CEO 'knows what he's doing'
Apple CEO Tim Cook has claimed second place on Fortune's Businessperson of the Year list for 2014. In awarding the position, the publication says that it's "becoming increasingly clear that Tim Cook knows what he's doing" in the wake of losing Apple co-founder Steve Jobs in 2011. "The company's stock is at an all-time high. Booming sales of larger iPhones and renewed enthusiasm for Mac computers are making up for slowing growth in iPads. The coming Apple Watch and the already-released Apple Pay service show that Apple remains an innovator -- even under a CEO known more for operational prowess than product savvy," Fortune continues.
Pichai now running most Google products, Page expects move to boost innovation
Google CEO Larry Page sent a memo to Google staffers yesterday, reorganizing the upper echelons of management, and stepping back somewhat from his daily duties. In the memo, Page transfers a number of divisions that previously reported directly to him over to Android chief Sundar Pichai. Pichai is currently responsible for Android, Chrome, and Google Apps. Now under his purview are research, maps, Google+, search, ad products, and company infrastructure. Page will continue to run access, energy, Nest, Calico, Google X, legal, finance, and corporate development.
Asks for limits to government surveillance
Several US technology executives -- including Apple's Tim Cook, Google's Larry Page, Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, Microsoft's Satya Nadella, and Yahoo's Marissa Mayer -- have published an open letter as a part of the Reset the Net anti-surveillance campaign. The letter complains that the USA Freedom Act -- which recently passed through the House of Representatives -- still permits bulk collection of Internet metadata, despite promises by the White House and Congress to halt the practice. The executives are also asking for the flexibility to publish more detail about the quantity and types of government requests they get for customer information.
CEO decries fragility of modern devices in conference call
During Google's quarterly earnings conference call, CEO Larry Page addressed common problems with smartphones -- poor battery life, phone failure when exposed to water, and damage when dropped. Talking about these problems, the CEO suggested that Motorola Mobility's newest phone line currently in production would be close to unbreakable. "When you drop your phone, it shouldn't shatter," Page said.
Says Google, public would benefit from more cooperation
It "would be nice" if Google could get along better with rival companies like Apple and Amazon, says Google CEO Larry Page in a new Fortune interview. He calls it a "shame" that the three companies are competing using entirely different business models: Apple relying on hardware, Google on advertising for free services, and Amazon on low-margin, high-volume web store sales. "All the big technology companies are big because they did something great," he remarks. "I'd like to see more cooperation on the user side. The Internet was made in universities and it was designed to integrate. And as we've commercialized it, we've added more of an island-like approach to it, which I think is somewhat of a shame for users."
Rumors of Schmidt, Brin in vicinity of DC suggest settlement imminent
According to sources familiar with the negotiations, Google CEO Larry Page has met with officials from the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to put the finishing touches on a settlement to the nearly two-year investigation of the company's standards-essential patent abuse, antitrust issues, and other matters. Page was allegedly in town trying to stave off a consent decree, forcing the search engine giant to comply with any pending FTC ruling, or a full-fledged lawsuit, and is seeking a "voluntary agreement."
Brin, Page to appear for FTC depositions
Larry Page and Sergey Brin, the co-founders of Google, will appear before US antitrust regulators for questioning, sources familiar with the proceedings have told Bloomberg. The two Google executives have retained counsel, and are expected to give depositions before the Federal Trade Commission some time in the next few months.
Larry Page sees Android as vehicle for ads
Google CEO Larry Page in a second day of testimony at trial made the unusual remark that he was "not sure" if Android was a critical asset for Google. While it was "very important," he emphasized the company's sometimes understated view that Android was ultimately a vehicle for Google services like ads, not an end into itself. The mobile OS was developed partly in response to earlier Java devices, he said: even with 100 phones to try, none of them would use Google's services properly.
Google Q1 2012 is surprise hit
Google beat expectations for its results on Thursday and simultaneously set out plans to create a new kind of stock to keep its management in place. The company saw its mostly ad-based revenue up 24 percent, to nearly $10.7 billion, and its net profit even higher, up 61 percent to $2.89 billion. While the company didn't delve into specific factors, it was thriving both on its core business and on the "momentum from the big bets" on Android, Chrome, and YouTube, CEO Larry Page said.
