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  • Jun. 4, 2012, 9:12 AM
    Google (GOOG) has acquired the assets and customers of KikScore, developer of an algorithm that seeks to measure the trustworthiness of a business. KikScore will be shutting down, and its product will be merged with Google's Trusted Store Program, which seeks to provide "seals of approval" to online merchants. The move comes as Google reportedly plans to start charging for preferential placement within its product search engine results.
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  • Jun. 3, 2012, 5:48 AM
    The European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) has chosen Apple's (AAPL) "nano" sim card design as the new standard for the next generation of such cards over a rival proposal from Nokia (NOK), RIM (RIMM) and Motorola (GOOG). The new sim is 40% smaller than the micro-Sim used in some devices today.
    | Jun. 3, 2012, 5:48 AM | 13 Comments
  • Jun. 3, 2012, 4:48 AM
    Towards the end of 2011, Groupon (GRPN) was inclined to accept Google's (GOOG) $6B offer, says Frank Sennett in a new book. However, there was dissension from key directors and nagging doubts about whether Google could close the deal. Groupon's exponential growth and projections for more of the same prompted the company to turn Google down.
    | Jun. 3, 2012, 4:48 AM | 2 Comments
  • Jun. 2, 2012, 11:05 AM
    The big tech selloff that's occurred over the last few weeks has resulted in valuations for many large-cap names once more falling to historically low levels. Here are some trailing P/Es for prominent large-caps, none of which take into account net cash and investments: Intel (INTC): 10.6. Microsoft (MSFT): 10.3. Apple (AAPL): 13.7. Google (GOOG): 15. Cisco (CSCO): 9. IBM: 13.6. EMC: 14.7. Dell (DELL): 6. H-P (HPQ): 5.1. On the other hand, Facebook (FB) still has a trailing P/E of 64.5.
    | Jun. 2, 2012, 11:05 AM | 29 Comments
  • Jun. 1, 2012, 6:45 PM
    Thanks to the iPad's dominant share of tablet browsing, iOS (AAPL) grew its share of total mobile browsing to 62% in May, NetMarketShare estimates. That's more than 3x the 19.7% share estimated for Android (GOOG), in spite of its solid lead in smartphone shipments. Even if one assumes NetMarketShare's methodology is imperfect, the figures drive home Google's need to improve its tablet position, given its huge iOS search revenue-sharing payments to Apple.
    | Jun. 1, 2012, 6:45 PM | 6 Comments
  • Jun. 1, 2012, 6:29 PM
    Twitter expects to generate at least $1B in revenue by 2014, sources tell Bloomberg - that figure is well above the $540M eMarketer estimates Twitter will produce that year, and up over 7x from the $139.5M it's estimated to have pulled in last year. Assuming Twitter, which has been working hard to create new ad revenue streams, takes this estimate seriously, it's unlikely it will sell to Google (GOOG) or anyone else at a discount. (also)
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  • Jun. 1, 2012, 4:34 PM
    Google (GOOG) risks the ire of Chinese regulators once again by directly alerting users of its Hong Kong search engine (still accessible in mainland China) when they enter a search term that could run afoul of China's "great firewall." Google's Chinese search share, though down sharply since the company shut down rather than agree to censor results, was still pegged at 18% last October. The company also generates ad sales from China through other means.
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  • Jun. 1, 2012, 11:34 AM
    Google (GOOG) has until July 2 to change its search results and ad rules or else face court action, says EU antitrust chief Joaquin Almunia. However, Almunia has indicated he's open to a settlement related to the EU's "concerns," the largest of which appears to be the preferential placement given to Google sites within search results. No settlement appears on the horizon for Google's dispute with the FTC.
