Maybe Google Doesn’t Have A Mobile Ads Problem After All

google-earnings-data-600 [caption id="attachment_91889" align="aligncenter" width="560"] Data Source: Google quarterly earnings statements[/caption] There have been a lot of assumptions that Google's mobile ad business is cause for concern. After its latest earnings report showed the price advertisers pay per ad click fell for the eleventh straight quarter, fears again arose that the search giant isn't keeping pace with the consumer shift to smartphones. So is Google's mobile advertising business in trouble? The truth is nobody really knows. In fact, it might be doing great. We do know that Google reported recor [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]


Forecast: In 2015, There Will Be About 4 Android Devices For Every Windows Or Mac/iOS Device In 2015

android-mascot-featured Android devices already beat Windows, Mac and iOS devices by a wide margin, and a new forecast from Gartner sees that growing even more in 2015. PC Get Slight Boost, Still Outpaced By Mobile Gartner predicts "a relative revival of the global PC market" this year, driven by enterprise upgrades. However it says tablets will outsell PCs next year (which has been predicted before). The PC now lives in a multi-device world -- getting larger with wearables -- and will never again have the centrality they once had. I'm sure this is discussed in a report somewhere; however the Gartner pre [...]


Google Releases First Batch Of “Apps For Android Wear”

Android Wear & Phone Google has announced the first batch of Apps for Android Wear devices. There are 24 in all. They include Google Maps and Hangouts, Duolingo, The Guardan, Eat24, Pinterest, American Airlines and Glympse among others. The full initial group is below: These apps need to be installed on your Android phone before they can be installed on Android Wear devices. Users cannot install apps on Android smartwatches independently of the phone. The LG G Watch and the Samsung Gear Live, the first devices released that run Android Wear, have received mixed reviews. Many, including me, are wai [...]


Google Earns Ad Money Off YouTube Videos Hawking Stolen Credit Cards, Says Watchdog Group

YouTube-Large The Digital Citizens Alliance, an internet safety coalition, is calling out Google for allowing videos that promote the sale of stolen and bogus credit cards to appear on YouTube and then profiting from ads shown alongside the videos. [caption id="attachment_89258" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Source: Digital Citizens Alliance[/caption] In its latest report [PDF], "Breach of Trust: How the Online Market for Stolen and Bogus Credit Cards is Eroding Confidence in the Internet", the watchdog group includes several examples like the one above which shows an ad for Target -- the company t [...]


What To Expect This Week At Google I/O

Google I/O Google is "gearing up" for its annual developer conference this week, Google I/O. On Wednesday, there will be a two-hour keynote to be delivered or emceed by Android and Chrome SVP Sundar Pichai. We'll be there. Based on an array of rumors, we expect to see and hear a number of hardware and software announcements. Here's a non-exhaustive roundup of what some of those might include. Android Wear Smartwatches Android Wear was previously announced, but we expect to see a number of watches finally on display. Devices from Motorola and LG should be among those being shown off at the event, [...]


Letter Hints At Many New EU Investigations Against Google

google-eu-featured.jpg The New York Times is reporting that a letter from European Competition chief Joaquín Almunia seeks to rally support for the existing Google antitrust settlement, quite strangely, by promising future investigations against the company. Essentially he seems to be saying: don't worry if you don't think this deal is tough enough, because there are more investigations coming. The current search antitrust settlement proposal has been revised at least twice to make rival sites more visible in search results. However, there have been many complaints from public officials, Google critics and ot [...]


Google’s Android Draws Fresh Antitrust Complaint In Europe

android-featured Google must feel like it's Groundhog Day. Another antitrust complaint has been filed against the company in Europe. This one is focused on Android and third-party app stores. There are also older complaints about Android before the European Commission (EC). According to an article in the Wall Street Journal the new complaint was filed by a Portuguese company called Aptoide, which offers a Google Play alternative. The company argues Google is blocking third party app stores seeking to compete against the Android app store: Aptoide claims that Google creates obstacles for users to install [...]


ESPN Scores Big Traffic Win With World Cup Clips Integrated Into Google Search

worldcup ESPN is getting prime position at the top of Google's search results for World Cup-related searches, thanks to a new deal that will list ESPN video highlights alongside scores and other match information. Here's how it works. Google is showing special boxes at the top of its search results for queries about the World Cup and related information, like this: Searchers who go into the timeline for a particular match will see video clips showing up: Clicking on the clips takes searchers off Google and over to the ESPN FC website where the video is hosted: The deal will surely drive a s [...]


Google Publishes Less Than Stellar Workforce Diversity Stats, Admits “We’re Not Where We Want To Be”

google-campus-featured Trying to be part of the solution versus being part of the problem, Google has started a conversation on diversity in the workplace by publishing its own lackluster workforce gender and ethnicity statistics. According to Google's findings, female employees make up only 30 percent of the company's overall staff. When reviewing employee ethnicity, only two percent of Google employees are black, and three percent are Hispanic. At 61 percent, the majority of Google employees are white, and 30 percent are Asian. From the announcement: We’ve always been reluctant to publish numbers abo [...]


