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Google Business Photos: New Indoor Street View Images Go Live

After a long period of rumors and denials, Google officially announced its Google Business Photos (a.k.a. indoor Streetview) earlier this year. While Google put the first set of businesses online soon after the announcement, we didn’t hear much about this project since, Now, however, it looks as if more and more of these indoor, Streetview-like images are going online. You can find some examples here and here.

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Google Updates Its Biannual Government Transparency Report

Google today updated its biannual Transparency Report that aims to provide greater transparency around the government requests for user data or the removal of content from the company’s servers. While this new report does not greatly diverge from earlier ones, the company did add one new data point: the number of user accounts that are specified in the requests the company receives.

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Hello Moto: Everything You Need to Know About the Google-Motorola Deal

Google today announced that it plans to acquire Motorola Mobility – the Motorola’s cellphone and set-top box division – for about $12.5 billion. This is obviously a major deal and suddenly turns Google from a company mostly focused on software into a hardware manufacturer as well. While Google aims to run both businesses separately – and stressed that even Motorola will have to compete for Google’s business – the fact that Google’s headcount just grew by about 60% shows that this acquisition will have a massive impact on the company in the long run.

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Wave Goodbye to Google Labs

Google just announced that it is shutting down Google Labs, the company’s central hub for testing new product ideas and features. According to Google, the decision was made in order to allow it to prioritize its product efforts. Google notes that it has learned a lot by launching early prototypes in Labs, but apparently not…

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GClient Brings Google+ to Your Desktop

Google+ doesn’t yet offer an API, so creating Twitter-like desktop clients isn’t an option at this point. That isn’t stopping enterprising developers from trying to work around these limitations, though. Indeed, the first Google+ desktop client – GClient – just made its debut. In the end, though, this is really just a wrapper around the mobile Google+ site.