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  • Jul. 30, 2012, 1:00 PM

    "We don't do market research," says Apple (AAPL) design chief Jony Ive. "It will guarantee mediocrity and will only work out whether you are going to offend anyone." Consider that one more way Apple's culture is the opposite of Google's (GOOG), which is famous for taking a data-driven approach to everything. Ive also raised eyebrows by declaring the goal of the world's most valuable company "isn't to make money," but to "make great products." (previous: I, II)

    | Jul. 30, 2012, 1:00 PM | 29 Comments
  • Jul. 30, 2012, 3:43 AM
    Google (GOOG) will be watching closely when the federal trial starts today between Apple and Samsung. A decision against Samsung's Android-powered hardware could hurt Google's partners around the world, while an Apple loss could give Android more momentum as it gobbles marketshare.
    | Jul. 30, 2012, 3:43 AM
  • Jul. 29, 2012, 4:19 AM

    Google (GOOG) has admitted that it still has user data from the U.K. "and other countries" that it secretly collected from its Street View project in 2010. That breaches a pledge the company made to destroy the information, whose retention it called an "error." But then it wasn't particularly truthful about the collection of the data in the first place.

    | Jul. 29, 2012, 4:19 AM | 1 Comment
  • Jul. 27, 2012, 4:25 PM

    Two consortiums are bidding on Eastman Kodak's (EKDKQ.PK) 1,100 patents, the WSJ reports. One features Apple (AAPL), Microsoft (MSFT), and patent troll Intellectual Ventures. Another features Android partners Google (GOOG), Samsung (SSNLF.PK), LG, and HTC, along with RPX (RPXC). Bids are due on Monday. The report comes after the ITC dismissed a Kodak suit related to an image-preview patent, and Apple lost a bid to move a separate Kodak suit out of bankruptcy court.

    | Jul. 27, 2012, 4:25 PM | 6 Comments
  • Jul. 26, 2012, 7:38 PM

    "We’ll be looking at ways to bring ultra high-speeds to other communities," says a Google (GOOG) PR person, in a comment that might produce shudders at the offices of U.S. cable companies and telcos. The comment comes after Google took the wraps off its Kansas City TV/broadband fiber service, which includes a $70/month 1 Gbps tier and a free 5 Mbps tier.

    | Jul. 26, 2012, 7:38 PM | 3 Comments
  • Jul. 26, 2012, 3:07 PM
    More on Google's (GOOG) fiber service: Though it's charging $70/month for standalone 1 Gbps connections, Google says it will offer free 5 Mbps connections (save for a $300 installation fee) for 7 years, in the hope that users will upgrade. Time Warner Cable (TWC) might have something to be worried about after all. So might Google investors if the company chooses to expand the service, and its engineers don't find ways to minimize capex.
    | Jul. 26, 2012, 3:07 PM | 16 Comments
  • Jul. 26, 2012, 1:07 PM

    As expected, Google's (GOOG) Kansas City fiber network will offer pay-TV services to go with 1 Gbps broadband connectivity. iPad/Android tablet streaming will be included, as will a 2TB cloud DVR service. A TV/Internet package will cost $120/month, and standalone broadband service $70/month. Those prices are unlikely to send local rival Time Warner Cable (TWC) running for cover. Still no word on whether Google plans to expand its service to other cities.

    | Jul. 26, 2012, 1:07 PM | 4 Comments
  • Jul. 26, 2012, 5:37 AM

    Nokia (NOK) has scrapped a software project it had hoped would compete with Google's (GOOG) Android, sources say. The Linux-based software platform, code-named Meltemi, would have replaced Nokia's aging Series 40 software, but was reportedly abandoned as part of a massive cost-cutting effort.

    | Jul. 26, 2012, 5:37 AM | 10 Comments
  • Jul. 26, 2012, 2:58 AM

    Some non-earnings Apple (AAPL) news: 1) Mac OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion) is out, and its iOS-like features are the subject of intense debate, though feedback is mostly positive. 2) Good Technology claims iOS made up 70.8% of its Q2 enterprise mobile device activations. That's below Q1's 79.9%, but still far above Android's (GOOG) 27%. 3) Strategy Analytics believes the iPad's tablet share rebounded to 68% in Q2, after having fallen to 58% in Q4. Android is back down to 29%.

