Publishers Have Stronger Case Against Google

Publisher complaints about Google have grown more pointed as the Justice Department investigates the search giant for possible anticompetitive practices. The News Media Alliance, which represents more than 2,000 news organizations in the U.S., last week published a white paper that provides more concrete examples of how Google allegedly interferes with the digital operations of publishers.

Peacock Sets Google Platforms Deal

Peacock, the NBCUniversal streaming service initially launched in April, has set a distribution deal with Google for its national expansion in July. Google platforms and devices spanning Android, Android TV and Chromecast will begin carrying Peacock on July 15. Starting then, Peacock will offer a free tier featuring more than 7,500 hours of movies and TV programming. The higher level, Peacock Premium, will have 15,000 hours of content, and Android and Android TV users will get Premium for free until Oct. 15.

Marketers Bring Antitrust Suit Against Google

Three online advertisers are suing Google for allegedly violating antitrust laws by monopolizing digital advertising markets. “Google leveraged its stranglehold on online search and search advertising to gain an illegal monopoly in brokering display advertising on other companies’ websites,” the marketers allege in a class-action complaint filed last week in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

HBO Max To Be Available On Google Platforms

HBO Max, the upcoming streaming service from AT&T-owned WarnerMedia, will be available across Google platforms and devices when it launches on May 27, the company said on Wednesday.

Google Makes Meet Video Conferencing Free

Alphabet Inc.’s Google on Wednesday said any user will soon be able to host free video conferences on Meet, turning its previously business-only tool into a bigger rival to Zoom and others battling for users during the coronavirus outbreak.

Google In Talks To Acquire D2iQ

Zoom’s Biggest Rivals Are Coming For It

Facebook, Google and other behemoths are training their sights on Silicon Valley’s company of the moment. Over the past month, downloads of Zoom have increased 740%, according to App Annie, an analytics firm. Zoom has said it now has more than 300 million daily participants, up from 10 million before the pandemic.

All Google Advertisers Must Verify Identities

Google plans to soon require all advertisers to provide proof of their identities as well as the countries where they do business, in hopes of providing consumers with more insight into online advertising.

Google Sets Relief Fund For Local Newsrooms

Google  is offering financial support to local newsrooms hit by the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic, as part of its Google News Initiative. The company isn’t disclosing the size of what it’s calling its Journalism Emergency Relief Fund, but in a blog post, Google VP of News Richard Gingras said the goal is to fund “thousands of small, medium and local news publishers globally,” through awards ranging from “low thousands of dollars for small hyper-local newsrooms to low tens of thousands for larger newsrooms, with variations per region.”

Google To Allow COVID-19 Political Ads

Reversing course, Google said on Thursday it will begin allowing political groups to run ads related to COVID-19. The company’s move comes shortly after liberal digital ad shop DSPolitical publicly complained that Google was giving President Donald Trump “an unprecedented advantage in our upcoming elections” by banning Democratic ads relating to the outbreak, while allowing the current administration to run ads referencing the virus.

Trump Incorrectly Says Google Building A Coronavirus Screening Site

Gabbard Loses 1st Amend. Lawsuit Against Google

Siding with Google, a federal judge has thrown out Democratic presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard’s free-speech lawsuit against the tech company over a brief suspension of her advertising account.

YouTube Considering Video Subscription Model

The Google-owned video giant is considering giving people the ability to sign up, through YouTube, for a wide range of subscription-streaming services run by entertainment companies, according to people familiar with the situation. YouTube has talked with several entertainment companies about adding their services, the people said.

FTC Launches Inquiry Into Big Tech Deals

The Federal Trade Commission has launched a lookback at some of the smaller past acquisitions by some of the largest tech companies. The FTC said Tuesday it has issued “special orders” to Alphabet (Google), Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google and Microsoft, which require them to provide info on all acquisitions over the past decade (Jan. 1, 2010 through Dec. 31, 2019).

Antitrust Chief Recuses From Google Inquiry

Makan Delrahim, the Justice Department’s head of antitrust, removed himself from examining the search giant over a conflict of interest, people with knowledge of the situation say.

QUARTERLY REPORT

YouTube Reveals Rev For First Time: $15.1B

For the first time, Google on Monday revealed just how big of an advertising machine YouTube is. The company said that YouTube generated $15.1 billion in ad revenue in fiscal 2019, including $4.7 billion in the fourth quarter.

Amazon, Netflix, MSNBC, Fox, Google Among Top 20 Loyalty Brands

Alphabet Hits $1 Trillion Market Value

Google’s parent company becomes the fourth tech company — after Apple, Amazon and Microsoft — to reach the market milestone.

NFL Sends Google URL Takedown Notice For Streaming Content

Global Watchdogs Take Aim At Big Tech

Google, Alibaba and other Big Tech companies could be forced to share data on financial services customers with banks and financial technology firms to prevent unfair competition. As Facebook’s plan for its Libra “stablecoin” faces scrutiny, a global body of regulators from the world’s main financial centers said that Big Tech’s growing tentacles raised questions for financial stability, competition and data privacy.

