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Google to Join Bing in Music Download Business

Google apparently envies the program that Microsoft's Bing has set up to market music downloads. The Internet search leader now plans to offer its own service by year-end. And that raises some interesting questions.

Google's Strong Earnings Beat Expectations, but Its Shares Fall

Internet titan Google reported that first-quarter profit rose 37% to $1.96 billion, a solid earnings result that beat Wall Street expectations. But the numbers weren't strong enough for investors, who drove the stock down nearly 5% in after-hours trading.

Online Ad Market Beginning to Perk Up

The online advertising business may be starting to turn a corner. After a dismal start to 2009 Internet advertising perked up in the fourth quarter, hitting an all-time quarterly high of $6.3 billion -- a 2.3% increase over the previous year's quarter, according to the latest IAB Interactive Advertising Revenue Report.

Timeline: Google's Dispute with China

In the end, it came down to principle. Two months after Google threatened to close up shop in China, saying it could no longer brook the government's censorship laws, the search giant pulled the plug on its China-based search engine Monday. Here's a timeline of DailyFinance's coverage.

OneRiot Targets Social-Media Search

The company believes it allows users to scour real-time information from booming sites like Twitter and Facebook better than Google. Will this enable OneRiot to ride the social media wave?

China Blasts Google, Censors New Hong Kong Site

Hours after Google's dramatic move to close its China-based search engine and redirect users to its Hong Kong-based site, China was already blocking politically sensitive searches on the new site, one expert said. Meanwhile, analysts say Google will likely experience long-term consequences from its decision.

Inside Rupert Murdoch's War on Google

Rupert Murdoch's strategy for crippling Google, his News Corp. rival, has been more orchestrated than it seemed, a profile published in this week's New York magazine reveals. And lest you doubt his intentions, Murdoch even named his initaitve after a conquest of the Roman Empire.

Microsoft-Yahoo Search Deal OK'd

Antitrust regulators in the U.S. and Europe have approved Microsoft's search advertising partnership with Yahoo, giving the two companies a much needed boost in their quest to chip away at market leader Google. The regulatory victories are a major boost for Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz, who made the search partnership a key component in her still-young tenure leading the one-time Internet pioneer.

Google Threatens to Exit China After Cyber Attack

Google may pull out of the Middle Kingdom after discovering that hackers tricked human rights activists into opening their email accounts to outsiders. As a first step, the search giant says it will stop censoring its search results in the country -- a major turnabout for Google.

Yahoo's Airport Stunt Has Legs

As part of Yahoo's year-end do-gooder campaign, it paid the baggage fees of travelers at two California airports. It was a clever gimmick that tied in with Yahoo's mission of easing life's navigation -- and if the company is wise, it could be the seed for a new and better marketing campaign.

Is Twitter Really Profitable?
Do the Math

Recent news of Twitter's profitability may have been hasty. Dig into the numbers, and it becomes increasingly unlikely that Twitter has turned the corner. And, 2010 could be ugly, too.

November Search: All About Google

Internet giant Google grew its U.S. market share by a full percentage point to 71.6 percent in November, according to Web traffic tracker Hitwise. See how Google's gain impacted Bing and Yahoo.