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European Union votes in favor of splitting Google into smaller companies

Lawmakers in Europe on Thursday voted to split Web giant Google into smaller companies in a bid to curb its burgeoning presence and power. However, the vote is non-binding and so Google will, for now at least, remain intact.

Web

Chromecast diversifies, adding Sesame Street, Comedy Central, and more

Google adds Chromecast support for eight new apps including Comedy Central, Nickelodeon's Nick, Sesame Street Go and others, though many require a cable or satellite subscription.

Home Theater

Google lets people control its largest digital advertisement

Google allows people to Androidifiy themselves into avatars and play as them with others on an eight-story digital screen in New York's Times Square.

Cool Tech

New Google Shopping features land in time for Black Friday shopping stampede

Google has rolled out some changes to its mobile Google Shopping search tool in an effort to give you a better chance of bagging a bargain during this week's Black Friday shopping stampede.

Mobile

We’re killing Google Glass by forgetting it’s just one big experiment

Google Glass may die out, but is it Google’s fault or our own inability to understand what an experiment is all about?

Wearables

Google gets into the giving spirit, offers 1TB of Drive with every Chromebook

Google has made Chromebooks even more this attractive this holiday season by offering one terabyte of free Drive cloud storage. The plan last for two years, making it a $240 value.

Computing

If you want an ad-free Internet, sign up for Google Contributor

Google is running a small experiment to see if users are willing to pay a small monthly fee to stop seeing ads on the Web — and to stop Google tracking their online activities at the same time.

Web

The European Parliament wants to chop Google up into different pieces

The European Parliament is considering a draft motion that would split Google up into different companies. The rationale is that Google has become too large of a company.

Computing

Android One off to a shaky start, as shops refuse to stock the budget smartphones

Google's grand plan for Android One is to introduce developing markets to the joy of stock Android on a reasonably priced phone, but early sales decisions, and less-than timely updates may have hurt its chances.

Mobile

Google ponders opening Play Store in China, starts accepting apps from Chinese developers

Google now allows Chinese developers to submit apps directly to the Play Store. Meanwhile, another report hints that the country may finally get the Play Store installed on select Android devices.

Mobile

Yahoo pushes out Google to become default search provider for Firefox

Firefox users happy with Google as their default search engine take note – in December, Yahoo's moving in to replace it. The deal between Mozilla and Marissa Mayer's company was announced by the two companies on Wednesday.

Computing

Google plans to police apps for Android TV

Google is cracking down on Android TV apps, screening them before they get into the Play Store to ensure they work seamlessly with the system, and are compatible with things like the D-pad and Gamepad.

Home Theater

AT&T pulls the Nexus 6 due to software bug: Here’s everything we know

The Nexus 6 is now available to buy directly from Google, plus with AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint. We've got all the details on the device, plus news on how much the big new phone will cost.

Mobile

Google’s mobile search results now come with helpful ‘mobile-friendly’ label

Google is adding a mobile-friendly label to its mobile search results to help you avoid sites where the text is too small to read, the links too small to tap tiny, and the content unreadable unless you scroll sideways.

Mobile

Android 5.0 Lollipop: Update makes its way to Nvidia Shield Tablet

The latest version of Google's Android mobile OS, 5.0 Lollipop, could be coming to your smartphone very soon. Here's the latest news on which phones will be getting it, and when it's scheduled to arrive.

Mobile