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Google's Android Target of New Antitrust Complaint

April 9, 2013 8:52 am | by Juergen Baetz, Associated Press | News | Comments

A group of companies led by Microsoft have called on European authorities to launch an antitrust investigation into Google's dominance of mobile Internet usage on smartphones. The "FairSearch" initiative of 17 companies — which includes Microsoft, Nokia, and Oracle...

Judge Deals Blow to High-Tech Workers' Lawsuit

April 8, 2013 10:43 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

A federal judge on Friday struck down an effort to form a class action lawsuit to go after Apple, Google and five other technology companies for allegedly forming an illegal cartel to tamp down workers' wages and prevent the loss of their best engineers...

Report: Google in Talks to Acquire WhatsApp for Around $1B

April 8, 2013 9:55 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Google is reportedly nearing a deal to acquire popular over-the-top messaging application WhatsApp for around $1 billion. Digital Trends is saying that the deal has been in the works for four or five weeks already and that WhatsApp is pushing to drive up the bidding price.

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Facebook to Hold Android Event Thursday

March 29, 2013 10:23 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook has invited journalists to the unveiling of what it calls its "new home on Android." Next Thursday's event will be held at the company's Menlo Park, Calif., headquarters. Facebook is not providing further details. There has been speculation that the company could launch a new phone, though that's unlikely.

Calif. City Gets Free Wi-Fi Via High Tech Meters

March 27, 2013 10:15 am | by Martha Mendoza, AP National Writer | News | Comments

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — The city of Santa Clara flipped on a big Internet switch this week, becoming what it says is the first in the country to use wireless, digital "smart meters" on homes as channels for free citywide outdoor Wi-Fi.

Google Picks 8,000 Winners of 'Glass' Contest

March 27, 2013 9:00 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google has picked out 8,000 people who will be given a chance to don a pair of Internet-connected glasses and make a fashion statement likely to be envied by gadget-loving geeks around the world. The pool selected by Google won a contest conducted last month requiring U.S. residents to submit 50-word applications through Twitter or Google's Plus.

Report: Android Tablets to Grab Market Share Lead From Apple in 2013

March 13, 2013 9:51 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Android tablets are forecast to snag a 48.8 percent share of the worldwide tablet market in 2013 while Apple will drop to 46 percent. International Data Corporation (IDC) has revised its expected global tablet shipment numbers for this year to 190.9 million from its previous prediction of 172.4 million.

Google Paying Bonuses Totaling $15M to 4 Top Execs

March 13, 2013 9:07 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Google is paying nearly $15 million in bonuses to four of the Internet search company's top executives for their performances last year. Documents filed Tuesday disclosed Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt will get the biggest award at $6 million to supplement his estimated fortune of $8 billion...

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AP Source: Google to Pay $7M to Settle Wi-Fi Case

March 11, 2013 10:49 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Google will pay a $7 million penalty to settle a multistate investigation into the Internet search leader's collection of emails, passwords and other sensitive information sent over wireless networks several years ago in neighborhoods scattered around the world...

Google Cutting 1,200 More Motorola Jobs

March 8, 2013 8:43 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Google says it's cutting an additional 1,200 jobs in its Motorola division as the unprofitable cellphone maker struggles to compete. The latest reductions come on top of the 4,000 Motorola job cuts that Google Inc. announced last summer...

Google Builds White-Space Spectrum Database

March 5, 2013 10:54 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Google has unveiled a searchable map of the available white-space spectrum in the U.S. The company said this new effort is in order to help promote dynamic spectrum sharing. The FCC last month announced the public testing period of Google’s new database, which will last 45 days before the Commission will decide if the map is accurate and helpful to the general public.

China Expresses Concern Over Android Dominance

March 5, 2013 9:55 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Reuters translated the report and found that even though Android is open source, the paper asserts that Google strictly controls the core technology and technology roadmap. The report accuses Google of discriminating against Chinese developers by delaying the sharing of code and by using commercial agreements to stymie those companies’ attempts at mobile device development.

