Alphabet Finally Discloses Size of YouTube's Ad Business: Over $15 Billion in 2019

Google’s parent company Alphabet Inc. has disclosed how much YouTube’s advertising business rakes in for the first time, writing in filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission that the streaming giant made just shy of $15.15 billion in ad revenue in fiscal year 2019. It made some $4.79 billion of it in Q4 2019…Read more...
Tags: Google, Video, Science, Technology, Youtube, Advertising, Social Media, Sundar Pichai, Securities And Exchange Commission, Alphabet, Alphabet Inc

Ex-CIA Engineer Set To Go On Trial For Vault 7 Leak

An anonymous reader quotes a report from NPR: Manhattan federal prosecutors are poised to open their case Tuesday in the trial of a former software engineer for the Central Intelligence Agency who is charged with handing over a trove of classified information on the spy agency's hacking operations to WikiLeaks (Warning: source paywalled; alternative source). In 2017, WikiLeaks released more than 8,000 pages of secret materials -- which the antisecrecy organization called "Vault 7" -- detailing t...
Tags: Tech, Manhattan, Npr, Cia, Central Intelligence Agency, Schulte, Joshua Schulte

The app tasked with reporting the results of the Iowa caucus has crashed, delaying the results

A smartphone app tasked with reporting the results of the Iowa caucus has crashed, delaying the result of the first major count in nominating a Democratic candidate to run for the U.S. presidency. The result of the Iowa caucus was due to be transmitted by smartphone apps from delegates across the state on Monday, but a “quality control” issue was detected shortly before the result was expected. “We found inconsistencies in the reporting of three sets of results,” said Mandy McClure, a spokespers...
Tags: Security, Technology, Electronics, Government, Tech, Spokesperson, Smartphone, Software, United States, Iowa, Homeland Security, Npr, Biden, Donald Trump, Operating Systems, Mobile App

An app tasked with reporting the results of the Iowa caucus has crashed

A smartphone app tasked with reporting the results of the Iowa caucus has crashed, delaying the result of the first major count in nominating a Democratic candidate to run for the U.S. presidency. The result of the Iowa caucus was due to be transmitted by smartphone apps from delegates across the state on Monday, but a “quality control” issue was detected shortly before the result was expected. “We found inconsistencies in the reporting of three sets of results,” said Mandy McClure, a spokespers...
Tags: Security, Technology, Electronics, Government, Tech, Spokesperson, Smartphone, Software, United States, Iowa, Homeland Security, Npr, Operating Systems, Mobile App, Democratic, Shelby County

Google Testing Out Monthly Photo Printing Service

Google is thinking about launching an interesting new venture that uses an algorithm to pick from your best photos and mail you 10 prints every month throughout the year. Why, exactly, the tech giant... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Tags: Google, Photography, Photography News

YouTube ad revenue, disclosed by Google for the first time, topped $15 billion in 2019

Video site advertising grew 36 percent, but most of the money goes to creators.
Tags: Google, Advertising

The rise of facial recognition technology – podcast

Facial recognition technology is getting more sophisticated each year and is now being used commercially as identification instead of passwords as well as being adopted by the Metropolitan police in London. Our UK technology editor, Alex Hern, explores the questions it raises about privacy. Also today: Jamie Grierson on the security response to Sunday’s terror attack in south London CCTV cameras are a daily reality of life in UK cities, but advances in facial recognition technology are moving po...
Tags: UK, Technology, London, Privacy, Police, UK News, World news, George Orwell, Home Office, Metropolitan Police, Facial Recognition, Alex Hern, Jamie Grierson

A Guide to Snow Tubing & Sledding in Utah

Snow tubing and sledding are a great way to get your fill of the great outdoors during the winter. Below you’ll find some of our favorite places where you can slide on snow in Utah off the ski slopes. WHAT TO WEAR Ski pants or the warmest pants you own - preferably waterproof material Ski jacket or the warmest jacket you own - preferably waterproof material Long-sleeved warm layer underneath your jacket  Snow boots or waterproof shoes  Helmet (optional) for extra safety  Goggles (opti...
Tags: Google, Utah, Sport, Skiing, Salt Lake City, Sandy, Woodward, Salt Lake City UT, Gorgoza Park, Cherry Peak, Richmond Utah, Mesa Park, Mountain Dell, Wasatch Parc, Woodward Park City Woodward Park City, Solider Hollow

