Google Q1 2014: $15.4B But Misses, Paid Clicks Up, CPCs Down

google-earnings-data-600 Google announced quarterly revenues this afternoon. The company said it had "consolidated revenues" of $15.42 billion (including Motorola), up 19 percent vs. last year. However, neither the topline nor earnings per share beat financial analysts' expectations. Accordingly, the stock is down nearly 6 percent in after-hours trading. Below are some of the highlights from the earnings release and presentation: Total revenues: $15.42 billion (vs. $12.95 billion in Q1 2013) Google sites: $10.47 billion (up 21 percent) Network: $3.40 billion (up 4 percent) Non-US revenue: $8.76 billion [...]


Download Index: Android Beats iTunes But Not In Revenue

Google Play iOS app store App Annie Index App Annie's new Q1 Market Index shows Google Play beating iTunes in terms of app downloads by a significant 45 percent. However, Apple's App Store still generates 85 percent more revenue than its Google-owned rival -- though the gap is closing. App Annie said that Google Play download growth was largely driven by emerging markets, while Apple revenue growth came from China and the US. The top download market for Google Play was the US but the top revenue market was Japan. For iOS the US occupied both positions.  Currently in the US, Android controls 52.1 percent of the smartphone [...]


Google Has 49 Pct Of Mobile Ad Revs, Just 18 Pct Of Time Spent

mobile-payment-wallet-featured Google makes more than its "fair share" of mobile ad revenue based on time spent with Google mobile properties, whereas Facebook's revenues are in line with time spent. That's according to data published by Flurry, relying on ad revenue estimates from eMarketer. The chart below contains eMarketer's global revenue projection for mobile advertising. According to these estimates, Google will bring in more than $14.5 billion in mobile revenue in 2014, while Facebook will generate just under half of that or roughly $6.8 billion. Flurry's report found that mobile users spend 86 percent of [...]


Second Apple Patent Suit Vs. Samsung Ropes In Google

apple-google-featured If you're tired of news about smartphone-related patent litigation, you're not alone. However, there's more to come as Apple and Samsung's long-running patent feud appears no closer to resolution today than it was two years ago. The parties return to court this week for another round of patent-for-tat. The new case presents five Apple claims against Samsung and two counterclaims against Apple. Among the Apple claims against Samsung are "slide to unlock" and "tap to search" (on a map) or call a phone number. The damages sought by each side are curiously unbalanced. Apple wants a $40 roya [...]


Google Fined For “Non-Cooperation” In Indian Antitrust Inquiry

computer-internet-legal-law-featured The Google antitrust drama keeps migrating east. First the US FTC settled its investigation of Google without any significant penalty or restrictions. More recently, the long European antitrust inquiry appears to be "essentially" over, with a settlement built on the presentation of "rival links." Google is also in the midst of an antitrust, anti-competition investigation in India. (There's also and ongoing antitrust investigation in Canada). Things are now heating up in the Indian case. Last week, the Competition Commission of India (CCI) decided to impose a fine on Google "not pr [...]


Advertisers Brace As Google Revisits “Not Provided” Policy To Show Keywords For Ad But Not Organic Clicks

google-security-lock-featured Google managed to stoke the rumor mill twice in the one day this past week with somewhat cryptic announcements, putting search marketers -- many of whom are still weary from last year's roll out of enhanced campaigns -- on edge. First, the company released a statement on Wednesday saying many new updates to AdWords will be announced on April 22 without providing any specifics. Then later that evening, marketers were hit with news of yet another potential change on the horizon. In a keynote discussion at Search Marketing Expo West with Marketing Land's founding editor, Danny Sullivan, Goo [...]


