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January 20, 2006 | Joseph Menn and Chris Gaither, Times Staff Writers
Federal investigators have obtained potentially billions of Internet search requests made by users of major websites run by Yahoo Inc., Microsoft Corp. and America Online Inc., raising concerns about how the massive data trove will be used. The information turned over to Justice Department lawyers reveals a week's worth of online queries from millions of Americans -- the Internet Age equivalent of eavesdropping on their inner monologues.
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January 18, 2005 | Chris Gaither, Times Staff Writer
A new version of Picasa, Google Inc.'s digital photo software, is due for release today, offering additional ways to edit, print and share pictures. It also has a feature that Web surfers have come to expect from Google: It's free. Google acquired the company behind Picasa in July and immediately slashed the price of its software from $30 to nothing. When Picasa co-founder Lars Perkins asked Google executives how the software would make money, he recalled, they told him, "Don't worry about it."
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October 18, 1999 | ASHLEY DUNN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A grass-roots effort to harness the power of the masses has recently emerged to solve one of the most intractable problems of the Internet--indexing the vastness of the Web. The Open Directory project has mushroomed in the last year, suddenly becoming a credible competitor to the dominance of search leader Yahoo.
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October 24, 2006 | Dawn C. Chmielewski, Times Staff Writer
Google Inc. on Monday unveiled a radically new approach to online searches, offering a free service that lets a website operator create a tailored search engine to scour an index of handpicked sites. Anyone who has used Web search engines knows the frustration of trying to find the desired information embedded in pages of results. Google's Custom Search Engine adds human intelligence to the company's hyper-efficient automated process, presumably increasing the relevance to the user.
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July 1, 2004 | Chris Gaither, Times Staff Writer
Microsoft Corp. is expected to release a new Internet search website today that borrows heavily from the two big rivals it's designed to compete against. The new MSN site will employ Yahoo Inc.'s search technology and echo the simple design pioneered by Google Inc. Search engines such as Google have become a launching pad for consumers on the Internet, and advertisers eager to reach those consumers have made the sites big moneymakers.
BUSINESS
October 3, 2005 | From Associated Press
Internet powerhouse Yahoo Inc. is setting out to build a vast online library of copyrighted books that pleases publishers -- something that rival Google Inc. hasn't been able to achieve. The Open Content Alliance, a project that Yahoo is backing with several other partners, plans to provide digital versions of books, academic papers, video and audio.
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December 5, 2011 | By Richard Verrier and Jim Puzzanghera, Los Angeles Times
Film director Penelope Spheeris' new comedy, "Balls to the Wall," had barely premiered in Europe when bootleg copies started popping up on the Internet, throwing its U.S. release into jeopardy. A Spheeris assistant sent out as many as 30 cease-and-desist notices a day in a desperate, but failed, attempt to halt the piracy. "It's like putting out a forest fire with your bare feet," she said. That helps explain why Spheeris and other filmmakers are backing tough new legislation making its way through Congress that would give the Justice Department broad powers to shut down websites that host pirated material and would open the door for movie studios, music companies and other copyright holders to seek court injunctions against Internet companies they believe are aiding in copyright theft, which amounts to $58 billion a year.
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May 1, 2004 | Chris Gaither, Times Staff Writer
The thing that made Google Inc. famous isn't what's making it rich. Google became a household name by delivering Internet search results, and many observers thought it was making a lot of money by licensing that technology to others. But as it revealed this week in registration papers for its hotly anticipated initial public stock offering, 95% of Google's nearly $1 billion in sales last year came from advertising. In many ways, Google is becoming the advertising agency for the Internet.
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March 15, 2007 | Alex Pham and Michelle Quinn, Times Staff Writers
Google Inc.'s memory is getting a little shorter. Just not short enough for some. The company adjusted its policies Wednesday to answer complaints that it never forgets what users have looked for. Google said it would continue to collect and maintain a vast internal database of search-engine queries -- as diverse as "digital camera" and "bomb making instructions" -- tied to the unique addresses of the computers on which they were entered.
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April 6, 2007 | David Streitfeld, Times Staff Writer
Sam Zell, who agreed to a takeover this week of Tribune Co., came to the heart of Silicon Valley on Thursday evening and said there needed to be "a new deal and new formulas" between newspapers and Internet companies. Journalists produce the news that search engines such as Yahoo Inc. and Google Inc. seamlessly and freely make available to anyone with a computer, Zell said during a presentation on corporate governance at Stanford University.
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