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Introducing… the T-Mobile G1

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The Google Android OS has been released, and here is the first phone that will be using it – the T-Mobile G1. Announced at a press conference in New York, it is set to launch on October 22 for US$179 on a two-year contract, or US$399 contract-free. Existing customers will be getting it first, before giving it out to new customers. However, those in the UK will get this phone [...]

Google, NBC Uni partner up to sell TV ads on cable channels

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NBC Universal has partnered up with Google on a mult-year partnerhsip that will see Google selling advertising space on some of its cable properties. The deal, set to come in effect in the coming months, will cover advertising for Sci Fi, Oxygen, MSNBC, CNBC, Sleuth and Chiller – with more channels may be added in the future. This new deal is set to use the existing deal with the DISH [...]

DoJ probes Google/Yahoo ad partnership

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The US Department of Justice has hired its old anti-trust boss Sandy Litvack to head up its probe into Google’s advertising practises. Litvack served as the head of the antitrust division under President Jimmy Carter before leaving in early 1981; he is now working as a partner at a private law firm. It is unknown if the probe will investigate anything beyond Google’s advertising partnership with Yahoo, as it is [...]

Google backs down over privacy concerns on Chrome

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Google has made an embarrassing backdown after it would be revealed that the company would have the right to use any information that was entered into websites using their new Chrome browser, just a day after it was release. The clause on its "End User License Agreement" (EULA) has been removed, after it allowed users to give Google a perpetual, irrevocable, worldwide, royalty-free, and non-exclusive licence to reproduce, adapt, modify, [...]

Google to launch web browser to compete with IE, Firefox

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UPDATE: Google has made a comic about it. You can view it here. Google will be releasing its own internet browser to counter the dominance of Microsoft’s Internet Explorer by making sure that it provides a quick and easy access to many of Google’s sites. The browser, called "Chrome", is expected to be released on Tuesday (or Wednesday – depending on the time differences) in 100 countries that are running [...]

Report: Google to buy Digg?

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TechCrunch is reporting that search giant Google is close to acquiring social news aggregator Digg for around $200 million, with the companies are in "final negotiations" according to their sources. It would most likely to be under its Google News property, but it could still fall through or another party would step in, like Microsoft – whom they have an advertising deal with and will be terminated if a sale [...]

Google buys contextual ads company for $140 million

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Google is in the process of buying the Russian contextual ad company ZAO Begun for $140 million from the UK-registered Rambler Media, according to TechCrunch. While the ad company is a Russian company, many firms have based themselves in the UK; with Rambler owning 50.1 percent of the company. Basically, Rambler will buy the other 49.9 percent from Bannatyne Limited and then sell the firm to Google. As well, Rambler [...]

Judge sees that your privacy doesn’t matter in Google/Viacom lawsuit

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As part of its $1 billion lawsuit against YouTube, Viacom had asked for the source code for all of its search functions on the YouTube site, its new "Video ID" program and databases containing all user information and every video hosted on YouTube, including all private videos and those removed. Though Viacom won’t be able to get all of the source codes, it will be able to access all the [...]

OMG: Google might not be the safest place for data

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Google has confirmed that all of its US-based employees hired prior to 2006 after its data was stolen in a recent burglary in an external company, Colt Express Outsourcing Services. The burglary, on the 26 May this year, also affected other clients, including CNET Networks – who had 6,500 of their employees’ details stolen. The data contained names, addresses and social security numbers, and Colt did not put protection on [...]

DoJ to investigate partnership between Google and Yahoo

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The Department of Justice in the US is now opening a formal investigation into the partnership between Google and Yahoo, the first and second place leaders in search. The investigation comes after the DoJ is fearing that it would reduce competition in the online advertising market. It is currently preparing demands for information from executives at both companies and rival advertising firms. There was initially a two-week test run, but [...]

Google to make job cuts

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Google has announced its first job axing at its online advertising unit DoubleClick by axing 300 jobs, about one-quarter of it’s 1,200 workforce in the US. Worldwide, it has 1,500 employees. Eric Schmidt, the chief executive of Google, also suggested that overseas operations maybe affected but at a later date. Some workers have been already laid off already, with Google saying that others will be offered contract jobs after the [...]

Google complaint date set, Sensis to settle

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Last Friday, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has been given a date by the Federal Court to be heard against the internet search engine Google Inc. As well, Justice James Allsop allowed the ACCC to resubmit after he was unable to understand the initial submission, which he called “incomprehensible” and “repetitious”. The case sees Google being accused of not distinguishing the sponsored ads and the normal ‘organic’ search [...]

Google tests alternative Google.cn Homepage

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TechCrunch & Google Blogoscoped are reporting that Google China has now switched their design from the Google look to a Yahoo-like look. Google Blogoscoped also have some notes, like the animated icons like the one in South Korea. They have also provided a English translation to it. TechCrunch says that Google faces a huge problem in China, as it struggles to get a market share against homegrown (but is listed [...]

OpenSocial hacked… again!

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Yes, I know. OpenSocial, Google’s API for making applications on the web, has been hacked… again. Shows how lazy Google are. And it’s the same guy who bought you the hacking of the RockYou application on Plaxo. This time, he claims to have hacked the iLike application on Ning. Specifically, according to TechCrunch; he could add and remove songs on other people’s playlist. And more damaging, he could see their [...]

Prince to sue YouTube

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Prince, one of those singers from the 80s (or was it the 70s), has now decided to do what most rich and successful people/companies do best… sue YouTube. “YouTube … are clearly able (to) filter porn and paedophile material but appear to choose not to filter out the unauthorised music and film content which is core to their business success,” he said in a statement released today. Sheriff, a British [...]