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Sep
28

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Alphabet Inc. Google (GOOG) sent out invites today for the launch of “made by Google” hardware in San Francisco on October 4. Online speculation points to the release of a new Android smartphone. The company has neither denied nor confirmed the rumors. However, the madebygoogle.com site, which shows its search bar morphing into a phone, is enough proof that a new phone might be in the works.

The new phone will come in two editions – Pixel and PixelX – and feature 5-inch and 5.5-inch displays. They are rumored to be manufactured by HTC and will run Android Nougat, the latest version of Android. More importantly, Google will compete head on with Apple Inc.’s (AAPL) latest iPhone 7 by announcing an upgraded processor and camera. Both are new features touted by Apple at its launch event two weeks ago. (See also: Google’s New Phone Adds Upgraded Camera, Processor)

As I explained in an earlier post, Google’s hardware has never made a substantial difference to its bottom line. Instead, the phones serve to “showcase” the best of the Android experience. That experience is fragmented across multiple Original Equipment Manufacturers or OEMs, which have customized the company’s free mobile operating systems for their own ends. This is the reason why, despite the best-selling mobile operating system in the world, Google does not earn much revenue from it. (See also: The Business Of Google).

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However, Google is moving to assert its control over the Android experience. This is why Google’s rebranding of its phones is interesting. This past summer Google CEO Sundar Pichai said the company would be “more opinionated about the design of phones.” That statement can be construed in two ways. As this article points out, it could be Google’s attempt to “nudge” manufacturers in a certain direction that is consistent with its own vision of the Android experience.

Or, it could be the company’s efforts to stay in line with future technology trends, such as artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things. Mobile applications on the company’s Android ecosystem that highlight its capabilities with these trends will align with the company’s vision and, also, open doors to more revenues down the road from Android. For example, according to reports, Google is planning to re-enter the Chinese market with a local version of the Play store. That version will feature Android wear for smartwatches. China has already turned out to be a big market. It could also help Google’s bottom line.

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Aug
30

SAN FRANCISCO: Google executive David Drummond left the Uber board of directors Monday as competition revs up between the companies over self-driving cars.

“I recently stepped down from Uber’s board given the overlap between the two companies,” Google chief legal officer Drummond said in a statement.

Drummond noted that Google remains an “enthusiastic investor” in the on-demand ride-sharing service.

Uber co-founder and chief executive Travis Kalanick said Drummond had been a “sage advisor and great personal friend,”” and adding that he was looking forward to continued cooperation between the companies.

Google parent Alphabet and San Francisco-based Uber have both been working on getting self-driving cars on roads, with their relationship evidently getting bumpier as efforts gain traction.

Uber recently announced plans to deploy driverless cars for its ride-sharing services in Pittsburgh this month, pushing the envelope for the use of self-driving technology.

Uber said the program would begin with the cars carrying company “co-pilots,” engineers and safety personnel.

Google executive David Drummond has left the Uber board of directors ─ AFP
Google executive David Drummond has left the Uber board of directors ─ AFP

At the same time, Uber also announced two other moves to further solidify itself as a trailblazer in driverless cars.

It established a $300 million venture with Chinese-owned, Sweden-based Volvo Cars to develop self-driving cars for sale by 2021.

And Uber is buying Otto, a San Francisco startup developing self-driving commercial trucks.

For the past two years, Uber has made a strong push into developing self-driving car technology.

Uber and Volvo were two of the founding members of a coalition unveiled in April to push for a unified US legal code on self-driving cars ─ a group that also includes Google, carmaker Ford and Uber rival Lyft.

Autonomous cars are among big-vision ideas pursued by Google’s X Lab.

A car industry executive was hired last year to turn it into its own company at Google parent Alphabet. Google has driven its autonomous cars some 1.5 million miles (2.4 million kilometres) with only some minor dust-ups.

In May, the company announced plans for its self-driving car program to put down roots in the Detroit area with a technology centre.

The facility will house engineers and others testing vehicles provided by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Alphabet said at the time.

The collaboration with Fiat Chrysler marked the first time the internet giant has worked directly with an automaker to build self-driving vehicles.

The tech giant began testing its autonomous driving technology in 2009 using a Toyota Prius equipped with Google equipment.

It now has some 70 vehicles, including Lexus cars, adapted by Google in addition to its in-house designed cars unveiled in 2014.

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Aug
21

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Google went public 12 years ago today (Aug. 19), and while the company has changed its name, after expanding into different product lines and services from its original internet search specialty, what hasn’t changed is its ability to keep growing and enriching its loyal shareholders.

The Mountain View, Calif.-based company changed its name to Alphabet Inc. in October 2015. That followed a split into two share classes in April 2014. The Class A shares still trade under the familiar GOOGL, -0.39% ticker, while the Class C shares trade under the GOOG, -0.27% symbol. The reason for the split was to enable Google’s co-founders, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, to maintain control over the company. Only Class A shares have voting rights, while all newly issued shares are Class C.

