• Google woos publishers from Apple with 10% One Pass cut

    As Apple deals with a publisher backlash from its subscription plan offering, Google swooped in today to offer publishers a less expensive alternative that will work on more devices.

    Originally leaked last June as 'NewsPass' by an Italian newspaper, Google (GOOG) released details on its new One Pass publishing tool today.  The timing is no coincidence as Apple (AAPL) is currently dealing with a publisher backlash over its newly-enforced 30% cut of publisher revenues in MORE

    - Feb 16, 2011 11:10 AM ET
  • Facebook blocks Google's Ads least until Google signs on to Facebook's terms.

    Facebook developers often use advertising to monetize their applications and until recently, Facebook has been pretty hands off on what ad companies developers can use.  However, that is all about to change.  Facebook is now requiring ad services to agree to certain restrictions on advertising, which include a commitment to never utilize Facebook user data, reports Network Effect.

    There is at least one major network MORE

    - Feb 11, 2011 1:37 AM ET
  • Google I/O 2011 sells out in under an hour

    Developer interest in Android is skyrocketing, as evidenced by the selling out of the I/O 2011 event in 59 minutes.

    In a series of Tweets, Google (GOOG) VP Vic Gundotra details the quick-selling Google developer event which seems to indicate that developer interest in Android has increased markedly over the past few years.

    Google I/O is a developer focused event that takes place in May at San Francisco's Moscone convention center.  Last year, Google MORE

    - Feb 7, 2011 2:08 PM ET
  • Google and Twitter hook up to allow Egyptians to Tweet

    Over the weekend, the new Googlers at SayNow teamed up up with Twitter to build a Voice-to-tweet solution which could help

    Google purchased SayNow last week.  Instead of celebrating this weekend, the new Googlers (GOOG), with the help of their new colleagues and some folks at Twitter, put together an application that can convert a phone message into a tweet.

    We worked with a small team of engineers from Twitter, Google and SayNow, MORE

    - Jan 31, 2011 5:50 PM ET
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  • Latest comScore numbers say Android passes iPhone

    ...and quickly gaining on RIM in number of active US users.

    Not a big surprise here, with 300,000 Google Android devices being activated daily vs. Apple's 150,000+ (Apple sold 14m iPhones last quarter), comScore's November numbers show more Android phones in use in the US than Apple's iPhone.

    Google (GOOG) and Apple (AAPL) are the only platforms that gained ground in the latest study. Google grew an impressive 6.4 points while Apple gained MORE

    - Jan 6, 2011 2:37 PM ET
  • Is Apple the Rodney Dangerfield of tech companies?

    One of Wall Street's better analysts wonders why the stock don't get no respect

    "Why does the market dislike Apple?" asks Oppenheim's Yair Reiner in a note to clients issued Monday. "It typically grants companies with 70% EPS growth and plenty of runway a premium valuation. Apple is valued at 14x (ex-cash)—like the S&P."

    Reiner had earlier raised, and dismissed, the possibility that Apple's (AAPL) market cap -- at $295.89 billion the MORE

    - Jan 3, 2011 7:57 AM ET
  • Android trademark infringement case thrown out, Google pleased

    The plaintiff's original trademark, Android Data, was also canceled.

    Imagine Paul Specht's surprise and delight in 2008 when Google (GOOG) announced that it would be calling its new phone operating system "Android" (Google bought Android in 2005, Andy Rubin bought the domain years earlier).  Specht previously had a company called "Android Data" a decade ago, which at the time he trademarked with the USPTO.  The trademark was granted in 2002.

    But 2002 was the MORE

    - Dec 22, 2010 9:14 AM ET
  • Google pulls Paramount exec for content acquisitions

    The role would allow Google to pull in more deals while battling Netflix for rights to distribute content online.

    Paid Content is reporting that Paramount's Malik Ducard is heading over to Google (GOOG) to help with its content acquisition group.   At Paramount, Ducard's title was Senior Vice President, Digital Distribution - The Americas.  The description of his role over at Paramount is as follows:

    Ducard collaborates with multiple broadband, wireless, hardware and device MORE

    - Dec 20, 2010 2:42 PM ET
  • Android's gift to Apple

    Google may, paradoxically, be making the world a better place to sell iPhones

    You might think that the almost viral spread of Google's (GOOG) free and open-source Android operating system would eventually drive down smartphone prices and put pressure on Apple's (AAPL) proprietary iOS -- and on Steve Jobs' enviable profit margins.

    But an analysis of the eight largest mobile vendors' average selling prices posted overnight Monday by Asymco's Horace Dediu suggests MORE

    - Dec 20, 2010 7:34 AM ET
  • Analyst ups rating on Google, sets price target at $750

    Wedbush Morgan analyst Lou Kerner raised his rating on Google to Outperform from Neutral

    Google's (GOOG) efforts in Mobile and OS/Browser markets will start to pay off, according to Wedbush Morgan analyst Lou Kerner.

    In a research note today, Kerner wrote:

    We are raising our rating and price target on Google based on our belief that mobile and social secular trends are accelerating the growth of time spent online and the growth of global MORE

    - Dec 14, 2010 12:35 PM ET
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