March 23, 2004 |
Federal authorities said they had arrested a Ventura County man who threatened to "destroy" Google Inc. with a software program that faked traffic on Internet ads unless he was paid $100,000. The U.S. attorney's office in San Francisco said Michael Anthony Bradley, 32, of Oak View told Mountain View, Calif.-based Google that he had created a program that automates fraudulent traffic to cost-per-click ads Google places on websites.
May 23, 2007 |
Fresh off her marriage to Google Inc. co-founder Sergey Brin, biotechnology entrepreneur Anne Wojcicki is now wedded to the company too. In Securities and Exchange Commission documents filed Tuesday, Google disclosed that it invested $3.9 million to obtain a minority stake in Wojcicki's biotech start-up, 23andMe Inc. Some of the money that Mountain View, Calif.-based Google anted up this month was used to repay $2.6 million in financing provided to 23andMe by Brin.
May 28, 2004 |
California's Senate passed a bill that would ban e-mail providers from retaining personal information from their customers' messages. The measure was prompted by Google Inc.'s new Gmail service, which scans users' messages and links ads to them. The bill, by Sen. Liz Figueroa (D-Fremont), passed on a 24-8 vote and will be considered next by the Assembly. Mountain View, Calif.
June 6, 2006 |
Google Inc. will introduce a spreadsheet program today, continuing the Internet search leader's expansion into territory long dominated by Microsoft Corp. Although it's still considered a work in progress, Google's online spreadsheet will offer consumers and businesses a free alternative to Microsoft's Excel application -- a product typically sold as part of the Office software suite that has been a steady moneymaker for years.
May 8, 2004 |
Time Warner Inc. said its America Online unit bought 7.4 million shares of Google Inc. for $22 million. The stock may be valued at as much as $1.3 billion after Google sells shares to the public. America Online exercised a warrant this month that allowed it to buy preferred shares of Google, Time Warner said in a regulatory filing. America Online's preferred shares of Google will convert to Class B common stock when Google sells shares to the public.
September 23, 2006 |
Google Inc. lost an appeal of a Belgian court's requirement that the Internet search company publish on its home page the ruling in a recent case it lost. Mountain View, Calif.-based Google faces daily fines of about $640,000 for refusing to post the Sept. 5 ruling on its Belgian home pages, Google.be and News.google.be. The company plans to appeal the main part of the ruling as well, even as it is already complying.
August 17, 2007 |
Google Inc. said Thursday that it had added five universities to its roster of customers for Google Apps, a collection of Web-based programs that compete with Microsoft Corp.'s products. The University of North Carolina in Greensboro and the University of Texas in San Antonio are among the institutions that will start using the product, Mountain View, Calif.-based Google said. Google Apps includes e-mail, word processing and spreadsheet programs.
December 1, 2004 |
Google Inc. began its repurchase offer for the 23.4 million shares and additional options the Web-search company may have issued improperly. Google said in a regulatory filing released by the Securities and Exchange Commission that the repurchase price for the shares ranged from 30 cents to $80 each and was equal to the price paid by the purchasers. Google's buyback offer will expire Dec. 30. Mountain View, Calif.
February 23, 2006 |
Google Inc. and EarthLink Inc. submitted a joint bid to offer free wireless Internet access in San Francisco, a venture that might spark new competition for Comcast Corp. and AT&T Inc. Under the proposal, Google would provide a free service sponsored by advertising and EarthLink would offer a paid service with higher access speeds, Donald Berryman, president of EarthLink's municipal networks unit, said. The bid was one of six offered to the city by Internet access providers.
March 31, 2006 |
Google Inc. started displaying ads within its local maps service Thursday as the online search leader tries to find new ways to make money from the free services it has been introducing. The ads, which feature a small image and two lines of text, will appear only if a search request mentions a product, service or specific business name, said Dominic Preuss, a Google product manager for local advertising.