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Google Inc. (GOOG)

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  • Apr. 27, 2012, 5:09 AM
    Argentina is investigating Google's (GOOG) search and search advertising services, the company said in an SEC filing this week, adding to inquiries from the FTC and EU. Google also said that South Korea, whose antitrust regulator raided the firm's office last year, is conducting a probe as well.
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  • Apr. 25, 2012, 6:56 PM
    Smartphones finally account for the majority of Japanese phone sales, according to comScore, as a country that has been relatively slow to abandon feature phones starts to come around. Android (GOOG) accounted for 61.4% of Japanese smartphone users as of February, and the iPhone 34.2% - the latter is impressive given Apple (AAPL) still lacks a deal with top carrier NTT DoCoMo (DCM).
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  • Apr. 25, 2012, 6:22 PM
    The Google/Oracle feud has unearthed an interesting July 2010 presentation from mobile chief Andy Rubin. The presentation forecast Google (GOOG) would generate $278M in 2010 Android revenue, while claiming it obtained $7.50/year in revenue per Android phone as of June 2010 and $281M in annual revenue from the iPhone as of Q1 '10. Current run rates are likely much higher. Rubin also forecast Google would generate $908M in music revenue in 2012 - that probably won't happen.
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  • Apr. 25, 2012, 3:53 PM
    Demand Media (DMD -2.6%) sells off yet again on the release of a Google (GOOG) algorithm change (previous). Google's Webspam update, which the search giant says will affect 3.1% of English queries, has produced lower SEO visibility for a number of well-known sites (as well as higher visibility for others). It's not hard to imagine some of Demand Media's content-farming sites being among the losers.
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  • Apr. 25, 2012, 12:38 PM
    The mythical Facebook (FB) phone could arrive as soon as Q3, reports Digitimes. In-line with prior rumors, Facebook is said to be working with HTC on the device, which will feature (like the Kindle Fire) a custom version of Android. It's added Google (GOOG) has chosen to partner with Samsung for its next Nexus phone. That could be adding to the recent anxiety of Motorola Mobility (MMI) investors, though Google has said Nexus projects would remain open to third parties.
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  • Apr. 24, 2012, 2:35 PM
    Google (GOOG) has officially unveiled Google Drive (previous), and initial reviews are mixed. ReadWriteWeb likes the service's OCR and image-recognition features, but is worried about limited cross-platform support. Walt Mossberg (video) also likes its feature set, but would like to see improved support for Office docs. Dropbox CEO Drew Houston quips his company is now launching a search engine. (previous)
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  • Apr. 24, 2012, 1:15 PM
    An ITC judge rules Apple (AAPL -2.2%) is violating a Motorola Mobility (MMI -2.6%) patent, but declares it doesn't violate 3 other patents for which Motorola is claiming infringement. The commission will issue a final ruling on the matter in August. Motorola, which fell after Google's (GOOG) phone announcement, is also locked in a bitter dispute with Apple in Germany.
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  • Apr. 24, 2012, 12:51 PM
    Today's drop in Motorola Mobility (MMI -2.5%) shares to $37.46, a day after the company scored a favorable ITC ruling, makes clear the Street is worried the Google acquisition won't go through, or perhaps just not at $40/share. Google's announcement it's selling Samsung's Galaxy Nexus for $399 unlocked via the Play Store could have some investors spooked. Arb traders stand to pocket a 6.8% gain if the deal goes as planned. (previous)
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  • Apr. 24, 2012, 11:57 AM
    Google (GOOG) Chairman and former CEO Eric Schmidt is due to testify today as Oracle's (ORCL) final witness in the court battle between the companies over the use of Java in Android. Prior to becoming Google's CEO, Schmidt was CTO at Sun Microsystems, which developed Java and was bought by Oracle in 2010.
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  • Apr. 24, 2012, 11:50 AM
    Details about Google's (GOOG) cloud storage service get leaked via an announcement on the company's French blog. As expected, Google Drive will feature 5GB of free storage and tight integration with Google Docs. Advanced search, OCR, and image-recognition capabilities are also included. An extra 20GB of capacity will cost $4/month - that's only in-line with Dropbox's per-GB pricing, and easily more expensive than Microsoft's (MSFT) SkyDrive. Update: Google states on its U.S. blog pricing will actually be $2.49/month for 25GB, still more expensive than SkyDrive, but cheaper than Dropbox.
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  • Apr. 23, 2012, 6:19 PM
    An ITC judge rules Microsoft's (MSFT) Xbox consoles violate Motorola Mobility's (MMI, GOOG) patents; the ruling is subject to commission review. An ITC ruling on whether Apple (AAPL) violated four Motorola patents has been delayed by a day. Unlike most other Android OEMs, Motorola has chosen to fight Microsoft's attempts to extract a large royalty on its Android shipments, leveraging its huge patent portfolio.
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  • Apr. 23, 2012, 2:25 PM
    Ahead of the much-rumored launch of Google Drive (GOOG), Microsoft (MSFT) is introducing paid tiers for its SkyDrive cloud storage service, to go with the 25GB/year of capacity it provides for free. Microsoft's pricing significantly undercuts that of Dropbox, which now has over 50M users, though Dropbox still has a major edge in terms of third-party app/service support.
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  • Apr. 23, 2012, 1:55 PM
    Looking to fight off the FTC and also obtain favorable legislation in realms such as copyright law and net neutrality , Google (GOOG) is ramping its lobbying efforts. The company spent $5.03M on lobbying in Q1, up from $3.68M in Q4 and just $1.48M in the year-ago period. Consumer Watchdog estimates Apple (AAPL) spent only $500K during the quarter, Facebook (FB) $650K, and Microsoft (MSFT) $1.7M. (previous)
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  • Apr. 20, 2012, 6:02 PM
    Larry Page is at it again. Google (GOOG) is axing several more products as part of its efforts to narrow its product focus. Among the abandoned products are certain APIs, the Linux version of Picasa, the mobile web version of Google Talk, and (in a sign of the times) Google Sync support for BlackBerry devices. The cuts comes on top of ones announced in November and September.
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  • Apr. 20, 2012, 4:52 PM
    The number of ads viewed by consumers on mobile rose 21% Q/Q in Q1, according to InMobi - evidence of how mobile ads are narrowing the huge gap between their shares of media viewing and ad spending. Google (GOOG) remains the unquestioned giant of the mobile ad market, even as concerns exist about its mobile ad rates. Rival Millennial Media (MM) had a stellar March IPO, but has since sold off (likely on valuation worries).
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  • Apr. 20, 2012, 10:58 AM
    YouTube (GOOG) has been ordered by a German court to filter uploaded videos for copyrighted material, in response to a suit from a trade association representing 60K German musicians and writers. YouTube will likely assert its Content ID system, which alerts copyright owners to the uploading of their content and allows them to set removal or monetization policies, is an adequate filtering solution. (Viacom)
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Google Inc is a web search and online advertising company that offers search, advertising, operating systems and platforms, enterprise and hardware products.