Google My Business debuts to help small businesses connect with customers via Search, Maps, and Google+

Google today launched Google My Business, a new free tool available at google.com/business. As its name implies, the tool allows small business to connect with their customers.

Google is also planning to launch an accompanying Google My Business app for Android and iOS. This will allow businesses to manage their information on the go, although the company wouldn’t say when to expect a launch other than “soon.” Update: Google tells us the Android app will be launching later today; you can grab it now from Google Play.

We do know, however, how it will look like on Android:

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Google now using Google+ names and photos for Play store user reviews

Google is getting rid of anonymous reviews in its Google Play store and informing users that from now on store reviews “will be posted publicly using your Google+ name and picture.”

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Google: 700,000 applications now available on Google Play

First noted by Bloomberg, Google says there are now 700,000 applications available for users to download from the Google Play store. That means Google and Apple are neck-and-neck for how many applications are available on each store. Apple announced at its press event last week that it has “more than 700,000″ — nonetheless the race is still pretty close.

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Google Play Music scan and match coming as soon as this week

Google just unveiled three new additions to its Nexus lineup in a blog post on the official Google blog, where it further unveiled new Google Play content. Twentieth Century Fox movies—with new purchasing ability introduced for Canada, U.K., France, Spain, and Australia—are officially coming to the Google Play library. Google is also working with Time, Inc., to bring People, Time, and more popular publications to its marketplace.

As for music, the search giant partnered with Warner Music Group to include the label’s full catalog of songs and artists.

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Read Google Play Magazines in Chrome

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Google has just announced the availability of the magazines you purchase via Google Play in the Chrome browser with a new web reader.

Until now, this was possible only on an Android phone or tablet.

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Starbucks updates app to follow holo design guidelines

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If you haven’t given the Starbucks app a try yet, it’s really worth a look. The app is free at the Google Play Store link above. If you’re just curious about the new UI, we’ve got a few screenshots comparing the old (left) and (new) designs after the break.

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That was quick: Grooveshark disappears from the Google Play Store (again)

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It appeared that controversial streaming music app Grooveshark was back for good when the Android title returned to Google’s Play Store earlier this week, but already it has mysteriously been pulled from the marketplace, suggesting music labels have pressured the search giant into removing it (again).

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Google Play Now Features A “Recommended For You”

Google Play Now Features A “Recommended For You”

If you head into Google Play you’ll notice a newly introduced “Recommended For You” section. Within this section you’ll find apps Google recommends based on various metrics. Under each app you’ll see things such as “+1’d by your friends,” “popular with similar users,” and “popular in your area.”

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Official Grooveshark App Makes Its Way Back Into The Play Store

Over a year ago, Google removed the Grooveshark app from what was then the Android Market due to a violation of the terms of service. Of course, with a service like Grooveshark, being removed from the Play Store was just the first of its worries – the company has definitely seen its fair share of legal issues over the last several months. Still, after its departure from the Store, Grooveshark continued to offer the app free of charge through its website.

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Nikon launching Android 2.3-powered Coolpix S800 with Google Play apps on August 22?

Indonesian Communication Agency, the report lists the following specs for unannounced Android-powered Nikon camera likely named the “Coolpix S800″ (or S800c) with a possible August 22 announcement.

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