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121: new post   PayPal To Sue Google Over 'Wallet', Mobile Payment App
PayPal says Google stole its ideas for a new service that is trying to turn smartphones into digital wallets.[br][br]The allegations emerged in a lawsuit filed Thursday in a California court after Google unveiled its mobile payment service in New York.[br][br]The complaint alleges Google lured away PayPal executive Osama Bedier earlier this year to obtain trade secrets that are now being used in Google's phone-as-a-wallet service.
May 27, 2011
122: new post   Google Demonstrates Google Wallet, Mobile Payment App
Today in our New York City office, along with Citi, MasterCard, First Data and Sprint, we gave a demo of Google Wallet, an app that will make your phone your wallet. You'll be able to tap, pay and save using your phone and near field communication (NFC). We're field testing Google Wallet now and plan to release it soon.
May 26, 2011
123: new post   Google Near $500m Deal in Illegal Drug Ad Crackdown
WallStreetJournal: "Google Inc. is close to settling a U.S. criminal investigation into allegations it made hundreds of millions of dollars by accepting ads from online pharmacies that break U.S. laws, according to people familiar with the matter. [br][br]The Internet company disclosed in a cryptic regulatory filing earlier this week that it was setting aside $500 million to potentially resolve a case with the Justice Department. A payment of that size would be among the highest penalties paid by companies in disputes with the U.S. government."
May 13, 2011
124: new post   Google Launches Chromebook Laptops With $20/Month Option
Today, we're announcing the first Chromebooks from our partners, Samsung and Acer. These are not typical notebooks. With a Chromebook you won't wait minutes for your computer to boot and browser to start. You'll be reading your email in seconds. Thanks to automatic updates the software on your Chromebook will get faster over time. Your apps, games, photos, music, movies and documents will be accessible wherever you are and you won't need to worry about losing your computer or forgetting to back up files. Chromebooks will last a day of use on a single charge, so you don't need to carry a power cord everywhere. And with optional 3G, just like your phone, you'll have the web when you need it. Chromebooks have many layers of security built in so there is no anti-virus software to buy and maintain. Even more importantly, you won't spend hours fighting your computer to set it up and keep it up to date.[br][br]At the core of each Chromebook is the Chrome web browser.[br][br]Chromebooks will be available online June 15 in the U.S., U.K., France, Germany, Netherlands, Italy and Spain. More countries will follow in the coming months.
May 12, 2011
125: new post   Google Sets Aside $500 Million For Justice Department Probe
Dealing with the Justice Department's ad investigation apparently won't be cheap. In its SEC filing, Google said its management decided earlier this month to set aside $500-million to cover a possible settlement.
May 11, 2011
126: new post   YouTube Goes Full Hollywood With Movies on Demand Service
YouTube will imminently launch a movie-on-demand service charging users to stream mainstream Hollywood movies off the world's largest video sharing site, TheWrap has learned. [br][br] The new service means a full-bore challenge to Apple's iTunes service, currently the most powerful player in paid video streaming, and a welcome new revenue stream for Hollywood as home entertainment revenues continue their steep decline. [br][br] The service may start as early as this week or next, and is expected to be announced soon by YouTube. [br][br] Major studios including Sony Pictures Entertainment, Warner Brothers and Universal have licensed their movies for the new service, as have numerous independent studios, including Lionsgate and the library-rich Kino Lorber, according to movie executives with knowledge of the deals in place.
Apr 26, 2011
127: new post   Google Acquires TalkBin, A Feedback Platform For Businesses
"TalkBin offers a platform that lets customers give immediate feedback to local businesses (users submit their opinions and critiques via mobile applications, and it looks like the businesses can read and respond to them from a web app). TalkBin's homepage shows screenshots of both Android and iOS applications, but I can't find them on either marketplace (I'm not sure if the apps were pulled or if they simply haven't been released yet)."
Apr 26, 2011
128: new post   Wave Of Layoffs in Wake of Panda
"Seeing a 40% decline in sales since Google adjusted its algorithm, online ergonomic-products retailer Ergo In Demand Inc. in Central Point, Ore., reduced its 17-person staff to five, moved to a 4,500-square-foot office space from one more than double in size and cut $4,000 in monthly software subscriptions. [br][br]Many small but growing Web retailers say they have been punished since Google, which handles nearly two-thirds of all Web searches, moved in late February to weed out "content farms," or sites that post information without attention to quality or by copying text from other sources such as government websites."
Apr 22, 2011
129: new post   Apple, Google Caught Collecting User Location Data
Wall Street Journal: "...an HTC Android phone collected its location every few seconds and transmitted the data to Google at least several times an hour. It also transmitted the name, location and signal strength of any nearby Wi-Fi networks, as well as a unique phone identifier.[br][br]Until last year, Google was collecting similar Wi-Fi data with its fleet of StreetView cars that map and photograph streets world-wide. The company shut down its StreetView Wi-Fi collection last year after it inadvertently collected e-mail addresses, passwords and other personal information from Wi-Fi networks. The data that Mr. Kamkar observed being transmitted on Android phones didn't include such personal information.
