Google Shares Slip After Q1 Earnings Fall Short Of Analyst Forecasts

By | Wednesday April 16, 2014 @ 1:07pm PDT

new-google-logo-o__130307101539-275x91__140303154259__140313225345__140314223805The stock is down about 5.6% in post market trading on the disappointing results, which include a 9% year over year drop in the average cost per click. The search giant reported net income of $3.45B, +3.2% vs the first three … Read More »

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Google Escapes $127M Fines Over Controversial ‘Innocence Of Muslims’ Video

By | Tuesday April 1, 2014 @ 9:53am PDT

DJP LEGAL BADGEThey haven’t gotten a chance to have the case reheard yet but Google has dodged a financial bullet in the seemingly never ending matter of the anti-Islam film Innocence Of Muslims. Late last night, the 9th Circuit succinctly rejected an emergency motion from actress Cindy Lee Garcia last week seeking more than $127 million in penalties against the tech giant for not complying with a surprising February 26 court order to take down the controversial video. “Appellant’s emergency contempt motion is denied,” ordered a 3-Judge panel on March 31 (read it here) in response new-google-logo-o__130307101539-275x91__140303154259__140313225345__140314223805to Garcia’s March 25 filing. Google, according to Garcia, is taking its time taking down the inflammatory 2012 14-minute video and even going so far as asking the actress to provide them with “each and every individual URL” that’s still on the tech company’s platform. One of the places the video was still available, according to Garcia, was Egypt – the nation where the actress received an execution threat for her brief appearance in Innocence. Google has long argued that Garcia had no copyright claim on the video, which she appears for 5 seconds, and to take it down is an affront to free speech.

Related: Google Takes Another Hit In ‘Innocence Of Muslims’ Appeal
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Google Unveils Android Wear Platform For Watches And Other Mobile Technologies

By | Tuesday March 18, 2014 @ 9:48am PDT

We’re still waiting for Apple to introduce its long-rumored iWatch. But Google today showed what it plans for mobile devices, beginning with watches including ones made by LG, HTC, Samsung and Motorola: The Android Wear software integrates voice commands and the kinds of location-based information that owners … Read More »

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UPDATE: Google Takes Another Hit In ‘Innocence Of Muslims’ Appeal

By | Friday March 14, 2014 @ 3:29pm PDT

DJP LEGAL BADGEUPDATE, 3:29 PM: Google got some swift justice today, but it wasn’t the type it wanted. The 9th Circuit Appeals has decided it does not want to conduct an all-judges rehearing of the tech giant’s appeal in the Innocence Of Muslims copyright case. “A vote of the non-recused active judges was conducted as to whether to rehear the panel order en banc,” read an order (read it here) from the court today after Judge Sidney Thomas talked to his colleagues. “A majority of the non-recused active judges did not vote in favor of rehearing en banc.” This sua sponte action of Thomas’ own initiative comes two days after the tech giant requested a full rehearing by the appeals court. On February 19, a 9th Circuit panel sided with actress Cindy Lee Garcia and decided 2-1 new-google-logo-o__130307101539-275x91__140303154259__140313225345that YouTube had to take down the controversial anti-Islam film Innocence Of Muslims. With today’s order, this is Google’s third loss in a row in its appeal. “Therefore, the panel shall resume control of the case,” added today’s 2-page order. “Any further proceedings as to the panel opinion, including any petitions for rehearing and rehearing en banc, will be considered separately.”

Related: Google Allowed To Post Edited ‘Innocence Of Muslims’ Video Online Says Court

PREVIOUS, MARCH 13 PM: It has struck out two times in a row so far, but Google isn’t giving up its legal battle to get the Innocence Of Muslims video back on YouTube. In an expected en banc rehearing request this week against the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals’ 2-1 decision of February 19 in favor of actress Cindy Lee Garcia ordering the controversial 14-minute trailer taken offline, the tech giant says the Copyright Office is on its side.
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SXSW: Edward Snowden Panel Says Don’t Count On Ad-Based Online Companies To Safeguard Your Data

By | Monday March 10, 2014 @ 12:25pm PDT

SXSW 2014If you want better privacy and security, you’d better pay for it instead of relying on ad-financed search, social media and other online companies most of us use, said a SXSW Interactive Conference panel featuring Edward Snowden, the former intelligence analyst making his first public video appearance since he blew the whistle on massive U.S. government surveillance.SXSW - Edward Snowden Snowden, still living in an undisclosed Russian location while he seeks asylum, took part in the panel long distance by way of a Google+ Hangout chat room. The irony of using such a free service while criticizing Google’s data security was not lost on Snowden or the ACLU specialists who joined him on the panel. The event has been criticized by politicians including Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.), a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. He wrote a letter to SXSW last week urging the fest to uninvite Snowden, saying his inclusion rewarded him and “undermines the very fairness and freedom that SXSW and the ACLU purport to foster.” The appearance went off without a hitch.

