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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.
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WORLD
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.
BUSINESS
July 11, 2012 | By Michelle Maltais
Google's just-released Google+ iPad app is slick but could use a bit more tweaking before you make it a regular hangout.  At first glance, the user interface is well laid out and visually satisfying. Large photos display beautifully and boldly. Posts appear as large, photo-centric tiles that are easy to read and access, and the animation makes it appear that tiles are just floating into place. Unlike the iPhone app's black background, the one on the main page of the iPad app is a light whitish-gray.
BUSINESS
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.
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
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.
BUSINESS
April 28, 2012 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO -- Google has released the full report of the Federal Communications Commission's investigation into the data it collected and stored from millions of unknowing households across the nation while operating specially equipped cars for its Street View service. The search giant released the report, which had had heavily redacted passages, after wrangling with the FCC over which details could be publicly revealed. The report now blacks out only the names of individuals.
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
March 29, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Google's self-driving car has fascinated our minds with its technological promise since being introduced in 2010. But yesterday, the self-driving car touched our hearts. Google posted a video of the self-driving car taking a legally blind man for a spin, showing one of the possibilities and benefits that could come from the technology. "Where this would change my life is to give me the independence and the flexibility to go to the places I both want to go and need to go when I need to do those things," Steve Mahan says in the video.
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