The Great Debate UK

from Breakingviews:

Apple lends hand to Google against regulators

April 9, 2010

Apple has just lent a hand to Google in the search giant's increasingly tense relationship with regulators. The U.S. Federal Trade Commission worries Google's proposed purchase of AdMob may extend its dominance of internet search advertising into the burgeoning mobile Internet space. Apple's latest iPhone operating system will give the government less to worry about.
The FTC's concern is understandable. Google could well use the profits for a near-monopoly in its original business to muscle into the promising mobile advertising market. That business is currently small -- total spending of around $400 million in 2009 was less than 2 percent of Google's revenues. But research outfit IDC estimates $1.9 billion of revenues by 2012.

from Breakingviews:

Skype looks like Silicon Valley’s best IPO hope

March 15, 2010

Skype looks like Silicon Valley's best hope for a blockbuster initial stock offering in 2010. With Facebook determined to stay private until next year, the former eBay orphan could steal the scene with a quick flip. Moreover, as a result of clarifying copyright issues and rewriting its code to attack the business market, the company may be worth twice its $2.75 billion price tag when eBay sold all but 30 percent of its stake last year.

A brave new Google-ized world

By Mia de Kuijper
March 9, 2010

mia de kuijper- Mia de Kuijper is CEO of de Kuijper Global Partners , author of Profit Power Economics and the Co-Dean of the Duisenberg School of Finance. The opinions expressed are her own.-

from Breakingviews:

Cash, not China, is Google’s biggest problem

January 21, 2010

Cash, not China, is Google's  biggest conundrum. More precisely, where should the search giant point its gusher of greenbacks?

from Breakingviews:

Google cyber-complaint is tip of iceberg

January 14, 2010

cyran3Google’s cyber-complaint is the tip of an iceberg. Coordinated attacks on IT systems are common, yet companies and governments have kept largely silent. The growth of computer services that rely heavily on the Internet means the stakes are growing higher. That may explain why Google spoke up about recent attempts to steal its intellectual property -- and why the U.S. State Department has also taken China to task.

Are mobile networks at risk of a meltdown?

By Reuters Staff
January 8, 2010

social networking- Steve Nicholson, CEO at The Cloud. -

Five years ago the thought that we could be on the move accessing applications such as You Tube or Facebook, or watching TV or listening to music using our mobile phones was no more than a dream – today it’s a reality.

from For the Record:

Honoring free expression online

December 29, 2009

Dean Wright is Global Editor, Ethics, Innovation and News Standards. Any opinions are his own.

from For the Record:

The fall of the Wall–and the media’s role

November 9, 2009

dean-150Dean Wright is Global Editor, Ethics, Innovation and News Standards. Any opinions are his own.

from MediaFile:

Google: Don’t Fear the Cloud

November 5, 2009

Google doesn't want you to be afraid of the cloud.

The company announced a new feature on Thursday that lets people view all the personal information they've entered into Google's sundry Web-based products over the years.

from Commentaries:

Gut feeling: How Google CEO valued YouTube deal

October 7, 2009

Eric Schmidt, Chairman and CEO of Google, sits for an interview at the Newseum in Washington on Oct. 2, 2009Let the second-guessing, the mock horror, the disbelief, the crowing begin.

Google CEO Eric Schmidt has acknowledged he realized upfront that he was overpaying to acquire YouTube, to the tune of $1 billion, judged by any conventional measures.