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Google Continues Acquisition Streak Amidst Antitrust Probes

Google announced plans to buy enterprise software firm CloudSimple, another sign the search giant isn’t letting a flurry of antitrust investigations interrupt its expansion strategy. CloudSimple will join Google Cloud, a priority business for the Alphabet unit. The companies didn’t disclose financial terms. The acquisition could help Google get a foothold in a corner of the cloud-computing market where larger rivals, Microsoft and Amazon, have run ahead. CloudSimple builds tools that help companies move information, applications, databases, and other systems from in-house data centers to the public cloud. The Santa Clara, Calif.-based startup specializes in VMware virtualization software, which helps businesses run corporate networks and business software more efficiently. VMWare’s large e...

Google Stadia Made Many Pre-Launch Day Mistakes. Can It Win Over Its Critics?

Seeking inroads to the console and PC gaming market, Google launches its new cloud-based gaming service Stadia on Tuesday. And though no one has even mashed a button on its new hardware-free platform, experts say the chances of Stadia taking the video game world by storm when it’s released may be slim—if not zero. Stadia games can be streamed over the internet to televisions, computers, and mobile devices, where players can pick up where they left off and play games in 4K resolution. When the search giant unveiled Stadia in March, the company pitched it as the future of gaming. Alongside competing cloud services like Microsoft’s xCloud and to a lesser extent, Apple Arcade, Stadia aims to provide gamers with an alternative to buying expensive hardware to play the most recent and...

Why Garmin’s Shares Are Hitting Record Highs As Rival Fitbit Sinks From View

At almost the same time two weeks ago, wearables pioneer Fitbit was hoovered up by Google for a small fraction of its market value a few years ago, while rival Garmin reported record third-quarter sales that sent its stock price to a 12-year high. Both companies once dominated their original niches—Fitbit and fitness trackers; Garmin and GPS trackers. And both had taken a direct hit from Apple. The Apple Watch, introduced in 2015, stole much of Fitbit’s early momentum. Meanwhile, the iPhone’s mapping apps slowly killed Garmin’s in-car GPS market. Fitbit tried to compete head-on with Apple, but could not match its larger rival’s features and app ecosystem for smartwatches. Garmin instead moved to diversify, offering more specialized gear aimed at specific groups of custome...

This Week in Apps: Apple’s vaping app ban, Disney+ gets installed, apps gear up for Black Friday

Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the Extra Crunch series that recaps the latest OS news, the applications they support, and the money that flows through it all. What are developers talking about? What do app publishers and marketers need to know? How are politics impacting the App Store and app businesses? And which apps are everyone using? As mid-November rolls around, we’re looking at a few big stories, including Apple’s decision to ban an entire category of apps due to health concerns, the launch of Disney+ from an app perspective, what Black Friday will mean for e-commerce apps, and more. Fast Facts With Disney+’s huge launch (10+ million users!) on everyone’s minds, it’s time to think about what these streaming newcomers mean for the overall landscape a...

Those crappy pre-installed Android apps can be full of security holes

If you’ve ever bought an Android phone, there’s a good chance you booted it up to find it pre-loaded with junk you definitely didn’t ask for. These pre-installed apps can be clunky, annoying to remove, rarely updated… and, it turns out, full of security holes. Security firm Kryptowire built a tool to automatically scan a large number of Android devices for signs of security shortcomings and, in a study funded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, ran it on phones from 29 different vendors. Now, the majority of these vendors are ones most people have never heard of — but a few big names like Asus, Samsung and Sony make appearances. Kryptowire says they found vulnerabilities of all different varieties, from apps that can be forced to install other apps, to tool...

Google finishes the install of its private Curie cable, announces Panama branch

Google today announced that it has finished the install and test of its private Curie cable. When it was announced, Curie, which connects the U.S. to Chile, was the company’s third private cable. Since then, it has announced two more, Dunant and Equiano, which will connect the U.S. to Europe and Portugal to South Africa. The 10,500 kilometers long cable will offer a total capacity of 72Tbps and will go online in Q2 of 2020. Right now, Google’s teams are working on connecting the cable to its own network. In addition, Google also today announced that Curie will get a branch to Panama. “Once operational, this branch will enhance connectivity and bandwidth to Central America, and increase our ability to connect to other networks in the region, providing resiliency to our glo...

