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Google & three other tech giants agree to pay $324M to settle conspiracy lawsuit

Four tech giants, including Google and Apple, have agreed to pay more than $300 million to settle a class-action lawsuit accusing them of conspiring to restrain salaries.

A class-action lawsuit had alleged that Google, Apple, Adobe and Intel had been conspiring to prevent their engineers and other technology workers from getting better job opportunities from one another.

Google posts weaker-than-expected Q1 results

Google shares slipped as much as 6.2 per cent in extended trading on Wednesday after the internet search giant reported weaker-than-expected revenues and profits for the first quarter.

Google celebrates April Fools’ Day with Pokemon challenge

Continuing its tradition of playing pranks on April Fools' Day, Internet search giant Google on Monday launched a Pokemon Challenge and asked web users to capture a bunch of little monsters to get the newly available position of Pokemon Master.

In the accompanied video, Google executive Brian McClendon joked that recruits must capture all 150 Pokemons from their far-flung hideouts from around the globe.

Crackle, Vudu, Rdio & PlayOn finally available via Google Chromecast

Gradually expanding the list of its offerings, Google's Chromecast has become compatible with a number of much sought-after services like porting video content service Crackle, , and online movie service Vudu, and music-streaming service Rdio.

Crackle, which is a video streaming app from Sony, allows users to stream TV shows and films for free. To generate revenue for its owner, this app shows advertisements. Both the Android- and iOS-based Crackle apps are now compatible with Chromecast.

Google takes confrontational stance while dispelling myths about Glass

Concerned about the negative public perception of Google Glass, tech giant Google Inc has made an attempt to address the top 10 myths about the upcoming technology. But, the company defensive tone may not be able to convince everyone, partly because it took confrontational stance.

For instance, trying to dispel myth 2 "Glass is always on and recording everything," the company took a provoking stance and asked consumers to if they keep their other devices always on.

When it came to Myth 6 "Glass covers your eye(s)," Google questioned consumers if they had actually tried the device.

Updated Google keyboard brings some much-anticipated features

Internet search giant Google Inc has just unveiled the updated version of its own keyboard for the Android platform that brings a few minor bug fixes along with some much-anticipated features.

The new Google keyboard version 3.0, or more explicitly 3.0.19373, is capable of keeping track of the user's typing habits. But, the most interest feature it brings is 'personalised suggestions' feature that uses data from other Google Apps and Services to enhance suggestions and corrections.

Google barge departs San Francisco bay area

Complying with a regulatory order, Internet search giant Google Inc's mysterious barge has left the San Francisco bay area.

The multi-story vessel made of recycled shipping containers left the Treasure Island to adhere to a regulatory order passed on 31st of January that declared that the Internet search firm did not have the proper permit to build the vessel there.

Stockton, which is nearly 80 miles east of San Francisco on the Sacramento-San Joaquin River delta, is going to be odd-looking vessel's new home.

Google Now Launcher lands in Play Store

The Google Now launcher, which was launched for the Nexus 5, is now available to more Android-based devices, thanks to its availability through the Google Play Store.

Google on Thursday brought the same launcher to its digital store Google Play as a free download.

The Google Now Launcher provides the company a way to update the home screen experience without any need to update Android operating system. The etch giant has applied this philosophy to some of its applications like Gmail and YouTube.

Google not giving much importance to college education while hiring employees

Tech giant Google Inc is looking at what its potential employees are capable of doing and not at their college degrees.

Laszlo Bock, senior vice-president of people operations at Google, noted in an interview that the company had determined that grade point averages (GPAs) were worthless as a criterion for hiring.

Google acquires fraud detector Spider.io

Continuing its buying spree, tech giant Google Inc has acquired a British fraud detection company called Spider. io to strengthen its position against growing online fraud.

Neal Mohan, vice president of Display Advertising at Google, said that the company would utilize its Spider. io's technology to improve the quality of its video and display advertising products.

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