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Here’s your Cheat Sheet to this week’s top tech industry business headlines:
Google (NASDAQ:GOOG): Current price $831.52
The tech ministry in China is of the opinion that Google has too much control over that country’s smartphone industry through its Android mobile operating system and has discriminated against some local firms. According to a white paper written by the research arm of China’s Ministry of Industry, “Our country’s mobile operating system research and development is too dependent on Android. While the Android system is open source, the core technology and technology road map is strictly controlled by Google.”
Recently, Google started to test a same-day delivery service with retailers, it its most recent move into Amazon.com Inc’s e-commerce turf. Google Shopping Express will assist local retail stores in selling products online, and it will have the items delivered to shoppers the same day, claims an individual familiar with the test. Google arranges for third parties to pick up the products from local stores and deliver them to shoppers. Neither the stores nor Google will handle the deliveries, explained one source who requested to be anonymous because the service is still in the early development stage.
Google’s Motorola Mobility hardware division has started the process of laying off roughly 1,200 employees, representing more than 10 percent of its headcount, according to a company email seen by The Wall Street Journal, as the smartphone manufacturer continues its attempts to return to profitability.
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