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Amazon undercuts Google's cloud prices - providing you can pay up front

Amazon undercuts Google's cloud prices - providing you can pay up front | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Amazon has introduced a way to pay for cloud infrastructure that undercuts Google – provided you're willing to shell out up front towards at least one year of use.

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has changed the way it charges for its Reserved Instance (RI) compute infrastructure on its Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2). EC2 customers pay for Reserved Instance infrastructure whether they use it or not, unlike EC2's On Demand Instances.

The charges for Reserved Instances are no longer split into light, medium and heavy usage but instead reflect how much a user is willing to pay up front.

Users can chose to pay no up-front costs, or some or all of the costs up front, and must commit to paying for one or three years of usage. A table produced by the cloud portfolio management company RightScale summarises the available payment options below.

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Nobody Can Win The Cloud Pricing Wars

Nobody Can Win The Cloud Pricing Wars | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Earlier this week, Google lowered prices 10 percent across the board on their Google Compute Engine cloud platform . The cost is getting so low, it’s almost trivial for anyone to absorb the costs of running infrastructure in the cloud, but you have to wonder as the cloud pricing wars continue, how low can they go and if it’s a war anyone can win.

 

The end game is obviously zero, but these companies have overhead and while the Big Three cloud computing companies –Google, Amazon and Microsoft –run their Infrastructure as a Service as a side business, chances are their stock holders don’t want to see them giving it away for nothing, a point we seem to be approaching quickly.

 

Just this week, Oracle shocked the world (or at least me) when it announced it would lower its Database as a Service pricing to match Amazon’s. This is Oracle we’re talking about, a company known for its high prices joining the pricing wars. It’s one thing for the Big Three to engage in this type of activity, but for a traditional enterprise software (and hardware) company used to high profits, it’s startling.

Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

Time to (re)assess the real value of sovereignty ?

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AT&T's expanded 1 Gbps fiber rollout could go head to head with Google

U.S. broadband giant AT&T could roll out 1Gbps fiber-optic service to up to 21 new metropolitan areas, including Atlanta,   Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Jose, California, the company said Monday.

 

The company's rollout of its U-verse broadband with GigaPower service will also include television service. AT&T had previously   announced plans to build ultra-fast broadband in Austin and Dallas in Texas and in Raleigh-Durham and Winston-Salem, North   Carolina.

 

The company will work with local leaders and groups to discuss ways to bring the ultra-fast broadband service to communities,   the company said in a press release. Communities that have suitable network facilities, and show the strongest investment   deals, based on anticipated demand and the most receptive policies, will influence the company's selections, AT&T said.

Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

1 Gb/s is the new frontier. Google paved the way and now it's expanding. Sony's network in Tokyo even tops 2Gb/s though I wonder how many users actually have the appropriate Ethernet or WiFi interface to deal with such a throughput.

 

In France Orange is rolling out 500 Mb/s down / 200 Mb/s up which is not too bad. I currently enjoy 300 down / 50 up at home already.

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Google Misses On Earnings And The Stock Is Falling

Google Misses On Earnings And The Stock Is Falling | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Google just reported its first-quarter results for 2014, with revenue of $15.4 billion and earnings per share of $6.27.

Google missed on both its top and bottom lines, which is likely what quickly drove the stock down immediately about 6%. Google had previously closed up 3.75% at the closing bell.

During the first quarter, Google's cost-per-click, the average price it charges advertisers, declined about 9%. Paid-click growth increased, but by only 26%. Historically, it's been up about 30% in good quarters. 

In other words, the growth in aggregate paid clicks on Google search ads is slowing. Analysts noticed that, and began asking about revenue "deceleration" on today's conference call. That's a dread word at Google, which first discussed the previously unthinkable notion that Google might not continue growing at breakneck pace forever in November 2012.

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Microsoft Joins Amazon and Google in Cloud Price War

Microsoft Joins Amazon and Google in Cloud Price War | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Microsoft slashed prices on several of its cloud computing services the company announced on Monday, following through on a standing promise to match Amazon Web Services, which made similar cuts last week.

