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All Things Google: Does Nokia Have Better Maps?


Plus, it's anybody's guess what Google will do with its imminent facial recognition software acquisition, and more!

This column highlights the best Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) news and commentary from around the Web.

Google's Motorola Unit Drops One Trade Case Against Apple
"Google has dropped a major part of its wide-ranging patent-infringement battle against Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL), withdrawing a complaint to the US International Trade Commission."

The Atlantic
Link: The Forgotten Mapmaker: Nokia Has Better Maps Than Apple and Maybe Even Google

"There are more than two horses in the race to create an index of the physical world. There's a third company that's invested billions of dollars, employs thousands of mapmakers, and even drives around its own version of Google's mythic 'Street View' cars....That company is Nokia (NYSE:NOK), the still-giant but oft-maligned Finnish mobile phone maker, which acquired the geographic information systems company Navteq back in 2007 for $8 billion."

Google and Asus Rumored to be Working on $99 Nexus Tablet
"Digitimes, apparently relying on anonymous sources in Asus (TPE:2357)'s supply chain, says the companies are collaborating on two new Nexus tablets -- a thinner version of the Nexus 7 that could retail for $199 and another for $99. The report says both new tabs would hit the market by the end of the year in an effort to defend against the anticipated iPad Mini."
Link: Google Adding Street View to iOS Web App

"Apple iOS 6 Maps users rejoice: Google's Street View will be coming to iOS 6 on Thursday. The company is set to announce the addition of the popular feature to its web app, currently the only way to access Google's mapping service since Apple dumped it from iOS 6."

Digital Trends
Link: Google Launches Micropayments Service for Web Content

"Detailed on an official launch page for the product, Google quietly rolled out a new micropayments function for Google Wallet that allows site owners to charge small amounts of money for Web content...In addition, the reader has the option of an immediate refund of the access fee if they feel the content wasn't a worthwhile purchase."

Google's Market Value Outstrips Microsoft's
"Online search leader Google passed Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) in terms of market value for the first time Monday, a sign of the rise of companies finding ways to dominate the Internet and mobile computing. Google is worth $249.1 billion, edging out Microsoft at $247.2 billion."

LA Times
Google and Time Warner Cable Trade Shots
"In Kansas City, Mo., and Kansas City, Kan., Google is launching a broadband pay-TV service to compete with Time Warner Cable and other distributors in the area...However, Time Warner Cable (NYSE:TWC) is resisting selling some of its content to Google.

Link: Google's New Hyper-Local City Guide Is a Real Trip

"Field Trip grabs your location (via cell tower, Wi-Fi or GPS) and shows you nearby points of interest: restaurants, parks, art shows, cool shops, and historical factoids about the area you're in. It's the latest exemplar of Google's continuing investment in local search, from the company's acquisition of Zagat a year ago, to May's launch of Google Now..."

Chicago Tribune
Google Denied Summary Judgement in Patent Dispute With Vringo
"Mobile phone software maker Vringo Inc. (NYSEAMEX:VRNG) shares jumped 39 percent on Wednesday after a judge denied Google Inc a motion for summary judgment in a patent dispute...Google was sued by Innovate/Protect Inc, which was acquired by Vringo. Vringo is seeking an award of at least $696 million from Google, financial website iStockAnalyst reported."

Link: Google Reportedly Buy AR, Facial-Recognition Firm Viewdle

"Google has reportedly purchased mobile facial-recognition and augmented-reality (AR) startup Viewdle...What Google will use Viewdle's technology for is purely speculative at this point, but it appears as though it could go in any manner of directions. The company drew a large investment of US$10 million from Best Buy (NYSE:BBY), BlackBerry Partners Fund (NASDAQ:RIMM), and Qualcomm (NASDAQ:QCOM) in 2010, later developing an AR game called Third Eye for the Android platform. It also developed SocialCamera on Facebook (NASDAQ:FB)."

Link: Google Play Crosses 25 Billion Apps Downloaded Milestone

"It reached its latest milestone just three months after reaching the 20 billion apps served, marking a sharp upward trend in app downloads...To celebrate, Google is launching a series of special offers to mark the occasion."

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