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May 20, 2013

Yahoo buying Tumblr for $1.1 bln, vows not to screw it up

May 20 (Reuters) – Yahoo Inc said it is buying
blogging service Tumblr for $1.1 billion cash, giving the
struggling Internet pioneer a much-needed platform in social
media to reach a younger generation of users.

The deal, announced on Monday, is a bold bet by Yahoo Chief
Executive Marissa Mayer to revitalize the company by co-opting a
Web property with strong visitor traffic but little revenue.

May 18, 2013

Google’s wearable Glass gadget: cool or creepy?

SAN FRANCISCO, May 18 (Reuters) – Google staged
four discussions expounding on the finer points of its “Glass”
wearable computer during this week’s developer conference.
Missing from the agenda, however, was a session on etiquette
when using the recording-capable gadget, which some attendees
faithfully wore everywhere – including to the crowded bathrooms.

Google Glass, a cross between a mobile computer and
eyeglasses that can both record video and surf the Internet, is
now available to a select few but is already among the year’s
most buzz-worthy new gadgets. The device has geeks all aflutter
but is unnerving everyone from lawmakers to casino operators
worried about the potential for hitherto unimagined privacy and
policy violations.

May 15, 2013

Google launches streaming music service ahead of Apple

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Google Inc (GOOG.O: Quote, Profile, Research) launched a music service on Wednesday that allows users to listen to unlimited songs for $9.99 a month, challenging smaller companies like Pandora (P.N: Quote, Profile, Research) and Spotify in the market for streaming music.

With its new service, announced at its annual developers’ conference in San Francisco, Google has adopted the streaming music business model ahead of rival Apple Inc (AAPL.O: Quote, Profile, Research), which pioneered online music purchases with iTunes.

May 15, 2013

Google music service starts Wed, steals march on Apple

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Google Inc launched a music service on Wednesday that allows users to listen to unlimited songs for $9.99 a month, challenging smaller companies like Pandora and Spotify in the market for streaming music.

With its new service, announced at its annual developers’ conference in San Francisco, Google has adopted the streaming music business model ahead of rival Apple Inc, which pioneered online music purchases with iTunes.

May 15, 2013

Google music service starts Wednesday, steals march on Apple

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Google Inc launched a music service on Wednesday that allows users to listen to unlimited songs for $9.99 a month, challenging smaller companies like Pandora and Spotify in the market for streaming music.

With its new service, announced at its annual developers’ conference in San Francisco, Google has adopted the streaming music business model ahead of rival Apple Inc, which pioneered online music purchases with iTunes.

May 15, 2013

Google’s music service to launch Wednesday in U.S.

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Google Inc launched a music service on Wednesday that allows users to listen to unlimited songs for $9.99 a month, challenging smaller companies like Pandora and Spotify in the market for streaming music.

With its new service, announced at its annual developers’ conference in San Francisco, Google has adopted the streaming music business model ahead of rival Apple Inc, which pioneered online music purchases with iTunes.

May 14, 2013

Google CEO says vocal cords affected by “very rare” condition

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Google Inc Chief Executive Larry Page provided the first public details of the voice ailment that sidelined him from speaking engagements last summer, saying that he has limited movement in his left and right vocal cords.

The 40-year-old co-founder of the world’s No. 1 Internet search engine said that doctors have been unable to identify a cause for his “very rare” vocal cord issues, but that he has been making progress in his recovery and is “fully able to do all I need to at home and at work,” he wrote on his Google+ page on Tuesday.

May 14, 2013

Yahoo to ramp up marketing to woo younger users, says CFO

SAN FRANCISCO, May 14 (Reuters) – Yahoo Inc plans
to ramp up advertising and marketing efforts as it seeks to
break its reliance on an “aging demographic” and become more
relevant among young adults, the company’s finance chief said on
Tuesday.

The struggling Web portal’s brand will be more visible on
outdoor billboards and at sporting events, among other places,
as it seeks to woo 18-to-34-year-olds and get the word out about
new products, CFO Ken Goldman said at the J.P. Morgan Global
Technology, Media and Telecom conference in Boston on Tuesday.

May 12, 2013

Google+ struggles to attract brands, some neglect to update

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – To mark the Cinco de Mayo holiday this year, Domino’s Pizza festooned its Facebook page with a string of posts, including an image of a Mexican-themed guacamole pizza that garnered over 2,000 “likes”. But visitors to Domino’s companion Google+ page on that day found less festive fare: The most recent post was from October 2012.

Two years after introducing its social network, Google Inc(GOOG.O: Quote, Profile, Research) is struggling to win over the brands and businesses that have been its most loyal customers in the Internet search market.

May 12, 2013

Analysis: Google+ struggles to attract brands, some neglect to update

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – To mark the Cinco de Mayo holiday this year, Domino’s Pizza festooned its Facebook page with a string of posts, including an image of a Mexican-themed guacamole pizza that garnered over 2,000 “likes”. But visitors to Domino’s companion Google+ page on that day found less festive fare: The most recent post was from October 2012.

Two years after introducing its social network, Google Inc is struggling to win over the brands and businesses that have been its most loyal customers in the Internet search market.

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