Posts Tagged ‘Google’

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen sues Google, Apple, Facebook, eight others over patents

Billionaire Paul Allen, the co-founder of Microsoft, has sued 11 major Web-based companies, including Apple, Google, Facebook, Yahoo, YouTube and eBay, alleging they infringed internet patents he owns.

AOL, Netflix, Office Depot, OfficeMax, and Staples are the other companies accused of violating four patents said cover fundamental web technologies first developed at Interval Research in the 1990s.

The suit has been brought by Interval Licensing, which is controlled by Mr Allen.

It owns the patents of Interval Reserach, a defunct computer science and communications research company founded by Mr Allen and David Liddle in 1992.
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YouTube launches new mobile site

New YouTube mobile site offers faster browsing, better quality videos and is built on HTML5

Google has launched a new mobile version of its video-sharing site, YouTube. The refreshed site is designed to offer a better video experience across mobile devices, and deliver better quality videos to viewers, faster.

The new site, which is built on the HTML5 standard and accessed through the phone’s web browser, will offer an even better user experience than native mobile applications, claims Google. There are also enhanced social networking features to make it easier to share video links on Twitter, Facebook and Google Buzz.

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Social media: do we need new rules?

As Google CEO Eric Schmidt suggests young people may need to change their names to escape their online past, web users are coming to terms with how careful they need to be online

Eric Schmidt, Google’s chief executive, is developing a reputation for making bold and often controversial statements about privacy online. Last year he said baldly: “If you have something that you don’t want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn’t be doing it in the first place.” Then at the weekend he suggested to the Wall Street Journal that young people might change their names when they come of age in order to distance themselves from their embarrassing online past. Neither of those ideas will calm the growing number of consumers and pressure groups who express concern at Google’s power.

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Facts about our network neutrality policy proposal

Over the past few days there’s been a lot of discussion surrounding our announcement of a policy proposal on network neutrality we put together with Verizon. On balance, we believe this proposal represents real progress on what has become a very contentious issue, and we think it could help move the network neutrality debate forward constructively.

We don’t expect everyone to agree with every aspect of our proposal, but there has been a number of inaccuracies about it, and we do want to separate fact from fiction.
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Police in South Korea Raid Google’s Office

SEOUL, South Korea — The South Korean police raided the offices of Google Korea on Tuesday as part of an investigation into whether the company had illegally collected and stored personal wireless data. The search company is already facing lawsuits and investigations in several countries in connection with private wireless data collected for its Street View service. Street View, which was started in 2006, allows users to view panoramic street scenes on Google Maps and take virtual walks through cities.

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Google ‘has made few compromises’ on net neutrality

Google has done well out of its net neutrality deal with Verizon, say analysts, but campaigners are critical.

In the wake of Google’s proposals to enshrine the equal rights of all sorts of online traffic over the internet in law, a number of commentators have taken differing opinions. Google has joined with wireless provider Verizon to suggest that wireless networks should be exempted from the idea that video and text traffic, for instance, should be treated equally on all networks, while also proposing that innovative services are allowed priority; this might include healthcare products, for instance.
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App Tuesday: nine new apps introduced to the Google Apps Marketplace

It’s App Tuesday again, which means we’re excited to launch nine new apps in the Google Apps Marketplace. Like the other 150+ installable apps in the Marketplace, these apps help solve some of the toughest challenges that many businesses face today. While all apps are accessible from a user’s universal navigation bar, some of these apps integrate even further with Gmail, Calendar, Docs and more.

This new batch of apps helps users seamlessly and easily tackle all kinds of issues—from time management with RescueTime to procurement with Ketera.

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