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July 9, 2010 | By David Pierson, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
A Google official said China has renewed the search engine's license to operate its website in China, a move that comes as a surprise after the company engaged in a contentious spat with authorities over censorship. The announcement was posted early Friday morning on a blog belonging to Google's Chief Legal Officer David Drummond. "We are very pleased that the government has renewed our [Internet Content Provider] license and we look forward to continuing to provide web search and local products to our users in China," Drummond wrote.
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BUSINESS
August 3, 2011 | By Jessica Guynn, Los Angeles Times
Google Inc. has struck a deal that could help more people find better deals on the Web. The Internet search giant bought Dealmap, a start-up that collects local bargains and discounts across the country. Google did not disclose the terms of the acquisition. But it's part of an ambitious push by Google to become a bigger player in daily deals. Google recently launched its own daily deals service called Offers. It developed the service after Groupon Inc. rejected a $6-billion takeover bid last year.
BUSINESS
May 29, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Google has announced the latest versions of its buck-the-trend Chromebook line of computers. The two Web-centric computers introduced by the Internet company are made by Samsung. They are the Chrome Series 5 550, a laptop, and the Chromebox, which is a small desktop that looks very much like Apple's Mac mini. The computers have received a hardware update over their predecessors and now boot in less than seven seconds, according to Google. The new Chromebooks are three times faster than the first set of Chromebooks released last year.
BUSINESS
March 1, 2012 | By Deborah Netburn
Hey, small businesses of California, Google wants to help you build a website. On Thursday the company launched a program called "California Get Your Business Online" that offers small businesses in the Golden State the opportunity to get a free customizable website, as well as access to in-person training on how to build a successful online business. Google will spring for the domain name and provide free Web hosting for the first year, then businesses will pay $2 monthly for the domain name and $4.99 monthly for Web hosting.
NEWS
January 13, 2011 | By Eryn Brown, Los Angeles Times
Generally, these haven't been good times for science fairs -- budget cuts at schools and tough family finances have meant that fewer kids get the opportunity to hypothesize, test and conclude; to beg their mom to neatly stencil their work onto a large poster display (at the last minute, for maximum dramatic effect); and, if they're lucky, to win a ribbon or trophy for their (her?) work. But this year, budding scientists around the world will get a chance to submit science projects electronically to Google's online science fair , set to take place in May. The company called for entries on Tuesday, and will accept submissions until April 4.  Kids interested in the health sciences can submit projects in biology, food science or several other applicable categories.
BUSINESS
June 27, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
After the Supreme Court's rulings Wednesday in favor of marriage equality, many Silicon Valley tech giants joined in the celebrations. Apple, which in 2008 donated $100,000 to fight California's same-sex marriage ban, told AllThingsD that it strongly supports marriage equality. ALSO: Google the word 'gay' and see a rainbow "We consider it a civil rights issue. We applaud the Supreme Court for its decisions today,” the company said.  Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg took to his timeline to share with followers that he felt proud of his country for the day's decisions.
BUSINESS
March 25, 2011 | Michael Hiltzik
Say what you want about Google ? whether you believe it invariably adheres to its motto "Don't be evil" or you suspect that its true goal is world domination ? the firm's behavior certainly has a way of shining the spotlight on the most important technological issues in our lives. These include secrecy, privacy and now, in connection with a huge legal fight in which a New York federal judge last week dealt Google a huge defeat, copyright law. Judge Denny Chin threw a wrench into six years of litigation by tossing out a 165-page settlement reached in 2008 between Google and authors and publishers groups.
NEWS
September 10, 2012 | by Joy Press
Before Michael Chabon's novel "Telegraph Avenue" goes on sale, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author will join us for a video chat to talk about the book. Come watch the video interview Monday at 11 a.m. PST. "Telegraph Avenue" is the a story of a struggling record store -- Brokeland Records -- on the border of Oakland and Berkeley. In our review , Carolyn Kellogg writes, "' Telegraph Avenue' is so exuberant, it's as if Michael Chabon has pulled joy from the air and squeezed it into the shape of words.
BUSINESS
July 10, 2009 | Joe Flint
Continuing a recent tradition, Google Inc. Chief Executive Eric Schmidt held court with the press Thursday at the Allen & Co. conference in Sun Valley, Idaho, where he called the current economy "the new normal." Companies need to "figure out how to be happy and get our lives together in this new configuration," Schmidt said, adding, "You can't waste money, credit is tight." Schmidt, who was joined by Google co-founder Larry Page, spoke on a variety of topics, including Apple Inc.
BUSINESS
April 27, 2012 | By Scott J. Wilson, Los Angeles Times
Think you're a Google Search power user? You might not know all the ways to get faster, more focused search results. Here are five tips: Exclude terms. If you're looking for information on Vikings, the old Norse explorers, you don't want pages on football's Minnesota Vikings. Use a minus sign to tell Google to exclude pages that contain a certain word, like this: Vikings - Minnesota . Site search. Limit your search to a single website or a specific group of sites, by using site: followed by a Web address or ending.
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