Google Enters Financial Products Comparisons Market

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Search engine giant Google has made its entree into an area long dominated by Southern California technology startups: financial products and leads generation. According to Google Thursday, it has launched Google Advisor , a new service to help users find mortgage, credit card, CD, or checking and savings account offers and rates. The new service puts Google into the same space as such local companies as LeadPoint , LowerMyBills , Oversee's Low.com , and others.

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Productivity in Your Pocket

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Like a dream, or a nightmare, e-mail—which is still the go-to work productivity app—became 100 percent mobile, available anytime you wanted or needed, day or night. Smartphone Productivity App Insurgence. Google has made major improvements to its office suite on iOS.

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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.

Esri Rolls Out Replacement For Google Earth Enterprise

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Redlands-based GIS and mapping software developer Esri has launched a new product, which takes aim at enterprise users of Google Earth. Esri said the new offering is part of an effort to help support current Google customers and partners, who were using Google Earth Enterprise (Google Earth EC)--which Google has said last year that it will sunset in March of 2017. esri google earth enterprise mapping visualization

Google+ Pages | Businesses and Brands Rejoice

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Only a few weeks ago, Google executives announced Google+ Pages for brands and companies were on the way. Anticipation of Google opening up the doors to businesses on Google+ has been a long awaited feature-add to their fast growing, and widely used platform.

Bio Roundup: Precision Med and Google, Heron, Lilly, Sarepta & More

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In other Google-related news, Recode reported that Bill Maris, the founder and president of Google Ventures (now called GV), has left the firm and will be replaced by David Krane. The wait continues.

Google Plus: First Impressions

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Google, they’ve cracked a nut here. With Wave being an experiment, and Buzz being a dead duck from the get go, Google Plus (Google+) is actually a usable, integrated, complete-feeling product released this week, and it’s pretty damn good. Google Buzz.

Google+ Pages | Businesses and Brands Rejoice

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Only a few weeks ago, Google executives announced Google+ Pages for brands and companies were on the way. Anticipation of Google opening up the doors to businesses on Google+ has been a long awaited feature-add to their fast growing, and widely used platform.

YP Rolls Out New Search Advertising Product

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Los Angeles-based b> YP , the provider of business search and local marketing services, said today that it has launched a brand new product. YP said it has launched ypSearch , a new product aimed at small business owners, which both provides search ads on YP''s properties, as well as on major search engines. The company said the tool not only lists ads on its own properties, but also delivers those ads to Google, Bing, and Yahoo.

Be Honest About Whether Your Product Really Makes a Difference

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This is why I loved Brad Feld’s recent post about the “ illusion of product / market fit.” Are our users addicted to our product? ” I have seen many companies move rapidly up-and-to-the-right by Google search rankings only to crash when they rewrite the algorithm or start competing by offering the same service directly on the SERP. It’s ok to live-and-die by Google early. Startups in a world of massive markets can be confusing.

A Full Breakdown of why Google+ gets a C- in User Experience

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New Google+ announced in last week’s Google I/O. Last week, Google hosted their annual developer’s conference Google I/O , announcing some exciting new products and releases that will likely change the world in the few years to come.

Nik Software Acquired By Google

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San Diego-based Nik Software , the developer of a popular set of photo filters and plug-ins for photo editing, has been acquired by Google. The firm's photo filters connect into Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom, and Aperture, and includes such products as Dfine, Viveza, HDR Efex, and more. software google merger acquisition photo filter adobe photoshop photography plugin

NewEgg Deal Glitches Google Offers

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A promotional deal by City of Industry-based NewEgg briefly crippled Google Offers this morning, after Google offered $40 to spend at NewEgg for only $20. daily electronics deal offer google newegg

YouTubers Come Of Age – Google Scores A Solid Return On Its Video Development Fund

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During the latter half of 2011, Google awarded a number of leading YouTubers and nascent Internet TV networks grants of $1 million to $2 million. Although estimates of Google’s total investment vary, the industry insiders I spoke with believe it exceeded $100 million.

Len Short (Red)ily Discusses Google, Bono & Steve Jobs

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Len Short is truly an online marketing pioneer, heading up marketing at Charles Schwab, AOL and then (PRODUCT)RED. Len later joined (PRODUCT)RED as its Founding CMO. We’re focusing now on some search products…where we think there is a long way to go.

DexCom, Google Team On Diabetes Management

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Sa Diego-based continuous glucose monitoring device developer DexCom , and the life sciences team at Google , said this morning that the two have partnered together to jointly develop products for diabetes management. According to the two, they will jointly develop a series of products, which incorporate Google's miniaturized electronics with DexCom's glucose sensors. dexcom google diabetes management medical devices lifescience cloud

TP-LINK Behind New Google Wi-Fi Router

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San Dimas-based TP-LINK , the Southern California networking products maker, is behind the launch of the new, Google OnHub Wi-Fi router this morning--Google's answer to difficult to use, Wi-Fi equipment.

Fan Appz Launches Social Media Marketing Product

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Los Angeles-based Fan Appz , which is headed by Jon Siegal, said today that it has launched a new social media marketing product. Fan Appz said it differs from other, social media marketing products because it is focused on helping brands close a sale. The firm's software runs across such social services as Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Tumblr, Pinterest and Instagram.

