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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
January 26, 2011 | By David Sarno, Roger Vincent and Jessica Guynn, Los Angeles Times
Google Inc., the ever-expanding Internet search giant, is establishing a beachhead in Venice. In a rare bright spot for the region's sluggish economy, Google is leasing more than 100,000 square feet of office space in three buildings, including the famed Binoculars Building designed by Frank Gehry. Sitting in front of the building is a huge binocular sculpture created by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen, perhaps befitting of the company's search theme. The move is part of a major expansion by Google in Southern California and could set up a new center of operation in the region.
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.
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
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
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
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?
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
April 26, 2012 | By Jessica Guynn
Is Google on the verge of an antitrust showdown with federal regulators? The Federal Trade Commission, which is investigating whether Google has abused its colossal share of the U.S. search market and put competitors at a disadvantage, has unsheathed a new weapon in its year-old probe of the search giant: It has hired a prominent outside litigator, known for her firepower in the courtroom, to oversee the investigation. It's the strongest signal yet that the agency is preparing to take on Google.
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