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Saturday, April 13


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Better Buy: Amazon vs. Google

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Amazon(NASDAQ: AMZN) and Google parent Alphabet(NASDAQ: GOOG)(NASDAQ: GOOGL) are two of the largest, most well-known companies in the equity markets. While some might think investors know all there is to know about these two dominant tech giants, they've continued surprising to the upside, growing revenue and earnings far more than many thought possible, leading to long-term outperformance:. Both businesses have leveraged their dominant core businesses (e-commerce for Amazon, and search for Google) to incubate new growth businesses such as Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Google's self-driving car venture Waymo, becoming much more modern-day conglomerates than single-business companies. While Amazon has outperformed over the past few years, which is the better home for your investment dollars today? Other Bets include Google's "moonshot" ventures, including Access (Broadband), Calico (anti-aging), CapitalG (late-stage venture capital), GV (early stage venture capital), Verily (health data technology), Waymo (self-driving cars), and X (secret, early-stage experimental research). As you can see, Google is still highly dependent on digital advertising, and likely will be for the foreseeable future; however, Google's Cloud segment is estimated to have grown 93.9% in 2018 according to Canalys Research, making up about one-third of the Google "Other" segment, or 5% of overall revenue. Cloud is one of the most attractive growth markets out there, so should momentum continue, Google Cloud could grow into a meaningful contributor in the years ahead. And while Google's "Other Bets" don't make much right now -- in fact, the unit had a $3.35 billion operating loss in 2018 -- some businesses could become big winners in five to ten years. For instance, one analyst believes that Waymo could one day be worth $175 billion. However, none of these segments generates meaningful revenue yet, so they still remain a little bit like lottery tickets to investors, offering a possible bonus on top of the company's strong core ad platform.

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EU copyright revamp targeting Google, Facebook set for approval on Monday

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EU copyright revamp targeting Google, Facebook set for approval on Monday. BRUSSELS (Reuters) - EU countries are set to agree an overhaul of the bloc's two-decade old copyright rules next week, requiring Google to pay publishers for news snippets and Facebook to filter out protected content, despite increasing opposition from some governments. EU lawmakers at the European Parliament gave the European Commission's proposal a thumbs up last month, wanting to protect Europe's creative industry which is worth 915 billion euros (£790 billion) annually and employs 11.65 million people. The revamp has been marked by intense lobbying from tech companies worried about the administrative burden and the hit to their revenues and by artists, publishers and performers seeking fair compensation.

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Friday, April 12


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Google Takes a Friendlier Path to Open Source Than Amazon

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Google Takes a Friendlier Path to Open Source Than Amazon. MongoDB then unveiled a new license called SSPL, which mandated that any company that distributes its underlying code contribute the new distribution software code back to the community, or purchase a license. However, that got pushback from the open-source community, so MongoDB announced it was reversing the policy on its recent earnings call -- though it's working with the community to curb abuse in other ways. Financials were not disclosed, though TechCrunch suggested some sort of profit-sharing arrangement. While these open-source companies probably don't like giving away part of their revenue, Google is also taking care of associated customer support costs; in addition, some revenue on wider distribution is certainly better than nothing, which is what these companies receive when a user opts for Amazon's in-house imitations. MongoDB users wouldn't have to worry about cloud lock-in on AWS -- while shifting clouds would still likely be a pain, one should theoretically be able to move a MongoDB database among clouds easier than switching from an Amazon database to another database on a different cloud.

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EU copyright revamp targeting Google, Facebook set for approval on Monday

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EU copyright revamp targeting Google, Facebook set for approval on Monday. BRUSSELS (Reuters) - EU countries are set to agree an overhaul of the bloc's two-decade old copyright rules next week, requiring Google to pay publishers for news snippets and Facebook to filter out protected content, despite increasing opposition from some governments. EU lawmakers at the European Parliament gave the European Commission's proposal a thumbs up last month, wanting to protect Europe's creative industry which is worth 915 billion euros (£790 billion) annually and employs 11.65 million people. The revamp has been marked by intense lobbying from tech companies worried about the administrative burden and the hit to their revenues and by artists, publishers and performers seeking fair compensation.

