August 22, 2007 |
Search engine Google Inc. lost a bid Tuesday to dismiss a lawsuit over claims it overcharged for advertisements that accompany Web search results. The lawsuit was filed by CLRB Hanson Industries. Google sells the ads in auctions in which companies bid the amount they're willing to pay when users click on ads. U.S. District Judge James Ware in San Jose let two of four claims by CLRB stand.
March 17, 2006 |
Google Inc. said it extended time for negotiations with Time Warner Inc.'s America Online unit over a $1-billion investment in AOL and a related advertising agreement. The companies agreed to extend the time for closing the deal to today and may put off the closing date again, Google said in a regulatory filing. In exchange for its $1 billion, Mountain View, Calif.-based Google would receive a 5% stake in AOL.
May 2, 2006 |
Mountain View-based Google Inc. raised concerns to the European Commission over Microsoft Corp.'s new Internet browser, which directs Web surfers to Microsoft's search site. The European Commission is investigating Vista, the next version of Microsoft's Windows operating system. Microsoft spokeswoman Stacy Drake said the company was "fully committed" to supporting search engine options in Internet Explorer and would ensure users could easily choose from a very long list.
March 26, 2008 |
Facebook Inc., the second-most-popular social-networking site, hired an executive from Internet search leader Google Inc. for the second time this month. Ethan Beard, who was director of social media at Google, will help run business development at Palo Alto-based Facebook, the company said. Facebook named Google veteran Sheryl Sandberg operating chief March 4.
June 7, 2007 |
Google Inc. extended its lead over Yahoo Inc. in the global Internet-search market, according to ComScore Inc. Google accounted for 67% of queries worldwide in April, up from 66.3% the previous month, while Yahoo slipped to 18.8% from 19.2%, the research firm said. Microsoft Corp. remained at 7.7%.
January 23, 2007 |
Google Inc. said it would expand testing of its much-anticipated video advertising system by working with two major music labels to embed video ads on websites. Google said it would distribute advertising alongside videos from Sony BMG Music Entertainment and Warner Music Group over its AdSense online ad system to website publishers as part of a four-week test.
September 11, 2004 |
Fidelity Investments, the world's largest mutual fund manager, has bought about $533 million of Google Inc. stock, or about 1.9% of all shares of the Internet search engine owner. Boston-based Fidelity reported in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission that it held 5.21 million Google Class A shares, or 16% of that class. Shares of Google rose $3.02 to $105.33 on Nasdaq.
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.