Apr 22, 2011
130: new post   Google Map Maker Launches In U.S.
Today we're opening the map of the United States in Google Map Maker for you to add your expert local knowledge directly.[br][br]You know your neighborhood or hometown best, and with Google Map Maker you can ensure the places you care about are richly represented on the map.
Apr 19, 2011
131: new post   Google's First Quarter 2011 Results
Google reported revenues of $8.58 billion for the quarter ended March 31, 2011, an increase of 27% compared to the first quarter of 2010. Google reports its revenues, consistent with GAAP, on a gross basis without deducting traffic acquisition costs (TAC). In the first quarter of 2011, TAC totaled $2.04 billion, or 25% of advertising revenues.
Apr 15, 2011
132: new post   Google Hotpot Moving to Places
Rolling Hotpot into Google Places helps simplify the connection between the places that are rated and reviewed and the more than 50 million places that already have an online presence through Google Places...
Apr 12, 2011
133: new post   Google CEO, Larry Page, Completes Reorganization Of Management Team
He said that when Google announced Page would become CEO, the company was clear his top priority would be to create clear lines of accountability and responsibility across Google. After carefully examining how things were done at Google, Page decided to make management changes to streamline the product and engineering structures with essentially one lead managing each functional group, he said.
Apr 8, 2011
134: new post   Google's YouTube To Get 'Channels' In a Bid To Compete on Net TVs
The site is planning a series of changes to its home page to highlight sets of "channels" around topics such as arts and sports. About 20 or so of those channels will feature several hours of professionally produced original programming a week, some of these people said. Additional channels would be assembled from content already on the site.
Apr 7, 2011
135: new post   Google Loses Italian Autocomplete Defamation Case
"On Tuesday, lead counsel Carlo Piana wrote on his blog that the Court of Milan has upheld its earlier decision to order Google to filter out libellous search suggestions. These are the suggestions that pop up in Google's search input bar, proposing what the user might be wanting to search for. [br][br]People searching via Google for Piana's client, who remains publicly unnamed, were apparently presented with autocomplete suggestions including truffatore ("con man") and truffa ("fraud").[br][br]Google lost its bid to claim the protection of the E-Commerce Directive's safe harbour provisions, which partly shields hosting and ISPs from liability for content held on or transmitted over their systems. However, the court viewed the autocomplete suggestions as being produced by Google itself."
Apr 5, 2011
136: new post   Google Will Get Independent Audits Over Buzz Privacy
Google will be subjected to independent privacy audits for the next 20 years over charges that it "violated its own privacy promises".[br][br]"Google Buzz fell short of our usual standards," Google said in a blog post.
Mar 30, 2011
137: new post   Google's CEO Larry Page Wants to Return Google to Its Roots
Page's mandate now is to renew Google's energy and drive, and in some ways he is the perfect person to perform that task. He is also perhaps the quirkiest person to ever run a $30 billion company. Google has had a wild ride over its first 12 years. It's about to get even wilder.
Mar 20, 2011
138: new post   Google to Take Another Try at Social Networking
"... the service will offer photo, video and status message sharing. Everything users share on Circles will be shared only with the most appropriate circle of social contacts in their lives, not with all your contacts in bulk. Circles may be shown off at an event co-hosted tonight by the ACLU, an organization focused on privacy and the liberties it affords. It may not be a big public launch yet, but it's clear that this is a major product in the works at the very least."
Mar 13, 2011
139: new post   US Senate to Investigate Google for Antitrust Issues
Google's dominance in Internet search are among the issues the Senate's leading legislator on antitrust issues plans to scrutinize in the months ahead. [br][br]Sen. Herb Kohl (D-Wis.) specifically called out Google as a potential cause for concern. The senator in December urged the Justice Department to conduct a "careful review" of the search giant's attempted acquisition of travel search software firm ITA.
Mar 11, 2011
140: new post   Google Ventures, Sequoia, Salesforce Give HubSpot $32M
Google Ventures today joined Sequoia Capital and Salesforce.com Inc. in a $32 million Series D round for HubSpot. The company has now raised $65 million.[br][br]"We agree with HubSpot's belief that search engines, social media and mobile devices have fundamentally changed how businesses should market themselves," said Rich Miner, a partner at Google Ventures and a co-founder of Android Inc. (which Google acquired in 2005), in a statement. "We're thrilled to support their efforts to help thousands of small and medium businesses reach potential customers."
Mar 9, 2011
141: new post   Google One Pass Launched, A Digital Content Management Service
Google One Pass, a service that lets publishers set their own prices and terms for their digital content.[br][br]With Google One Pass, publishers can customize how and when they charge for content while experimenting with different models to see what works best for them, offering subscriptions, metered access, "freemium" content or even single articles for sale from their websites or mobile apps.
