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June 21, 2012 | By Laura Huatala
Google is trying to rein in a German-based website that creates MP3s by ripping audio from YouTube videos. Philip Matesanz, owner of youtube-mp3.org , said he received a cease and desist letter from Google on June 9 for his website. The website allows users to send in the link of a YouTube video and receive an MP3 copy of its audio. It's an effective way to grab free song files. This type of legal action isn't new or unusual for the company, which alerts many websites and individuals when they're in violation of YouTube's terms of service.
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BUSINESS
May 1, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Since being announced in 2012, Google's Glass smart eyewear has been generating plenty of buzz and interest. The device is similar to a smartphone and lets users watch videos, send messages to friends, and even send tweets. Developers who purchased an early version of the device last summer for $1,500 have begun receiving Glass and one user has already said he will not live another day of his life without the device. For the rest of the world that wants to know exactly how Glass works, Google uploaded a explainer video Tuesday.
BUSINESS
November 2, 2011 | By Jessica Guynn, Los Angeles Times
A lot of people still don't understand why certain advertisers target them while they are searching the Web. Google is rolling out a new feature that explains why its users see certain ads when they search Google or check their Gmail. The move comes as Google, like other Internet companies, finds itself in the cross hairs of lawmakers and regulators as they scrutinize how consumers' personal information is collected and used online. Google says it tries to be transparent about the information it collects and show consumers the most relevant ads. "Our advertising system is designed to show the right ad to the right person at the right time.
BUSINESS
July 2, 2012 | By Jessica Guynn
Google has offered to settle an antitrust probe from European Union regulators to avoid a hefty fine and major changes to how it operates its lucrative online search business. Eric Schmidt, Google's executive chairman, made the offer in a letter to Joaquín Almunia, the European competition commissioner. The European Commission conducted an 18-month-long investigation into Google. The European Commission warned in May that Google may have abused its market dominance in Web search and could face formal charges for putting its competitors at a disadvantage.
BUSINESS
January 25, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Google has redesigned the way it displays image search results, making them faster and easier for users to see. The company announced the redesign this week. Users will start to see the new look in the next few days. Under the new format, when a user chooses a picture from the search results, rather than displaying a new page with a preview of the image, Google will instead pull up a larger version of the picture along with its data underneath the thumbnail when a user scrolls the cursor over it. Users will also be able to use keyboard commands to flip through images.
OPINION
March 21, 2010 | By Sara Scribner
The current generation of kindergartners to 12th graders -- those born between 1991 and 2004 -- has no memory of a time before Google. But although these students are far more tech savvy than their parents and are perpetually connected to the Internet, they know a lot less than they think. And worse, they don't know what they don't know. As a librarian in the Pasadena Unified School District, I teach students research skills. But I've just been pink-slipped, along with five other middle school and high school librarians, and only a parcel tax on the city's May ballot can save the district's libraries.
BUSINESS
February 26, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
A top Google executive has denied reports that said the Silicon Valley tech giant made a $10-billion bid to purchase WhatsApp, the messaging service that was recently acquired by Facebook. Last week, Facebook announced that it had agreed to pay $19 billion for WhatsApp, an app with 450 million users. Soon after, reports surfaced that said Google had also made an offer to buy the popular startup. Citing two unnamed sources, Fortune said Google bid $10 billion. That report was backed up by The Information, which said Google offered WhatsApp millions of dollars just to be notified if any other companies also tried to bid for the app. PHOTOS: Five ways the Samsung Gear 2 is better than its predecessor At the time of the reports, Google declined to comment, but at the Mobile World Congress conference in Barcelona, Spain, this week, the head of the company's Chrome and Android divisions denied the WhatsApp reports.
BUSINESS
September 19, 2009 | Alex Pham
The Justice Department late Friday urged a federal judge to reject a controversial settlement between Google Inc., the Authors Guild and the American Assn. of Publishers, citing concerns that the agreement could run afoul of antitrust, class action and copyright laws. At the same time, Justice officials proposed modifications that would make the settlement pass muster, saying the proposal should not be entirely derailed because it has "potential for important societal benefits."
BUSINESS
August 13, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Google has begun rolling out custom URLs to some verified accounts and pages on Google+, the company said Monday. The Mountain View, Calif., company made the announcement on its Google+ profile page, which can now be found at plus.google.com/+googleplus . The new feature, which has always been on Twitter and has been a part of Facebook for some time now, is currently limited to just some brand pages and celebrities, but Google said it...
BUSINESS
March 7, 2010
A Chinese official says China has had no direct contact with Google over the company's threat in January to shut down its China-based search service. The China Daily newspaper reported Saturday that Miao Wei, the vice minister of industry and information technology, said there have been no negotiations with Google on that topic. Some reports have said China and Google have held talks on the issue. Google had said it planned to talk with Chinese officials. Miao was speaking on the sidelines of the National People's Congress in Beijing.
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