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According to inside sources at Digital Trends, Google may be interested in acquiring mobile messaging app, WhatsApp, for a rumored US$1 billion.

The move may come as a surprise for some, as rumors had been circulating that Google would soon be launching its Google Babble (or Babel) app, a similar cross-platform messaging service. However, it is possible that Google simply plans on absorbing the technology and user base of WhatsApp into Babble.

Google knows it needs to improve its messaging services as highlighted by Google Product Manager Nikhyl Singhal’s confession to GigaOM in June last year, where he stated that Google’s current messaging options “have done an incredibly poor job of servicing our users.”

As such, WhatsApp makes an enticing acquisition as it is consistently the number one paid app in more than 100 countries with a user base size spread throughout more than 100 countries and 750 mobile networks. On New Year’s Eve 2012 alone WhatsApp saw a record 18 billion messages processed in a day.

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Google Keep finally go live

By on March 21, 2013

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The Google Keep note-taking service is officially launched and is accessible from the web and as an Android app from Google Play.

 

Google may have discontinued Reader, but a faux pas today might have revealed their next service. Google Keep looks to be a cloud-based, note-taking application in the same vein as Evernote and it went live today only to be taken down. Trying to visit all Keep-related sites at present brings up a 404 error. The initial spot was made by Android Police.

 

The interface for Google Keep seems to allow users to create notes with checklist items, text or images. Color coding and titling for the notes also seems to be possible from the screenshots that have surfaced. On the surface, Google Keep seems to have a superficial resemblance to the defunct Google Notebook which was slated to be a capturing service for collecting ‘research and personal notes’ including text, images, and links.

 

Google Keep is also expected to come with Google Drive integration. Many users save content and links by emailing it to themselves via their Gmail accounts. If Google Keep functions in the manner the screenshots indicate, then the new service should serve as a more elegant solution.

 

 

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Searching for an appropriate reaction GIF to your latest internet ‘debate’ will soon be easier than ever as Google has announced that it will be adding a filter in Google Images to let you search specifically for animated GIFs.

When you do an image search, click on ‘Search tools’ below the search box, then select ‘Animated’ under the ‘Any type’ dropdown box.

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Google may have discontinued Reader, but a faux pas today might have revealed their next service. Google Keep looks to be a cloud-based, note-taking application in the same vein as Evernote and it went live today only to be taken down. Trying to visit all Keep-related sites at present brings up a 404 error. The initial spot was made by Android Police.

 

The interface for Google Keep seems to allow users to create notes with checklist items, text or images. Color coding and titling for the notes also seems to be possible from the screenshots that have surfaced. On the surface, Google Keep seems to have a superficial resemblance to the defunct Google Notebook which was slated to be a capturing service for collecting ‘research and personal notes’ including text, images, and links.

 

Google Keep is also expected to come with Google Drive integration. Many users save content and links by emailing it to themselves via their Gmail accounts. If Google Keep functions in the manner the screenshots indicate, then the new service should serve as a more elegant solution.

Google Reader Retiring

By on March 14, 2013

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Google has announced it will kill off its RSS reader, Google Reader from July 1, 2013, citing a slow down in usage since the service launched in 2005.

Google Reader has allowed users to subscribe to the content from their favourite news and blog sites from one site similar to an inbox. The internet giant’s senior vice president of technical infrastructrue Urs Hölzle, announced today that after eight years, the service would be brought to an end.

“We launched Google Reader in 2005 in an effort to make it easy for people to discover and keep tabs on their favorite websites. While the product has a loyal following, over the years usage has declined. So, on July 1, 2013, we will retire Google Reader,” he said in a blog post.

“Users and developers interested in RSS alternatives can export their data, including their subscriptions, with Google Takeout over the course of the next four months.”

The application has largely remained the same over the years since the launch. Many other RSS applications, including FlipBoard, and Google’s Currents have turned RSS readers into more of a visual magazine-style way of catching up on news, while Reader has kept its look as more of an email inbox.

Before Google shuts off Reader, it’ll allow users to export their subscriptions out of the application using Takeout. The following are 5 alternative application which can replace the Google Reader if you continue to looking for such application:

The move comes as part of a cleaning of the house that Google CEO Larry Page announced in 2011. The cleanup has already claimed Google Buzz and Google Labs.

The company said today’s announcement will see a total of 70 features or services closed since the spring cleaning began.

