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Apple Just Took a Swipe at Google With This New Feature

Looks like online ads are not the way to go to promote your business. There needs to be subtler strategy.

TIME

Apple is setting itself up for a confrontation with Google over its talked-about ad blocking feature that is set to be introduced in its latest mobile operating system.

Apple’s latest iOS 9 will allow third-party developers to introduce apps that will enable ad blocking on Safari, its mobile browser. If millions of Apple’s mobile users utilize this for a faster browsing experience, the move could disrupt a growing $70 billion mobile-marketing business, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal.

This cripples revenue for publishers and tech firms that are already facing losses from present-day ad blocking. A study by Adobe and PageFair shows ad-blocking extensions in desktop web browsers result in $22 billion in lost revenue to the websites that host ads.

Any form of ad blocking on mobile devices will hit Google especially hard. A Goldman Sachs report estimated that the company earned around $12 billion…

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This is why the iPad may be obsolete in a few years

I would still want an iPad if they can make it much lighter and more mobile. At the moment I don’t own one and rely on my iPhone 6 Plus instead but I have to admit that the iPad with it’s larger screen is much better for reading books and watching YouTube with the kids.

Fortune

Although the iPad is the current leader in the tablet market, accounting for 24.5% of all tablet sales, its market share has consistently decreased by about 18% over the last few years, Tech Republicreports. Samsung’s tablet sales decreased by 12% from last year, and the market as a whole shrank by 7%.

“We have gotten to the point that the status quo will likely lead to the iPad and the modern-day tablet becoming irrelevant over time,” analyst Neil Cybart writes. As advancements in Apple’s iPhones and MacBooks continue apace, consumers are much more likely to choose one of those devices over an iPad.

About 3 million units of the original iPad are still in use. These devices are slow, heavy, and they’re screens are not as good as those found on iPhones or MacBooks.

When the iPad Mini was released in November 2012, it was deemed one of…

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The One Thing Every Great Company Has In Common

TechCrunch

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Obscured in the valuation dust of the current unicorn stampede is a key question: What actually makes a greatcompanygreat? What do the future Facebooks, Googles and Apples have in common — not to mention the current ones?

Let’s take Google and Apple. Both have reached the pinnacle of business success. And some of their flagship products — like iPhone and Android — can even be eerily similar (even before they’ve had time to imitate each other).

But the souls of each couldn’t be more different: Apple is notoriously secretive; Google is a pioneer in transparency. Apple began as a hardware company; Google started as big data research. Apple has a military-style top-down command-and-control org chart; Google has a Burning Man-inspired, bottoms-up chaos to it. Apple is driven primarily by vision; Google worships experimentation and data. Steve Jobs was a heart-centered designer; Larry Page presents…

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Taylor Swift slams Spotify in Vanity Fair interview, calling it a ‘startup with no cash flow’

Global News

TORONTO – Taylor Swift hasn’t let go of her bad blood with music streaming service Spotify.

In an interview with Vanity Fair magazine, Swift commented on her now famous letter to Apple – which criticised the tech giant for its decision not to compensating artists during the free-trial period of its streaming service Apple Music.

Swift’s letter prompted Apple to change its policy and compensate artists. But last year, when Swift confronted music streaming service Spotify about how it compensates artists, she said the company largely ignored her – calling it “a startup with no cash flow.”

READ MORE: Taylor Swift to put ‘1989’ album on Apple Music

“Apple treated me like I was a voice of a creative community that they actually cared about,” Swift told Vanity Fair.

“And I found it really ironic that the multibillion-dollar company reacted to criticism with humility, and the startup with no…

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Here’s why Apple lost $60 billion after record iPhone sales

Fortune

Over the last three months, Apple grew its revenues by 33%, saw its profits increase by 38% to $10.7 billion, put away more than $202 billion in cash for a rainy day — and yet lost more than $60 billion in market value in just three minutes on Tuesday.

Casual observers might be scratching their heads at news that, at first glance, would suggest the world’s biggest tech company had a bad day despite releasing earnings many companies would be proud to call their own. “Apple iPhone Sales, Up 35%, Disappoint Investors” was the Wall Street Journal‘s initial headline. “Apple Profit Up 38%, but iPhone Sales Disappoint Wall Street” blared The New York Times.

The reason for this initially mind-boggling disparity? Expectations.

Before companies like Apple release their latest earnings reports, analysts try to guess what those numbers might reveal. These analysts, typically employed by brokerage firms, are…

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Apple Reverses Policy After Taylor Swift Open Letter

TIME

No more bad blood: Apple senior executive Eddy Cue announced on Twitter that Apple Music will pay artists during the service’s free, three-month trial period. The reversal of policy comes one day after Taylor Swift wrote an indictment of Apple Music on Tumblr titled “Dear Apple, Love Taylor.”

“We hear you @taylorswift13 and indie artists,” Cue wrote on Twitter. “Love, Apple.”

On Sunday, Swift called out Apple in a widely circulated post that explained why her latest album, 1989, would not appear on Apple Music when it debuts on June 30.

“I find it to be…

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