Tue, Nov. 15, 1:38 PM
- To be located in London on land the company already owns, originally intended for such a development. Prior designs, however, had been reportedly rejected. Resulting accommodation for up to 7K employees across the country is cited, up from 4K currently.
- Google CEO (GOOG, GOOGL) Sundar Pichai notes, without going into detail, complex "secondary effects" the United Kingdom's departure from the European Union may cause longer term, though remains optimistic on the former nonetheless. Further: "We see big opportunities here. This is a big commitment from us - we have some of the best talent in the world in the UK and to be able to build great products from here sets us up well for the long term."
- While some concern over the EU referendum had materialized regarding potential investment in the country, doubts at present have been consequently mitigated.
Mon, Nov. 14, 6:45 PM
- As concern around the surfacing of inaccurate or otherwise misreported content across Google, Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) and elsewhere remains in focus.
- Google (GOOG, GOOGL): "Moving forward, we will restrict ad serving on pages that misrepresent, misstate, or conceal information about the publisher, the publisher's content, or the primary purpose of the web property."
- How exactly Google plans to execute on the intentions, however, remains to be showcased.
- Facebook, also a target amid the controversy, defends its position, though notes the company intends to improve further going forward as it relates to the complicated and sensitive matter of judging content true or false.
Fri, Nov. 11, 2:37 AM
- Snowed under by formal EU antitrust charges leveled at three different areas of its business, Alphabet's Google (GOOG, GOOGL) filed its official response to allegations against its mobile OS.
- "Android hasn't hurt competition, it's expanded it," general counsel Kent Walker declared.
- If the EU deems Google guilty, the regulator could impose hefty fines, require it to overhaul its business and would likely face costs associated with years of legal battles.
Thu, Nov. 10, 12:57 PM
- As major U.S.-based companies Apple (AAPL -2.6%), Amazon (AMZN -4.8%), Facebook (FB -2.4%), Alphabet (GOOG, GOOGL), Microsoft (MSFT -2.6%) and Netflix (NFLX -5.9%) trade substantially and uniformly off on the day in stark comparison to rallies ongoing in other sectors, observations on root causes vary.
- Theories involve uncertain anticipated adjustments to foreign trade policies, possible domestic regulation modifications, run-ups in the sector prior to Election Day sparking a resulting sell-off, natural portfolio restructuring and campaign rhetoric that is unclear at this point how material it may eventually prove to become.
- The sector remains on close watch until volatility and heavy movement into the red on a near-term basis subsides and implications of a transitioning U.S. government become more clear.
Thu, Nov. 10, 10:35 AM
- Subsequent issuing replies disputing charges by the agency involving certain shopping and advertising practices adopted by Google.
- Today, similar disagreement to a separate Android-related case has been submitted, with the company particularly highlighting competition between the operating system and Apple's iOS (a factor which Google claims the European Commission's case is based on), the system's open-source model and its focus on developers, a combination of which Google asserts results in a "multi-lane highway of choice."
- Further discourse regarding the cases is expected, though for the time being, Google's (GOOG, GOOGL) addressed and essentially rejected the charges the European Commission has laid forth in each.
Wed, Nov. 9, 4:58 AM
- Donald Trump's call for a repatriation holiday of 10% for the more than two trillion dollars in corporate cash parked overseas is now closer to reality.
- He has also promised the biggest tax revolution since Ronald Reagan, pledging that no American business would pay more than 15% of their profits in tax, compared with a current maximum of 35%.
- Top 10 U.S. companies with cash overseas: MSFT, GE, AAPL, PFE, IBM, MRK, GOOG, GOOGL, JNJ, CSCO, XOM
Wed, Nov. 9, 1:49 AM
- A Google drone might deliver your Chipotle burrito, but it looks like it won't deliver your Starbucks coffee (NASDAQ:SBUX).
- The Project Wing drone delivery program, now a part of Alphabet (GOOG, GOOGL), has scrapped a Starbucks partnership as part of a cost-cutting move, sources told Bloomberg.
- The budget cuts also mean a hiring freeze and an attempt to shift employees to other projects.
Tue, Nov. 8, 3:58 PM
- Within search results and in over 30 languages, details on U.S. Presidential, Senatorial, Congressional, Gubernatorial and state-level referenda and propositions to be presented.
- Additionally, on YouTube, live coverage from NBC, PBS, Bloomberg, Telemundo and The Young Turks will run.
- Despite awaited election outcomes, Google's (GOOG, GOOGL) already notched a victory in the 2016 cycle in the form of 20M+ viewing hours of debate streams within just the last few weeks and through what's sure to have been for the duration of the process and into this evening, its position as one of the major destinations for related results and updates.
Mon, Nov. 7, 1:37 PM
- Android Auto is presently available on approximately 200 car models and is quickly becoming a standard feature (along with Apple's CarPlay) on many newly manufactured vehicles. Maps, music, communication and other features comprise similar highlights of both offerings.