Civil Defense Lessons of Wuhan Coronavirus Pandemic

The biggest lesson is that the Communist Chinese Party (CCP) secrecy, deception and food health policies led to the Chinese Wuhan flu and to its worldwide spread.  It has led to monumental unintended consequences. I list a few below. As several times before, the CCP sought to hide the latest Chinese Coronovirus. Their secrecy and deception have led to unnecessary illness for thousands and deaths for hundreds...and it is only beginning.  See  here .  Read about their lying, deception and ...
Tags: Apple, Hong Kong, New York, China, Air Canada, Religion, US, Rome, Catholic Church, Chinese communist party, Red Cross, Starbucks, Carnival, Wuhan, Shenzhen, Royal Caribbean

Chinese Government Fighting Coronavirus Using Drones With Speakers to Follow People and Tell Them To Put Masks On

This has to be seen (and heard) to be believed. In response to the growing Coronavirus, the Chinese government has been deploying safety officers mic'd up to speaker-carrying drones, according to The Global Times. These drones then harangue people in cities to wear masks, and tell people in rural areas to go home:It's way creepier with the audio: What would you call these, Shame Drones, I guess?
Tags: Design, Tech

The Pentagon Is Spending Millions on Hunter Drones With Nets

Shooting drones down over cities isn’t ideal. Nabbing them in midair is an intriguing alternative.
Tags: Tech, Pentagon

Somewhere, Google's financial bods are playing on repeat... What do you want from me? It's not how it used to be...

Full-year profit up 14% to $34.3bn, YouTube bringing in $15bn ad sales – and shares down Google's parent Alphabet on Monday reported $162bn in revenue for its 2019 fiscal year, up 18 per year over year, and $46bn in revenue for its fourth quarter, up 17 per cent.…
Tags: Google, Software

Google Analytics Conversion Data That Is Exported Will Be Enabled For Bidding In Google Ads By Default

If you have conversion data for your web site or app in your Google Analytics profiles and you are running Google Ads, Google by default will export the data from Google Analytics and bring it into Google Ads. Google announced this in Google Ads and on Twitter.
Tags: Google, Seo, Google Analytics, Google Adwords, Google Ads Google, Google Analytics Conversion Data

Asana files to go public via direct listing

Workplace productivity toolmaker Asana announced late Monday that they have confidentially filed their S-1 and said in a statement that they plan to enter the public markets via a direct listing. Direct listings enable a company to go public without issuing new shares, instead allowing existing shareholders to sell shares on the chosen exchange. Direct listings have been an awfully hot topic as of late, seen as a means of reducing the friction and expenses of going public. Slack debuted publi...
Tags: TC, Facebook, Spotify, Tech, SEC, Silicon Valley, Airbnb, New York Stock Exchange, Asana, Bill Gurley, Nyse, Dustin Moskovitz, Justin Rosenstein

Sundar Pichai made a big statement about the future of Alphabet under his reign, but he left out a few key things (GOOG)

Alphabet for the first time on Monday disclosed the amount of revenue it gets from selling ads on YouTube and from its cloud business. The new disclosures were welcome, but incomplete; Alphabet didn't reveal the bottom line of either business and didn't separate out its two major cloud product lines. Excitement about the disclosures threatened to overshadow a disappointing and problematic earnings report. Click here for more BI Prime stories. When companies change up the way they present thei...
Tags: Google, Youtube, US, Trends, Larry Page, Sundar Pichai, Amazon Web Services, Alphabet, Pichai, Ruth Porat, Bellini, Colin Sebastian, Dan Morgan, Synovus Trust, Waymo, Sergey Brin Pichai

