Google will turn on native ad-blocking in Chrome on February 15

Chrome lapel pin Google is going to start blocking certain ads in Chrome, the company announced earlier this year. But now we know exactly when: February 15, 2018 (via VentureBeat) is the go-live date provided by the company for introduction of its built-in enforcement of the standards established by the Coalition for Better Ads, of which it is a member. This won’t block all ads on all websites &#8211… Read More

GamesBeat Summit 2016’s initial speakers include King’s CEO, Google’s chief game designer

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We’re pleased to introduce our first two speakers for the second annual GamesBeat Summit 2016, an event that’s set for May 3 and May 4 at the scenic Cavallo Point Lodge in Sausalito, California. This event is about the global business of gaming, which is growing in so many ways and becoming a bigger part of the entertainment and technology industries. We’ve designed this year’s summit to be a more intimate experience for the leaders of the gaming world.
Riccado Zacconi

Above: Riccardo Zacconi

Image Credit: King
Our goal is to make GamesBeat Summit the best event of its kind. It brings together 180 gaming executives from all segments of the gaming platform ecosystem to develop a blueprint for the industry’s expansion in 2016 and beyond. New markets, new game genres, and new platforms are opening up for game companies. Virtual reality, augmented reality, and esports are re-energizing developers. Our speakers will
Robbie Bach
Rami Ismail, cofounder of Vlambeer, maker of Nuclear Throne and Ridiculous Fishing.
Noah Falstein, chief game designer at Google
Neil Young of N3twork
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GamesBeat Summit 2016’s initial speakers include King’s CEO, Google’s chief game designer

Cavallo Point
We’re pleased to introduce our first two speakers for the second annual GamesBeat Summit 2016, an event that’s set for May 3 and May 4 at the scenic Cavallo Point Lodge in Sausalito, California. This event is about the global business of gaming, which is growing in so many ways and becoming a bigger part of the entertainment and technology industries. We’ve designed this year’s summit to be a more intimate experience for the leaders of the gaming world.
Riccado Zacconi

Above: Riccardo Zacconi

Image Credit: King
Our goal is to make GamesBeat Summit the best event of its kind. It brings together 180 gaming executives from all segments of the gaming platform ecosystem to develop a blueprint for the industry’s expansion in 2016 and beyond. New markets, new game genres, and new platforms are opening up for game companies. Virtual reality, augmented reality, and esports are re-energizing developers. Our speakers will
Robbie Bach
Rami Ismail, cofounder of Vlambeer, maker of Nuclear Throne and Ridiculous Fishing.
Noah Falstein, chief game designer at Google
Neil Young of N3twork
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3 localization ingredients essential for global success (webinar)

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Talent Inc. CEO Diego Lomanto joins 99Designs CMO Pam Webber and VB Director of marketing technology, Stewart Rogers, for an essential discussion on how localization helps brands conquer global expansion. Register here for free.
As a marketing veteran with more than 20 years of experience in digital products and global marketing, I have never found localization to be more relevant — or more challenging — than it is today, especially at Talent Inc. With more than 35 million people a year changing jobs in the U.S. alone (and hundreds of millions globally), resume writing is a massive business — a core offering of ours. Still, it’s an industry with no clear leader, largely because it’s such a fragmented market. Traditionally, resume writing has been dominated by local, mom-and-pop companies all over the world that can capably market directly to job seekers on a small scale. Although many markets share
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10 reasons why Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey apologized to developers

At the Twitter Flight developer conference in San Francisco on Oct. 21.
Twitter cofounder and chief executive Jack Dorsey yesterday came to Jesus and apologized to developers. Why? Because there have been mistakes. One after another after another. If you have forgotten some of these mistakes, don’t worry — I have here a handy list for you.

