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Google is getting the first "broad" anti-trust review of its U.S.-related search and advertising initiatives by Texas-based Attorney General Greg Abbott, The Guardian reported Sunday.

According to IT Pro Portal, the probe will evaluate the mechanism behind the search engine giant's Web-ranking system. Google Deputy General Counsel Don Harrison explained in a blog post that the company was "looking forward" to the inquiry because it is "confident that Google operates in the best interests" of the users.

The news comes in light of complaints issued by shopping comparison sites MyTriggers (U.S.) and Foundem (UK) as well as SourceTool (U.S.), an e-commerce site working for businesses, The Associated Press explained last week. Features that are offered by the sites show up on Google searches, but The Guardian mentioned that Google is being accused of deliberately slicing the sites' traffic by lowering their search rankings.

Author

Alisa Zykova

Date

2010-09-07 16:09

Google's Android-run devices now represent 25 percent of mobile Internet platforms, compared to 10 percent in August 2009, a Qantcast report published Friday shows, according to CNet News. Meanwhile, Apple has been experiencing diminished figures; with its iOS devices seeing 56 percent usage, compared to 70 percent last year.

Also, devices running on RIM dropped from 10 to 9 percent since 2009, while "other" platforms accounted for 10 percent of U.S. mobile Internet use, according to Apple Insider.

Image: Quantcast

Android kicked off the year with nearly 19 percent of the market share, and went on to take 11 percent from Apple's iOS, 1.6 percent from Research in Motion's Blackberry device and 5.7 percent from other providers (i.e. Microsoft Windows Mobile and Palm's WebOS) according to E Week.

The phenomenon may persist, CNet pointed out, if Apple's competitors continue to release more Android phones.

Author

Alisa Zykova

Date

2010-09-07 15:32

To celebrate the browser's second birthday, Google has released the sixth version of Chrome, The Inquirer reported today. The "new stable" Chrome 6 is "faster and more streamlined," Product Manager Brian Rakowski wrote in the company's blog.

According to the Christian Science Monitor, the new version is able to process Javascript three times faster. Google further boosted the minimalist user interface of its browser so it is more simple to use, as the two menus are combined into one, the buttons' location has been shifted, and the URL treatment has improved, as has the Omnibox address box and colour palette.

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Since the first Windows beta version (on the left), Chrome has gotten a more customizable New Tab page, themes, side-by-side view, a password manager, heightened privacy controls, a built-in Adobe Flash Player and others. (To see more, go here )

Author

Alisa Zykova

Date

2010-09-03 11:40

Google is planning to launch a pay-per-view movie service on YouTube, according to a report in the Financial Times, sify news reported.

The Internet giant is talking with major Hollywood studios. If negotiations go well, YouTube could begin showing the latest movie content on demand by the end of the year, according to The Financial Times, Information Week reported.

This service will directly compete against Netflix, iTunes and Hulu, as well as the rapidly dwindling neighbourhood video stores.

According to the report, YouTube would charge up to $5 per film - about the same amount that cable and satellite TV charge for pay-per-view movies.

Author

Erina Lin

Date

2010-08-30 23:33

Google is planning to launch a Chrome OS tablet on the Verizon cellular network Nov. 26, a source told Download Squad today. The iPad's latest competition is being built by HTC, which also created the Nexus One for Google.

TechCrunch pointed out over the weekend that earlier this year, Verizon itself said it was working with Google on creating tablets. Verizon and Google have been working together in other areas too, recently proposing a net neutrality deal. The Nov. 26 launch date coincides with the biggest shopping day of the year in the United States, the day after Thanksgiving, called Black Friday.

Image: Gizmodo "You can bet Google's Chrome OS tablet will be heavily subsidized, and I'd go so far as to say it will be substantially cheaper than the iPad - if not totally free - with a Verizon data contract," Download Squad predicted.

Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2010-08-18 20:12

Google has bought online social payment start-up Jambool, a next step past search and into the realm of "using personal relationships as the basis to find and share online content," the San Jose Mercury News reported today.

TechCrunch first reported the buy last week, noting that Jambool's Social Gold payment product gives developers the tools they need to "build payments directly into their games and other applications." The price of the buy wasn't released by either company, but sources told TechCrunch it was around US$70 million, which includes about $20 million in earnouts. The buyout was announced Friday.