VIZIO Announces New Google TV Device

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Irvine-based VIZIO and Google said today that they have tied together to launch a new product which incorporates Google TV and provides streaming Internet video to any HDTV. The companies said they will begin taking preorders for the product sometime this spring.

Google Expanding To Fresh Grocery Delivery In Los Angeles

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Google disclosed on Wednesday that it is expanding its Google Express service to include fresh groceries in Los Angeles and San Francisco, at least in parts of those cities, as part of an expansion of the same day delivery service. Google already offers up delivery of nonperishable goods from such local supermarkets as Whole Foods, Costco, and Smart and Final, but the new expansion also adds produce, meat, and eggs to the mix.

San Diego Gets Live Bus Updates From Google

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Google said today that it has enhanced its online mapping service, to provide live, real time updated transit updates for San Diego and a number of other cities. google transit times schedule diego mapping

Drew Baumann | Fullscreen BEAM, Google Glass, and Future Tech

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Drew Baumann got his lucky hands on Google’s ongoing project, Google Glass. We get in touch with Drew and talk about his new BEAM app, Google Glasses, and the future of tech. I thought Google Glasses was allowing people to easily share life’s moment through YouTube.

Why Google Fiber? Moat-widening Endeavor & Future of Computing.

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In twenty years, Fiber will be one of Google’s most valuable assets. 2) Fiber is a means to Google’s vision of the future of computing. Apple, Google, Facebook, and Amazon are striving to be the super-mega technology company that owns every layer of the value chain.

Lifecrowd Taps Former Googler For Product Management

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Santa Monica-based Lifecrowd , the online site which helps people find local, social activities which is headed by Bong Koh, said this week that it has hired former Google business product manager Jacquie Phillips as Co-founder and Head of Product at the company. Phillips had served as a product manager for Google Offers and Boutiques.com. She also has previously served at Like.com and Private Road Productions.

OpenX Rolls Out Google AMP Compatibility

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Pasadena-based programmatic advertising marketplace operator OpenX has rolled out compatibility with Google AMP, Google's effort at a highly optimized set of rules for mobile web pages, across its entire set of products, the companys aid Monday. Google's AMP defines a strict set of rules--including prohibition against external Javascript includes--to accelerate delivery of mobile pages using HTML5. openx google mobile programmatic advertising marketplace html5

YouMail: Don't Trust Those Google Play Reviews

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Irvine-based YouMail has a message for all of those browsers in the Google Play store, the place where Android users go to download apps: don't believe those reviews. The company, which provides both apps and a linked enhanced voicemail service to help users get more out of their phones, complained that Google Play and other app stores need a better way to let developers respond to complaints, particularly fake ones, about their apps. youmail google play android review mobile

Transphorm Unveils Products

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Goleta-based Transphorm , the stealthy, Google and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers startup in the energy conversion space, has unveiled its first product today at a conference. The firm said that its product cuts energy waste by 20 percent, and simplifies design and manufacturing of electrical systems and devices. Transphorm, which is headed by Umesh Mishra, just announced $20M in a Series C funding led by Google Ventures last month.

Nirvanix Grabs Google Exec

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San Diego-based Nirvanix , the developer of cloud storage services, has snagged Google's former Head of Global Data Center Infrastructure, the firm said today. Froutan was responsible for building and managing Google's worldwide green data center operations.

Demand Media Buys Two Firms, Renews Google Ad Deal

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Santa Monica-based Demand Media , the online publishing empire run by Richard Rosenblatt, said Tuesday afternoon that it has acquired two companies, plus renewed a deal with Google. According to Demand Media, it acquired IndieClick , a Los Angeles-based online advertising company, and also acquired RSS Graffiti , another Los Angeles firm developing social media products for Facebook.

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Aptera Considering Production Move Out Of State

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Oceanside-based Aptera , the developer of a three-wheeled electric vehicles, told its supporters this morning that it is considering a move of its production operations out of California, in order to gain access to "multi-million-dollar" incentive proposals from other states.

The Perfect Pithy And Productive Investor Pitch

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Google x Facebook x Amazon) + (Universal Reviews). Blends Facebook, Pinterest, Google & Twitter creating world’s 1st social shopping network" and "Think Flipboard and Hootsuite In One.". The post The Perfect Pithy And Productive Investor Pitch appeared first on John Greathouse

Your Product Needs to be 10x Better than the Competition to Win. Here’s Why:

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Google was clear that they WOULD NOT go into this business. They were a juggernaut and Google was a small company. But obviously Google won the war. Mostly, Google just had way better organic results (“the loss leader&# ) so it was always preferred by consumers.

VIZIO Connects Google TV, HDTVs

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Irvine-based VIZIO said this morning that it has tapped into Google TV with a new product, which lets users turn any HDTV into a smart television. VIZIO said its new Vizio Co-Star Stream Player uses Google TV to allow users to tap into live and streaming entertainment and the web. VIZIO said the new product will be available for pre-order in July for $99.99. vizio google hdtv streaming internet