Google, Microsoft, Others to Advise FCC on White Spaces
A handful of technology companies, including Comsearch, Dell, Google, Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft, Motorola, and Neustar, have banded together to from the White Space Database Group. The organization's main goal will be to provide the Federal Communications Commission with perspectives and specific recommendations about the technical requirements it would like to see adopted for the database. The white spaces, which some companies are hoping will be used to provide wireless broadband services, will become available once the transition to DTV is complete. Google said that it doesn't want to be responsible for this database, but hopes the database will be up and running within a few months.
Google Debuts 'Spaces' App for Group Conversations
Google today introduced a new app called Spaces, which is meant to facilitate group conversations around specific subjects. Google imagines the app could be helpful to book clubs, or to people planning trips, and so on.
Google Photos Update Adds Auto White Balance Correction
Google says a new version of its Google Photos app introduces several new editing tools for improving photographs. The Google Photos editor already automatically corrects exposure and saturation, but will now also automatically correct white balance.
Google Adds a Handful of Features to Google+
Google today improved its Google+ community space with several new tools. First, Google+ now lets users hide "low-quality" comments.
Apple Buys Database Startup
Apple has acquired a Virginia-based startup called FoundationDB. The company develops efficient database technology that can be used to process information at extremely high speeds at very low costs.
CTIA Issues RFP for Stolen Device Database
The CTIA is looking for companies to help it with the Mobile Device Information Portal and issued a request for proposal to that effect. The portal is to be a central tool that consumers, carriers, and law enforcement can use to ascertain whether or not phones have been reported lost or stolen.