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  • Jun. 14, 2012, 1:27 PM
    Some of the game developers who embraced Google+ (GOOG) last summer are now abandoning it, thanks to the would-be Facebook (FB) rival's low usage rates. Facebook developer Wooga's Monster World game has been pulled from Google+, and more Wooga removals are on the way. Electronic Arts' (EA) Bejeweled Blitz will be pulled on Monday. Businesses also appear to be jumping ship. The way things are going, much of Google+'s value will end up revolving around its +1 button.
    | Jun. 14, 2012, 1:27 PM | 1 Comment
  • Jun. 13, 2012, 6:38 PM
    More on Facebook: Though a recent Reuters survey indicated many U.S. users are reducing their Facebook time, comScore estimates U.S. Facebook users spent 379 minutes/month on the site in April, up from 364 in September. Nielsen, meanwhile, believes Facebook accounted for 18% of all U.S. Web usage in April, more than twice as much time as was spent on Google (GOOG) and YouTube combined. One caveat about comScore: it just co-authored a study with Facebook. (previous)
    | Jun. 13, 2012, 6:38 PM | 5 Comments
  • Jun. 13, 2012, 4:11 PM
    Samsung (SSNLF.PK) plans to launch a social networking service by early next year, company officials tell The Korea Times. The service will work on third-party devices and platforms, and will run on Amazon Web Services. Needless to say, Samsung, which is boosting its software and services investments in order to stand out from Android rivals and lessen its dependence on Google (GOOG), faces an uphill battle in convincing users to defect from Facebook (FB).
    | Jun. 13, 2012, 4:11 PM | 1 Comment
  • Jun. 13, 2012, 1:08 PM
    More on mobile payments: VC Lee Hower argues mobile payments solutions have failed to take off (he doesn't see Square as one) because they simply act as another means of paying via credit card, rather than creating "a new store of value." Also, current approaches suffer from both a chicken & egg problem between merchants and buyers, and a need to change human behavior. However, he thinks a major push from credit-card issuers, Apple/Google, or the government could spur adoption.
    | Jun. 13, 2012, 1:08 PM | 3 Comments
  • Jun. 13, 2012, 12:56 PM
    Square says it's now processing transactions at a $6B annual run rate - it was only several weeks ago the company said it hit $5B. Square also says it has hired Finance/Strategy VP Sarah Fair to be its new CFO, as well as execs from PayPal, Apple, and Tesla. Square's rapid growth comes as Google Wallet (GOOG) and many other mobile payments platforms see limited traction. PayPal (EBAY), Verifone (PAY), and Groupon (GRPN) are trying to mount challenges (I, II, III).
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  • Jun. 13, 2012, 10:06 AM
    Amazon (AMZN) and Google (GOOG) are among those to make a total of 1,930 applications for dozens of new Web address suffixes, such as .cloud, .buy and .book, as part of ICANN's attempt to liberalize Internet addresses. Critics say the suffixes are unlikely to catch on, while trademark owners aren't happy about the application cost of $185K a pop. (previous)
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  • Jun. 13, 2012, 10:01 AM
    Xbox (MSFT) news roundup: 1) Congressmen are calling for the ITC to refrain from banning the Xbox 360, as could theoretically happen following an adverse ruling in Microsoft's dispute with Motorola Mobility (GOOG). 2) Microsoft has launched an app that enables Xbox users to rent/download Paramount movies. 3) Microsoft has obtained a patent that covers the Kinect's ability to send ads to users by detecting their emotions (ed: this might unsettle some users if implemented).
    | Jun. 13, 2012, 10:01 AM | 4 Comments
  • Jun. 13, 2012, 8:12 AM
    U.K. privacy regulator, the ICO, reopens its investigation into Google's (GOOG) collection of personal data when mapping its Street View service. The move follows the U.S. FCC's report in April that the company deliberately intercepted and stored data, contradicting the firm's assurances that the whole thing was an unfortunate mistake.
    | Jun. 13, 2012, 8:12 AM | Comment!
