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Despite all its money and its running start Google lost the marathon four-day auction this week for Nortel’s prized patents. At close to midnight last night Nortel announced that the winner was the purpose-built consortium – understood to be dubbed Rockstar Bidco – that consisted of M...
Google has confirmed in a regulatory filing that the Federal Trade Commission means to investigate its search and advertising business for abusing its dominance like the European Commission is doing. It got the subpoena last Thursday, the day the Wall Street Journal reported that the...
Google’s been sued in Paris for anti-competitive behavior by 1plusV, a French specialty search firm that also complained to the European Commission last year and again this year about the search giant’s alleged habit of blocking rivals and depriving them ad revenues by manipulating sea...
I am Robin Van Auken, founder of The Omnibus, an alliance of writers and editors, digital publishers, historical researchers, public relation specialists, graphic artists and web designers. Organized in 2001, it has kept its mission clear: To help our members and our clients preserve, ...
The shoe that’s been dangling at the end of Washington’s toe for ever so long has finally dropped, according to the Wall Street Journal. The Federal Trade Commission is reportedly ready to serve Google with civil subpoenas, kicking off what the paper says will be a “wide-ranging, for...
Google last Friday was compelled by the court hearing Oracle’s patent and copyright suit over Google’s alleged misuse of Java in Android to re-file a June 6 letter to the court complaining about how much Oracle thinks it’s owed for Google’s alleged lèse majesté on the record and not re...
The sealed first-round bids for the Nortel patent trove had to be in by 4 p.m. Eastern Time Monday, the same day that Microsoft, HP, Motorola Mobility, Nokia, AT&T and Verizon Communications separately objected to the terms of the apparently winner-takes-all sale. The unprecedented a...
Oracle is demanding billions of dollars in damages from its patent and copyright suit over Google’s alleged misuse of Java in Android and it wants the world to know that it’s demanding billions of dollars in damages from its patent and copyright suit over Google’s alleged misuse of Jav...
Google’s Chromebooks, its cloud netbooks, the initial ones from Samsung and Acer, started moving out Wednesday. They made Bloomberg’s reviewer yearn for Windows. He said it’s “like canceling your cable TV subscription and relying on the net for all of your video entertainment,” a sed...
That reverberating scream you hear, the one that sounds like a wounded water buffalo beset by a pack of rabid hyenas, is Google after it saw how much Oracle expects in damages from its patent and copyright suit over Android’s alleged misuse of Java. Once it got the figure Google imme...
Seems we could be headed for another international incident since Google accused China of hacking into the personal Gmail accounts of “senior U.S. government officials, Chinese political activists, officials in several Asian countries (predominantly South Korea), military personnel and...
Eucalyptus CEO Marten Mickos became well-known as CEO of MySQL, a popular open-source database company that was sold to Sun Microsystems for $1 billion in February 2008. The Finnish native then stayed on with Sun for another year. Then a year or so ago Marten was named CEO of Eucaly...
Google delivered its widely anticipated, Amazon Cloud Drive-like online music service at its I/O developer meet Tuesday, beating Apple out. It calls the thing Music Beta by Google. How long it will remain a beta and free is unclear. Betas at Google can seem interminable. The virtua...
Roughly two years after it started working on an operating system based on its Chrome browser – and now late by its own timetable – Google is ready to start commercializing its so-called Chromebooks and challenge the Microsoft monopoly. During those critical two years, however, Apple...
In Q4 Google is promising to have in hand a unified platform combining the Gingerbread version of Android meant for phones and the Honeycomb version meant for tablets that all widgets can use regardless of screen size. The project, nicknamed Ice Cream Sandwich, is supposed to address...
The Federal Trade Commission is going ahead with an antitrust investigation of Google, according to Bloomberg. The wire service reports talking to three people “familiar with the matter” who said that the FTC has told “hi-tech companies to gather information for the probe.” The sto...
There is now such a thing as the WebM Community Cross-License (CCL) Initiative, which is out collecting patents presumably to protect the royalty-free open source file format and its VP8 video codec created by Google against any infringement claims made by the MPEG Licensing Associatio...
Used to be companies could run Google Apps for Business for nothing for up to 50 users. No more. Effective May 10, Google is lowering the bar to 10 users on new customers. Above that businesses are going to have to fork out $50 a user a year with a one-year commitment or $5 a head a ...
Android cultists might want to get out their worry beads because, according to Reuters, the judge who’s going to preside over the Oracle v Google patent infringement suit later this year over Google’s use of Java in Android has sided with Oracle’s interpretation of what a bunch of tech...
Google has formed a new group called WebM Community Cross License initiative in order to protect its WebM video codec from patent attacks. Under this collaboration, group members will license WebM-related patents to each other under royalty-free terms. So far sixteen companies are invo...
