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August 22, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
Internet radio company Pandora Media Inc. reported second-quarter sales growth that topped analysts' expectations as mobile advertising revenue surged year over year. The Oakland company generated $157.4 million in revenue in the quarter ended July 31, up 55% from the same period last year, the company said in a statement. That exceeded the average Wall Street analyst estimate of about $156 million. Pandora, which makes most of its money through advertising, saw a 92% boost in mobile revenue - generated by ads on its applications that enable users listen to music on their smartphones and tablets - to $116 million.
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BUSINESS
August 19, 2013 | By Paresh Dave
Apple Inc., Samsung Electronics Co. and Google Inc. are all developing electronic devices that people wear instead of carry. But Google's getting a jump among the fashion-minded. The company's Glass eyewear is worn by models in 12 pages of the 902-page September issue of Vogue magazine. Vogue said it would not release the photos until Wednesday. However, a Google employee posted a snapshot on Google+ . Glass is expected to be available for public purchase early next year, and Google wants to make sure people see the eyewear as something cool rather than dorky.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 6, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
A group of music publishers, including Warner/Chappell Music Inc., has sued Fullscreen Inc., which operates thousands of YouTube channels, over copyrighted songs in the digital media company's music videos.  The Culver City-based Fullscreen, which has helped boost the popularity of many YouTube stars , has built more than 15,000 channels with 200 million subscribers and gets about 2.5 billion views a month. In a complaint filed in a New York federal court Tuesday, the National Music Publishers' Assn.
BUSINESS
August 6, 2013 | By Paresh Dave
When Thomas Trappler talks clouds, companies listen. But he's not warning about rain. Rather, Trappler is a "cloud" consultant, who tells attorneys, executives and fellow information technology experts what to look out for when they put company databases in the so-called cloud. As more companies rely on remote cloud servers to store their files, Trappler has become a highly sought-after security advisor, a celebrity of sorts in the rapidly growing cloud computing industry. "No one's teaching people about this," Trappler said.
BUSINESS
July 24, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Google Inc. is making a splash in the world of digital TV receivers with its tiny, $35 Chromecast device. The new Google gadget rivals the Apple TV and all Roku devices. However, each digital receiver has its benefits and downsides. Here's how the three gadgets compare. Content By far the most important part of any digital TV receiver is the amount of content it has access to and the quality of that content. If you look at numbers alone, then Roku is far and away the clear winner.
BUSINESS
July 18, 2013 | By Walter Hamilton
Enjoy the stock market's latest record while you can. The Dow Jones industrial average and Standard & Poor's 500 index both turned in fresh highs Thursday, propelled by favorable earnings and a drop in jobless claims. Share prices also got a boost from the latest congressional testimony by Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke, who reiterated the central bank's commitment to its economic stimulus efforts. But Google Inc. and Microsoft Corp. uncorked disappointing earnings after the market closed, with both stocks getting clipped in after-hours trading.
BUSINESS
July 18, 2013 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO - Google Inc., the world's most valuable Internet company, and Microsoft Corp., the world's largest software company, each disappointed investors with financial performances that fell short of Wall Street expectations. In Google's case, its second quarter showed the Mountain View, Calif., company was still wrestling with how to make as much money from selling ads on mobile devices as it does on desktop computers with consumers increasingly using smartphones and tablets.
BUSINESS
July 18, 2013 | By Paresh Dave
Two hackers from Irvine gained access in April to the air conditioning and water systems of a Google Inc. office in Sydney, Australia. Because Google had failed to install a security patch to a software program that remotely tracks and controls building systems, the hackers could have easily raised the office's temperature to an unbearable level or caused water pipes to burst by increasing pressure. Luckily for Google, the hackers were working for Cylance Inc., an Irvine company that has been grabbing headlines for uncovering security holes that could allow malicious hackers to do serious damage to crucial infrastructure such as hospitals, oil pipelines and banking systems.
BUSINESS
July 17, 2013 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO -- Google Inc. is back on top of the tech world. Can it stay there? For years, the technology giant grumbled while playing second fiddle to Apple Inc. and Facebook Inc. But with both rivals now on the outs with investors, Google is ascending once again. On the eve of its second-quarter earnings report, Google shares briefly hit a record high of $928.86 on Tuesday. Now there's speculation that a rosy earnings report Wednesday could push them toward $1,000. So far this year, the stock has gained 30%. Fueling that heady rise: Google continues to make money hand over fist from search and online advertising.
BUSINESS
June 21, 2013 | Andrew Tangel and Chris O'Brien
Apple Inc. is a price-gouging, conspiratorial bully. Apple is a pro-consumer, innovative hero. A federal judge now must decide which of those competing descriptions best fits one of the world's most valuable companies. Attorneys for Apple and the U.S. Department of Justice offered their closing statements Thursday in the government's e-book price-fixing trial. Federal prosecutor Mark Ryan concluded the Justice Department's case by again declaring that Apple conspired with publishers to raise prices, offering them a way to fight back against Amazon.
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