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Google published a video on Monday announcing a new job role and challenge: Pokémon master.
Twitter Says Vine App Has 40 Million Users (GigaOM)
Vine, which was acquired by Twitter almost a year ago, has hit 40 million users. The company announced this milestone via a tweet earlier Tuesday.
Though it was acquired by Google in 2011, Zagat is holding its ground as a stand-alone review service with the release of a new website and mobile app for Android and iPhone.
Other than Google Glass, the standout launch at Google’s I/O conference has been a major update of Maps, with much of the new functionality drawing on Google’s increasing social intelligence.
Google’s Big Push to Own Social Starts Now (CNET)
Nearly two years after the launch of Google+, Google’s social strategy looks like less of a joke and more of a calculated maneuver to make its social network the underlying fabric that weaves together relationships spread across desktop and mobile, Android and iOS. Wednesday, at its annual Google I/O developer conference in San Francisco, the search company announced 41 new features for its Google+ social network, including a Pinterest-like look, auto-generated related hashtags, “Awesome” photo options, and a streamlined messaging experience.
Google’s kicks off its three-day I/O conference today, drumming up lots of chatter among techies but leaving at least some casual observers wondering what the heck I/O is. Fear not! Here’s our explainer.
A glimpse of the new desktop version of Google Maps has surfaced just ahead of Google’s I/O conference, where the feature is expected to be announced. Droid Life has captured screenshots of a sign-up form that show, among other things, a smarter search bar that prominently features recommendations from Google+.
Steven Spriggs was pulled over and ticketed in January 2012 for using a map application on his smartphone while driving.
Google Maps, the go-to app for finding directions around the globe, is taking its users to a few places most people will never go: on top of the world’s tallest mountains. Today, the company released street view-style photos of its hiking team’s climb up Aconcagua in South America, Kilimanjaro in Africa, Mount Elbrus in Europe, and Everest Base Camp in Asia.