1. Twitter launches ‘official’ BlackBerry app

Twitter released an app for BlackBerry (remember that?) in April 2010, as a result of a close collaboration with Research in Motion, the company behind BlackBerry. The app was branded with an “official” label, and it used the signature lowercase “t.” Maybe that doesn’t seem like a huge deal, but there were already a few Twitter apps for BlackBerry, including UberTwitter and Seesmic.
Twitter on Blackberry in April 2010.

Above: Twitter on Blackberry in April 2010.

Image Credit: Twitter
Twitter ended up backtracking and pulling off the “official” part. Twitter platform head Ryan Sarver wrote in an email to the developer community that “the
Twitter's 2010 Chirp developer conference turned out to be a one-time thing.
The Twitter API usage magic quadrant, unveiled in August 2012.
People line up for T-shirts at the Twitter Flight developer conference in San Francisco on Oct. 21.
At the Twitter Flight conference in San Francisco on Oct. 21.
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Chrome 46 for iOS arrives with multitasking support for iPad and Autofill for shopping on the go

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More than a week after releasing Chrome 46 for desktop, Google has updated Chrome for iOS with two new features: iOS 9 multitasking on iPad and Autofill. You can download the new version now directly from Apple’s App Store. Split View support means you can now run Chrome beside any other updated iOS app that also has been updated to work with the feature. Related to that, the Picture-in-Picture functionality lets you view videos in a smaller separate window while using a second app. Keep in mind that these features will only work on the Apple tablets, so the iPad Pro (when it’s out), iPad Air 2, and the iPad mini 4. As Google explains, “Often on the web, we’re doing a ton of things at once — reading up on an exotic travel location, catching up on social media or booking a hotel.” So Chrome for iOS
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Jack Dorsey says he’s giving back 1/3 of his stake in Twitter

Twitter Chief Executive Jack Dorsey on stage at the Flight developer conference on October 21, 2015 at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, Calif.
Newly permanent Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey announced today that he’s returning 1/3 of his stake in Twitter to the company’s employee equity pool. The reason for this move, Dorsey says, is “to reinvest directly in our people.” Last week Dorsey said he would hand over more than 50 percent of his stake in Square to help underserved communities. What a nice young man.

 








Here’s Twitter’s argument for why developers should give it a second chance

Twitter Developer Advocate Bear Douglas says developers should take another look at the company's offerings. Taken at the company's Flight mobile developer conference on October 21, 2015 at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, Calif.
In the last 30 to 45 minutes of a long two-hour keynote session, Bear Douglas and Romain Huet took the stage to undertake a pretty complex task: build not one, but two iOS apps right then and there. For them, the mission was simple: show the more than 1,500 developers in the room and those watching the livestream that it was possible to create apps easily using its solutions and partner providers. But the two developer advocates certainly had their work cut out for them following a public apology from their boss, chief executive Jack Dorsey, over the type of relationships that has existed with developers over the past few years. Over the years, some in the developer community have turned their backs on Twitter amid concerns that they’re not being treated like partners, but rather second-class citizens. It’s Douglas’ job to not only be one of the faces
Twitter developer advocates Bear Douglas and Romain Huet demo on stage at the Flight conference on October 21, 2015 at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, Calif.
Developers line up in front of the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, Calif for Twitter's Flight conference on OCtober 21, 2015.
Twitter Senior Director of Product Jeff Seibert on stage at the Flight mobile developer conference on October 21, 2015 in San Francisco, Calif.
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Amazon has doubled the number of robots in its warehouses to 30,000

Kiva robots at Amazon.
Amazon today provided new information about robots working inside of its facilities. The e-commerce company now has 30,000 Kiva robots working in its fulfillment centers, an executive said during Amazon’s quarterly call with investors today. That number is up from 15,000 at the end of 2014, said the executive, Phil Hardin, Amazon’s director of investor relations. “Capital intensity is offset by their density and throughput, so it’s a bit of an investment that has implications for a lot of elements of our cost structure, but we’re happy with Kiva,” Hardin said. “We think it’s a great pairing of our associates with Kiva robots that do some of the hauling of products within the warehouses. It has been a great innovation for us, and we think it makes the warehouse jobs better, and we think it makes our warehouses more effective.” This is all kinds of interesting. It likely helps
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Why Google is getting schooled by Facebook in display ads, and what it’s doing about it

