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8:10am

Sat November 10, 2012
All Tech Considered

Google, Facebook And The Next Billion Users

Originally published on Sat November 10, 2012 10:47 am

Men look at mobile phones at the Adjame market in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. The market for mobile telephones in developing countries has grown quickly, and now Facebook and Google are trying to get users to use the Internet on their devices.
Issouf Sanogo AFP/Getty Images

The chances are slim that a person living in poverty in a developing nation has access to the Internet on a computer. It's expensive and, in some places, there's a lack of infrastructure to support it.

The chances are better, though, that that person owns a cellphone. It's probably not an iPhone or an Android, and he or she probably hasn't purchased a data plan for it, but it has the ability to access the Internet.

Google believes that this category of cellphone user is the future of its expansion.

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8:08am

Thu November 8, 2012

12:01pm

Mon October 29, 2012
The Two-Way

Competing With Apple, Google Announces Three New Devices

Originally published on Mon October 29, 2012 12:34 pm

The Nexus 4, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10.
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Small, medium and large. That's basically what Google announced today: That they will now offer touch-screen devices in three different sizes.

Like Apple — which has the iPhone, the iPad Mini and the iPad — Google now has the Nexus 4, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10.

The 4 is a smartphone, the 7 is a medium-size tablet and the 10 is a large tablet.

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4:49am

Wed October 24, 2012
All Tech Considered

Google's Street View Goes Into The Wild

Originally published on Sat October 27, 2012 7:23 pm

Before Steve Silverman helped Google build its new Trekker, he built cameras for NASA to photograph the surface of Mars. Silverman says the Trekker is built to survive in intense conditions. It will boot up at 10 below zero Celsius or at 110 Fahrenheit. It will even work after being fully submerged in water.
Steve Henn NPR

Google's Street View maps are headed into the backcountry. Earlier this week, two teams from Google strapped on sophisticated backpacks jammed with cameras, gyroscopes and other gadgets, and descended to the bottom of the Grand Canyon. But this is just the first step in the search giant's plan to digitally map and photograph the world's wild places.

Luc Vincent — who runs Google's Street View — met up with a small group of reporters on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon this week.

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1:58pm

Tue October 23, 2012
Planet Money

Episode 412: How To Fix The Patent Mess

Originally published on Wed October 24, 2012 6:47 am

Innovation?
Lee Jae-Won Reuters/Landov
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Two big patent cases this summer in the smartphone industry:

1. A jury finds that Samsung violated Apple's patents, and orders Samsung to pay Apple $1 billion.

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