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MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA - JANUARY 30:  A sign is posted on the exterior of Google headquarters on January 30, 2014 in Mountain View, California. Google reported a 17 percent rise in fourth quarter earnings with profits of $3.38 billion, or $9.90 a share compared to $2.9 billion, or $8.62 per share one year ago.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Google to encrypt data on new version of Android by default

Encryption has been optional since 2011, but Android L, due out later this year, will include activation procedures for automatic encryption.

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MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA - JANUARY 30:  A sign is posted on the exterior of Google headquarters on January 30, 2014 in Mountain View, California. Google reported a 17 percent rise in fourth quarter earnings with profits of $3.38 billion, or $9.90 a share compared to $2.9 billion, or $8.62 per share one year ago.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Google's YouTube investing in its own stars

As competition in online video heats up, Google's video service wants to make sure its most popular performers stay put.

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The LG G3 brings a Stylus

One of the best phones of the year adds a stylus option, HTC is working on a GoPro-like camera and Samsung attacks Apple...again.

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Evan Rapoport, Google's product manager in charge of its Views photo service, at Photokina 2014.

Google Views' growth means death for longtime photo-sharing service

The little-known Panoramio service will eventually disappear as Google moves to a new Views option for sharing location-linked photos -- and adding imagery to Google Maps.

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iPhone 6 Plus could be hard to find on launch day

Based on record preorders, finding Apple's new 5.5-inch iPhone may be a challenge on launch day. Also, Microsoft builds a new world for Minecraft, and Google launches an affordable Android phone for developing countries.

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Google to buy slice of eBay? Unlikely, says analyst

A rumor popped up late last week that Google is eyeing a 40 percent stake in eBay. But analyst Gene Munster doesn't see such a deal in the cards.

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Google has partnered with handset makers Micromax, Karbonn and Spice to bring phones that cost less than $100 to India.

Android One: Google's push to rule the smartphone world

The search giant is aiming to bring phones that cost less than $100 to "the next five billion" in the emerging markets. First stop: India.

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Use Google's new panel in security settings to keep your account safe

The settings aren't new, but the wizard-like presentation is a new addition. It walks you through five important security settings for your Google account.

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Renganathan Ramamoorthy, the Chrome team product manager who oversees VP9 work, speaks at Google headquarters..

Google's Web-video ambitions bump into hard reality

The company's technical prowess and free VP9 licensing haven't been enough to dent the fortunes of rival compression format HEVC. But Google's already moving on to VP10.

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Google buys polling startup Polar to bolster Google+

Search giant adds to the team working on its social network. That includes the startup's founder, who wrote the book "Mobile First," which has become a Silicon Valley mantra.

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Chromebooks land first batch of Android apps

You may not have known that you wanted Android apps to run on Chrome OS, but Google thinks they should. The first four Android apps for Chromebooks are now available.

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Is Apple's iPhone 6 just Google's Nexus 4?

A graphic wandering around Twitter suggests Androiders had an iPhone 6 two years ago. Can this be true?

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