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Google Goes Ahead With New Internet Service, Bans Trailer in Libya and Egypt


Plus, Google threatens to withdraw its support for Acer.

MINYANVILLE ORIGINAL This week, Google (GOOG) threatened to withdraw from its alliance with Acer (ACEIF) if the company didn't drop its support for Chinese e-commerce mainstay Alibaba's new Aliyun smartphone OS. Acer complied, but remains in talks with Google and hopes the tech behemoth will reconsider.

Google's a fan of free speech, but understands that words can be weapons. Though the company refused to remove a 14-minute trailer for Innocence of Muslims, which contributed to deadly protests breaking out in Libya, from YouTube, it decided to prohibit Egyptian and Libyan users from viewing the video. Google is willing to censor itself over this ethical and legal wreck.

Google is set to provide a lightning-fast Internet service via fiber-optics. Internet users of Kansas City, Missouri, Nasdaq reports, will be the first to have access to this service, which runs at 1 gigabit per second. Time Warner Cable's (TWC) service, which is Google's competitor in the area, runs at only 50 megabytes per second max. The connection will costs Kansas denizens $70.00 per month.

ZDNet reports that Barclays (BCS) has signed its payment wing, Barclaycard US, over to the Google Wallet program. Barclays joins a league of institutions granting Google use of its card portfolios. With Google Wallet, customers can pay directly with their smartphone, without any plastic intermediate.

According to Nasdaq, Google has purchased the Spanish antivirus startup VirusTotal. Nasdaq says that Google wants the antivirus unit to shore up its aforementioned Internet service.
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