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  • May 31, 2012, 6:53 PM

    Google (GOOG) could soon have another search controversy (previous) on its hands. Starting this fall, results shown by the company's product search engine will be influenced by how much retailers and advertisers pay. Currently, the search engine only generates revenue from ads that are clearly distinct from the search results. Meanwhile, Danny Sullivan notes Google's hotel and flight search results are now also influenced by ad purchases. The FTC might not be thrilled.

    | May 31, 2012, 6:53 PM | 4 Comments
  • May 31, 2012, 6:02 PM
    As rumors of a Facebook (FB) bid for Opera Software swirl, the social networking colossus has removed Google Chrome (GOOG) from its list of recommended browsers in favor of Opera. Interestingly, the change is uncovered on a day when Chrome chief Sundar Pichai boasts Google's browser is "#1 in most countries," and 1/3 of Internet users are relying on Chrome. That's basically in-line with recent data from StatCounter.
    | May 31, 2012, 6:02 PM | 1 Comment
  • May 31, 2012, 5:46 PM

    Google (GOOG) has filed a complaint with the EU accusing Nokia (NOK) and Microsoft (MSFT) of transferring 1,200 patents to Canadian patent troll MOSAID (MBTHF.PK), with the goal of driving up prices for rival (i.e. Android) devices. The move comes as the EU investigates complaints from Microsoft and Apple that Motorola Mobility is making unfair use of its standards-essential patents in IP disputes.

    | May 31, 2012, 5:46 PM
  • May 31, 2012, 2:25 PM

    Yelp (YELP -3.7%) is joining in on a general selloff in high-beta Internet and social networking names; shares are now down 25% since the day of Facebook's IPO, and are closing in on the company's IPO price of $15. Google's (GOOG) recent overhaul of its local commerce content, which includes the arrival of free Zagat reviews, could also be weighing on shares.

    | May 31, 2012, 2:25 PM
  • May 31, 2012, 1:52 PM

    Is Twitter's growth slowing down? Only 15% of respondents to a February Pew survey of U.S. adults claimed they use Twitter - that's up just slightly from 13% in May 2011, and well below the 50%+ penetration Facebook had reached at a similar point in its history. A slowdown, together with the recent slump in social networking valuations, could make Twitter more amenable to an offer from Google (GOOG) or another party. However, its international growth appears to be healthier.

    | May 31, 2012, 1:52 PM | 1 Comment
  • May 31, 2012, 1:00 PM

    Google (GOOG) and Facebook (FB) are vying to take a stake in popular music video site Vevo, the NY Post reports, with the winner likely to score a lucrative ad deal. Vevo, a JV featuring Universal, Sony (SNE), and Abu Dhabi Media, is reportedly valued at $1B on revenue of $150M. Vevo currently relies on YouTube for PC distribution, but also has popular mobile apps independent of YouTube, and has received a lift from Facebook Open Graph integration.

    | May 31, 2012, 1:00 PM
  • May 31, 2012, 12:17 PM

    A week after a jury declared Google (GOOG) innocent of Oracle's Java-related patent infringement claims (ORCL), a judge has shot down Oracle's request to nullify the jury's decision and put the case in the judge's hands. The case will now most likely be reviewed by an appeals court.

    | May 31, 2012, 12:17 PM
  • May 30, 2012, 6:36 PM

    Some highlights from the 2012 version of Mary Meeker's Internet Trends report: Smartphone subs only made up 15.6% of global mobile subs as of Q4; mobile's share of ad spending was only 1/10 its share of U.S. media viewing time in 2011; global 3G penetration (as a % of mobile subs) only stood at 18% in Q4 (a positive for QCOM); mobile display ad rates are barely 1/5 of PC ad rates (a problem for GOOG and MM); and the App Store (AAPL) is now seeing 46M+ downloads/day.

    | May 30, 2012, 6:36 PM | 1 Comment
  • May 30, 2012, 5:12 PM
    Vodafone (VOD), AT&T (T), Verizon (VZ), Telefonica (TEF), and Deutsche Telekom (DTEGY.PK) are joining forces to create what would effectively be a common mobile app store, Light Reading reports. The upshot: carriers are trying to take back a measure of the control they lost to Apple (AAPL) and Google (GOOG) over the distribution of mobile content, and perhaps generate some extra revenue along the way. It won't be easy.
    | May 30, 2012, 5:12 PM | 4 Comments
  • May 30, 2012, 4:37 PM

    South Korea's Fair Trade Commission has yet again raided Google's (GOOG) Seoul offices (previous) as part of a probe into whether the company is limiting access to local search engines on Android devices. In January, the commission accused Google of interfering with a September raid by deleting documents and telling employees to telecommute.

    | May 30, 2012, 4:37 PM
  • May 30, 2012, 4:02 PM

    Down sharply earlier in the day, OpenTable (OPEN +1.3%) spiked higher in the final hour of trading after it was learned the company's restaurant-booking service has been integrated with Google+ (GOOG). OpenTable slumped last September following Google's acquisition of restaurant review provider Zagat.

    | May 30, 2012, 4:02 PM
  • May 30, 2012, 2:20 PM
    Google's (GOOG) much-discussed display glasses will hopefully arrive next year, Sergey Brin tells California's Lieutenant Governor. Google's ability to stream location-specific ads to the devices could make them a gold mine if they're ever adopted on a large scale. Yesterday, in response to a question about Google's efforts, Tim Cook (AAPL) suggested wearable computing is an interesting concept, but added "the book hasn't been written" on whether consumers will embrace it. (also)
    | May 30, 2012, 2:20 PM | 1 Comment
  • May 30, 2012, 12:28 PM

    In spite of rumors to the contrary, Google's (GOOG) Nexus Tablet will feature a quad-core Nvidia (NVDA) Tegra 3 processor, according to benchmarks turned up by Rightware. The benchmarks also suggest the device will feature Android 4.1, which could be the version number for Jelly Bean. For the sake of its mobile ad business, Google badly needs the Nexus Tablet to be a success.

    | May 30, 2012, 12:28 PM
  • May 30, 2012, 11:38 AM

    Google (GOOG) regrets not buying Twitter before its valuation surged to $8B, a source tells BI, and the company still believes it's the only one capable of effectively monetizing the microblogging service. A source close to Twitter claims the company's IPO plans haven't progressed far (the performance of recent offerings may be giving the company pause), and hints Twitter, which has struck a search deal with Bing (MSFT), is still open to an offer from Google. (previous)

    | May 30, 2012, 11:38 AM
  • May 30, 2012, 9:14 AM

    Google (GOOG) says it has seen a meaningful increase in search activity since it began including its Knowledge Graph panel within search results for millions of subjects. One source tells the WSJ 10%-20% of searches could feature Knowledge Graph panels. Still on Google's plate: improving its slumping search ad rates, and better integrating social networking info within its search results a la Bing (MSFT).

    | May 30, 2012, 9:14 AM
  • May 30, 2012, 8:39 AM

    A French court yesterday threw out a copyright lawsuit from TF1 against YouTube, ruling that the Google (GOOG) unit had made enough effort to remove "Heroes" and other programs for which TF1 owns the French broadcasting rights. YouTube has lost similar cases elsewhere in Europe and is fighting one vs. Vicaom (VIA) in the U.S.

    | May 30, 2012, 8:39 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.