EU to Decide Motorola-Google Fate Feb 13
The European Union will make a decision regarding Google's acquisition of Motorola on February 13. It was scheduled to make a decision earlier this month, but postponed while it waited for additional materials from Google. Google has since supplied the requested items. Google announced plans last August to purchase the handset maker for $12.5 billion. The deal has been awaiting regulatory approval.
Google Assistant On Phones to Gain Voice-Based Shopping
Google today expanded the scale of its Google Express service with the addition of Target stores nationwide. Starting immediately, people who live in the 48 contiguous states can ask Google Assistant on the Google Home product to purchase items from Target.
Google and Microsoft Make Nice, Drop Regulatory Complaints
Microsoft and Alphabet, parent company of Google, have agreed to cease all ongoing regulatory fights between them. Microsoft has complained to US and European Union antitrust regulators often and loudly with respect to Google's search practices and other behaviors.
Google+ Photos to Go Dark August 1
Google has announced plans to shutter the Google+ Photos app and online service on August 1. Google+ Photos was a part of Google+, the search company's social network.
Google to Acquire IoT Firm Xivley
Google announced plans to acquire Xively, an internet-of-things provider, from LogMeIn. The company's technology will be added to Google's Cloud IoT Core unit, helping it with device management, messaging, and dashboard features.