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Google Buzz finally gets axed to focus on Google+

Google Buzz finally gets axed to focus on Google+

Google is doing some fall cleaning and sweeping out plenty of old experimental projects and social features, including the failed social attempt that was Google Buzz. In a blog post today, Google VP of Product, Bradley Horowitz, essentially explained that success requires focus and thought on what you work on as well as what you don't work on and therefore their decision to discontinue several products.

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Google Buzz takes sharing realtime [Updated: Video]

Google Buzz takes sharing realtime [Updated: Video]

Google have announced a new product that integrates with their Gmail email service. Google Buzz builds upon Gmail's messaging, IM and in-browser video chat, and focuses on in-Gmail sharing with other users. There are also dedicated Google Buzz buzz.google.com pages for iPhone and Android, together with new versions of Google Maps - with Buzz integration - for Android, S60 and Windows Mobile handsets.

Video demos after the cut

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Google ends Wave, Buzz, Knol, Health and Google Desktop

Google ends Wave, Buzz, Knol, Health and Google Desktop

Most of us in the U.S. are preparing for Thanksgiving, but it looks like Google is getting a head start on its New Years resolutions. As part of an effort to slim down the company's multiple projects and put more focus on important sectors, it's ending service for a handful of once-vibrant projects. Among the biggest are Google's ambitious but under-used collaboration tool, Wave, Twitter competitor Google Buzz, Wikipedia-like aggregate Knol, medical records engine Google Health, and PC file-searching tool Google Desktop.

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Google faces bi-yearly privacy reviews after FTC Buzz settlement

Google faces bi-yearly privacy reviews after FTC Buzz settlement

Google has agreed to a bi-yearly independent review after US FTC investigation over privacy concerns regarding Google Buzz. The service initially used users' Gmail databases to build social networking connections, in a manner which roundly criticized. Google rapidly changed its approach, but was left facing regulator inquiries - including by the Federal Trade Commission - over its privacy policies.

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Google search might soon hook you up with local home services

Google search might soon hook you up with local home services

Google seems to be trying to get more and more personal, suggesting things that go beyond our digital personas, perhaps not to everyone's liking. The latest unconfirmed convenience that Google Search users might soon have at their fingertips would be connection to local home service providers, like plumbers, carpenters, and electricians. This would seem to be the next step to Google embracing almost every aspect of our lives, after it started helping us find the best nearby car insurance through Google Compare.

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Google’s self-driving cars avoid cows—and other road hazards

Google’s self-driving cars avoid cows—and other road hazards

Self-driving cars are getting a lot of buzz lately. Companies from Google to Uber and Mercedes-Benz are each developing their own driverless car technology. In fact, Uber just partnered with Carnegie Mellon to create the Advanced Technology Center dedicated to the development driverless vehicles. If you're an engineer, you're in luck because they are hiring, too. Google is racing to get to the finish line first, and it may have an edge over the competition as its driverless vehicles can now officially avoid cows (and other conditions.)

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Xiaomi is attempting what Apple and Google have only dreamed of

Xiaomi is attempting what Apple and Google have only dreamed of

Today it became clear what it was, exactly, China-based smart device company Xiaomi was getting at when they started releasing devices outside of the mobile smartphone ecosystem. We're not just talking tablets here, we're talking TV boxes, smart TVs, smart bands, and an air purifier. The Xiaomi air purifier was revealed earlier this year as a bit of a shock to outside parties - what was a smartphone company doing releasing a home product? They've got big plans for China - that's what's up - and they don't plan on stopping with the devices that fit in your pocket or your backpack.

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Google+ is ‘Facebook-lite’ says former Googler

Google+ is ‘Facebook-lite’ says former Googler

“Adrift at sea”. “Facebook-lite”. According to former Googler Chris Medina, that’s exactly what Google+ is. Rather than serving as the “social backbone” it was designed to be, Media thinks Google+ is about as far from that missive as possible. In a recent post on blogging site Medium, Medina took aim at his former company’s “social” platform, calling them out for violating privacy and trust along the way. If you’re wondering what gives Medina pause to take on Plus, it’s easy: he used to work on it.

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Google buys Jetpac to top-ten everything you do

Google buys Jetpac to top-ten everything you do

In the wake of Tumblr working with Ditto to scan your social pics, we learn that Google has acquired Jetpac. The small startup scans pics from social websites, and uses them to offer up suggestions about where to visit while you’re vacationing. Though the Jetpac vision is travel, Google may have a more straightforward approach for us.

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