April 26, 2012 |
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.
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?
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.
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."
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.
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 |
May 29, 2012 |
Google isn't the only one with a self-driving car up its sleeve. Last week, the SARTRE project, a joint venture among seven European companies, took a convoy of three self-driving cars and one self-driving truck for a 124-mile test drive on a Spanish highway with no crashes, freakouts or major catastrophes. In fact, nothing went wrong in the first test of a self-driving car platoon on a road populated with real motorists. GALLERY: Google innovations The self-driving vehicles were linked together via wireless communication, with the vehicles in the group following the accelerating, braking and turning patterns set by the lead vehicle (in this case a truck)