The software giant made the announcement in a blog post by Windows Azure general manager Steven Martin, saying it will slash prices on various services by 27 percent to 65 percent. “We recognize that economics are a primary driver for some customers adopting cloud, and stand by our commitment to match prices and be best-in-class on price performance,” Martin wrote. The move coincided with Microsoft’s Build conference taking place this week in San Francisco.

It’s the latest move in what’s turning out to be a brisk price war for cloud computing services. Last week, Amazon announced a broad-based price cut on many portions of its Amazon Web Services by 36 percent to 65 percent. That came a day after Google slashed prices for its Google Cloud Platform from 32 percent to 85 percent.

Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

This is still very foggy : would this mean they have been "overcharging customers from Day 1" as DigitalOcean complains ?

Inbetween, one clear spot in the sky is the confirmed rise of OpenStack. It may soon be followed by an industrial, hardware based revolution with Open Compute yet this is another story... yet.

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Emmanuel HAVET's curator insight, April 2, 2014 3:52 AM

I agree with Philippe Dewost :

" one clear spot in the sky is the confirmed rise of OpenStack. It may soon be followed by an industrial, hardware based revolution with Open Compute yet this is another story... yet."

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"Larry Page is on stage at TED right now He is not wearing Google Glass" by Robert Scoble

"Larry Page is on stage at TED right now He is not wearing Google Glass" by Robert Scoble | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Robert Scoble, one of the earliest supporters of Google Glass, had a harsh blog post about Glass. He says Google can't figure out what it's doing with Glass internally, and he gets a feeling that it's not going well on the Glass project. He worries about what this means for Google's ability to actually follow through on projects (via Business Insider)

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Glass Hole ?

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Google Ramps Up Chip Design | EE Times

Google Ramps Up Chip Design | EE Times | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
According to venture legend John Doerr,Google is designing its own silicon for its data centers. But he stopped short of confirming rumors that the search giant was designing ARM-based chips as was reported in December. Doerr, speaking at a chip conference, also said that Facebook would be next. He’s right. Computing is the primary cost for Google, Amazon Web Services and Facebook and designing their own silicon could lower that cost. And thanks to more modular designs and advances in the ARM architecture, the cost of designing custom chips has fallen into a range where the benefits outweigh design costs.
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Google s’offre un génie de l’intelligence articifielle, Demis Hassanis, fondateur de DeepMind | @FrenchWeb

Google s’offre un génie de l’intelligence articifielle, Demis Hassanis, fondateur de DeepMind | @FrenchWeb | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Google serait prêt à débourser 400 millions de dollars pour s’offrir les travaux de Demis Hassanis, un ingénieur surdoué de 37 ans, spécialiste de l’intelligence artificielle. Basée à Londres, DeepMind précise avec humilité sur sa page d’accueil être spécialisée dans les algorithmes de simulation pour les jeux et l’e-commerce. Mais la startup a développé une expertise que beaucoup qualifient d’unique au monde, dans l’analyse de la neuroscience et l’intelligence artificielle. La startup anglaise aurait par ailleurs créé des approches inédites de l’AI (Artificial Intelligence) appliquées à l’e-commerce sous forme de recommandations. DeepMind, qui a seulement 3 ans d’existence, aurait bénéficié du soutien financier des membres de Founders Fund, et de celui d’Horizon Ventures.

Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

La seule limite est le talent. Voir sa présentation à la Singularity University, étonnant.

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Social Login Trends Across the Web for Q4 2013 | Janrain

Social Login Trends Across the Web for Q4 2013 | Janrain | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

During the past five years, the ability to register and log in on websites with a social network or email identity has become increasingly prevalent. In fact, 90% of people have encountered social login before, and more than half of people use it. Because it makes the account creation and login process so much faster and easier and eliminates the need to remember yet another username and password, it’s no surprise that social login has become so popular.

 

But which networks are people most likely to choose? How do these preferences differ based on the type of sites people visit? We all use multiple social networks for different purposes. Facebook is generally where we interact with our close friends and family. LinkedIn is where we maintain our professional persona. Google+ lets us do both, by letting us organize our social graph and content we share into circles. We use Twitter to follow influencers, share opinions, and read about topics of interest. And Gmail, Yahoo and Microsoft are our primary means of privately communicating with others via email.