Here’s how Alphabet’s Class A shares have performed since Google’s initial public offering on Aug. 19, 2004, compared with the S&P 500 Index of the largest U.S. stocks:

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Alphabet’s shares have returned 1,499% since the initial public offering, easily exceeding the 158% return for the S&P 500 SPX, -0.14% with dividends reinvested. Alphabet doesn’t pay dividends, but long-term shareholders aren’t complaining.

Here’s how Alphabet (and formerly Google’s) earnings per share have grown since the IPO, compared with the S&P 500 and software giant (and one-time tech bellwether) Microsoft Corp. MSFT, +0.03% :

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The 12-year performance comparisons might be unfair
Google earned $399.1 million in 2004, its first year as a publicly traded company, while Microsoft, a much more mature company, earned $8.2 billion. So the above 12-year comparison of earnings growth may not be entirely fair because the much smaller Google was able to increase profits in leaps and bounds.

So here’s a comparison of Alphabet’s growth of earnings per share over the past five years, to that of Microsoft and the S&P 500:

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Finally, here’s how Alphabet’s stock has performed against Microsoft and the index over the past five years:

Alphabet’s recent success
So what do we want to see out of Alphabet, or Google, or whatever we call this amazing company at this stage?

Continued expansion is nice, with sales growing. We also want to see earnings increasing and profit margins widening. The good news continues to flow.

Sales per share (SPS) are growing:

SPS – Q2, 2016 SPS – Q2, 2015 Growth of quarterly SPS SPS – Past 12 months SPS – year earlier 12-month SPS growth
$30.74 $24.98 23% $116.55 $99.64 17%
Source: FactSet
In case you’re wondering why we are not showing separate sets of figures for Class A and Class C shares, it’s because the figures are pretty much the same, because of adjustments Alphabet makes in its financial statements.

Earnings per share (EPS) are growing:

EPS – Q2, 2016 EPS – Q2, 2015 Growth of quarterly EPS EPS – Past 12 months EPS – year earlier 12-month EPS growth
$7.00 $4.93 42% $25.81 $20.02 29%
Source: FactSet
Gross margins are improving:

Gross margins – Q2, 2016 Gross margins – Q2, 2015 Gross margins – Past 12 months Gross margins – year earlier
62.05% 61.73% 61.83% 61.78%
Source: FactSet
A company’s gross margins are its sales less the cost of goods or services sold, divided by sales. It’s a raw measure of profitability that doesn’t reflect overhead expenses.

Net income margins are also improving:

Net income margins – Q2, 2016 Net income margins – Q2, 2015 Net income margins – Past 12 months Net income margins – year earlier
22.77% 21.64% 22.14% 21.43%
Source: FactSet
Net income margins are earnings divided by sales, with adjustments for foreign-exchange contracts.

So even after so many years, Alphabet’s sales and earnings are growing by double digits, and its profitability is also improving.

Analysts still love the company
Among 46 sell-side analysts polled by FactSet, 42, or 91%, rate Google’s Class C shares “buy,” while the rest have “hold” ratings. The consensus price target is $937.95, implying 21% upside over the next 12 months from the closing price of $777.50 on Aug. 18.

That’s a big increase from the $85 that an investor could pay for one share on Aug. 19, 2004.

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Dec
14

If you want to earn money on internet than the most legit and dependable method is known as Google Adsense. I have seen many programs online and join them as well but sooner or later they turned into scam and eventually I lose all my money and time too. So if anybody wants to earn money but don’t wanted to take risk then Adsense is for you. Adsense is an advertising program from Google in which you put some code on your blog or website and they show some ads via this code onto your website.

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All this seems very easy and good but the hard part is that Google is very strict when it comes to Adsense program and policies. So you have to realize the fact that you have to take Adsense seriously like a business and be patient. The good thing is that you Continue Reading…

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May
28
Signs and Traits of a Future ‘Google-ite’

300_20331 A natural curiosity and burning desire to learn are key traits of creative people, and Googleemphasizes its support of these individuals during their hiring process. Google’s website opens up the doors to the world of the Googleplex, showcasing the company culture, the range of jobs, and highlights of the company’s mission, values, and internal systems.

Only the most talented and prominent individuals earn a spot with Google; others might find alternatives with competitors, or launching ideas and projects on their own. Continue Reading…

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May
26

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A diagram from Google’s Patent No. US20140098226. The circular items labeled 210 in the diagram are described in the patent application as image capture components, i.e. cameras.

People have been working on putting computing hardware into contact lensesfor years now. Continue Reading…

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May
23

Google-plus-Stories-header-664x374Google+ may not be an awesome social network but it is an awesome photography tool. Google knows this and has updated Google+ with even more…

Google+ may not be an awesome social network but it is an awesome photography tool. Google knows this and has updated Google+ with even more photography goodness. Continue Reading…

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