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  • Dec. 18, 2009, 3:21 PM
    As Google (GOOG) considers buying local-business source Yelp, John Dvorak wonders if the search giant is turning into Yahoo (YHOO) - not the good Yahoo, but the one that haphazardly bought companies in the '90s, and even now. If Yelp goes for a high price, maybe Twitter is next for the "Google slot machine payout bin."
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  • Dec. 18, 2009, 8:23 AM
    Sources say Google (GOOG) is in advanced talks to buy Yelp, a review site for local businesses, for $500M or more. Yelp, founded in 2004 by two PayPal veterans, dominates the market for local business listings and ads in big U.S. cities. For $300-1,000/month, business can have their ads appear at the top of search results and on profile pages of their rivals.
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  • Dec. 17, 2009, 9:54 AM
    Sources say Google (GOOG) is in talks with at least one hardware manufacturer to build a Google-branded netbook, with plans to launch for next year's holiday season.
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  • Dec. 15, 2009, 9:22 AM
    After (GOOG) announces it is challenging as king of the short URL, fires back, saying it will begin creating custom URLs for partners including Bing (MSFT), New York Times (NYT), HuffPo, and WSJ (NWS). (via)
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  • Dec. 14, 2009, 5:31 PM
    Not only does Farhad Manjoo wonder if Google (GOOG) really plans to follow through on selling its own phone, he wonders if it even matters - compiling the reasons that whatever's in the Nexus One will be in all the "Android phones."
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  • Dec. 14, 2009, 8:06 AM
    AOL (AOL) is in talks with Digital Sky Technologies of Russia to sell ICQ, an instant-messaging service that has a wide following abroad. Google (GOOG) is also thought to be in the running. ICQ could fetch $200-300M.
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  • Dec. 14, 2009, 7:31 AM
    While Google (GOOG) plans to sell the Google phone directly, sources say it has turned to carriers to help it market the Nexus One. So far only T-Mobile (DT) has signed on, which reportedly impacted Google's decision to go with GSM and not CDMA - to the exclusion of Verizon Wireless (VZ, VOD).
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  • Dec. 13, 2009, 2:15 AM
    According to WSJ's sources, the Google phone is the real deal. As soon as next year, Google will begin selling the Nexus One (picture here) directly online; users will choose their carrier separately. Unlike current Android-based phones, Google (GOOG) has designed "virtually the entire software experience" of this HTC-manufactured model.
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  • Dec. 12, 2009, 4:21 PM
    Google (GOOG) confirms it's dogfooding a new device (the mysterious Google phone?) "that combines innovative hardware from a partner with software that runs on Android to experiment with new mobile features and capabilities." Someone who's seen it says it's "a sexy beast - like an iPhone on beautifying steroids."
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  • Dec. 9, 2009, 2:09 PM
    Google's (GOOG) share of online search increased in November to 71.6% from 70.6%, according to Experian Hitwise. The gains came at the expense of Yahoo (YHOO), slipping to 15.4% to 16.1%, and Bing (MSFT), which dropped to 9.3% from 9.6%.
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  • Dec. 7, 2009, 1:05 PM
    WSJ is liveblogging Google's (GOOG +0.6%) presentation featuring its "heavy hitters" showing off some new search features.
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  • Dec. 4, 2009, 4:45 PM
    Apple (AAPL) is reportedly in talks to buy online music service Lala - a good fit with a service described as "iTunes in the cloud," and which has been partly powering a Google (GOOG) music initiative.
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  • Dec. 4, 2009, 7:50 AM
    Google (GOOG) unveils Google Public DNS, a new service that will allow web surfers to use Google as their DNS (Domain Name System) provider. The benefits to users are theoretically faster and more secure browsing. The benefit to Google appears to be a huge store of data to mine, and potential new revenue streams. The service competes directly with OpenDNS, backed by private-equity firms Sequoia and Greylock.
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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.
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  • 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."
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  • 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.
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Google Inc is a web search and online advertising company. The Company offers search, online advertising, operating systems and platforms, enterprise and hardware products.