February 6, 2013 |
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will announce two new citywide tech initiatives during a Google+ Hangout news conference Wednesday afternoon. During the video chat -- the mayor's first-ever news conference using Google+ Hangout -- Villaraigosa is expected to announce the first major redesign of the City of Los Angeles' website . The mayor's office also says it will "unveil an exciting new tech addition for Angelenos to enjoy. " The new website features social media connectivity, online 311 services and a directory of city services.
February 1, 2013 |
Google has agreed to pay $82 million to support “digital publishing initiatives” at French newspapers and other publishers under an agreement announced Friday. The investment is part of a deal between the company and the French government that ends a dispute over whether the search engine should pay for “snippets” of articles that show up in Google searches. The two sides signed the pact after months of negotiation. The French government called it a “happy conclusion” that would “facilitate the transition of the press to the digital world.” Under the agreement, Google will create the new fund and work with French publishers to help increase their online revenues, “using our advertising technology,” Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt said in a company blog post.
November 28, 2012 |
Google has come out swinging against German legislation that would require search engines to pay for using snippets of newspaper articles, photographs and other media content. German lawmakers are slated to debate the legislation Thursday, one in a string of proposals pushed across Europe by frustrated publishers seeking ways to survive in the Internet era. Google has likened the idea to making taxi drivers pay restaurants for dropping off customers at their doors. The company is now seeking to mobilize Internet users against the German measure, arguing that it would hamper their searches.
July 16, 2012 |
Yahoo has named Marissa Mayer, a longtime Google executive, as its new CEO. The beleaguered search giant announced that it had appointed Mayer president, CEO and a board member effective Tuesday. She becomes the company's fifth chief executive in as many years. “The appointment of Ms. Mayer, a leading consumer Internet executive, signals a renewed focus on product innovation to drive user experience and advertising revenue,” Sunnyvale, Calif.-based Yahoo said in a statement.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 12, 2011 |
Central Basin Municipal Water District officials said they were unaware of questions over the authorship of stories written about the agency by a news website and have instructed their public relations consultant to stop using the site. The Times reported this week that it could not verify the biographical information of many staff writers at News Hawks Review, which published more than 30 articles about the water district over the last year. The Times found that photos purporting to be of some News Hawks writers were available on other websites as stock images.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 14, 2011 |
Officials at Google News on Tuesday swiftly removed a website from its search index that had contracted with a local water district to produce promotional stories "written in the image of real news. " The move came in response to a Los Angeles Times article on an unusual agreement between the Central Basin Municipal Water District and a consulting firm affiliated with the news website, News Hawks Review. Under the deal, the water district, a public agency based in southeast L.A. County, paid nearly $200,000 to the firm to publish positive articles that appeared on Google News.