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After recently writing an article regarding Google buying Motorola for $12.5 billion, I found this patent lawsuit visual humorous. According to Jacob Goldstein of NPR, "The patent war is a key reason Google is buying Motorola for $12.5 billion: Motorola has some 17,000 patents that will belong to Google when the deal goes through..."

 
 
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This morning, Google Inc. released its agreement with Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc. to purchase Motorola Mobility for $40.00 per share or $12.5 billion.  Google’s purchase serves as an attempt to increase market dominance by, as Google Chief Executive Larry Page says, “supercharg[ing] the entire Android ecosystem for the benefit of consumers, partners, and developers.”  In order to achieve this goal, Google will be acquiring Motorola Mobility’s patents, keeping Motorola as a separate entity, and maintaining Android’s platform...

 
 
Google Chrome keeps pushing the limits of browser speed. Chrome 13 was released yesterday (Tuesday, August 2, 2011) and it has some pretty sweet new features. One of the major ones is the Print Preview that Google Chrome now brings up before printing the requested page. Check below for a couple screenshots. One is the black and white default settings, and the other is an optional color print preview. But the best new feature is “Instant Pages”. This new feature preloads the page that it thinks you will click once the search results load. This allows for “Instant Pages” when opening a search link through Google... at least if it’s the one they thought you would click. Check out the video after the break for a visual explanation.


Written by: Andy G.

 
 
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Google Voice has gotten a small face lift. Instead of chat bubbles for text messages (below), the site now sports a flatter, smoother chat box (above). The chat bubble is removed and the chat text is now flush with the contact info, and the whole box is the gray the bubbles used to be, if the text is “old”. A new/newer text appears with a white box. A subtle color change, but noticeable none the less. 

The way the left side bar is handled is similar to the new Gmail theme, "Preview". Whichever category you are in is highlighted. Quite a subtle change overall actually, but I like it. I must admit though, I’m not a big fan of the yellow color the box changes when you select it via the check box near the contact picture. It seems that Google is trying to roll out similar feel across all their web apps. Looks good so far.

Written by: Andy G.
Picture: CNET

 
 
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Google+ was exciting for us here at HTP. We plan on using it to collaborate about the website and new ideas we have. It seems easier to be exclusively social than Facebook, and for us tech geeks, it has the allure of still being in the underground/testing phase (Google is calling it their field trial). Therefore, we’ve decided to do our own review. Keep in mind, however, that each section was written separately, which means there may be some overlap and ideas may vary greatly. With no further adieu, head past the break for our review.

 
 
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Okay, let's face it, most of the cell phone industry is still trying to play catch up to Apples' iPhone. Android is catching up quickly, with a new device coming out about, oh, every eight seconds or so. Some people will argue that it has caught up to iOS, but not this guy. 

 
 
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Apparently, Google had already submitted its Google+ iOS app to the Apple App Store not too long ago. This is what a Google employee posted on her personal Google+ account.