Category Archives: google

Google Offers merchant agreement

Note: Page 1 is the term sheet. The only substantive item on the term sheet is the revenue share. In this case, the merchant received between 50 and 60 percent. GOOGLE PREPAID OFFERS BETA PROGRAM ADDENDUM Google Prepaid Offers Beta … Continue reading

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Why Google’s acquisition of Zagat matters

Today, Google announced its acquisition of Zagat, the company that publishes the venerable restaurant and hotel review guides. It’s a terrific acquisition. If Google executes correctly, this deal could be as significant as the YouTube deal has been. (I was … Continue reading

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There are only two deal companies that matter: Facebook and Google

Much has been made of Facebook’s decision last week to exit the daily deals space. Yesterday, Yelp told Bloomberg’s Doug MacMillan that it is also exiting the daily deals space. A lot of the analysis has used these examples to … Continue reading

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Could Google use Motorola and mobile to muscle its way into social? Does antitrust law matter?

Today’s announcement of Google’s acquisition of Motorola Mobility shines a brighter light on the antitrust conversations that were getting louder at the end of last week.¬†¬†Bloomberg reported that companies such as Microsoft, Expedia and Yelp may have been asked to … Continue reading

Posted in facebook, google, social networking

An Average User’s First Google+ Experience: “Ug. This Is Already Too Much Work.”

Much of the discussion of Google+ has been from the point-of-view of very experienced users and early adopters. In my analysis, I’ve really tried to focus on how a normal user would evaluate Google+, especially someone who was a heavy … Continue reading

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Google should just buy Twitter already. At any price.

I’ve been thinking more about Google+ since my TechCrunch post on the Google circles colliding. Even if you buy the argument that categorizing your friends into buckets offers user value (which I don’t), that is not a defensible feature for … Continue reading

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Watson vs. Google

Jeopardy! contestants Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter got a spanking the likes of which they’ve never seen by Watson, an IBM supercomputer, last night. How would Watson do against that other font of knowledge — Google? Watson is optimized to … Continue reading

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