Alphabet shares fall as Google misses on sales, YouTube revenue disappoints

Alphabet Inc's new Chief Executive Sundar Pichai unveiled sales figures that investors have long demanded, but shares fell 5% as Google's advertising business and the new data about YouTube and Google Cloud broadly disappointed.
Tags: Google, Money, businessNews, Sundar Pichai, Alphabet Inc

YouTube brought in $15 billion in advertising revenue in 2019 — 9 times more than Google paid to acquire the site 14 years ago (GOOG)

Alphabet, Google's parent company, broke out YouTube's advertising revenue for the first time ever on Monday, and revealed the video-sharing site brought in $15 billion in 2019. YouTube's ad revenue is around nine times more than the $1.65 billion Google spent to acquire the platform in October 2006. At the time, YouTube was only 1.5 years old and had only 65 employees. Google's CEO at the time called YouTube "the next step in the evolution of the Internet." However, Alphabet also said that "m...
Tags: Google, Twitter, California, Youtube, Trends, Paypal, Larry Page, Sergey Brin, Susan Wojcicki, Eric Schmidt, Alphabet, Ruth Porat, Porat, Alphabet Google, Wojcicki, YouTube Wojcicki

Google Search Console Fixes Issue With Tag Manager, Sites May Need to Re-Verify via @MattGSouthern

Google advises that site owners using Google Tag Manager may need to re-verify ownership of their site in Search Console. An issue was recently detected with the Google Tag Manager verification method in Search Console, which Google confirms has since been fixed. Apparently, that issue led to sites losing their verified status in Search Console, though exactly why that happened is unknown. Google was short on details other than to say the problem has been solved, and sites previously verified in...
Tags: Google, Tools, News, Seo, Search Console, GTM

Josh Kopelman on how to start and run an early-stage fund in a hypercompetitive market

Last week at the Upfront Summit in Pasadena, there was no shortage of glitz, from the venue (the Rose Bowl) to the catering (Wolfgang Puck) to the guest list (Ice Cube, Paris Hilton and John Legend, to name just a few). Still, there were also plenty of sessions that provided the investors and founders in the audience practical advice, including, notably, a session led by Upfront co-founder Mark Suster, who interviewed his longtime peer Josh Kopelman of First Round Capital. The topic was how t...
Tags: Tech, Nike, Silicon Valley, John Legend, Pasadena, Rose Bowl, Josh Kopelman, Mark Suster, Wolfgang Puck, Dan Primack, Suster, Kopelman, Axios, Ice Cube Paris Hilton, Ron Conway Mike Maples

‘Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet’ on Apple TV Plus: TV Review

Given just how colossal the video game industry is, it’s pretty wild that more TV shows haven’t tried to delve deeper into it (except, of course, when in need of inspiration from some previously established and particularly valuable IP). But it’s maybe for the best that one of the first series to take it seriously […]
Tags: Reviews, Apple, News, Rob McElhenney, David Hornsby, Charlie Day, Danny Pudi, Megan Ganz

West Virginia Poised To Allow Smartphone Voting For Disabled Voters

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: West Virginia's legislature last week passed legislation allowing disabled voters to cast votes by smartphone, sending the bill to the desk of Governor Jim Justice. Justice is expected to sign the legislation, according to NBC. It's a decision that alarms many computer security experts, who say that the Internet and smartphones are too vulnerable to hackers. The legislation would require every county in the state to offer smartphone voting...
Tags: Nbc, Washington, West Virginia, Tech, Greater Seattle, Voatz, Jim Justice Justice

Cars Outside Jeff Bezos' DC House Racked Up Nearly $17,000 in Parking Tickets During $12 Million Renovation

Cars parked outside $12 million renovation project at Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ D.C. mansion were tagged with at least 564 separate parking tickets costing nearly $17,000, of which $5,600 were listed as unpaid in DMV records, WUSA 9 recently reported.Read more...
Tags: Amazon, Real Estate, Science, Technology, Washington Dc, DMV, Rumors, Jeff Bezos, WUSA, HQ2

Justice Department Is Meeting State AG Offices Tuesday To Discuss If Google Broke Antitrust Law

