In a pair of announcements made just hours apart, the U.S. Department of Justice and the European Commission each announced that the $12.5 billion acquisition had been cleared by their respective anti-trust authorities and could proceed.
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The company said it has temporarily disabled the use of prepaid cards on its retail platform as it looks to remedy a security flaw which could allow an attacker to steal the PIN number on Google Wallet systems. Google says a fix is coming soon.
Google's proposed acquisition of Motorola Mobility could soon be approved by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ,) sources told the Wall Street Journal. The DOJ is reportedly poised to issue a formal approval on the deal as early as next week.
Google said that since security system Bouncer has been operating, malware levels on the Android Market have gone down. The company noted that over the second half of 2011, malicious downloads had decreased by 40 percent.
A court in India has ordered 21 technology firms, including Google and Facebook, to remove content. The Indian branches of both firms have complied with the court's request and removed pages which had been deemed religiously or socially offensive.
Google, Microsoft and Facebook are teaming up with banks and security vendors to create The Domain-based Authentication, Reporting and Conformance group (DMARC) group, which seeks to develop a platform that can weed out potential phishing messages.
To boost its news management capabilities, Twitter will acquire Summify, a site which allows users to collect and summarize news items into a single visual feed. The service deliver the news feeds as a web page, email message, or mobile application.
Facebook is reportedly planning to launch its initial public offering (IPO) in the third week of May of this year. Facebook's IPO would be the largest from a techn company in recent years, with recent valuations reaching as high as $100 billion.
IBM has agreed to a deal that will see the company assign more than 200 patents to Google. Patents include filings related to rendering pages, analyzing large-scale indexes, VOIP platforms, voice-activated search and social-networking technologies.
The EC has put Google's proposed $12.5 billion acquisition of Motorola Mobility on hold pending further investigation. The EC issued a filing last month asking Google to provide additional details on how the acquisition will be carried out.
A U.S. district court in New York issued a ruling in favor of Yahoo, ordering the defendants to pay $583 million in damages from violations of the CAN-SPAM Act, as well as $27 million in damages for trademark infringement.
Google's Android Market has delivered its 10 billionth application download and is offering 10 days of special promotions during which selected apps will be offered for a dime. The milestone comes five months after the 6 billionth download.
A group of Facebook users disclosed a flaw and some of Mark Zuckerberg's personal images. While the incident was limited in scope, the underlying cause of the problem could indicate lingering problems with Facebook's approach to security.
A new malware attack is luring victims by using web-based exploits to perform a 'drive-by' malware download under the guise of an electronic money transfer. Attackers make use of Google's goo.gl link-shortening service to hide the attack site.