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Feb 4, 2014

Twitter rides mobile wave in shifting Internet landscape

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb 4 (Reuters) – Twitter Inc, whose
stock has surged 150 percent since it went public in November,
has a lot to live up to when it reports quarterly earnings for
the first time on Wednesday.

A growing number of naysayers warn that Twitter’s stock is
greatly overpriced, and that even mediocre inaugural results
could deflate its soaring valuation, now several times that of
its closest social media peer, Facebook Inc.

Jan 31, 2014

Facebook looks to nab Twitter’s ‘second screen’ crown in Super Bowl

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – More than 100 million people will be glued to their TV screens on Sunday, when the Denver Broncos take on the Seattle Seahawks in America’s premier sporting contest, the Super Bowl.

But two fierce rivals, Facebook Inc and Twitter Inc, will also be clashing head-to-head on a “second screen” that TV viewers will tune in for the big game.

Jan 30, 2014

Google’s outsized ad growth offsets steep price decline

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan 30 (Reuters) – Google Inc’s
quarterly revenue beat Wall Street’s target despite a sharp
decline in prices for its online ads and deepening losses at
Motorola, the handset-making division to be sold to China’s
Lenovo.

Paid clicks on Google’s online ads jumped 31 percent during
the typically busy holiday quarter, but the average cost per
click that marketers paid the company slid 11 percent.

Jan 29, 2014

Mobile ad revenue lifts Facebook past Wall Street targets

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Facebook Inc’s fourth-quarter revenue jumped 63 percent, beating Wall Street targets, as the Internet company’s mobile ad sales continued to accelerate.

Shares of Facebook surged 10 percent to $58.90 in after-hours trading on Wednesday.

Jan 28, 2014

Yahoo’s fourth-quarter revenue slides as ad prices dip again

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan 28 (Reuters) – Yahoo Inc’s
online ad prices slid again in the fourth quarter and Alibaba,
the Chinese e-commerce giant in which it owns a big stake, saw
revenue growth decelerate from its recent rip-roaring pace.

Overall revenue fell 6 percent in the last three months of
the year to $1.266 billion, marking four consecutive quarters of
eroding revenue. The company said that prices for both online
display ads and search ads declined in the fourth quarter.

Jan 28, 2014

Google Glass gets image makeover as launch nears

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Google Inc has unveiled a set of fashionable prescription frames and shades for its Glass Internet-connected eyewear in an image makeover to give it broader appeal before a mass launch in the United States later this year.

Google also announced a deal with Vision Service Plan, the largest U.S. optical health insurance provider, that will allow consumers to get prescription lenses specially fitted to the device.

Jan 22, 2014

Facebook tests ad network business on other companies’ mobile apps

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Facebook Inc said on Wednesday that it is displaying ads from a small group of marketers on other companies’ smartphone apps, the latest sign that the world’s No. 1 online social network is closer to launching an ad network business.

Facebook said that the test is currently limited to a “few” advertisers and mobile app publishers.

Jan 22, 2014

Silicon Valley firms to pay fee for commuter shuttles amid tech backlash

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – San Francisco’s transportation agency agreed on Tuesday to charge Google Inc, Apple Inc and other tech companies $1 every time one of their commuter shuttles uses a public bus stop, in a deal that seems unlikely to end the recent wave of technology industry-backlash among some residents.

The commuter buses take about 17,000 passengers a day from their homes in San Francisco to dozens of technology companies based in Silicon Valley, south of the city.

Jan 17, 2014

Facebook “relationships guy” courts Hollywood, media in new push

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Beyonce fans got a big surprise at midnight on December 13, when the pop star announced her new album from out of the blue.

Just as surprising was her decision to announce the album by posting a 15-second video on Instagram, the Facebook-owned online photo-and-video sharing service.

Jan 16, 2014

Latest perk on Google buses: security guards

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – First, San Francisco-based commuters to Google Inc got buses with plush seats and free WiFi. Now, they are getting security.

In recent days, men with earpieces have closely monitored passengers boarding Google commuter buses at the site of at least one bus stop in San Francisco’s Mission District. Their presence comes a few weeks after Google buses were targeted by protesters who blame tech-industry employees for rising city rents.

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