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Dec 7, 2012

Google to replace M&A chief

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec 7 (Reuters) – Google Inc (GOOG.O: Quote, Profile, Research) is
replacing the head of its in-house mergers and acquisitions
group, David Lawee, with one of its top lawyers, according to a
person familiar with the matter.

Don Harrison, a high-ranking lawyer at Google, will replace
Lawee as head of the Internet search company’s corporate
development group, which oversees mergers and acquisitions, said
the source, who spoke anonymously because he was not authorized
to speak publicly.

Dec 7, 2012

Google to charge small businesses for Web-based Apps software

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec 6 (Reuters) – Google Inc will no
longer offer its Web-based office productivity software free to
small businesses, the Internet company’s latest move to expand
revenue beyond its core advertising services.

Google said on Thursday that businesses with 10 or fewer
people will now need to pay $50 per user per year – the same
rate that larger businesses pay – to use its Google Apps
software which includes email, word processing, spreadsheet and
presentation tools.

Dec 6, 2012

In brewing rivalry, Instagram trims ties to Twitter

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Facebook Inc’s recently acquired photo-sharing service Instagram removed a key element of its integration with Twitter, signaling a deepening rift between two of the Web’s dominant social media companies.

Instagram Chief Executive Kevin Systrom said Wednesday his company turned off support for Twitter “cards” in order to drive Twitter users to Instagram’s own website. Twitter “cards” are a feature that allows multimedia content like YouTube videos and Instagram photos to be embedded and viewed directly within a Twitter message.

Dec 5, 2012

Facebook’s Instagram cuts support for key Twittter integration

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec 5 (Reuters) – Facebook Inc’s
recently-acquired photo-sharing service Instagram removed a key
element of its integration with Twitter, signaling that
competition between the popular Web social media companies may
be heating up.

Instagram said it had turned off support for Twitter “cards”
- a Twitter feature that allows Instagram’s photos to be
embedded and viewed directly within a Twitter message. On
Wednesday, Twitter users discovered that Instagram photos did
not display properly on Twitter’s website.

Dec 3, 2012

Yahoo sees several flaws in $2.7 billion Mexico ruling: source

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Yahoo Inc believes it has “numerous” grounds to appeal a Mexico City civil court’s $2.7 billion preliminary judgment against the company, including both errors in procedure and in application of law, a person familiar with the matter told Reuters on Monday.

The ruling in the case, which involves allegations of breach of contract related to an online yellow pages listings service, was made by the 49th Civil Court of the Federal District of Mexico City, Yahoo announced on Friday.

Dec 3, 2012

Yahoo sees several flaws in $2.7 bln Mexico ruling-source

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec 3 (Reuters) – Yahoo Inc believes
it has “numerous” grounds to appeal a Mexico City civil court’s
$2.7 billion preliminary judgment against the company, including
both errors in procedure and in application of law, a person
familiar with the matter told Reuters on Monday.

The ruling in the case, which involves allegations of breach
of contract related to an online yellow pages listings service,
was made by the 49th Civil Court of the Federal District of
Mexico City, Yahoo announced on Friday.

Dec 3, 2012

Facebook voting begins on Instagram data-sharing, email privacy

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Facebook Inc opened the polls on Monday for its roughly 1 billion users to vote on a variety of changes to the social network’s policies, including a proposal to scrap the user voting system that Facebook introduced in 2009.

Facebook also said it had “clarified” some of the proposed changes, specifying that a new policy allowing it to share user data with recently acquired photo-application Instagram will be carried out in compliance with applicable laws and that Facebook will seek user consent when necessary.

Nov 30, 2012

Facebook, Zynga revamp partnership

SAN FRANCISCO, Nov 29 (Reuters) – Facebook Inc and
Zynga Inc severed the cozy ties that once bound the
Internet industry’s closest couple, revising a years-old
partnership between the two companies.

The two companies reported in regulatory filings on Thursday
that they had reached an agreement to amend a deal struck in
2010 that was widely seen as giving Zynga privileged status on
the world’s No.1 social network.

Nov 27, 2012

Privacy groups ask Facebook to withdraw proposed policy changes

SAN FRANCISCO, Nov 26 (Reuters) – Two privacy advocacy
groups urged Facebook Inc on Monday to withdraw proposed
changes to its terms of service that would allow the company to
share user data with recently acquired photo-application
Instagram, eliminate a user voting system and loosen email
restrictions within the social network.

The changes, which Facebook unveiled on Wednesday, raise
privacy risks for users and violate the company’s previous
commitments to its roughly 1 billion members, according to the
Electronic Privacy Information Center and the Center for Digital
Democracy.

Nov 26, 2012

ICOA CEO says never had acquisition talks with Google

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – The chief executive of wireless hotspot provider ICOA Inc said his company has never had acquisition talks with Google Inc and is contacting authorities about a “hoax” press release on Monday that said Google acquired his company for $400 million.

“ICOA never had any discussions with any major company like Google,” said ICOA CEO and Chairman George Strouthopoulos in an email on Monday.

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