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YouTube Execs Talk Up Paid-Subscription Channels

Google Inc.’s YouTube, the No. 1 video site, on Wednesday publicly talked up the possibility of allowing people who create videos for the site to charge viewers a subscription fee, something it has been discussing privately with video makers and advertisers.<p>“It’s incredibly important” as a tool to …

Apple Lets Google Sell Targeted Ads

Apple Inc. doesn't appear to have barred Google Inc. and others from selling targeted ads inside iPhone and iPad applications, after implying several weeks ago that it might do so.<p>Software developers say their new and updated applications are getting approved by Apple, even though the apps are …

Google Tries New Approach to China

Google Inc. said it would change how Internet users in China access its search service after the Chinese government objected to its recent strategy of redirecting Chinese users to an uncensored site in Hong Kong and threatened the company with the loss of its license.<p>It's unclear whether the small …

China

Google's Empire Expands to Travel

Google Inc. thrust itself into the online travel industry Thursday by agreeing to acquire ITA Software Inc., a flight-information software company, for $700 million in cash, outmaneuvering other potential bidders in a deal likely to bring fresh antitrust scrutiny to the Internet giant.<p>Google said …

Google Rekindles Browser War

Fast-Growing Chrome Takes No. 3 Spot, and Some Say It Could Threaten Firefox<p>Several years ago the Firefox Web browser brought serious competition back to Web browsers, a market then overwhelmingly dominated by Microsoft Corp.'s Internet Explorer. Now Google Inc. is shaking up the browser market …

Google's Results Promise to Lift Veil on Value

For Google, it is all about search once again.<p>The Internet giant releases second-quarter earnings Thursday after one of the toughest periods in the young company's history. Questions about the company's growth rate, intense regulatory scrutiny in Europe and the U.S., difficulties in China and the …

China Renews Google's License

Chinese authorities said they renewed a license needed by Google Inc. to continue using its Chinese Web address, despite months of tensions over censorship requirements.<p>The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology approved the renewal application by the operator of Google's China website, …

China

Ads Buoy Google; Profit Disappoints

Google Inc.'s profit and revenue grew amid a broad recovery in online advertising, though the company's search business continued to show signs of slowing growth.<p>Google said Thursday that its second-quarter net income jumped 24% from a year earlier to $1.84 billion while revenue rose to $6.82 …

Internet Marketing

Google Buys Internet Information Company Metaweb

Google Inc. on Friday said it bought Metaweb, an Internet information database start-up, in order to improve its core Internet-search business.<p>In a post on the company's blog, Google said Metaweb had a free and open database of 12 million "things" such as movies and locations that could help …

Google Hangs Up on Its Nexus One

The Nexus One smartphone that Google Inc. designed and brought to market will soon be discontinued in the U.S., ending the Internet company's attempt to shake up the way wireless phones are distributed.<p>Google says it has received its last shipment of Nexus One phones, which are touchscreen devices …

Android News

Microsoft, Google Vie to Sell U.S. Cloud Mail

A new front has opened in the battle between Google Inc. and Microsoft Corp.: selling Web-based email and other software to the federal government.<p>The two technology giants already compete to win contracts from private businesses as well as state and local governments. Such customers hope to cut …

Selling

Eric Schmidt on Google’s Next Tricks

Google has long been cast by Wall Street analysts and some tech executives as a “one-trick pony” because it earns nearly all revenue from one source–online ads. When asked for his response to that, Google CEO Eric Schmidt said in an interview: “I think that’s probably true.”<p>He added: “But if you’ve …

Google Chief: Facebook Not a Competitor

Google CEO Eric Schmidt dismisses the notion that his Internet company is on a collision course with Facebook, despite signs that Google is working on a social networking and gaming service of its own.<p>“We’ve looked very carefully at this question” of whether Facebook is a competitor, said Schmidt, …

Google Develops a Facebook Rival

Google Inc. is in talks with several makers of popular online games as it seeks to develop a broader social-networking service that could compete with Facebook Inc., according to people familiar with the matter.<p>Google has been in discussions with top developers to offer their games on a new service …

Google Agonizes on Privacy as Ad World Vaults Ahead

(Please see Corrections & Amplifications item below)<p>A confidential, seven-page Google Inc. "vision statement" shows the information-age giant in a deep round of soul-searching over a basic question: How far should it go in profiting from its crown jewels—the vast trove of data it possesses about …

