Google Cloud’s LA region goes online

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Google Cloud’s new region in Los Angeles is now online, the company announced today. It was only three years ago that Google opened its second U.S. When it first announced this new region, Google positioned it as the ideal region for the entertainment industry.

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Google partners with Sony Pictures Imageworks to launch an open source VFX render manager

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Google today announced that it has partnered with Sony Pictures Imageworks , Sony’s visual effects and animation studio, to launch OpenCue , an open source render manager.

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Google Cloud will launch its Los Angeles region in July

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It’s no secret that Google has long planned to open a cloud region in Los Angeles. But as Google announced today , the new Los Angeles cloud region will go live in July, making it the company’s fifth region in the U.S.

AppOnboard raises $15 million to let Android users try before they buy apps on Google Play

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“With its patented app demo technology and tools, users will now be able to experience their apps and games on-demand and without an install across various platforms, starting with Google.”. “Google has been a great partner for us,” Zweig says.

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Google Expands in Silicon Beach

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subsidiary Google moved into the Spruce Goose hangar in Playa Vista Oct. Alphabet Inc.-subsidiary 3, two years after it began leasing the space

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Google Adds EV Charging Stations To Maps

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Google is surfacing the location of electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in Southern California, and elsewhere, on Google Maps, the company announced on Tuesday morning. According to Google, users can load Google Maps on their desktop, Android phone, iOS, and Android Auto and search for "ev charging stations" and see the location of the nearest stations run by such partners as Chargemaster, EVgo, SemaConnect and soon ChargePoint.

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Disney, Google Ink New Advertising Deal

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Google and The Walt Disney Company said on Tuesday that the two companies have inked a new, global strategic relationship, where Disney will move its digital video and display business onto Google's Ad Manager. disney google advertising platform serving waltdisney content streaming video

Sonos Launches Google Assistant Support, Reports Q2 Results

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Goleta-based whole home speaker manufacturer Sonos said on Thursday that it has launched Google Assistant on Sonos, allowing Google's voice assistant to run on Sonos "smart" speakers through a software upgrade. sonos google assistant home speakerAccording to Sonos, it will begin rolling out the feature next week in the U.S., with more markets to come over the next few months.

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Famebit Acquired by Google

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Multichannel media network Famebit has been acquired by Google for an undisclosed amount

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EVgo Links Into Google Maps

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Los Angeles-based EVgo , which operates a network of electric vehicle fast charging stations, says that it has inked a deal with Google Maps to feature the exact location and availability of more than 1,000 of its chargers on the map software. The addition of EVgo's chargers comes as part of a larger addition of EV charging stations to Google Maps. cleantech station charge fast vehicle electric maps google evgo

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FameBit Acquired By Google

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Los Angeles-based FameBit , the online marketplace which helps brands connect with YouTube influencers, has been acquired by Google , the company's backer--Science--announced on Tuesday afternoon. jones mike science scienceinc youube branding google acquisition merger famebitFinancial terms of the acquisition were not announced. Famebit-- founded by David Kierzkowski and Agnes Kozera--first received funding from Science in 2014.

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Bitium Acquired By Google

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Santa Monica-based Bitium , a developer of cloud identity and single sign-on software, has been acquired by Google , Google said on Tuesday afternoon. According to Google, the acquisition of Bitium will help it with its "Cloud Identity vision". bitium merger acquisition googleFinancial terms of the acquisition were not announced.

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KB Home Links With Google

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Los Angeles-based homebuilder KB Home , in another move to boost the technology features of its homes, said this morning that it has linked up with Google , to integrate its homes with Google Assistant. Financial details of the integration deal were not announced, however, KB Home said those developments will include Google's Wi-Fi mesh systems; the Nest Hello Video Doorbell; and two smart speaker, the Google Home and Google Home Mini, among other features.

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AppOnboard Connects Into Google Play

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Los Angeles-based mobile app demo technology developer AppOnboard , which is led by serial entrepreneur Jonathan Zweig, said this week that it has launched the ability to demo apps and games directly within Google Play. According to AppOnboard, it worked with Google to launch App Store Demos, which allows users to preview games and apps directly from within Google's app store. apponboard google play store mobile jamcity videogame smartphone jonathan zweig

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Getty Gets Google Goggles

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Google said Monday afternoon that the museum has just gone high tech with its displays, with a new link to Google's "Google Goggles" mobile app. Google Goggles is available on Android and iOS devices. mobile iphone android smartphone tour museum getty goggle google

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Goldstar Partners With Google

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Goldstar , the online service which helps connect people with special deals on live entertainment, has tied with Google on support of Google Now. The Pasadena-based company said it has integrated with Google Now, to provide consumers with information about live entertainment in their area. goldstar google ticketing live event tickets bargain discount

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Google's Machine Learning Tools Used To Identify LA Potholes

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Google said on Wednesday that a team at Loyola Marymount University is using its open source, machine learning tool--TensorFlow--as part of a project to help identify potholes and cracks in Los Angeles, in an attempt to perhaps improve the flow of traffic through the city. According to Google, the student team at Loyola Marymount created software, based on TensorFlow, for detecting road cracks and potholes based on footage of L.A.

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Chicago And Los Angeles Are Next Up For Google Fiber

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Once a city has spoken with Google about bringing Fiber into their hood, there’s a process for the city to go through. Two new cities are exploring Fiber with Google and they are Chicago and Los Angeles. Gadgets Media Google google fiber Internet chicago Los Angeles

PatientPop Ties Into Google Scheduling

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Santa Monica-based PatientPop , which develops practice management software for medical providers, said on Monday that it has tied directly into Google, allowing for online appointment scheduling for practices through Google. PatientPop says its software now supports Google's "Make Appointment" link, which shows up in searches for healthcare providers through the search engine--all without the patient ever visiting a healthcare provider's website.

