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May 23, 2012 | By Michelle Maltais
Google Search for iPhone has gotten a complete overhaul that makes the app much cleaner, speedier and a bit user-friendlier, if you will. The updated app, complete with the day's Google Doodle, now automatically fills the screen in both portrait and landscape orientations with search results. You scroll down, and the controls are hidden. You scroll up to reveal them again. Across the bottom of the screen, you find the categories of search areas including images, videos, news and blogs.
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April 25, 2012 | By Michelle Maltais, Los Angeles Times
The burgeoning cloud storage space business got more crowded Tuesday as Google launched its much-rumored and highly anticipated remote storage service, Drive. Cloud-based storage gives users a place to park their documents, photos, presentations and other files so they can easily and immediately access and share them with various digital devices wherever they have an Internet connection. But Google said its Drive service also gives users the ability to collaboratively edit documents in real time.
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September 2, 2009 | David Sarno
Google Inc.'s Gmail electronic mail platform went offline Tuesday for more than an hour, prompting an outcry from tens of thousands of users and reminding consumers that the Mountain View, Calif., company is not immune from widespread outages. "Gmail is down & everyones having panic attacks," wrote Anna B., a Twitter user in Los Angeles. "Including myself." Later in the day, Google said it fixed the problem and was investigating the cause. Gmail is the third-most-visited e-mail service, with nearly 37 million unique visitors, according to ComScore Inc. Many of Google's services exist in what is known as the cloud, a style of computing that allows users to run Google programs through the Web rather than from their hard drives.
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March 6, 2010 | By Mark Milian
Google Inc. gobbled up yet another start-up Friday with the acquisition of DocVerse, which makes a group editing tool for Microsoft Office. The 3-year-old DocVerse is Google's fourth buy in less than a month. Google could transform DocVerse into a companion for the search giant's Docs software suite, enabling someone working on a document in Microsoft's Word program to collaborate with others using Google's Web-based applications. The Mountain View, Calif., company hinted at such integration in its blog post.
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April 1, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Google is known for being a bit of a prankster when it comes to April Fools' Day, and the Silicon Valley giant this year once again lived up to its reputation. From an all-blue Gmail to the new "Google Nose" search service that can create artificial scents for users, the company went all out -- but it wasn't the only tech company to release April Fools' Day jokes. Twitter said it was launching a new all-consonant service, and Sony put out a line of tech products for pets. PHOTOS: Top 10 must-have smartphone apps Here are some of this year's best April Fools' Day pranks by tech companies.
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April 24, 2012 | This post has been updated and corrected, as indicated below.
Google has made its latest move, launching Drive, as it angles to be the one-stop hub for search, Web browsing, social networking, and now storage and content creation. And it has the attention of the competition. Just Monday, Forrester Research released a report about what will be the explosive relevance of cloud services. Today's announcement underscores that evolution. “Google Drive is significant because now all Google account holders have one click signup to free file storage, sync and sharing, which has the potential to quickly build a large volume of users," said Frank Gillette, the Forrester analyst who wrote the report.  "Integration with Google Docs/Apps and eventually with Gmail will make it more natural and seamless than managing from a separate account....So Google Drive will cause more individuals to begin using personal cloud services and more companies, those that use Google Apps, to use cloud-based file sync and sharing.” Some already established personal cloud providers have responded to Google's storage salvo by focusing on the growing importance of the burgeoning shift to remote storage.  "It's an insanely exciting time in the cloud storage and collaboration space, and Google's entry underscores the importance of this multi-billion dollar category," Box co-founder and Chief Executive Aaron Levie wrote in an emailed statement.
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October 27, 2009 | David Sarno
To Google or not to Google? That's the $7.25-million question the Los Angeles City Council is expected to answer today as it ponders handing over control of its massive e-mail system to Google Inc. Beyond questions of whether the city would save money, the decision is likely to influence other cities and businesses considering whether to stay with older e-mail programs, such as Microsoft Corp.'s Outlook, or to jump into the future of cloud computing. Nearly six months after city technology officials selected Google's proposal to replace the city's e-mail system (which is from neither Microsoft nor Google)
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November 2, 2010 | By David Sarno, Los Angeles Times
Google Inc., pushing to expand its e-mail and cloud computing business, took the federal government to court to change a bidding process that it said stacks the deck in favor of rival Microsoft Corp. Google, which has been battling Microsoft across the country to gain a foothold in the $20-billion office software market, sued the U.S. Department of the Interior for allegedly excluding Google's bid to provide its e-mail system for the agency's 88,000 employees. According to the lawsuit, the department specified that it would consider only systems that used Microsoft's business e-mail software, a limitation Google called "unduly restrictive of competition.
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June 29, 2011 | By Jessica Guynn, Los Angeles Times
Can Google Inc. make friends? The Internet search giant, whose goal is to organize information, will try to organize people with a social networking service designed to rival the growing influence of Facebook Inc. Google+ is the company's most ambitious effort yet to keep Web users and advertising dollars from straying to social networking sites. The project, which Google has been quietly working on for months, has been championed by Google co-founder Larry Page, who, even before taking over as chief executive in April, made social networking a priority.
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September 8, 2008 | Jessica Guynn, Times Staff Writer
As Google celebrates its 10th birthday, The Times talked with Internet experts about what the company should do over the next decade. Condensed interviews follow. For the full text visit latimes.com/technology. Michael Arrington Editor and founder of TechCrunch Google continues to fight a multifront war. They dominate search and search marketing, which is where most online advertising dollars are spent today. That gives them a huge war chest to explore other areas for both defensive and offensive purposes -- Google Docs and Google Apps to try to disrupt Microsoft Office revenue and further erode the need for Windows, for example.
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