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Google Now adds live TV info and couponsGoogle tweaks Google Now notifications, Verizon plans to sell 4G-only smartphones, and the Digg Reader app arrives for iOS.
Sunny day. Google is sweeping the clouds away. I'm Bridget Carey, and this is your CNET Update. Google is adding TV show information and discount offers to its Google Now notification cards on Android. So, here is how it works. If you have an internet-connected TV, the Google Now service should be able to detect what show you're watching, and it'll display info about the actors in the program. And as for discounts, it ties into Google Offers so you can get pop-up reminders on your phone about saved offers when you're near the store. And you can also get these Google Now notifications through the Chrome web browser on your desktop. And in other Google news, it's clear skies on Google Map satellite view because Google just removed all the clouds. Google has mined hundreds of terabytes of data to post high-resolution images, and it offers more accurate views of the planet's texture. And that means no more clouds. Your next phone might never run on 3G. Verizon said that by the end of 2014, it plans to sell smartphones that only tap into the faster 4G LTE network. The reason is that a 4G-only device could be cheaper and lighter since it wouldn't need multiple cellular radios. And if calls are done over the 4G network, Verizon customers can finally talk and browse the web at the same time. Right now, it's 3G for calls and 4G for data. And for those of you with Windows 8 tablets, you'll be getting a Facebook app some time this fall. Better late than never, I guess. And when the time comes that we're all living on the moon, you may be wondering how we pay for things. Well, don't worry, earthlings. PayPal is on the case to answer these important questions with PayPal Galactic, a partnership with the SETI Institute and others in the scientific community to figure out the challenges of space commerce. It would be nice to fix our own economy before worrying about an interplanetary one. Keep an eye out for Digg's new RSS readers. It's simply called Digg Reader. It launched in Beta for those who signed up to be the first to try it out. And it will slowly roll out to more users over time. You can sign up at digg.com/reader. But the Digg iOS app is now available to anyone with an iPhone or iPad. The Android app will be ready before the end of next month. Digg is launching this days before the timer runs out on Google Reader, which is shutting down on July 1st. And tons of companies are rushing to fill the void left by Google. AOL launched its own reader service recently, and there's speculation that Facebook is gonna launch something similar to pull in all your RSS feeds into one place. That's your tech news update. You could find more details on these stories at CNET.com/update, and follow along on Twitter. From our studios in New York, I'm Bridget Carey.
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