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Google Stars spilled: collections for your internet things

Google Stars spilled: collections for your internet things

This week the system known as Google Stars - also known as Google Collections - has been revealed in enough detail that we’re able to move forward with some thoughts. Though not entirely public, Google has let loose a few details in code on what Google Stars might be, and how it might be integrated with several services in play already. Google addict Florian Kiersch has done the lion’s share of investigation into this system - we’ve had a chat with him this afternoon about his findings.

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Google Maps turns time machine with evolving Street View

Google Maps turns time machine with evolving Street View

Google Maps has added a time machine, adding historical photos from earlier Street View captures that allow users to scroll back and see how locations have changed. Street Video media collection has been underway since 2007, giving Google plenty of old imagery to choose from, and allowing for an insight into how building projects and the shifting seasons affect different places.

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Google Hangouts 2.1 for Android merges IM and SMS

Google Hangouts 2.1 for Android merges IM and SMS

Google has updated Hangouts for Android, with v2.1 further blending SMS and Hangout conversations, likely much to the chagrin of carriers. Hangouts 2.1 - which will roll out in the Google Play store over the coming days, Google says - now merges text message and Hangouts chat into a single thread, with a toggle to control whether new replies go out over SMS or through Google's IM service.

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Domino’s Pizza adds Google Wallet to Android app

Domino’s Pizza adds Google Wallet to Android app

Domino's Pizza has added Google Wallet support to its Android app, allowing hungry users to get an Ultimate Pepperoni Feast headed their way even quicker than before. The updated app now supports Google's mobile payments service - which many Android users will have set up already, to use the Play store - rather than requiring credit card details be entered each time an order is place.

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Square may sell out to rivals in the face of continuing losses tip sources

Square may sell out to rivals in the face of continuing losses tip sources

Square is a mobile payment start up that has been operating for a while and makes it easy for people to get paid. Things haven't been going well of late for the company and in the face of losses and cash flow issues. Sources familiar with the company and its operations claim that Square may sell to one of its rivals. Three people who claim to be familiar with goings-on say that Google considered buying Square earlier this year.

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NASA SPHERES with Project Tango integration head to ISS this summer

NASA SPHERES with Project Tango integration head to ISS this summer

Google unveiled its slick Project Tango 3D mapping system inside a prototype smartphone not long ago. We got to see what all the camera lenses inside the Project Tango smartphone looked like when iFixit performed a teardown of one of the smartphones recently. As cool as the hardware for Project Tango is, it's what Google's ATAP division is able to do with the data those cameras collect that is really interesting.

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