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  • 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).
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  • 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.
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  • 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 Motorola CEO Sanjay Jha has stepped down and been replaced by "long-time Googler" Dennis Woodside, who was President of Google's Americas region and who has already initiated an executive shakeup at Motorola.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)
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • May 21, 2012, 6:29 PM
    A CIA report drives home the huge role smartphones will play in driving Internet usage in emerging markets. While nations such as India, Russia, and Indonesia have seen mobile penetration rates surge well above 50%, their Internet penetration rates remain mired below 20% (or in India's case, 10%). However, smartphone sales to emerging markets are soaring - particularly for Android (GOOG) devices - and that creates an opening for broader Internet adoption.
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  • May 21, 2012, 5:01 PM
    Google+ (GOOG), already plagued by low engagement rates, is now seeing businesses jump ship. Companies report seeing very little traffic for their Google+ pages, and claim Pinterest, which sports much higher engagement rates and a big share of web referral traffic, represents more fertile ground. "The broad consensus is that Google+ is an empty city where the masses go to set up a profile but then seldom return." (previous)
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  • May 21, 2012, 12:56 PM
    With the final hurdle to its acquisition of Motorola Mobility (MMI +2%) having been cleared, Google (GOOG +2.2%) plans to conduct a "listening tour" of Motorola's ops, a source tells TechCrunch, with layoffs expected to follow soon afterwards. Though Motorola's profits are a tiny fraction of Google's, it has 20.5K employees to Google's 33K.
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  • May 21, 2012, 12:37 PM
    Facebook's (FB) IPO marks the end of Silicon Valley's golden age, laments Berkeley/Stanford prof. Steve Blank. His argument: with Facebook and other social media/mobile plays delivering huge returns in a short amount of time, VCs now have little interest in funding companies tackling major science and technology challenges that have a longer payoff. Only Google (GOOG - previous) and Tesla's (TSLA) Elon Musk seem up to the task.
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  • May 21, 2012, 12:04 PM
    YouTube (GOOG) users are now uploading 72 hours of video every minute, the site boasts. That's up from 48 hours a year ago, and 24 hours in March 2010. YouTube's average monthly usage is also soaring, thanks to its efforts to promote channel subscriptions and professional content.
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  • May 21, 2012, 10:51 AM
    Google Chrome (GOOG) has passed Internet Explorer (MSFT) to become the world's most popular browser, according to StatCounter's latest data. Chrome's 32.76% share for the week of May 14-20 puts it above IE's 31.94% and Firefox's 25.47%, and compares with a mere 19.37% in the year-ago period. NetMarketShare's data suggests IE still has a major lead. (previous)
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  • May 21, 2012, 8:21 AM
    Google (GOOG) says it disagrees with the EU that it may have abused its dominant position but expresses willingness to "discuss any concerns they might have." Which is good, because Google probably doesn't really have a choice, does it.
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  • May 21, 2012, 7:53 AM
    EU Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia offers Google (GOOG) the opportunity to suggest remedies that would address the EC's antitrust concerns. If the proposals prove acceptable following a market trial, the EU will drop its investigation, which it started following complaints from Microsoft (MSFT) and several others.
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  • May 19, 2012, 3:28 PM
    Clearance in China removes the last hurdle for Google's (GOOG) $12B bid for Motorola Mobility (MMI), which will close early next week. Google must make its Android OS available at no charge to all partners for five years.
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  • May 18, 2012, 5:43 PM
    The ITC bans the import of Motorola Mobility (MMI, GOOG) Android phones that feature meeting and scheduling software deemed to be violating Microsoft's (MSFT) IP. The ruling comes just weeks after the ITC and a German court declared the Xbox to be violating Motorola's patents. Much like Apple's disputes with Android OEMs, the Microsoft-Motorola war doesn't appear to have any end in sight.
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  • May 18, 2012, 5:04 PM
    App analytics firm New Relic estimates PayPal (EBAY) accounts for a whopping 60% of web payment transactions, more than 3x that of #2 processor Authorize.net. Google Checkout (GOOG) came in fifth place with a ~3% share. eBay's PayPal revenue rose 32% Y/Y in Q1 on the back of 24% volume growth. The company is hoping PayPal's offline and mobile payments initiatives will drive further growth.
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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.