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X1 Loses Competitor: Google

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Pasadena-based X1 Technologies , the developer of desktop search software, has one less competitor: Google , as Google said Friday that it is shutting down its Google Desktop search software project. Google's service shuts down on September 14th.

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Google Fiber Paused In Los Angeles

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In a move which may put off the addition of high speed fiber in Los Angeles from Google indefinitely, Google said it is "pausing" the addition of Los Angeles, and the rest of its current potential cities, to its Google Fiber service. According to Google Fiber's outgoing CEO , Google is looking towards "new technology and deployment methods" and "refine" its ability to bring super-fast Internet to cities. google fiber fibre angeles wireless telecom high speed

Metacloud Snags Google Exec

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Pasadena-based private cloud provider Metacloud announced today that it has hired on Conner Grey, the former head of Site Reliability Engineering (SRE) at Google for Southern California, as its new VP of Operations. Metacloud said Grey had been at Google for the last decade, and also has served at Yahoo!, google executive openstack enterprise private cloud metacloud

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Google Finally Moves Into New Hangar In Playa Vista

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Google has finally moved into its new hangaer in Playa Vista, into what was previously the hangar for Howard Hughes' Spruce Goose, in what is a significant upgrade in terms of square footage for Google in Silicon Beach. Google had announced the effort back in 2016, and also owns a chunk of vacant land next to the location, which is nearby YouTube Space LA. google playa vista employment jobs spruce goose expansion silicon beach

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Google Sets Up Shop in Goose Hangar

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Google sets up shop at Spruce Goose hangar in Playa Vista

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Google Expands In Playa Vista

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Google looks to have some big plans for Los Angeles expansion, as news broke this morning that the company has acquired 12 acres in Playa Vista, paying an estimated $120M on the property, next to the hangar where Howard Hughes built the "Spruce Goose".

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Google's PageSpeed Exits Beta

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Google announced Wednesday that it has released its mod_pagespeed project--which automatically optimizes and speeds up web pages accesses for website owners using Apache--out of beta. pagespeed page google optimize software apache module edgecast dreamhost

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DivShot Acquired By Google

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Los Angeles-based Divshot , which had offered up hosting of static web pages for web developers, has been acquired by Google , and will join Gogole's Firebase software development team. divshot merger acquisition google firebase software developers hostingFinancial terms of the buy were not disclosed. Divshot says it will shut down all of its products and services as of Monday, December 14th, 2015.

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Silicon Beach Report Oct. 3: Google Expands in Playa Vista

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Google comes to Playa Vista; Uber launches Santa Monica Scooters; Jam City links with voting nonprofit

KB Home Amps Up Tech Connectivity With Google Assistant Integration

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Lake Forest-based home builder KB Home is ramping up its connectivity--and hoping to appeal to tech-savvy buyers--with a new deal to add Google Assistant capability into its new homes at two of its Orange County developments. According to KB Home, it is offer Google Assistant as a standard feature at its Highmark at Ironridge in Lake Forest and Prado at Cadence Park in Irvine, as part of its "KB Smart Home System".

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OpenX Partners With Google On Exchange Bidding

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Los Angles-based programmatic advertising marketplace operator OpenX said on Thursday that it has partnered with Google , as a beta partner for Exchange Bidding (Fromerly EBDA). Google's Exchange Bidding is an effort by Google to counter Facebook's header bidding efforts , where Facebook had enabled buyers place bids on advertising inventory ahead of Google. openx google exchange bidding market marketplace programmatic

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Plenty of Fish Connects With Google Home

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Plenty of Fish (POF), the online dating company owned by Match.com--and run out of Los Angeles--says it has integrated its dating services with Google Assistant, running on Google Home, Android devices, and iPhones. According to Plenty of Fish, the integration allows users to ask Google Assistant if they have new messages on the dating services, and will read those messages aloud to the individual. plentyoffish online dating google assistant integration relationships

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ReachLocal Ties Into Google

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Woodland Hills-based ReachLocal , the provider of local online marketing services to small and medium sized businesses, said Tuesday that it has become a global premier Google AdWords partner. The firm said the strategic partnership with Google will "accelerate the delivery" of Google's AdWords advertising to local businesses. reachlocal google partnership adwords marketing local online advertising

NearWoo Connects With Google DoubleClick

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Santa Monica-based NearWoo said today that it has linked up with Google''s DoubleClick Ad Exchange, allowing its 4,000 local mobile advertisers to access the ad inventory on DoubleClick. According to NearWoo, the deal gives its local mobile advertisers access to the sites, apps and games where Google delivers it mobile ads. nearwoo google doubleclick exchange local business advertising

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ChowNow Connects Into Google Wallet

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Los Angeles-based online ordering and marketing software developer ChowNow , which is led by Chris Webb, said this morning that it has partnered with Google to add support for Google Wallet to its platform. ChowNow said it has updated all of its client ordering apps to include Google Wallet, at no additional cost to its restaurant clients. chownow google wallet mobile ordering restaurant system shopping

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Google Rolls Out Challenger To Snap's Spectacles

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Venice, California-based Snap is about to get a big new challenger to its flagship "Spectacles" line, from none other than Google , as Google rolled out a new product called Google Clips over the weekend. Google's new product--"captures motion photos that last several seconds" and are designed to be held, clipped to clothing, or placed elsewhere. google clips snap spectacles snapchat sharing social camera photo

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