PayPal Expands Google Pay Relationship

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PayPal said Thursday (May 24) that it has expanded its partnership with Google Pay, with a focus on the United States, where users can pay for Google services directly using PayPal. who add PayPal to any one of Google’s services will be able to pay across the Google ecosystem, anywhere that PayPal is offered as a payment method, with only minimal setup.”. users can also choose PayPal as an option where peer-to-peer payments are offered by Google.

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Google Defends Google Home At CES

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For the first time in years, Google had an official stand-alone booth at CES – a sign to buyers that it is ready to collaborate with both top brands and startups in the race for voice assistant dominance. Google’s presence at CES is equally designed to reach not only consumers, but also developer ecosystems as well,” said research analyst Werner Goertz, as reported by The Washington Post. Google Alexa Amazon CES Google Home News siri smart speakers voice assistants What's Hot

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Google Buys IoT Platform

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Google announced Wednesday (Feb. In a blog post , Antony Passemard, product management lead for the Google Cloud platform, said that the acquisition will complement Google Cloud’s effort to provide a fully managed IoT service that can connect easily and securely. The executive noted that with Xively as part of Google’s cloud offering, it will be able to help customers create turnkey IoT products and solutions in a fast manner.

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Google Dumps Zagat

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The Infatuation, the restaurant discovery platform, announced Monday (March 5) it is acquiring the restaurant review brand Zagat from Google , nearly seven years after it paid $151 million for it. After all, it doesn’t get more tech-focused than Google, who is selling the business. Zagat has helped us provide useful and relevant dining results for users across our various products,” said Jen Fitzpatrick, VP of product and engineering for Google.

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Google Tracker: Doing Gooooooood

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While America was busy watching the solar eclipse (hopefully with the appropriate protective eyewear), Google rolled out its new Android OS and created the world’s first crowdsourced “Eclipse Megamovie” using footage from across the U.S. Following its longstanding tradition of naming its mobile operating systems after desserts, Google announced Monday that the new Android OS, version 8.0, It rolls out first to the Google Pixel and Nexus 5X and 6P devices.

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National Bank of Australia Adds Google Pay

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National Australia Bank (NAB) today added Google Pay to its roster of mobile payments services. NAB customers can now use Google Pay to make contactless payments. Exclusive Mobile Online Open Fintech Payments contactless payments Fitbit Pay Garmin Google Pay NAB

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Google Gets Into eInvoicing

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In addition, the Google Calendar mobile app now integrates with QuickBooks Online and QuickBooks Online Accountant. According to news from eInvoicing Platform , prior to the integration, SMBs had to manually enter each activity from their Google Calendar into QuickBooks — wasting time and increasing the chance of human error. This new integration allows business owners to schedule client work and appointments with Google Calendar.

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Google to Expand Tez Outside of India

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Google is looking to expand Tez, the mobile payment platform it launched in India last year, to other markets in Asia this year, the Internet company said. Exclusive Mobile Online Payments Alibaba ant financial Google Mobile Payments online payments Paytm Tez

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Pay Back IOUs With Google Assistant

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Google has announced that Google Assistant can now be used to pay people back with Google Pay. When the weekend’s over, chances are someone owes you (or you owe someone) money for something – Friday night’s concert tickets, Saturday afternoon’s barbecue supplies, or Sunday’s matinee at the movies,” wrote Sam Kansara, product manager, Google Pay, in a blog post. Google Google Assistant Google Pay money transfer News P2P payments voice assistant What's Hot

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Google Assistant Comes To Home Depot

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Google has added a new partner to its Google Home voice ordering portfolio. 7) it is the newest retailer to team up with Google as it looks to expand its digital sales horizon. Home Depot has confirmed it will now begin selling products on Google Home devices as well as via the Google Express commerce portal online and on mobile. At present, Google Home owns about 24 percent of the voice-activated market and is working hard to close the gap.

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Can Google’s Shopping Actions Take On Amazon?

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In between stories last week about Jack Dorsey saying that bitcoin will be the world’s single digital currency in about 10 years and Facebook’s meltdown over its latest data scandal , you might have missed Google’s announcement of Shopping Actions. Shopping Actions is Google’s big shot across Amazon’s bow, giving consumers access to a universal shopping cart to fill and then buy the things they find when searching the web.

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What The World Will Learn From Google I/O

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Today in the hopper, Google will be rolling out all of its best and brightest. The bigger news is expected to come from the update on artificial intelligence (AI) coming out of Google soon, as the firm has spent much of the last 18 months talking up the power of AI to guide the company’s future. Google Assistant is also expected to get some updates, though new features to be added seem up in the air going into the I/O developer conference.

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Google Beats Amazon In Q1 Smart Speaker Shipments

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Google might be feeling pretty smart today about its high-tech Home and Home Mini speakers. That’s because a new research report puts Google ahead of Amazon in first-quarter shipments of smart speakers, the first time that has happened. Google in Q1 shipped 3.2 million of its Google Home and Home Mini devices, according to news from CNBC , citing figures from Canalys, a technology market research firm. million for Google and 700,000 for Alibaba.

