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

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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 NOAANational Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.’s email and calendaring functions to the Google apps for government cloud. The contract makes NOAANational Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. the largest federal...

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...

GSA Turns to Google, Unisys for Email, Collaboration Solutions

Mike Bradshaw - Google Federal GSA has a deal in place with partners Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) and Unisys (NYSE: UIS) to migrate 17,000 employees and contractors to Google Apps for Government, which will provide cloud-based programs like Gmail and Google Calendar to the agency. The decision follows a competitive request for proposal process to examine replacement options for the current GSA email system. Unisys...

Mike Bradshaw on Google’s New Cloud Apps for Federal Government

Google is taking another step in an effort to bring the cloud to the federal government by releasing a version of its hosted suite of applications in compliance with federal IT security certification, Datamation reports. “I think this is indicative also of our commitment to the federal marketplace,” said Mike Bradshaw, director of Google’s federal division.  “We’re excited...

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