Google new Wi-Fi provider for Starbucks

August 1
11:47 AM 2013

Google announced Wednesday that Starbucks will be their newest business partner. Over the coming 18 months, Google will be busy replacing AT&T's Wi-Fi offerings in all of Starbucks stores. Starbucks currently has 7,000 company-operated franchises across the United States.

"Coffee shop + Internet-it's a pairing that many of us have come to rely on," the company posted on its official blog. "When your local Starbucks WiFi network goes Google, you'll be able to surf the web at speeds up to 10x faster than before," the company promised Starbucks customers.

Earlier this year, Google was also involved in another Wi-Fi-related happening. However, this concerned a Wi-Fi investigation and was rather a controversial incident. Google agreed to pay US$7 million to 38 states and the District of Columbia as settlement. This was after an issue on its Street View mapping cars arose between 2008 and 2010. Street View provided panoramic images of streets but also supposedly collected passwords and other personal data from wireless networks.

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