- In an effort to provide the millions of Android users without access to an Android Auto-compatible dashboard system, Google (GOOG, GOOGL) today rolls out a new feature for the associated app that will enable the presentation of a driver-friendly interface right on Android smartphone screens. A focus on key elements and elimination of distraction while operating the service is held.
- The updated version 2.0 will become available this week in over 30 countries where Android Auto is already live.
- Press release
Fri, Nov. 4, 10:26 AM
- Earlier: Turkey detains Kurdish leaders amid internet shutdown
- Facebook's (NASDAQ:FB) Instagram and WhatsApp are also claimed affected, along with Microsoft's Skype.
- While such measures aren't unusual for the country, the development is reportedly the first time access to messaging services WhatsApp and Skype has been impacted.
- Turkey maintains a state of emergency, extended further earlier this month, subsequent a failed coup attempted in July.
- Yesterday: Investors rethinking Turkey amid post-coup crackdown
Thu, Nov. 3, 1:49 PM
- Expanding upon a partnership originated last year.
- NFL Films is presently developing a 9-part series, filmed using Google's Jump camera rig, to offer 360-degree views into "life in and around the NFL."
- Initial episode to go live on YouTube on Thanksgiving Day, with future productions additionally coming to Daydream via an NFL VR app later in the year.
- Daydream is set to launch next week amid Google's (GOOG, GOOGL) ramped attention on related technology of late. Tapping a strong content producer like the NFL as a beginning move for the platform may indicate similar to come as it evolves going forward.
Thu, Nov. 3, 11:46 AM
- Further files today on advertising case and plans to address claims associated with Android practices in coming days, though similar response appears likely.
- Google (GOOG, GOOGL): "We disagree with the European Commission’s argument that our improved Google Shopping results are harming competition. As we said last year in our response to the Commission’s original Statement of Objections, we believe these claims are wrong as a matter of fact, law, and economics." Further: "Ultimately, we can’t agree with a case that lacks evidence and would limit our ability to serve our users, just to satisfy the interests of a small number of websites. But we remain committed to working with the Commission in hopes of resolving the issues raised, and we look forward to continuing our discussions."
- October 2: Leak shows how EU would punish Android antitrust violations
- July 19: Google may be up against multiple, separate EU antitrust charges
- July 14: Google to face more EU antitrust charges
- April 18: EU's Vestager looking closely at Google's Android
Thu, Nov. 3, 8:30 AM
- October monthly performance was: -1.8%
- 52-week performance vs. the S&P 500 is: -1%
- No dividends were paid in October
- Top 10 Holdings as of 9/30/2016: Apple Inc (AAPL): 4.64831%, Microsoft Corp (MSFT): 3.40563%, General Electric Co (GE): 2.05346%, Procter & Gamble Co (PG): 1.51815%, Intel Corp (INTC): 1.33113%, Pfizer Inc (PFE): 1.29305%, Wells Fargo & Co (WFC): 1.27332%, Bank of America Corporation (BAC): 1.19819%, Alphabet Inc C (GOOG): 1.19344%, Exxon Mobil Corp (XOM): 1.15839%
Wed, Nov. 2, 12:04 PM
- With Microsoft Teams, a "chat-based workspace" within Office 365.
- Workplace initiatives and integrations remain in focus throughout the industry with developments in the space now firmly underway at Facebook (NASDAQ:FB), Google (GOOG, GOOGL), Salesforce (NYSE:CRM), Slack (Private:SLACK), Atlassian (NASDAQ:TEAM) and elsewhere.
- General availability of Microsoft Teams (NASDAQ:MSFT) set for Q1 CY2017.
- Introducing Microsoft Teams
- Press release
Tue, Nov. 1, 3:04 PM
- The two parties have been in contention over various copyright permissions since 2009, resulting in the blocking of many YouTube (GOOG, GOOGL) videos within the country.
- A licensing agreement announced today, however, enables content from 70K previously restricted music authors and publishers represented by GEMA to become playable on the platform.
- Precise conditions of the contract are undisclosed.
- YouTube blog post
Tue, Nov. 1, 1:47 PM
- Within the U.S. ($79 USD; Best Buy, Verizon), Canada ($99 CAD; Bell, Rogers,Telus, Best Buy), UK (£69; EE, Carphone Warehouse), Germany (€69; Deutsche Telekom) and Australia ($119 AUD; Telstra, JB Hi-Fi).
- Initially, the only "Daydream-ready" smartphones will be Google's (GOOG, GOOGL) own Pixel offerings. Compatibility among other devices, however, is planned.
- Last week – Google acquires AR, VR eye-tracking startup
- Related – Facebook's Oculus working toward mid-range VR
- Daydream: Bringing high-quality VR to everyone
- Google Store