October 16, 2012 |
With the outcome of the presidential election still very much in doubt, Tuesday night's debate on New York's Long Island promises to be one of the most heavily watched and thoroughly scrutinized events of the long campaign. Robin Abcarian has logged thousands of miles and countless hours on the campaign trail for the Los Angeles Times. She joins me, Politics Now blog host Jim Rainey, at 1 p.m. PDT for a video discussion of the upcoming showdown between President Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney.
November 2, 2011 |
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.
July 2, 2012 |
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.
September 19, 2009 |
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."
February 26, 2014 |
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.
August 13, 2012 |
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...
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.
March 1, 2012 |
December 26, 2013 |
Google has removed Rap Genius from the top of its search results after it was discovered that the popular music lyrics website was trying to trick the tech giant into giving it better search rankings. Now, when users search for "Rap Genius" on Google they won't find any direct links to the music website, which lets users and artists annotate song lyrics. Instead, the results point to news articles, social media accounts and Rap Genius' Wikipedia page. Google took down Rap Genius after it was revealed that the lyrics website, which received $15 million in funding from Andreessen Horowitz last year, was offering bloggers exposure through its social media accounts in exchange for links to its website on their music blogs. PHOTOS: Got a Christmas gadget?
May 21, 2012 |
Google's acquisition of Motorola Mobility will close in the next two business days, according to a form filed by Motorola Mobility over the weekend. The $12.5-billion takeover, which was announced in August, cleared its final hurdle last week when the Chinese government finally gave the deal a go-ahead, albeit with a condition : Android must remain free and open for the next five years. The deal will give Google an in-house phone manufacturer as the company begins a strategy to fix Android fragmentation by making more unified Android phones and by selling phones directly to customers.