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Google Pay for Android Goes Live Today [Video]

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Google has been on a mission to bring all its payment tools under the Google Pay brand, and today that includes Android Pay. Google said today that it has launched Google Pay for Android.

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Google Hits Motor Vehicle Milestone

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That’s the milestone that Google’s self-driving car program is celebrating, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal. Unlike some of their competitors, Google’s cars have been traveling frequently in cities and other populated areas.

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Google, Intuit Pair Up For SMB Cash Management

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Google and Intuit are pairing up to help Australian small businesses (SMBs) get a better grip on cash management. 13) said Google and Intuit Australia announced news of their partnership at the Google Cloud Summit, which was held in Sydney. The Google Calendar App also integrates with QuickBooks Online and QuickBooks Online Accountant, the companies said. “I’m

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How Google Plans To Power Up Mobile Shopping For The Holidays

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Just in time for the holiday season, Google is expanding its mobile shopping experience, including showing buying guides for broad categories and adding more information for specific product searches. When you search for a specific product, Google.com now shows you other helpful information, like related items, and allows you to compare reviews, prices and other specs, side by side,” wrote Google product management director for Google Shopping, Jennifer Liu, on Google’s The Keyword blog.

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Google Pay Now Accepted At Las Vegas Monorail

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Google enters the transportation industry with Google Pay, announcing news on Monday (March 19) that consumers can now pay for tickets for a ride on the Las Vegas Monorail from their mobile devices. In a blog post , Group Product Manager, Google Pay, Prakash Hariramani said the Las Vegas Monorail is already powered by NXP’s MIFARE contactless technology, enabling it to accept digital payments for tickets.

Patent Deal Struck Between Google And Tencent

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Google has inked a pact with China’s multinational investment holding conglomerate Tencent Holdings in a deal that cross-licenses a number of patents. On the Tencent side, the work with Google would follow a number of investments made over the past several months, including funds for both Tesla and Spotify, among others. The agreement with Tencent comes on the heels of other news for Google in China.

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Google’s Consumer Trends For The Holidays

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Just in time for Black Friday, Google Data released its consumer trends report and predictions for the upcoming holiday shopping season. Retail Black Friday Cyber Monday Featured News Google Google Data holiday shopping

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Google Tracker: Keeping Its Frenemies Close

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The lines are blurring between competition and collaboration as Google reaches across enemy lines to partner with Apple. The search engine giant extended not one, but three olive branches to the luxury tech-maker this week, but could it all be part of a grander plan on Google’s part to take the tech giant’s place? So, users can leverage all the same functions on their headphones that they could have gotten by asking their phones or Google Homes — what’s the big deal?

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Goodbye, Google Wallet Card

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Google Wallet Card, the sad offspring of Google’s original mobile payments dreams, will shut down June 30, as Android Police reported on March 28. Emails have now gone out to Google Wallet cardholders. The card came about in 2013 because Google was blocked from Read More.

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OK, Google, Let’s Shop

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One of the first integrations announced through Google Home was the ability to order an Uber by just asking the Assistant. The code behind Google’s latest version of its app, 6.11.13 Innovations Mobility Payments Google Home Hyundai payments Uber

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Starling Bank Integrates API into Google Home [VIDEO]

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Mobile-first Starling Bank released a video today showing off an integration of its API with a Google Home device. The feature is not available for Starling customers yet, though it’s coming, according to Megan Caywood, chief platform officer at Starling Bank.

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Google Tracker: Google Earth, Air And Sea

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The big news from Google this week was obviously the hardware event on Oct. From sky to sea, Google hardware could soon be all around us — and it could start in Puerto Rico. Alphabet (Google’s parent company) has been working on Project Loon since 2013. The self-driving car market must be oversaturated already, because Google has moved on. The Google homepage has added two new tenants to its sparse real estate: “About” and “Store.”

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Google Tez Pilots Chat Feature In India

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Google Tez, the India-based payment application that runs on the United Payments Interface, has added a chat feature to its digital payment platform. According to a report in The Economic Times citing a Google spokesperson, Google is aiming to take on WhatsApp with the chat feature, which it’s piloting with some users in India. Google Tez lets consumers send money to each other and now have a conversation around the payment. “We’ve

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Google Makes It Easier To Plan Trips With Google Trips

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Recognizing that, Google launched Google Trips on Monday (Sept. Citing a study from GoodThink that found 74 percent of travelers feel the most stressful part of traveling is figuring out the details, Google said it is reducing some of that hassle to “help travelers enjoy their hard-earned vacations.”. According to Google’s blog post, Google Trips is “a personalized tour guide in your pocket. Mobile Applications apps Google Google Trips News What's Hot

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Privacy Critic Files GDPR Complaints Against Facebook And Google

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The complaints were filed against Facebook — along with its Instagram and WhatsApp services — and against Google ’s Android, TechCrunch reported. “It’s Regulation Alphabet android consumer data data privacy Facebook GDPR Google Instagram News social media What's Hot WhatsAppAs Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into effect, Facebook privacy critic Max Schrems has filed four complaints over consent required to use online services.

