Category: Google: Business Issues

Report: Google Home beats Amazon Alexa in Q1 global device shipments

According to a new quarterly tracking estimate from Canalys, Google shipped more smart speakers in Q1 2018 than Amazon. Globally, the firm said that there were roughly 9 million units shipped overall. The three largest markets are the US, China and...

/ May 23, 2018

60 Minutes segment: Google is a monopoly without question

In last night’s widely anticipated “60 Minutes” segment on Google, the program asks, “How Did Google Get So Big?” The answer the interviewees generally give is: by engaging in illegal manipulation of search results in an effort to defeat competitors...

/ May 21, 2018

Australian privacy regulators examining Google’s Android location-data collection

European privacy moves are having a ripple effect around the globe. Reuters reported earlier today that Google now faces an investigation in Australia surrounding its location data collection practices from Android smartphone users. Oracle, a staunch Google opponent, provided a...

/ May 15, 2018

Look Ma, no keywords! Phrase-free AdWords campaigns are here

Some brick-and-mortar advertisers logged into accounts in late February to find new campaigns named “Local Search Ads Experiment Campaign” populated in AdWords. Google has confirmed that these campaigns are currently running for select advertisers only and promote verified business locations in local search...

/ May 2, 2018

YouTube ads found on extremist content channels, reigniting company’s brand safety issues

After spending more than a year convincing brands it was addressing its brand safety problems, YouTube is under fire again for showing ads alongside extremist content. An investigation by CNN discovered ads from multiple brands and government agencies showing up...

/ April 20, 2018

EU Commissioner: Two remaining antitrust cases against Google ‘advancing’

While Google’s appeal of the $2.9 billion (€2.4 billion) fine imposed by the European Commission in 2017 makes its way forward, EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager told colleagues that the other two antitrust cases against Google were “advancing.” That’s according...

/ April 19, 2018

Oracle’s $9 billion Java lawsuit against Google back from the dead

Oracle’s suit against Google has been brought back to life by a federal appeals court. The underlying lawsuit involved Google’s unlicensed use of Java APIs as part of Android. Oracle originally sought nearly $9 billion in damages from Google. There...

/ March 27, 2018

Giants collide: Google’s impending showdown with Amazon

Talk in the digital advertising space has traditionally focused on Google and Facebook’s digital duopoly, each fighting for more of your advertising dollars. But for Google, the real competition is coming from elsewhere. Over the last few years, Google has...

/ March 23, 2018

Apple HomePod gets mixed reviews, Nest returns to Google

The battle for the smart home is well underway, triggered by the advent of smart speakers. Apple’s entry, HomePod, will finally be released tomorrow. Meanwhile, it was formally announced that Nest will become part of Google, which now has a formidable hardware division....

/ February 8, 2018

Report: Google to reabsorb Nest to better compete with Amazon in smart home market

According to a report in The Wall Street Journal, Google is considering bringing its smart home device unit, Nest, back under the Google umbrella. Nest was acquired in January 2014 for roughly $3.2 billion. Nest became part of Google’s “other...

/ November 30, 2017