Google is launching an office in Seoul, South Korea. Google has similar bases in London and Tel Aviv. It will allow entrepreneurs utilize company resources and support. Google said “that Campus Seoul will supercharge tech entrepreneurs, strengthen the startup ecosystem and encourage even more innovation in Korea.”
Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) has acquired a visual effects cloud company called Zync. Zync worked on movies like Star Trek and Looper. The terms of the deal were undisclosed.
Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) already has iOS apps for Google Docs and Sheets and now these apps can natively open, edit, and save files from Microsoft Office. Google Slides is now available as a standalone app for iOS. The new Slides app uses Google’s new Material Design user interface language. Google is now offering its productivity platforms on Android, Chrome OS, iOS, and the web. Microsoft launched Office for iOS earlier this year, but it requires users to have an Office 365 subscription.
Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) has acquired Gecko Design to add to the Google X Lab team. Google X is known for building the self-driving car, Google Glass, and Project Loon. The terms of the deal were undisclosed. Here is what Gecko Design wrote:
Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) launched ads for app developers last spring. The ad formats launched on Google’s AdMob in June. It is now available on Google search and YouTube. The mobile app install ad appears on Android and iOS devices. On Android devices, the ads will automatically be excluded from showing on devices that already have the app installed on Android devices. However, it will still show up on iOS devices that already have the app installed.
Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) has acquired Jetpac, an app that uses Instagram data to curate information about cities. For example, it will find out which city is the happiest based on photos to create “City Guides.” Launched in 2012, Jetpac started out as a social travel guide on the iPad. But it shifted towards an Instagram-data driven service. Google will probably work with the Jetpac team to specifically improve search around locations using photo data. Jetpac will be removing the app from the Apple App Store in the next few days and support will be ended on September 15th.
Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin have taken the ice bucket challenge. As part of the ice bucket campaign, anyone that is challenged has 24 hours to do it also or that person has to donate money towards amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella issued the challenge to Page on Wednesday. Sergey showed solidarity by doing it with him.
Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) is testing out “Listen Now” ads with Beats Music, Spotify, and Rhapsody. When you search for the name of an artist, there will be a group of Google display ads together under the “Listen Now” label. The ads appear on desktop and mobile versions of Google.