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A week ago, we wrote that “Turkey Set To Block YouTube Momentarily, After Google Refuses To Yank Clips Exposing Prime Minister.” As of minutes ago this too prediction appears to have come true based on reports from inside the country that Google’s popular video service is now also blocked.

 

GOOGLE-BLAST

 

Google overcame a slump in the price of its adverts to deliver $3.4bn of profits in the last quarter, surpassing analysts’ forecasts and bringing its annual total to $12.9bn.

The company saw a $384m operating loss at Motorola Mobility, the smartphone business it bought in 2012, and is selling to Lenovo for $2.9bn.

Google delivered record sales of $55.5bn in 2013, including a 22pc jump to $15.7bn in the final quarter, as the number of people clicking on adverts on the company’s websites rose by nearly a third.

However, even that performance fell short of forecasts, thanks to an 11pc decline in the average amount advertisers are paying for each of those clicks. >> Read More

 

Perhaps there is high growth in the tech industry beyond smartphones.

Google, according to a post on its official blog, is testing a “smart” contact lens that could inform diabetics of their blood sugar levels, without them needing to prick their fingers to test drops of blood throughout the day.

Many analysts have dismissed “smart” wearable gadgets as gimmicky because they do little more than smartphones.

Medical applications are potentially exciting though.

Google said on its blog: >> Read More

Facebook buys Indian start-up

08 January 2014 - 11:01 am
 

Facebook has bought Bangalore-based mobile technology company Little Eye Labs.

Little Eye develops software that improves the performance of applications running on Google’s Android mobile phone operating system, which is an ever-greater priority for Facebook’s business.

As Facebook users increasingly access the site on smartphones and tablet computers, mobile advertising now contributes about half of its advertising revenue.

Facebook did not disclose the size of the deal with Little Eye, which has fewer than 10 employees, although industry estimates suggest that it is likely to have paid no more than $15m for the company.

But the transaction marks one of the first occasions in which a top-tier US technology group has acquired an Indian start-up to help with high end mobile technology.

 

Advertisers will spend a projected $5.6bn on YouTube in 2013, an increase of more than 50 per cent on the previous year, according to a report.

The sharp rise follows an explosion of viewing on mobile devices, and comes as advertisers strive to reach younger consumers who have drifted away from television.

YouTube does not keep all of the advertising revenue that flows through its site, paying much of it to partners and “content creators”.

However, the report, by eMarketer, the media research firm, predicts YouTube’s net revenues will be $1.96bn once those partners have been paid, giving it 1.7 per cent of all global digital advertising spending. This is a larger market share than sites such as Twitter, AOL and Pandora, eMarketer said. >> Read More

 

Google commercials have always been quite engaging. Google India is out with a 3.5 minute heart-warming advertisement titled ‘Google Search: Reunion’. The Reunion advertisement tells you a story of how two friends got separated during the time of India and Pakistan partition. The Indian grand daughter Suman plans to bring them together again and uses Google search as the medium to search for her grand fathers long lost friend in Pakistan. She succeeds using Google search and its allied services.

Reports suggest this is the first in the series of 5 advertisements. The video is touching half a million views in just a day of its launch.

11 Worst Things About Working At Google

04 November 2013 - 22:22 pm
 

Here are our top eleven Google employee gripes as taken from the online thread (in no particular order):

1. EVERYONE IS OVERQUALIFIED

‘The worst part of working at Google, for many people, is that they’re overqualified for their job. Google has a very high hiring bar due to the strength of the brand name, the pay & perks, and the very positive work culture. As a result, they have their pick of bright candidates, even for the most low-level roles.’

2. AND BECAUSE EVERYONE IS OVERQUALIFIED ITS HARD TO GET PROMOTED

 ‘It’s hard to get promoted quickly, since the person above you as well as at your level both have great educations and strong work ethics. When it’s standard to be awesome, and the work isn’t particularly tough to begin with, it’s hard to differentiate.’

3. IT’S HARD TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE

 ‘I worked at Google for three years and it was very difficult to leave but there was one major factor that helped me make the decision – the impact I could have on the business as an individual was minimal.’

4. IT’S ALL A BIT TOO COOL >> Read More

Google Remembering Shakuntala Devi

04 November 2013 - 10:09 am
 

GOOGLE-Shakuntala Devi

 

 

With everyone focused on the US government, and whether or not it would remain open past Monday, the real stunner has once again emerged out of left field, in this case Italy, where as Italian news agency Ansa reported moments ago, the ministers in Berlusconi’s PDL party have followed through on their threats announced earlier this week, and have resigned.

Bloomberg reiterates:

  • BERLUSCONI’S PDL MINISTERS RESIGN, ANSA SAYS CITING ALFANO
  • BERLUSCONI ALLIES OFFER RESIGNATIONS FROM LETTA CABINET: ALFANO
  • Berlusconi Says PDL Ministers Should Offer Resignation: Ansa
  • BERLUSCONI SAYS LETTA’S ULTIMATUM UNACCEPTABLE: ANSA

On the other hand, in a world built on trial balloons and false rumors and disinformation, perhaps this is merely the latest example:

  • LETTA SPOKESWOMAN: ‘NOT AWARE’ OF PDL MINISTERS’ RESIGNATIONS

Although subsequently it seems that Letta admits the PDL ministers did in fact resign: >> Read More

 

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