April 3, 2013 |
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.
April 24, 2012 |
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.
January 15, 2013 |
MENLO PARK, Calif. -- Anticipation has been making Silicon Valley wait just like a Carly Simon song in a 1970s Heinz ketchup commercial. But that wait will come to an end Tuesday morning when Facebook holds a news conference at its Menlo Park, Calif., headquarters. We're live tweeting from the event. Tweets by @jguynn Facebook last week invited the media to "come and see what we're building. " It provided no details. There has been no shortage of speculation on what Facebook might announce as investors pushed shares above $30. Shares closed at $30.95 on Monday, though analysts say the stock gains may have more to do with investors' anticipation of the company's fourth-quarter financial results due out Jan. 30 than anticipation of a major announcement at the mysterious news conference.
May 23, 2012 |
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.
March 14, 2013 |
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 |
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.
June 26, 2013 |
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.
June 13, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO -- When it comes to online advertising, Google long ago established itself as the Internet equivalent of Boston Celtics superstar Bill Russell. Now it's looking to extend that championship dynasty to mobile devices. And a report released Thursday shows it's already towering head and shoulders above its rivals. Google will sell more mobile ads than all of its competitors combined for the second straight year, according to a forecast from research firm EMarketer on global digital advertising sales.
April 28, 2012 |
SAN FRANCISCO — Google Inc. and other big tech firms may operate thousands of miles from the nation's capital but they're not beyond the reach of federal regulators. That was the message Federal Trade Commission Chairman Jon Leibowitz delivered this week when he revealed during a swing through Silicon Valley that he had hired a prominent litigator to dig deeper into allegations that Google had violated antitrust laws. Silicon Valley likes to hold itself out as a paragon of corporate virtue, but increasingly federal and state authorities are not buying the "don't be evil" slogan.
July 30, 2011 |
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.