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Google Earnings: Revenue Grows But Disappoints Market

04/17/14 Google posted its first quarter results on April 16. The company reported 19% year-on-year growth in revenues to $15.42 billion. However, the profits failed to enthuse the market which was expecting far better results. The company also reported lower traffic acquisition costs in absolute numbers and as a percentage of advertising revenues. Growth in revenues from mobile advertising drove a steep 9% year-over-year decline in cost-per-click. ...Read More »

Titan Aerospace a sky-high platform for Google's internet ambitions

04/17/14 Tech giant Google Inc. has acquired solar-powered drone maker Titan Aerospace as part of its strategy to deliver wireless Internet access to remote parts of the world. Titan is developing a variety of solar-powered "atmospheric satellites," which are designed to stay aloft indefinitely, providing aerial and telecommunications services at 1/100th the cost of current satellite platforms. Ben Gruber has more. ...Read More »

Video: Google Fiber Is Rolling Out For Kansas City Businesses

04/16/14 It’s been nearly a year and a half since Google switched on its 1Gbps internet and TV service in Kansas City. In that time, Google Fiber has been slowly rolling out to residential areas. For the most part, though, businesses have been left out of the rollup, except for the small businesses springing up in some residential Kansas City neighborhoods, such as those in the Kansas City Startup Village. ...Read More »
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Google Fiber Is Rolling Out For Kansas City Businesses

04/16/14 Its been nearly a year and a half since Google switched on its 1Gbps internet and TV service in Kansas City. In that time, Google Fiber has been slowly rolling out to residential areas. For the most part, though, businesses have been left out of the rollup, except for the small businesses springing up in some residential Kansas City neighborhoods, such as those in the Kansas City Startup Village. Google spokesperson Jenna Wandres confirmed, “Were recruiting some local business owners in Kansas City to help us test a new Google Fiber small business service." ...Read More »

They May Have Lost The CIA, But IBM Can Still Pick Up Some Lucrative Cloud Contracts

04/16/14 The big news in terms of customer stories for IBM's Softlayer cloud over the past year has been the on-again, off-again, and now, seemingly, off forever battle with Amazon Web Services over the CIA private cloud contract. Despite much spin, and plenty of litigation, it seems that deal is firmly ensconced with AWS now. ...Read More »

Yahoo's 1Q Lifted By Alibaba, Modest Ad Progress

04/15/14 Yahoo is still prospering from its lucrative investments in Asia while the Internet company's listless advertising sales are picking up under CEO Marissa Mayer, if ever so slightly. The positive signs in a first-quarter report overshadowed a 20 percent decline in Yahoo's earnings during the opening three months of the year. The results released Tuesday highlight the contrasting performances of Yahoo's investment portfolio and the company's main business of running ad-supported online services. ...Read More »

Yahoo Reports Yet Another Quarter Of No Real Revenue Growth

04/15/14 As her two-year anniversary as CEO of Yahoo approaches this summer, Marissa Mayer has to face analysts on her companys earnings call and once again ask them to be patient and accept her assurances that revenue growth is just over the horizon. Yahoo generated revenues of $1.13 billion in the first quarter, about in line with forecasts and down 1% from the same quarter a year ago. Yahoo sold 7% more display ads in the quarter, but the price per ad dropped by 5%. Revenue for display was flat overall, but stripping out TAC it was up 2%, an encouraging sign. ...Read More »

Google Play Still Tops IOS App Store Downloads, And Now Narrowing Revenue Gap, Too

04/15/14 Androids position as the most dominant smartphone platform worldwide is also having an impact on mobile app download growth, and now, increasing revenue. According to a new report out this morning from App Annie, Googles app marketplace, Google Play, saw 45% more downloads that Apples iOS App Store in Q1. However, Apple continues to still be “comfortably ahead in terms of worldwide revenue, the report found, generating a whopping 85% more revenue than Google Play. ...Read More »

Leak Points To Major Redesign In Upcoming New Version Of Android

04/14/14 Apple introduced a major reimagining of its mobile software last year when it released iOS 7, and since then the trend in mobile has been “flat.” Now, it looks like Google may be planning to follow suit and offer a slightly flatter take on Android in an upcoming major redesign. A leaked screenshot that supposedly reveals an upcoming version of Android code-named “Moonshine shows a completely overhauled set of app icons. It is unclear if this new redesign will debut in Android 4.5 or in a later version of Googles mobile platform. ...Read More »

As Internet Shares Break Down, Investors See Value In Old Tech

04/11/14 The last six weeks have been terrible for many technology shares, but not for the four horsemen that sat atop the last tech boom. Intel, Oracle, Microsoft and Cisco, known as the four horsemen during the late 1990s technology boom due to their strong performance and leading market share, have all rallied since the beginning of March even as many other tech companies' stocks have been crushed. These legacy tech names have emerged as an alternative for those who want exposure to the sector, but are spooked by the slump in high-growth stocks like Netflix. These old tech names have recently attracted more attention because their growth outpaces the broader market but they don't have the high valuations of the one-time momentum favorites. ...Read More »

Heartbleed-Check App For Android Released

04/11/14 They're looking for blood! Lookout Mobile Security has released a free app called Heartbleed Detector that checks to see whether an Android device is vulnerable to the Heartbleed bug. The Heartbleed bug, a serious error in an encryption library called OpenSSL that makes it devastatingly easy to grab supposedly secure data, mostly affects Web and email servers. However, Android 4.1.1 (a.k.a. Jelly Bean) does use a vulnerable version of the OpenSSL software. Heartbleed Detector checks to see if you're running a vulnerable version of Android, and whether the vulnerable extension to OpenSSL is enabled on your device. ...Read More »


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