Feb 16, 2011
142: new post   Google Preparing Groupon Competitor: Google Offers
Google Offers looks and operates much like Groupon or LivingSocial.[br][br]Users receive an e-mail with a local deal-of-the-day. They then have the opportunity to buy that deal within a specific time limit (we assume 24 hours). Once enough people have made the purchase, the Google Offer is triggered and users get that all-too-familiar $10 for $20 deal for that Indian restaurant you've never tried.[br][br]From what we can tell, Google Offers will be powered by Google Checkout. It also includes Facebook, Twitter, Google Reader, Google Buzz and e-mail sharing options.
Jan 21, 2011
143: new post   Google Earnings Rise, Top Estimates
Net income rose 29 percent to $2.54 billion, or $7.81 a share, from $1.97 billion, or $6.13, a year earlier.

Bloomberg says, "Google benefited from its core search-engine business as advertisers stepped up efforts to reach consumers through the Internet."
Jan 20, 2011
144: new post   Eric Schmidt to be Google chairman, Larry Page now CEO
Major management changes at Google shift Eric Schmidt to Executive Chairman and Larry Page to CEO.[br][br]In Schmidt's words, "For the last 10 years, we have all been equally involved in making decisions. This triumvirate approach has real benefits in terms of shared wisdom, and we will continue to discuss the big decisions among the three of us. But we have also agreed to clarify our individual roles so there's clear responsibility and accountability at the top of the company."
Jan 20, 2011
145: new post   YouTube Blocks the Phrase "No Credit Cards"? Huh?
When a meme goes mainstream: "...the phrase "no credit cards" gives an error message when anybody includes that phrase in a comment to a video on Youtube."
Dec 29, 2010
146: new post   Google Purchases Huge New York City Office Building
"...the web search titan just dropped $1.9 billion to acquire one of the largest and most historic buildings in all of the Big Apple. At nearly 3 million square feet, 111 Eighth Avenue, the former Port Authority building, sits like a beached, red-brick cruise ship overlooking New York's Chelsea neighborhood. The building is so big, in fact, that it has elevators large enough to accommodate 18-wheel semi-trucks."
Dec 23, 2010
147: new post   Google and MySpace In New Search Deal
"Terms of the agreement were not disclosed."
Dec 16, 2010
148: new post   As Google Shows More of Its Own Content, The Critics Cry Foul
"Google Inc. increasingly is promoting some of its own content over that of rival websites when users perform an online search, prompting competing sites to cry foul."
Dec 13, 2010
149: new post   Why Groupon Said "No" to Google's $5 Billion Overture
"Confirming lots of speculation, a source close to Groupon board members tells us that anti-trust concerns ultimately forced Groupon to turn down Google's $6 billion offer. This source says the view on Groupon's board was that a Google-Groupon merger would draw more regulatory scrutiny than any other deal Google has ever done."
Dec 9, 2010
150: new post   Tripadvisor Blocks Reviews from Google
"TripAdvisor confirmed the move today in an email, stating that while it continues to evaluate recent changes to Google Places it believes the user does not benefit with the "experience of selecting the right hotel"."
Dec 9, 2010
151: new post   Google Shows Chrome PCs, With Shipments In 2011
"The Web-centric computers, intended as an incursion into territory dominated for years by Microsoft Corp and Apple Inc, will ship around the middle of 2011."
Dec 8, 2010
152: new post   Google eBooks eBookstore Launches In U.S.
"Google eBooks will be available in the U.S. from a new Google eBookstore."
Dec 6, 2010
153: new post   Under Pressure - Google Finally Moves to Decrease DMCA Notice Response Times
"...we're announcing four changes that we'll be implementing over the next several months..."
Dec 2, 2010
154: new post   Google Set to Launch E-Book Venture - Google Editions
"In recent weeks, independent booksellers, which are expected to play a big role in Google Editions, began receiving contracts from their trade group."
Dec 1, 2010
155: new post   E.U. Opens Investigation Into Google Over Alleged Abuse Of Dominant Position
"The European Commission has decided to open an antitrust investigation into allegations that Google has abused a dominant position in online search,"
Nov 30, 2010
156: new post   UK: Google To Delete Street View Personal Data
"Google is to delete the sensitive information, including full emails and passwords, it illegally captured from Wi-Fi networks when its Street View cars mapped the UK's towns and cities."
Nov 19, 2010
157: new post   Google Launches Boutiques, Personalized Shopping
"...a personalized shopping experience that lets you find and discover fashion goods, by creating your own curated boutique or through a collection of boutiques curated by taste-makers-celebrities, stylists, designers and fashion bloggers."
Nov 17, 2010
158: new post   Google Sues the United States Govt (Interior Dept)
"When the request for bids on the email contract was ultimately posted, Google said, it stated that Microsoft's technology was the department's 'product selection of choice,' based on market research on security controls, among other factors."
Nov 3, 2010
159: new post   Google in 'significant breach' of UK Data Protection Laws
"...the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) will audit Google's data protection practices."
Nov 3, 2010
160: new post   Co Founder of Google Maps Quits for Facebook
"Rasmussen said another reason for leaving was that Google was becoming too unwieldy."
Nov 1, 2010
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