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  • May 14, 2012, 3:28 PM
    Eddy Elfenbein's list of 13 "way, way, way overpriced" stocks: AMZN, MMI, CRM, NFLX, KO, WFM, COST, SRCL, SBUX, NKE, ARBA, CMG, ISRG.
    | May 14, 2012, 3:28 PM | 15 Comments
  • May 14, 2012, 11:01 AM
    After years of rapid growth, YouTube's (GOOG) video views have fallen 28% since December (a seasonally strong month) and are only up 16% Y/Y, per comScore. However, minutes viewed are up 52% Y/Y, as the site focuses on increasing viewer engagement through TV-like channels, and investing in and promoting professional content. (also)
    | May 14, 2012, 11:01 AM | 1 Comment
  • May 11, 2012, 4:21 PM
    ComScore releases April U.S. rankings on where people are going to search for adult content: Google (GOOG) sites led the U.S. explicit core search market in April with 66.5% market share, up 0.1%, followed by Microsoft (MSFT) sites with 15.4%, up 0.1%, and Yahoo! (YHOO) sites with 13.5%. Ask Network (IACI) accounted for 3% of explicit core searches, followed by AOL (AOL) with 1.6%.
    | May 11, 2012, 4:21 PM | Comment!
  • May 11, 2012, 1:38 PM
    Apple (AAPL -0.3%) is planning to drop the Google Maps program running on iOS in favor of a new Maps app with its own back-end. The application design is said to be fairly similar to the current Google Maps program on the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, but it is described as a much cleaner, faster, and more reliable experience.
    | May 11, 2012, 1:38 PM | 38 Comments
  • May 11, 2012, 10:27 AM
    YouTube (GOOG -0.2%) is considering the introduction of a premium, subscription-based video service, NY Post reports, and is holding conversations with program providers about adding more top-shelf content to its channels but putting it behind a paywall. Insiders stress the move doesn’t mean YouTube would suddenly start charging for what is already available for free.
    | May 11, 2012, 10:27 AM | Comment!
  • May 9, 2012, 7:43 PM
    As Facebook warns about its mobile monetization issues, Google (GOOG) CFO Patrick Pichette argues his company's low mobile ad rates, which have contributed to its cost-per-click declines, will inevitably improve, and should eventually be higher than PC rates. The combo of location-based ads and mobile payments make mobile devices an especially valuable ad platform, in Pichette's view, and Google now has plenty of mobile experience to work with. (also)
    | May 9, 2012, 7:43 PM | 1 Comment
  • May 9, 2012, 5:46 PM
    Samsung (SSNLF.PK) has acquired mSpot, developer of a streaming music service that supports cloud storage, and says it will pre-install mSpot's apps on its smartphones and tablets. mSpot bears a strong resemblance to Google Music, which hasn't seen an enthusiastic reception regardless, and could be another sign Samsung is trying to become less dependent on Google (GOOG) as its Android sales surge.
    | May 9, 2012, 5:46 PM | Comment!
  • May 9, 2012, 2:11 PM
    Google (GOOG) is rolling out a search engine overhaul that provides more semantic information about query subjects within search result pages. The change comes two months after Google promised a revamp that would make its results more in-line with "how humans understand the world." Bing (MSFT) has long promoted its inclusion of semantic info, and so has Baidu (BIDU), via its Box Computing platform.
    | May 9, 2012, 2:11 PM | 6 Comments
  • May 8, 2012, 6:21 PM
    Samsung (SSNLF.PK) has released a reference phone for the Tizen platform, which it's co-developing with Intel (INTC) and others. Though Tizen has been viewed as a low-end/mid-range OS, the reference phone features a 720p display and dual-core CPU - signs the world's biggest smartphone vendor might use it to lessen its dependence on Android (GOOG). Tizen's adoption could also give a lift to Intel's budding mobile processor ambitions.
    | May 8, 2012, 6:21 PM | Comment!
  • May 8, 2012, 5:00 PM
    Though YouTube's mobile position is pretty healthy, it faces more competition in this space than it does in the PC realm. The competition is especially fierce when it comes to sharing videos taken on camera phones, a market where startups Socialcam and Viddy are rapidly gaining users. AppData's latest figures suggest Socialcam, in particular, might be emerging as YouTube's top mobile rival. That, in turn, could spur M&A interest from Google (GOOG).
    | May 8, 2012, 5:00 PM | Comment!
  • May 7, 2012, 3:56 PM
    Microsoft (MSFT) argues before a federal judge Motorola Mobility (MMI, GOOG) isn't playing fair by asking for a 2.25% royalty on the Xbox 360 and other products deemed to be using its IP. Microsoft "estimates" a 2.25% rate translates into $4B in annual payments. Both the ITC and a German court have recently declared Microsoft to be infringing Motorola's patents. The dispute has its roots in Motorola's unwillingness to join other OEMs in paying hefty royalties on Android sales.
    | May 7, 2012, 3:56 PM | Comment!
  • May 7, 2012, 2:41 PM
    A mixed verdict is delivered in Oracle's (ORCL) patent suit against Google (GOOG). The jury finds Google guilty of violating Oracle copyrights by using Java APIs in Android, but has found it not guilty on other counts. Google is asking for a mistrial on account of the jury's inability to answer a question regarding fair use of Oracle's APIs. (previous)
    | May 7, 2012, 2:41 PM | Comment!
  • May 7, 2012, 9:26 AM
    India has reportedly joined the U.S., the E.U., and South Korea in launching an antitrust probe of Google (GOOG). The probe is said to focus on AdWords, Google's bread-and-butter search advertising platform, though other services could be added in time. Google has a dominant share of the Indian search market, and some estimate it might account for 50% of all online ad spending in the country.
    | May 7, 2012, 9:26 AM | 1 Comment
  • May 7, 2012, 5:49 AM
    LG Electronics (LGEAF.PK) plans to launch a Google-powered (GOOG) Internet-enabled TV in the U.S. in two weeks, an aggressive push by the duo to defend against Apple (AAPL) and its rumored iTV.
    | May 7, 2012, 5:49 AM | Comment!
  • May 6, 2012, 2:25 PM
    Warren Buffett recently advised Mark Zuckerberg for hours, but says he wouldn't be a buyer of Facebook (FB) shares. Buffett also said he wouldn't buy Apple (AAPL) or Google (GOOG), citing an inability to predict their futures, though he wouldn't short them either. He doesn't view the current tech IPO environment, heated though it is, as anything like that of the 1999-2000 bubble. (previous)
    | May 6, 2012, 2:25 PM | 14 Comments
  • May 5, 2012, 11:15 AM
    Though some of Google's (GOOG) recent moves have drawn plenty of criticism (I, II), the company isn't going anywhere, says Ian Lurie. Google search has become a utility rather than a mere product, and social networking/sharing can't replace it. Also, Google's culture continues to make it a haven for top engineers. Nonetheless, Lurie thinks regulators could pose a threat to Google if it isn't cautious.
    | May 5, 2012, 11:15 AM | Comment!
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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.