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Many countries in Europe don’t believe that US companies such as Google, Amazon, Facebook, Starbucks and Apple are paying their fair share of taxes. For example, Apple may face remedial tax liability in Europe of $8 billion according to a Bloomberg report. Google is reportedly now negotiating with European governments to settle myriad tax disputes and to “normalize” its tax ...
December desktop search rankings from comScore came out yesterday. Bing gained slightly vs. November; most others are off a fraction of a point. Google has lost market share and volume vs. a year ago when it had a share of 65.4 percent. A year ago Bing was at 19.7 percent; today it’s at 21.1 percent. However these data now only tell part of the story because they don’t include mobile search.
In 2013, Morgan Stanley and Macquarie Capital estimated that Google was paying Apple around $1 billion annually for the privilege of being the Safari default search engine. Turns out they were right. According to a Bloomberg report citing court documents and testimony in Oracle’s copyright suit against Google, “Apple received $1 billion from its rival in 2014.
Depending on whom you talk to, ad blocking is either overblown or an emerging crisis. There’s data to support both positions. One thing is clear, however, it’s an issue that’s not going away. That’s partly because entrepreneurs have now latched on to it as an opportunity. The latest example is a new mobile browser called Brave. It’s still in beta and not yet widely available, but will be soon.
App Annie has released a “2015 Retrospective,” which offers an array of data on app downloads, revenues and distribution. Drawn from its global analytics database, the report says that Google Play exceeded the the App Store in terms of downloads in 2015, though Apple still generates more revenue than Google Play.
Silicon Valley tech companies are trying to score some points in the run up to the Super Bowl. According to the Wall Street Journal, Apple, Google, Yahoo, HP, SAP, Intuit, Uber and others are seeking to win favor with local governments providing services and sponsorships. The Super Bowl Host Committee has reportedly raised about $50 million from these firms and other private entities.
Ad fraud is a major problem in digital advertising resulting in billions of dollars in annual loses to marketers. According to a new report from White Ops and the Association of National Advertisers (ANA), marketers are winning the battle against “basic bots” but they’re losing against more sophisticated bots.
What we widely call “local search” is only partly about search engines. Finding local content and making offline purchase decisions is a multifaceted process that involves several categories of information and devices. That’s according a new survey and report from IDC and YP. The report is called “Local Search Unleashing Opportunities for National Advertisers” and based on a ...
According to an unconfirmed report Microsoft is buying mobile ad network/platform InMobi. Based in Bangalore India the company says that its network comprises more than a billion users per month. Google and Yahoo were supposedly also in talks with the company but were not able to come to terms. Google in particular was reportedly in serious discussions with the company, with ...
Artem Russakovskii found an interesting Google search suggestions test for Android. In addition to recent searches Google had a “What’s Hot” and “Nearby” option in the pull-down menu. Here’s what it looks like: I asked Google for a comment or more information on this. Google provided the following statement: “We’re always experimenting with the look and feel of our products ...
Facebook’s build “friend finder” bulk contacts-invitation function has been found to violate Germany’s data protection rules. The country’s highest court also called it a deceptive marketing practice and has ordered the feature disabled in Germany. The find-a-friend functionality uses a member’s contacts/address book and sends invitations to those individuals who aren’t currently on Facebook.
Miniatur Wunderland is a massive model railroad exhibit in Hamburg Germany spread out over 1,300 square meters (nearly 14,000 square feet). It’s reportedly Hamburg’s most popular tourist attraction. Started in 2000 it features eight sections that depict various scenes and countries throughout Europe and the US, including a mini Las Vegas and Grand Canyon.
According to a recent survey of 283 “clients and agency executives” commissioned by Trusted Media Brands the mobile banner is a declining ad unit. Native and video were the formats many marketers said they were going to turn to this year. However native ads had a number of challenges that might make them less popular over time. Banners was the top mobile format being used today.
The reporting surrounding Yahoo has taken a very negative turn in the last month. An example is the New York Times’ piece this weekend about a “brain drain” at Yahoo and declining employee morale. Another is last week’s CNBC hearsay story about Yahoo’s programmatic video business being “rife with ad fraud.
Mobile devices dominated the holiday shopping season, outpacing the PC in driving traffic to e-commerce sites and being used as shopping companions in physical stores. In addition, mobile commerce also grew significantly from 2014 (59 percent), though perhaps not as much as one might have anticipated.
The latest monthly smartphone and mobile data from comScore show little change. Google’s Android continues to lead the US smartphone market with 51 percent market share. Apple’s iOS is roughly 10 points behind. Microsoft’s smartphone market share is below 3 percent and BlackBerry is at 1 percent.
Smartphone owners spend nearly 90 percent of mobile device time in apps. However only a small fraction of the 25 – 40 apps on users’ devices are regularly used; the rest are neglected and eventually replaced or deleted. A new study from Yahoo offers some new insight into why and when people delete or replace apps and what triggers new and replacement app downloads.
According to a 2014 survey commissioned by the US Federal Reserve 28 percent of smartphone users had done some from of mobile payment in the previous 12 months. New survey data for 2015 haven’t come out yet but the number is probably close to 35 percent I would estimate. Indeed Retale released consumer survey data late last year that argued 43 percent of US smartphone owners ...
A group of German publishers have filed a civil complaint against Google. The group, constituted as VG Media, claims to be enforcing Germany’s “ancillary copyright” law, passed in 2013. This is the latest episode in an ongoing dispute between German news publishers and Google. Essentially the publishers are suing to get Google to pay them for showing their content in search results.
According to earlier reports Apple had roughly 50 percent of all device activations over the holidays. Now a press release from Apple reported $20 billion in App-Store earnings in 2015, with just over $1 billion coming in the two weeks ending January 3: In the two weeks ending January 3, customers spent over $1.