    | Jul. 26, 2012, 2:58 AM
  • Jul. 24, 2012, 1:31 PM

    Google (GOOG) and the EU have reportedly agreed to the outline for a settlement of the EU's antitrust probe. The agreement is said to follow new concessions from Google that extend proposed PC search remedies to mobile devices and other platforms. Google's battle with the FTC doesn't look as if it's close to being resolved.

    | Jul. 24, 2012, 1:31 PM
  • Jul. 23, 2012, 1:15 PM

    Privately-owned patent troll NTP has reached licensing deals with 13 tech and telecom companies: the list includes Apple (AAPL), Microsoft (MSFT), AT&T (T), Verizon (VZ), Sprint (S), Google (GOOG), Yahoo (YHOO), and Samsung (SSNLF.PK). Terms haven't been disclosed; NTP reached a $612.5M settlement with Research In Motion in '06.

    | Jul. 23, 2012, 1:15 PM | 4 Comments
  • Jul. 22, 2012, 11:42 PM

    While Apple (AAPL) and Microsoft complain about the use of standards-essential patents in the countersuits filed by Google (GOOG) and its Android partners, Google is now arguing some of Apple's software patents should be shared due to the widespread use of the technologies they cover. Meanwhile, Apple and Google are both appealing lawsuit dismissals from renowned U.S. Circuit Judge Richard Posner, who has been arguing software patents may do more harm than good.

    | Jul. 22, 2012, 11:42 PM | 4 Comments
  • Jul. 20, 2012, 1:20 PM

    Some post-earnings Google (GOOG +2.9%) news: 1) Google has bought Sparrow, developer of popular Mac and iOS e-mail apps that sport a Twitter-like interface. Time's Harry McCracken worries Sparrow will soon be discontinued. 2) The EU reportedly wants Google to offer concessions that cover both PCs and mobile devices, as part of any settlement of its antitrust probe. Update: The Verge reports Google paid less than $25M for Sparrow, and wants to use it to improve Gmail's polish and ease-of-use. (more on GOOG)

    | Jul. 20, 2012, 1:20 PM
  • Jul. 20, 2012, 11:55 AM

    Unlike Microsoft, Google (GOOG +3.1%) is holding onto its post-earnings gains. The Street is taking heart in strong Y/Y paid click growth and a halt to recent ad price declines. However, some are still worried ad prices remain well below year-ago levels, and wish Google provided details about Motorola's full-quarter performance. Deutsche sees rising mobile ad prices and higher shopping-related mobile search activity giving Google a 2H lift. (transcript)

    | Jul. 20, 2012, 11:55 AM | 1 Comment
  • Jul. 19, 2012, 5:32 PM

    Mentioned during Google's Q2 earnings call: Northern European sales holding up, but Spain is weak. North America is steady. Forex added to list of explanations for ad price weakness. YouTube ad sales going well. Mobile searches declared to be "mostly incremental" (i.e. it's OK they carry lower ad rates, since they boost overall search volume). 1M advertisers and 300K mobile apps supported by mobile ad unit. No news on Larry Page's health, though he remains "involved." GOOG +3% AH. (live blog)

    | Jul. 19, 2012, 5:32 PM
  • Jul. 19, 2012, 4:25 PM

    More on Google's Q2: Google site revenue +21%, ad network revenue +20%. Ad click prices -16% Y/Y but +1% Q/Q, halting recent declines. Paid clicks +1% Q/Q and +42% Y/Y (impact of mobile). International sales steady at 54% of total. Motorola revenue was $1.25B, operating loss -$38M. Free cash flow of $3.48B vs. net income of $3.35B. Capex of $774M vs. Q1's $607M. 1,300 new Google hires to go with 20K+ Motorola employees. Opex steady at 33% of revenue. GOOG +3% AH. (PR)

    | Jul. 19, 2012, 4:25 PM
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Alphabet, Inc. is a newly founded holding company for the Google group of businesses. Under the new operating structure, its main Google business will include search, ads, maps, apps, YouTube and Android and the related technical infrastructure (the 'Google business'). Businesses such as Calico,... More
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