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Google cutting data usage and translating the web with Chrome for iOS

Google Chrome, one of the better alternative iOS browsers available, is about to get some pretty nifty new features in the latest release; Data compression, and Translate.

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Why we fear Google

Companies are predators, like wolves or wildcats or snakes; it's their nature to bite, and we know that when we pick up their products and services. I don't mean that to sound overly dramatic. Just like when I riff on "any company sufficiently large is indistinguishable from evil", it's meant as a reminder mostly to myself. The bigger they are, the smaller the chance they can act in the best interests of all of their customers, all of the time. That means, inevitably, some of the time it'll be my best interests they're acting against. Some of the time it'll be my favorite app that gets gutted or pulled, my most important service that gets compromised or killed, my personal data that gets misused or abused. We know that, all of us, because we've all experienced it. It's why we get nervous when big companies move quickly or do anything unexpected. Most recently, it's why the internet projected collective angst when Google bought Nest.

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Google grabs Nest in $3.2 billion deal; former iPod boss Fadell to stay in charge

Google has acquired Nest, the company behind the Nest learning thermostat, as well as the Protect, a smart smoke detector, for $3.2 billion. Nest will continue to exist as its own distinct brand within Google, much like Motorola, and will still be run by current CEO Tony Fadell.

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Picasa for Mac gets new Google+ Auto Backup application

If you're using Google's Picasa photo application for Mac – and Windows – then the latest update will bring you a new, Google+ Auto Backup application. It works much like the feature does on mobile; unlimited uploads to your Google Drive at 2048px wide, or full resolution backups as your storage allows.

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Google Play Music gets an iOS 7 flavored update, adds 'I'm feeling lucky' radio

The pre-holiday app updates continue to roll, with Google pushing out another this time for its Google Play Music app for iPhone. It crosses off the list one of our early frustrations with the app, since it now has proper iOS 7 optimization. That's not all either, with the addition of some new music features like the 'I'm feeling lucky' radio option.

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How Google had to 'start over' on Android the day the iPhone was announced

Back when the very first iPhone was announced in 2007, it took many of us by surprise, including Google. What Steve Jobs held in his hand on stage that day was unlike any smartphone we'd seen to that date, and it set the precedent for what we see today not only from Apple. In a piece on The Atlantic, excerpts from Fred Vogelstein’s Dogfight: How Apple and Google Went to War and Started a Revolution, illustrate what happened next:

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Google Search goes iOS 7, gets better integration with Google Maps

Google today updated its Search app for iOS, adding another one to the iOS 7 optimized stable and bringing with it a few full screen browsing experience. The touches are subtle, but it's an iOS 7 app alright, and besides the added razzle dazzle Google is also promising "smarter integration with Google Maps."

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MyGlass for iOS available in the App Store, again

After it's brief appearance in the App Store a few days ago, MyGlass for iOS has once again returned. The app apparently needed Google Glass to receive an update first before it would work. That update has been released and MyGlass is now available in the App Store again.

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Google buying a robot-zombie army is terrifyingly cool

Google has just bought Boston Dynamics, the company that makes those incredibly disturbing robots that walk like something between a dog, centipede, and zombie. Since Android-founder Andy Rubin is now running the mecha division at Google, maybe this will now fall under his purview (Androids running Android). Either way, it's an interesting play. John Markoff for the New York Times:

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