Key Developments: Google Inc (GOOG.O)

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Solocal Group and Google to develop joint B2B offer
Tuesday, 28 Apr 2015 04:05am EDT 

Solocal Group SA:To develop a joint B2B offer with Google.Strategic partnership with Google includes development of joint B2B offer and organization of series of events in France to present this solution to enterprises.  Full Article

EU accuses Google Inc of hurting consumers, competitors in Web search case - Reuters
Wednesday, 15 Apr 2015 09:01pm EDT 

Google Inc:The European Union accused Google Inc of cheating consumers and competitors by distorting Web search results to favor its own shopping service, after a five-year investigation that could change the rules for business online - Reuters.It also started another antitrust investigation into the Android mobile operating system, a key element in Google's strategy to maintain revenues from online advertising as people switch from Web browser searches to smartphone apps.EU Competition Commissioner said the company had been sent a Statement of Objections - effectively a charge sheet - to which it has 10 weeks to respond.Investigations into Google's business practices in other areas would continue.Google rejected the charges.  Full Article

Court questions Google on patent values in Microsoft case - Reuters
Wednesday, 8 Apr 2015 07:01pm EDT 

Google Inc:A U.S. appeals court appeared skeptical toward Google Inc's bid to charge Microsoft Corp a high royalty rate to use some of the Internet search provider's Motorola Mobility patents - Reuters.Microsoft sued Motorola in 2010, alleging Motorola breached its commitment to license some of its industry standard patents on fair terms.After a 2012 trial, a Seattle federal judge found that the appropriate rate for Motorola to license certain wireless and video technology used in the Xbox game console was only a fraction of what Motorola had asked for.The value of Google's patents can affect how it negotiates royalty rates with other tech companies, and firms including Apple Inc and Intel Corp filed court papers supporting Microsoft.After the 2012 trial before U.S. District Judge, the judge said the appropriate royalty rate was about $1.8 mln, slightly above Microsoft's estimate, but well below Motorola's demand for as much as $4 bln a year.Google asked the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to rule that the patent rate should have been determined by a jury, not the judge.However, all three members of the 9th Circuit panel suggested that Google's attorneys had not sought a jury trial on that issue at the time.A jury in 2013 awarded Microsoft about $14.5 mln in damages for breach of contract in a subsequent trial.Google has asked that the 9th Circuit reverse that award as well.The 9th Circuit is expected to rule sometime in the coming months.  Full Article

Consumers withdraw U.S. lawsuit against Google over Android app limits - Reuters
Friday, 3 Apr 2015 09:39pm EDT 

Google Inc:Plaintiffs in an antitrust lawsuit against Google Inc withdrew their case accusing the search engine company of harming smartphone buyers by forcing handset makers using Android operating system to make Google's own applications the default option - Reuters.The class action lawsuit, filed by two smartphone customers in May 2014, was dismissed on Feb. 20 by U.S. District Judge Beth Labson Freeman in San Jose, California.The lawsuit argued that Google requires Android handset manufacturers such as Samsung Electronics Co Ltd favor Google's apps such as YouTube and restrict competing apps like Microsoft Corp's Bing search.This illegally drives smartphone prices higher as rivals cannot compete for the 'prime screen real estate' that Google's own apps enjoy.The consumers had failed to show that higher prices stemmed from Google illegally forcing restrictive contracts on handset makers.The plaintiffs were told to amend their claims.  Full Article

Google fails to dismiss privacy lawsuit over Google Wallet - Reuters
Thursday, 2 Apr 2015 11:22am EDT 

Google Inc:A federal judge has rejected Google Inc's request to dismiss a lawsuit accusing the company of invading the privacy of users of its Google Wallet electronic payment service by sharing their personal information with outside app developers - Reuters.In a decision, U.S. District Judge said Google must face claims it breached users' contracts, violated the federal Stored Communications Act which limits disclosure of electronic records, and violated a California consumer protection law.Google Wallet users may try to show that Google 'frustrated' the purpose of its own privacy policy by allowing 'blanket, universal disclosure' of their personal information to app developers whenever they bought apps in Google's Play Store.The lead plaintiff is Alice Svenson who said Google sent unnecessary personal information about her to YCDroid when she paid that developer $1.77 for an email app.She said Google raised the risk of identity theft by routinely sending information about Google Wallet users such as addresses and zip codes, phone numbers and email addresses to app developers.Svenson said the company ceased the practice soon after the lawsuit was filed in Sept. 2013.Her lawsuit seeks class-action status, damages of $1,000 per violation, punitive damages and other remedies.  Full Article

EU lays groundwork to file antitrust charges against Google - WSJ
Wednesday, 1 Apr 2015 08:33pm EDT 

Google Inc:Europe's competition regulator is preparing the groundwork to file charges against Google Inc in the antitrust investigation over the next few weeks, the Wall Street Journal reported.The European Commission is asking companies that filed complaints against Google for permission to publish some of the information they submitted confidentially, the Journal said.The company has been engaged in a five-year-old antitrust investigation with the European Union that has stalled multiple times and caused a political uproar.  Full Article

ProQuest and Google collaborate to improve researchers' workflows
Tuesday, 24 Mar 2015 09:36am EDT 

ProQuest:Will enable full text of its scholarly journal content to be indexed in Google Scholar, improving research outcomes.Work is underway and company anticipates that by Q3 of 2015, users starting their research in Google Scholar will be able to access scholarly content via ProQuest.Collaboration between Google and ProQuest enables authenticated ProQuest users to be recognized when they search using Google Scholar, directly connecting them to full-text scholarly content in their libraries' collections.Users who are not recognized will be sent to a landing page with the abstract or an image of the first page, protecting all rights holders.To read full text, the users will authenticate themselves.There is nothing for libraries to set up - linking will be seamless and automatic.  Full Article

Google Inc appoints new Chief Financial Officer - Form 8-K
Tuesday, 24 Mar 2015 09:30am EDT 

Google Inc:Appoints Ruth M. Porat to be Google’s new Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Senior Vice President effective May 26.  Full Article

TAG Heuer, Google Inc and Intel Corp announces swiss smartwatch collaboration
Thursday, 19 Mar 2015 09:00am EDT 

TAG Heuer, Google Inc and Intel Corp:Announces a partnership to launch swiss smartwatch powered by Intel technology and android wear.Says effort signifies a new era of collaboration between swiss watchmakers and silicon valley, bringing together each company's respective expertise in luxury watchmaking, software and hardware.Says Together, these companies will create a product that is both luxurious and seamlessly connected to its wearer's daily life a culmination of innovation, creativity and design from silicon valley in california and the watch valley in la chaux-de-fonds, Switzerland.  Full Article

Google Inc in initial talks to buy startup InMobi-Business Standard
Thursday, 12 Mar 2015 02:47am EDT 

Google Inc:Is in early talks to buy Bangalore-based start-up InMobi-Business Standard.InMobi would likely be valued at around $1 billion.Both InMobi and Google declined to comment.  Full Article

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Russia warns Google, Twitter and Facebook on law violations

MOSCOW/FRANKFURT - Russia's media watchdog has written to Google, Twitter and Facebook warning them against violating Russian Internet laws and a spokesman said on Thursday they risk being blocked if they do not comply with the rules.

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