Google has been ordered to pay $5 million by an East Texas jury that found for Bedrock Computer Technologies LLC in an almost two-year-old Linux-related patent case. The jury found the patent valid. Patent watcher Florian Mueller, who broke the story, says the case has “major impli...
Google is losing its product development chief Jonathan Rosenberg, who reportedly felt he couldn’t give the company’s brand new retread CEO Larry Page the open-ended commitment to stay on the job that Page wanted. Or so the story goes. Rosenberg was planning to leave in 2013 when his ...
Google got its way. The Justice Department isn’t going to oppose its $700 million acquisition of ITA Software, which provides the data for airline tickets to airlines and online travel companies, a purchase the agency has been reviewing since last July. But unlike Google’s equally o...
Microsoft filed a formal complaint with the European Commission Thursday charging Google with unfair practices in search, online advertising and smartphone software, a broader raft of charges against the search giant than the EC is believed to be currently investigating. It is the fi...
The Federal Trade Commission has charged Google and its infamous Buzz social network with deceptive privacy practices and violating its own privacy promises. To settle up Google has agreed to implement a “comprehensive privacy program” and submit to third-party privacy audits every t...
James Gosling, the so-called father of Java, started working at Google Monday after stalking out of Oracle last year and slamming the door after it acquired Sun. One might imagine he’s been under a non-compete ever since, considering it’s just about a year since he found the Oracle...
The latest scuttlebutt, repeated by Mobile Review and CrunchGear, has LG building Google a so-called “pure” Android 3.0 Nexus tablet uncluttered with any OEM software that will come out this summer or early fall. Based on what Google did with the Nexus phone, PC World suggests that t...
Google accused the Chinese government Monday of screwing with Gmail and making it look like it was Google’s problem. It said China has been making it hard for Chinese users to access the e-mail system and send e-mails or IMs since the end of January. “There is no technical issue on ...
Contrary to its supposed open source belief system, Google is rationing Honeycomb, the tablet-optimized version of Android, ostensibly to keep it out of the hands of people who might customize it. Supposedly the widgetry isn’t ready to be messed with. The proprietary decision repor...
"As end-user demands and requirements have evolved, extending the performance and scalability benefits of our Ultra Messaging software to audiences accessing applications on any Web-enabled device has been a priority for many customers in the financial services arena" said Mike Pickett...
Google is dumping Gears, the widgetry used to let Google Apps work offline. The functionality has been moved to HTML 5. The company said in a blog that there will be no new Gears releases, newer browsers such as Firefox 4 and Internet Explorer 9 won’t be supported with plug-ins, an...
Another shoe has dropped in Android’s apparently still unfolding IP crisis, an issue over and above Oracle’s controversial Java patent infringement suit, which is now just one of many. Google supposedly put Linux code into Android in a legally questionable way that likely infringes t...
Google’s outgoing CEO Eric Schmidt, who’s supposed to step down next month in favor of Google founder Larry Page, may get to scratch his well-known political itch. Bloomberg says the Obama White House may consider him to replace Commerce Secretary Gary Locke, who will be nominated to g...
How do you build enterprise applications on Google's cloud platform? In his session at the 8th International Cloud Expo, Chris Schalk, Google Developer Advocate at Google, will review the entire Google Cloud Platform of technologies and explain how to build enterprise applications on...
The SEC Tuesday filed civil charges against the secrets-laden former head of McKinsey & Co Rajat Gupta accusing him of leaking inside information to the notorious hedge fund trader Raja Rajaratnam, whose criminal trial for insider trading and securities fraud starts next week. Gupta ...
Late Monday Google said that the bug that ate multiple copies of people’s Gmail Sunday in multiple Google data centers – erasing years of e-mails, attachments, folders, chat logs, all-important contact lists and personalized settings – was created by an otherwise unidentified defect in...
We saw a recent announcement about ‘Google Cloud Connect for Microsoft Office' with the following underlying features. Google Cloud Connect for Microsoft Office brings collaborative multi-person editing to the familiar Microsoft Office experience. You can share, backup, and simultaneo...
Google lost its fleeting bid last week to get Oracle’s copyright infringement claims thrown out of court so it won’t be standing there accused of both copyright and patent infringement in the Java-Android suit against it. The judge wouldn’t even let Google file a motion. He isn’t con...
Google has unleashed its Cloud Connect for Microsoft Office, the widgetry it got with its acquisition of DocVerse last year and put out with early testers in November. The now-GA plug-in’s supposed to push more of the Office crowd to Google Docs and the cloud by making it possible to...
Google asked the US Patent and Trademark Office Tuesday to re-examine four of the seven broad Java patents that Oracle has accused Google of infringing in Android, its Dalvik virtual machine and Android SDK (Patents No. 5,966,702; 6,061,520; 6,125,447 and RE 38,104). Oracle also charge...