  • Jun. 12, 2012, 7:38 PM
    After talking with OEMs at Computex, VR-Zone reports Microsoft (MSFT) plans to typically charge a license fee of $85 for copies of Windows RT, the version of Windows 8 specifically written for ARM-based (ARMH) processors and expected to be used in many tablets. This guarantees Android (GOOG) tablets will have a pricing edge over Windows rivals, and that any pricing edge over the iPad (AAPL) will be minimal even if iPad Mini rumors don't hold up. (previous)
    | Jun. 12, 2012, 7:38 PM | 11 Comments
  • Jun. 11, 2012, 7:16 PM
    The 400M credit card numbers Apple (AAPL) has on hand has already contributed to iOS' lead over Android with regards to app monetization. Now, with the release of its Passbook app, the NYT's Nick Bilton thinks they could give Apple a boost in the mobile payments space, which features intense competition between EBAY, GOOG, Square, and others. Passbook can store tickets, gift cards, boarding passes, and other items, but doesn't yet handle credit-card transactions.
    | Jun. 11, 2012, 7:16 PM | 9 Comments
  • Jun. 11, 2012, 5:05 PM
    Google's (GOOG) much-rumored Nexus tablet will be announced at the end of June, likely at the Google I/O conference, according to Android Authority. Prior rumors have claimed the device will sport an Nvidia (NVDA) Tegra 3 processor. The tablet, which is expected to feature a 7" display, will face an uphill battle against the iPad (AAPL), given its huge lead in securing the minds and wallets of consumers, not to mention developer support.
    | Jun. 11, 2012, 5:05 PM | 3 Comments
  • Jun. 11, 2012, 2:38 PM
    The online ad market grew 15% Y/Y in Q1 to $8.4B, the IAB estimates. While impressive at first glance, that figure represents a marked slowdown from the 22% growth posted for 2011. The slowdown may have contributed to the soft search ad rates Google (GOOG) posted in Q1, with relatively tame demand leading to lower-than-expected prices for search keywords.
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  • Jun. 11, 2012, 12:39 PM
    An ITC administrative law judge refuses to allow HTC to use five patents it acquired last summer from Google (GOOG) in a patent suit against Apple (AAPL), citing restrictions placed on HTC's ownership rights as part of the deal. The decision, which will be reviewed by the commission, could have implications for Google's plans to use Motorola Mobility's patents to protect Android OEMs from Apple and Microsoft's legal departments. (previous)
    | Jun. 11, 2012, 12:39 PM | 1 Comment
  • Jun. 11, 2012, 12:23 PM
    The era of Internet monopolies is ending, suggests Tristan Louis, as giants such as Apple (AAPL), Google (GOOG), Facebook (FB), Microsoft (MSFT), and Amazon (AMZN) keep finding new ways to encroach on each others' turf in search, digital media, cloud services, social networking, and much else. He thinks their the huge scope of the companies' investments makes them resemble VCs, pouring money into many far-flung businesses while trying to cultivate partnerships between them.
    | Jun. 11, 2012, 12:23 PM | 1 Comment
  • Jun. 11, 2012, 11:01 AM
    Verizon Wireless' (VZ, VOD) efforts to promote 4G devices have led Motorola's (GOOG) Droid RAZR MAXX to surpass the iPhone (AAPL) as its top-selling model, claims William Blair's Anil Doradio after conducting checks. However, he believes the iPhone remains AT&T and Sprint's best-selling device, and expects the arrival of a 4G model to act as "an important catalyst" for Apple. (also)
    | Jun. 11, 2012, 11:01 AM | 3 Comments
  • Jun. 11, 2012, 9:12 AM
    There are now over 900K Android (GOOG) devices being activated daily, tweets Google (GOOG) mobile chief Andy Rubin, while shooting down rumors he's planning to leave. The activation figure is up significantly from last June's 500K/day, but only up a little from February's 850K/day, and could be a sign Android's growth is slowing amidst difficult industry conditions. comScore's May data suggested Android lost a bit of a share M/M in the U.S. (previous)
    | Jun. 11, 2012, 9:12 AM | Comment!
Company Description
Alphabet Inc through its subsidiary Google Inc is engaged in improving the ways people connect with information & products including Search, Android, YouTube, Apps, Maps & Ads. It also produces internet-connected home devices & provides internet services.