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Facebook Pips Google, Apple in Global Brand Growth Ranking

Saturday, 25 October 2014 02:43
Facebook has jumped 23 positions this year in a ranking of the best brands around the globe with tech giants Apple, Google and Microsoft in the top five. Even with the iPhone maker leading the list for the second straight year, and Facebook far away at the 29th spot, the popular social networking player has outshined all other names in the list in terms of brand value growth. Facebook saw the maximum year-on-year increase in…

Goliath v Goliath: who will reign supreme in the Google v Amazon wars?

Thursday, 23 October 2014 13:12
A small handful of American companies define much of what we recognise as the web of today. Google, Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Twitter and Yahoo suck up hours of our time and report huge revenues, but the complex inter-dependencies of Silicon Valley mean that some of these companies are “frenemies”, alliances and strategies shifting. Amazon and Google are a prime example. Amazon is one of Google’s biggest advertising clients, but is also a ferocious rival across…

Google Spends More Than Any Other Tech Giant to Influence Congress

Thursday, 23 October 2014 06:07
Silicon Valley keeps playing the D.C. game. Tech and telecom giants including Google and Facebook spent millions on political lobbying in the three-month period from July to September, according to data released Tuesday. Google spent nearly $4 million on its efforts to win favor with lawmakers, up 17 percent over the same period last year (but down from roughly $5.3 million last quarter). Among major tech-related companies only Comcast spent more last quarter. The cable…

Google, Facebook and Twitter to be told to cooperate in taking down Isil websites

Thursday, 23 October 2014 01:03
Some of the sites like Facebook already have a zero-tolerance policy over comments or messages supporting extremism. One source said David Cameron, the Prime Minister, wanted the companies to do more to tackle the “scale and reach” of Isil - which is leading an insurgency across Iraq - on the internet which was unlike anything the Government had seen before. The meeting is being structured around a similar summit last year held to combat the…

How Twitter and Google want to move beyond the password

Wednesday, 22 October 2014 16:59
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Google Leads Funding in Virtual Reality Startup

Wednesday, 22 October 2014 15:58
As far back as I can remember we’ve been talking about the next generation of human-computer interface, one that seamlessly and visually merges the physical and virtual worlds in three dimensions. The 2D display we’re used to looking at -- from a tiny smartphone to a giant movie screen -- ceases to exist. There have been dozens, maybe hundreds of sci-fi movies and TV shows that used special effects to portray future worlds where people…

Google Leads $542M Round in Virtual Reality Startup

Wednesday, 22 October 2014 12:57
As far back as I can remember we’ve been talking about the next generation of human-computer interface, one that seamlessly and visually merges the physical and virtual worlds in three dimensions. The 2D display we’re used to looking at -- from a tiny smartphone to a giant movie screen -- ceases to exist. There have been dozens, maybe hundreds of sci-fi movies and TV shows that used special effects to portray future worlds where people…

Europeans Want Google To Forget Facebook And This Facebook Copycat

Tuesday, 21 October 2014 15:42
The sites Europeans want search engines to forgetWhen GoogleGoogle released its famed transparency report this month, it included a new category of disclosure: how many ‘forget this’ requests it has received from European citizens since they were granted the “right to be forgotten” in May. Google included a round-up of the ‘most forgotten’ sites. Though news organizations have made the most noise about their old articles being pulled from search results, the website being erased…

Google Tops New List Of The World's 100 Most In-Demand Employers

Tuesday, 21 October 2014 15:42
Google, Apple, and Facebook are known for offering attractive perks, great pay, and excellent workplace cultures — so it's no surprise that they're also three of the world's most sought-after places to work right now. That's according to a new ranking of the 100 most in-demand employers by LinkedIn. The third annual list, announced Tuesday at LinkedIn's Talent Connect conference in San Francisco, is based on an analysis of more than 35 billion interactions between…

Google, Facebook continue massive lobbying efforts in Q3

Tuesday, 21 October 2014 15:42
Google and Facebook continued to pour millions of dollars into federal political lobbying in the third quarter in attempts to influence U.S. lawmakers and have legislation written in their favor. Google spent US$3.94 million between July and September while Facebook spent $2.45 million, according to disclosure data published Tuesday. The only tech-related company to outspend Google was Comcast, which is trying to convince politicians to look favorably on a merger with Time Warner and spent…
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