Snowden — perhaps predictably for a long-time computer specialist — focused his remarks today on the technical and legal tools that could protect an average user from mass surveillance. Snowden said putting those protections in place, both in how government oversight works and in how we use our favorite online services, is essential to the Internet’s long-term viability. ”This is a global issue,” Snowden said. “(The U.S. mass-surveillance efforts are) setting fire to the future of the Internet. And the people in this room now, you’re all the firefighters. Changes in technical standards can make mass surveillance more expensive and less practical.” Read More »

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Warner Bros Leads $18M Financing Effort For Machinima

By | Monday March 10, 2014 @ 12:21pm PDT

machinimaThis was expected, and needed, as evidenced by last week’s announcement that the online video service that targets gamers (read: teenaged boys and young men) axed about 30% of its workforce. But it’s interesting to see how much today’s release plays up the potential partnerships between Machinima and Warner Bros. Machinima CEO Allen DeBevoise says that there are “myriad opportunities” to connect their audiences. And Warner Bros Television Group President of Business and Strategy Craig Hunegs says he’s “excited” about the ability “to reach new audiences, create new original content, and discover new talent.” Don’t be surprised if they look for projects outside of Google’s YouTube, which collects about 45% of the ad revenues it sells for Machinima. No word here about the terms of the financing arrangement, although the companies say that current investors MK Capital, Redpoint Ventures, and Google Capital have also upped their stake. Machinima is said to have raised $67M, including $35M from Google. Here’s today’s official announcement:

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Google Allowed To Post Edited ‘Innocence Of Muslims’ Video Online Says Court

By | Monday March 3, 2014 @ 7:01am PST

DJP LEGAL BADGEDespite Google‘s best legal efforts, you won’t be seeing the controversial Innocence Of Muslims  trailer on YouTube anytime soon – at least not the version with actress Cindy Lee Garcia in it. On Friday, the tech giant was denied … Read More »

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UPDATE: Google Challenges Court Order To Take Down ‘Innocence Of Muslims’ Video

By | Friday February 28, 2014 @ 12:39pm PST

Google Logo 2010UPDATE, 12:39 PM: Google isn’t taking a court order to take down the 14-minute trailer for Innocence Of Muslims lying down. YouTube‘s parent company filed an emergency motion at the 9thCircuit Court of Appeals late yesterday urging it to stay its order pending a full en banc hearing. Google’s 29-page motion raised First Amendment concerns and alleged that there’d be copyright “chaos” for everyone — especially Hollywood — if minor players in a production can assert a right to control its fate. Service providers including YouTube lack the ability to determine who has a valid copyright claim, the search giant says. “And absent a stay, Google, YouTube, and the public face irreparable harm because the panel’s order will gag their speech and limit access to newsworthy documents—categorically irreparable injuries.” In a case than lasted more than a year and a half, the court sided with actress Cindy Lee Garcia who wanted the trailer for the anti-Islam film taken down. We’ll see what the Ninth Circuit says.

garciaPREVIOUS, WEDNESDAY AM: Actress Cindy Lee Garcia has won a significant victory in her copyright case against Google over her request to have Google-owned YouTube take down the trailer for the controversial anti-Islam film Innocence Of Muslims. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in a 2-1 decision today (read it here) rejected Google’s assertion that the removal of the film amounted to a prior restraint of speech that violated the U.S. Constitution. The court is ordering YouTube to remove the video, and the video-sharing site could be hit with major penalties. Read More »

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Google Ad Alliance With comScore Could Help Move Cash From TV To Digital

By | Monday February 10, 2014 @ 3:53pm PST

The companies say that they’ll offer comScore‘s validated Campaign Essentials (or vCE) to buyers who use Google‘s DoubleClick ad platform — providing advertisers with real-time data showing how well their digital sales pitches are working so they can quickly adjust messages that aren’t hitting the mark. Read More »

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Google Gives Chairman $100M+ Bonus

By | Tuesday February 4, 2014 @ 4:22pm PST

Believe it or not, this is the second $100M stock award that Google has given Eric Schmidt — he scored his previous one in 2011, and it isn’t fully vested yet. EricSchmidtBut the board’s Leadership Development and Compensation Committed … Read More »

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Deadline Big Media 70: The Shorter Trailers Podcast

By and | Friday January 31, 2014 @ 6:03pm PST

Deadline BIG MEDIA podcast 70In this week’s podcast, Deadline’s executive editor David Lieberman and host David Bloom catch up on the many highlights from earnings season announcements, beginning with those by possible dance partners Comcast and Time Warner Cable and what their news might mean for Comcast’s takeover bid. They also take the market temperature on Viacom and tech giants led by Google — which sold off its Motorola Mobility unit after owning it just two years — and Facebook, Apple, Yahoo and Amazon. They also look at exhibitors’ demands for shorter movie trailers and whether studios will play along.

