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Google's Android Apps Caught Providing Developers With Personal User Information (GOOG)

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SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Google Inc's privacy practices are drawing heat after an Australian software developer said the company was providing him with personal information, including email addresses, of everyone who purchased his mobile app. The information that Google shared, which included customers' full names, email and some postal code...
Google's Android Apps Caught Providing Developers With Personal User Information (GOOG)
Motorists Stranded Without Food And Water After Using Apple Maps

In Another Blow To Google, Apple Plans To Add Baidu For Search In China (AAPL, GOOG, BIDU)

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Apple Inc. plans to add Baidu Inc.’s search engine on iPhones in China, part of a push to broaden its services and user base in the world’s most-populous nation, according to two people with knowledge of the matter. The agreement to add Baidu, China’s largest search engine, to the lineup...
In Another Blow To Google, Apple Plans To Add Baidu For Search In China (AAPL, GOOG, BIDU)

Google's Explainer-in-Chief Can't Explain Apple

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As Google Inc. battles rivals ranging from Apple Inc. to Internet companies that allege it fixes its search results, Eric Schmidt has become the search giant’s peacemaker and explainer-in-chief. Google’s former CEO and current executive chairman met with lawmakers in Washington last week as the Federal Trade Commission appeared closer...
Google's Explainer-in-Chief Can't Explain Apple

Google Alerts Users to China's Web Blocks

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Google Inc. has begun notifying Chinese users when they are using search terms that can trigger China’s Internet blocks, in its boldest challenge in two years to Beijing’s efforts to restrict online content. The Internet search giant unveiled on its Chinese search site this week a new mechanism that identifies...
Google Alerts Users to China's Web Blocks

HUGE WIN FOR GOOGLE: Antitrust Investigation May End This Week After Two Minor Concessions (GOOG, MSFT)

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(Updates with Fairsearch.org comment in ninth paragraph.)   Dec. 17 (Bloomberg) -- Google Inc. is poised to offer voluntary concessions that will end a 20-month U.S. antitrust probe of its business practices without any enforcement action being taken, two people familiar with the matter said. Google, which has been under...
HUGE WIN FOR GOOGLE: Antitrust Investigation May End This Week After Two Minor Concessions (GOOG, MSFT)

Apple And Google Are Trying To Buy $500 Million Worth Of Kodak Patents (AAPL, GOOG)

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Dec. 8 (Bloomberg) -- Apple Inc. and Google Inc. have joined forces to offer more than $500 million to buy Eastman Kodak Co.'s patents out of bankruptcy, said two people with knowledge of the situation. The two companies, competing for dominance of the smartphone market, have partnered after leading two...
Apple And Google Are Trying To Buy $500 Million Worth Of Kodak Patents (AAPL, GOOG)

Forget CDs -- Teens Are Tuning Into YouTube

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Among the issues dividing teenagers and their parents, add whether to listen to music on YouTube or on CD. Nearly two-thirds of U.S. teenagers under the age of 18 say they use Google Inc.’s video-sharing site to listen to music, more than any other medium, according to a new consumer...
Forget CDs -- Teens Are Tuning Into YouTube

Google Taps Former Rep. Molinari to Oversee Lobbying

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Google Inc. has tapped former congresswoman and veteran lobbyist Susan Molinari to oversee government outreach in the Americas, adding muscle to the Internet giant’s political presence amid ongoing regulatory scrutiny. Ms. Molinari, who is expected to start at Google next month as vice president of public policy and government relations...
Google Taps Former Rep. Molinari to Oversee Lobbying

Chinese Tech Titans Eye Brazil

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Big Chinese consumer-technology companies are dominant at home, but they have struggled overseas. Now, in an attempt to change that, they are charging into Brazil and other emerging markets. The Chinese like emerging markets because, for a change, they don’t have to start way behind established American companies. By moving...
Chinese Tech Titans Eye Brazil

Google CEO Larry Page's health is 'much better'

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July 13 (Bloomberg) -- Google Inc. Chief Executive Officer Larry Page is in "much better" health after a condition that affected his ability to speak, Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt said at a conference in Sun Valley, Idaho. Read full article >>...
Google CEO Larry Page's health is 'much better'

Google Working on Subscription-Based Streaming Music Service

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Google is in negotiations with music publishers to develop a Spotify-esque subscription streaming music service for its Android operating system, reports The Wall Street Journal. Currently, Google has a scan-and-match music service like iTunes Match, as well as an Android-focused music download store. Google Inc.'s Android unit has been negotiating...
Google Working on Subscription-Based Streaming Music Service

Google Outage Shows Business Risks in China

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Disruptions to Google Inc.’s search and email services in China over the weekend underscore the uncertainty surrounding Beijing’s effort to control the flow of information into the country, as well as the risks that effort poses to the government’s efforts to draw global businesses. Chinese users of many of Google’s...
Google Outage Shows Business Risks in China

Microsoft announces AirPlay-like “SmartGlass” wireless streaming app for Xbox

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Microsoft just wrapped up its presentation at this year’s E3 event and while we didn’t hear anything about iOS support for its new cross-platform Xbox Music service, the company did confirm Xbox SmartGlass would be coming to Apple devices. SmartGlass incorporates at least some AirPlay-like features, allowing users to send...
Microsoft announces AirPlay-like “SmartGlass” wireless streaming app for Xbox

Google facing tens of millions in fines in FTC’s iOS Safari privacy investigation

