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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.
NEWS
October 16, 2012 | By James Rainey
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.
BUSINESS
February 3, 2014 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO - Google is testing a new way for its workers in the East Bay to commute across the bay to the company's Mountain View headquarters: by ferry. Starting Monday, the agency that operates San Francisco Bay Ferry said Google would provide a trial private ferry service for five days between the Harbor Bay terminal in Alameda and the Port of Redwood City. Last month, Google launched a similar pilot program from San Francisco to quiet growing tensions over buses that transport workers from the city to Silicon Valley.
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
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
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.
BUSINESS
March 1, 2012 | By Jessica Guynn
Google rolled out its new privacy policy Thursday to renewed protests from data protection authorities in Europe. Those authorities have concluded that the new policy violates European law, European Union Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding told BBC Radio Four. France's data protection authority has taken the lead in probing the new policy. “They have come to the conclusion that they are deeply concerned, and that the new rules are not in accordance with the European law, and that the transparency rules have not been applied," Reding said, according to Reuters . “We are confident that our new simple, clear and transparent privacy policy respects all European data protection laws and principles,” a Google spokeswoman said in an emailed statement.
BUSINESS
May 21, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
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.
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