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Order Dunkin’ Donuts With Google Assistant

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The future of ordering coffee has arrived — or, at least Dunkin’ Donuts and Google hope it has. The two firms have jointly announced the rollout of mobile voice ordering via Google Assistant, according to recent reports. That means Dunkin’ reward members will now be able to chat up Google’s Assistant after they’ve synced up their accounts and get their orders in on the go.

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Fitbit Teams With Google To Shape Future Of Digital Health

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Fitbit , the maker of wearable devices, announced news on Monday (April 30) that it inked a deal with Google in which the two will work together to innovate and shape the future of digital health and wearables. In a press release , Fitbit said the two companies are working to create consumer and enterprise health solutions, with Fitbit planning to use Google’s new Cloud for Healthcare API to help the company integrate further into the healthcare system.

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Treasury Secretary Wants DOJ To Look Into Google’s Power

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The Justice Department is facing calls by Treasury Secretary Steven Munchin to look over the clout and power technology firms including Google have over the economy in the U.S. According to Bloomberg, the “60 Minutes” report focused on how rivals such as Yelp are trying to bring the antitrust approach to Google in Europe to the U.S. In late July, Google was ordered by the European Union to pay 2.4 Google Antitrust DoJ News regulation What's Hot

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Google Assistant Now Allows Users to Pay and Request IOUs

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Google Assistant is now letting its users pay or request ‘IOUs’ from friends via Google Pay, further interconnecting the mobile payments service with its other products. Users will also be able to send money from its voice-activated speaker Google Home in the coming months, the company said in a blog post published yesterday. Exclusive Mobile Payments Google Pay Mobile banking Mobile Payments P2P

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Google Hires Former Essential Exec For Home Improvement

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As much as Google would like users to believe there’s no device like Home, the smart speaker is not exactly delivering an over-the-rainbow experience for some. Music fans are frustrated with the Home after a recent update, purported to let them play songs they had purchased from or uploaded to Google Play Music, has failed to give them consistent access to their music library. Google is reportedly working on fixes for these issues. Google AI Alphabet Inc.

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Google Tracker: Challenging The Champions

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Google seems to want a slice of everybody else’s pie this week. OK Google, Challenge Amazon. Not content to let Amazon wear the eCommerce crown, Google has teamed up with Walmart to introduce voice shopping through the Google Assistant, similar to what Amazon customers can do with Alexa on the company’s Echo devices. It will be interesting to see how the eCommerce giant responds when Google Assistant shopping rolls out in late September.

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Data Dive, Thinking Big Edition: Amazon, Google And Ripple

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Google Pay Takes The Web. Google Pay has made the big jump to the web. In a blog post highlighting what users can do with Google Pay, the company said it started to roll out Google Pay on the web from desktop and iOS, which means users will start seeing Google Pay when they shop via Chrome, Safari, and Firefox. The move comes as Google is very much ramping up its move on payments across platforms. The Google account.

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Google Tracker: Calling For Backup From Smartphone Producer HTC

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How could Google benefit from acquiring smartphone maker HTC? Is Google Home safe from hackers? This and everything else you may have missed in this week’s Google tracker. Taiwanese news outlet Commercial Times reported Google has nearly completed an acquisition of HTC, the smartphone maker that builds the Google Pixel. After the European Commission slapped Google with an antitrust fine of $2.73

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Google Shuts Off Flight Fare Search API

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Google announced that it will be shutting off developer access to its QPX Express API service, which automates data for airfare search engines. It’s also a sign that Google is becoming increasingly interested in competing with the big names in travel services. Google also sent out an email to the service’s customers to notify them of the change. “We Google also acquired ITA Software , an MIT spinoff that powered most online flight searches, for $700 million.

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Google Pushing for More Fintech Biz

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Google is offering up its machine-learning infrastructure to “cool fintech startups.” ” The Google Cloud Computing allows for massive — and we mean massive — database queries, and offers the infrastructure to build deep machine-learning at scale.

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Target Teams With Google For Voice-Activated Shopping

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12) of a new partnership with Google in which customers can use Google Express , its home delivery service. What’s more, the retailer announced customers can shop Google Express via Google Assistant, its voice-activated digital assistant found on its Google Home devices and on Android TV. Google Express helps you get your shopping done fast. Work is underway for Google and Target teams to bring this all to life.

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Google + H&M = Next Fashion Powerhouse?

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Always on the cutting edge, fashion retail giant H&M has teamed up with Google for its next clothing design launch. Its digital fashion house, Ivyrevel, has formed a partnership with Google for a new development project called “Coded Couture.”. Launched just last year at Google’s I/O developer conference, this technology enables applications to learn a person’s daily activities, locations, nearby shops and weather patterns for the area.

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