Verizon, Google Map Traffic Plan

The Two Say Proposal Eases 'Net Neutrality' Debate; Critics Say It Could Create Private Networks<p>Google Inc. and Verizon Communications Inc. on Monday called for equal treatment of most Internet traffic while at the same time saying fast-growing cellular networks and yet-to-be-developed broadband …

Google Wants Users to Speak to Android

Google has been talking about its Android operating system for cellphones for quite a while. Now the company is eager to get users to talk to the technology.<p>The Internet giant on Thursday showed off a way to send emails, text messages, make calls, and get driving directions by speaking commands …

Google vs. Facebook on Places

Google Inc. has warily watched the rise of social-networking site Facebook Inc. Now the Internet companies are bringing their rivalry to a new area: the race for local business-ad dollars.<p>On Wednesday, Facebook announced an initiative called Facebook Places, which allows its users to share their …

Now Showing on YouTube: Google’s ‘Loss of Mojo’ Animation

Here is a troublesome sign for Google, which is already facing an image problem abroad.<p>From the folks who brought you tabloid-style computer animations of the JetBlue flight attendant meltdown and Tiger Woods’s extra-marital shenanigans comes a new topic: the “evil” side of Google.<p>Next Media …

Google Makes Change to Orkut as Facebook Wins in India

By<p>Amir Efrati<p>Facebook appears to have overtaken Google’s Orkut in India. At the same time, Google has rolled out new changes to beef up Orkut as it continues to work on a broader social-networking service.<p>In 2004, Google launched social-networking site Orkut, which didn’t take off in the U.S. but …

Google Adds Calls to Gmail, Challenges Skype

Google Inc. unveiled a way for Web users in the U.S. to make calls through its Gmail email service, further pushing into the Internet-calling business and ratcheting up competition with similar services such as Skype.<p>At an event in San Francisco, Google said the new service, which will roll out …

Google Expands Its 'RealTime' Search of Tweets, Buzzes

Google Inc. on Thursday bolstered its attempt to make its Web-search results timelier, using a "real-time" approach to help find content from sites such as Twitter and Facebook.<p>The service, called Google Realtime Search, can be used separately from the company's main search engine to help people …

Search Engines

Google, AOL Extend Search Partnership

By<p>Nat Worden<p>Google Inc. and AOL Inc. agreed to extend their Web-search partnership for five years and expanded their cooperation into mobile search and online video, two areas where growth expectations are high as the media business shifts to digital communications.<p>The deal helps Google protect its …

Advertising

Google Helps Users Learn What it Knows About Them

Ever wondered what Google knows about you? The Internet giant on Friday made it easier to understand and control the information it collects.<p>The moves come after a rough year for Google on the privacy front. It faced criticism over Google Buzz, a Twitter-like service that initially made a user’s …

Inquiry Zeroes In on Google Deal

Plan to Buy Travel-Search Software Firm ITA Raises Two Competition Issues With U.S. Regulators<p>(See Corrections & Amplifications item below.)<p>The Justice Department is trying to determine whether Google Inc. would gain too much sway over the online travel industry by acquiring ITA Software Inc., …

Google's New Features Designed to Speed Web Searches

Software Makes a Prediction Based on Few Keystrokes; Advertisers Worry that Result Will Be Reduced Clicks and Ranking<p>SAN FRANCISCO—Google Inc. on Wednesday introduced a change to its widely used Web search engine intended to speed up the time it takes to find and deliver results as it continues to …

Google Fired Worker After Customer Breach

Google Inc., which has been battling government regulators over its collection of personal data, said it fired a software engineer following a breach of its customers' private information.<p>Bill Coughran, Google's senior vice president of engineering, said in a blog post Tuesday that engineer David …

RIM Duels With Droid

For the past few years, Research in Motion Inc. has been fighting a rear-guard defense of its BlackBerry smartphones against Apple Inc.'s iPhones. Now there's another competitor on the horizon in the business market: phones powered by Google Inc.'s Android software.<p>Requests to connect Android …

Google Wants to Make Online Display Ads ‘Sexy’

By<p>Amir Efrati<p>Google has long dominated Web search, and the advertising it generates. But the company has vowed to build a major business in the parallel market of online display ads, and on Tuesday laid out some predictions about how that business will evolve.<p>Search ads tend to be simple text links …

Google TV Signs Up Media, Web Firms

Internet Giant Says CNBC, Amazon.com Will Offer Content for New Service; Logitech Set to Unveil Set-Top Box<p>Google Inc. on Monday unveiled several new partnerships with media and Web companies, including NBC Universal Inc. and Amazon Inc., to provide content for Google TV, a service designed to …

Google TV