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California reportedly launches antitrust investigation into Google

California reportedly launches antitrust investigation into Google

According to a report in Politico, California has become the 49th state to launch an antitrust investigation into Google. California and Alabama were the only states that did not participate in an antitrust investigation by 48 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia, that began in September and is focused on Google’s dominance in […]

Google expands its Swirl 3D ad format

Google expands its Swirl 3D ad format

Google is announcing the global availability of Swirl, an ad format that the company unveiled in beta just over a year ago. The Swirl format involves banner ads that include interactive 3D product models. As the company put it in a blog post: Swirl lets consumers engage with a product like it’s right in front […]

What's in the latest Firefox upgrade? Firefox 78 starts ESR transition for enterprises

What's in the latest Firefox upgrade? Firefox 78 starts ESR transition for enterprises

Mozilla last week upgraded Firefox to version 78, patching a baker’s dozen of security flaws and starting the annual process of retiring last year’s Extended Support Release (ESR) and offering customers the latest enterprise-designed build. Company engineers patched 13 vulnerabilities, seven labeled “High,” Firefox’s second-most-serious label. Unlike most Firefox refreshes, version 78 did not fix any […]

Most bugs in Microsoft's June patches have been fixed; go ahead and patch

Most bugs in Microsoft's June patches have been fixed; go ahead and patch

The most obvious problem with June patches was a conflict between Microsoft’s latest version of Windows and Microsoft’s latest version of Office (er, Microsoft 365) Click-to-Run: If you installed patches as soon as they came out, Outlook wouldn’t run. That bug got cleared up when Microsoft fixed Office a week later, even though Windows was to […]

Sunrun’s $3.2 billion Vivint Solar bid challenges Tesla’s energy ambitions

Sunrun’s $3.2 billion Vivint Solar bid challenges Tesla’s energy ambitions

Tesla’s 2014 acquisition of SolarCity turned the electric vehicle manufacturer into the undisputed largest player in residential solar, but that lead has steadily eroded as its major competitor, Sunrun, surged ahead with more aggressive plans. Now with the $3.2 billion dollar acquisition of the residential solar installation company, Vivint Solar, Sunrun looks to solidify its […]

Google Voice deserves your attention (again)

Google Voice deserves your attention (again)

If you’d told me five years ago that I’d one day write another article about the importance of Google Voice, I’d have responded with a friendly but firm “fuhgeddaboudit.” Google Voice was once one of Google’s greatest but most underappreciated services. When it launched way back in the prehistoric era of 2009, it promised to […]

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