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BUSINESS
February 9, 2012 | By Jessica Guynn
Sounds like Google is changing its tune. The company behind the Web's most popular search engine is working on a home entertainment device, according to a filing with the Federal Communications Commission. And reports say that device will stream music wirelessly in people's homes. Google plans to test 252 of the devices in its employees' homes in Mountain View, Calif., where it has its headquarters; in Los Angeles; in New York; and in Cambridge, Mass. The device uses wireless home networks and “requires testing outside the laboratory environment,” the filing said.
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BUSINESS
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.
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.
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.
NATIONAL
February 11, 2014 | By Matt Pearce
Google, Twitter and Microsoft were among the nation's tech companies who lent their support to an anti-spying protest Tuesday that urged Congress to restrict the National Security Agency's powers. " The Day We Fight Back " campaign, formally supported by civil liberties groups such as the American Civil Liberties Union and websites, including Reddit, aims to end "mass surveillance -- of both Americans and the citizens of the whole world," according to a news release from the coalition.
BUSINESS
August 27, 2012 | By Deborah Netburn
Tropical Storm Isaac appears to be making a beeline for New Orleans and the southern coast of Louisiana. And the National Weather service warns that by the time the storm makes landfall late Tuesday or early Wednesday, it will no longer be a tropical storm, but a Category 1 hurricane. Many across the nation are crossing their fingers that those in the projected path of the storm will stay safe. Google however, has done something more concrete: The company's crisis response team has created a map that provides information about, among other things, where the storm is headed, wind-speed probabilities, locations of and live feeds from webcams, current traffic conditions, active shelters and evacuation routes.
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.
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
April 15, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
If you long for the days of speckled images and crackling sounds, head to YouTube because it's now letting users relive the era of cassette tapes with a "VHS mode. " The new mode, which will only be around for one day, gives YouTube videos a shaky feel and grainy look -- reminiscent of what the images on a VHS tape would look like after being played too often. At times, the bottom right of the image curves inward, distorting the picture, and if you hit pause, the whole video starts to shake.
OPINION
February 15, 2010
Google's plan to build an ultra-fast broadband service is so appealing, it defies credulity. The speed -- 1 gigabit per second -- is about 200 times faster than the fastest connections available in the U.S. today. Alas, for the vast majority of Internet users, Google's gambit is is too good to be true. The new fiber-optic lines will be deployed in only a handful of communities, reaching no more than half a million people. But the point for Google isn't to go head to head with the broadband services already offered by AT&T, Comcast and other phone and cable TV companies.
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