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January 2011

Baidu net income surges in 4th quarter
January 31st, 2011

NEW YORK (AP) - Baidu.com Inc., which operates China's leading search engine, said Monday that its fourth-quarter profit more than tripled to surpass Wall Street expectations, sending shares higher in after-hours trading.

While Google Inc. has become synonymous with Web searches in the U.S., Baidu dominates the Chinese market. The research firm Analysys International says that as of September, 73 percent of Web searches in China are done on Baidu. Google snags only 22 percent of searches in China.

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Baidu net income surges in 4th quarter.


Schmidt Defends Incoming Google CEO
January 27th, 2011

A week after announcing a management shakeup at Google, outgoing Chief Executive Eric Schmidt defended the credentials of company co-founder Larry Page, who will take the reins at the Internet giant in April.

"When people criticize Larry as the new CEO, that's grossly unfair to Larry," he said on Thursday at a small press conference in Davos, Switzerland, at the World Economic Forum. "He has been with me at every business decision for 10 years."

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Schmidt Defends Incoming Google CEO.


Firefox, Google Chrome adding "Do Not Track" tools
January 24th, 2011

NEW YORK (AP) - The Firefox and Google Chrome browsers are getting tools to help users block advertisers from collecting information about them.

Alex Fowler, a technology and privacy officer for Firefox maker Mozilla, said the "Do Not Track" tool will be the first in a series of steps designed to guard privacy. He didn't say when the tool will be available.

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Firefox, Google Chrome adding 'Do Not Track' tools.


Google awards $100 million to Eric Schmidt
January 24th, 2011

NEW YORK (AP) - Google Inc. has awarded $100 million worth of equity to Eric Schmidt, who is stepping aside as CEO but will stay with the company as executive chairman.

Google said in a regulatory filing on Monday the stock and stock options will be granted on Feb. 2 and will vest over four years.

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Google awards $100 million to Eric Schmidt.


Larry Page Returns to Google's Corner Office
January 20th, 2011

Eric Schmidt, a technology veteran brought in as Google's (GOOG) "adult supervision" a decade ago, is relinquishing the CEO job to Larry Page, one of the prodigies who co-founded the company behind the Internet's dominant gateway.

The surprise shake-up announced Thursday appears to be driven by Schmidt's desire to tackle other challenges as much as Page's personal ambition.

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Larry Page Returns to Google's Corner Office.


Eric Schmidt resigns as CEO of Google
January 20th, 2011

Eric Schmidt - who joined Google in 2001 - is stepping down as CEO of the multi-billion dollar company.

Co-founder Larry Page will assume the title of chief executive officer as he prepares to lead Google into a brave new era of mobile and Cloud computing.

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Eric Schmidt resigns as CEO of Google.


Google, Microsoft Add U.S. Search Engine Market Share
January 2nd, 2011

Google Inc. and Microsoft Corp. took a bigger share of the U.S. search-engine market last month, while Yahoo! Inc. lost ground, according to ComScore Inc.

Google's share rose to 66.6 percent in December from 66.2 percent in November, while Microsoft grew to 12 percent from 11.8 percent, according to Reston, Virginia-based ComScore. Yahoo! Inc. dropped to 16 percent from 16.4 percent.

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Google, Microsoft Add U.S. Search Engine Market Share.


Facebook Narrowing Gap With Google?
January 2nd, 2011

Facebook dethroned Google as the top-visited website in 2010, as well as the most searched term of the year, a report says. Into 2011, it remains to be seen whether the search engine giant can regain ground.

According to a report from Internet analytics company Experian Hitwise, Facebook accounted for 8.93% of all U.S. visits between January and November 2010. Google.com ranked second with 7.19% of visits, followed by Yahoo! Mail with 3.52%, Yahoo! with 3.30%, and Google-owned YouTube with 2.65%.

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Facebook Narrowing Gap With Google.


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