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Google nabs six office buildings in California

Google nabs six office buildings in California

Google has grabbed a bunch of new real estate in Redwood City, California, according to Bloomberg, which spoke to a couple of people "with knowledge of the matter". According to the two sources, the Internet giant nabbed half a dozen office buildings for a total of $585 million, all of them located about 11 miles from the company's Mountain View office. This information falls in line with Google's newly filed quarterly report, which included a brief mention of purchasing property for the aforementioned amount.

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Pichai running Google sounds like the best thing ever

Pichai running Google sounds like the best thing ever

Sundar Pichai was once tasked with a huge job: watch over Android, but also keep tabs on Chrome. Android One? That was his baby. Getting Android and Chrome working together in a more cohesive fashion? Also his thing. Pichai has now been tasked with heading Google’s entire product lineup, which encompasses just about everything you see, touch, and use via Google. Though it’s being positioned as CEO Page’s wish to focus on the bigger picture, here’s why this is a much bigger deal than it may seem right now.

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Google shuffle: CEO Larry Page transfers product power to Pichai

Google shuffle: CEO Larry Page transfers product power to Pichai

Sundar Pichai has been moving up in the world over the past several years. Word this afternoon is that Google CEO has done some reorganizing of staff duties, putting Pichai in charge of core Google products. While he'd had responsibilities with Android, Chrome, and Google Apps before, Pichai will now take control of search, maps, Google+, commerce and ads, research, and infrastructure. Page has suggested that these powers - until now his - would be transferred so that he might focus on the "bigger picture" - instead of these slightly smaller duties, that is to say.

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Nest acquires Revolv, expands Works with Nest program

Nest acquires Revolv, expands Works with Nest program

The connected home race is starting to tighten up. After Samsung acquired SmartThings for $200 million earlier this year, Revolv has been acquired by Nest. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. This is the second big purchase for Nest this year, after snapping up Dropcam in June. Like Dropcam, existing Revolv units will be implemented with the Works with Nest initiative. Unlike Dropcam, Revolv will no longer be available for purchase, and is being pulled from circulation in the wake of this deal.

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Surprise: A Google exec just broke the parachute altitude record

Surprise: A Google exec just broke the parachute altitude record

A senior vice president at Google has broken Felix Baumgartner's world record for a high altitude parachute jump, with Alan Eustace hurtling from 135,908 feet - in excess of 25 miles - in a special suit crafted in top secret. Eustace took around two hours to climb into the stratosphere underneath a helium balloon, then cut his connection with a well-placed explosive charge and began a descent which saw him pass 800 mph and require him to deploy his main parachute in less than five minutes.

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Inbox by Gmail invites sent out this morning [UPDATE]

Inbox by Gmail invites sent out this morning [UPDATE]

Starting right away this morning you'll find that Inbox by Gmail invites are being sent out to the masses. If you'd been on the wait list, you might very well be in right this minute. If not, you'll be invited very, very soon. This goes for Android and iOS users as the invites are not OS-centric. Inbox is a setup that works cross-platform, be it on your web browser or your iPad, your Android tablet or your Android smartphone the same.

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Torrent sites hurting after Google’s latest anti-piracy change

Torrent sites hurting after Google’s latest anti-piracy change

Last Friday Google revealed its newest anti-piracy efforts, which largely amounted to a mixture of demoted rankings for torrent websites and a new box dangling legal download alternatives to those looking for content. It hasn't been quite a full week since the announcement, but the changes are in place and torrent websites are already hurting, with some of the biggest ones reporting massive decreases in traffic in the past handful of days -- though, it seems, some of the small sites are benefiting from the change.

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Google DeepMind partners with Oxford for AI push

Google DeepMind partners with Oxford for AI push

Back in January of this year, Google bought DeepMind, a startup focused on artificial intelligence and its possible future uses. Though the company has been relatively quiet on its efforts since then, work has been underway and will soon get a boost from Oxford University professors, among others. Google announced a partnership with the university today, saying that under the collaboration its artificial intelligence research will "accelerate" and, in turn, Oxford will benefit by way of a "substantial contribution" from Google.

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Nexus 9 hands-on – Google’s tablet grows up

Nexus 9 hands-on – Google’s tablet grows up

A new HTC tablet has been a long time coming, and so the Nexus 9 takes no chances, HTC partnering up with Google to make not only the Android retort to the iPad Air 2 but a showcase for what Lollipop can do when given more than a smartphone screen. Replacing the Nexus 7 with a larger, more premium - and more expensive - version, not to mention retiring the Nexus 10 in the process, the Nexus 9 is also the first true 64-bit tablet running Android. I caught up with HTC for some early playtime ahead of its November release.

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Fire Phone bombs: Amazon takes $170 million writedown

Fire Phone bombs: Amazon takes $170 million writedown

Amazon is not having a great afternoon. After reporting an operating loss of $544 million this most recent quarter, Amazon is suggesting that one big reason they're headed into the hole is the Amazon Fire Phone. During their earnings conference call for investors, Amazon representatives suggested that they'd be taking a $170 million charge. This writedown would be "primarily related to Fire phone inventory" as well as "supplier commitment costs."

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