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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.

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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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.

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...

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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.

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.

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.

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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.

Google Reporting Error Reveals Troubling Q3

October 19, 2012 7:11 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Shares of Google dropped nearly 8 percent Thursday to close at $695 on an errant early release of its earnings Thursday.

Moto Puts Future on Razr's Edge

September 6, 2012 7:36 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

In its first major hardware launch since being acquired by Google, Motorola Mobility expanded its Droid Razr line yesterday with the launch of three new Android smartphones.

Google Breaks Down Motorola's $12.5B Price Tag

July 25, 2012 7:47 am | by Maisie Ramsay | News | Comments

If $12.5 billion seemed to some Google shareholders like a lot of money to pay for a largely unprofitable handset maker, the Internet search giant is now providing some details about its rationale for the transaction.

Times They Are a-Changin’

May 22, 2012 12:51 pm | Blogs | Comments

With Google officially taking over control of Motorola Mobility and installing its own Google-branded leadership, one era ends and another begins.

Google, Motorola Merger Held Up by China Review

March 20, 2012 7:22 am | by Maisie Ramsay | News | Comments

China's antitrust authorities are prolonging a second investigation into Google's $12.5 billion merger with Motorola Mobility, the handset manufacturer said Monday in a SEC filing.

FTC Said to Probe Google on Tracking, Antitrust

March 16, 2012 7:20 am | by Maisie Ramsay | News | Comments

Google is reportedly facing multiple investigations from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) over its business practices. 

Apple to Get Android Data from Google, Motorola

March 6, 2012 7:15 am | by Maisie Ramsay | News | Comments

Google and Motorola Mobility have been ordered to hand over information to Apple about the development of the Android operating system.

Google Sells Off Clearwire Stake for $47M

February 24, 2012 6:57 am | by Maisie Ramsay | News | Comments

The Internet search giant is shedding all of its 29 million shares for $1.60 a pop, according to documents filed today with the SEC.

Report: Google Prepping New Leadership for Motorola Mobility

February 24, 2012 6:56 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Google's promise to keep Motorola Mobility at arms length following final approval of a proposed $12.5 billion acquisition of the Chicago-based OEM could prove empty...

Apple, Google Agree to Privacy Pact

February 23, 2012 7:16 am | by Maisie Ramsay | News | Comments

Six top tech companies have signed on to privacy guidelines for mobile applications that will provide consumers with more information about how their personal information is being used...

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