The announcement will also see the end of GUI Builder for a focus on HTML service, Google Cloud Connect will be ditched in April in favour of Google Drive, and Google will end support for its Google Voice App for BlackBerry but users can still use the HTML5 app.

Google will also end support for Snapseed desktop for Windows and Mac beginning today.

For more information about the Google Spring cleaning, you can refer to their official blog

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Google has now implemented offline functionality to another service in their web-based productivity suite, Google Drive. The latest to get this invaluable feature is Google Slides. Now users can create, edit, and present without an Internet connection. Any changes to the presentation will automatically be saved once an Internet connection is detected.

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To utilize this new feature, all you have to do is turn the “offline editing” feature on through Google Drive. Users who already have offline editing for Docs enabled, won’t need to change any settings to get this new feature. However, take note that offline editing can only be used on Chrome browsers or on machines running Chrome OS. According to the Google Drive Blog, Google Sheets will be the next service to get offline functionality.

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Calling all marketing professionals! Google is currently on the lookout for participants to take part in its Google Certification Program (GCP) Challenge for AdWords, its search engine marketing platform.

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The GCP is a program aimed at helping digital marketing professionals to improve their efficiency in Google AdWords. Upon passing, participants will become ‘Individually Qualified’ professionals and receive a certificate that endorses their proficiency in Google AdWords.

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The GCP Challenge in Malaysia will be held from January 21 till March 15, 2013. Top three GCP candidates who pass both Google Advertising Fundamentals and Search Advertising Advanced exams will be award with a smart device worth US$600. Winning the challenge also allows the participants a chance to be globally recognized.

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In order to participate:

Step 1: Visit the GCP challenge website here
Step 2: Check your eligibility for the challenge
Step 3: Register to be in the running
Step 4: Sit for your exams online between January 21 and March 15, 2013
Step 5: Submit your results here between January 21 and March 15, 2013 for a shot at winning a smart device worth US$600

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Company URLs along with individual scores must be submitted.

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All GCP Qualified Individuals whose GCP qualification expires before March 31, 2013 are welcome to join in as well. The GCP Challenge is only open to individuals employed in Malaysia.

Zeitgeist 2012

Late Whitney Houston was Year 2012’s hottest search, announces 12th annual Year-End Google Zeitgeist.  She was followed by Gangnam Style and Hurricane Sandy.

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Zeitgeist announced the top trending queries for the year based on the study of 1.2 trillion searches on Google search engine. Zeitgeist divides searches into several categories such as Images, Athletes, Events, People, Feature Films, TV Shows, Performing Artists, Arilines and Google+ Hashtags.

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Here is the list of Top 10 Global searches:

  1. Whitney Houston
  2. Gangnam Style
  3. Hurricane Sandy
  4. iPad 3
  5. Diablo 3
  6. Kate Middleton
  7. Olympics 2012
  8. Amanda Todd
  9. Michael Clarke Duncan
  10. BBB12

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Top 10 Consumer Electronics Search

  1. iPad 3
  2. Samsung Galaxy S3
  3. iPad Mini
  4. Nexus 7
  5. Galaxy Note 2
  6. Play Station
  7. iPad 4
  8. Microsoft Surface
  9. Kindle Fire
  10. Nokia Lumia 920

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These are Top 10 trending images:

  1. One Direction
  2. Selena Gomez
  3. iPhone 5
  4. Megan Fox
  5. Rihanna
  6. Justin Bieber
  7. Harry Styles
  8. Minecraft
  9. Nicki Minaj
  10. Katy Perry

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And Top 10 people searches:

  1. Whitney Houston
  2. Kate Middleton
  3. Amanda Todd
  4. Michael Clarke Duncan
  5. One Direction
  6. Felix Baumgartner
  7. Jeremy Lin
  8. Morgan Freeman
  9. Joseph Kony
  10. Donna Summer

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Google’s Card-Style OneBoxesd

By on December 9, 2012

Google updated the desktop OneBoxes for definitions and local time to match the card layout from Google Now. The same layout is also used in the mobile search user interface for most Google OneBoxes.

 

 

 

The good thing about the cards is where they are more distinctive and is highlighted just below your just box, so very the user very hard to ignore it.

The head of Google’s webspam team talks about Google view on subdomains- is there any difference for Google between sites set up as group of subdomains or as a group of subdirectories. Here is the video: