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YouTube music service deferred while Google reevaluate business model and development

YouTube music service deferred while Google reevaluate business model and development

They may not have planned it this ways, but YouTube is the go-to channel for music and videos amongst the young audiences between 12 and 24. Taking into consideration its billion plus monthly users, that includes this segment, a paid on-demand music streaming service seemed the natural progression. Although Google had originally planned to launch the service late last year, the project is still a work-in-progress due to several reasons.

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Googlers reveal products Google uses, discourages, or outright bans

Googlers reveal products Google uses, discourages, or outright bans

Google keeps a tight rein on which hardware and software Google employees can use, but chief information officer Ben Fried argues that his methods of doing so give Googlers the freedom to connect with each other and ultimately to innovate for the eventual benefit of customers, AllThingsD revealed in a recent interview. Whenever possible, Google uses Google products for internal operations and employee devices. These include Google Drive, Google Apps, Android phones and tablets, and Chromebooks. However, some "thousands" of the 45,000 Googlers do prefer to bring their iPhones to the job.

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Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer announces retirement inside a year

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer announces retirement inside a year

This morning Microsoft has made an announcement suggesting CEO Steve Ballmer will be stepping down within the next 12 months. Saying that there's "never a perfect time for this type of transition", Ballmer made clear that this was his intention all along, and that the company needs "a CEO who will be here longer term for this new direction." This "new direction" he speaks of refers to the company "transforming" into a devices and services company rather than strictly a software company, this change-over being made with devices like the Microsoft Surface tablets and the variety of services included with Windows 8.

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Google updates Gmail with improved auto-complete predictions

Google updates Gmail with improved auto-complete predictions

Google has just updated its Gmail app to bring improved autocomplete predictions to the service. The update should be rolling out to all Gmail users worldwide, as well as Google Apps for Business users. Autocomplete predictions will now include contact thumbnails next to your contacts, as well as past search queries made within your Gmail account. The update is rolling out as we speak, and should be available to all Gmail users within the next few days.

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Ex-Windows Phone GM joins the Amazon team

Ex-Windows Phone GM joins the Amazon team

Amazon has just hired the ex-General Manager of Windows Phone to work on a "secret" project. Charlie Kindel left Microsoft back in August of 2011 after working there for 21 years. He left Microsoft in order to launch his own startup, BizLogr. While he will still be the founder and owner of the startup, Kindel will hand over the reigns to the startup's co-founder, Stefan Negritoiu, so that he can dedicate all his time to Amazon's new project.

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500,000 Google Reader users convert to Feedly

500,000 Google Reader users convert to Feedly

When one door closes, another one opens, and that statement proves very true for Feedly. After Google's shocking announcement that it's going to shut down its Google Reader service, Feedly's user base has increased phenomenally. The service has already gained over 500,000 new users in just 48 hours. Feedly has done a great job in enticing Google Reader users to convert to its service, and it has launched new servers and increased its bandwidth by 10 times in order to keep up with demand.

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Creator of RSS says he won’t miss Google Reader

Creator of RSS says he won’t miss Google Reader

When Google announced that it plans on shutting down Google Reader, many users were outraged. Many people took to blogs and Twitter to voice their opinions, and many users started petitions to change Google's mind. Everyone hopes that with enough people showing their disapproval towards Google's decisions, Google may change its decision. One person (probably many actually), has stated that he doesn't understand what the big deal is.

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