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  • Jul. 16, 2012, 4:05 PM

    In a stunner, Marissa Mayer, the head of Google's local services ops, has been named the new CEO of Yahoo, instead of interim CEO Ross Levinsohn. YHOO +3.6% AH. GOOG -0.5%. Update: Yahoo has issued a PR confirming the move.

    | Jul. 16, 2012, 4:05 PM | 8 Comments
  • Jul. 16, 2012, 2:18 PM

    YouTube (GOOG) isn't just an entertainment source anymore: a Pew Research report suggests the world's biggest video site is also turning into a top news platform. Many of YouTube's most frequently-searched terms now involve news events, and both user-generated and professionally-sourced news videos are generating heavy traffic. With 70% of YouTube's traffic coming from outside the U.S., major international stories are especially popular. (previous)

    | Jul. 16, 2012, 2:18 PM | 2 Comments
  • Jul. 16, 2012, 1:28 PM

    Die-hard Apple fan MG Siegler offers a surprisingly positive review of Google's (GOOG) Nexus 7: he praises its form factor and the polish of Android 4.1, and calls the 7 superior to the Kindle Fire (AMZN) "in pretty much every way." Siegler adds it's now "an absolute no-brainer" for Apple (AAPL) to make a 7" tablet, something plenty of rumors indicate will happen. The WSJ's Ben Rooney also writes favorably about the Nexus 7, which is seeing strong early sales.

    | Jul. 16, 2012, 1:28 PM | 2 Comments
  • Jul. 13, 2012, 6:24 PM
    The U.S. launch of Google's (GOOG) Nexus 7 tablet is off to a decent start: retailers such as GameStop and Sam's Club have quickly sold out of the device, which most reviewers have declared to be superior to the Kindle Fire (AMZN). But it remains to be seen whether the momentum lasts in the face of the iPad's enormous popularity: the Kindle Fire sold briskly early on, but sales plunged in Q1.
    | Jul. 13, 2012, 6:24 PM | 4 Comments
  • Jul. 13, 2012, 12:56 PM

    Speculation mounts that Google (GOOG +0.8%) could start to open retail stores after seeing rivals Apple (300 open) and Microsoft (44 planned) push into the domain. For now, the company has only established Chrome Zones in Best Buy (BBY -0.9%) stores and other select locations, but a major investment to promote and protects its brand could be part of its future strategy. The move could also be a blow for office supply stores and electronics retailers depending on what kind of products are sold at the Google store and how distributions deals are worked out.

    | Jul. 13, 2012, 12:56 PM | 5 Comments
  • Jul. 13, 2012, 11:26 AM

    Larry Page is recovering from the health issue that caused him to lose his voice, says chairman Eric Schmidt. The ailment, which led Page to miss Google I/O (GOOG) and will also cause him to miss his company's Q2 earnings call, has worried many. Schmidt still won't provide details about the specific nature of Page's health issue.

    | Jul. 13, 2012, 11:26 AM | 1 Comment
  • Jul. 12, 2012, 5:10 PM

    More smartphone data: In major European markets, the iPhone's (AAPL) share is lower than in the U.S. According to Kantar Comtech, it ranged from 25.6% in the U.K. in Q2, to 3.2% in recession-hit, subsidy-deprived Spain. Modest Y/Y share losses were seen in all markets except the U.K., while Android (GOOG), which is often attached to much cheaper devices, saw major share gains, largely at the BlackBerry (RIMM) and Symbian's (NOK) expense. (previous)

    | Jul. 12, 2012, 5:10 PM | 1 Comment
  • Jul. 12, 2012, 4:49 PM
    2/3 of all Q2 U.S. phone sales involved smartphones, according to Nielsen - a figure that demonstrates most of the market's growth is now tapped out, and emerging markets such as China will have to pick up the slack. Android (GOOG) made up 54.6% of sales, and the iPhone (AAPL) 36.3%. In spite of the Lumia 900 (NOK) launch, Windows Phone (MSFT) accounted for just 1.7% of sales, while BlackBerry (RIMM) devices made up a paltry 4%.
    | Jul. 12, 2012, 4:49 PM | 5 Comments
  • Jul. 11, 2012, 9:51 AM

