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  • Apr. 8, 2010, 8:41 AM

    Companies are increasingly coming up against the Clayton Act, the law prohibiting corporate directors from sitting on the boards of their rivals. Recent offenders: Sears (SHLD), Google (GOOG), Apple (AAPL)...

    | Apr. 8, 2010, 8:41 AM | 1 Comment
  • Apr. 7, 2010, 8:43 AM

    Sources say the FTC is preparing to challenge Google's (GOOG) proposed $750M acquisition of mobile-ad provider AdMob on antitrust grounds. The FTC reportedly sent letters to AdMob's competitors asking them to testify about the potential impact of the purchase, and has assembled an internal team of litigators if it decides to block the deal. (yesterday)

    | Apr. 7, 2010, 8:43 AM
  • Apr. 6, 2010, 5:08 PM

    Antitrust subcommittee chairman Herb Kohl urges "close scrutiny" of Google's (GOOG) $750M deal to buy AdMob, but hasn't yet recommended the FTC oppose the purchase. Google thinks rates for mobile advertising could outpace those for its PC-based business as smartphones get more popular. (previously)

    | Apr. 6, 2010, 5:08 PM
  • Apr. 5, 2010, 12:25 PM

    Google's (GOOG) buying spree isn't slowing, with a purchase of Episodic (its fifth acquisition of 2010) expected to beef up YouTube video capabilities.

    | Apr. 5, 2010, 12:25 PM
  • Apr. 1, 2010, 8:12 AM

    Goldman Sachs flags Research In Motion (RIMM) with a Sell rating folllowing yesterday's disappointing Q4 report. Firm says "structural competitive issues" are starting to weigh on RIM's growth prospects, specifically the ongoing shift from email devices to smartphones - where BlackBerry lags both the iPhone (AAPL) and Android (GOOG). RIMM -4.9% premarket.

    | Apr. 1, 2010, 8:12 AM
  • Apr. 1, 2010, 7:55 AM

    Google's (GOOG) China search business is showing signs of strain: Advertisers say a major drop-off in traffic has them inclined to switch to other search engines. The returns in China from Google's search ads may have dropped 30-50% since Chinese search was moved to the Hong Kong site. (previously: I, II)

    | Apr. 1, 2010, 7:55 AM
  • Mar. 31, 2010, 7:45 PM

    Not to start any conspiracy theories, but Michael Arrington reports Google (GOOG) has acquired a company with an isotope separation process that is likely used for enriching uranium. Small nuclear generators could be used as reliable power for multiple datacenters - or, it's already April Fool's Day somewhere on the globe.

    | Mar. 31, 2010, 7:45 PM | 2 Comments
  • Mar. 31, 2010, 3:24 PM
    Would Apple (AAPL) really dump Google (GOOG) in favor of Microsoft’s (MSFT) Bing? When Apple ships its first iPads on Saturday, Google investors may head straight to the gadget’s browser to see which search engine is the default choice. If Bing ends up on the iPad, then the iPhone surely would be next.
    | Mar. 31, 2010, 3:24 PM
  • Mar. 31, 2010, 2:53 PM
    Instead of worrying about the drama with China, Google (GOOG) investors should be bracing themselves for a slowdown that could make Google look much more like Microsoft (MSFT).
    | Mar. 31, 2010, 2:53 PM | 1 Comment
  • Mar. 31, 2010, 2:21 PM

    A Crowd Science survey shows BlackBerry (RIMM) users are more likely to abandon the brand than iPhone (AAPL) or Android (GOOG) Android users. When asked of the likelihood of buying a particular brand of cell phone or smartphone if the purchase was made the following day, 39% of BlackBerry owners said they "definitely or probably would" nab an iPhone.

    | Mar. 31, 2010, 2:21 PM | 2 Comments
  • Mar. 31, 2010, 11:09 AM
    Google (GOOG) reverses itself again, and now blames yesterday's China search outage on "a change in the Great Firewall," and not a technical glitch. The flip-flop has whipsawed Google watchers, and shows how fraught with confusion the Google/China relationship remains.
    | Mar. 31, 2010, 11:09 AM | 2 Comments
  • Mar. 30, 2010, 1:08 PM

    Google (GOOG) says mobile services in China listed as "partially blocked" on their network status pages were due to technical glitches. (WSJ)

    | Mar. 30, 2010, 1:08 PM | 3 Comments
  • Mar. 30, 2010, 7:41 AM
    Internet users in China report new disruptions to Google (GOOG) search services, with many saying they are unable to search for any term on the Google site. Earlier, Google had said its mobile services were being partially blocked.
    | Mar. 30, 2010, 7:41 AM
  • Mar. 29, 2010, 5:11 PM
    Google (GOOG) will argue it's not responsible for ad content as it tries to persuade a judge to dismiss an infringement suit by language software maker Rosetta Stone (RST). At the heart of the conflict are keyword sales; paid links using RST trademarks directed Google visitors to competitors or counterfeiters.
    | Mar. 29, 2010, 5:11 PM | 1 Comment
  • Mar. 29, 2010, 9:48 AM
    The silence of Rio Tinto (RTP) over the opaque convictions of four of its employees is deafening, Gabriella Stern writes. "We really have no insight into what the four people allegedly did, nor do we know who was on the other side of alleged bribes and exchanges of commercial secrets... With the exception of Google (GOOG), Western companies are much too eager to remain in Beijing’s good graces."
    | Mar. 29, 2010, 9:48 AM | 1 Comment
  • Mar. 29, 2010, 9:25 AM

    Microsoft (MSFT) has vanquished most competitors to its Office suite of software. But a new version of the popular program will be challenged by web-based alternatives from Google (GOOG).

    | Mar. 29, 2010, 9:25 AM | 2 Comments
Company Description
Alphabet Inc through its subsidiary Google Inc is engaged in improving the ways people connect with information & products including Search, Android, YouTube, Apps, Maps & Ads. It also produces internet-connected home devices & provides internet services.