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Google and HMRC face Parliamentary grilling over £130m tax deal

British politicians will tackle Google parent Alphabet Inc and the taxman over an official £130m back tax settlement. Both the US ad-flinger and HM Revenue and Customs are to be hauled before Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC), Labour MP Meg Hillier has tweeted. Bet individual taxpayers wouldn't get off as lightly …
Gavin Clarke, 25 Jan 2016

Google API spring cleaning ends after four and a half years

Google has followed through on its 2011 promise to kill of some search APIs. Back in 2011, the text ads giant announced it was spring cleaning by turning off the Google Patent Search API, Google News Search API, Google Blog Search API, Google Video Search API and Google Image Search API. Google reckons it gave you all fair …
Simon Sharwood, 17 Jan 2016
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Who! would! want! Yahoo!? How! about! Verizon!?

With Yahoo! continuing to mull a possible sell-off of its core search business, Verizon has emerged as a possible buyer. Speaking at a conference in New York, Verizon chief financial officer Fran Shammo suggested his company might be interested in taking over some of the beleaguered Purple Palace's assets in the event Yahoo! …
Shaun Nichols, 7 Dec 2015

Google extends search tendrils to cover data in apps

Google has expanded its search feelers into content stored inside apps. Previously, the search engine giant only indexed content that matched content on the broader internet, but increasingly information is contained only within apps themselves, meaning that it is not broadly accessible. The company has been experimenting …
Kieren McCarthy, 18 Nov 2015
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Google stock buy-back: You'll groan when you realize where that $5,099,019,513.59 figure came from

Internet advertising giant Google is still banking boatloads of ad cash, and plans to buy back billions in stock. The Mountain View goliath said its mobile advertising revenues were particularly strong over the previous three months, as it saw gains in the number of clicks on banners. Here are the top GAAP stats and facts …
Shaun Nichols, 22 Oct 2015
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Google wins book scan battle. Again. Can post pages online. Again

A US appeals court has today ruled that Google Books does not infringe on US copyright. The 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals in New York upheld a 2013 verdict from a district court that Google's scan-every-book-possible project is protected as "fair use." The Authors Guild had charged that Google was violating its copyrights when …
Shaun Nichols, 16 Oct 2015

'Miracle weight-loss' biz sued for trying to silence bad online reviews

A US watchdog is suing a health biz that allegedly used the terms and conditions on its diet powder to silence disgruntled customers. In a complaint [PDF] filed to the Middle Florida US District Court, the FTC accused Roca Labs of peddling an ineffective weight-loss product, then threatening customers who posted negative …
Shaun Nichols, 28 Sep 2015

KREMLIN: Google is ABUSING ITSELF, misusing its mighty market position

The Russian state is to take action against gigantic advertising company Google for abuse of its dominant position across internet services, according to reports. The Wall Street Journal cited sources in the Russian Federal Antimonopoly Service as saying that the agency's probe into a complaint from rival Yandex had found …
Shaun Nichols, 14 Sep 2015

Sky still blue, above the ocean: Google still raking it in

Gigantic automated advertising machine Google has logged yet another quarter of sound results, showing that if you can get punters in the door to buy magic digital beans without ever having a paid staff member interact with them, you'll do well indeed. The Mountain View Chocolate Factory reported revenue of $17.73bn for the …
Neil McAllister, 17 Jul 2015
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Google harms consumers and strangles the open web, says study

Google’s favourable treatment of its own services results in consumer harm and will make the web less diverse, a study into search engine users’ behaviour has claimed. Heavyweight law prof Tim Wu, who coined the phrase “net neutrality”, is one of the authors of the study, which was supported by data from Yelp, a Google rival …
Andrew Orlowski, 29 Jun 2015

Google: Help us! Our search engine is STUFFED FULL of your 'revenge smut' pics

Google has promised it will yank from its web search results links to "revenge porn" pics – which are typically sexy snaps leaked online by jilted exes – if the subjects of the images ask nicely. The ad giant said people whose nude photos have been published without their consent will be able to file requests via an online …
Shaun Nichols, 19 Jun 2015
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Vintage Ask toolbar is malware – and we'll kill Jeeves, says Microsoft

Older versions of the Ask toolbar, the bane of many a computer user over the years, has been declared persona non grata by Microsoft, and Redmond says its security software will now kill it on sight. In a June 11 update to its Malware Protection Center site, Microsoft states that older versions of the toolbar, which set itself …
Iain Thomson, 12 Jun 2015

Want to be the hottest thing since Melrose Place? Get these Lycos patents

Dial-up era icon Lycos has finally gotten around to selling off its patents. The erstwhile search engine of the Clinton administration has embarked on a campaign to sell off its intellectual property holdings in an attempt to generate some revenue. The company has hired a consulting firm called Propeller(y) to help flog its …
Shaun Nichols, 21 May 2015
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Google fastens buy buttons to paid mobile search results – report

Google is reportedly planning to imminently add "buy" buttons to its mobile search results in an apparent move to compete with online retail giants eBay and Amazon. According to the Wall Street Journal, which appeared to have been briefed by Google, the buttons will pop up on search result pages in a matter of weeks. The …
Kelly Fiveash, 16 May 2015
Google faces antitrust charges in the European Union

REVEALED: The 19 firms whose complaints form EU's antitrust case against Google

A new report says the companies whose complaints have been included in the European Union's formal antitrust charges against Google have been revealed, even though the European Commission is still keeping the official list of complainants under wraps. According to the report by Reuters, at least 30 companies filed complaints …
Neil McAllister, 27 Apr 2015
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eBay sides with Google in EU competition case? Only if you cherry-pick

Update eBay has come galloping to Google’s rescue in its EU anti-trust case... if you define a “market” in the way the Chocolate Factory wants. eBay chief executive John Donahoe told the Financial Times that in the shopping sector it is a major competitor to Google, thus backing up the Chocolate Factory’s argument that it is not …
Jennifer Baker, 27 Apr 2015
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>Ring, ring< Hey Wall St. Yeah, it's Google. Yeah, bad news again, fellas

Google missed analysts' earnings estimates for the sixth quarter in a row on Thursday, despite the fact that its actual performance for the three months ending on March 31 was more than respectable. As usual, one has to wonder whether Wall Street isn't being just a bit over-optimistic about the online ad-slinger's prospects. …
Neil McAllister, 23 Apr 2015

‘Right to be forgotten’ prompts more French privacy concerns

French data protection authority CNIL received 260 complaints last year related to the so-called 'right to be forgotten' ruling. Presenting its annual report on Thursday, the organisation revealed that it had received nearly 135,000 calls from the public in 2014, a rise of 7 per cent on the previous year. The 11,000-odd …
Jennifer Baker, 17 Apr 2015

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