Australia latest to eye laws to curb Google’s adtech dominance

It has made the call as it published its final report on an inquiry examining competition concerns in the digital advertising sector. In the report, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) concludes that new regulatory solutions are needed to address Google’s dominance and competition to the adtech sector — “for the benefit of businesses and consumers”.
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Inside The Rivian Plant: 'It's Like Google And Toyota Had A Baby'

Rivian manufacturing chief Erik Fields started this week’s tour of his massive plant with a fact check. “Rivian is not a startup. We are a true manufacturing OEM,” Fields said. OEM is “original equipment manufacturer”—shorthand for a company that makes stuff. During an hourlong tour of the Normal plant, Fields...
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Google's browser cookies plan anti-competitive, advertisers tell EU

BRUSSELS, Sept 28 (Reuters) - Google's (GOOGL.O) plan to block a popular web tracking tool called "cookies" is anti-competitive, a group of advertisers, publishers and tech companies said in a complaint to EU antitrust regulators. The grievance could boost the European Commission's investigation opened in June into Alphabet unit Google's...
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Spooky Halloween ringtones are coming to Google Nest video doorbells on October 1st

Google Nest is bringing back seasonal ringtones for its video doorbells, which now include the Nest Doorbell (wired) — previously known as Nest Hello — and the new Nest Doorbell (battery). First up are Halloween-inspired tones, which will stick around through October, then the winter holiday-themed options arrive. For the...

Lenovo's nifty Google-powered Smart Clock is now just $35

A full-on smart display is overkill as a nightstand alarm clock replacement for most people. But that's why Lenovo's Smart Clock is great option: The 4-inch color display gives the basics (time, weather), and the unit doubles as a fairly capable Google Assistant and Bluetooth speaker, too. There's no camera, which makes a lot of folks more comfortable bringing it into the bedroom. And right now, the Lenovo Smart Clock is on sale at Best Buy for $35. That's the lowest price we've seen for this model.

Google Doodle celebrates the search engine's 23rd birthday

Google is marking its 23rd birthday on Monday with a new Doodle. The animated Doodle features a layered birthday cake with rainbow sprinkles and the number 23 written on the top. The search giant's name, which is also covered in frosting and sprinkles, is floating above and the flickering green birthday candle stands in for the "L" in "Google."

Google Issues Warning For 2 Billion Chrome Users

Chrome users beware, just days after I warned attacks on Google’s browser are increasing, another critical hack has been confirmed. Google published the news in a new blog post, where it revealed Chrome’s 11th ‘zero day’ exploit of the year has been found (CVE-2021-37973) and it affects Linux, macOS and Windows users. A zero-day classification means hackers have been able to exploit the flaw before Google could release a fix, which makes it significantly more dangerous than most security flaws. Google confirmed this saying it “is aware that an exploit for CVE-2021-37973 exists in the wild”.

Which Stocks Are Cheaper Than Google’s Stock?

We believe that there are other stocks that are currently better valued than Alphabet (Google)’s stock (NASDAQ: GOOG). GOOG’s current price-to-operating income ratio (P/EBIT) of 30.3x is much higher than levels of 14.3x for Altra Industrial Motion (NASDAQ: AIMC), 7.38x for 1-800-FLOWERS.COM (NASDAQ: FLWS), 5.37x for Quidel (NASDAQ: QDEL) and 5.36x for Nexstar Broadcasting Group (NASDAQ: NXST). These stocks have a lower valuation (P/EBIT) compared to Google, while all of them have seen better revenue and operating income growth. This disconnect between valuation and performance could mean that you are better off buying AIMC, FLWS, QDEL and NXST vs. GOOG stock. More specifically, we arrive at our conclusion by looking at historical trends in revenues, operating income, and P/EBIT for these companies. Our dashboard - Better Bet Than GOOG Stock: Pay Less To Get More From Stocks AIMC, FLWS, QDEL, NXST- has more details – parts of which are summarized below.
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Google privacy settings to change now

There’s probably a little bit of Google in every part of your life. The company hosts a sprawling network of tools and apps we use for everything — from school assignments and work emails, to watching how-to videos and making calls. The good news is that Google has tried to collect its most important privacy settings into one place, which means you can protect your data in Gmail and Google-owned YouTube at the same time.

Goodbye, Last-Click Attribution: Google Ads Changes Default To Data Modeling

“Because of how we’ve been improving and training our data-driven attribution models, we’ve eliminated [that] previously existing requirement,” she said. The change to data-driven attribution default also consolidates more ad spend – and thus more data – into one channel. Srinivasan said Google’s modeling has improved to the point that it can run data-driven attribution for any campaign type. But Google wants more and more advertisers to use data-driven attribution because the quality of Google’s data modeling is tied to the quantity of impressions and conversions it sees.

Google, NBCUniversal Deadlocked Over YouTube TV Rates

A standoff between Google and NBCUniversal could leave fans of the NFL, golf, and other sports scrambling for alternative ways to watch as soon as this weekend. The two sides have been unable to agree on the price Google should pay going forward to continue carrying NBCUniversal’s content on YouTube TV.

Google expands in New York with $2.1 billion office purchase

New York (CNN Business) — Google is dramatically expanding its office presence in New York City with a $2.1 billion purchase on Manhattan's West Side. The move comes even as the company embracing a hybrid work model because of the pandemic. Google said Tuesday that the new office will be...