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Google 1Q earnings miss analyst target

Google’s first-quarter earnings came in below analyst projections as the Internet search leader sped up hiring and increased spending other area to drive up its expenses. Get the full story »

Deadline set for Google’s Wi-Fi network data

Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal on Friday demanded that Google provide access to data the company said it accidentally collected from public Wi-Fi networks.

Google list shows hottest search terms in Chicago

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Education-related Web sites ranked among the most popular Google searches for Chicagoans in 2010, according to the search giant’s newly released “Zeitgeist” list.

Google compiled lists of the hottest search items for individual U.S. cities, ranking searches based on their uniqueness to that city. A search query is considered unique if it is “disproportionately popular” in a certain city versus the rest of the country, Google said.

In Chicago, the top search was the bulky “,” which is a Web portal for Chicago Public School students to manage grades and assignments. Jim Lecinski, Google’s Chicago-based managing director of U.S. sales, said students were likely bringing home flyers or notes from teachers with the URL printed on it. Their parents would then type the address into a Google search bar instead of their browser’s address bar. Get the full story »

Google trumps street targets; shares surge

Google Inc. blew past Wall Street’s quarterly profit and revenue expectations as a 25 percent revenue surge offset rising expenses, sending its shares up 9 percent. Get the full story »

Google extends ‘Street View’ to Antarctica

From PC Mag | Google on Thursday extended its Street View mapping feature to all seven continents, with the search giant planning to move into Brazil, Antarctica and Ireland.

“We often consider Street View to be the last zoom layer on the map, and a way to show you what a place looks like as if you were there in person — whether you’re checking out a coffee shop across town or planning a vacation across the globe,” Brian McClendon, Google Earth and Maps’ vice president of engineering, wrote in a blog post.

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Google may be working on rival site to Facebook

Silicon Valley is speculating that Google is working on a social network to compete with Facebook called Google Me. That speculation stems from a tweet by Digg CEO Kevin Rose that he has since deleted (“Ok, umm, huge rumor: Google to launch facebook competitor very soon — ‘Google Me’, very credible source”) and from comments on Quora from former Facebook CTO and Quora founder Adam D’Angelo.

Google News gets more personal

Google is giving its users the chance to tailor the news to fit their interests. As part of a new look unveiled Wednesday, the English-language version of Google’s online news section is offering tools that will enable readers to specify what kind of stories interest them.

Google to launch music service

Google Inc. is planning to launch an online music downloading service tied to its search engine, the Wall Street Journal reported, a move that would pit it against Apple Inc and its popular iTunes site.

Google’s plans are still vague, but it has been “stepping up conversations” about offering music services online as well as over mobile phones that use its Android operating system, the Journal said, citing people familiar with the company’s talks with the music industry. Get the full story »

Google jolts Internet search with rollout of Caffeine

McClatchy-Tribune News | Internet giant Google is putting some buzz into its search results, announcing on its official blog late Tuesday that it has completed its new Caffeine search index.

“Caffeine provides 50 percent fresher results for Web searches than our last index, and it’s the largest collection of Web content we’ve offered,” Carrie Grimes, a Google software engineer, said in the post.

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