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Google Earnings hit $10.65 billion in Q1

Google Earnings hit $10.65 billion in Q1

The first round of announcements have been released by Google in their annual first quarter earnings call, starting with a whopping $10.65 billion in revenue. This number jumps 24% over last year's revenue which was $8.58 billion, this year's bringing Google up to a place where they've got and intense $49.3 billion dollars on hand in cash. Google's board has announced that they've approved a 2-for-1 stock split in the face of this quarters numbers, investors getting a new share of non-voting stock for each of the shares they currently own. Google has also noted that they've gotten $7.31 billion in Site revenues, this representing 69% of their total revenue.

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Google gets AdWords smackdown from Australian court

Google gets AdWords smackdown from Australian court

Google has received a spanking from Australian regulators, with the search giant deemed responsible for advertisers who use AdWords to promote themselves in a misleading or deceptive way. The company must develop a "compliance program" to vet new advertisers, the Sydney Morning Herald reports, after losing an appeal in the Australian Federal Court earlier today. Google will now be forced to ensure adverts can't link to one site while seeming to represent a different one, among other things.

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Google “without evil” philosophy rebuked

Google “without evil” philosophy rebuked

This week the "NEW" identifier on Google's newly revamped digital content store Google Play, formerly known as the Android Market, has drawn fire from those that would call it Evil. As any Google fan can tell you, one of the original sayings that made Google the company it is today was "Don't be Evil." Currently Google keeps this mantra alive in its extended "Ten things we know to be true" philosophy, one of which is "You can make money without doing evil." Google's front and center advertisement for their digital content store is being seen as a direct affront to that affirmation.

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Consumer Watchdog calls on Google to testify on your Privacy

Consumer Watchdog calls on Google to testify on your Privacy

Over the past few weeks Google has found itself in some hot water over its Privacy Policy changes on its wide range of websites, today being called by Consumer Watchdog to testify on the matter. Consumer Watchdog has called Google CEO Larry Page to the House Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade Subcommittee Committee as they hold hearings on the new Google privacy and data policies. Both subcommittee Chair Mary Bono Mack (R-CA) and Ranking Member G.K Butterfield, (D-NC) have been called in a letter sent today.

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Twitter, Facebook and MySpace team tells Google “Don’t Be Evil”

Twitter, Facebook and MySpace team tells Google “Don’t Be Evil”

Engineers at Facebook, Twitter and MySpace have joined the protests against Google's search integration of Google+ results, crafting a browser add-on called "Don't Be Evil" that adds a far broader range of social into search. The tool, distributed at a site called Focus on the User, argues that rather than just pull Google+ profiles and topics into the search engine, Google would better serve actual users by integrating far more social networks: Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Flickr and more. Rather than see exactly what Google wants you to see through its forced Google+ promotion, you can be shown what the company's pure algorithm believes is relevant.

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