Big Tech Is Coming for Your Most Sensitive Data

This is the web version of Data Sheet, Fortune’s daily newsletter on the top tech news. To get it delivered daily to your in-box, sign up here. Welcome to the first edition of Cyber Wednesday. Robert Hackett here. The name admittedly doesn’t have quite the same ring as Cyber Saturday, a newsletter I have authored for four years. But the schedule change does absolute wonders, let me tell you, for my ability to enjoy the weekend. (Is this what two days off feels like??) So, let’s get to it. Big Tech is coming for the last bastions of people’s most sensitive data—including financial and medical histories. Now these data-hungry corporations must convince everyone they come in peace. Facebook is donning a banker’s pinstripes as it barrels into the world of finance—whethe...

Google: You can trust us with the medical data you didn’t know we already had

Enlarge (credit: Getty Images | Leon Neal) Google now has access to detailed medical records on tens of millions of Americans, but the company promises it won’t mix that medical data with any of the other data Google collects on consumers who use its services. Google provided this statement yesterday shortly after The Wall Street Journal reported that Google is partnering with Ascension, the country’s second-largest health care system, “on a project to collect and crunch the detailed personal-health information of millions of people across 21 states.” “To be clear: under this arrangement, Ascension’s data cannot be used for any other purpose than for providing these services we’re offering under the agreement, and patient data cannot and will not b...

The AI stack that’s changing retail personalization

Sowmiya Chocka Narayanan Contributor Sowmiya Chocka Narayanan is Co-founder and CTO at Lily AI, a leading AI platform helping brands & retailers understand individual customer’s emotional context. Prior to joining Lily AI, Sowmiya helped to build Box and worked on numerous projects at Yahoo! and Pocket Games. Consumer expectations are higher than ever as a new generation of shoppers look to shop for experiences rather than commodities. They expect instant and highly-tailored (pun intended?) customer service and recommendations across any retail channel. To be forward-looking, brands and retailers are turning to startups in image recognition and machine learning to know, at a very deep level, what each consumer’s current context and personal preferences are and how they evolve. But whil...

This Week in Apps: Photoshop for iPad bombs, Google Play’s new rewards program, iOS bug fixes

Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the Extra Crunch series that recaps the latest OS news, the applications they support, and the money that flows through it all. What are the developers talking about? What Do app publishers and marketers need to know? How is international politics playing out in the App Store? What apps is everyone using? As November kicks off, we’re looking at a number of big apps launches from Microsoft and Adobe — as well as what went wrong. We’re also looking at the iOS bug-squashing release, a bunch of data about app install trends around the world, Google Play’s new loyalty program and what it means for developers, the continued scrutiny of Chinese apps by the U.S. government, and more. Fast Facts eMarketer remindS us that it recently put out a big...

Google enlists outside help to clean up Android’s malware mess

Enlarge (credit: Ron Amadeo) Android has a bit of a malware problem. The open ecosystem’s flexibility also makes it relatively easy for tainted apps to circulate on third-party app stores or malicious websites. Worse still, malware-ridden apps sneak into the official Play Store with disappointing frequency. After grappling with the issue for a decade, Google is calling in some reinforcements. This week, Google announced a partnership with three antivirus firms—ESET, Lookout, and Zimperium—to create an App Defense Alliance. All three companies have done extensive Android malware research over the years, and have existing relationships with Google to report problems they find. But now they’ll use their scanning and threat detection tools to evaluate new Google Play submissions be...

Daily Crunch: YouTube redesigns its homepage

The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories. If you’d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe here. 1. YouTube’s homepage redesign focuses on usability, giving you control over recommendations The company announced an updated, cleaner design that does away with information density, instead giving more room to the videos and their titles. Other new features include an “Add to Queue” option on the desktop, a desktop version of YouTube’s stop suggesting feature and more. The design changes, which started rolling out yesterday, are focused on the desktop and tablet versions of YouTube, not the YouTube mobile website or app. 2. Disney+ will launch in the UK, Germany, Italy, France and Spain in...

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