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  • Google tries to buy its way out of patent problems

    $900 Million for Nortel's patents could put some of its patent questions to an end.

    Google (GOOG) and its Android partners are, like the rest of the industry, engulfed in patent disputes from Oracle (ORCL), Nokia (NOK) Apple (AAPL), Microsoft (MSFT) and others over Android, and to lesser degree, Chrome.

    As a younger company with only a relatively recent focus on mobile communications, Google has a shallow patent pool from which to MORE

    - Apr 4, 2011 5:34 PM ET
  • More moon shots coming: Larry Page takes over as Google's CEO

    Today's the day that co-founder and inventor of the PageRank algorithm takes back the reigns of Google, replacing Eric Schmidt who reigned over a successful decade of expansion.

    In a surprise announcement at January's earnings call, Google (GOOG) announced that CEO Eric Schmidt would be stepping down and Larry Page would be replacing him.

    Today's the day.

    Although, Eric Schmidt's role as "Adult Supervisor" has been joked about, the stability he brought to the MORE

    - Apr 4, 2011 11:53 AM ET
  • Glassdoor: Eric Schmidt goes out on top

    The outgoing Google CEO came up on top of other CEOs including Apple 'CEO of the Decade' Steve Jobs in Glassdoor's CEO approval ratings.

    I'm not sure if the date has anything to do with the latest findings from Glassdoor.com, but now former Google (GOOG) CEO Eric Schmidt left his position on top of other tech CEOs.

    Glassdoor's results are anything but scientific.  The survey results come from anonymous current and former employees, MORE

    - Apr 1, 2011 9:08 AM ET
  • Google's Gmail motion April Fool's Day joke takes a swipe at Kinect?

    It might be just me, but this gag from Google reminds me of the Kinect demonstration that Microsoft gave at CES.

    One of Google's (GOOG) gags today is a new way to operate Gmail - with your body movements. (be sure to check out the motion for sending an email)

    That's amusing, but it reminds me of Microsoft's (MSFT) Kinect demonstration, below:

    - Apr 1, 2011 8:51 AM ET
  • Google tries to reel in Android carriers, can't catch a break

    Google tries to clean up Android, telling carriers and manufacturers that they can't get too crazy with their modifications. So it gets whacked by pundits. Damned if you do...?

    It's hard for Andy Rubin and his Android creation to catch a fair break.  Partnering with just about every carrier and smartphone manufacturer, Android has come from nowhere to be the dominant OS in the smartphone industry in under three years. MORE

    - Mar 31, 2011 4:25 PM ET
  • Verizon reps: iPhone sales strong, Thunderbolt stronger

    The newly released HTC Thunderbolt is keeping pace with the Verizon iPhone, at least according to Verizon store reps.

    4Gs.

    Some people have just got to have them.  Most people agree that the ThunderBolt isn't the best Android device on the market today, but its ability to get speeds of over 20Mb/second, faster than many wired ISPs, have people snapping them up.

    Barron's quotes BTIG Research analyst Walter Piecyk who ran checks on 150 different MORE

    - Mar 31, 2011 4:03 PM ET
  • Microsoft takes Google to E.U. anti-trust court

    The shoe, as the say, is now officially on the other foot.

    In a move which has shown how much the competitive landscape has moved in the past decade, Microsoft (MSFT) filed a formal complaint with the E.U. Commission over what it sees as anti-competitive tactics used by Google (GOOG).

    Microsoft is still reeling from its own anti-trust settlement in the E.U. just two years ago.  The decade long fight ended with Microsoft MORE

    - Mar 31, 2011 9:01 AM ET
  • Google's +1 is a Buzzkill

    The new service will continue where Buzz left off.

    Google (GOOG) today released the '+1' Social product that has been rumored for many months.  While it isn't a Facebook competitor, it will offer a way for Google to populate the Internet with its own 'like' buttons, the way Facebook and Twitter have.

    Until now, that focus has belonged to Buzz, which coincidentally was in the news today.  Google settled with the FTC over Google's MORE

    - Mar 30, 2011 3:18 PM ET
  • Google gives Kansas City Gigabit Internet

    The first US city that will be the beneficiary of Google 1Gbps fiber to the home is announced.

    They might not have a playoff contender, but  Kansas City now has something significant to hang its hat on.  It will soon have the fastest Internet in the US, if not the planet.

    Google (GOOG) announced today that it had selected Kansas City as the first community of its rollout of 1Gbps fiber to home. MORE

    - Mar 30, 2011 12:22 PM ET
  • Google reaches agreement with FTC over Buzz

    Google has agreed to receive an independent review of their privacy procedures once every two years as well as a user opt-in requirement before privacy changes are enacted.

    In a blog post today, Google (GOOG) outlined an agreement with the FTC over privacy concernes connected to the release of Google Buzz in February of  2010.  Specifically, if users took no action to change defaults, Google disclosed on users' Google profile a MORE

    - Mar 30, 2011 11:01 AM ET
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