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Google Acquires Cloud Database Company Firebase

Google announced today that it is acquiring cloud hosted database company Firebase. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Google will continue to offer Firebase’s services as part of its Google Cloud Platform line.

“If you’re a developer who has built an app on top of Firebase, nothing will change for you and you can continue to use Firebase as you normally would,” Firebase co-founder and CEO James Tamplin wrote in a blog post announcing the acquisition.

Google misses forecasts, while cost per click also dips

Challenges in the mobile market continue to be a factor. Google missed analyst forecasts for both earnings and income in the third quarter, while the amount it makes when users click on ads also dipped.

Total revenue for the quarter ended Sept. 30 2014 was US$16.52 billion, Google said Thursday, coming in below analyst estimates of $16.57 billion, as polled by Thomson Reuters.

Google Dart crashes into top 20 programming languages

Billed as a JavaScript rival, Dart has faced an uphill climb in its bid to attract developers. But this month's Tiobe Index of language popularity has Dart finally cracking its top 20 list, ranking 17th with a rating of 1.119 percent, slightly behind Ruby but ahead of Microsoft's F# language and Apple's new Swift language. The index gauges language popularity through a formula that assesses searches on sites like Google, Yahoo, and YouTube.

Microsoft follows Google to education sector with Office 365 app for teachers

Microsoft has created a classroom assistance application for OneNote and SharePoint Online in Office 365, soon after Google released a similar one for its Apps email and collaboration suite.

With OneNote Class Notebook Creator, teachers can set up individual notebooks for each student, a common library for class documents and materials, and a group collaboration space for collective activities, hosted in SharePoint Online and using OneNote as the front-end interface.

Google shakes up cloud services market with another price cut

Google has fired back at Microsoft with cheaper cloud services, signaling another round of price cutting in an increasingly competitive market.

Citing enhanced efficiency in its data centers as well as falling hardware costs, Google on Wednesday said it was cutting prices of its Google Compute Engine by about 10 percent for all instance types in every region.

Google to offer schools, students unlimited storage for free

The Google Drive for Education is an upgrade from the earlier Google Apps for Education service, and like the predecessor, it's free. It will launch "in coming weeks," Ben Schrom, a Google product manager, said in a blog post Tuesday. Google Apps includes tools for word processing, spreadsheets and presentations. Google will soon offer a big perk -- unlimited data storage -- to lure schools and their students to its Google Apps suite of online services.

Google attempts to drum up SMB support for its cloud platform at London HQ event

Google attempted to drum up further SMB (small and medium businesses) support for its cloud platform as it held its annual Atmosphere conference in Central London.

Speaking at Google UK's head office at the bottom of Tottenham Court Road in front of an audience of 100 business leaders, Neil Delaney, European director of small and medium businesses at Google for Work, hailed the cloud as a key technology for companies that are looking to scale.

Google's Slides presentation app now works offline on iOS

Google's Slides presentation app can now be used without an Internet connection on iOS devices, joining the two other core office productivity tools in the company's suite, the Docs word processor and Sheets spreadsheet software.

With the move, announced Monday, Google also offers an alternative to Microsoft's native Word, Excel and PowerPoint apps for iPhones and iPads.

Google Dart upgrade zooms in on mobile app dev

Although struggling against JavaScript, Google continues to plow forward with Dart, sprucing up the language with mobile development capabilities.

Google reacts to Office 365 momentum with beefier Apps suite

Under pressure from Microsoft's Office 365, Google has launched a premium edition of Apps with unlimited cloud storage and extra IT controls, and it has improved the Docs office productivity suite.

Although this new edition is essentially Apps for Business with an extra set of features, Google has branded it differently, shifting the spotlight from "apps" to storage by calling it Drive for Work.

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