 

For four years, Janrain has published quarterly reports to shed light on consumer preferences for social login, with data aggregated from the websites that use Janrain. The key takeaway, above all else, is that people want choice. In other words, there is not a single identity provider to rule them all.

Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

Interestingly, the real "camembert" does not match what I thought it would look like. My techdom bias would have led me to expect to a smaller G+ and a quite larger Twitter & LinkedIn share...

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Paid Apps Are Dead

Paid Apps Are Dead | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
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In-app may be the only path unless you have a massive audience and can sustain ads

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CHART OF THE DAY: Android Activations Hit 1 Billion

CHART OF THE DAY: Android Activations Hit 1 Billion | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

No matter how you slice it, this is impressive. Google announced that 1 billion Android devices have been activated. Here's a look at the rise of Android.

Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

Breakdown by geography would be very interesting...

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Larry's comment, September 5, 2013 10:20 AM
Somebody should know how many are still active ? vs the cumulative number of all android devices activated once since the launch in oct 2008 (first phone) ? Wikipedia say that, In July 2013, there were 11,868 different models of Android device, scores of screen sizes and eight OS versions simultaneously in use.[24]
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Just When TVs Were Getting Smart, Chromecast Will Make Them Dumb Again

Just When TVs Were Getting Smart, Chromecast Will Make Them Dumb Again | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

By now, you've no doubt heard and/or read something about Google's clever new Chromecast HDMI device, a $35 media streamer introduced yesterday (Google's intro/demo video embedded below). Chromecast has a lot going for it, and could well become Google's first big hit product in the living room. If it does, there will be at least one significant consequence: instead of TVs continuing to become "Smart TVs," they are going to become dumb yet again. This would be a huge blow to TV manufacturers who have labored to convince consumers to spend extra to derive the benefits a Smart TV offers.


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AT&T CEO: We'll piggyback on Google's Fiber rollout plans

AT&T CEO: We'll piggyback on Google's Fiber rollout plans | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

If Google is allowed to go after specific neighborhoods and homes in Austin, Texas, AT&T says it should be able to snag the same terms and conditions for its own fiber-optic deployment.

 

"I think you are going to see that begin to manifest itself around the United States, and in not just AT&T and Google. You will see others doing this because the demand for really high-speed broadband via gigabit-type fiber-based solutions on a targeted basis is going to be very, very high," Stephenson said.

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Ultra High Broadband is coming

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Google Reveals SSL 3.0 Encryption Vulnerability

Google Reveals SSL 3.0 Encryption Vulnerability | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Google researchers announced(PDF link) that they have found a bug in the SSL 3.0 protocol. The exploit could be used to intercept critical data that’s supposed to be encrypted between clients and servers.

The exploit first allows attackers to initiate a “downgrade dance” that tells the client that the server doesn’t support the more secure TLS (Transport Layer Security) protocol and forces it to connect via SSL 3.0. From there a man-in-the-middle attack can decrypt secure HTTP cookies. Google calls this the POODLE (Padding Oracle On Downgraded Legacy Encryption) attack.

 

In other words, your data is no longer encrypted. Google researchers Bodo Möller, Thai Duong and Krzysztof Kotowicz recommend disabling SSL 3.0 on servers and in clients. The server and client will default to the more secure TSL and the exploit won’t be possible.

Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

openSSL was not the only one. Now that #SSL 3.0 is broken, what's left ?

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Google's Nest Is Buying Wi-Fi Camera Company Dropcam For $555 Million

Google's Nest Is Buying Wi-Fi Camera Company Dropcam For $555 Million | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

The company's cameras are used primarily for home monitoring. Its two most popular cameras sell for $199 and $149.

In addition to its hardware business, Dropcam also sells cloud storage for its videos. Last year the company said 39% of its customers pay for the video storage service.

Dropcam will probably look to Nest's success in the "Internet of Things" space for guidance. It plans to move beyond video surveillance and hopes to incorporate movement sensors into its products, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

When a Data company buys another Data Pump through an IoT subsidiary. At Amazon Summit 2014 in Paris, the above chart was unveiled (courtesy Geoffrey Arduini) claiming that Dropcam is generating more video uploads than YouTube.

