What many investigators and regulators propose is that Google has enough control over the online ad space and enough online "clout" that it can influence both advertisers and publishers to prefer its services over the competition. Becoming popular because your product is great is fine, but becoming popular because you lessen competition isn't. The E.U. has already determined that Google has overstepped its bounds in the advertising industry. … [Read more...] about Google’s next big legal battle is all about ads, but it has an interesting line of defense
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Google Glass It's early days for Google Glass, the wearable computer that is scheduled to launch later this year, but the signs are there that it will have a major impact on the future of technology – some are already arguing that it may even usher in the start of a new post-smartphone era. What is certainly true is that it has the potential to be a game changer for the quantified self. … [Read more...] about Nike+ FuelBand and Google Glass: what next for the ‘quantified self’?
Instead Andy Rubin, who Google acquired in 2005 with the eponymously-named Android company, has been given his head by Page to make the phone system into a money-spinner for Google; its rise to the lead in the US and world smartphone markets, and the increasingly tight restrictions that Google is making on what tweaks can be made to the software, means that that could easily be achieved. Gene Munster of the analysts Piper Jaffray reckons that by next year there will be more than 130 million Android users worldwide, and that their viewing of ads on phones, plus other income sources (such as the Android Market for apps, where Google takes a 30% cut of any purchase, just like Apple) could generate more than $1bn in straight revenue. … [Read more...] about Where will Larry Page lead Google?
Mayer's ascent inside Google continued until 2010, when she was put in charge of the company's plateauing maps and location products, including Google Places and Street View. It was a curiously sideways move for an executive who looked cut out for the top job. One year later, co-founder Larry Page was announced as the new chief executive and Mayer, who had been integral to many of the company's successes over the past decade, was not even on the company's board of directors. … [Read more...] about Google’s Marissa Mayer: a savvy boss with skills to turn Yahoo around
The appointment of Mayer is a surprising and impressive coup for Yahoo, a company that has been racked by internal turmoil as it has struggled to compete with Google, Facebook and Twitter in the online display advertising market. Mayer will be Yahoo's fifth chief executive in five years, and its second woman. … [Read more...] about Google executive Marissa Mayer to become Yahoo CEO in surprise move