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Google tackles new MacBook Retina head-on with $1,000 Chromebook Pixel 2

It’s probably no coincidence Google chose to formally unveil its second-generation Chromebook Pixel in the immediate wake of Apple’s 12-inch MacBook Retina introduction. After all, this ultra-high-end Chrome OS-powered laptop has been in the works for roughly two years now.

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YouTube launching Android app for kids

A new YouTube app made specifically for kids is on its way. The app will feature kid-centric content that is both original and from certain channels currently on the regular version of YouTube. YouTube Kids is launching on February 23 and will be limited to Android, at least for the time being. Google is not going to charge for the app and it may not be monetized.

Twitter to show tweets in Google search

It will soon be easier to see content from Twitter. The social network has reached a deal with Google to get tweets into the search engine. In real-time, tweets will appear in searches and that will be possible due to Google gaining access to all of the network’s new content as it is posted. Posts from Twitter will begin appearing in searches sometime in the first half of this year.

Android 5.1, yes, 5.1 Lollipop is official and on board Indonesian Android Ones

Well, this is certainly unexpected. Sure, we heard a few whispers of a new Android build numbered 5.1 and still dubbed Lollipop possibly launching in February. Yes, this February. But that was back in December, and since then, we saw no movement on the Google software update front.

Google Agrees To Change Its Privacy Policy To Settle With UK Government

In hopes of making it more readable and simpler, a few years ago, the search engine giant Google merged more than 60 privacy policies into one document. Apparently, following an investigation by European regulators who found the search engine’s terms to be ‘too vague’, Google has reached an agreement with the UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office over how it collects personal data in the country and will be making changes to its current privacy policy.

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Gmail actually blocked in China

Google’s email service, Gmail, has finally been blocked in China following a period of time during which the service was disrupted. Gmail has not worked properly in China for at least six months, and now it is actually unavailable. Google has responded to the recent block by saying that the unavailability is not its fault.

Already? Android 5.1 (still Lollipop) rumored for February 2015 launch

The newest iteration of Android, 5.0 Lollipop, is widely regarded as the sleekest, smoothest take on the Google-conceived mobile OS, and the jump from 4.4 KitKat the biggest transformation in the platform’s history.

Google’s Christmas gift for Android fans: three more months of Nexus 5 sales

It’s hard to tell if public flak swayed Google, or the search giant simply realized pulling the plug on the Nexus 5 so abruptly would be bad for business. Whatever it was, we’re glad it happened, as hesitant Android purists will apparently get an extra quarter to decide if they want to go the phablet route, or keep things small (-er) and (more) modest.

No more Nexus 5 for you: Google makes production halt official

There will be no more Nexus 5 for the masses once current inventory runs out. In the words of the actual Google spokesperson, as quoted by Tech Radar, “once they are gone, they’re gone, so we’d suggest people get them while they can.”

Court rules on side of Google Search

Court cases have appeared all over the world in connection to Google Search, and at least in the United States, Google seems to be winning. A case had been filed against Google by S. Louis Martin, the owner of CoastNews who alleged Google was pushing his results too far down in searches. The case has now been heard, and a judge with the San Francisco Superior Court feels Google is in the right.

Android 5.0 update for Nexus 4 ‘locked and loaded’, likely rolling out soon

It’s been a problematic past couple of weeks for Google’s powers that be, which weren’t able to handle Nexus 6’s release very well, or dispatch Android 5.0 for older Nexus devices as quickly as we had expected.

Asus ZenWatch is back in stock at Best Buy, ‘coming soon’ to Google Play

Another Android Wear release, another series of availability hiccups. But all’s well that ends well, and Best Buy seems to have overcome its Asus ZenWatch faux pas.