"With its massive store of data not just about individual users but about their network of relationships, Facebook is a challenge to Google's ambitions in display advertising," the Mercury News article explained. "And because much of what happens within Facebook is invisible to Google's search engine, the billions of hours people spend on Facebook can't make money for Google's bread and butter - keyword search advertising.

Jambool's founders, Vikas Gupta and Reza Hussein, created the platform in 2006, and went live in 2009. The start-up raised $5 million in funding last year, according to paidContent. The buyout is Google's 23rd since July 2009.

Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2010-08-16 20:20

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission today called off closed-door talks it was having with lobbyists on network neutrality, the Wall Street Journal reported.

The announcement came a day after news reports broke that an unannounced deal between mobile phone giant Verizon Communications Inc. and Google Inc. on their own network management practices had been made. Under the agreement, Verizon would have been able to prioritize some broadband traffic.

Image: A protester shows support for network neutrality in Canada in 2008.

Net neutrality means that no form of content is favoured over another. The opposite of net neutrality is a tiered system, which imposes costs based on levels of service. This means higher costs are levelled on premium levels of service, such as with cable television.

The FCC's negotiations have "not generated a robust framework to preserve the openness and freedom of the Internet - one that drives innovation, investment, free speech and consumer choice," Edward Lazarus, the FCC's chief of staff, said in a statement, according to PCWorld. "All options remain on the table as we continue to seek broad input on this vital issue."

Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2010-08-06 00:00

News Corp.'s video game site, IGN, is looking to make it easier for gamers to connect with one another, rate games, follow games and find out the latest news relating to games, paidContent reported. The website launched a gamer-focused social network yesterday, called MyIGN.

In June, almost 103 million users visited online gaming portals, with WildTangent Network taking the top spot, with 17.3 million. Next was GSN Games Network And CPMStar (16.9 million), Nickelodeon Casual games (15.3 million), Electronic Arts (EA) Online (15.1 million) and Disney Games (14.9 million), according to Gamers Daily News.

Other sites are looking to profit from the growing gaming sector, such as Facebook and Google, which recently bought a stake in Zynga, a social game maker, GDN noted. Google is also rumoured to be in talks with EA, and EA-owned Playfish, and was in talks with Playdom (recently bought by Disney), MediaPost reported. However, MyIGN's launch beats Google to the punch, as Google is likely looking "to create a social-network to rival Facebook."

AT&T is MyIGN's first top sponsor, according to MediaPost.

Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2010-07-29 22:38

European Union officials are scrutinising the actions of Google and Facebook, and investigating complaints about anti-competitive behaviour and unlawful storing of information alleged against the two, paidContent reported yesterday.

In Germany, data protection officer Johannes Caspar brought a complaint against Facebook into the spotlight, saying the social networking site is breaching privacy by illegally accessing and saving information of users that aren't even registered with the site, The Associated Press reported.

Facebook has been allotted a time span until August 11 to respond to the complaint. The reply will determine if the case will be extended or not.

The EU has also been monitoring the behaviour of search giant Google after receiving complaints from three companies - Foundem, a UK search site, Ciao, an online shopping site owned by Microsoft, and ejustice.fr, a French legal services site, The Sun reported. The companies claim Google is "fixing" search results by ranking its rivals lower in results - a practice that breaches EU competition law.

Author

Savita Sauvin

Date

2010-07-09 22:17

In an unexpected turn of events, Google announced today its Chinese operating license has been renewed, The Washington Post reported today.

Although Google receives just a small share of its revenue from its operations in the country, many experts see this move as a compromise by Google to appease China, because exiting the country completely would have meant locking out potential opportunities in the world's largest market of online and mobile users.

"We are very pleased that the government has renewed our ICP license and we look forward to continuing to provide Web search and local products to our users in China,"Google's chief legal officer David Drummond wrote in the online giant's blog.

In January, Google announced it was rethinking how businesses was being done in China, following the breach of Gmail accounts belonging to Chinese human rights activists. The "highly sophisticated" cyber attacks originated from within China. In March, the company officially removed its search site from Chinese servers, submerging the country in a partial Google blackout, and moved its moved its search operations off the mainland to Hong Kong.

Author

Savita Sauvin

Date

2010-07-09 20:23

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