Look Ma, No Steering Wheel In Google’s New Self-Driving Cars

Google self-driving car prototype It now seems inevitable that self-driving cars will become mainstream in the next 25 years. And Google is largely responsible. While other companies have comparable technology, Google has the visibility and cultural sway to push the notion effectively. Today, the company revealed that it had built and would be "releasing" its own car prototypes. They look like a Pixar Animation Studios spin on the Fiat 500: We’re now exploring what fully self-driving vehicles would look like by building some prototypes; they’ll be designed to operate safely and autonomously without requiring human inte [...]


AdSense Class-Action Lawsuit Offers Up No New Evidence From That Self-Proclaimed Ex-Googler

Google legal A class-action lawsuit filed against Google this week claims the company has bilked publishers out of millions owed to them through its AdSense program. AdSense publishers that had their accounts shut off and final payments withheld due to perceived invalid activity have been threatening to bring this type of suit against Google for years, but this appears to be the first actually filed. You may recall a few weeks ago a self-proclaimed ex-Googler claimed to have damning evidence that Google proactively keeps high-earning AdSense publishers from getting big payouts by abruptly shutting down [...]


Google Reassures There Are No Plans To Put Ads In Nest Thermostats

Nest with AdWords Google is quickly walking back on language used in an SEC filing in which the company wrote it foresees a time when "we and other companies could be serving ads and other content on refrigerators, car dashboards, thermostats, glasses, and watches, to name just a few possibilities." The inclusion of "thermostats" in that list struck a chord and has likely ruffled the feathers of Nest owners (and possibly the Nest product team) fearing ads will start showing in thermostats imminently. In a statement issued to the Wall Street Journal, which first reported on the SEC filing, Google said that [...]


Google Eyes Future For Enhanced Campaigns: Ads On Thermostats, Wearables, Refrigerators And More

google-logo-glow-featured Google is looking ahead to a future in which ads are served up on any number of "smart" devices in your home, in your car and on your body. In a letter to the Securities and Exchange Commission the company makes its case for not breaking out ad revenue performance by mobile devices in part by saying the definition of "mobile" is continually morphing and it could soon include serving ads on any number of devices beyond the smartphone, tablet and desktops of today: We expect the definition of “mobile” to continue to evolve as more and more “smart” devices gain traction in the mar [...]


Google’s Canadian Chief, Chris O’Neill, To Take Over Google Glass Business Operations

google-glass-600 [caption id="attachment_83058" align="alignright" width="240"] Chris O'Neill photo via @croneill Twitter account.[/caption] Google has confirmed that its top person at Google Canada is leaving that role to join Google [X] and work on the Google Glass project. Chris O'Neill, who was named Managing Director at Google Canada in 2010, will take over business operations for Google Glass. O'Neill, a Canada native, will relocate to Google's Mountain View headquarters. Google confirmed an earlier report from the Financial Post with this statement to Marketing Land: Yes, we can confirm that C [...]


Google Asks Appeals Court To Toss Out AdWords Patent Infringement Verdict

Google legal Today Google made oral arguments in the U.S. appeals court overturn the $30.5 million, plus royalties, verdict awarded to patent-holding company Vringo Inc. in 2012. Vringo won the case (I/P Engine Inc. v. AOL Inc., 14-1233) in which it claimed the filtering technology used in Google's AdWords system to determine where ads appear in the search results is  covered under two patents it came to acquire from Lycos, the search engine that once competed with Yahoo in popularity. According to BloombergBusinessweek, Google attorney David Perlson of Quinn Emanuel in San Francisco told a three-ju [...]


Patent Verdict: Apple Wins The Round But Fails To Land A Blow Vs. Samsung

apple-google-featured You have to wonder what Apple and its lawyers are now thinking. Last Friday's patent victory did almost nothing for the company and nothing to deter or stop the momentum of chief rival Samsung. After a hard fought and widely publicized trial, Apple extracted a jury verdict of just $119 million against the Korean company. It's a far cry from the roughly $2 billion Apple was seeking. As a financial penalty it's trivial; as a "moral victory" there may be some satisfaction there -- but not much. Apple won roughly $1 billion in damages -- a landmark in patent litigation -- from Samsung last J [...]


Google’s Same-Day Delivery Pilot Goes Bi-Coastal

Google Shopping Express 1 In a sign that Google's pilot program for same day delivery has legs, the program is now available on both coasts. Consumers in Manhattan and the West Los Angeles area can turn to Google to get items from local shops delivered to their doorstep within a matter of hours. The company began testing its same-day delivery program, Google Shopping Express, in the San Francisco Bay area last spring. The program is designed to marry the convenience of online shopping with the instant satisfaction of brick-and-mortar purchasing -- and compete head-to-head with the Amazon Prime delivery service. T [...]


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 [...]


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