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December 26, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
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?
January 4, 2013 | Jessica Guynn and Jim Puzzanghera, Los Angeles Times
Even the U.S. government can't rein in Google Inc.'s dominance of online search. Federal regulators ended a 19-month antitrust investigation into the Mountain View, Calif., search engine giant without imposing any major sanctions. The probe focused on complaints that Google skews its search results to favor its own products and services, which unfairly hurt competitors. It was a bitter decision for Microsoft Inc. and a cadre of other small and large rivals that feel Google remains unchecked in its dominance of the Internet search business.
November 18, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Google, following in the footsteps of rivals Apple, Microsoft and Samsung, is opening temporary showrooms in Los Angeles and five other cities to display its latest gadgets. The Mountain View, Calif., tech giant is dubbing the pop-up stores "Winter Wonderlabs" where consumers will be able to check out and play with the devices. On display will be the Nexus 7 tablet, Google's Chromebook laptops and Chromecast, a digital TV receiver. Customers won't be able to buy the products at the showrooms but will be able to order them.
January 2, 2013 | By Jessica Guynn
For two years, Microsoft Corp. has urged antitrust regulators to crack down on arch rival Google Inc. Now that the Federal Trade Commission is poised to allow Google to emerge from the antitrust probe without having to make major changes, Microsoft is crying foul. Google is set to resolve a 20-month antitrust probe with a voluntary agreement and a consent decree on the company's use of patents, Bloomberg News reported Wednesday. That means Google will voluntarily change some of its business practices, including how it uses content from other websites and allows advertisers to export data.
May 3, 2013 | By Emily Alpert
Google has switched the tagline on its Palestinian website, replacing the words “Palestinian territories” with “Palestine” in both English and Arabic. Google spokesman Nathan Tyler said the company consulted "a number of sources and authorities when naming countries" and was following the lead of organizations such as the United Nations, the Internet Corp. for Assigned Names and Numbers and the International Organization for Standardization. "We're changing the name 'Palestinian Territories' to 'Palestine' across our products,” Tyler said in a statement emailed to the Los Angeles Times.
September 8, 2010 | Reuters
Google Inc unveiled a set of enhancements to its Internet search engine Wednesday that predict search queries as users type, promising to speed up the time it takes to find information online. Google Instant, which is being launched Wednesday in the United States, delivers search results on a Web page before a user finishes typing in a query. The search results displayed on the page refresh and change as the user continues typing additional letters of the search term. Google said the new technology can shave two seconds to five seconds from every search.
February 5, 2014 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski, This post has been updated, as indicated below
The Internet's most dominant online video site is about to get a new boss. Google ad executive Susan Wojcicki appears will become the next head of YouTube, according to reports published by online sites The Information and Re/code. The executive would succeed Salar Kamangar, who has run the unit since YouTube co-founder Chad Hurley left the company in 2010. A YouTube spokeswoman could not be immediately reached for comment. UPDATE: Confirming the appointment, Google chief executive Larry Page said in a statement, "Salar and the whole YouTube team have built something amazing.  Like Salar, Susan has a healthy disregard for the impossible and is excited about improving YouTube in ways that people will love.
May 4, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
Summer internships are often competitive, stressful and less than lucrative. But in the rarefied realm of the most superior of internships, there's free meals, social mixers and plenty of pay to be had. To hear interns tell it, working at Google is tops. A software engineering intern there lands an average of $6,463 a month, according to career site Glassdoor . Google interns reported getting good time in with higher-ups and opportunities to sit in on meetings; their experiences were the most satisfying compared to interns at other companies.
November 21, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Just in time for the holiday shopping season, Microsoft has added a new section to its online store dedicated solely to merchandise that bashes Google. The Redmond, Wash., tech giant has been going after Google all year with a marketing campaign called "Scroogled," informing users about the various ways Google has access to their data through its various services. Although the "Scroogled" ads have all been super tacky , Google can't be happy with having Microsoft tell users they're online activity gets exploited when they use Gmail and the Chrome browser.
April 15, 2010 | Bloomberg News
Google Inc. reported first-quarter profit that fell short of some analysts' estimates as ad sales didn't grow enough to satisfy investors. The shares fell in late trading. Net income rose 37 percent to $1.96 billion, or $6.06 a share, from $1.42 billion, or $4.49, a year earlier, the company said Thursday. Leaving out costs such as stock-based compensation, profit was $6.76 a share. Estimates compiled by Bloomberg were as high as $6.91. Google, grappling with rising competition from companies such as Microsoft Corp.
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