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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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  • Apr. 19, 2012, 6:57 PM
    Google (GOOG) M&A chief David Lawee bolsters speculation his company will make a bid for Pinterest by calling the white-hot bulletin board site "extraordinary," and capable of helping Google with what he calls "the most challenging problem" faced by the company: the discovery of video content. In spite of YouTube's phenomenal growth, its discovery mechanisms are viewed as a weak spot.
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  • Apr. 18, 2012, 1:27 PM
    Facebook (FB) is now the most popular site in Brazil, according to Experian Hitwise (translation). Facebook accounted for 10.98% of the country's Web visits on Sunday, putting it above the 10.55% claimed by Google Brazil (GOOG). Facebook passed Google's Orkut to become Brazil's most popular social networking site in January, and claims in its S-1 Brazilian monthly active users rose 267% in 2011 to 37M. (previous)
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  • Apr. 18, 2012, 12:45 PM
    With the BlackBerry's North American position in tatters, Research In Motion (RIMM -1.6%) is increasingly looking to emerging markets to stabilize sales. A week after announcing plans to open Middle Eastern stores, RIM is launching the BlackBerry Curve 9220 for the Indian market. RIM is bundling ~$50 worth of free apps to stoke demand in a cost-sensitive market where the iPhone (AAPL) has limited share, but Android (GOOG) has been surging.
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  • Apr. 18, 2012, 12:04 PM
    Google's (GOOG) Sergey Brin does some damage control over recent comments declaring Facebook and Apple to be threats to the "open Internet." Brin says he has "much admiration" for the companies, and is simply worried about how they've become "tollbooths and gatekeepers" for would-be entrepreneurs. But Nicholas Carlson sees a double standard at work. "Google's search algorithm is nothing if not the Web's biggest gatekeeper." (also)
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  • Apr. 17, 2012, 7:06 PM
    The recent decline in Google's (GOOG) ad click rates, one that has many investors on edge, could have something to do with the company's acquisition of display ad bidding platform AdMeld, which closed in December. Display ads generally carry lower rates than search ads, and the addition of AdMeld's inventory may be driving Google's total rate lower. However, other explanations (I, II) also exist.
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  • Apr. 17, 2012, 6:20 PM
    More on Google/Motorola: Sources also claim Google is looking to spin off Motorola's set-top box business. Google originally wanted to retain the unit, in part due to the less-than-enthusiastic consumer response to Google TV. However, cable operators, terrified of Google's online video ambitions, reportedly "threatened war" with Google unless it ditched the business.
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  • Apr. 17, 2012, 6:10 PM
    In spite of promises to keep the unit at arm's length, Google (GOOG) wants to hold onto Motorola Mobility's (MMI) phone ops because it "wants to have its own iPhone business," sources tell BI. The goal isn't to create additional Nexus phones, but an integrated hardware, software, and services experience similar to Apple's (AAPL). Unsurprisingly, Android partners are "furious" over Google's plans. But given what's known about Larry Page, maybe they shouldn't be surprised.
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  • Apr. 17, 2012, 2:34 PM
    Taking the stand in Oracle's (ORCL) patent suit with Google (GOOG), Larry Ellison says his company considered building its own smartphone in 2009, and also thought about buying Palm or Research In Motion (RIMM) before deciding against it (webOS was deemed uncompetitive, and RIM too expensive). Of course, it's in Ellison's interests to talk up Oracle's mobile ambitions, so as to make the financial impact of Google's use of its IP in Android seem greater.
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  • Apr. 17, 2012, 12:54 PM
    Google (GOOG), which relies on home-grown switches for its massive infrastructure, is throwing its weight behind OpenFlow, a networking protocol supported by upstart switch vendors looking to challenge the proprietary solutions of CSCO, JNPR, and others. While remaining committed to their proprietary hardware, the giants are officially supporting OpenFlow, which relies on a technology called software-defined networking.
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  • Apr. 16, 2012, 4:09 PM
    Google's (GOOG) anticipated cloud storage service will come with 5GB of free space and will probably launch next Tuesday, reports The Next Web. That's more than the free 2GB offered by market leader Dropbox, but less than the 25GB offered by Microsoft's (MSFT) SkyDrive. One challenge for Google is countering the huge edge Dropbox currently has over rivals in terms of supporting third-party services and apps.
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  • Apr. 16, 2012, 11:26 AM
    MGM says it's partnering with YouTube and Google Play to add more than 600 titles for rent to users in the U.S. and Canada. The studio joins five of the six majors, and over ten independent movie studios currently offering movies for rent on YouTube and Google Play.
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  • Apr. 16, 2012, 10:52 AM
    Marissa Mayer, head of Google's (GOOG) local services (including Maps and Earth), has been nominated to Wal-Mart's (WMT) board (14A). The nomination comes as Wal-Mart steps up its investments in e-commerce, mobile apps, and social media, and also mulls creating a mobile payments system - could the Mayer nomination lead Wal-Mart to support Google Wallet?
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  • Apr. 16, 2012, 10:06 AM
    Google (GOOG) co-founder Sergey Brin warns of "very powerful forces that have lined up against the open internet on all sides and around the world," citing governments increasingly trying to control access and communication by their citizens, and the rise of "walled gardens" such as Facebook and Apple, which tightly control what software can be released on their platforms.
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  • Apr. 16, 2012, 6:20 AM
    Jury selection in the trial over whether Google (GOOG) violated Oracle's (ORCL) Java patents is set to take place today. Oracle has somewhat scaled back its ambitions: having demanded $6.1B in damages for seven patents and copyright claims, it's now seeking $1B for two; Google says damages should be below $100M. (previous)
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  • Apr. 13, 2012, 5:50 PM
    Google's (GOOG) stock split doesn't go down well with corporate governance experts, but that kind of power looks more attractive in light of Facebook’s Instagram acquisition: “In full control, CEO Mark Zuckerberg appears to have conceived and pulled the trigger on the $1B deal over a weekend. [Larry Page and Sergey Brin] would like to maintain their ability to make similar moves.”
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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.