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Google receives antitrust probe complaint by Russian competitor

Google is always the target of major antitrust probe and looks like it will face another investigation, this time in Russia, as Yandex asked the Federal Antimonopoly Service of Russia to look into the search giant's practices. The Russia-based search engine that Google is in violation of some Russian antitrust law. The complaint is focused on Google integrating the search and other services with the Android OS.

12 more countries can now sell paid apps on Google Play Store

As Google continues to extend their digital domain through various products and through the Android platform, they have been opening their doors to more than just North America and Europe. In fact, a lot of their programs and updates have been looking towards to developing markets like Asia, Africa, and South America. Now Google has announced that 12 more countries have been added to their list and app developers here can now sell paid apps to their market.

Leak: VLC update will (finally) have Chromecast support

It's been a long-time coming (well, 7 months, but in tech world that's forever) but it looks like your favorite jack-of-all-trades video player will finally be able to support Google's streaming dongle. If the changelog in the Git repo is to be believed, the next update to VLC will finally feature support for Chromecast, something that a lot of people are excited about, even though this was something "promised" (well, sort of) June of last year.

Toshiba builds, demos first working Project ARA camera module

Toshiba can be very happy with its Project ARA work so far. The Japan-based company has contributed a lot to the framework and structure that will hold the modules of the Project ARA smartphone together – which if didn’t know is a modular smartphone project now spearheaded by Google. Toshiba has just recently showed off its camera modules for the project – one of, if not the first, camera module tested as working on the Project ARA framework.

Google to deprecate Talk, asks users to switch to Hangouts

If you're one of those who are still desperately holding on to Google Talk and refusing to switch to the more updated Hangouts, then the latest news from product manager Mayur Kamat will make you a little bit sad. By February 23, Google is already deprecating Talk for Windows users, encouraging them to switch to Hangouts, which has been their main messaging app for the past few years.

Your venerable View-Master, resurrected using smartphones

Mattel and Google want to bring back your childhood memories by dragging that old school favorite – the View-Master – straight to the 21st century. By collaborating with Google Cardboard, the toy company is banking on the emotional and nostalgic appeal of the old toy and producing a modern version of it. Of course, this time you need a smartphone to go with it.

Google Helpouts video assistance service to shut down by April 20

Wait, what is Google Helpouts? If that is your reaction to the service that Google will effectually shut down by April this year, then you've probably stumbled on to the reason why it's going away in the first place. The video tutorial service did not catch on as quickly as they expected, despite having several "engaged and loyal contributors" and despite sporting the Google brand.

Cops take matters into their own hands with Waze fake police reports

You don't listen to our complaints and requests to take down that feature? Fine, we'll do it our own way. At least, that's what we think what the cops are saying to Google and Waze since they were basically ignored. We reported a few weeks ago about the issues cops are having with the police feature in the navigation app, and this time, they are taking matters into their own hands, so to speak.

Google adds health information to Knowledge Graph

The Internet giant will only continue to make things better for us. We don't need to list down the numerous products and services Google has offered the past decade because there are a lot. Even the name Google has become a verb which means to "search for information on the Internet". Need this or that? Google it. Whenever you need information on a certain illness, disease, or symptoms, do you call a doctor immediately? No, you Google it. That's how Google has changed the horizon of health information.

Space Sketchr + Project Tango makes 3D digital drawings

We’ve talked about Project Tango before – Google’s high tech tablet that is able to render stuff in 3D because of its multiple cameras. Google recently made the ultra-high tech tablet available to app developers, looking towards a strong app ecosystem for when it releases the tablet to market. That’s a good decision, we think, as apps like Space Sketchr are stretching the ideas of 3D execution and application.