Companies Struggle to Popularize Mobile Money

March 1, 2013 10:05 am | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Mobile money may seem like a hot concept, but consumers aren't warming to it. At the world's largest cellphone trade show, here in Barcelona this week, the 70,000 attendees are encouraged to use their cellphones —instead their keycards— to get past the turnstiles at the door...

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Google's Stock Price Breaks $800 for 1st Time

February 19, 2013 11:14 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google's stock price topped $800 for the first time Tuesday amid renewed confidence in the company's ability to reap steadily higher profits from its dominance of Internet search and prominence in the increasingly important mobile device market.

Google Jumps on Strong 4Q Despite Motorola

January 23, 2013 10:31 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Motorola Mobility showed up like a stain on Google’s otherwise strong fourth quarter, but investors shrugged off the handset maker’s losses. Shares of Google were up over 6 percent or $44 to $743 in early trading Wednesday. Total gross consolidated revenues were up 36 percent...

Ahead of the Bell: Google's 4Q to Give Ad Insights

January 22, 2013 10:55 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Google's fourth-quarter earnings report should provide a barometer on how much more advertising shifted to the Internet during the holiday shopping season. The results, due out after the stock market closes Tuesday, will also give investors...

Facebook Announcement Stirs More Handset Speculation

January 14, 2013 11:33 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Speculation is running rampant around the Facebook media event scheduled for tomorrow. The hubbub around a possible big announcement has even sent the company's struggling stock up above $30 per share. Perhaps the biggest surprise possible tomorrow would...

Google Executive Chairman Arrives in North Korea

January 7, 2013 9:58 am | by Jean H. Lee, Associated Press | News | Comments

Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of one of the world's biggest Internet companies, is the highest-profile U.S. executive to visit North Korea — a country with notoriously restrictive online policies — since young leader Kim Jong Un took power a year ago.

Google Emerges From FTC Probe Relatively Unscathed

January 4, 2013 9:07 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Thursday's agreement with the Federal Trade Commission covers only some of the issues raised in a wide-ranging antitrust investigation that could have culminated in a regulatory crackdown that re-shapes Internet search, advertising and mobile computing.

Report: Apple Edges LG in OEM Market Share

January 3, 2013 2:59 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Fully 18.5 percent of U.S. mobile subscribers used Apple devices, according  to ComScore's new three-month study, which covers the period from August through November 2012. Apple barely edged out LG, which took 17.5 percent in the same study. Motorola and HTC both saw small share declines, dipping to 10.4 and 5.9 percent, respectively.

Google Chairman Heading to North Korea

January 3, 2013 9:54 am | by Jean H. Lee and Youkyung Lee, Associated Press | News | Comments

Eric Schmidt is a staunch advocate of global Internet access and the power of Internet connectivity in lifting people out of poverty and political oppression. This month, he plans to travel to the country with the world's most restrictive Internet policies, where locals need government permission to interact with foreigners — in person, by phone or by email.

Google To Sell Motorola Set-Top Business

December 20, 2012 8:38 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Google is selling Motorola Mobility's TV set-top business for $2.35 billion, lightening the load that the Internet search leader took on earlier this year when it completed the biggest acquisition in its history. The cash-and-stock deal announced late Wednesday will turn over Motorola's set-top division to Arris Group...

Report: Kodak Gets Patent Bid from Apple, Google

December 11, 2012 11:09 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple and Google, bitter rivals in smartphone technology, have joined up to make a combined bid for a bundle of patents offered by photography pioneer Kodak, according to a published report. Bloomberg News reported Saturday that Apple Inc. and Google Inc. have abandoned competing bids for the portfolio to offer a combined $500 million.

Motorola Solutions, Motorola Mobility Fortunes Still Divergent

October 24, 2012 7:23 am | by Maisie Ramsay | News | Comments

Before Motorola split itself apart in early 2011, its infrastructure business had long outperformed its handset division, posting regular profits as its smartphone unit sunk further into the red.

VZW to Support Google Play Direct Carrier Billing

October 22, 2012 7:41 am | by Maisie Ramsay | News | Comments

Verizon Wireless customers will soon be able to start charging purchases from Google Play to their monthly bill.

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