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Google Faces Thai Criminal Case For Not Shutting Down Blogger

google-g-logo-1920 Google's founders, Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt and its entire board have been named as criminal defendants in a case in Thailand. The case arises under that country's "Computer Crimes Act." David Hanks and Brian Goudie filed the criminal complaint after Google was non-responsive to requests to remove defamatory material from a blog hosted by the company on its Blogger platform. According to the criminal complaint, Google provided hosting to a site that was involved in "an ongoing coordinated campaign of defamation, abuse and cyber harassment" of Hanks and Goudie in Thailand. The [...]


Yelp Beats Expectations, Strikes Profitability With Q2 Revenues Of $88.8 Million

yelp-featured   Yelp has come through with a strong financial picture for the second quarter of 2014. Today, the company reported revenue growth of 61 percent year-over-year, with net revenue of $88.8 million beating analyst estimates of $86.32. The quarter marks the first time the company has been profitable since becoming public company, said Jeremy Stoppelman, Yelp's chief executive officer in a statement. Reviews on Yelp increased 44 percent compared to the second quarter of 2013 to roughly 61 million. Approximately 40 percent of new reviews were added through mobile devices, according to [...]


100 Internet Marketing Experts Speaking at SMX in NYC

east14_570x280_a[1] More than 100 of the world’s most knowledgeable internet marketers will present at Search Marketing Expo - SMX East, September 30 - October 2 in New York City. They’ll share what makes them successful, what keeps them up at night, and what you’ll need to know to succeed in the next year. You’ll hear from: Brand marketers from the Fortune 500, e-retailers and innovative startups. Learn the latest from IBM, Expedia, The New York Times, Intel, BET Networks, Ford Motor Company, Cisco and more. Experts from full-service and boutique agencies with experience managing countless campa [...]


SMX East Super Early Bird Rates Expire Friday – Last Chance to Register & Save $300!

east14_570x280_a[1] Time is running out! SMX East Super Early Bird rates – the lowest offered – expire end of day Friday, July 25th. Register now for an All Access pass. Here’s what you get: Exceptional content: 3 days featuring 60+ tactic-packed sessions that will help you build site traffic, grow sales, boost your ROI and acquire customers. Invaluable connections: Meet others like you online and in-person while you’re there at our many networking events. Essential conveniences: Stay productive and comfortable with hot lunches, all-day snacks, and Wi-Fi in session rooms. Join us for SMX East, [...]


Live @ SMX East: How BuzzFeed Mastered The Art Of Viral Content

smx_east14_spotlight Everyone likes to talk about creating a buzz, but few have mastered the art of making content go viral like Jonah Peretti, founder of BuzzFeed, the wildly popular social news and entertainment website that has scored huge successes with quizzes, listicles and even long-form content. Peretti also co-founded the Huffington Post, and is well-known for thinking deeply about how people are sharing and distributing things like journalism, brand messaging, entertainment and other types of content online. You can expect to learn a lot about leveraging the viral aspect of the internet during the [...]


LinkedIn To Acquire Bizo In A Deal Valued At $175 Million

Linkedin Logo In an effort to build out its marketing and mobile products, LinkedIn announced it has entered into an agreement to acquire Bizo, a B2B marketing technology provider. According to the announcement, the deal is valued at approximately $175 million. Founded in 2008 by Russell Glass, Bryan Burdick, Donnie Flood, Mark Dye, Lee Byrne and Yonatan Stern, Bizo provides measurable display and social ad programs built for B2B audiences. According to LinkedIn: B2B marketers use Bizo to target prospects within professional segments, and nurture them at every stage of their sales and marketing f [...]


