Google Inc (GOOG) News: Employee Awareness, Shrunken Profit Margins & Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc (MMI)

Editor’s Note: Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG), Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT), Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc (NYSE:MMI)

Google Study Gets Employees to Stop Eating So Many M&Ms (Time News Feed)
There’s a reason Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) continues to rank high among the best companies to work for, and a keen awareness of its employees’ office habits may have helped it earn that reputation. As the Washington Post reports, recent findings from an in-house study nicknamed “Project M&M” analyzed how employee consumption of the company’s favorite confectionary might impact productivity and happiness. Under the direction of Google’s human resources team, People Operations, the study used experiments on placement and proximity of M&Ms and consulted research on food psychology to reduce the amount of candy its employees were eating.

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Google-Motorola Deal Foreshadows Challenge Awaiting Microsoft (Bloomberg)
If Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG)’s Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc (NYSE:MMI) deal is anything to go by, Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) investors will need to brace for diminished profitability now that it has agreed to purchase Nokia Oyj (NOK1V)’s handset business. The profit margin at Google has shrunk by more than 7 percentage points since the search provider purchased the struggling hardware unit in May of 2012, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. The Motorola business posted an operating loss equal to 34 percent of sales in the most recent quarter.

Internet giant Google celebrates 15th birthday (The Independent)
Internet giant Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) is celebrating its 15th birthday today. The firm has come a long way since September 4 1998, when it was incorporated by founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, who had met at university three years previously. It was originally called BackRub, but they eventually settled on the name for the website that has become synonymous with internet searching today – so much so that it is used as a verb in its own right.

Google pulls Authenticator app for logins after it wipes account details (The Guardian)
Google has withdrawn the newest iPhone version of its Authenticator app, used with two-step account authentication, after users discovered that it wiped settings and prevented login. The update appeared in Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)‘s App Store on Tuesday evening but users quickly discovered that once opened, it lost all the settings they had previously saved for accounts.

Google Glass App Store Coming Next Year (Mashable)
Get ready, Glassholes: Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) Glass will get its very own app store next year. The long-awaited news was first revealed rather off-handedly in a long New York Times Magazine piece this weekend, and Google has since confirmed it to the blog Marketing Land. Google did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Tuesday night.

Protecting the merchant as much as the buyer (CNBC)

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