Google App Engine Drops Some High Replication Datastore Prices By Up To 25%

google_cloud_logoAt Google I/O last week, Google announced that its Google App Engine High Replication Datastore (HRD) – its schemaless object data storage service – currently processes over 4.5 trillion transactions per month, has an uptime of 99.95% and stores over a petabyte of data. Today, the company announced that it is dramatically reducing the pricing for some Datastore features. Storing a gigabyte of data previously cost $0.24 per month, but the company has now reduced this price to just $0.18 per month.
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The New Google Penguin Update Goes Much Deeper Into Your Site

Google has been warning of a big and scary new version of the Penguin update for quite some time. When Google?s Matt Cutts released a video discussing the upcoming SEO menu earlier this month, he mentioned that Penguin 2.0 was ?
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Kim Dotcom Wants Money From Google, Twitter For 2-Factor Authentication

Nyder writes “Kim Dotcom posted via Twitter, with a link to Torrentfreak, that he owns a security patent US6078908, titled ‘Method for authorizing in data transmission systems.'” Techdirt points out that Dotcom isn’t just asking for financial help: Instead, he’s asking companies which use two-factor authentication “to help fund his defense, in exchange for not getting sued for the patent. He points out that his actual funds are still frozen by the DOJ and (more importantly) that his case actually matters a great deal to Google, Facebook and Twitter, because the eventual ruling will likely set a precedent that may impact them — especially around the DMCA.” Update: 05/23 14:23 GMT by T : Why is this relevant to Twitter? If you’re not an active Twitter user, you might not realize that (after some well publicized twitter-account hijackings), the company is trying to regain some ground on security. Nerval’s Lobster writes “Twitter is now offering two-factor authentication, a feature that could help prevent embarrassing security breaches. Twitter users interested in activating two-factor authentication will need to head over to their account settings page and click the checkbox beside ‘Require a verification code when I sign in.'”

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Apple moaning that Google Now on Galaxy S4 copies Siri’s patents

Apple moaning that Google Now on Galaxy S4 copies Siri's patents

Apple has filed a new set of patent infringements in its ongoing legal battle, and this time it has the Samsung Galaxy S4 in its sights.

According to the papers filed by Apple, the Cupertino-based firm isn’t best pleased about the way Samsung has implemented the Google Now feature on its latest flagship smartphone.

It’s claiming the handset infringes on the some of the patents it holds for Siri, which it’s already flagged up on other Samsung devices.

Advantage Samsung

Foss Patents picked up a line in the firm’s legal documentation which reads: “Apple determined that the Galaxy S4 product practices many of the same claims already asserted by Apple, and that the Galaxy S4 practices those claims in the same way as the already-accused Samsung devices.”

There’s some positive news for Samsung though, as Apple tried to challenge one of the patents in question – referring to Google’s Android Quick Search Box – back in 2012 in relation to the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, but the judge in charge of the hearing overruled the Cupertino firm.

With a positive history already surrounding this particular area of the dispute Samsung has reason to feel pretty confident going into court, but you can be sure Apple’s army of lawyers won’t give up without a fight.

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