Google Inc (GOOG) Updates: Partnership for SMEs, New Concessions, Glass App & More

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Du-Google Partnership Aims To Bolster UAE SMEs (Gulf Business News)
Du has announced the launch of a new business plan, in partnership with Google, to help boost the online presence of small and medium entreprises (SMEs) in the UAE. The new Business Super 600-G plan will enable SMEs to have a better and more relevant reach online via Google’s AdWords platform. AdWords enable businesses to advertise their products and services exactly at a time when customers are looking for them. Du’s super business plan falls under Google AdWords Premier SMB programme where small businesses receive training on how to set up an account and monitor it.

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Google offers new concessions to avoid fine in EU antitrust case (Reuters Canada)
Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) has offered further concessions aimed at ending a three-year investigation into complaints it was blocking competitors and to avert a possible $5 billion fine, the European Commission said on Monday. The new proposal comes two months after the Commission, which is the European Union’s antitrust regulator, asked the world’s most popular search engine for more measures to sooth concerns that it was blocking competitors, including Microsoft, in web search results. “The Commission received a proposal from Google and is assessing it,” EU Commission spokesman Jonathan Todd said. He did not provide details nor say if rivals would be given a chance to assess the concessions.

Use Google Glass And New App Glashion To Buy Fashion Items You Spot On The Go (TechCrunch)
These days, there is more taking place at the intersection of fashion and tech than there ever has been. Of late, some of these synergies involve Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) Glass. At the TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2013 hackathon today, Glashion made its debut, providing a way for Google Glass wearers and users to buy fashion items that they spot on the go. Via the app (which can be downloaded to Glass now), Glashion allows you to snap a photo of a fashion item you see on a bypasser or in a store, and then the app queries the ShopStyle API for similar matches. You simply tell Glass when you see a product, “Ok glass, I want this!” and you’ll be matched.

Google Glass App Store Coming in 2014 (Tom’s Guide)
Here’s a sign that Google Glass is definitely appearing in 2014. The New York Times said on August 30 that the specs would receive its own app store next year. This statement was then verified with Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) by Marketing Land on September 3, indicating that these Glass-specific apps may not be published directly on Google Play. For now it’s also unknown if Google Glass developers will be able to charge for their apps by the time the Glass Store opens. Currently, the Glass API Terms of Service states that developers, for now at least, must offer apps for free.

Google celebrates Chrome’s 5th birthday with desktop/mobile Chrome Apps (Network World)
Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG)’s Chrome browser, in its five years of existence, has blossomed into one of the cornerstones of the company’s online empire, boasting its own stable of Chrome Apps for the browser and even forming the foundation of Chrome OS, Google’s netbook operating system. Now, the company announced in an offical blog post, Chrome’s influence is expanding onto the PC proper – with the debut of a local front-end for a new set of apps designed for use both online and off. The new “for the desktop” suite of Chrome apps – which is currently only available on Windows PCs, though it’s also headed to Mac and Linux – works sort of like a smartphone app tray.