:

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Did Google buying Nest make it a rage quit... or must get? [Poll]

What does Google buying Nest mean to you?

Earlier this week Google bought Nest for a stupefying $3.2 billion dollars, and reaction to the deal has been extreme to say the least. We saw some members of the tech community vow to rip their existing Nests from wall, stomp them into bits, and never do business with them again. We saw Apple's Phil Schiller unfollowing Tony Fadell. Yet we also saw our own Phil Nickinson and Kevin Michaluk raced out to buy Nests and get them installed. So what's to be made of all this?

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Google Play Movies & TV for iOS review: It's here, but it's not that good

When it rains, it pours. Or so it seems with Google of late and its provision of services to iOS users. It all started at D11 way back in May 2013, with a promise – and much delayed delivery – of Google Play Music heading our way. Now, quietly, Google has dropped another of its major content service our way in Google Play Movies & TV. Not the sleekest name, but once again the iPhone and iPad continues to shine as a choice for content junkies.

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Google Now breaking free of mobile, headed to Mac and Windows

Google Now is a pretty impressive mobile tool – perhaps still more so on Android than iOS – and it looks like its also headed to the desktop as well. In a new release of the Canary build of Google Chrome for Mac and Windows, the familiar cards based notification system is present. Canary is the developer version of Chrome, so it's not for everyone, but if you want to take a look, you'll need to enable it.

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