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BUSINESS
October 11, 2011 | By Jessica Guynn, Los Angeles Times
Facebook's on-again, off-again plans for an iPad app have reached fruition. After months of speculation, Facebook rolled out the long-awaited app Monday. It's available free from the Apple App Store, has bigger photos and lets users play games on the go. Apple and Facebook had been in negotiations over the app for months. The iPad app could be a boon for Apple. None of the tablets running Google's Android software have a tailor-made Facebook app. For Facebook the benefits are obvious: An iPad app will help keep people tethered to Facebook.
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BUSINESS
April 18, 2012 | By Jessica Guynn
Google Inc. Chief Executive Larry Page returned to the witness stand for nearly an hour in a San Francisco federal courtroom Wednesday to defend his company against allegations that its Android mobile software, which now powers more than 300 million smartphones and tablet computers, infringes on Oracle Corp.'s patents and copyrights. Page, in a rare appearance in suit and tie, was questioned by David Boies, famous for going after Bill Gates during the federal government's antitrust lawsuit against Microsoft Corp.
BUSINESS
May 1, 2013 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO -- Facebook users are apparently not making themselves at Home. Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg unveiled Home - - Facebook's new Android software for mobile phones -- on April 4 to much fanfare. It hit the Google Play store on April 12. Despite some splashy (and quirky) commercials -- including one with Zuckerberg standing in a swimming pool -- only a tiny fraction of Facebook users has installed the softwaret. And the HTC First, the first phone to preload the software, isn't selling briskly, one analyst reports.
BUSINESS
May 29, 2010 | Jessica Guynn and David Sarno
Another battle is brewing between Apple Inc. and Google Inc., and this time it may come into your living room. One week after Google announced its bid for the hearts and eyes of America's TV viewers with Internet-based Google TV, its Silicon Valley rival is reportedly poised to overhaul its own offering, Apple TV. The stakes are high. Whoever wins could play a leading role in one of the great technological transformations of recent memory by piping limitless video and other content from the Internet and television to the small screen.
BUSINESS
August 15, 2011
Google Inc. is buying cell phone maker Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc. for $12.5 billion in cash. It's by far Google's biggest acquisition to date and a sign the online search leader is serious about expanding beyond its core Internet business. Google will pay $40.00 per share, a 63 percent premium to Motorola's closing price on Friday. Motorola Mobility was separated from the rest of Motorola in January. The company has remade itself as a maker of smartphones based on Google's Android software, but has struggled against Apple Inc. and Asian smartphone makers.
BUSINESS
June 15, 2011 | By Jessica Guynn, Los Angeles Times
Google Inc. showed off some new tricks for easier and faster Web searching on the desktop. "We are breaking down the barriers between you and the knowledge you seek," Amit Singhal, one of Google's top search engineers said at a news conference in San Francisco. One tool lets users with the Chrome browser search for information on a desktop computer by using voice commands just as they would on a mobile device powered by Google's Android software. Another tool available in extensions for Google's Chrome browser and Mozilla's Firefox browser enables the user to drag a digital image into the search box to find out about it. On Tuesday Google also unveiled Instant Pages, which immediately loads Web pages after users click on search results, cutting several seconds from the search process.
BUSINESS
September 6, 2011 | Reuters
Antitrust officials in South Korea raided Google's Seoul offices Tuesday, according to a source familiar with the matter, expanding worldwide regulatory pressure on the Internet giant. Google, the world's No. 1 search engine, is under investigation by antitrust authorities in the United States and in Europe. The source, who asked not to be identified because of the sensitivity of the matter, said officials from the Korean Fair Trade Commission entered Google's offices Tuesday morning and planned to return Wednesday morning.
BUSINESS
May 20, 2011 | By Jim Puzzanghera, Los Angeles Times
A leading senator, angry that Facebook Inc. failed to stop millions of preteens from using its social networking site, accused co-founder Mark Zuckerberg of lacking "social values" and being more concerned with building the company than with children's privacy. "It's my general feeling that people who are 20, 21, 22 years old really don't have any social values at this point," Senate Commerce Committee Chairman John D. Rockefeller IV (D-W.Va.) told another top Facebook executive at a hearing Thursday.
BUSINESS
October 11, 2012 | By Jessica Guynn
Google's tensions with Apple will only escalate as the search giant predicts that more than a billion mobile devices will run its Android software within a year, the company's executive chairman, Eric Schmidt, said. He called it the "defining fight" in the industry that has not seen anything on this scale before. Schmidt told Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg in an onstage interview in New York on Wednesday that there were already four times as many Android mobile devices as Apple devices.
OPINION
December 12, 2011
Verizon Wireless has been a key supporter of Google's Android software for smartphones and other devices, but the relationship between the two companies got complicated last week. Google disclosed that, at Verizon's request, it had withdrawn an innovative feature from a hotly anticipated phone being made for Verizon's network. The feature is a wireless payment system called Google Wallet, which just so happens to compete with a service that Verizon and two other mobile network operators are developing.
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