Google Co-Founders Step Down

Google co-founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page (above, l-r, in 2008) are stepping down from their roles within the parent company, Alphabet. Page, who had been serving as CEO of Alphabet, and Brin, who had been president of Alphabet, will remain on the board of the company.

Vietnam’s Vingroup In Deal With Google To Develop Smart TVs

DMA 31: SAN ANTONIO

Can Your Station Turn Viewers Into Members?

For the nearly 700 people who came, KSAT San Antonio’s “Spooktacular” was just a nice way for the family to spend the Sunday before Halloween. But for the station, it wasn’t just about selling tickets to a community event. Spooktacular was another step toward a distant goal that skeptics might say doesn’t have a ghost of a chance: to develop an ongoing membership model for commercial TV stations. The concept is to identify loyal digital fans and “super-serve” them with layers of distinctive value that they will pay for. Now KSAT’s owner, Graham Media Group, is doubling down on the idea — and getting some help from Google to do it.

QUARTERLY REPORT

Google Falls Short On 3Q Profit

On Monday, Google parent Alphabet met growth expectations for its key moneymaking businesses — notably its advertising business, which reported revenues that increased 17% to $33.9 billion during the quarter. But Alphabet’s capital expenditures grew at the same time, rising to $6.7 billion in the period as Google continued to expand its headquarters and build data centers for its cloud computing business.

Self-Service, Automation Expanded For YouTube Advertisers

Google Says It Will Highlight Original Reporting

As tech companies try to make amends with publishers, Google changes its search engine to address an old complaint.

ESPN Chief Expects Silicon Valley To Bid On NFL

Jimmy Pitaro said today: “I have no idea if [Amazon, Google and Facebook] are going to be interested specifically in Monday Night Football, but I do believe that several new media companies are going to be interested in acquiring more NFL rights.”

Newspaper Execs Lobby To Fight Big Tech

Executives from seven newspaper companies lobbied Capitol Hill this week to urge Congress to pass the “Journalism Competition and Preservation Act,” a bill that fights the dominance of tech companies like Google and Facebook in the digital content business.

Google To Settle FTC YouTube Investigation

Google has agreed to pay between $150 million and $200 million to resolve an FTC investigation into YouTube over alleged violations of a children’s privacy law, according to a person familiar with the matter. The FTC voted 3-2 along party lines to approve the settlement, sending it over to the Justice Department as part of the review process, the person confirmed. Details about other terms of the settlement were not immediately available.

YouTube To Roll Out Separate Site For Kids

Google announced on Wednesday that it would be creating a separate YouTube site to host videos for children, following accusations that the video-streaming site had been violating children’s privacy laws. The site rolling out this week will be a web version of the YouTube Kids app that has been around since 2015, Google said in a blog post on Wednesday.

Alphabet Stock Jumps 9% In After-Hours Trading

The strong second-quarter esults from Google’s parent, which topped Wall Street expectations, should ease worries — provoked by a disappointing first quarter — that the company was slowing down after years of fast growth.

Justice Opens Antitrust Review Of Big Tech

The Justice Department said it will investigate how internet giants like Facebook, Amazon and Google have accumulated market power and whether they have acted to reduce competition. Similar inquiries are underway in Congress and at the Federal Trade Commission, which shares antitrust oversight responsibilities with the DOJ.

Congress Grills Big Tech On Competition, Money

A Tuesday afternoon panel of the House Judiciary Committee focused on whether it’s time for Congress to rein in these companies, which are among the largest on Earth by several measures. Central to that case is whether their business practices run afoul of century-old laws originally designed to combat railroad and oil monopolies.

Tech Titans Testify At House Hearing

The House Antitrust Subcommittee is holding the second of its two Big Tech hearings this week, hearing from the FAAG in FAANG, lacking only Netflix among the witness list and definitely meeting the criteria for the hearing’s title.

Google Offers Real-Time Ad Triggers

 

The automated tool allows advertisers to target display and video messages in response to live TV or real-world events. Marketers can set pre-defined triggers so ads run as soon as moments occur, and use Programmatic Guaranteed deals to secure connected TV sports inventory to build a deeper connection with fans.

Big Tech Execs Due On Capitol Hill Next Week

Executives from Amazon.com, Apple, Facebook and Alphabet’s Google will testify before a House of Representatives congressional committee next week in a hearing to discuss the tremendous market power wielded by online platforms.

Google, Dish In Talks To Form Mobile Carrier

Google is in talks to help create a fourth U.S. wireless carrier, even as Sprint and T-Mobile struggle to get their controversial merger cleared with federal and state authorities.

Google Testing AR, 3D, YouTube Ad Formats

Google is making a push to expand augmented reality and interactive capabilities to its content and advertising offerings. The company, while slow to incorporate immersive ads, is testing 3D and YouTube live-stream display formats in DV360, its programmatic ad platform.

Justice’s Antitrust Chief Sketches How He’ll Assess Big Tech

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department’s antitrust chief suggested Tuesday he’ll take a broad view of how competition is harmed when assessing whether big tech firms should be broken up. Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim also was clear in a speech in Israel that he is well aware that just two companies dominate digital […]

Why Is Washington Ready To Regulate Big Tech?

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