Justice Department officials will meet on Tuesday with representatives of state attorneys general to discuss their investigations of Google and whether the company broke antitrust law. "The probes focus on search bias, advertising and management of Google's Android operating system," adds Reuters. From the report: The meeting is in the afternoon, according to one source, and will include officials from six or seven states, including Texas, according to a second source familiar with the matter. G...
Tags: Apple, Google, Texas, Tech, Justice Department, Reuters, Google Facebook Amazon, William Barr, Justice Department the Federal Trade Commission, Justice Department Is Meeting State AG, Google Broke Antitrust Law, House Judiciary Committee U S

Hacking Google, a red handcart for red roads

You’ve got to love little artistic hacks like this. Simon Weckert put 99 second-hand smartphones in a red handcart and walked around a few blocks in Berlin. Each phone was running Google Maps and being tracked for trafic measurements. Their presence and slow rolling around the streets caused Google to display a traffic jam. The advent of Google’s Geo Tools began in 2005 with Maps and Earth, followed by Street View in 2007. They have since become enormously more technologically advanced. Goog...
Tags: Google, Berlin, Earth, Patrick Tanguay, Simon Weckert

Coronavirus could slow down Apple iPhone shipments

Consumers could see a one to two week delay in orders arriving, says Daniel Ives, an analyst with Wedbush.         [Author: USA TODAY]
Tags: Apple, Usa, News, Usa Today, Wedbush, Daniel Ives


I was looking at my audiobook library this morning and noticed that the catalog only listed two books in a series that has six books, and I distinctly remember listening to the whole series some time ago. Look on my audible library at audible and sure enough, they were there. When I compared the number of books that I bought from audible with the number that I had in my books library, I found I was missing around 30. So, I pulled up OpenAudible (an excellent tool if you have a lot of audible ...
Tags: Apple, Books, Audiobook Discussions

Watch experts from Boston Dynamics, Built, Dusty and Toggle discuss robotic construction at TC Sessions: Robotics

After recently doing a survey of the top robotics investment rounds, it became pretty clear: construction is going to be huge for this industry. Global construction is expected to hit $13 trillion by 2022 (with China alone hitting that number in 2030), and there are plenty of dull, dirty and dangerous jobs that seem well positioned for potential automation. With that in mind, we’ve put together a fantastic — and packed — panel set to examine how robotics, AI and automation are poised to tran...
Tags: TC, Technology, China, Global, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Culture, Robotics, Robot, Lidar, Boston Dynamics, Imaging, Daniel Blank, Built Robotics, TC Sessions: Robotics+AI 2020, Boston Dynamics Built Dusty and Toggle

The time you lost watching YouTube ads last year netted Google $15 billion

Google’s parent company, Alphabet, revealed YouTube’s revenue from advertising, and it's a cool $15 billion.
Tags: Google, News, Youtube, Trends, Social Media, Alphabet, YouTube ad revenue, YouTube earnings, YouTube Profit

What a terrible result from this year's Super Bowl. Can you believe it? Awful. Yes, we're talking about the tech ads

Verizon's hypocrisy, Amazon's negging, odd targeting from Google Comment It all looked so good. A stunning third quarter in Sunday’s Super Bowl left the San Francisco 49ers looking like dead certs for the armored rugby trophy. And then it all fell apart: the Niners pulled a WeWork, and got crushed like an orange in a Juicero by the Kansas City Chiefs.…
Tags: Google, Amazon, Verizon, San Francisco, Software, Kansas City Chiefs, Niners

Elon Musk Announces AI Party/Hackathon At His Home With Tesla AI/Autopilot Team

Rei writes: On Twitter yesterday evening, Elon Musk announced an upcoming AI party/hackathon to be held at his house, and that invites will be going out soon. Asked whether a person needs to have a Ph.D to attend, Musk replied no: "All that matters is a deep understanding of AI & ability to implement NNs in a way that is actually useful (latter point is what's truly hard). Don't care if you even graduated high school." The hackathon appears to be Musk's latest attempt to accumulate AI talent. La...
Tags: Elon Musk, Tech, Tesla, Musk, Rei, Don, Elon Musk Announces AI Party

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