YouTube to wipe site clean of 'fraudulent' video views

It isn't exactly a secret that with a certain amount of cash, people can pay for views, followers, and likes on their accounts and profiles on social networks. This is something Facebook and Twitter have battled for years. Now, YouTube is cracking down too.

The video-hosting service announced Tuesday that it is carrying out periodic audits of videos in an effort to rid its site of "fraudulent views."

"YouTube isn't just a place for videos, it's a place for meaningful human interaction. Whether it's views, likes, or comments, these interactions both represent and … Read more

Intellectual Ventures patent suit against Google ends in mistrial

A federal judge in Delaware declared a mistrial Wednesday in a patent lawsuit between Google's Motorola Mobility and Intellectual Ventures, according to a statement from the patent-holding company.

US District Judge Sue Robinson issued the decision after jurors were unable to unanimously agree on a verdict, according to a statement by Intellectual Ventures chief litigation counsel Melissa Finocchio.

"Mistrials are an occasional fact of life, and it is disappointing (for us, and probably also for Motorola) that the jury could not reach a unanimous verdict. But we are looking ahead to the retrial on these patents and also … Read more

FTC approves key condition of Google's Nest acquisition

Google's acquisition of Nest Labs appears to have been sped up.

The Federal Trade Commission announced Wednesday that the deal was granted an "early termination" of the acquisition waiting period. This means applicable antitrust and competition regulations for the deal have been satisfied and the acquisition could be complete earlier than previously forecast.

Google announced last month that it was buying Nest, maker of the Learning Thermostat and the Protect smoke and carbon monoxide detector, for $3.2 billion. While Nest will be joining Google's ranks, the company said it will still be run by current … Read more

How Big Brother's going to peek into your connected home

For as long as people have envisioned the inevitable advent of smart home, critics and privacy advocates have warned how it might all go horribly wrong.

We're not just talking Orwellian paranoia or a dystopian future where our personal lives are intertwined with corporate identities constantly siphoning data from them. The security and privacy issues at play in haphazardly wiring up our personal spaces are becoming increasingly more substantive and -- with the proliferation of smart devices -- opening up our lives to more points of vulnerability, both from real-world threats and existential ones.

"There's been nearly … Read more

Google ad exec to take over top YouTube role, report says

Google-owned YouTube has a new chief, according to a new report.

Susan Wojcicki, Google's senior vice president of advertising and commerce, has been chosen to lead YouTube, The Information reported early Wednesday, citing people who claim to have knowledge of the company's plans. Later in the day, Recode confirmed the report. Current YouTube head Salar Kamangar will remain at Google in a different role, developing his own early stage projects.

Google CEO Larry Page said in a statement e-mailed to Recode, "Salar and the whole YouTube team have built something amazing. YouTube is a billion person global … Read more

Jelly Bean spills onto 60 percent of Android devices

Android Jelly Bean continues to flavor more Android devices.

Analyzing Google Play data from the seven days ending Tuesday, Google's Android developer dashboard pegged Jelly Bean's collective reach at about 60.5 percent. Breaking down those beans, 4.1.x held the highest share with 35.5 percent, followed by 4.2.x with 16.3 percent and Android 4.3 with 8.9 percent

Among other Android versions, Gingerbread retained second place with a 20 percent cut of the action, while Ice Cream Sandwich covered 16.1 percent of all Android devices. The newest Android flavor, KitKat, … Read more

Google satisfies concerns in EU antitrust investigation

Google and the European Commission have come to an agreement over competition in the company's search results.

Joaquin Almunia, commission vice president in charge of competition, announced on Wednesday that Google has vowed to display search results for its own services in the same manner as those of competing offerings. In search results, Google will be required to show three competing services to its own products, such as its online office suite Google Docs.

According to Almunia, the three competitors will be chosen "through an objective method [and] will also be displayed in a way that is clearly … Read more

Google looks to be expanding its commuter ferry boat service

Just as Google's San Francisco ferry service trial ends, the company is firing up another trial on the other side of the bay -- in Alameda, according to the San Francisco Examiner.

This new service will bring Google employees from Oakland, Berkeley, and Alameda to Redwood City in a week-long trial. According to the Examiner, the Water Emergency Transportation Authority executive director Nina Rannells said that the authority "has a long-term strategic plan for expanding ferry service in San Francisco Bay," and Google's service will complement public ferry services.

A Google spokesperson told CNET, "We … Read more

Google, Cisco sign deal to avoid future patent squabbles

Google and Cisco have formed a new agreement to ward off potential patent trolls.

The agreement gives each company a license to the other's patent portfolio and covers a wide range of products and technologies, Cisco said in a news release on Tuesday. The deal was set up as a countermeasure to the act of "patent privateering," which transfers patents to so-called patent assertion firms.

Some holders of patented products try to avoid legal battles by signing deals with patent assertion firms that file lawsuits in their own names, The Wall Street Journal explained. These assertion firms … Read more

Google Barge must find a new home, agency says

The Google Barge, still on construction hiatus in the middle of the San Francisco Bay, is going to have move.

On Monday, the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission said that Google must move the once-mysterious project away from the Treasure Island pier where it's been docked for months, because it doesn't have the required permits.

According to the Associated Press, BCDC Executive Director Larry Goldzband said that Google must move the barge -- which CNET was first to connect to Google -- to an approved construction location.

The Google Barge, expected to one day be a … Read more