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How Microsoft Created A Virtual Assistant That Could Blow Siri Away

How Microsoft Created A Virtual Assistant That Could Blow Siri Away | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Microsoft explains how Cortana was created and what makes her so different from Google Now and Android

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"We focus a little bit more on contextual triggers that we think people will actually understand. We always talk about 3 triggers—we talk about time, we talk about location and we talk about people. Those are the triggers people get. Let’s just focus on a set of things that are going to be of high utility and limit the number of triggers so that people can understand what the system is capable of.

 

For us is a notion of personality. When we look at Google, they’ve made some pretty clear decisions. It’s about getting you quickly and efficiently to Google’s services. It’s not about personality. There’s just something really delightful that makes people smile about having an anthropomorphic personality inside this assistant. We studied this a lot and looked at people’s reaction in labs; it just makes people smile. It also opens up this type of trust relationship we talk a lot about.

 

Google has got a decision to make around how they’re going to create a personality"

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It's seems to be all about context and personality... Wait : what are Apple, Google and Microsoft personalities ?

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Mobile Apps Market Revenue Soars in the United States and China in Q1'14.

Mobile Apps Market Revenue Soars in the United States and China in Q1'14. | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
Google Play worldwide downloads now exceed iOS App Store downloads by around 45%, driven by growth in emerging markets. Russia and Brazil have been on the rise for some time now, but Mexico and Turkey also had a strong influence on Google Play downloads in Q1 2014.The iOS App Store remains comfortably ahead in worldwide revenue, generating about 85% more revenue than Google Play. This gap narrowed over the last quarter though, as Google Play revenue increased markedly in the United States and United Kingdom.China was the key market for iOS App Store growth, showing exceptional gains in both downloads and revenue. iOS App Store revenue in China grew around 70% quarter-over-quarter.Games remained the key category driving growth in both app stores. However, there was also growth in categories outside of Games. Tools saw gains in Google Play revenue, dominated by anti-virus and security apps. On iOS, Finance grew in revenue during tax season in the United States.Messaging apps remained a huge growth area, contributing to the gains for the Communication category on Google Play and Social Networking on iOS.
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It's all about Volume vs. Value

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CloudGOO’s New App Turns All Your Cloud Storage Accounts Into One Big, Combined Drive | TechCrunch

CloudGOO’s New App Turns All Your Cloud Storage Accounts Into One Big, Combined Drive | TechCrunch | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

CloudGOO, a newly launched Android application with something of a silly name, offers a way for you to smush together all your cloud-based file storage accounts to form one big cloud drive in the sky. That is, the app aggregates your cloud drive accounts into one mobile interface, then uses that space as if it were one drive for things like automatic uploads of photos, videos, music, and documents.

 

The new service was launched just days ago by Berlin-based developer Jared Preston, who previously spent a few years in Seattle working for Microsoft on the Windows Live platform, followed by some time at Deutsche Telekom.

 

He explains that unlike other platforms, such as Jolicloud for example, which attempted to aggregate a user’s web services under one roof, the idea with CloudGOO is not to have you navigate between your drives or media spaces using the app. Instead, he says, “you simply access and use your stuff, no matter where it is stored.”

“Theoretically, you could just hook up as many Google Drives, Dropbox, etc., as you wanted, to create a total space available for you to use. CloudGOO can then be set to ‘automatic upload’ and would just utilize the space available,” says Preston. “You would not have to worry about managing the space, just using it.”

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I have played with Jolicloud without understanding how to use it and despite enjoying its design and simplicity ; I haven't played with CloudGOO yet but perfectly see the value of such an operational cloud storage abstraction layer. Congrats Jared !

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Visualizing 15 Years Of Acquisitions By Apple, Google, Yahoo, Amazon, And Facebook

Visualizing 15 Years Of Acquisitions By Apple, Google, Yahoo, Amazon, And Facebook | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

You grow old, you slow down, and you die. That is, unless you can inject some fresh blood. After watching the last generation of tech giants wither or..

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Proud to be somewhere in this GAFAY shopping spree. This chart would be even more interesting in % of market cap...

