Amazon Launches Grocery Service In The UK

Amazon.com said today it has begun to sell groceries in the UK and will offer brands such as Kraft, Nestle, Pepsi and Proctor & Gamble.

Amazon said it will offer over 22,000 products including Pampers, Ariel, Uncle Ben’s, Dolmio, Schwartz, Kenco, Carte Noir, Walkers, and Oreo as well as pet products from Bakers and Purina One. Amazon will be competing with Tesco, J Sainsbury, and Ocado.

Google UK Chief Speaks Of Focus On Mobile, Social

In nine days’ time, Google will report its second quarter financial results, and no matter how well the search giant’s done, at least a few critics are sure to argue that it needs to succeed in new fields.  Matt Brittin, Managing Director of Google UK, seems to feel mobile and social are the two main candidates.

UK Adds 1.9 Million Internet Users

The size of the UK Internet audience grew by five percent from 36.9 million people in May 2009 to 38.8 million people in May 2010, according to a new report from the UK Online Measurement Company (UKOM).

Among the 1.9 million new Britons using the Internet, 1 million (53%) were at least 50 years old.

Men over 50 were responsible for most of this growth, accounting for 722,000 (38%) new British Internet users followed by women over 50 who represented 284,000 (15%) new users.

Facebook CEO Meets UK’s Prime Minister, Culture Sec.

UK politicians may soon be making status updates and friending voters like never before.  Mark Zuckerberg met with the UK’s Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport – along with Prime Minister David Cameron – today, and apparently made some recommendations that were well-received.

Google Maps UK Gets Property Search

People who are in search of a place to live in the UK have a new ally in Google.  This morning, the search giant introduced a "Properties" option on Google Maps UK, allowing users to see and sort through many of the houses and apartments/flats that are available for sale or rent.

As you might gather from the screenshot below, the "Properties" feature isn’t omniscient; some largish empty spaces exist on the map where it’s hard to imagine at least one residence isn’t unoccupied.

Google Begins Cleanup After WiFi Data Blunder

However facepalm-worthy Google’s accidental collection of sensitive data sent over WiFi networks may have been, the search giant is at least wasting no time in remedying the situation.  At the request of the Irish Data Protection Authority, Google has already deleted the data it accumulated in Ireland, and the company appears set to dispose of the data it collected in the UK, as well.

Google Unleashes Android/Nexus One Ad On UK Homepage

People who visit Google UK, type "meet Android," and click the "I’m feeling lucky" button are in for a treat.  At the time of writing, at least, Google’s showing an advertisement for Android and the Nexus One in response, and it goes a bit beyond some boring paragraph of text or a single pic.

(Spoiler alert – stop reading now if you want to watch the ad on your own before encountering a summary of it.)

Google Reclaims Gmail Name In The UK

Four and a half years ago, Google lost the right to use the term "Gmail" in the UK due to a trademark dispute, and ever since, "Google Mail" is what its email service has been called in the region.  Only now, Google’s finally ditching the two-word moniker and going back to good old Gmail.

Hulu’s UK Expansion Plans Fall Apart

The only country mentioned by name in Hulu’s terms of service document is the United States, and it doesn’t look like that’s going to change anytime soon.  Hulu is said to have abandoned plans to offer content to individuals in the UK.

Nexus One May Launch In UK Next Week

More than 15 weeks after the Nexus One launched in the US, it looks like our friends in the UK may finally get an opportunity to buy the Android smartphone.  Late yesterday, a "coming soon" page set up by Vodafone briefly changed to describe the release window as April.