    More on Google: iSuppli estimates the $199 version of the Nexus 7 tablet costs just $152 to manufacture, and that the $249 costs $159. The former figure is well below the $184 estimated by UBMTechInsights, and suggests the 7 could be profitable for Google even after taking into account other expenses .... particularly if revenue from mobile ads and other services are thrown into the equation. Now all that's left is for a mass-market to emerge for the device.

    | Jul. 11, 2012, 9:51 AM
  • Jul. 11, 2012, 9:39 AM
    Microsoft (MSFT) and Google (GOOG) agree to stay 3 patent suits until the matter of Google's FRAND licensing obligations for standards-essential patents is resolved. A trial won't begin until mid-November, and appeals could take months. However, the stay doesn't cover Microsoft and Google's ITC disputes, which have resulted in Android and Xbox bans flying left and right. Congress has just taken up the issue of FRAND obligations.
    | Jul. 11, 2012, 9:39 AM
  • Jul. 11, 2012, 9:25 AM

    "We are going to remain private as long as we want," says Twitter CEO Dick Costolo, shooting down IPO speculation. He adds Twitter, which raised a big funding round last year, has a "truckload of money in the bank," and is focused on improving its Connect and Discover features. The release of Facebook's (FB) subscription feature last year hasn't done much to halt Twitter's momentum, nor has Google+ (GOOG). (search overhaul)

    | Jul. 11, 2012, 9:25 AM
  • Jul. 10, 2012, 7:03 PM

    Back in January, Eric Schmidt predicted Google TV (GOOG) would be on the majority of TV sets on sale by summer. Well, as of right now, the platform can only be found on two sets (both from LG, and richly priced), along with a pair of set-top boxes (one from Vizio, one from Sony). Other sets are on the way, but it's hard to view the OEM and consumer response as anything but disappointing thus far. Meanwhile, Xbox Live keeps gaining momentum, and Apple TV rumors continue afoot.

    | Jul. 10, 2012, 7:03 PM | 6 Comments
  • Jul. 10, 2012, 6:36 PM
    Congress is exploring whether companies holding standards-essential patents should be prohibited from trying to use them to obtain bans on infringing products. Microsoft (MSFT), Apple (AAPL), and Qualcomm (QCOM) have reportedly lobbied lawmakers on the issue. The FTC, ITC, and EU are already exploring the matter, as Google (GOOG) and various Android partners try to use standards-essential IP to counter Microsoft and Apple's infringement suits.
    | Jul. 10, 2012, 6:36 PM | 6 Comments
  • Jul. 10, 2012, 9:52 AM
    Is Google (GOOG) looking to expand its last-mile fiber network beyond a Kansas City testbed? Capstone noticed Google has a job opening on LinkedIn for selling Google Fiber services to small businesses through a nationwide network. A nationwide solution (even if focused on major metro areas) would require billions in capex, but Larry Page has indicated a willingness to make big, costly bets.
    | Jul. 10, 2012, 9:52 AM | 1 Comment
  • Jul. 10, 2012, 2:28 AM

    Google (GOOG) is nearing a settlement with the FTC, sources say, and will reportedly pay $22.5M over charges it bypassed the privacy settings of millions of Apple users. Though not much of a financial hit, it would be the largest penalty ever levied on a single company by the FTC and could further undermine users' trust in Google. (previously)

    | Jul. 10, 2012, 2:28 AM
  • Jul. 9, 2012, 6:44 PM
    Chinese smartphone shipments rose 164% Y/Y in Q1 to 33.1M, estimates Gartner. Those figures contrast sharply with the decelerating growth seen in the U.S. and Europe. The iPhone (AAPL) is believed to have made up 17.3% of shipments, and Android (GOOG) devices 69.5%. Separately, the Chinese government estimates 107M of the 190M phones shipped domestically in Q1 were 3G models - that's a positive for baseband chipmakers QCOM and MRVL.
    | Jul. 9, 2012, 6:44 PM | 1 Comment
Company Description
Alphabet, Inc. is a newly founded holding company for the Google group of businesses. Under the new operating structure, its main Google business will include search, ads, maps, apps, YouTube and Android and the related technical infrastructure (the 'Google business'). Businesses such as Calico,... More
Sector: Technology
Industry: Internet Information Providers
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