Google is opening a second research center in Israel, according to Israeli tech blog Aviran's Place. "In addition to the first center planned in the northern city of Haifa, Google jobs page now lists new openings for positions in a new research center in Tel Aviv...The job description for the Engineering Center Director states that Google is looking for a person to head their new research and development center in Tel Aviv." Google declined to comment, the article says.
A panel has recommended that San Francisco officials choose a proposal from Google and EarthLink to offer free wireless Internet access throughout the city, the Associated Press reported on Wednesday.
The move would clear the way for the city to begin final talks with Google and EarthLink, the report said. Google is proposing a slower, free ad-based service while EarthLink would charge users about $20 a month for a faster speed and no ads.
Neither Google nor city officials could be reached for comment.
Earlier on Wednesday, a report scrutinizing the privacy practices of five of the six bids the … Read more
From the looks of a new Web page on its Google Base site, Google must be playing around with personals. If you go to the main page of Google Base you'll see among the numerous categories--ranging now from coupons and clinical trials to events, jobs, cars, housing and protein databases--an area called "People Profiles." Clicking on People Profiles brings up a page with seemingly recent submissions (I should know, as I tested it by setting up a fake profile). Clicking on a result brings up a Web page with a photo and details like age, marital status, … Read more
A judge has ruled that a patent infringement case filed against Google over its Toolbar product can proceed. NetJumper sued Google two years ago claiming that Google Toolbar infringed upon two of its patents. Google filed a motion for summary judgment and a judge in U.S. District Court in Michigan denied it last week. NetJumper claims Google's Web search toolbar infringes on its patents related to retrieving information through a browser. Google representatives did not immediately respond to an e-mail seeking comment on Tuesday. Patent infringement lawsuits are pending against Google Earth and Google Talk.
So Google has hired some Washington lobbyists. So what?
Some people have cast the company as a poster child for the altruism so often associated with the philosophical origins of the Internet. Even if that were true, the fact is that Google is a for-profit enterprise--and, as a publicly held company, it could arguably be remiss in its fiduciary responsibilities if it did not take effective measures to represent the interests of its shareholders--and that includes lobbying Congress.
Google is looking to hire an interactive-TV product manager, according to this job posting.
"In this role, you will provide leadership on product vision and execution of projects that enable using Google's search and advertising technologies to enhance users' television-viewing experience," the posting says. "You will identify key market trends that are shaping user behavior when watching television. These include, but are not limited to, the intersection of Internet and television technologies, video-on-demand, personal video recorders and (the) emergence of next-generation set-top-boxes with IP connectivity. You will then identify areas where use of Google's search … Read more
The Justice Department demanded information from at least 34 Internet service providers, search companies and security software companies as part of its probe related to the Child Online Protection Act (COPA), according to an article in InformationWeek on Thursday.
Some companies, including Cablevision Systems and Verizon, objected to the government demands, the article says. Other subpoena recipients included AT&T, Comcast Cable, Cox Communications, EarthLink, Symantec and United Online, according to InformationWeek, which filed a Freedom of Information Act request to get the information.
Google made headlines in January when it was disclosed that the search company had refused … Read more
Google had 48.5 percent of all Web searches conducted in the United States in February, far ahead of Yahoo (22.5 percent), MSN (10.7 percent) and America Online (6.6 percent), according to figures released on Thursday by Nielsen/NetRatings.
Behind those search providers were My Way, with 2.7 percent market share, and Ask.com with 2.4 percent. The number of searches year-over-year grew the most on My Way, up 145 percent, and Ask.com, up 99 percent, while search volume rose 46 percent for Google from a year ago, 49 percent for Yahoo and only … Read more
Google and Time Warner's America Online unit have finalized an agreement by which the search giant will invest $1 billion for a 5 percent stake in AOL, according to documents filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Wednesday. The deal is expected to close before July. A Google representative could not provide details beyond what was in the regulatory filing. The companies announced the Google investment in December. The agreement expands their existing search engine relationship to include collaboration on advertising, instant messaging and video.
The move comes as the five-year contract with current site operator CBS SportsLine.com comes to a close in mid-May and the NFL explores its options to team up with a partner, or partners, that could operate the NFL.com site and more.
"This provides us an opportunity to extend our reach and bring added value to the fans," said Brian McCarthy, an … Read more