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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: October 4, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: October 4, 2012

Welcome to Thursday evening everyone - just one more work day to go and then we'll have arrived at the weekend. Today we received a pair of invites from Microsoft - one for a Windows 8 launch event happening on October 25, and another for a Windows Phone 8 event happening on October 29. We also learned today that Samsung intends to update the Galaxy S III to Jelly Bean "soon," but sadly, we still don't have a specific date to speak of. We were also told today that HP will be hiring more than 50 developers to work on Open webOS, which is definitely something to get excited about.

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Could Google+ Eat Evernote?

Could Google+ Eat Evernote?

Information is pointless if you can't find it when you need it. That's the ethos that has driven search engines like Google just as it has "digital notebook" services like Evernote, and it's also the reason why Google+ could eat Evernote's lunch if it put its mind to it. With the news of Facebook's one billion active users, questions as to how Google+ will compete with Zuckerberg's empire have inevitably surfaced; of course, the best way to stay relevant is to offer something completely different altogether.

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Motorola Mobility announces Viewdle acquisition

Motorola Mobility announces Viewdle acquisition

Well, look at that. Yesterday, we caught wind of a rumored Google buyout of Viewdle, a company that specializes in facial recognition technology. The whispers yesterday said that this acquisition could be announced by the end of the week, possibly as soon as today. Sure enough, Motorola announced its acquisition of Viewdle today, sealing the deal and boosting Google's portfolio when it comes to facial recognition.

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Google close to striking buyout deal with facial recognition company Viewdle

Google close to striking buyout deal with facial recognition company Viewdle

Facial recognition seems to be all the rage these (depending on who you ask, at least), and now it seems that Google wants a slice of that pie. CNET is reporting that the big G has almost closed on a deal to buy facial recognition firm Viewdle, and that the buyout could close sometime this week. Google has reportedly been working for a year to purchase Viewdle, and if that's true, then its clear that Google really wants to add Viewdle's facial recognition technology to its portfolio.

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: September 17, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: September 17, 2012

Welcome to Monday evening, folks. Today, we entered the final few days before the iPhone 5 releases, and we found out that the device has netted 2 million pre-orders in its first 24 hours of availability. Some of those same pre-orders began shipping out from China over the weekend, and AT&T is claiming that the iPhone 5 is the most successful iPhone launch ever, which everyone could have probably already guessed. We take a look at the iPhone 5's already astounding success, while Samsung was busy comparing the iPhone 5 to the Galaxy S III in a new ad that was rolled out over the weekend.

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Google+ social network ranks grows to 400m with 100m monthly active users

Google+ social network ranks grows to 400m with 100m monthly active users

It's time to get real about Google+ and their user base - it's been right around a year now since Google's social network opened its doors to let the sun shine in, and with the numbers they're posting today, they appear to be doing pretty ok. Though they're still nowhere near what Facebook has on their own top network in the universe, Google+ is working with 400,000,000 users signed up since the start. The message comes from Google's own Vic Gundotra who also notes that they've just cross the 100,000,000 monthly users active on Google+ mark - that's for both plus.google.com and the mobile app at once.

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Google grabs Snapseed for Google+ Instagram retort

Google grabs Snapseed for Google+ Instagram retort

Google has snapped up Instagram-rival Snapseed, part of the apps and services portfolio of Nik Software, with the team responsible for the photo editing app apparently being integrated into Google+. Terms of the deal have not been announced, but according to insiders it's Snapseed - currently available for iOS, PC and Mac, and with an Android version in the pipeline too - that was the main target, The Verge reports, rather than the company's other image processing software.

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: August 29, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: August 29, 2012

It's IFA week, which means that we had a lot of news flooding out of Germany. Let's get to it, shall we? Samsung and Sony both had a ton of big reveals today, and all of the coverage you could ever hope for is collected in our Samsung IFA 2012 Wrap-Up and our Sony IFA 2012 Wrap-Up. In those posts, you'll find links to all of the major reveals and announcements both companies made today, as well links to our hands-on posts with the day's major devices. Be sure to check those out if you're looking for a recap of the news from Samsung and Sony's events.

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Google launches new Google+ features for businesses

Google launches new Google+ features for businesses

With a number of business "going Google," the massive search company has launched the first set of Google+ features for businesses. With this "initial set" of features now available, Google is letting all Google Apps customers get an early look at them in a "full preview mode." This preview allows businesses already using Google Apps to try out these Google+ features through the end of 2013 for free, with Google working to improve its offerings during that time.

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