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Several research reports this month have pointed out that Google’s display ad business is growing far more slowly than Facebook’s. Most recently, IgnitionOne’s Q3 Digital Marketing Report said that Google’s display business dropped 19 percent from last year’s third quarter to this year’s, while Facebook’s share of display advertising spend increased by 40 percent. In short, the reason Facebook display ads are growing faster than Google’s is that Facebook has been able to “clone” audiences of people who have already bought the advertiser’s product. With Facebook’s Custom Audiences product, advertisers upload a list of their existing customers from their CRM, then Facebook goes out and finds people with the same demographic and social characteristics. Facebook then delivers ads for the relevant products to these users’ desktop or mobile devices. This strategy has resulted in far higher click-through rates for advertisers. “Facebook has been gaining against Google because it is able to
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Walmart gets it: Losses are an e-commerce right of passage

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Amazon set the standard for online retail in an unsettling way. Following Amazon’s model, the way to dominate market share is by posting a loss … over and over again. Amazon didn’t actually make a profit until 2009 after being in business for 15 years.

Online-only retailer Jet jumped onto the scene in July and is the fresh face of loss leadership in online retail after dropping its $50 subscription fee, the only source of its originally planned profits.

So why is everyone up in arms about Walmart’s recent announcement that it’s expecting lackluster returns for the next two years? Last week, Walmart CEO Doug McMillon announced that the mega-retailer would be investing heavily in eCommerce as well as employee wages. This is expected to take a large chunk out of its profits and has retail experts shaking in their boots.

Is it the end of an era or

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Xbox Live grows to 39M active gamers — but Xbox hardware sales down 17%

The Xbox One has a lot of online users.
Microsoft didn’t say how many Xbox 360s and Xbox Ones it sold last quarter, but it does point out that its online-gaming service is growing. Xbox Live now has 39 million monthly active gamers, according to Microsoft’s quarterly financial report. That’s up 28 percent year-over-year, but this number also doesn’t really tell the whole story. Clearly, this means that Microsoft has 39 million people logging onto Live, but it doesn’t indicate in any way how many of those are paying Gold members. It did say that Live’s revenues were up 17 percent and game revenue climbed 66 percent thanks to Minecraft. Another thing that Microsoft didn’t mention is how many Xbox systems it sold. Normally, during the company’s quarterly report, it’ll mention how many Xbox One and Xbox 360 systems it has sold. For example, back in July, we wrote that Microsoft sold 1.4 million Xbox consoles during the
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Alphabet is buying back more than $5 billion in stock next quarter

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Today Alphabet, the umbrella company which owns Google, Nest, and all of Google’s money-eating “moonshot” experiments, announced plans to buy back more than $5 billon — specifically $5,099,019,513.59 — in stock. That’s roughly one percent of Google’s $451.3 billion market cap. This isn’t all that surprising. Alphabet CFO Ruth Porat hinted last quarter that the company wasn’t opposed to returning some of its cash to shareholders. Now it’s actually happening. This announcement is one of many factors driving Alphabet’s stock price up as high as 12 percent during after-hours trading today, in addition to the company’s stronger-than-expected earnings results. For more on Google’s first quarter under Alphabet, technically the company’s third fiscal quarter, head here.  








