Google misses deadline to run LA e-mail system

Google Inc. has missed a deadline to take over the Los Angeles city e-mail system because it hasn't met police concerns about securing information online.

The city is paying Google more than $7 million to replace the e-mail system it uses for nearly 20,000 employees.

The Internet company had agreed to implement the new system by June 30. Missing that deadline is a setback as Google pursues the market for providing online data storage and processing - so-called "cloud computing."

Google executive Jocelyn Ding told City Council members last week that the company had missed some details in the system requirements for keeping LAPD data secure.

For now, the city is paying for both the old and new systems, although Google has agreed to cover costs for the old system until November.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.

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