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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.
January 30, 2013 | By Jessica Guynn
Facebook Inc. reported fourth-quarter financial results that beat Wall Street expectations, but its shares are falling anyway. Revenue rose 40% to nearly $1.6 billion in the fourth quarter, above analyst estimates. That marked the first growth acceleration since Facebook started selling shares to the public in May. Facebook said it earned $64 million, or 3 cents a share, compared with $302 million, or 14 cents a share, a year earlier. "In 2012, we connected over a billion people and became a mobile company," Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said in a written statement that accompanied the fourth-quarter financial results.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
April 1, 2011 | By Jim Puzzanghera, Los Angeles Times
Microsoft Corp. said it was filing a formal antitrust complaint in Europe against Google Inc., alleging the Internet giant is squelching competition by limiting access to some of its data from YouTube and other services. The complaint will be filed as part of the European Commission's ongoing antitrust investigation, launched in November, into whether Google has abused its dominance over Internet search in Europe at the expense of rivals. Microsoft said it was the first time it had ever filed an antitrust complaint against a rival, and the move was another salvo in a bitter, long-running battle between the technology titans.
October 14, 2010 | Bloomberg News
Google Inc. said third-quarter profit increased as businesses spent more on advertising for online consumers. Net income rose 32 percent to $2.17 billion, or $6.72 a share, from $1.64 billion, or $5.13, a year earlier, Google said. Profit excluding some items was $7.64 a share, compared with the $6.68 average of projections compiled by Bloomberg. Google, even amid a sluggish rebound in U.S. economic growth, is benefitting from increased spending on search-based ads as it pursues opportunities in mobile communications and display advertising.
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.
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