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BUSINESS
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 24, 2012 | Bloomberg News
Google Inc. Chairman Eric Schmidt testified that his company developed the Android operating system using the Java programming language after partnership talks with Sun Microsystems Inc. fell through and Sun made no demand for a license to use Java. Sun sought $30 million to $50 million and tight control over Java's use for Android, Schmidt told jurors Tuesday in federal court in San Francisco during Oracle Corp.'s trial against Google. When deal negotiations fell through in 2006, Google built the Android software for mobile devices using aspects of the Java platform without infringing on Sun's intellectual property, he said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 25, 2013 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski
As Internet video streaming becomes more commonplace in American households, a maker of dedicated devices introduced a new lineup of products and expanded programming options in hopes of capitalizing on this trend. Roku unveiled three new streaming players, priced at $50 to $80, that it says will offer high-definition video, among other features. These devices, with names only a geek could love (the Roku LT, Roku 1 and Roku 2), reach stores in October. Roku also is adding the M-Go movie and television service to its entertainment offerings.
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.
BUSINESS
May 18, 2011 | By Jim Puzzanghera, Los Angeles Times
The Federal Communications Commission is stepping into the simmering privacy debate over location data collected through cellphones and mobile devices, announcing a forum next month on the issue that could lead to rules governing the coveted information. The FCC has authority over cellphone towers, which Apple Inc. and Google Inc. said they used to help pinpoint the locations of users. Such data are valuable to retailers and advertisers to pitch services and deals near a customer at any given moment.
OPINION
November 8, 2007
Having watched Apple put its stamp on cellphone design, Google is now trying to make its mark on cellphone software. The company, joined by 33 manufacturers and network operators, is creating a standard set of mobile phone programs -- including the operating system and the user interface -- that other companies can easily enhance with their own applications.
BUSINESS
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.
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