    | Jun. 1, 2012, 11:34 AM | 1 Comment
  • May 31, 2012, 6:53 PM
    Google (GOOG) could soon have another search controversy (previous) on its hands. Starting this fall, results shown by the company's product search engine will be influenced by how much retailers and advertisers pay. Currently, the search engine only generates revenue from ads that are clearly distinct from the search results. Meanwhile, Danny Sullivan notes Google's hotel and flight search results are now also influenced by ad purchases. The FTC might not be thrilled.
    | May 31, 2012, 6:53 PM | 4 Comments
  • May 31, 2012, 6:02 PM
    As rumors of a Facebook (FB) bid for Opera Software swirl, the social networking colossus has removed Google Chrome (GOOG) from its list of recommended browsers in favor of Opera. Interestingly, the change is uncovered on a day when Chrome chief Sundar Pichai boasts Google's browser is "#1 in most countries," and 1/3 of Internet users are relying on Chrome. That's basically in-line with recent data from StatCounter.
    | May 31, 2012, 6:02 PM | 1 Comment
  • May 31, 2012, 5:46 PM
    Google (GOOG) has filed a complaint with the EU accusing Nokia (NOK) and Microsoft (MSFT) of transferring 1,200 patents to Canadian patent troll MOSAID (MBTHF.PK), with the goal of driving up prices for rival (i.e. Android) devices. The move comes as the EU investigates complaints from Microsoft and Apple that Motorola Mobility is making unfair use of its standards-essential patents in IP disputes.
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  • May 31, 2012, 2:25 PM
    Yelp (YELP -3.7%) is joining in on a general selloff in high-beta Internet and social networking names; shares are now down 25% since the day of Facebook's IPO, and are closing in on the company's IPO price of $15. Google's (GOOG) recent overhaul of its local commerce content, which includes the arrival of free Zagat reviews, could also be weighing on shares.
    | May 31, 2012, 2:25 PM | Comment!
  • May 31, 2012, 1:52 PM
    Is Twitter's growth slowing down? Only 15% of respondents to a February Pew survey of U.S. adults claimed they use Twitter - that's up just slightly from 13% in May 2011, and well below the 50%+ penetration Facebook had reached at a similar point in its history. A slowdown, together with the recent slump in social networking valuations, could make Twitter more amenable to an offer from Google (GOOG) or another party. However, its international growth appears to be healthier.
    | May 31, 2012, 1:52 PM | 1 Comment
  • May 31, 2012, 1:00 PM
    Google (GOOG) and Facebook (FB) are vying to take a stake in popular music video site Vevo, the NY Post reports, with the winner likely to score a lucrative ad deal. Vevo, a JV featuring Universal, Sony (SNE), and Abu Dhabi Media, is reportedly valued at $1B on revenue of $150M. Vevo currently relies on YouTube for PC distribution, but also has popular mobile apps independent of YouTube, and has received a lift from Facebook Open Graph integration.
    | May 31, 2012, 1:00 PM | Comment!
  • May 31, 2012, 12:17 PM
    A week after a jury declared Google (GOOG) innocent of Oracle's Java-related patent infringement claims (ORCL), a judge has shot down Oracle's request to nullify the jury's decision and put the case in the judge's hands. The case will now most likely be reviewed by an appeals court.
    | May 31, 2012, 12:17 PM | Comment!
  • May 30, 2012, 6:36 PM
    Some highlights from the 2012 version of Mary Meeker's Internet Trends report: Smartphone subs only made up 15.6% of global mobile subs as of Q4; mobile's share of ad spending was only 1/10 its share of U.S. media viewing time in 2011; global 3G penetration (as a % of mobile subs) only stood at 18% in Q4 (a positive for QCOM); mobile display ad rates are barely 1/5 of PC ad rates (a problem for GOOG and MM); and the App Store (AAPL) is now seeing 46M+ downloads/day.
    | May 30, 2012, 6:36 PM | 1 Comment
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Alphabet Inc through its subsidiary Google Inc is engaged in improving the ways people connect with information & productsincludingSearch, Android, YouTube, Apps, Maps & Ads. Italso producesinternet-connected home devices & provides internet services.