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The Perils of Operating a Search Engine Business: Google Asked to Remove 345 Million Links

The perils of operating a search engine business:  Copyright holders asked Google to remove more than 345,000,000 allegedly infringing links from its search engine in 2014. The staggering number is an increase of 75% compared to the year before. While Google has taken some steps to downrank pirate sites, the rate at which takedown notices are sent continues to rise. ... Read More »

Google Q1 2015 Revenues Up 12%

Google’s first quarter revenue was $17.3 billion, up 12% year on year. Excluding the net impact of foreign currency headwinds, revenue grew a healthy 17% year on year.  Operating income was $4.4bn, operating margin 26%. Revenue Sources: Google websites                                           ... Read More »

Google: EU Competition Commissioner Starts Antitrust Investigation

The European Union’s competition commissioner, Margrethe Vestager, accused Google of distorting Internet search results and began an antitrust investigation into its Android mobile operating system. Margrethe Vestager accused Google of using its dominance as a search engine to “artificially” skew results that favor its own shopping service, to the detriment of rivals. “Dominant companies have a responsibility not to abuse ... Read More »

Google Acquires Odysee

Google has acquired Odysee, and the platform team behind the app will join the group of developers at Google+. The photo backup and sharing app allowed iOS and Android app users to automatically back up their photos and videos to their home computer or to a cloud server from their smartphones. The acquisition fuels rumors that Google will separate its ... Read More »

Quantum Computing: Google Hires Leading Team of Experts

The Financial Times reports that Google has hired one of the world’s leading quantum computing researchers as it ramps up efforts to develop artificial intelligence and vastly increase the processing power of computers.  It is one of Google’s bet on the rise of “smart machines”. Physicist John Martinis and his team at the University of California Santa Barbara will join Google’s ... Read More »

Google Acquires Video and Special-Effects Startup Zync

Google has acquired video and special-effects startup Zync Inc. as it steps up competition against Amazon.com’s cloud-computing business.  Terms were not disclosed. Zync offers video and special-effects rendering that has been used in movies including “Star Trek Into Darkness” and “Looper.” The service operated on Amazon computers, but Google said it would move Zync to its own Cloud Platform. Google launched ... Read More »

Google X Buys Gecko Design

Google has acquired Gecko Design, which will become part of the Internet company’s unit developing cutting-edge products like Glass and balloons for Internet access. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Gecko President Jacques Gagne and its four other employees will join Google’s “X” research division next month. In addition to Glass and Internet balloons other projects at Google X include self-driving ... Read More »

Google Acquires Jetpac

Google has bought the startup behind a Jetpac mobile application that creates insightful travel guides by analyzing pictures from social networks such as Instagram. Jetpac announced that its application would be removed from Apple´s online App Store in the days ahead and that it would stop supporting the software in the middle of September. Jetpac mines publicly shared pictures for ... Read More »

Google ‘Twitches’ and Sheds US$1bn

The Guardian (UK) quotes VentureBeat that an arrangement has finally been reached between Google and Twitch to join forces for the sum of over $1 billion.   Google and Twitch have made no official comment, but this merger has been widely speculated upon for months.  Twitch––a leader in subscription-based video services––is a huge win for Google, which began offering a paid-channel ... Read More »

China’s Google Clampdown Hits Businesses

Nearly a month after China intensified its clampdown on Google’s services, many Chinese businesses are discovering how exposed they are to the US search company, whose fortunes in China are hostage to the so-called Great Firewall, designed to keep out pernicious foreign influences. Since Google stopped censoring searches in 2009, its service has never been stable in China due to what one expert ... Read More »

Google Acquired APP Performance Platform Appurify

Google has acquired Appurify, a company which helps developers optimize the performance of the apps through automated testing. No financial terms of the deal have been disclosed.  The Appurify team will be joining the Google team in Mountain View, where they will be working to incorporate their tools for mobile developers into Google’s developer platform. There is a lot of ... Read More »

Google-Owned Nest to Acquire Dropcam

Google-owned Smart thermostat and smoke alarm maker Nest Labs is shelling out $555 million to acquire video monitoring company Dropcam in a bid to further its footprint into the home. The purchase will broaden Nest’s scope into the home surveillance arena. Nest founder Matt Rogers described Dropcam as having “the best products, services, and customer experience in the business.” “Dropcam ... Read More »

Google Acquired Video Search Startup Baarzo

Following the acquisition of Divide, a startup that helps companies manage the mobile devices, Google is now said to have closed the deal on another startup dubbed Baarzo. Baarzo is understood to be a ‘true video search’ service, as it describes itself on its page. It lets users find specific moments inside a video with the help of an auto detect feature for ... Read More »

‘Google My Businesses’ Launched

Google launched ‘Google My Business’, a one-stop way for merchants to manage their presence on a variety of the company’s properties including search, maps and Google+. Business owners who had been using Places for Business or Google+ will be transitioned to the new platform. There is also an Android app that can be used to manage business information and respond to customer ... Read More »