Google Q4 2013 Earnings Report $16.86 Billion In Revenues

google-earnings-money-featured Google announced fourth-quarter 2013 earnings today. Google's revenue targets beat estimates, while their earnings-per-share did not. Google had revenues of $16.86 billion for the quarter ended December 31, 2013, an increase of 17% compared to the fourth quarter of 2012. Google's operating income in the fourth quarter of 2013 was $3.92 billion, or 23% of revenues. Google's afterhours trading right now has not changed much, with a slight increase in the share price. Part of the earnings release includes: Paid Clicks - Aggregate paid clicks, which include clicks related to ads [...]


Google May Be Forced To Pay $1 Billion To Patent Troll

google-legal-cash-featured A New York-based "patent troll" called Vringo, through its subsidiary I/P engine, successfully sued Google, Microsoft, AOL and others using two patents related to search advertising. The plaintiff won approximately $30 million at trial in 2012. Google was asked to pay $15.8 million of that amount. Yet plaintiffs were also seeking ongoing royalties, which the court has now awarded. Google was contesting the royalty and the company will likely now appeal the calculation, which is potentially massive. The math is confusing. However, as Ars Technia reports, the royalty amounts to ju [...]


DeepMind Buy Another Google “Moonshot” Of Sorts

DeepMind logo Re/code offers some additional insight into the $400+ million acquisition of artificial intelligence (AI) startup DeepMind that was reported last week. The people at DeepMind will apparently work with the search team at Google but not exclusively: Or as search is known at Google today, the “Knowledge” group, so-called because it no longer just finds keywords on web pages, but instead connects larger concepts. Knowledge is led by Google SVP Alan Eustance, but DeepMind will work closely with a team led by Jeff Dean, a near 15-year Google veteran, best known for his work on distributed syst [...]


Israel Wants To Tax Google To Support Local Content Publishers

Google Israel A new bill making its way to Israel’s parliament (the Knesset) would assess a tax of 7 percent on search engine ad revenues to subsidize local content publishers. The story was reported in the Financial Times. While it's not explicit or exclusive to any individual company, the bill has been nicknamed the “Google Law." This parallels legislative efforts in multiple countries where Google is blamed for eroding or undermining various domestic industries, typically journalism and newspaper publishing. So far, however, Google and its rivals have managed to escape the imposition of such levie [...]


EU: Google Antitrust Concessions “Unacceptable” As Second Study Condemns “Rival Links”

google-eu-featured European Union competition commissioner Joaquin Almunia announced Friday in a Spanish radio interview that Google's second round of concessions in its current antitrust settlement proposal were "unacceptable." The main obstacle to settlement is still Google's treatment of competitors and its "own content" in "vertical search" results. Almunia was directly involved in negotiating the original settlement proposal with Google, which offered to put links to competitors' sites in a privileged position in search results. He seemed initially (and perhaps naively) surprised when it was almost imme [...]


After Two Years Of Broken Promises, Does Google Need To Explain More To Maintain Trust In Search?

google-g-logo-2012 For two years running, Google's broken major promises about search. It began doing paid inclusion in 2012, which it once called "evil." This year, it's experimenting with banner ads it said would never be allowed. Both represent major philosophical shifts for the company about search, but shifts it has largely avoided explaining. Does that erode user trust? That's the focus of my column at Marketing Land this week, Google’s Broken Promises & Who’s Running The Search Engine? It looks at the history behind both promises plus how search has a "fuzzy management" structure at Google, [...]


European Publishers File New Antitrust Complaints Over Google News & Images

t-google-images-1312982585 European newspapers, magazines and photographers are not happy with Google and how their content and images are shown in the Google search results. IDG News reports Google was slapped with a new antitrust complaint over Google Images. EMMA wrote that newspapers and magazines are "extremely concerned by the Commission’s on-going assessment of the new set of commitments proposed by Google as part of the EU competition investigation." Google Image Search Complaint The Center of the Picture Industry, CEPIC, is saying that Google uses images without the rights of the copyright holders consen [...]


Bing Really Doesn’t Want You To Search Google

Bing logo Go to Bing.com and search for [google], you may see Bing get a bit upset. In fact, when I search for Google at Bing, I get a big black box in the search box that says, "In blind tests, people preferred Bing to Google for the web's top searches. See for yourself." Here is a picture of the call-out box: Andrew Girdwood asks if this type of call-out box should be labeled as an ad of some sort. Clearly, the intent here is someone trying to find Google. So why is Bing encouraging the searcher to go elsewhere? Is that a good and relevant alternative to the query? We've seen time after t [...]


Dear Google Rivals: Do These New Proposals Solve Your Antitrust Concerns? Love, The EU

google-eu-featured Three years into its investigation of Google over antitrust issues relating to search, the European Union took another step closer toward a likely resolution, asking Google rivals and other third-parties to review a settlement proposal. Notably, the general public wasn't invited to participate. The news comes via several reports today. The European Union's Competition agency posted nothing on its website, though the move follows on what it promised to do earlier this month. The Wall Street Journal and Reuters say that 125 companies have been asked to comment on the latest proposal, in [...]


Study: Google Adds 1,200 Search Sites & 750 ISP Client Networks In Less Than A Year

google logo - basic 570x270 A study published by researchers at the University of Southern California unintentionally discovered Google has dramatically increased the number of sites and ISPs it uses to serve client queries. According to the findings, between October 2012 and July 2013, Google increased the number of locations serving its search infrastructure from less than 200 to more than 1,400, as well as growing the number of ISPs it uses from a little over 100 to more than 850. From the study: Most of this expansion reflects Google utilizing client networks (such as Time Warner Cable, for example) that it al [...]


