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Google Glass Is Only The First Step – Next Step Six Million Dollar Man

April 17th, 2014 Comments off

Google Glass may only be the first step as Google smart contact lenses could turn average human beings into the Six Million Dollar Man.

 Adriana Lee on ReadWrite.com just published a story on some patents that Google filed with regard to their smart contact lense technology.

From the article:

Imagine the Google Glass headgear, which currently makes some camera-shy onlookers nervous, shrinking down to near-invisibility—say, into a super-thin transparent layer that sits on the cornea. Google certainly has, as we now know from a recently published patent filing from October 2012.

The notion of smart contact lenses itself isn’t particularly new. Earlier this year, in fact, Google introduced the “moonshot” idea of an eye-worn lens embedded with a wireless chip for health monitoring.

But this latest concept could be way smarter than that, as it would—in theory—allow wearers to snap photos with just the blink of an eye.

The first adopters would probably be tech enthusiasts pining for cutting-edge human-to-computer gesture control—or harboring deep-seated Six Million Dollar Man bionic-eye fantasies. But think of what it could do for people suffering with limited mobility or sight impairments.

A primary issue with this appliance, however, could have to do with those miniature camera components. This is, after all, a world in which Google Glass wearers get targeted for attacks. And the system, as proposed, would be capable of facial recognition. If people are uncomfortable with face-worn cameras pointing at them, how will they feel if teensy, undetectable cameras show up in contact lenses?

Read the full story here

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Google Reports: Paid Clicks Up 26%, Cost-Per-Click Drops 9%, Stock Down After Hours

April 16th, 2014 Comments off

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Google reported it earnings after the market closed today for the quarter ending ending March 31

Google had $15.4 billion in revenue.

Net income was $3.45 billion, which amounted to earnings of $5.04 a share, or $6.27 a share excluding one-time charges.

While revenue rose 19% and profit was up 3%, that fell short of Wall Street’s projections. Analysts surveyed by Thomson Reuters were expecting, on average, earnings of $5.28 a share or $6.40 a share after excluding one-time charges, on revenue of $15.5 billion.

The stock was up $20.10 or 3.75 % during the trading day but has given most of it up after hours, down $17.

Although paid clicks were up 26% the Cost per Click was down again

You can check out this chart from Businessintelligence.com to see how Google cost per click has looked over the years:

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Here are the Financial Highlights from the official press release:

Revenues and other information – Google Inc. revenues for the quarter ended March 31, 2014 were $15.42 billion, representing a 19% increase over first quarter of 2013 revenues of $12.95 billion.

  • Sites Revenues – Our sites generated revenues of $10.47 billion, or 68% of total revenues, in the first quarter of 2014. This represents a 21% increase over first quarter of 2013 sites revenues of $8.64 billion.
  • Network Revenues – Our partner sites generated revenues of $3.40 billion, or 22% of total revenues, in the first quarter of 2014.  This represents a 4% increase over first quarter of 2013 network revenues of $3.26 billion.
  • Other Revenues – Other revenues were $1.55 billion, or 10% of total revenues, in the first quarter of 2014.  This represents a 48% increase over first quarter of 2013 other revenues of $1.05 billion.
  • International Revenues – Our revenues from outside of the United States totaled $8.76 billion, representing 57% of total revenues in the first quarter of 2014, compared to 56% in the fourth quarter of 2013 and 55% in the first quarter of 2013.
    • Our revenues from the United Kingdom totaled $1.58 billion, representing 10% of total revenues in the first quarter of 2014, compared to 11% in the first quarter of 2013.
  • Paid Clicks – Aggregate paid clicks, which include clicks related to ads served on Google sites and the sites of our Network members, increased approximately 26% over the first quarter of 2013 and decreased approximately 1% over the fourth quarter of 2013.
  • Cost-Per-Click – Average cost-per-click, which includes clicks related to ads served on Google sites and the sites of our Network members, decreased approximately 9% over the first quarter of 2013 and remained constant from the fourth quarter of 2013.
  • TAC – Traffic acquisition costs, the portion of revenues shared with Google’s partners, increased to $3.23 billion in the first quarter of 2014, compared to $2.96 billion in the first quarter of 2013. TAC as a percentage of advertising revenues was 23% in the first quarter of 2014, compared to 25% in the first quarter of 2013.The majority of TAC is related to amounts ultimately paid to our Network members, which totaled $2.39 billion in the first quarter of 2014. TAC also includes amounts ultimately paid to certain distribution partners and others who direct traffic to our website, which totaled $845 million in the first quarter of 2014.