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Lenovo Agrees To Pay Google $2.9B For Motorola Mobility’s Smartphone Business

By | Wednesday January 29, 2014 @ 2:53pm PST

That’s quite a come down for Google, which paid $12.5B for Motorola Mobility in 2011 – the biggest deal it had ever made at the time — but couldn’t turn it into a money maker. googlemotorolaThe unit … Read More »

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‘American Idol’ Partners With Google & Facebook For Online Voting, Takes On ‘Rising Star’ With Real-Live Voting Updates

By | Monday January 27, 2014 @ 10:52am PST
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American IdolWhen Fox confirmed recently that AT&T, which had been one of the main sponsors of the singing competition since Season 2, will not return for the current 13th season, the move appeared to be a sign of the times. … Read More »

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GMail Back Up After Service Disruption

By | Friday January 24, 2014 @ 11:20am PST

gmail-logoThe outage for the mail service, used by about 450M people, began a little after 11 AM PT, and lasted about a half hour. Google‘s Apps Status Dashboard showed a disruption for the mail service, although some people on Twitter … Read More »

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Do You Have A Right To Wear Google Glass In A Movie Theater?

By | Tuesday January 21, 2014 @ 4:08pm PST

Not according to AMC, you don’t — which a Columbus, Ohio, man discovered the hard way Saturday night when he and his wife went through a 3 1/2-hour ordeal at the AMC Easton 30, where he wore his Google Glass with prescription lenses to a showing of Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit. Google GlassFor those who don’t follow tech news, Google Glass is a kind of eyewear that shows computer information to the user on a tiny screen — but also has a built-in camera capable of recording video. About an hour into the movie, the man told website Gadgeteer, “a guy comes near my seat, shoves a badge that had some sort of a shield on it, yanks the Google Glass off my face and says ‘follow me outside immediately’.” The official, with others, was from the Department of Homeland Security, which handles movie theft cases. The moviegoer said there was a misunderstanding and that he wasn’t recording anything. “They wanted to know where I got Glass and how did I came by having it.” After telling them that he had applied for the Google explorer program, “I offered to show them receipt and Google Glass website if they would allow me to access any computer with internet. Of course, that was not an option. Then they wanted to know what does Google ask of me in exchange for Glass, how much is Google paying me, who is my boss and why am I recording the movie.” Read More »

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Deadline Big Media 64 – The Chris DeWolfe Podcast

By | Saturday December 21, 2013 @ 3:24pm PST

Deadline Big Media episode 64Deadline Financial Editor David Lieberman and host David Bloom talk with Chris DeWolfe, CEO of SGN Games and former CEO and co-founder of MySpace, about the very big and very quickly evolving businesses of online … Read More »

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Google Celebrates ‘Doctor Who’s 50th With Biggest Interactive Doodle Ever

By | Friday November 22, 2013 @ 5:10am PST

Internally, it’s being referred to as a ‘Whodle.’ The interactive Google doodle that’s gracing the search giant’s homepage the world over today is to commemorate the 50th anniversary of cult BBC sci-fi series Doctor Who. Earlier … Read More »

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Deadline Big Media With David Lieberman, Episode 57

Listen to (and share) episode 57 of our audio podcast Deadline Big Media With David Lieberman. Deadline’s executive business editor and host David Bloom talk about Time-Warner Cable, which says that its recent CBS blackout was surprisingly painful but worth every penny, even as retiring CEO Glenn Britt looks back on 41 years in the business. They also talk about Facebook, which is trying to relocate its mojo as young teens turn elsewhere and marketers get frustrated; DreamWorks Animation, which finally has reason to look animated as short sellers take a pounding; and Google, which announced a slew of new mobile and social media products that could have big impacts on the phone business.

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Google Unveils Nexus 5 Phones And Android KitKat Upgrade

By | Thursday October 31, 2013 @ 12:07pm PDT

In contrast to Apple, Google eschewed the usual new product event hype today as it released its its long-awaited new flagship phone and the KitKat upgrade to its Android operating system. The company says in a blog … Read More »

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