Investor disappointment in Google (GOOG) results misplaced, says Warwick Business School professor

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While the market response to Google’s quarterly earnings seems to have been lukewarm, the stock price dipping in after-hours trading and at least six analysts lowering their price targets after the company came in slightly under Wall Street expectations, Warwick Business School Associate Professor John Baptista says that the modest performance is a ‘blip’.

Bapista, who has researched the company for many years, said that although Google’s ad revenues have suffered as traffic shifts from the desktop to mobile devices (something Google wasn’t slow to address), the real growth in the future will be in the cloud, with Google ideally placed to benefit …  Read more

Despite aggressive pushing of Google+, service only gets two percent of social sharing

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It’s pretty difficult these days not to have a Google+ account. Sign up for almost any Google service, and you find you’re on Google+ whether you wanted to be or not. But this aggressive approach of pushing accounts on people doesn’t appear to be paying off: a new report by Gigya cited by Marketing Land shows that only two percent of social media sharing takes place on Google+ …  Read more

Google announces Q2 2013 earnings: $14 billion revenue, up 19% year-on-year

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Google just released its earnings report for Q2 2013, announcing $9.56 per share on consolidated revenue of $14.11 billion, up 19% year-over-year. That’s compared to the 31% growth with $13.9 billion in revenue it reported last quarter, and the $12.12B in revenue it reported in the year ago quarter. It’s also slightly lower than the average of around $14.45 billion in revenue and $10.79 per share Wall Street was expecting. Google also reported $54.4 billion in cash and cash equivalents and operating income of $3.12B (22% of revenues), down from $3.24 billion last year.

“Google had a great quarter with over $14 billion in revenue – up 19% year-on-year,” said Larry Page, CEO of Google. “The shift from one screen to multiple screens and mobility creates tremendous opportunity for Google. With more devices, more information, and more activity online than ever, the potential to improve people’s lives even more is immense.”

Google’s Motorola unit reported revenues of $998 million, up from $843 million in the year ago quarter, which accounts for 7% of total consolidated revenues. However, Google also notes that “GAAP operating loss for Motorola Mobile was $342 million, or -34% of Motorola Mobile revenues” in the quarter, up from $199 million a year ago.

Google’s headcount is also way down from 53,891 full-time employees to 44,777, mostly  thanks to around 10K employees axed from Motorola alone in recent months.

GOOG closed the day hovering around 910 but dropped to 865, down approximately 5%, in after hours trading.

The full report is below: Read more

Act surprised! HTC announces the HTC One Mini

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We have heard unending leaks, specs, FCC docs and just about everything except an official announcement on HTC’s One Mini.

Now we have that, (below). The One Mini is available in select markets next month and globally (including the US) after. While HTC didn’t specify which carriers would carry the One Mini, a leaked variant for AT&T appeared early this week.

As expected, it will come with the HTC UltraPixel Camera with HTC Zoe, HTC BoomSound and HTC BlinkFeed, into a smaller 4.3″ 720P display package. A good comparison shot via the Verge is above.

The device is powered by a 1.4GHz dual-core processor, and while HTC didn’t official specify which kind, a leak yesterday suggested a Snapdragon 400 chip and 1GB of RAM.

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Google planning return to Palo Alto, purchases nearly 15 acres of land

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Mercury News reports that Google is planning to soon make a return to Palo Alto, which is where the search engine company opened its first office in 1999. The now Mountain View based company has purchased a section of land on the 1000 block of East Meadow Circle, as well as an area of land on Fabian Way. Together, this comes out to nearly 15 acres of land.

Palo Alto’s Planning and Community Environment Department already has plans for what it wants Google to do in the area. Aaron Aknin, director of the department, says that area in which Google purchased the land calls for research and development and office uses.

Google, however, would not reveal what it plans to do with the land, but either way, city officials appear to be happy to have Google back in the area.

“We’re delighted to have Google come back to Palo Alto and we look forward to working with them on whatever their project ends up being,” said Thomas Fehrenbach, the city’s economic development manager.

Palo Alto mayor Greg Scharff, however, said that he believes the city should be focused on bringing start-ups into the area…. Read more

Google testing encryption to hide your Drive files on heels of NSA surveillance controversy

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Privacy protection in the apps we use on a daily basis has been a big topic of conversation following accusations that Google and other large tech companies were working with government agencies to provide user data. Google has worked tirelessly to clear its name during the scandal, and today CNET reports that the company is testing encryption for Drive files that could further keep its users’ data protected from prying eyes.

As a reminder, Google does not currently encrypt files store in its Drive cloud storage service, but rather only encrypts files being transferred on their way to Drive: Read more

Google sending invites for July 24 event with Android/Chrome boss Sundar Pichai

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Google has just sent out invites for an event next Wednesday, July 24th. The invite says that it is a “breakfast with Sundar Pichai,” which means that the focus of the event will probably be on Android and/or Chrome, which are the two departments that Pichai oversees. For those that can’t make the breakfast or were not invited, it will be live streamed on YouTube as well.

More than likely the event has something to do with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, which is expected to be a very minor update over 4.2. It’s also possible that it’s the Nexus 7 successor, for which we just saw leaked pricing. We’ll be sure to let you know what Google has to say next week.

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Google follows through on proposal to kill pirate sites by cutting off their cash

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The Guardian reports that Google is acting on the proposal it made back in May to hit pirate sites where it hurts – their wallets – by depriving them of ad revenue.

Websites offering pirated content will be blocked from offering adverts from Google and other big web advertisers, in a US scheme intended to strangle illicit revenues.

The initiative will mean copyright holders from the music, film and other creative industries will be able to alert the big ad networks if their ads are appearing on sites offering links to pirated content or counterfeit goods …  Read more

As expected, EU rejects Google’s proposed changes to anti-trust complaint in search

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European Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia (photo: Reuters)

Google’s proposed changes to its search results don’t go far enough to address claims that it is using its dominant position to freeze out competitors, says the EU (via Reuters).

The decision comes as no surprise after EU Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia said back in May that he was “almost 100 percent certain” to reject the proposals, in which Google’s key offers were to clearly separate organic results from sponsored links and to provide links to at least three rival search services in its results …  Read more

Chrome Beta for Android updated with speed improvements, WebRTC support

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Google has updated its Chrome Beta Android app today with several small new features. First, the update adds support for WebRTC, which is a web feature that allows for real-time voice and video communications. WebRTC is useful for things like voice calling, video chatting, and peer-to-peer file sharing. The update also improves page loading performance and offers up a handful of bug fixes and general stability improvements.

Full changelog:

  • Support for WebRTC, a web platform feature to enable real-time voice and video communications
  • Faster page loads
  • Lots of under the hood changes for stability and performance

Download it on the Play Store now.