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July 10, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Google has been sued by EMG Technology, a Santa Monica company hoping to stop the Internet search company from distributing its Chrome mobile Web browser in the U.S. EMG Technology says Google is infringing on one of its patents and is seeking money damages along with a preliminary injunction and ultimately a permanent one. The company says Google infringes the patent "by using EMG's patented simplified navigation system on smart phones and...
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SPORTS
April 26, 2014 | Bill Dwyre
The morning awaited royalty. It was 8 a.m., and the Saturday sun had just begun to dry the puddles from Friday's rain and add some sparkle to the infield lakes at Los Alamitos Race Course. Along the grandstand fence, they gathered, perhaps as many as 200 people. Many had cameras. More had goose bumps. California Chrome would be making an appearance soon, his last workout before flying off Monday to thoroughbred racing fame and fortune. At least that is the hope of so many in the Southern California racing community.
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BUSINESS
September 15, 2012 | By Deborah Netburn
This week Google announced that it will be adding a 'do not track' ( DNT ) option to Chrome, its popular Web browser, by the end of the year. This sounds like a good thing, right? Who likes feeling that their every move is being followed on the Internet? But Google didn't make much of a deal about it. "We undertook to honor an agreement on DNT that the industry reached with the White House early  this year ," a spokesman for the company said in a statement emailed to the Los Angeles Times . "To that end we're making this setting visible in our Chromium developer channel, so that it will be available in upcoming versions of Chrome by year's end. " Not exactly a lot of enthusiasm in there.
SPORTS
April 5, 2014 | Bill Dwyre
Saturday's Santa Anita Derby is an eight-horse race, but the kind of buzz that has accompanied California Chrome, ever since he blew the field away in the March 8 San Felipe, makes it difficult for the other contenders to get any attention. California Chrome not only runs like the wind -- he has won his last three races by a total of 19 lengths -- but he and his connections present several stories that are hard to ignore. There is much talk that he would become only the fourth-ever Cal-bred to do so if he won the Kentucky Derby.
TRAVEL
May 22, 2005
Carina AHO of L.A. rang in New Year's 2004 in Cuba, part of a 2 1/2-week trip to the country. Though it was difficult to get there -- she flew from Mexico and made arrangements through a Canadian travel agent -- she said it was worth it. "Go," wrote Aho, "before the Hyatt moves in and Cuba becomes just another Cancun." The teacher at L.A.'s Hamilton High shot this photo in Havana of a classic Buick that doubles as a taxi.
BUSINESS
June 28, 2012 | By Jessica Guynn
Google I/O, the tech giant's annual developers' conference in San Francisco, is all abuzz over another Sergey Brin-pioneered flight. OnGoogle+, Brin posted to stay tuned at 11 a.m. for "some amazing action over San Francisco. " Meanwhile, something else is also soaring, according to Google: Its Chrome browser. The company announced that the browser can now be used to surf the Web on the iPhone and the iPad. Chrome is now the world's most popular browser, the company says, by nearly doubling from 160 million to 310 million active users since last year.
BUSINESS
September 3, 2008 | David Colker and Michelle Maltais, Times Staff Writers
Google's much-anticipated Web browser, Chrome, arrived Tuesday like a shiny new sports car: It's streamlined, has some great new features and is very, very fast. Chrome, the most talked-about new tech product since the iPhone, became available shortly before noon as a free download -- for Windows only -- in what is officially called a beta test version. A short test drive shows that it could be a worthy contender for alpha browser. Not that it won't take some getting used to. Unlike the familiar Internet Explorer and Firefox, which put functions such as Print and Save at the top, Chrome goes for a minimalist look, with controls hidden under the hood.
BUSINESS
September 2, 2008 | Jessica Guynn, Times Staff Writer
Bidding to dominate not only what people do on the Web but how they get from site to site, Google Inc. plans to release a browser today to compete with the likes of Internet Explorer and Firefox. It's yet another salvo in the company's intensifying battle with Microsoft Corp., which last week released a beta, or test, version of Internet Explorer 8 that makes it easier to block ads from Google and others. "This is the first truly serious threat that Microsoft has faced from a well-funded platform," said technology analyst Rob Enderle, president of the Enderle Group.
OPINION
September 5, 2008
Like a fly flitting around the kitchen, Google Inc. has pestered Microsoft Corp. with a series of free applications that nibble away at the software powerhouse's business. The lineup includes an e-mail program (Gmail), a photo application (Picasa), a word processor (Google Docs), even mobile phone software (Android). But its latest launch -- a Web browser called Chrome -- is a direct attack not just on Microsoft's popular Internet Explorer but on the heart of Microsoft's business, the Windows operating system.
BUSINESS
September 3, 2008 | Jim Puzzanghera and Jessica Guynn, Times Staff Writers
Google Inc. reignited the Web browser wars Tuesday, releasing a competitor to Internet Explorer nearly a decade after Microsoft Corp. used its monopoly powers to win control of the market. When Microsoft crushed Netscape, it wasn't a fair fight. But this time, experts say, the software giant has found a strong rival in Google and its new product, Chrome. The winners could be consumers as the two companies try to outdo each other with new features to lure Web surfers, said Robert Lande of the American Antitrust Institute.
