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  • 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
  • Jul. 9, 2012, 6:10 PM

    Microsoft's (MSFT) $6.2B aQuantive write-down has much to do with execution, but a tough display ad market didn't help either. The industry's CPM fell 14% from 2009 to 2011, as an explosion of new supply from Facebook (FB) and other sites drove down prices. In addition to Microsoft, Facebook and Yahoo (YHOO) have each seen their display ad ops face intense scrutiny. Google (GOOG), however, has been growing its display business quickly with the help of its ad targeting tech.

    | Jul. 9, 2012, 6:10 PM
  • Jul. 9, 2012, 11:28 AM

    The next Kindle Fire (AMZN) will arrive in Q3 and feature a higher-res display, sources tell AllThingsD. It's added the device will be thinner and lighter than the current Fire (in-line with a Digitimes report), and will have a slightly different aspect ratio. Kindle Fire rumors have been flying left and right, with some indicating a larger model is in the works. With an iPad Mini likely on the way and Google's (GOOG) Nexus 7 being praised as superior to the current Fire, Amazon has its work cut out for it.

    | Jul. 9, 2012, 11:28 AM
  • Jul. 6, 2012, 6:20 PM

    Twitter rolls out a major search overhaul. Key changes include search auto-complete, and the ability to search only tweets that come from followed accounts. The changes stand to make Twitter, whose search feature is widely used for tracking news and buzz, an even bigger thorn in Google's (GOOG) side. Twitter has a deal to provide its content within Bing (MSFT) search results, but a similar deal with Google lapsed last year.

    | Jul. 6, 2012, 6:20 PM
  • Jul. 6, 2012, 4:28 PM

    A federal court denies Samsung's (SSNLF.PK) request for an immediate stay on the injunction placed on the Galaxy Tab 10.1 at Apple's (AAPL) request. The denial isn't a major problem for Samsung, given the 10.1's limited U.S. sales, but one for the ban on the Galaxy Nexus would be. Google (GOOG) is working on a software update for the Nexus to sidestep the ban, one that would eliminate its local search feature. This feature has long been implemented by countless other phones and PC apps. Update: A stay on the Galaxy Nexus ban has been granted.

    | Jul. 6, 2012, 4:28 PM | 8 Comments
  • Jul. 5, 2012, 4:10 PM
    Facebook (FB) joins Google (GOOG) and a number of Asian carriers in backing the Asia-Pacific Gateway, an initiative aimed at building a giant undersea fiber network linking the region's major economies. The news arrives shortly after Facebook said it would build its own content delivery network, and comes in a year when the company plans to nearly triple its capex to $1.7B.
    | Jul. 5, 2012, 4:10 PM
  • Jul. 5, 2012, 11:12 AM

    Google (GOOG) hardware news: 1) The Nexus 7, like the Kindle Fire, appears to be a money-loser. UBM TechInsights estimates the $199 tablet has a $184 manufacturing cost. Throw in R&D, marketing, and distribution expenses, and the cost most likely goes over $200. 2) David Pogue thinks the Nexus 7 "humiliates the Kindle Fire," but argues the iPad's apps and content still make it best-of-breed. 3) The Atrix HD is revealed on Motorola's site.

    | Jul. 5, 2012, 11:12 AM
  • Jul. 4, 2012, 9:40 AM
    Apple (AAPL) is reportedly planning to roll out a smaller, cheaper iPad by the end of the year, with a screen that's 7-8 inches diagonally vs. the current 9.7 inch version. Apparently Apple's at least a little bit worried about the Nexus 7 (GOOG) and Surface (MSFT).
    | Jul. 4, 2012, 9:40 AM | 36 Comments
  • Jul. 3, 2012, 5:42 PM

    8 months after Google (GOOG) rolled out Android 4.0 to positive reviews, only 10.9% of Android devices run it, according to Google's own data. By contrast, Apple (AAPL) manages to get iOS upgrades to a majority of iDevices within a couple weeks of a release. Android's share of U.S. smartphone users appears to have flatlined this spring, and between a new iPhone and Windows Phone 8 launches, Q4 might represent its first quarter of meaningful share loss in developed markets.

    | Jul. 3, 2012, 5:42 PM | 5 Comments
  • Jul. 3, 2012, 9:32 AM
    Google (GOOG) reportedly submitted a term sheet for Yahoo's (YHOO) ad tech business 3 months ago. It's added the offer didn't make it past corporate development, though talks remain ongoing. Multiple rumors have indicated Yahoo is looking to sell/outsource its ad tech business, and the media-focused Ross Levinsohn isn't expected to abandon this goal. IT services giants IBM and Accenture (ACN) have also been named as potential buyers.
    | Jul. 3, 2012, 9:32 AM
  • Jul. 3, 2012, 7:52 AM
    Deutsche Telekom (DTEGY.PK) is in talks with Google (GOOG), credit-card companies and banks about joining the carrier's mobile-payments system, DT exec Thomas Kiessling tells Bloomberg. Any new partnerships would add to one with Mastercard (MA) in Europe, which DT unveiled yesterday.
    | Jul. 3, 2012, 7:52 AM
  • Jul. 3, 2012, 1:39 AM
    The U.S International Trade Commission refuses Apple's (AAPL) request for an emergency customs ban on HTC Android (GOOG) devices, but the agency is looking into whether redesigned phones from the Taiwanese handset maker still constitute infringement of Apple's "data detectors" patent.
    | Jul. 3, 2012, 1:39 AM
  • Jul. 2, 2012, 6:35 PM
    Samsung (SSNLF.PK), scrambling to respond to a U.S. Galaxy Nexus injunction, is now "working closely" with Google (GOOG) to create a common legal front against Apple (AAPL), The Korea Times reports. The patents Google acquired from Motorola Mobility might help Samsung's cause, and so might a notification bar patent Google has applied for.
    | Jul. 2, 2012, 6:35 PM | 18 Comments
  • Jul. 2, 2012, 2:38 PM

    Amazon (AMZN) has acquired UpNext, developer of a mapping solution that blends 3D models of cities with extensive point-of-interest data, for an undisclosed sum. UpNext has released iOS and Android apps, and stands to address Amazon's need for built-in mapping software for the Kindle Fire, and perhaps a future smartphone. Consider this another headache for Google Maps (GOOG) and its valuable mobile ad real estate, following the recent loss of Apple's support.

    | Jul. 2, 2012, 2:38 PM
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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