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Google is rolling out support for iHeartRadio for the Google Home

Google Home has supported playing radio through TuneIn since launch. Simply ask it to play a local AM/FM or internet station, and it will start streaming in seconds. Now it looks like Google is in the early stages of rolling out support for iHeartRadio.

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Google I/O 2017 ticket confirmations are going out to raffle winners

Google I/O is coming up in a few months. It may seem far away, but it'll be here before you know it. If you applied for a ticket, you're about to find out if you won the opportunity to give Google $1,150. Just check your email. Google is notifying the winners today.

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Google makes Play Store sales (including free offers) for paid apps and games official

You may have seen earlier this month that Google started testing a few new sale features on the Play Store. Select developers were able to set sale prices that showed up on the purchase button, and (finally) paid listings could be temporarily free. Now, that functionality is official. There's a support page with all the relevant details developers can check out.

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YouTube now receives one billion hours of watch time every day

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Nokia takes the wraps off of the Nokia 5, 3, and 3310, also announces global availability of the Nokia 6 and more

I have fond memories of Nokia, like many others, so I was excited to watch the Finnish firm's announcements today at MWC. The presentation started with more talk on the OZO 360° virtual reality camera, which was used to livestream everything to YouTube 360. Also of note was that Nokia is finalizing its purchase of Withings, the French connected devices company. Most importantly, however, were the phone announcements.

The Nokia 6, formerly exclusive to China, is going global.  We also saw the new Nokia 5, 3, and the relaunched, redesigned version of the fan favorite 3310.

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Android 7.1.2 Beta finally hits the Nexus 6P, but fingerprint gesture support is missing

If you're using the Nexus 6P and enrolled in the beta program, you should be checking your phone for a new update. The 7.1.2 Beta is rolling out now, bringing the larger 2015 Nexus in line with the other Google devices. Those of us who felt snubbed last month when our phone was left out should feel better now.

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Google is shutting down 'Spaces' on April 17th, becomes read-only on March 3rd

After nine months of existence, Google is throwing in the towel on group messaging app Spaces. It's going read-only on March 3rd and will be completely offline on April 17th. So, that's one Google messaging app down, like a dozen still to go.

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Google announces RCS support for Orange, Deutsche Telekom, and Globe subscribers

Late last year, Google announced that Sprint would be the first carrier to use its Jibe RCS Cloud platform. Several more carriers have joined since then, including Rogers in Canada and Telanor in Europe and Asia. In a blog post from Google, the company announced that Orange, Deutsche Telekom, and Globe will be rolling out Jibe RCS to their customers.

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[Update: Root cause] Google OnHub and Wifi units are randomly dying on people, requiring factory resets

Something strange has begun happening to many of Google's OnHub and Wifi routers. The units are refusing to broadcast WiFi signal, and are requiring factory resets to function properly again. Many people refuse to use OnHubs or Wifis because Google has too much control over them, and it seems like they'll have a little more ammunition to use in arguments against these cloud-connected devices now.

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Google renames 'Messenger' to 'Android Messages,' doesn't adequately explain why

Google released Messenger in the Nexus 6 days as an alternative to Hangouts for SMS. As Google continues to gut Hangouts and push the SMS-free Allo messaging platform, Messenger has become more important. Now, it's getting a new name. It's no longer Messenger, it's Android Messages. Why? Reasons.

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