Google is reportedly working on its own app-based ride-sharing service to compete with Uber and Lyft, possibly in conjunction with the company’s heralded driverless-car program. The move would put Uber in competition with one of its biggest backers, Google Ventures.
Does it sometimes feel like American-born tech companies are bent on world domination? Facebook buys WhatsApp, the most popular mobile messaging app in the world; Google talks about drones delivering Wi-Fi to places that barely have electricity; and Amazon contemplating testing drones (and perhaps moving certain operations) overseas.With the Internet boom, however, the world outside Silicon Valley is innovating at the same breakneck pace. From heavy-hitters such as Samsung and HTC to a little video game developer from Vietnam who took the app world by force with Flappy Bird, tech talent across the globe is going to make it pretty tough for US-based companies. Here’s a look at five companies that best US tech giants at their own game.
Google Fiber, the high-speed Internet service that purportedly lets users download a movie in less than a minute, is coming to 18 new cities in four metro areas in the Southeast, the company said Tuesday. Is your city Google Fiber-ready?