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  • Apr. 11, 2012, 10:14 AM
    Google (GOOG) has rolled out a major redesign for much-criticized Google+, one that includes better navigation controls and conversation-monitoring capabilities, and new features for its Hangouts videoconferencing solution. The company also boasts it now has over 170M Google+ users, though as TechCrunch notes, that claim might be a stretch, given how anyone who has clicked on a Google +1 button is counted as a user. (also)
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  • Apr. 11, 2012, 8:06 AM
    Rumors have emerged that Google (GOOG) has offered Motorola Mobility's (MMI) phone business to Huawei "at a high price," though a WSJ source denies it. Officially, Google (GOOG) remains committed to holding onto the phone business, and says there will be a "firewall" between it and the company's Android unit, so as to prevent conflicts of interest. Nonetheless, Android partners aren't thrilled.
  • Apr. 10, 2012, 2:34 PM
    If Instagram is worth a $1B to Facebook, what would a visually striking (and monetized) site that stands as the 3rd most visited social networking destination command from a buyer? That's the question that more than a few shareholders of Pinterest must be pondering after the bulletin board site saw its traffic skyrocket over the last year. Speculation centers on a bid from Google (GOOG) as the company continues to try and hack away at Facebook's steadfast lead in social.
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  • Apr. 9, 2012, 12:14 PM
    SA author Akram's Razor asks whether Facebook (FB) is "morphing into the Web's OS?" It provides free "outsourced development infrastructure for anyone doing anything online," and so is "holding some very valuable cards." That leaves Google (GOOG) with a problem, as if it can't access Facebook, how ill it be able to "organize the world's information?"
  • Apr. 6, 2012, 12:52 PM
    Google's (GOOG) Nexus tablet, developed in partnership with Asus, will be arriving in July, reports The Verge. Though Asus introduced a similar product at CES in January, Google is looking to find ways to lower the device's price from $249 to $149-$199. That could mean swapping out the tablet's quad-core Nvidia (NVDA) Tegra 3 chip for something cheaper.
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  • Apr. 6, 2012, 11:54 AM
    Concerns about the EU's patent probes and a lengthy Chinese regulatory review have sent Motorola Mobility (MMI) shares down to $38.83, nearly 3% below Google's (GOOG) $40/share buyout price. Is there reason for concern? Probably not, says a BI source. Google still views Motorola as the answer to its mobile patent issues, and the delay in Chinese approval is primarily about China's efforts to gain more "respect" as an antitrust authority.
  • Apr. 5, 2012, 5:50 PM
    Google's (GOOG) e-book efforts don't appear to be going too well. The company, which has tied e-book sales into Google Play, says it's discontinuing a program that allowed independent bookstores to sell Google e-books through their sites, apparently due to a lack of interest. The lack of a popular e-reader that supports Google's own e-book store could have something to do with that.
  • Apr. 5, 2012, 4:13 PM
    Larry Page continues his PR efforts (previously) by posting a long missive that defends the huge changes made to Google's (GOOG) search results and privacy policy by arguing it's done in the name of creating "a simpler, more intuitive experience" across multiple services/devices, and making search results more human. He also suggests Google's moves are the result of a "long-term focus" and a "disregard for the impossible." Critics (I, II) might not be moved.
  • Apr. 5, 2012, 11:40 AM
    A federal appeals court resurrects Viacom's (VIAB) $1B lawsuit vs. YouTube (GOOG) over the alleged unauthorized uploading of Viacom content between 2005 and 2008, including from "The Daily Show" and "The Colbert Report." The court's action comes as YouTube agrees to offer online movie rentals from Viacom's Paramount.
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  • Apr. 4, 2012, 3:42 PM
    YouTube (GOOG -1.1%) will begin offering online movie rentals from Viacom's (VIAB -1.2%) Paramount Pictures, adding a fifth major studio partner to its lineup. Most interesting to Paul Ausick: Paramount isn't giving in on streaming; rentals must be downloaded and played as if from a DVD. "How long do the studios think viewers are going to want to do that?"
  • Apr. 4, 2012, 12:40 PM
    Google (GOOG) shows off a demo video for Project Glass, a previously-rumored initiative to create Android-based display glasses that stream a variety of personal, social, and location-specific information. Are the glasses a compelling new gadget, or something only a "total dork" would use? You decide.
  • Apr. 4, 2012, 12:06 PM
    Larry Page, increasingly under fire over recent moves viewed as taking Google (GOOG) away from its roots, tells Bloomberg Businessweek his company is about using "technology advancements to help people," That's a vaguer and broader mission than Google's historical goal to "organize the world's information." Page also sounds unenthusiastic about following Apple's lead in paying a dividend. "Apple has more cash than we do," he observes.
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  • Apr. 4, 2012, 9:35 AM
    Google (GOOG), which still derives the lion's share of its profits from AdSense search ads, reports its search engine saw 50 new changes in March. Among the important ones spotted by Search Engine Land: better handling of anchor text, more relevant image search results, and better results for queries where a user is looking to navigate to a particular site. (previously)
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  • Apr. 4, 2012, 8:24 AM
    Don Corleone comes to YouTube (GOOG) after the company lines up a deal with Paramount Pictures (VIA) that flies in the face of ongoing litigation between the two firms over patent infringement. The new licensing arrangement adds another 500 titles to YouTube's arsenal of full-length features.
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  • Apr. 3, 2012, 6:51 PM
    Over half of all U.S. smartphone owners are now Android (GOOG) users, according to comScore's data for the 3-month period ending February, and another 30%+ use the iPhone (AAPL). The platforms had share gains of 150 bps and 70 bps, respectively, from the 3-month period ending January. The gains came at the expense of both the BlackBerry (RIMM) and Microsoft's (MSFT) legacy Windows Mobile platform. (also)
  • Apr. 3, 2012, 5:18 PM
    Samsung (SSNLF.PK) is looking to expand its presence in the crowded but fast-growing mobile ad market. The company is introducing an ad exchange platform called AdHub, which will allow marketers to buy ads on apps running on Samsung devices, with plans for a 2H rollout. The initiative puts Samsung in competition with Millennial Media (MM) and Android partner/mobile ad leader Google (GOOG).
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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.