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  • Dec. 2, 2009, 8:44 AM
    Under fire from publishers who want to yank their news from its search engine, Google (GOOG) backs down and says it will allow publishers to set a daily limit on how many articles readers can see for free. The move could give Rupert Murdoch (NWS) and other publishers looking to charge for content the ability to keep Google's traffic, while forcing consumers to pay for their content.
    | Dec. 2, 2009, 8:44 AM
  • Nov. 30, 2009, 2:26 PM
    Dana Blankenhorn at ZDNet can think of only one reason Larry Ellison (ORCL) is fighting so hard for MySQL (JAVA): to bury it. He explains Wall Street's aversion (with notable exceptions: GOOG, IBM, MSFT, RHT) to open source: "Wall Street has only one concept of value, namely something it can exploit, sell stock on, take fees on. Open source doesn't fit the mold, so Wall Street figures it's worthless."
    | Nov. 30, 2009, 2:26 PM
  • Nov. 25, 2009, 2:33 PM

    Clearwire (CLWR +5%) gathers another $920M in financing for a recent total of $2.8B, more than enough to reach its goal of providing 120M people with wireless 4G Internet by the end of next year. The funding adds fuel to an ambitious bet on WiMAX by Clearwire backers Sprint Nextel (S), Google (GOOG), Intel (INTC), Comcast (CMCSA), Time Warner (TWX) and others.

    | Nov. 25, 2009, 2:33 PM
  • Nov. 25, 2009, 10:50 AM
    Reflecting on the emerging News Corp. (NWS) / Microsoft (MSFT) / Google (GOOG) content/search war, The Economist wonders if Tim O'Reilly is right for dreading the war for the web: "A handful of well-funded and robust platforms locked in heated competition could be better for consumers and generate more innovation than Mr O'Reilly's vision of an internet made of many 'small pieces loosely joined'."
    | Nov. 25, 2009, 10:50 AM
  • Nov. 25, 2009, 8:10 AM
    Two more publishers say they may yank stories off Google's (GOOG) search engine and hand them exclusively to Microsoft's (MSFT) Bing, following Rupert Murdoch's (NWS) lead. MediaNews Group Inc., publisher of the Denver Post, plans to block Google when it starts charging readers for online content next year. And Morning News owner A.H. Belo (AHC) says it may start charging online subscription fees and block Google.
    | Nov. 25, 2009, 8:10 AM | 4 Comments
  • Nov. 24, 2009, 9:32 AM

    Google (GOOG) says it will license TiVo's (TIVO) audience data to integrate with its Google TV Ads platform. The deal gives advertisers access to even more viewership data, "making Google's dataset one of the best in the industry," it says. "Advertisers can use this data to understand which audiences and ads are most effective, which we think will ultimately lead to more relevant ads for viewers."

    | Nov. 24, 2009, 9:32 AM
  • Nov. 23, 2009, 2:31 PM

    Rupert Murdoch point/counterpoint: Murdoch's a fool for the threats to pull News Corp. (NWS) content from Google (GOOG) and sell it to Bing instead (MSFT): "We don't live in Murdoch's world anymore." Murdoch may be a genius if Bing's bling is enough; Google traffic is a fig leaf if it doesn't pull its weight in advertising dollars.

    | Nov. 23, 2009, 2:31 PM | 1 Comment
  • Nov. 23, 2009, 8:56 AM
    Sources say News Corp. (NWS) and Microsoft (MSFT) have discussed a tie-up which would see News Corp. getting paid to remove its news websites from Google's (GOOG) search engine. Microsoft, which relaunched its search engine as Bing this year, has reportedly talked with other online publishers about a similar move, as it looks for ways to grab market share from Google.
    | Nov. 23, 2009, 8:56 AM | 1 Comment
  • Nov. 19, 2009, 2:18 PM

    At its press event (liveblog), Google (GOOG) says its Chrome OS is still a year away, but adds all code is open source and available to the coding community. Brian Chen wonders if the OS is still targeting netbooks, a slowing segment of computing.

    | Nov. 19, 2009, 2:18 PM
  • Nov. 18, 2009, 9:10 AM
    The Google Phone is very real, and it's coming soon, TechCrunch says. "The next 'super' Android device will almost certainly be a HTC phone that’s much thinner than even the Droid (MOT) or iPhone (AAPL) – The Dragon/Passion. This is the phone the senior Android guys at Google (GOOG) are now carrying around and testing."
    | Nov. 18, 2009, 9:10 AM
  • Nov. 17, 2009, 4:55 PM
    ComScore's latest search rankings have Google (GOOG) and Microsoft (MSFT) gaining, and Yahoo (YHOO) slipping - again. Google grows to 65.4% from 64.9%; Bing goes to 9.9% from 9.4%; and Yahoo slips to 18% from 18.8%.
    | Nov. 17, 2009, 4:55 PM
  • Nov. 13, 2009, 7:04 AM
    Dell (DELL) confirms plans to enter the smartphone business, and announces partnerships with two of the world’s largest mobile operators - China Mobile (CHL) and Claro (AMX). The initial Mini 3 smartphones will be designed around the Android (GOOG) platform.
    | Nov. 13, 2009, 7:04 AM
  • Nov. 12, 2009, 4:49 PM

    If Motorola (MOT) succeeds in selling off its handset and set-top box units, what's left? It's back to the '60s: two-way radios and bar-code scanners, which have been more profitable.

    | Nov. 12, 2009, 4:49 PM
  • Nov. 11, 2009, 1:45 PM

    Rupert Murdoch's (NWS) trash-talking of Google (GOOG) et al. and their stealing his content is just hot air, Slate's Jack Shafer says, citing as proof Murdoch's reluctance to actually file a fair-use suit, despite the threats. One possibility: Murdoch's lawyers realize a lawsuit could expand fair-use rights, rather than limiting them.

    | Nov. 11, 2009, 1:45 PM
  • Nov. 11, 2009, 1:24 PM

    Experian Hitwise says Bing's (MSFT) search market share increased 7% in October, at the expense of rivals Google (GOOG) and Yahoo (YHOO), whose market shares fell 1% each. Google's share now stands at 70.6%, to Yahoo's 16.1%, Bing's 9.6% and's 2.6%.

    | Nov. 11, 2009, 1:24 PM
  • Nov. 11, 2009, 11:35 AM

    With its effort to spin off its mobile phone unit on pause, Motorola (MOT) is exploring a $4.5B sale of its home and networks mobility division, sources say. Possible buyers include private-equity firms and other communications-gear makers. JPMorgan (JPM) and Goldman (GS) advising. (WSJ)

    | Nov. 11, 2009, 11:35 AM
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.