Contests claim by Page that fury was 'for show'
Steve Jobs biographer Walter Isaacson is challenging comments by Google CEO Larry Page, who recently claimed that Jobs' anger at Android was "for show,", according to Macworld. Isaacson spoke at the UK's Royal Institution on Wednesday night, and drew parallels between the Android situation and Apple's conflict with Microsoft in the 1980s. Isaacson remarked during his speech that Jobs believed in a closed product ecosystem, in which software and hardware are intertwined. Jobs was allegedly upset not only at Microsoft imitating the GUI used for Macs, but also for licensing out the interface "promiscuously" to companies like Dell and IBM. This helped to make Microsoft the dominant computer platform.
Claims Android a useful rallying point
The differences former Apple CEO Steve Jobs had with Google over Android were "for show," according to Google CEO Larry Page. The executive made the comment in a recent interview with Bloomberg Businessweek, responding to a question about going to Jobs for advice after becoming CEO. "I think the Android differences were actually for show," said Page. "I had a relationship with Steve. I wouldn’t say I spent a lot of time with him over the years, but I saw him periodically. Curiously enough, actually, he requested that meeting. He sent me an e-mail and said: 'Hey, you want to get together and chat?' I said, 'Sure, I’ll come over.' And we had a very nice talk. We always did when we had a discussion generally.
Ernest & Young, Qualcomm CEOs round out podium
Apple CEO Tim Cook has taken the top spot on a Glassdoor list of the 25 most highly-rated CEOs. The site records ratings from anonymous workers, who in this case judged their CEOs regarding a 12-month period ending on March 15th. Over 280,000 people participated; each rating was based on a five-point scale, from "strongly disapprove" up to "strongly approve." Cook won with an overall score of 97 percent.
List only partly complete
(Updated to downplay Baez's role) A partial list of the people present at Sunday's private memorial for Steve Jobs has been published, says Fortune. Among the people there were Apple executives Tim Cook (CEO) and Scott Forstall (senior VP for iOS), and board members Bill Campbell and Al Gore. Former US President Bill Clinton was also in attendance; one of the people most closely connected to Jobs, though, may have been singer Joan Baez, who once dated him during the late 1970s and early '80s.
Google CEO attacks Microsoft, Apple, Oracle
During yesterday’s Google conference call, CEO and co-founder Larry Page took some time out to answer a number of questions. Chief among them, were his thoughts on the various patent disputes currently plaguing the company’s Android platform. When it came to Microsoft, he did not mince his words and attacked the Redmond based software giant claiming that it is hassling its own partners.
Social networks serve as early outlet
(Updated with Google.com link) More messages of condolence and tribute are pouring in for Steve Jobs from industry executives. At Google, both CEO Larry Page and co-founder Sergey Brin have posted messages through Google+. "I am very, very sad to hear the news about Steve," writes Page. "He was a great man with incredible achievements and amazing brilliance. He always seemed to be able to say in very few words what you actually should have been thinking before you thought it. His focus on the user experience above all else has always been an inspiration to me. He was very kind to reach out to me as I became CEO of Google and spend time offering his advice and knowledge even though he was not at all well. My thoughts and Google's are with his family and the whole Apple family."
Oracle claims Page handled Java negotiations
As the ongoing legal battle between Oracle and Google continues to unfold, the former company has asked the court for permission to personally involve Google CEO Larry Page in the proceedings. The request calls for Page's deposition, claiming Google's co-founder drove the decision making that led the search giant to acquire Android.
Google gets Photovine trademark and domain
Google may be planning to expand its photo sharing beyond just Picasa. The company obtained a trademark for "Photovine" on June 7 and used proxy firm MarkMonitor to acquire Photovine.com just a week later. Few clues exist as to what it would involve, although the trademark bills it as "transmission of visual images and data by telecommunications networks" and "on-line social networking services."
Google CEO Schmidt steps down as CEO for Page
In a surprise move, Google chief Eric Schmidt said alongside his company's financial results that he was stepping down from his position. Company co-founder Larry Page will take the top position as of April 4 while fellow founder Sergey Brin will be titled as a Co-Founder. Schmidt will stay on only as Executive Chairman.
Google denies trying to kill iPhone
Google during its time at the Allen & Co. Sun Valley media conference said that Apple CEO Steve Jobs' claims about Android being a response to iPhone were spin. Co-founder Larry Page argued that Jobs' view of Android coming afterwards was a "little bit of rewriting history" and reminded guests that Google had been developing Android for a "very long time" before the iPhone was introduced in early 2007. The company had always wanted an Internet-aware phone with strong web browsing, according to Page.