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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: January 29, 2013

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: January 29, 2013

Welcome to Tuesday evening everyone. Today a purported case for the iPad 5 surfaced, and it has more than a little in common with the rear case for the iPad mini. We saw a leaked image of a white Nexus 4, while we also heard that Google is planning a Nexus 4 and 7 refresh for the spring that includes white devices. Speaking of the Nexus 4, the sought after device became available on the Google Play Store once again today, after weeks of being sold out.

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Google+ becomes the second most popular social network behind Facebook

Google+ becomes the second most popular social network behind Facebook

Move over Twitter, because according to Trendstream's Global Web Index for Q4 2012, Google+ has managed to move into the second-place spot for social platforms. This puts it behind Facebook (although by a significant amount of users), with YouTube also managing to top Twitter. Now Twitter is in fourth place in terms of total active users, at least according to Trendstream's collected data.

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YouTube Capture updated with 1080p support

YouTube Capture updated with 1080p support

Google launched the YouTube Capture last month, and it provided an easy and quick method for avid YouTubers to record video and upload it to their channel in a timely manner. However, it didn't come with a wealth of awesome features that a lot of power users would like, but the app updated today with some improvements, namely 1080p recording capabilities, as well as improved features for sharing.

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Google apps on iPhone and iPad quickly gaining steam

Google apps on iPhone and iPad quickly gaining steam

Google spent a lot of time in the last part of 2012 improving its iOS app offerings through updates, and today we're hearing that those updates did quite a bit to boost market share. Though many of Google's apps will of course always be popular regardless of the platform, the company's iOS apps are looking pretty good going into 2013. Onavo Insights today published a list of the Google iOS apps that saw their market share grow as 2012 came to a close, with YouTube and Google Maps perhaps making some of the biggest gains.

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Forget AirPlay: Netflix and YouTube out DIAL for second-screen simplicity

Forget AirPlay: Netflix and YouTube out DIAL for second-screen simplicity

Netflix has officially detailed its Apple AirPlay alternative, DIAL, created in collaboration with YouTube and promising intuitive second-screen entertainment. Already garnering the support of the BBC, Sony, Hulu, and Samsung, DIAL - or "discovery and launch" - aims to streamline the second-screen experience, by automatically discovering compliant devices and starting up apps on them. So, the Netflix app on your phone will be able to spot any Netflix-compatible TVs nearby, and open up the functionality instantly.

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Psy video Gangnam Style earns $8 million on YouTube

Psy video Gangnam Style earns $8 million on YouTube

I'm sure a lot of people out there have YouTube accounts, but a lot of people may not realize that if your channel generates enough page views YouTube will often allow you to monetize your videos. The video monetization typically has to do with placing a commercial in front of the video you want to watch that you have to view for at least a few seconds before you can skip it. If you listen to a radio station that plays any popular music, you've undoubtedly heard Psy belt out his barely understandable song Gangnam Style.

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Google CFO: “12 to 18 months of product pipeline” with Motorola

Google CFO: “12 to 18 months of product pipeline” with Motorola

This week after Google's quarterly earnings statement for their financial Q4 2012, the company's Senior Vice President and CFO Patrick Pichette made it clear that their still relatively new ownership of Motorola includes no less than 12 months of product pipeline put in place before they got there. This means that while Google may very well be working to push Motorola in new directions in the future, it'll be a while before they've worked through the products Motorola already had prepared before they arrived. At the moment, Google has completed 120 days of ownership (or so) of Motorola - so there's quite a bit left to go.

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Why Google may have never been if not for Nikola Tesla

Why Google may have never been if not for Nikola Tesla

This week Google's own CEO and co-founder spoke about subjects ranging from the company's future with Motorola to the importance of "moon shots" in the tech industry, keying in on how Google's ability to sell the products they make is beyond vital to the market's future. In his conversation with Wired, he revealed first his admiration for Tesla Motors (a company he's invested in since 2006), then how he came to understand the life story of Nikola Tesla (the inventor and all-round excellent fellow), this understanding changing his whole life's path.

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Pulse integrates Facebook, Instagram, Flickr, Tumblr, and YouTube

Pulse integrates Facebook, Instagram, Flickr, Tumblr, and YouTube

This week the folks at Pulse have opened the floodgates for a variety of social networking feeds into their already well-established visual user interface for news consumption. This update takes Pulse up to the next level of all-encompassing integration with each of the systems you work with on the daily. This may be the biggest upgrade to Pulse since its original launch back two years ago for iOS (and this update works with Android, too!)

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