Google Steps Up Ad Fraud Fight With Spider.io Acquisition

fraud-alert-computer-600 Ad fraud has been a black cloud looming over the industry, with perpetrators finding myriad ways to hijack the display advertising ecosystem. To bolster its resources in the fight against internet advertising fraud, Google announced today it has acquired the well-regarded web traffic analytics firm spider.io. Google has made significant investments in fighting ad fraud. The company says it blocked over 350 million bad ads from more than 270 thousand bad advertisers in 2013. While the number of bad ads that were blocked was up 59 percent from the prior year, the number of bad advertisers fel [...]


Google’s ComScore Deal Bakes Brand Ad Measurement Into DoubleClick

Google Logo - basic featured Google's latest deal with comScore will give the current leader in display advertising a bigger hook for luring the brand advertising budgets it's been going after. The comScore partnership will give brands the ability to measure their desktop display and video campaigns in real time using the reach and frequency metrics they're accustomed to using in TV buys. The technology will be integrated into DoubleClick, Google's ad server for advertisers and publishers. Google has been working on its own measurement technology, Active View, but the industry has been calling on the company to integra [...]


Google Tries To Block Shaming Privacy Notification In France

google-privacy-200 Last month, Google was fined for violating French privacy rules with its “unified” privacy policy. The French National Commission for Computing and Civil Liberties (CNIL) had given Google and ultimatum to “fix” its privacy policy or be fined. Generally speaking, CNIL objects to the lack of specific notice to consumers about how their data are being used. However, Google takes the position that it's in full compliance with European privacy standards. It therefore declined to change anything to satisfy French regulators. Making good on its threat, CNIL imposed the maximum avail [...]


Google’s AdWords Boss Susan Wojcicki Becomes YouTube CEO

Susan Wojcicki Susan Wojcicki, Google employee #16 and current Ads SVP, is going to be the next CEO of YouTube. She replaces Salar Kamangar, who will remain with the company in another role according to Re/code. Wojcicki confirmed the move in a tweet earlier today. She takes over the site at a time of transition as YouTube tries to both generate more revenue as well as reinvent itself in the mold of cable TV. Data aggregator eMarketer estimated that YouTube brought in $5.6 billion in gross ad revenue last year on a global basis. According to comScore Google (primarily YouTube) is the top video prop [...]


Samsung And Google Sign Patent Deal, Will It Help End The Madness?

android-mascot-featured According to a statement yesterday, Samsung and Google have "furthered their long-term cooperative partnership with a global patent cross-license agreement covering a broad range of technologies and business areas." The agreement covers existing patents and those filed over the course of the next decade. It's being hailed by some as a breakthrough. However that remains to be seen. Unless or until Apple and Microsoft/Nokia enter into similar agreements we can expect the global patent litigation frenzy to continue. The agreement is really no surprise. Google and Samsung are close par [...]


Google Invests $14 Million Of Combined $61 Million Tech Firms Spent To Sway Legislators In 2013

google-tv-money When it comes to influencing Washington, Google was at the top of the list of tech companies that spent a combined $61.15 million on lobbying efforts last year. According to a report from Consumer Watchdog, Google invested $14.06 million of the $61.15 million invested by ten tech firms, including Microsoft, IBM, Facebook and Oracle. Consumer Watchdog reports last year's total was a 15.9 percent increase over the $52.78 million spent in 2012 on lobbying efforts by tech firms. "Policy making in Washington is all about how much money you can throw around," said Consumer Watchdog's Privac [...]


Google Fails To Prevent UK Court From Hearing Privacy Suit

google-legal-law It's rare that courts rule they don't have jurisdiction to hear cases arising from events that happened on their own soil. Thus, predictably, Google has lost its bid to dismiss a UK-based civil complaint, arising out of the "Cookiegate" episode, on jurisdictional grounds. As you may recall, Cookiegate arose when Google was discovered surreptitiously circumventing the Safari browser’s privacy settings (on the iPhone and beyond) in early 2012. It ultimately resulted in regulatory investigations and fines. In the US, Google paid a $22.5 million fine to settle the case with the FTC. [...]


