Google Acquires Enterprise Mobility Tech Firm Divide

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Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) has acquired mobile device management platform developer Divide for an undisclosed amount in a move aimed at expanding Google’s Android enterprise customer base, InformationWeek reported Tuesday. Thomas Claburn writes that Divide’s mobility software is designed to support both Android and iOS applications and helps IT departments manage business and personal devices...

Patrick Gallagher: Advisory Panel to Review NIST’s Cryptographic Guidance

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Patrick Gallagher The National Institute of Standards and Technology has formed a new advisory committee to review the agency’s cryptographic guidance, Fedscoop reported Wednesday. Billy Mitchell writes the committee includes Vint Cerf of Google (NASDAQ: GOOG), Steve Lipner of Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT), Ellen Richey of Visa (NASDAQ: V) and Ron Rivest of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Patrick...

Google Acquires Solar-Powered UAV Maker Titan Aerospace

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Google has purchased New Mexico-based unmanned aerial vehicle manufacturer Titan Aerospace for an undisclosed amount as the search giant seeks to build up its image collection and remote area access offerings, the Wall Street Journal reported Monday. Alistair Barr and Reed Albergotti write that Titan’s nearly 20 employees will remain in Mexico and continue to be led by CEO Van Raburn. Titan builds...

Google Glass to Aid Pondera’s Fraud Detection Service for Gov’t Clients; Jon Coss Comments

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Google Glass technology is being considered for possible in-field data access applications by government service providers, such as California-based Pondera Solutions, GCN reported Tuesday. Patrick Marshall writes Pondera is planning to add Glass to its “fraud detection as a service” offering to government clients, along with other Google tools such as predictive analytics. “Bad...

Report: Google Buys Artificial Intell Firm DeepMind for $400M

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Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) has acquired artificial intelligence company DeepMind for $400 million in an effort to grow its machine learning technology, CNET reported Sunday. Steven Musil writes DeepMind develops algorithms for various applications such as simulations, e-commerce and games by gathering techniques from machine learning systems. Google CEO Larry Page led the transaction, according to...

Google Buys Robotics Tech Maker Boston Dynamics

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Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) has acquired engineering and robotics design company Boston Dynamics for an undisclosed amount, the New York Times reported Saturday. John Markoff writes that Waltham, Mass.-based Boston Dynamics will be integrated into Google’s robotics initiatives led by Andy Rubin, Google’s development lead for the Android operating system. The transaction represents Google’s eighth...

DLT to Help Defense Dept, Army Install Google Apps in Mobile Push; Duane Thorpe, Shannon Sullivan Comment

DLT Solutions has won a blanket purchase agreement contract to help the Defense Department and the U.S. Army implement Google‘s (NASDAQ: GOOG) cloud-based communication and collaboration applications under a program intended to expand mobile access in both organizations. This BPA with the Army Contracting Command comprises of a base year and four option years and was awarded through the General...

Google to Acquire Motorola Mobility for $12.5B Cash

Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) has definitively agreed to acquire Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc. for about $12.5 billion in cash, or $40 per share. Google will run Motorola Mobility as a separate business. The board of directors of both companies have unanimously approved the move. The transaction still needs approval by Motorola Mobility’s stockholders and U.S. and E.U. regulatory bodies. The...

Unisys, Partners to Migrate Federal Agency’s Communications to Google Cloud

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has awarded Earth Resources Technology, Inc. a $11.5 million three-year task order under the NOAALink prime contract to migrate NOAA’s email and calendaring functions to the Google apps for government cloud. The contract makes NOAA the largest federal agency to adopt cloud technology to date. ERT will partner with Google, Unisys and Tempus...

Cloud Computing Focal Point of GovConExec Magazine’s Spring Issue

GovConWire’s publisher Executive Mosaic is this week releasing its spring edition of GovConExec magazine, which takes a deep dive into cloud computing and includes highlight input from top executives for the region’s government contracting sector who are leading the migration and leveraging the power of the cloud. Although not a new phenomenon, there is no denying cloud computing has experienced...