Microsoft Reports $23 Billion In Revenue For Q4 2014

microsoft-building-logo2-1920 Microsoft posted its Q4 2014 revenue earnings report this afternoon, with $23.38 billion generated during the last quarter of its fiscal year. Noting it had completed the acquisition of "substantially" all of the Nokia Devices and Services in April, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella claimed the company is: Galvanized around our core as a productivity and platform company for the mobile-first and cloud-first world, and we are driving growth with disciplined decisions, bold innovation, and focused execution. Nadella went on to say Microsoft's commercial cloud revenue doubled this year to a $4 [...]


Apple Posts Record Q3 Revenue Numbers In June Earnings Report

apple-store-santa-monica-1920 Apple has released their third-quarter financial earnings this afternoon, reporting $37.4 billion in quarterly revenues and $7.7 billion in quarterly net profit. These numbers are up from the numbers posted in Q3 2013, which were revenue of $35.3 billion and net profit of $6.9 billion. The revenue numbers are a record for their June quarter release, mostly through sales of the iPhone and Mac. “Our record June quarter revenue was fueled by strong sales of iPhone and Mac and the continued growth of revenue from the Apple ecosystem, driving our highest EPS growth rate in seven quarter [...]


ICANN Parks The Domain Registry Of America, Termination May Be Coming

Icann domain If you've ever registered a domain name, you're likely acutely aware of the Domain Registry of America. The company is notorious for the incessant mailing of deceptive renewal letters that essentially trick users into renewing with the Domain Registry of America (DROA) (many times at a much higher price) instead of renewing with the company where the domain was initially required. These mailings however may be stopping soon. ICANN (The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) has suspended Brandon Gray Internet Services (dba namejuice.com) the company behind the DROA. Brando [...]


Rakuten’s Quarterly Report Shows Growth On All Fronts, With Mobile Commerce Up 87%

rakuten-r-logo Based on its 2014 2Q results, Rakuten Marketing has experienced year-over-year growth on all fronts, including mobile, search and affiliate marketing. The company reported mobile phone orders in its affiliate channel have increased 87 percent in the US. Rakuten also saw international mobile commerce growth, with the UK up 117 percent, Canada 197 percent, Japan 32 percent, and Australia 28 percent. Rakuten claims tablet orders increased 21 percent in the US, 37 percent in the UK, 157 percent in Canada and 55 percent in Japan. According to the report, Rakuten's search side of busine [...]


Italian Privacy Police Give Google 18 Months To Make Changes

google-italy-800 European privacy regulators have been critical of Google's unified privacy policy since it was announced in early 2012. They have demanded various changes, including more disclosures to users, to bring the law in compliance with EU and individual country rules. Italy is the latest country to issue what amounts to an ultimatum to Google to change its privacy practices or face fines (up to $1 million euros) and unspecified "possible criminal proceedings," according to Reuters. There is a similar history in France, which ordered Google to change its privacy behavior in June 2013. Google mai [...]


SMX East Super Early Bird Rates Expire Friday – Register Now & Save $300

east14_570x280_a[1] Struggling to keep up with algorithm updates named after exotic animals? Could automating paid search campaigns be your get out of Excel-hell-free card? Attend Search Marketing Expo – SMX East, Sept. 30 - Oct.2 in NYC, and learn the latest SEO, paid search advertising and conversion-driving tactics. SMX East is the world’s largest search engine marketing conference featuring more than 60 tactic-stuffed sessions for advanced, intermediate and beginning search marketers. That means we can dive-deep into topics relevant to your interests and experience level. Local advertising, m [...]


Google Q2: $16B Revenue, CPCs Down, SVP Arora Leaving

google-money-stock-featured This afternoon Google announced second quarter consolidated revenues of $15.96 billion. That represented a 22 percent increase vs. last year and 3 percent growth since last quarter. Revenues were higher than expected ($15.61 billion) while earnings per share missed financial analyst estimates. Paid clicks were up significantly; CPCs were down YoY but flat quarter over quarter. The release also indicated that SVP and Chief Business Officer Nikesh Arora would be leaving to become Vice Chairman of SoftBank Corp. and CEO of SoftBank Internet and Media. Omid Kordestani will take over his role [...]


