IT'S BEEN something of a sushi week at Google Towers with lots of different little courses going on.
Whether it's the internet being set alight by the revelation that Android N will be called Namey McNameface after being found in a test build (it won't) or the heavy hints that it is going to be called Nutella (it won't), it's all been about things of no real consequence.
This makes us happy as that's exactly why we originally set up this column.
We also discovered this week that the Android security bug bounty programme had paid out $550,000 in its first year alone. Zounds.
A loony company is trying to sue Google, claiming to have invented balloons. Sort of. The weather balloons that Google uses to pioneer WiFi in remote places are the subject of a suit from Space Data Corporation of Chandler, Arizona.
The suit stated: "Project Loon improperly and unlawfully utilises Space Data's confidential information and trade secrets which Space Delta disclosed to defendant Google pursuant to a 2007 mutual confidentiality and non-disclosure agreement."
Copyrighting a balloon is almost as bad as trying to trademark the word 'saga' which we all know is a type of holiday.
There's a new section appearing for some people in the Google Play store under My Apps specifically for managing memberships of beta programmes. This is all well and good, but what we really want is a proper list of our 'not installed' apps please, Google. That went away in Gingerbread if we recall correctly.
While we're all fretting about bilateral trade agreements in the EU, there's another one called the Trans-Pacific Partnership that Google re-endorsed this week. Some commenters see it as the final nail in the 'Don't be evil' coffin. We don't get involved in politics like that. We like trains.
Finally this week, let us skip with joy as the first evidence of the Google Play store, and the Android apps within, comes to the Chrome developer channel. Don't get too excited, though, as it works only on the Asus Chromebook Flip, and then not very well. Boo hiss. µ
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