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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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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Google just boosted the odds that it will acquire Twitter

Fortune

Google [fortune-stock symbol=”GOOG”] finally announced recently that it is scaling back its focus on Google+, the also-ran social network that the search giant has spent hundreds of millions of dollars and four years of its time trying to turn into a competitor to Facebook [fortune-stock symbol=”FB”]. Among other things, users will no longer be forced to sign in with a Google+ account when they log on to YouTube and other Google properties, and the useful parts of the network—such as Photos and Hangouts—have already been hived off and turned into standalone offerings.

As a lengthy piece at Mashable describes in somewhat embarrassing detail, the quest to build a Facebook-crushing social service is a classic tale with a number of lessons, including Google’s inability to understand the sheer power of Facebook’s network effects, and its hubris in thinking that gee-whiz features or forced signups would convince anyone to spend any time…

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Google shares hit all-time high

Fortune

Search-engine giant Google is flying high Friday, after a strong second-quarter financial performance and hints at a possible dividend or buyback in the future sent shares in the search engine giant soaring.

Today, shares in Google [fortune-stock symbol=”GOOG”] have reached an all-time high of $668.25, rising more than 15% in trading Friday morning. Analysts and investors were pleased with new CFO Ruth Porat’s assurance that the firm would reign in expenses, and at the tantalizing possibility that the Mountain View company would start giving some of its substantial cash pile back to investors.

Even after shares jumped, analysts like Morningtars’ Rick Summer think the company’s shares are still cheap. “Google posted strong second-quarter results, demonstrating robust demand in its core business and stronger expense discipline,” Summer wrote in an analyst note. “We continue to believe the shares are undervalued, even after the strong move after results were announced. We are…

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Google apologizes after report of photo app tagging black people as ‘gorillas’

Global News

NEW YORK – Google is apologizing after reports surfaced that an automatic image-recognition feature in its Photos application was identifying images of some black people as “gorillas.”

A New York man posted a picture of himself and a female friend on Twitter earlier this week, showing that the Google image software had tagged both of them as “gorillas,” which is sometimes used as a racial slur.

Google says it’s “appalled and genuinely sorry” for what happened with the image-recognition feature. It says it’s taking immediate action to stop those kinds of results from appearing again.

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Google will honour requests to remove revenge porn

Global News

SAN FRANCISCO – Google plans to censor unauthorized nude photos from its influential Internet search engine in a policy change aimed at cracking down on a malicious practice known as “revenge porn.”

The new rules announced Friday will allow people whose naked pictures have been posted on a website without their permission to ask Google to prevent links to the image from appearing in its search results. A form for submitting the censorship requests to Google should be available within the next few weeks, according to the Mountain View, California, company.

READ MORE: Twitter updates privacy policy to ban revenge porn

Google traditionally has resisted efforts to erase online content from its Internet search engine, maintaining that its judgments about information and images should be limited to how relevant the material is to each person’s query. That libertarian approach helped establish Google as the world’s most dominant search engine, processing…

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Google’s Self-Driving Cars Will Hit Public Roads In Mountain View This Summer

I like the concept. Will be great for people who hate navigating traffic or the elderly for instance.

TechCrunch

Google is shifting its self-driving car program up a gear, after it announced that it will begin testing autonomous vehicles on public roads in Mountain View this summer.

The company, which this week revealed that its fleet has experienced just 11 accidents in six years of tests (each of which it put down to human drivers), now has the green-light to take things further. The self-piloted vehicles will be limited to a maximum speed of 25 miles/hour, and each will include a safety driver, who can take over at any point via the on-board wheel, brake and accelerator.

Google said its fleet has logged nearly a million miles of cumulative driving within its test facilities — the program has ramped up to around 10,000 miles per week, it said — which means the vehicles “have lots of experience to draw on.” How much exactly? Google said around 75 years of human driving experience.

“In the coming…

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