Google and gaming: Loaded
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GameStop acquires the social-gaming site Kongregate, Amazon can suggest gift ideas for your Facebook friends, and Google may be working on a social network for gaming.
It's Wednesday, July 28, I'm Mark Licea, and it's time to get loaded. Google maybe looking into a social network of its own. The Wall Street Journal says Google wants to create a site that would allow users to play social games and compete with Facebook; online game developers include EA, Playfish, and Zynga. Google CEO Eric Schmidt has not commented on this. Yahoo! Japan announced that Google's technology will power their internet search engine and advertising platform. This sets Yahoo! Japan apart from their American counterpart Yahoo! which is planning to use Microsoft's Bing search technology based of an agreement in 2009. If you'd become fed up with Facebook for whatever reason, you may soon be able to delete your account without much trouble. The company is testing an instant account destruction feature. If this passes the test phase, you'll be able to delete your account and all your information permanently. No details on if and when this will roll out for certain. Google Maps for Android is going on version 4.4. This update makes it easier to find places in your vicinity. The download also gives you a new logo and a Place Pages feature that indicates business hours of any given store along with compass directions and approximate distance. This is available now for all Android phones running at version 1.6 and higher. Amazon can now serve you gift recommendations based on your Facebook profile. If you link your Amazon account to Facebook using Facebook Connect, you'll see movie, book, and other gift recommendations from Amazon. Amazon won't share any of your account or purchase history with Facebook, but it comes in handy if you need a gift idea. And Gamestop acquired the social gaming platform Congregate. The deal is expected to close August 1st and Gamestop says this move will enhance their digital strategy in casual, mobile, and browser gaming. Congregate currently hosts 10 million players monthly. That's your news for now, I'm Mark Licea with CNET, thanks for watching.