New Google Antitrust Offer A “Significant Improvement” Says EU

Google Europe After Google's competitors loudly complained about the company's antitrust settlement proposal, which displayed three "rival links" to alternative' search results, European Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia said it would take new "concessions" for Google to successfully settle its antitrust case with Europe. Google has now reportedly made those concessions. Almunia characterized Google's updated settlement offer, submitted last month, as a "significant improvement." According to a Reuters report, "Almunia told lawmakers in the European Parliament he believed the new offer made i [...]


Google Celebrates 15th Birthday With #GoogleBirthday Piñata Logo & Game

balloons-featured The world's most popular search engine turns 15 years old today. Started in 1998 by Stanford PhD students Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Google has grown to be the leader in search, owning more than 70 percent of the worldwide desktop search market share. To celebrate its 15th birthday, today's Google logo is an interactive piñata game. By clicking the arrow on the birthday cake in the middle of the logo, users are instructed to hit their space bar to start the game. With 10 swipes at a star-shaped piñata, players collect points based on the number of candies they can make drop while a music [...]


New Concessions From Google Seek To Avoid EU Antitrust Penalties

google-eu-featured According to Reuters the European Commission (EC) says Google has submitted a new settlement proposal with "further concessions" in its bid to end the antitrust inquiry against the company. If the parties fail to reach agreement the EC has the ability to fine Google a percentage of its global revenues. That penalty could be as high as $5 billion potentially. No details of the new proposal were provided by Reuters or the EC. The updated proposal will likely be revealed in short order. The EC concluded its original antitrust investigation of Google with a report detailing "four areas of [...]


Majority Of Mobile Ad Spend To Go To Search — Forecast

Google Enhanced Campaigns In an updated digital and mobile advertising forecast, eMarketer has projected that mobile search will be worth more than $15 billion in the US by 2017. Accordingly, it will lead all other types of mobile advertising, similar to its current position online. Display advertising will follow with $14.5 billion by the end of the forecast period. Here's the full breakdown by ad format: Mobile ad spending in the US was reported by the IAB to be $3.4 billion in 2012. It's possible that the number will reach $8.5 billion this year, as the eMarketer forecast indicates; however, that figure ma [...]


Google Responds To #GoogleGate: AdWords Account Manager’s Accidental Voice Mail Recording

google-adwords-square-logo Earlier this week, Martin MacDonald, inbound marketing director at Expedia EAN, in a post on his website titled "#GoogleGate - Can you Trust Google?," embedded a voice mail recording a Google AdWords account manager unknowingly left for a client. Presumably thinking he'd hung up, the account representative is heard cursing the fact that the client upgraded to enhanced campaigns without first speaking to him and that he'll then have to "pitch call extensions and sitelinks" instead. He goes on to say he doesn't care about  "those bridge pages or parked domains" the client apparently is usi [...]


With Amazing Chutzpah Google Claims It Can’t Be Sued In UK Courts

Google legal Last year Google was embroiled in controversy over its circumvention of the Safari browser's cookie-privacy settings (on the iPhone and beyond). As a result the company paid a $22.5 million fine to settle the case with the US FTC approximately a year ago. The FTC summarizes the facts that lead to the settlement: [F]or several months in 2011 and 2012, Google placed a certain advertising tracking cookie on the computers of Safari users who visited sites within Google’s DoubleClick advertising network, although Google had previously told these users they would automatically be opted out of [...]


German Publishers Opt-In To Google News — For The Moment

Google legal Following the enactment of a controversial copyright law in Germany, Google said that it would require publishers to formally "opt-in" to Google News or be excluded from results. Accordingly major German publishers have decided to do so -- for now. The new law, which went into effect today and gives publishers almost total control over the use of their content, still allows news aggregators and search engines to show “single words” and modest “text excerpts” but creates legal uncertainty and potential liability for those who misinterpret the rules. What qualifies as a "text excer [...]


Google Gets Lowest Score Ever In Customer Satisfaction Survey

google-angry-frustrated-insanity-featured There's a mystery surrounding the latest customer satisfaction numbers released by ForeSee Results (for the American Customer Satisfaction Index [ACSI]). Published late last night, they indicate the lowest levels of consumer satisfaction with search engines (and portals) since 2003. The satisfaction scores for social sites are worse. According to the survey, which ranks sites on a 100 point scale, Google received its worst score (77) since the inception of the survey more than a decade ago. Google's score last year was 82. This year Bing and Yahoo both received scores of 76, which are lo [...]


4 Days Before Deadline, Google’s Larry Page: 75% Of Active AdWords Campaigns Are Enhanced

google-adwords-mobile-featured On today's quarterly earnings call, Google CEO, Larry Page, addressed Enhanced Campaigns and noted that nearly three quarters of AdWords campaigns have migrated. Page said: "... we want to make advertising super simple for customers. Online advertising had developed in very device specific ways with separate campaigns for desktop and mobile. This made arduous work for advertisers and agencies, and meant mobile opportunities often got missed. It's why we launched Enhanced Campaigns. Advertisers have upgraded 6 million campaigns, that's almost 75% of all their active campaigns. " That me [...]


Google Delays Second Campus Construction, Buys More Space Near GooglePlex

google-g-logo Two stories out this week are drawing attention to Google's future office expansion plans. Days ago, we reported on our partner site at Marketing Land that the construction of Google's new Bay View campus has been delayed temporarily. Today, there is news that Google has purchased nearly 15-acres in Palo Alto, a portion of which is just over two miles from the Googleplex headquarters in Mountain View. More details about the Bay View campus construction delay and Google's latest 15-acre real estate purchase can be found on our Marketing Land site at: Google Slows Down Bay View Campus C [...]


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