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We knew that Google would likely be facing fines in the FTC’s investigation into its method of bypassing Apple’s default iOS Safari browser settings. Last month reports claimed the FTC would make a decision on the fines within 30 days. Today Reuters reported sources close to the situation have confirmed...
Google facing tens of millions in fines in FTC’s iOS Safari privacy investigation

Google Tops $900 for First Time Ever

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Google Inc. jumped above $900 on Wednesday for the first time ever, less than three months after the search giant’s shares initially topped $800. The move comes on the same day of the Google I/O developer conference in San Francisco, in which Google is set to launch a paid subscription...
Google Tops $900 for First Time Ever

Google Ventures Takes on Web Design

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(This story was originally published on Venture Capital Dispatch.) It started with an ugly pink tag that said “sale.” Reuters Google homepage logos are seen on a wall at the Google campus in Los Angeles. The company’s Silicon Valley-based venture arm is putting more focus on helping companies with design....
Google Ventures Takes on Web Design

Kodak Reaches Financing Deal With Bondholders

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Eastman Kodak Co. reached a deal with bondholders for $793 million in loans that could take the onetime photography icon out of bankruptcy proceedings on the condition it sell a trove of patents for a certain amount, said people familiar with the discussions. To get the financing, Kodak must sell...
Kodak Reaches Financing Deal With Bondholders

Google Settles Copyright Case With Publishers

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The Association of American Publishers has settled a long-running copyright infringement case with Google Inc., though the issue of whether Google had the right to digitally reproduce books in copyright is still being hashed out in court. The settlement disclosed Thursday allows U.S. publishers to remove digitized titles from the...
Google Settles Copyright Case With Publishers

Google Ventures Has Big Plans For ‘Start-Up University’

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Google Ventures is expanding its Start-Up University mentorship program after seeing traction from its portfolio companies, moving it from the 12,000-square-foot building it occupies to a space nearly twice that size. Google Ventures Managing Partner Bill Maris is looking for companies that are “transformational.” Google’s venture arm, which calls itself...
Google Ventures Has Big Plans For ‘Start-Up University’

Baidu's Profit Surges

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Baidu Inc. reported a 70 percent increase in second-quarter profit on surging revenue, though costs at the Chinese Internet-search giant continued to rise. The company, which generates almost all its revenue from search advertising, has enjoyed strong earnings growth in recent years. It solidified its lead in the Chinese search...
Baidu's Profit Surges

Google Responsible For Other Peoples' Lies, Deems Australian Court

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Google is now legally responsible for every crazy thing on the Internet–at least, in Australia. A The Supreme Court of Victoria fined Google $200,000 for not removing defamatory rumors linking music promoter, Milorad Trkulja, to organized crime. The court reasoned that Google is a “publisher” because it displays content and links...
Google Responsible For Other Peoples' Lies, Deems Australian Court

Amazon Is Hiring Experts To Acquire A Big Pile Of Patents (AMZN)

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Amazon.com Inc is recruiting a cadre of intellectual property experts for a push into patent acquisition and licensing, the latest turn in its intensifying battles with Apple Inc and Google Inc in mobile devices and digital content. Amazon has hired executive recruiting firm Argos Search to help the company hire...
Amazon Is Hiring Experts To Acquire A Big Pile Of Patents (AMZN)

WSJ: Google developing streaming home-entertainment system

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The Wall Street Journal is out with a new report today saying that Google is currently developing its own streaming home-entertainment system. The home-entertainment system will reportedly be music based, and would be streamed over user’s home networks. Users could then control music with their handsets, preferably Android. If the...
WSJ: Google developing streaming home-entertainment system

Retailers Join Payment Chase

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Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and Target Corp. are among roughly two dozen retailers working together to develop a mobile-payments system to compete with similar products from Google Inc. and big cellphone companies, according to people with direct knowledge of the project. The push represents an effort by frustrated merchants to get...
Retailers Join Payment Chase

ZTE to Launch Smartphones Using Mozilla OS

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Chinese telecommunications equipment maker ZTE Corp. plans to launch smartphones using a mobile operating system it developed with Mozilla, the U.S. software company behind the Firefox web browser, in the first quarter of next year. The move is the latest indication that handset makers are looking beyond Google Inc.’s dominant...
ZTE to Launch Smartphones Using Mozilla OS

Hedge-Fund Manager Found Guilty in Insider Case

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A Northern California hedge-fund manager who testified in his own defense became the latest person convicted of criminal charges in a broad crackdown on insider trading in corporate America. Federal prosecutors in Manhattan had accused Doug Whitman, of Whitman Capital of Menlo Park, Calif., of making almost $1 million based...
Hedge-Fund Manager Found Guilty in Insider Case

Google Near Launch of Cloud Storage Service

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Google Inc. is close to launching a cloud-storage service that would rival one of Silicon Valley’s hottest start-ups, cloud-storage provider Dropbox Inc., according to people familiar with the matter. Like Dropbox, Google’s storage service, called Drive, is a response to the growth of Internet-connected mobile devices like smartphones and tablets...
Google Near Launch of Cloud Storage Service

FTC Google Settlement

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Google Inc. has agreed to pay a record $22.5 million civil penalty to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that it misrepresented to users of Apple Inc.'s Safari Internet browser that it would not place tracking "cookies" or serve targeted ads to those users, violating an earlier privacy settlement between the...
FTC Google Settlement

TripAdvisor Files Antitrust Complaint Against Google With EU

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TripAdvisor Inc. filed an antitrust complaint against Google Inc. with European Union regulators, adding a second set of allegations from online travel companies against the world’s largest search-engine operator....
TripAdvisor Files Antitrust Complaint Against Google With EU
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