Nest And Google’s Top 10 Biggest Acquisitions

google-money-stock-featured Google's announcement that it is snapping up home automation firm Nest for a cool $3.2 billion in cash had us looking back at Google's other big acquisitions. The internet giant has purchased nearly 150 companies -- some for people, some for parts or both. Here's the countdown of Google's 10 biggest acquisition deals so far, and a look at how the acquired companies have been brought into the Google fold. 10. AdMeld – $400 Million, June 2011 When Google bought AdMeld, the four year-old ad tech company already had relationships with big publishers including the Weather Channel, IDG TechNe [...]


Google To Acquire Nest Labs For $3.2 Billion

Google is to acquire Nest Labs, best known for its smart thermostats and smoke detectors, for $3.2 billion in cash. Google shared the news in a press release, saying that the deal is expected to close within a few months. The full release: Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) announced today that it has entered into an agreement to buy Nest Labs, Inc. for $3.2 billion in cash. Nest’s mission is to reinvent unloved but important devices in the home such as thermostats and smoke alarms. Since its launch in 2011, the Nest Learning Thermostat has been a consistent best seller--and the recently lau [...]


Google Faces Maximum Privacy Fine, Public Shaming In France

Google Europe legal With the NSA spying scandal and a brewing transatlantic privacy dispute in the background, Google was given the maximum fine, 150,000 euros (roughly $203,000), for violating French privacy rules with its "unified" privacy policy. The French privacy authority, the National Commission for Computing and Civil Liberties (CNIL), previously gave Google three months to change and "fix" its privacy policy or face the fine. Google maintained that it was in compliance with European privacy standards and declined to make any changes. As expected the company was penalized. The financial penalty wil [...]


Google’s Eric Schmidt: “Mobile Has Won”

mobile-devices-analytics-featured In an "ask a billionaire" interview with Bloomberg, Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt makes a number of predictions about the coming year and beyond. Among them he says, "Mobile has won." What does he mean? The simple meaning of his remark -- and the one he intends -- is that there are more tablets and smartphones being sold than consumer PCs now. Schmidt also makes the relatively safe assertion that almost all consumers will have smartphones in the near future. This year, 2014, we'll probably see US smartphone penetration hit 75 percent (from 65 percent today). It's possible that [...]


Google Reorgs To Grab Brand Spend, YouTube The Anchor

youtube-ios-app Google bought YouTube in 2006 for $1.65 billion. There were two (or three) primary reasons: YouTube had "won" as the top online video destination, it was considered a "social media" property and Google saw it as the gateway to brand advertising dollars. For three or four years thereafter, financial analysts and institutional investors complained loudly that YouTube was too costly and wasn't making money -- "when was it going to make a profit?" was the tired refrain. There were also numerous concerns about copyright liability (exemplified by Viacom’s $1 billion lawsuit against the company [...]


BI Report: Google Glass Will Sell 21 Million Units By 2018

google-glass-240px Google Glass will become a mainstream product that sells almost a million units when it's released next year, and grow to selling more than 21 million units by 2018. That's according to a new Business Insider (BI) analyst report out this week. "Despite the clunkiness and awkwardness of the early beta version of Glass, we think computerized glasses will establish themselves in certain professional niches and gradually become a mainstream product," the report says. "Early adopters will use them for medical training, scientific exploration, and photography. They in turn will popularize Glass a [...]


Walking In A Winter WonderLab: Google Opens Retail Shops In Time For Holiday Season

Google Winter Wonderlab logo Google is trying out a new retail experience this holiday season, launching six Google Winter WonderLab locations across the country.  Opening in New York City, Washington DC, Chicago, Los Angeles, New Jersey and Sacramento, Google says the Winter Wonderlab shops will offer customers a chance to try out Google products like the Nexus tablet, Chromebook and Google Chromecast. According to the Winter Wonderlab website, customers are invited to, "check out new gadgets like the Nexus 7, make a slow-motion video in the giant snow globe, or just escape the holiday hustle with endless games, mus [...]


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