Other Cost of Revenues – Other cost of revenues, which is comprised primarily of data centers operational expenses, hardware inventory costs, amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets, and content acquisition costs, increased to $2.73 billion, or 18% of revenues, in the first quarter of 2014, compared to $2.17 billion, or 17% of revenues, in the first quarter of 2013.

Operating Expenses – Operating expenses, other than cost of revenues, were $5.34 billion in the first quarter of 2014, or 35% of revenues, compared to $4.07 billion in the first quarter of 2013, or 31% of revenues.

Operating Income – GAAP operating income in the first quarter of 2014 was $4.12 billion, or 27% of revenues. This compares to GAAP operating income of $3.75 billion, or 29% of revenues, in the first quarter of 2013. Non-GAAP operating income in the first quarter of 2014 was $4.95 billion, or 32% of revenues. This compares to non-GAAP operating income of $4.40 billion, or 34% of revenues, in the first quarter of 2013.

Interest and Other Income, Net – Interest and other income, net, was $357 million in the first quarter of 2014, compared to $134 million in the first quarter of 2013.

Income Taxes – Our effective tax rate was 18% for the first quarter of 2014.

Net Income – GAAP consolidated net income in the first quarter of 2014 was $3.45 billion, compared to $3.35 billion in the first quarter of 2013. Non-GAAP consolidated net income was $4.30 billion in the first quarter of 2014, compared to $4.04 billion in the first quarter of 2013. GAAP EPS in the first quarter of 2014 was $5.04 on 685 million diluted shares outstanding, compared to $4.97 in the first quarter of 2013 on 673 million diluted shares outstanding. Non-GAAP EPS in the first quarter of 2014 was $6.27, compared to $6.00 in the first quarter of 2013.

Cash Flow and Capital Expenditures – Net cash provided by operating activities in the first quarter of 2014 totaled $4.39 billion, compared to $3.63 billion in the first quarter of 2013. In the first quarter of 2014, capital expenditures were $2.35 billion, the majority of which was for production equipment, data-center construction, and real estate purchases. Free cash flow, an alternative non-GAAP measure of liquidity, is defined as net cash provided by operating activities less capital expenditures. In the first quarter of 2014, free cash flow was $2.05 billion.

Cash – As of March 31, 2014, cash, cash equivalents, and marketable securities were $59.38 billion, which excludes cash classified as held for sale, compared to $58.72 billion as of December 31, 2013.

Headcount – On a worldwide basis, we employed 49,829 full-time employees (46,170 in Google and 3,659 in Motorola Mobile) as of March 31, 2014, compared to 47,756 full-time employees (43,862 in Google and 3,894 in Motorola Mobile) as of December 31, 2013.

 

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Google Explains How It Reads Your Email

April 15th, 2014 Comments off
Google has changed its terms of service when it comes to Gmail. Reuters is out with the news, (Reuters) – Google Inc updated its terms of service on Monday, informing users that their incoming and outgoing emails are automatically analyzed by software to create targeted ads. The revisions more explicitly spell out the manner in […]
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Google Acquires Drone Maker That Facebook Was Eyeing

April 14th, 2014 Comments off
Todd Wasserman  is reporting for Mashable that Google has purchased Titan Aerospace, a 20 person drone maker that Facebook was also interested in purchasing. There were no financial terms on the deal released on the acquisition. Apparently Facebook was interested to the tune of $60 million. Google has purchased Titan Aerospace, a maker of drones […]
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Google Extends “Not Provided” to Paid Search

April 10th, 2014 Comments off
Google is making a change that will bring paid search in line with organic search when it comes to relaying referrer information. Now when people using secure search click on AdWords ads, they will not have their search query show up in the referrer string, this info will no longer be available in analytics packages […]
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Google to Launch Android TV – We Already Know They Don’t Own The Domain

