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  • May 24, 2012, 2:49 PM
    Google's (GOOG) rumored Nexus tablet will ship next month, Digitimes reports. It's added the 7" device, which a past report suggested will sell for $199, is expected to have 2012 shipments of just 2M-2.5M - IDC has estimated the 2012 tablet market will total 106M units. Between competition from the 9.7" iPad, the Kindle Fire, the Nook Tablet, and perhaps also an "iPad Mini," as well as Apple's (AAPL) huge lead in available tablet apps, Google has its work cut out for it. (also)
    | May 24, 2012, 2:49 PM | Comment!
  • May 24, 2012, 1:51 PM
    Mark Cuban discloses he bought 150K Facebook (FB) shares at $33, but says the purchase is a trade, not an investment. Cuban also provides downbeat commentary about Facebook and its disappointing IPO: he predicts the offering will further discourage retail investors from participating in the market, and joins Jim Cramer in predicting mobile usage is bad news for the company. He also sees mobile's monetization challenges as a problem for Google (GOOG) and other online ad sellers.
    | May 24, 2012, 1:51 PM | 11 Comments
  • May 24, 2012, 12:36 PM
    Millennial Media's (MM) Q1 Mobile Mix Report drives home the disproportionate and growing share of mobile web traffic and ad viewing claimed by tablets. Ad impressions served by Millennial to non-phone devices (primarily tablets) rose 33% Q/Q, and now make up 20% of all impressions. With the iPad dominating tablet web traffic, that's a bit of a problem for Millennial, due to iAd competition, and a bigger problem for Google (GOOG), due to its search revenue-sharing deal with Apple (AAPL).
    | May 24, 2012, 12:36 PM | 3 Comments
  • May 24, 2012, 10:09 AM
    Microsoft (MSFT) has won a German injunction on the sale of Motorola Mobility (GOOG) Android devices, after a court ruled Motorola is infringing a patent related to the brilliant innovation of breaking up and reassembling a text message. The ruling comes after the ITC banned the U.S. import of Motorola devices infringing another Microsoft patent, and suggested (pending a final ruling) the Xbox 360 should face an import ban for violating Motorola patents.
    | May 24, 2012, 10:09 AM | 2 Comments
  • May 24, 2012, 8:05 AM
    France's data-protection agency, CNIL, accuses Google (GOOG) of stonewalling in its investigation of the company's new privacy policy, which was implemented despite CNIL asking Google for a delay. The agency says Google's answers to a questionnaire are "are often incomplete or approximate," and has given it a new one to fill in.
    | May 24, 2012, 8:05 AM | 1 Comment
  • May 23, 2012, 3:54 PM
    The ITC judge who in April declared Microsoft's (MSFT) Xbox 360 to be infringing 4 Motorola Mobility (GOOG) patents has now ruled the 360 should face a U.S. import and sales ban. However, the ruling can only be enforced following a review by the full commission, and Microsoft has its own ITC victory as a card to play in the dispute. Motorola has asked for a 2.25% royalty on sales of the 360 and other Microsoft products.
    | May 23, 2012, 3:54 PM | 1 Comment
  • May 23, 2012, 2:30 PM
    The jury presiding over Oracle's (ORCL) patent suit against Google (GOOG) finds Google innocent of all 8 infringement claims. Oracle has been seeking huge damages over Android's use of APIs related to the Java programming language. There's a good chance Oracle will appeal.
    | May 23, 2012, 2:30 PM | 5 Comments
  • May 23, 2012, 12:58 PM
    The FCC is exploring whether online video sites such as Hulu and YouTube (GOOG) should be governed by the same rules as traditional pay-TV providers. Any move in this direction could have huge implications, potentially giving video sites the right to carry channels content owners have been unwilling to license (and thus representing major new competition for traditional providers), while also requiring them to carry less popular content.
    | May 23, 2012, 12:58 PM | 2 Comments
  • May 23, 2012, 11:39 AM
    Trying to stoke a weak Android tablet market, Nvidia (NVDA) has introduced a reference platform called Kai, which it boasts can enable $199 tablets running on its quad-core Tegra 3 chips. Interestingly, it was reported in March that Google (GOOG) has decided not to use the Tegra 3 in its upcoming Nexus tablet out of a desire to bring the tablet's price down to the $149-$199 range.
    | May 23, 2012, 11:39 AM | 2 Comments
  • May 22, 2012, 1:48 PM
    Machinima, a YouTube video developer that generated 1.6B views in April, has closed a $35M funding round led by Google (GOOG). The investment, which comes a year after YouTube acquired video developer Next New Networks, underscores Google's willingness to spend heavily to turn YouTube into a top professional content hub. Those efforts appear to be paying off.
    | May 22, 2012, 1:48 PM | Comment!
  • May 22, 2012, 1:10 PM
    Alexion Pharmaceuticals (ALXN +5.2%) pops after Standard & Poors announces it will replace Motorola Mobility (MMI) in the S&P 500 index after the close of trading on Thursday, May 24.
    | May 22, 2012, 1:10 PM | Comment!
  • May 22, 2012, 12:28 PM
    Apple (AAPL) still has the world's most valuable brand, according to BrandZ's annual study, which estimates its value has risen 19% Y/Y to $182.9B. IBM is believed to have passed Google (GOOG) for the #2 spot thanks to a 15% increase, while McDonald's (MCD) is seen holding steady at #4 in spite of a 17% gain. Also in the top 10: Microsoft (MSFT), Coca-Cola (KO), Marlboro (PM), AT&T (T), Verizon (VZ), and China Mobile (CHL).
    | May 22, 2012, 12:28 PM | Comment!
  • May 22, 2012, 11:03 AM
    Now that the merger is official, Bloomberg BusinessWeek has published a lengthy piece on Google's (GOOG) plans for Motorola (MMI), and the background of new Motorola chief Dennis Woodside. Woodside promises not to ask for special treatment from the Android unit, but wants to use Google's resources towards goals such as improving battery life and camera image quality. It's added Google will be creating a new Motorola R&D lab focused on advanced technology projects.
    | May 22, 2012, 11:03 AM | Comment!
  • May 22, 2012, 9:02 AM
    Google (GOOG) closes its $12.5B acquisition of Motorola Mobility (MMI), which remains a separate business. Motorola CEO Sanjay Jha has stepped down and been replaced by "long-time Googler" Dennis Woodside, who was President of Google's Americas region and who has already initiated an executive shakeup at Motorola. (PR)
    | May 22, 2012, 9:02 AM | Comment!
  • May 22, 2012, 8:06 AM
    The FTC speeds up its investigation of Google's (GOOG +0.3%) competitive practices, Bloomberg reports, asking for information from rivals about the company's behavior. The requests to the firms, which include eBay (EBAY), were sent prior to the EU saying yesterday that Google has a "matter of weeks" to resolve a probe and avoid possible fines.
    | May 22, 2012, 8:06 AM | Comment!
  • May 21, 2012, 7:03 PM
    Of the four "concerns" the EU has about Google's (GOOG) business practices, the company has taken steps to address two of them, and a third - the transferring of AdWords campaigns to other search engines - is one rivals don't seem to be worried about. But the issue that worries competitors the most - the preferential placement given to links for Google services within its search results - is one the company hasn't yet addressed.
    | May 21, 2012, 7:03 PM | Comment!
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.