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Google To Acquire Skybox Imaging For $500 Million To Improve Internet Access And Disaster Relief

There have been rumblings recently that, adding to its other (perhaps more far-flung) efforts to improve Internet access around the world, Google would eventually deploy its own fleet of satellites. Today, those rumblings got a little bit closer to reality as Google announced its agreement to acquire satellite imaging company Skybox for $500 million in cash.

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Skybox's journey so far, according to the announcement on its own blog, has been about revolutionizing "access to information about the changes happening across the surface of the Earth." Having already deployed the world's smallest high-resolution imaging satellite, the company says it's already made "great strides."

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Simplified Permissions UI In The Play Store Could Allow Malicious Developers To Silently Add Permissions

The latest version of the Play Store hit the scene a little over a week ago and introduced a tweak to the way permissions are displayed at install time, and it left some people feeling a little...uncertain. Gone is the ugly wall of poorly spaced, semi-specific permissions. The replacement is a short set of simplified categories, each with crisp-looking icons and buttons that reveal a brief description when tapped. Google filtered through roughly 145 permissions and narrowed them down to a dozen groups, plus one bucket for anything that remains.

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LG G Watch Specs Leak Along With Possible UK Pricing/Release Date And Google I/O Giveaway

We've suspected for some time that Google I/O is going to be Android Wear's big coming out party, and the G Watch will probably be the guest of honor. It'll probably be the last time the G Watch takes center stage before the Moto 360 arrives on the scene, but there are a trio of interesting G Watch rumors floating around today.

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Moto X Finally Gets Official Build Of TWRP Custom Recovery

Anyone who has ever tinkered with a Moto X has likely noticed that the popular TWRP recovery didn't offer an official version for this device. There have been some unofficial ports based on the v2.6 branch of TWRP (v2.7 is the current one), but now there's an official version for all your modding needs.

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[Update: Winner!] Win A White, International, Carrier-Unlocked 16GB Samsung Galaxy S5 From Handy Apps And Android Police

Last week we took an initial look at Handy Apps' latest money management tool, called Expense IQ. It's essentially the successor to the company's popular EZ Money application, but it packs a few more bells and whistles under its hood (along with an all-new interface). Today we want to talk about a few more features of Expense IQ, like bill reminders, budgets, and the handy homescreen widget.

We've all forgotten to make a payment at one point or another, which sucks, because as punishment for your forgetfulness, most companies smack you with a late fee so you won't do it again.

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Motorola Finally Decides The Photon Q's Fate – Android 4.1.2 Is The End Of The Road

Would you believe that Motorola has been trying to decide what to do with the Photon Q for like...some large number of months? It's true. Up until today, the Motorola Upgrade Portal has been sitting steadily on "Future plan coming soon" for the poor ol' Q. Now, it has been updated to say "This device will remain on Android 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean)" – not much of a shocker there, really.

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Oh well, at least folks who may still be using the Photon Q should be approaching the end of their contract at some point in the very near future, assuming the device was purchased shortly after it was released back in August of 2012.

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[Deal Alert] 32GB Nexus 5 (White) On eBay Daily Deals For $384.99 With Free Shipping (Tax In NY Only)

Sure, you could pick up the Nexus 5 from Google Play, but the N5 eBay deal is back. Just like last time, it's $384.99 for a Nexus 5 with free shipping and no tax, unless you're in New York.

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Unlike last time, this deal is for the white Nexus 5 only. It's still a 32GB model, though, which is listed on Google Play for $399, but then you have to pay tax and shipping.

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[Deal Alert] eBay Has A New 32GB 2013 Nexus 7 For $189.99 ($80 Off) With Free Shipping

The revised Nexus 7 has been available for the better part of a year, and we've featured innumerable sales and discounts on the tablet. If you don't have one by now, it's probably because you don't want one. That said, if you're one of the last people in the US or Canada to get on the trolley, an eBay vendor is offering the basic 16GB WiFi model at a significant discount today.

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Sprint's Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 Getting The Update To Android 4.4.2 (Build T217SVPUBNE7)

It's time to fire up that Sprint Galaxy Tab 3 and see what all the fuss is about with this KitKat thing everyone's been talking about... for months. Well, it's not like you bought the Sprint version of the Gtab because you wanted fast updates – it was just dirt cheap, and sometimes free. Consequently, there are probably a fair number of devices out there getting an update today.

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Motorola's "Try Then Buy" Promo And 64GB Moto X Are Now Live [Update: Promo Codes All Gone!]

Get your clicking fingers ready, because Motorola has thrown the switch on its Try Then Buy deal. For 24 hours, you can design a Moto X and have it shipped to you for a two week trial run. You can even get one of those brand spanking new 64GB devices with the trial. Update: The promo codes allotted for the Try Then Buy program are all gone. Apparently people really like paying $0.01 to try a phone for two weeks.

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