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How do you like them apples: Google, Samsung ink patent deal

The move will make it easier for them to collaborate, and is a defensive move against Apple

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Google's Gmail, Drive, Google+ services go down

A number of Google services went down Friday for about an hour. Google later apologized, and blamed the outage on a software bug.

No, Android phone makers don't pay Google licensing fees to use Google apps

But Android's subtle shift away from open-source is still a touchy subject.

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Beats Music doubles trial period after first week sign-up snags

The new mobile-focused music subscription service wasn't quite ready for its popularity out of the gate.

Google adds pop-up website bios to search results

A new feature dishes out details about major sites before you follow that link.

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Here's what Windows Phone's rumored digital assistant needs to win you over

Odds are, you're not using Windows Phone. If the forthcoming voice assistant is good enough, maybe you will.

Google taps YouTube to rate ISP video quality performance

Is your streaming video chugging because your router sucks or your ISP sucks? Google wants to answer that very question.

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I talked with 5 diabetics and they want Google's smart contact lenses, STAT!

There's no question about it: Diabetics are excited about the prospect of a tiny little contact lens simplifying their lives.

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Tech patent leader remains IBM, but Google accelerates

IBM acquired more U.S. patents than any other company for the 21st year in a row. But Google has quickened its patent pace and climbed to No. 11 in the rankings.