Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) has decided to drop their funding for a conservative group due to its stance on climate change. In an interview with NPR, Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt said that Google will not renew its membership with the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). Schmidt said that the conservative group was “literally lying” by opposing efforts for reducing global warming.
Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) is investing $145 million in a Southern California solar project, which could generate enough energy to power 10,000 homes. The 82-megawatt power plant will be built on top of an oil and gas field in Kern County, California as part of a deal with SunEdison — which should generate 650 local jobs. This is Google’s 17th investment in renewable energy since 2010 at over a total of $1.5 billion. “We’re continually looking for newer, bigger and better projects that help us create a clean energy future,” said Google in a blog post.
Terry Crews, an actor and Old Spice spokesman, has lent his voice to Google’s navigation app Waze. Crews’ voice in Waze is leading up to the season two premiere of “Brooklyn Nine Nine” on September 28th. Crews’ character on the show is Sgt. Terry Jeffords. You can add Crews’ voice to the app by selecting Settings > Sound, and “English (US) – Terry Crews” in the app. Waze has over 50 million users worldwide and is available in over 30 languages.
Motorola has launched a new version of the Moto G device, which has a larger display and improved cameras. The Moto G is available today in the U.K. and U.S. Motorola does not put a custom user interface on the Moto G, which means that software updates are sent to users quicker. The Moto G runs on Android 4.4 KitKat. It can be upgraded to Android L when it is released.
Google is selling the Glass Explorer Edition on the Google Play store. The price is $1,500 with a choice of free frame or sunglass shade. Selling Google Glass through Google Play will make the wearable device widely available.
Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) announced a settlement with a photographer coalition over their user of work in the Google Books scanning project.
Nest, the smart thermostat unit of Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG), is launching its smart thermostat and smoke detector in several areas of Europe in late September.
Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) has agreed to refund at least $19 million to parents and consumers whose kids unknowingly made expensive in-app purchases for apps. This is the second major settlement that the FTC made with a large tech company over in-app purchases. Apple agreed to pay $32.5 million in January to in-app purchasers.