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Senior reporter @theinformation, formerly @WSJ. Fan of Internet. Read my coverage here: https://www.theinformation.com/reporters/amir-efrati

Google Exec Andy Rubin Leaving Google

theinformation.com — Long-time Google exec and former Android boss Andy Rubin told his team today that he’s leaving Google, according to people close to the company. Mr. Rubin has been working on a slew of secret robotics projects over the past year, after handing over the reins at Android to Sundar Pichai.

Google Exec Andy Rubin Leaving Google

theinformation.com — Long-time Google exec and former Android boss Andy Rubin told his team today that he's leaving Google, according to people close to the company. Mr. Rubin has been working on a slew of secret robotics projects over the past year, after handing over the reins at Android to Sundar Pichai.

Apple Eyes New Uses for NFC Beyond iPhone Payments

theinformation.com — Consumers are just starting to use Apple Pay to make purchases at cash registers and online stores. But Apple representatives have also talked to potential partners about using the technology behind Apple Pay for other sorts of transactions, including building security access and accepting tickets at public transit turnstiles.

Google Accelerates Cloud Offensive

theinformation.com — Google is getting serious about cloud services. For the past two years, the business of running applications for other customers in Google data centers appeared to be a low-priority hobby for the tech giant. But now, as Microsoft and Amazon race ahead, Google executives are prodding their engineers to make its public clouds as fast and powerful as the data centers that run its own apps.

Google Combats Open-Source Android Smartphones

theinformation.com — Google is taking steps to curtail the proliferation of smartphones powered by open-source Android, which left unchecked could threaten Google’s revenue from the mobile operating system. New data show that open-source Android devices, once thought to be prevalent only in China, may represent more than 30% of total Android smartphones in some key developing markets.

Live Blog: Google Antitrust Hearing on Capitol Hill

blogs.wsj.com — Is Google serving consumers or threatening competition? Or doing both? That's the topic of today's Senate Judiciary Committee's antitrust hearing on Capitol Hill, where the company's executive chairman, Eric Schmidt, will be on the hot seat.

With Shades of Microsoft, Google’s Android Invites Antitrust Case

theinformation.com — As European regulators continue their antitrust review of Google’s search engine, officials there have set their sights on the company’s Android mobile operating system, and it may only be a matter of time before their U.S. counterparts do too. A famous case provides a roadmap for how that might play out.

Google Considers New App Trial Technology For Android

theinformation.com — Google spends enormous resources every year to improve the features of its Android mobile operating software. But one of Android’s key services, the Google Play app store, hasn’t kept up. It looks much the same as it did more than a year ago and faces challenges in helping people find the right apps and getting them to spend money on apps and media.

Cyanogen Spurns Google Acquisition Interest, Seeks $1 Billion Valuation

theinformation.com — A startup that distributes smartphone software based on Google’s Android mobile operating system recently drew attention from Google’s rivals, including Microsoft, Amazon and Yahoo. Now it’s gotten Google’s attention, too. The Palo Alto- and Seattle-based company, called Cyanogen, is discussing a Series C round of financing with late-stage investors and some major tech firms. It is seeking a valuation close to $1 billion, despite barely generating any revenue.

Evernote Declares War on Microsoft Office, Lends Hand to News

theinformation.com — Evernote CEO Phil Libin says his seven-year-old startup is coming out of “stealth mode” Thursday at the company’s fourth annual conference for partners and software developers. The service, which lets people save notes and other digital media to retrieve later, often gets lumped in with file-storage startups Dropbox and Box.
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Oct 30, 2014

Despite Rubin's feisty nature, which was a good thing before it was a bad thing at Google, he has powerful friends: theinformation.com/Google-s-Andy-…

Oct 30, 2014

We have some detail on @arubin exit from Google. He was seeking a different arrangement. theinformation.com/Google-Exec-An… @Techmeme

Oct 30, 2014

My dream of seeing Andy Rubin's dream of making true AI "Replicant" robots (and robot 'butlers') has been shattered.

Oct 30, 2014

RT @Jessicalessin: 3/Robots will continue but who their leader will be is unclear.

Oct 30, 2014

Whoa big news at Google RT @Jessicalessin: 2/ Sources say @Arubin leaving because wanted more independent business structure (like Calico).

Oct 30, 2014

RT @jedmund: I talked to @jguynn at @usatoday about some important stuff regarding Silicon Valley and race: usatoday.com/story/tech/201…

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