April 7th, 2014 Comments off
According to a story on Mashable, Google is going to launch Android TV. Ten days ago Mike wrote a post about a UDRP that Google filed on AndroidTV.com. The panelists decided that this case was outside the scope of the UDRP. You can read the case and the commentary that Mike added here. March 31, […]
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USPTO Views The Glass Half Empty When it Comes to Google

April 5th, 2014 Comments off
There is a lot of buzz around Google and their attempt to trademark the word glass. The Huffington Post and The Daily Mail wrote articles on Google having trouble getting their trademark approved which for the most part they were sourcing the Wall Street Journal article who seemed to be the first to talk about […]

Apple, Yahoo and Google All Reserve The Right To Read Your Email

March 21st, 2014 Comments off

So there was a story out this week that Microsoft had read the emails of a French blogger who had received code from a former Microsoft employee, the employee has been arrested in Seattle, accused of leaking Windows 8 to the tech blogger.

The blogger actually contacted Microsoft to verify what was going on, Microsoft then went through his hotmail and messenger and found the email from the former employee.

This of course has created quite a stir about privacy and what providers can and cannot do. The Guardian is out today with a story where Apple, Yahoo and Google have said they reserve the right to read their users emails.

From the article:

Microsoft is not unique in claiming the right to read users’ emails – Apple, Yahoo and Google all reserve that right as well, the Guardian has determined.

The broad rights email providers claim for themselves has come to light following Microsoft’s admission that it read a journalist’s Hotmail account in an attempt to track down the source of an internal leak. But most webmail services claim the right to read users’ email if they believe that such access is necessary to protect their property.

Microsoft’s own terms of service allow the company to access content “when Microsoft forms a good faith belief that doing so is necessary [to] protect the… property of Microsoft”. It made use of that right to read the email of an un-named journalist who had allegedly taken possession of the source code to Windows 8 thanks to an internal leak at the firm.

Following the revelation that Microsoft could, and did, read users’ email, the firm’s deputy general counsel told the Guardian that it would be tightening up its privacy policy. The new rules require an internal and external legal team to review any internal requests for access, and commit the firm to increased transparency over future requests.

Read the full story here

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Be Careful of Phishing Attack to Gain Google Credentials

March 20th, 2014 Comments off

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Be careful using Google Docs and Google Drive as Symantec discovered a new phishing attack that is looking to get your Google log in credientials.

Afterdawn.com covered the recent finding:

Researchers over at security firm Symantec have come across a new advanced phishing attack aimed at stealing your Google credentials. The new attack specifically targets Google Docs and Google Drive users. An email will hit your inbox with a subject line of “Documents” or similar, claiming there is an ‘important document’ stored in Google Docs that you can open by clicking the included link.

By clicking, you are directed to a Google Docs login page where you are required to input your username and password. The page looks just like the official login page Google uses when you have not signed in for an extended period of time.

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Matt Cutts Talks About a Softer Panda and a Boost for Sites Using SSL

March 15th, 2014 Comments off

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Matt Cutts had a few things to say at  SMX West regarding potential future moves at Google.

Barry Schwartz at Search Engine Roundtable wrote that Cutts would like to give a boost to sites using SSL.

At SMX West Matt Cutts gave the attendees a few tidbits, one of those items was that making your site secure, encrypted, i.e. SSL enabled, is an important trend for 2014.

At the end of the session, I asked Matt if this means Google is looking to give sites that enable SSL a ranking boost. Matt Cutts shrugged his shoulders and explained that if it was his choice, he would make it so. But he said, it is far from happening and there are people at Google that do not want this to happen.

Schwartz also wrote an article on Search Engine Land, that discussed a softer, more friendly Panda.

Google’s head of search spam, Matt Cutts, announced at Search Marketing Expo that his search team is working the “next generation” Panda update that would appear to many as being softer.

Cutts explained that this new Panda update should have a direct impact on helping small businesses do better.

One Googler on his team is specifically working on ways to help small web sites and businesses do better in the Google search results. This next generation update to Panda is one specific algorithmic change that should have a positive impact on the smaller businesses.

How both of these play out remains to be seen but it shows there is no resting when trying to keep up with Google. They zig then webmasters have to zag to keep up with everything that is going on in the wild world of search.…

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