Google and Yahoo are household names. But, Sandy Litvack? Not so much.
While Litvack may be obscure to the general public, he is well-known in antitrust circles as a sharp litigator--and one who Yahoo and Google may soon become acquainted with if the Department of Justice challenges the companies' controversial search advertising partnership.
For now, it's unclear whether the scope of the investigation will only focus on the Yahoo-Google deal. Some sources told CNET News that a federal investigation could broaden to examining Google's overall impact on the marketplace.
But theres little question that bringing in Litvack … Read more
A year after being surprised by upstart budget brands like Vizio and Olevia, the big names in TV have fought back. Samsung showed it too could play their game, and developed its own line of budget model TVs, which have helped it return to dominance in the mid-size LCD market in North America. But what's next for Vizio? CNET home theater expert John Falcone joins us to talk TVs and holiday shopping prices.
Also in Friday's podcast, Apple releases the much needed software update for the iPhone, hackers find their way into one of the computers at CERN … Read more
On Thursday Google announced an easier way for Windows Mobile users to find the nearest restaurant with the release of Search with My Location.
Previously, when you went to google.com from your phone and performed a local search, the results were tailored to the last location you entered. Now, taking advantage of the Gears Geolocation API, Search with My Location approximates your position using the same Cell ID technology used in Google Maps for Mobile.
So, say if you're on a hot date--or even not-so hot, OK the amount of hotness doesn't matter right now--and you've … Read more
TNC, founded in 2004 by Kim and Chester Roh, has created a blog software product called Textcube. An earlier TNC platform, Tistory, was sold to Korean portal Daum.
Google already owns a blogging platform, Blogger, which it purchased in 2003. From a technological standpoint, it's not immediately clear why the company would want another one--although Kim likened his company to Blogger rival WordPress (and its parent company Automattic), the favorite of the open-source community, … Read more
Earlier today, Rafe and I hosted a lively Ask the Editors chat about Google Chrome. As is often the case, we both learned a bit while we were answering your questions. Here's a round-up of some of the more interesting answers.
Once you've imported bookmarks, it turns out there is a way to manage them. It's not readily apparent, though. Hit CTRL+B to show and hide the Bookmarks bar. When the bar is showing, at the right end there's a folder icon that you can use to manage those bookmarks.
One reader pointed out that … Read more
Updated 4:50 p.m. PDT with Google comment.
Officials at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission are wondering if there was any improper conduct behind the online release last weekend of a 6-year-old news story that lead to a 75 percent drop in the stock of United Airlines on Monday, according to The Wall Street Journal (subscription required).
The SEC has opened a "preliminary inquiry" into the online distribution of a Chicago Tribune article from 2002 about United Airlines' bankruptcy filing, people familiar with the matter said.
The Tribune Co. said in a statement on Wednesday … Read more
The CTIA Wireless show in San Francisco is in full swing and CNET editors have gotten their hands on lots of newly unveiled hardware like the LG Logic and HTC Touch Pro. Hear CNET senior editor Kent German's assessment of the offerings and new trends in the mobile world.
A handful of standout new products have emerged from this week's launch events in California: TechCrunch50 and Demo. Webware editor Rafe Needleman identifies the top five that could have what it takes to become popular and financially successful.
Also, some Windows users report seeing that dreaded "blue screen … Read more
In the midst of the debate over the rising cost of text messages, Microsoft finds that you actually sell more stuff if you lower the price. Then again, we're consuming more text messages than ever, so...we argue about capitalism. Also, the best of DemoFall and TechCrunch50, because dangit, we cover them both.
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SUNNYVALE, Calif--Yahoo is on a campaign trail of its own, taking an opportunity Thursday to plug a search-ad partnership with rival Google that could bring new profits to the company but that also faces possible antitrust hurdles.
The partnership, which is expected to go into effect in early October, is "good news for consumers and for advertisers," said Hilary Schneider, executive vice president of Yahoo U.S., speaking here to reporters at an event to discuss Yahoo's strategy to open its technology foundation.
She showed a specific example to bolster her case. A search for "red … Read more