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Letter: Google, Apple, others must help solve housing crisis – The Mercury News

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Many have begun looking to big tech firms such as Google to help solve the Bay Area's intractable housing crisis. Re: “Record homeless deaths should spur action by companies like Google” (Letter to the editor, April 7):. Thus, all of these homeless deaths show that there is a need of affordable housing in areas that are subject to inexplicable rent prices. Tech companies with vast amounts of money, including Google, Apple and others, and must help solve this issue by donating or renting property they have recently bought or already own.

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German price platform sues Google over search results

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FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — A German price-comparison platform says it has filed suit against Alphabet Inc.'s Google search business, saying that Google has abused its dominant position by favoring its own price-comparison service in search results. Berlin-based Idealo GmbH said Friday it had submitted the complaint to the state court in Berlin. Idealo said its suit is based on a 2017 decision by the European Commission to fine Google 2.42 billion euros ($2.74 billion) for giving unfair advantage to its own comparison shopping service in violation of EU competition rules. Margrethe Vestager, the European commission for competition, said at the time that companies that felt they were disadvantaged could seek remedies in national court systems.

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How Does Alphabet Make Money?

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Motley Fool Staff, The Motley FoolMotley FoolApril 12, 2019, 12:12 PM GMT. What comes to mind when you hear the word Google (NASDAQ: GOOGL)(NASDAQ: GOOG)? If you're like most people with access to the internet, you probably think of the search engine that gives us instant access to tons of other websites around the world. But Google is free to use for people like you and me, so how exactly does it make its money? In this video, we break down exactly how Google's parent company Alphabet makes its money, and what the company is doing behind the scenes to not only improve our day-to-day, but also shape our future. Back in 2015, the company created Alphabet to allow for a corporate restructuring that put all of Google's internet properties in one basket, and the company's nascent ventures – including biotech, healthcare, and artificial intelligence – in another basket. All told, the company made over $30 billion in net income in 2018 and Alphabet's Google segment did the heavy lifting – but Google is a free search engine, and consumers don't have to pay anything to use the company's Maps or YouTube properties either. So where does all that money come from?

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PFS' First Google Pay Solution is Live in the UK

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The fast and simple way to pay brings together everything customers need at the checkout while keeping payment information safe in Google Accounts until users are ready to pay. Conor Doyle, CTO at PFS commented:“PFS has worked with Google to provide a convenient user experience in a growing digital world. Google Pay uses a virtual account number to represent account information to keep card details safe and secure. PFS provides world-class payment technology solutions offering comprehensive innovation in electronic money. As a pioneer in the evolution of the FinTech ecosystem, its award-winning solutions include e-wallets, physical and virtual prepaid cards and IBAN accounts in the UK and Eurozone.

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Thursday, April 11


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Xbox Exec Responds To Google Stadia: "They Don't Have The Content" - GameSpot

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An Xbox executive has responded to Google Stadia, the new streaming service, claiming the platform may not have enough compelling content to get people to sign up. According to the site, Nichols also said Google might have a hard time with Stadia because it hasn't been involved in games for very long. Google brought Bethesda to the Stadia reveal event to showcase Doom Eternal running on the cloud platform. Assassin's Creed Odyssey has also been shown running on Stadia with good results. "It's a great time to be a gamer. At Xbox, we're putting players at the center of our vision for the future of gaming by delivering blockbuster content from Xbox Game Studios and our partners, growing the thriving Xbox community and giving them choice and opportunity in how they play across devices and through Project xCloud." What do you think about cloud gaming?

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Uber paid Google $58 million over three years for map services

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Uber paid Google $58 million over three years for map services. Google is noted as a key supplier of mapping technology to Uber in the ride-sharing company's IPO filing, which became available on Thursday. Google Maps technology appears when a person enters a destination in the Uber app; the technology shows the current place, the destination and a route, along with estimates of arrival times. The start-up's CEO, J. Kim Fennell, today is Uber's head of product partnerships and U.S. and Canada business development; he is the person who signed two contracts with Google for mapping technology on behalf of Uber.

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