Microsoft Cutting 18K Jobs As It Integrates Nokia And Tries To “Move Faster”

microsoft-earnings-business-featured Driven in part by its Nokia hardware acquisition and a recognition of the need to restructure for "post-PC" competitiveness, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announced widely anticipated layoffs this morning. A total of 18,000 jobs will be eliminated by June 30, 2015, most by the end of the year. The bulk of the layoffs ("12,500 factory direct and professional employees") will impact former Nokia personnel. The company said it will take a charge of up to $1.6 billion related to employee severance and other associated expenses. In a letter to employees, Nadella said the cuts were intended to [...]


Yahoo Earnings Disappoint, But Search And Mobile Revs Up

Yahoo Q2 earnings Yahoo's second quarter earnings disappointed investors who had expected somewhat higher numbers. However, there were a number of encouraging spots around product and user metrics and isolated revenue improvements. First the top-line numbers: The company had $1.04 billion in revenue ex-TAC, down 3 percent year over year (YoY). Display revenue came it an $394 million, ex-TAC, down  7 percent YoY Search revenue was $428 million, ex-TAC, up 6 percent YoY As indicated search revenues were up and so were CPCs. This was the 10th quarterly increase in search revenue for Yahoo, said [...]


Send Your Team To SMX East: Share The Experience & Save

smx east Get your digital marketing team in shape! Send them to SMX East for results-driving SEO and paid search tactics. With over 60 sessions to choose from, your team can attend presentations relevant for their responsibilities and skill level. Is your team experienced? The SMX East program shines with intermediate and advanced level content. Blue squares and black diamonds on the agenda-at-a glance identify those sessions. Get your new hires up to speed with Search Engine Land’s Search Marketing Boot Camp. Conversions are where rubber meets road. Send your analysts to dive deep on KPIs, o [...]


Google Tries To Kill Android Class Action Before It Gets Going

android-600 The FTC itself declined to pursue an antitrust case against Google, extending to Android. However, private litigants in May picked up the baton, filing a would-be class action in California federal district court. On Friday, Google moved to dismiss the case. The plaintiffs' main arguments are the following:  Google maintains a mobile search monopoly through Mobile Application Distribution Agreements (MADAs) and “tying” — mandatory installation of the full suite of Google mobile apps, with a privileged position for Google’s search app. If OEMs want Google Play they are requir [...]


Feds: Amazon Let Kids Buy In-App Goods Without Consent

Kindle Fire In January, Apple agreed to refund consumers $32.5 million to settle an FTC complaint that it charged parents for their kids' in-app purchases without adult consent. Google (Play) may soon be hit with a similar complaint. But today, it was Amazon that felt the sting of an FTC lawsuit (full complaint below). The FTC action says that "Amazon.com, Inc. has billed parents and other account holders for millions of dollars in unauthorized in-app charges incurred by children." It seeks to recover millions of dollars in refunds to consumers for these alleged unauthorized charges. The FTC comp [...]


MarTech: The Marketing Tech Conference – Special Low Rates Expire Tomorrow!

Marketing Land parent company, Third Door Media, Inc. introduces MarTech, a conference for people pioneering the field of technology-powered marketing. View the agenda for session descriptions & the speaker roster. Join us August 19-20 in Boston to learn how technology can transform your marketing operations. Save $150 before special "beta" rates expire tomorrow - Register now! [...]


Tiananmen Date Over, Chinese Unblock Access To Google

Google China Now that the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square pro-democracy protest and crackdown are over, China has restored access to Google services in the country. They had been totally blocked for roughly a month in the run up to the anniversary. The Chinese government had denied it was interfering with access to Google and implied there was a problem on Google's end. According to Reuters, Chinese users were once again denied access to Google search and Maps. Other services such as Flickr and South-Korean-based messaging services Line and KakaoTalk had also been blocked and are now restor [...]


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