November 10, 2005 |
Google Inc., targeting the online auction market dominated by EBay Inc., is seeking to patent a system that creates Internet ads automatically and makes it easier for people to sell products on the Web. Google Automat will let advertisers enter details of items they want to sell and automatically create an ad under one minute, according to a filing with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
May 12, 2007 |
A U.S. judge ordered Google Inc. to face a jury trial in a trademark infringement suit that targets the workings of the Web search leader's main source of revenue. American Blind & Wallpaper Factory Inc. alleges in its lawsuit that Google abuses trademarks by allowing rivals of a company to buy ads that appear when consumers search the Web for information on that business.
March 19, 2007 |
Google Inc., which runs the most popular Internet search engine, bought a software program called Trendalyzer that lets users display information using moving graphics. Google said it bought the program from Gapminder Foundation, a nonprofit organization in Stockholm. The team that created Trendalyzer has joined Google, the Mountain View, Calif.-based company said Friday on its weblog Terms of the purchase weren't disclosed.
October 15, 2005 |
Google Inc.'s attempt to lift the job restrictions on a top computer engineer lured from rival Microsoft Corp. suffered another blow under a tentative court ruling that would limit the search engine company's legal options for at least three months. U.S.
September 21, 2005 |
An organization of more than 8,000 authors accused Google Inc. of "massive copyright infringement," saying the powerful Internet search engine could not put its books in the public domain for commercial use without permission. The lawsuit, filed by Author's Guild Inc. in U.S. District Court in New York, asked the court to block Google from copying the books. Google, based in Mountain View, Calif.
March 21, 2007 |
Google Inc. won the dismissal of a website's lawsuit that accused the company of securing a monopoly and defamation. The lawsuit was the second effort by KinderStart.com, a Norwalk-based directory of links to child care products and services, to sue Google for eliminating it from an index of search results by assigning it a page rank of zero.
March 3, 2007 |
Realogy Corp., owner of the Century 21, Coldwell Banker and ERA real estate brokers, agreed to place more than 500,000 listings on Google.com and Trulia.com. The move will broaden the exposure of listings from Realogy companies because more than 58% of all Internet searches for "real estate" are conducted on Google and its partner sites, Parsippany, N.J.-based Realogy said. Google Inc. operates the most-used Internet search engine, and Trulia enables the public to find properties online.
November 15, 2007 |
A European Parliament committee will debate privacy concerns raised by Google Inc.'s plan to buy DoubleClick Inc. for $3.1 billion. A hearing will occur next year to look at privacy, competition, consumer and media-related concerns, said Sophie in't Veld, a Dutch Parliament member. European Union regulators started a probe of the deal Tuesday, saying the purchase might hurt competition for online ads. The deal is under antitrust and privacy scrutiny in the U.S.
June 8, 2006 |
Google Inc. is being sued by French publisher La Martiniere for indexing some of the company's titles on the Google Book Search website without permission. La Martiniere, which controls Harry N. Abrams Inc. in the U.S., is fighting Google's program to scan the content of books and let users search them. "We disagree with their case, which we will contest in court," Google said. "Google Book Search helps users find and buy books -- not read or download them for free."