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  • Microsoft targets Google with US$6B purchase

    Even though the US$6 billion price tag on Microsoft's acquisition of digital advertising vendor aQuantive is nearly twice what Google paid for DoubleClick last month, analysts didn't see the move as a sign of panic on Microsoft's part.

  • Wellington firm helps Google summer programme

    Wellington web developer SilverStripe has become the first New Zealand company to be entrusted with the supervision of students working on Google’s “Summer of Code” programme.

  • Google renames personalised home page, adds gadgets

    The company has announced that it will rename its personalised home page to iGoogle, which will now include Google Gadgets. Users with no programming experience or web design experience can create gadgets for iGoogle and send them to their family and friends.

  • Google head announces PowerPoint competitor

    Google plans to take another swipe at Microsoft’s Office suite of tools by adding presentation software to its Google Docs web-based tools for word processing, email and spreadsheets.

  • Google to unveil AJAX API for adding feeds

    This week, Google is set to roll out a new Asynchronous JavaScript and XML (AJAX) API geared to help AJAX developers more easily add Atom and RSS feeds to web applications or blogs.

  • Google to pay $4.1B for DoubleClick

    Google has agreed to buy DoubleClick for US$3.1 billion (NZ$4.1 billion) in cash, an acquisition that strengthens Google's status as an online advertising powerhouse.

  • Google building data centres at a quick pace

    Google is on its way to becoming the McDonald's of data centres -- serving billions of bytes daily -- if it keeps up with what seems to be an extraordinary pace of building IT facilities.

  • Google Desktop for Mac to be released

    Google will release Google Desktop for Mac on Wednesday, marking the first time the search giant will make its desktop tool available to Mac users. Mac users already have a search tool with Apple's Spotlight, but Google says its utility will work alongside the Mac OS X 10.4 feature perfectly.

  • Google, YouTube hit with US$1B copyright suit

    Media company Viacom International is suing online video provider YouTube and its parent company, Google, for more than US$1 billion, saying the companies are infringing on Viacom's copyrights because almost 160,000 unauthorised video clips are available for viewing on YouTube.