Amazon beats expectations with $0.17 EPS and revenue of $25.4B

A just-delivered Amazon box is seen on a counter in Golden, Colorado August 27, 2014.
Today Amazon posted better than expected earnings of $0.17 per share on revenue of $25.4 billion. The company was expected to post a loss of $0.13 a share on revenue of $24.91 billion. Its operating cash flow also saw an increase of 72 percent, bring its to $9.8 billion. Over the last year, Amazon’s stock has been on a upward trend. Investors were especially pleased last quarter when the company achieved much better than expected earnings of $0.19 a share and net income of $92 million; stock shot up 18 percent in after-hours trading. Currently, Amazon’s stock is up 9 percent in after-hours trading and rising. This quarter in particular, Amazon Web Services has shown a lot of growth, pulling in $2.08 billion in revenue in Q3. Amazon also continued to push international growth
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Amazon beats expectations with $0.17 EPS and revenue of $25.4B

A just-delivered Amazon box is seen on a counter in Golden, Colorado August 27, 2014.
Today Amazon posted better than expected earnings of $0.17 per share on revenue of $25.4 billion. The company was expected to post a loss of $0.13 a share on revenue of $24.91 billion. Its operating cash flow also saw an increase of 72 percent, bring its to $9.8 billion. Over the last year, Amazon’s stock has been on a upward trend. Investors were especially pleased last quarter when the company achieved much better than expected earnings of $0.19 a share and net income of $92 million; stock shot up 18 percent in after-hours trading. Currently, Amazon’s stock is up 9 percent in after-hours trading and rising. This quarter in particular, Amazon Web Services has shown a lot of growth, pulling in $2.08 billion in revenue in Q3. Amazon also continued to push international growth
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Amazon Web Services generates $2.08B in revenue in Q3 2015, up 78% over last year

At Amazon Web Services' 2015 re:Invent conference in Las Vegas on Oct. 7.
Amazon today disclosed in its quarterly earnings that its subsidiary Amazon Web Services (AWS), the largest public cloud currently available for hosting websites and applications, brought in $2.08 billion in revenue for the third quarter of 2015, which ended on Sept. 30. AWS revenue for the quarter was up 78 percent year over year. That growth rate was almost as large as last quarter, when AWS revenue jumped by a huge 81 percent year over year. Nomura was expecting AWS to post 50 percent in revenue growth for the third quarter, according to MarketWatch.

The cloud came up with $521 in operating income for the quarter, up from $98 million in the third quarter of 2014. AWS’ operating expenses in the quarter were $1.56 billion. AWS faces formidable

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Amazon Web Services generates $2.08B in revenue in Q3 2015, up 78% over last year

At Amazon Web Services' 2015 re:Invent conference in Las Vegas on Oct. 7.
Amazon today disclosed in its quarterly earnings that its subsidiary Amazon Web Services (AWS), the largest public cloud currently available for hosting websites and applications, brought in $2.08 billion in revenue for the third quarter of 2015, which ended on Sept. 30. AWS revenue for the quarter was up 78 percent year over year. That growth rate was almost as large as last quarter, when AWS revenue jumped by a huge 81 percent year over year. Nomura was expecting AWS to post 50 percent in revenue growth for the third quarter, according to MarketWatch.

The cloud came up with $521 in operating income for the quarter, up from $98 million in the third quarter of 2014. AWS’ operating expenses in the quarter were $1.56 billion. AWS faces formidable

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Google’s first earnings as Alphabet: Strong $18.7 billion in revenue, $7.35 earnings per share, $5B in buybacks

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Today the corporate behemoth formerly known as Google shared how much cash it made (and spent) during its third quarter. Alphabet Inc — the silly name for Google’s new parent — scraped up $18.7 billion in revenue and $7.35 earnings per share during the quarter. Analysts expected it to report $18.53 billion in revenue and $7.21 earnings per share. Analysts predicted strong growth for Google, which reported $16.52 billion in revenue during last year’s third-quarter, $6.35 earnings per share. As Alphabet CFO Ruth Porat hinted earlier, the company announced it will buy back “$5,099,019,513.59 of its Company’s Class C capital stock, commencing in the fourth quarter of 2015.”   Google isn’t going away, of course. The search firm, sitting within Alphabet, is the parent company’s most important entity. But the new name may offer more transparency for
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