BUSINESS
March 25, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
The Google Now notification feature has begun rolling out to all users of the Mountain View tech company's Chrome Web browser. The notification feature has been available to Android and iOS smartphone users for some time. Google Now is designed to provide users with information they may need before they search for it. This includes traffic, weather and news updates. Google began testing Google Now for the beta version of the Chrome browser last month, but this week, it announced that all users of Chrome will soon be able to activate Google Now if they would like.
BUSINESS
January 28, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Building a Lego creation is now as easy as opening your Web browser. Google and the Danish toy company have teamed up to create Build With Chrome , a website users can visit using the Chrome Web browser to build Lego models. The site can be accessed through a computer, tablet or smartphone. "We think the creative freedom of Lego bricks shouldn't be limited to plastic bins," Google said in a blog post announcing the website. PHOTOS: Google unveils new Glass frames The website is easy to use, but creating a model takes as much time as it does in real life.
BUSINESS
January 24, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Not one to take security lightly, Google has announced it will pay hackers a combined total of nearly $3 million to find exploits in its Chrome OS computer software. The Mountain View, Calif.-based tech giant said it will hold a contest called "Pwnium" in March, in which hackers can put their skills to the test by trying to hack into either the HP Chromebook 11 or the Acer C720 Chromebook. The company said it will pay out prizes of $110,000 and $150,000. In total, it will pay $2.71828 million, which is a reference to the mathematical constant e, a concept that's important to know when writing algorithms.
BUSINESS
January 15, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Google is hoping to lure mobile users to its Chrome browser by rolling out a new feature that reduces the amount of data they waste when they surf the Web. The Silicon Valley-based tech giant announced Wednesday that it is rolling out an update to the Apple iOS and Android versions of Chrome that will come with a data-compression feature. When turned on, users will be able to reduce their data by as much as 50%, Google said. PHOTOS: Top 10 tech gadgets we want to see in 2014 After downloading the app update, users can turn the feature on by going into the app's settings, which are accessed by tapping on the three-line icon on the top left of the screen and scrolling down.
BUSINESS
December 18, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
LG is the latest tech company to announce a computer running Chrome OS, the Google operating system designed to rival Microsoft Windows. The new LG machine, called the Chromebase, is similar to Mac computers in that it is an all-in-one desktop, making it the first Chrome OS desktop with a built-in monitor. The Chromebase will feature a 21.5-inch full HD screen, include an Intel Celeron processor, 2 gigabytes of RAM and 16 gigabytes of internal storage and also will come with a mouse and keyboard.
BUSINESS
November 12, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Google has released a new version of its Chrome Beta Web browser that tells users which of the websites they've opened is emitting sound. The new feature uses a small speaker icon that displays to the left of the small "X" users click on to close a tab. As soon as audio starts playing the icon appears, and it goes away when audio stops. "Have you ever shuffled through your tabs to figure out where that sound or music is coming from? We hear you!" Google said in a blog post . "With today's latest Chrome Beta release, you can now visually scan your tabs for a speaker icon to quickly find the offender.
BUSINESS
October 15, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Last year, Alex Groth and Kevin Jennison wanted to help charities and donate money to causes they cared about, but as busy and financially strapped college kids, they felt like they couldn't do anything that'd make much of an impact. So instead, they invented a way to donate money to charity just by surfing the Web. Groth and Jennison, both of whom now work for a start-up in Silicon Valley, created Tab for a Cause, an app for Chrome or Firefox Web browsers that will automatically donate fractions of a cent to charity each time someone opens a new tab. That may not seem like much, but those pennies can add up when you think of the number of tabs each person opens up each day. It works this way: The app replaces the blank pages that come up when you open new tabs to go to a website with special pages designed by the team at Tab for a Cause.
HOME & GARDEN
August 18, 2005
RE "When Casting the Couch" [Aug. 11]: To me, my Thayer Coggin couch with chrome on its sides, back and bottom is the defining piece in my living room. It has been reupholstered twice, meaning it's had three different treatments. The piece was literally falling apart due to unfortunate sun exposure as late as last year, but I could never find anything as valuable to me or that expresses my own personal love of this early '70s styling. As a matter of fact, I also have two Thayer Coggin small barrel chairs faced in chrome in my living room that are on their second upholstery treatment, chrome on the legs of a light pink ultra-suede complementary sofa opposite the TC piece, and, in my dining room, eight chrome and cane chairs of the era. (They are pulled up to a glass table seating up to 14 that my husband crafted from a bullet-proof window from a local jail.
BUSINESS
June 13, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Ever wondered how many people click on the links you tweet? Wonder no more. Twitter appears to be giving all users access to analytics tools that can be used to see how many people are clicking on links they share. The analytics tools also show how many retweets and responses that tweets get, as well as how many users "favorite" a specific tweet. To access this data, users can head to the Twitter Ad dashboard , where they will be prompted to sign in with their Twitter account.
BUSINESS
June 12, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
For its latest Chrome browser video game, Google Inc. has created a modern version of the classic arcade title Pong that lets users play against their friends over the Internet and see one another using Web cams. The game is called "Cube Slam" and was released Wednesday. Like Pong, the point is to use paddles to direct balls at your friend's wall and away from yours. Once a user hits his or her opponent's wall three times with a ball, they win. But unlike Pong, "Cube Slam" is filled with obstacles and power ups that enhance the game.
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