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121: new post   Google to Settle with U.S. Government for $500 Million
Google Inc. has reached a $500 million legal settlement with the U.S. Justice Department to avoid prosecution over allegations that it knowingly accepted hundreds of millions of dollars in ads from Canadian online pharmacies. [br][br]The Justice Department said that the forfeiture was one of the largest ever in the U.S. and represented the gross revenue received by Google as a result of Canadian pharmacies advertising on Google, plus gross revenue made by Canadian pharmacies from their sales to U.S. consumers.
Aug 24, 2011
122: new post   Google To Acquire Motorola Mobility for $12.5bn
Internet giant Google has announced a deal to buy Motorola Mobility for $12.5bn.[br][br]A joint statement said the boards of both companies had unanimously approved the deal, which should be completed by the end of this year, or early in 2012.[br][br]Mobility develops and manufactures mobile phones, while Motorola Solutions covers wider technologies for corporate customers and governments.
Aug 15, 2011
123: new post   FTC Probe of Google Focuses on Android, Web Search
Federal Trade Commission officials are focusing their antitrust investigation on several key areas of Google Inc.'s business, including its Android mobile phone software and Web search related services, people familiar with the probe say.
Aug 11, 2011
124: new post   Google To Acquire Social Group Company, Fridge
Austin Chang, Fridge's founder, just told us that the company is being acquired by Google+ for an undisclosed amount.[br][br]Starting next week, his four-person team will be working on Google+ from New York. Come August, most of them will relocate to Google's Mountain View office.
July 21, 2011
125: new post   Google To Back HTC In Patent Fight With Apple
Asked if Google would help foot HTC's legal bills should they lose, he said: "We will make sure they don't lose, then." He added that the search giant will continue to support its Taiwanese partner in this legal skirmish but declined to go into details.
July 19, 2011
126: new post   Head Googlers Opt out of Google+
Mark Zuckerberg, Google founders Larry Page, Sergey Brin, and a whole raft of Google's top brass have suddenly activated the privacy settings on their Google+ profiles.[br][br]Even though they want you to expose your entire life to world+dog over the interwebs, they would rather not.
July 17, 2011
127: new post   Google's 2nd Q Generates $9 Billion Revenue
Google announced financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2011.[br][br]'We had a great quarter, with revenue up 32pct year on year for a record breaking over $9 billion of revenue,' said Larry Page, CEO of Google. 'I'm super excited about the amazing response to Google+ which lets you share just like in real life.'
July 15, 2011
128: new post   Google, Microsoft, AOL In Patent Lawsuit Over Street-Level Views
Google, Microsoft, and AOL have found themselves the target of a lawsuit over a Louisiana company's patent on street-level views in online maps.[br][br]In plain English, it appears Transcenic holds the patent on taking panoramic images and navigating them, Google Street View-style. The company is seeking both damages and a court order for Google, et al, to stop infringing on their patent.
July 6, 2011
129: new post   Nortel Patent Auction: Was Google Bored Or Confident By Bidding PI
"Google was bidding with numbers that were not even numbers," one of the sources said. "It became clear that they were bidding with the distance between the earth and the sun. One was the sum of a famous mathematical constant, and then when it got to $3 billion, they bid pi," the source said, adding the bid was $3.14159 billion.
July 4, 2011
130: new post   Google Fails In Its Bid to Dismiss Street View Suit Over Privacy-Violation Claims
Google Inc. must face a lawsuit claiming its data collection using Wi-Fi networks for its Street View program, which allows users see photographs of roadsides, violates wiretapping laws, a judge said.[br][br]U.S. District Judge James Ware in San Francisco denied Google's bid to dismiss claims that the data collection, which included e-mails, user names, passwords and other private data, violated federal wiretap laws. Ware granted Google's request to dismiss claims based on state statutes.
July 1, 2011
131: new post   F.T.C. To Serve Google Inc. With Civil Subpoenas
The new FTC investigation, by contrast, will examine fundamental issues relating to Google's core search-advertising business, which still accounts for the majority of its revenue. Those issues include whether Google, which accounts for around two-thirds of Internet searches in the U.S. and more abroad, unfairly channels users to its own growing network of services at the expense of rivals'.
June 23, 2011
132: new post   Google Executives Face Senate Subpoenas Over Business Operations
In a letter dated June 10, the Democratic chairman and leading Republican on the antitrust subcommittee asked Google to provide one of the company's two senior executives before Congress's August recess.[br][br]The subcommittee would 'strongly prefer' Page or Schmidt at the proceeding, 'which will address fundamental questions of business operations rather than merely legal issues,' U.S. senators Herb Kohl and Mike Lee wrote. Kohl, a Wisconsin Democrat, is chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy, and Consumer Rights, and Lee, of Utah, is the panel's ranking Republican.
June 23, 2011
133: new post   comScore: Google's Sites Exceeded 1 Billion Uniques In May
Google's websites had more than a billion unique visitors in May, the first time an Internet company has hit that benchmark, according to comScore data released Tuesday.[br][br]Over the past year, Google's unique visitors per month have increased 8.4pct to just over one billion. During the same period, Microsoft maintained the No. 2 position with 905 million unique visitors in May, up around 15pct, while Facebook's count surged by 30pct to about 714 million visitors. In May, Yahoo saw 689 million visitors, up 10.8pct over the past year, though it was surpassed by Facebook in October.
June 22, 2011
134: new post   Report: Google To Acquire AdMeld for $400 Million
Google has agreed to acquire international online-advertising outfit AdMeld for $400m, according to a report citing "multiple sources". An ad-related deal of this size will almost certainly bring more antitrust scrutiny onto the company.
June 10, 2011
135: new post   Google Acquires Social Analytics Company, PostRank
Google has acquired PostRank, a four-year-old social start-up that measures social media engagement for online sites, stories and authors.
June 6, 2011
136: new post   Google Thwarts Gmail Phishing Campaign
Google detected and has disrupted this campaign to take users' passwords and monitor their emails. We have notified victims and secured their accounts. In addition, we have notified relevant government authorities.
June 2, 2011
137: 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
138: 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
139: 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
140: 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
141: 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
142: 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
143: 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
144: 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
145: 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
146: 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
147: 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
148: 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
149: 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
150: 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
151: 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
152: 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
153: 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
154: 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
155: 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
156: 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
157: 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
158: 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
159: 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
160: 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
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