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April 3, 2013 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO -- Is mobile clicking for Facebook Inc.? Facebook's initial public stock offering in May was dashed after the social network said it wasn't making "any significant revenue" from mobile even though more than half of its users checked the service on mobile devices. With its stock price plunging, Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg acknowledged in September: "We've had a bunch of missteps" in mobile. But in the background, Facebook has already powered up the turbo boosters.
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BUSINESS
April 17, 2012 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO -- Oracle and Google were facing off in the second day of a high-stakes intellectual property showdown in a San Francisco federal courtroom Tuesday when Twitter made a surprise announcement: It pledged that employees who created its technology would exercise control over the patents so they could not be used as a legal battering ram against other companies. The “Innovator's Patent Agreement,” or IPA, would give legal rights to inventors and ensure that patents are not used to “impede the innovation of others,” the San Francisco company said in a post   on its official blog.
BUSINESS
May 23, 2012 | By Michelle Maltais
A district court jury in Northern California cleared Google of infringing patents held by Oracle in six claims brought by the company. But the verdict isn't the end of the case. Oracle sued Google in August 2010, alleging Google's Android phone software infringed patents and copyrights covering Java. The first part of the trial over Java copyright claims ended in a mixed verdict. Despite the result of that trial, in which Google was found to have infringed only a small segment of Java code, it appears Oracle plans to pursue significant damages.
BUSINESS
March 14, 2013 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO -- Google's senior ranks continue to shuffle with Jeff Huber stepping down as head of mapping and commerce. Huber will move to Google X, the lab run by Google co-founder Sergey Brin that is working on experimental projects such as the wearable computer Google Glass and self-driving cars, a person familiar with the situation said. The move was first reported by the Wall Street Journal. With Huber's departure, the mapping division will join the Google search team led by Alan Eustace and the commerce division will move under the advertising group led by Susan Wojcicki.
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June 22, 2012 | By Jessica Guynn
Google Chief Executive Larry Page has reassured employees that he does not have a serious medical condition and that he will continue to run the search giant. Page delivered the news in an email to employees Thursday after skipping the company's annual shareholder meeting that day, the Wall Street Journal reported . In the email, Page said: "There is nothing seriously wrong with me. " Page has been having trouble with his voice, said Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt, who filled in for him Thursday.
BUSINESS
July 30, 2011 | By Jessica Guynn, Los Angeles Times
Google Inc. has purchased more than 1,000 patents from IBM to defend itself from an onslaught of patent litigation. The Internet search giant is taking part in what has become an arms race for patents. Its anemic intellectual property portfolio has made it vulnerable to legal assault, said technology patent valuation specialist Alexander Poltorak, chief executive of General Patent Corp. Google has more than 700 patents, mostly for search engine technology. Most of its competitors, particularly in the mobile industry, lay claim to thousands.
BUSINESS
May 5, 2011 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski, Los Angeles Time
Warner Bros. has acquired Flixster Inc., an online social network that each month attracts millions of movie buffs and is the corporate parent of popular movie review site Rotten Tomatoes. The studio owned by Time Warner Inc. hopes to use the online community, where people read and write reviews, watch trailers and check movie times, as a launching pad to spur advertising sales. It plans to add tools that help people access and manage their digital movie collections online, in the same way they now do with their digital photographs or music playlists.
BUSINESS
June 26, 2013 | By Paresh Dave
Leaving the front door unlocked is a risky move. And that risk is the same with smartphones running Android, Google's open operating system. Android phones come with unlocked doors, allowing them to install applications found almost anywhere online. But when downloading applications from somewhere other than the Google Play store, Android device users must be more cautious than ever, according to Juniper Networks third annual Mobile Threats Report . People who create viruses and other malicious software, or malware, for mobile devices have targeted Android because it has become the dominant mobile operating system worldwide.
BUSINESS
January 8, 2013 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO -- Facebook is holding a news conference at its Menlo Park, Calif., campus next week to unveil something new. The giant social network sent out the invitation Tuesday. It said simply: "Come and see what we're building. " That was enough to unleash a feverish wave of speculation even in the blitz of coverage coming out of the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. It might just be a product launch, but we plan to treat it like a rocket launch. Facebook used to have frequent news conferences before its less-than-impressive initial public offering in May. But it's been more than a year since the last one so the media are getting restless.
BUSINESS
October 15, 2010 | By Jessica Guynn, Los Angeles Times
Google Inc. beat Wall Street expectations Thursday as earnings rose 32% with a resurgent wave of businesses spending more on advertising to lure online consumers. The better-than-expected third-quarter results quieted concerns that the Internet search giant was wasting time and money on futuristic projects from windmills to automated cars as it faces rising competition from Facebook Inc., the world's most popular social networking site. "Google is back," BGC Partners analyst Colin Gillis said.
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