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Google Sells Motorola To Lenovo For $2.9 Billion

Google Sells Motorola To Lenovo For $2.9 Billion | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
Google has signed an agreement to sell Motorola to Lenovo for $2.91 billion, the company announced after markets closed on Wednesday. Google will keep the "vast majority" of around 10,000 patents it acquired when it bought Motorola in 2012 for $12.5 billion.
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So roughly Google acquired 10.000 patents at $1 million each on average ? [Update: patent average price looks closer to 1/10th of my initial guesstimate as it seems that Google acquired closer to 17.000 patents for 1.6Bn$ net as evidenced by http://bgr.com/2014/01/30/google-motorola-lenovo-sale-patents-earnings/]
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Google 3.2 Bn$ purchase of Nest is an interesting milestone in the Internet of 18 Billion Things story

Google 3.2 Bn$ purchase of Nest is an interesting milestone in the Internet of 18 Billion Things story | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Nest, a company founded by former Apple employee Tony Fadell that makes smart thermostats and smoke detectors, sold to Google for $3.2 billion. Take the purchase as a sign that big tech companies truly do think we'll one day live in a future where everything is connected online. 

According to analysis from Business Insider Intelligence, more than 18 billion devices will be connected to the Web by 2018.

Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

Hopefully we have a long tradition of CES award winning, pioneering companies in the IoT space. French "things" fly, capture your body and activity parameters, monitor your air in and outdoor, as well as you eating habits and, more recently, your toothbrushing patterns.

 

Now they need a business and an exit footprint and in that respect, the #frenchtech ecosystem will be key.

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Audi and Google Team up on Android Powered dashboards

Audi and Google Team up on Android Powered dashboards | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
Google has just forged a partnership with German automaker Audi to bring an Android-powered entertainment and information system to Audi vehicle dashboards in the near future. It's a clear shot against Apple, which announced an 'iOS in the Car' program last year, with the collaboration of Mercedes, BMW and Honda — as well as GM in the United States. Here's the Wall Street Journal's take on the deal, which was their scoop: "With 80 million new cars and light trucks sold each year, automobiles represent a significant new opportunity for Internet-based software and services. 'The car is becoming the ultimate mobile device,' said Thilo Koslowski, an analyst at the research firm Gartner. 'Apple and Google see that and are trying to line up allies to bring their technology into the vehicle.'"
Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

Time to remember that mobile started as a car phone, and that Microsoft announced 'Auto PC' a few years ago...

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Il y a quelques mois, les constructeurs ne voulaient surtout pas dire si Android était embarqué. C'est le cas depuis longtemps. Une excellente chose que cela soit enfin clair...

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Google wins book-scanning case: judge finds "fair use," cites many benefits

Google wins book-scanning case: judge finds "fair use," cites many benefits | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Google has won a resounding victory in its eight-year copyright battle with the Authors Guild over the search giant’s controversial decision to scan more than 20 million books from libraries and make them available on the internet.


In a ruling issued Thursday morning in New York, US Circuit Judge Denny Chin said the book scanning amounted to fair use because it was “highly transformative” and because it didn’t harm the market for the original work.“Google Books provides significant public benefits,” Chin wrote, describing it as “an essential research tool” and noting that the scanning service has expanded literary access for the blind and helped preserve the text of old books from physical decay.Chin also rejected the theory that Google was depriving authors of income, noting that the company does not sell the scans or make whole copies of books available. He concluded, instead, that Google Books served to help readers discover new books and amounted to “new income from authors.”

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There are 11,868 distinct Android devices, up from 3,997 Android devices last year

There are 11,868 distinct Android devices, up from 3,997 Android devices last year | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

This OpenSignal  chart on the state of Android is based on the last 682,000 downloads of its app.

 

It says there are 11,868 distinct Android devices, up from 3,997 Android devices last year.

Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

This is not a mondrianish postmodern rug pattern : Android fragmentation has just tripled in a year

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Larry's comment, August 1, 2013 3:30 AM
It is not fragmentation (incompatible OS variants), just proof that it is easy to build an Android Smartphone and sell it at least once.
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Google to Fund, Develop Wireless Networks in Emerging Markets

Google to Fund, Develop Wireless Networks in Emerging Markets | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
Google is deep into a multipronged effort to fund, build and help run wireless networks in emerging markets such as sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia, a move that could connect a billion or more new people to the Internet.
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Is Google becoming a Telco ?

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