Alibaba's online and mobile commerce businesses will be controlled by a "variable interest entity," an arrangement meant to allow investors to buy into Internet and other businesses in which Beijing bans or limits foreign ownership.
Used since the 1990s by Internet operators such as Baidu Inc. and Sina Corp., VIEs are based on contracts that say an offshore entity in the Cayman Islands or another corporate haven will control a Chinese company. Foreign shareholders get a stake in that offshore vehicle and profits but no ownership of the Chinese company.
As three makes a trend, a third quarter in a row of cost-per-click decline for Google advertising makes this an unsettling norm not only for the search company, but also for Internet advertising efforts elsewhere. During last quarter's earning call, Google reported a 16 percent decline in CPC, meaning the value of each advertisement clicked has gone down. That follows a 12 percent drop from previous quarter and 8 percent the quarter before that. Even at the company that managed to make money off of Internet advertising, those online ads are continually losing value.
In the scheme of the Internet, Google's loss shows an unfortunate reality of online advertising. Unlike the print world, Internet ads lose value over time. As Technology Review's Michael Wolff bluntly put it: "The nature of people's behavior on the Web and of how they interact with advertising, as well as the character of those ads themselves and their inability to command attention, has meant a marked decline in advertising's impact," he writes. Google eluded online advertising woes by making itself a necessary middle man, via Ad-words, Wolff continues. And it did this early, which also helped, explains SmartMoney's Jack Hough. But even that hasn't stopped the core inevitability that online advertising is a race to a bottom, as we've seen these last three quarters.
Google has blamed this on mobile, only further proving the ever-declining value of an Internet ad. "People have long described the price difference between print and Web ads as moving from analog dollars to digital dimes," explains The New York Times's Claire Cain Miller. "Cellphone ads could be described as trading those dimes for mobile pennies. Clicks on mobile ads cost about 40 percent of the price of desktop ads, according to Stifel Nicolaus," she continues. And, unfortunately for the ad-sales biz, the stats show mobile use is on the rise.
Software and infrastructure that includes dozens of banks,VISA and MasterCard as counter to Sept 9 Apple payments expectations. Ebay's PayPal spin out matched with Monitise global mobile payments infrastructure caul be very appealing to Google??
Google has somehow messed up its search functions for many users with older browsers and operating systems and doesn't seem to know what is happening. They will begin to lose big $$ relative to analysts' espectations if this keeps up. Search is their "bread and butter" and they have just hurt themselves badly, but only a few techies seem to know this right now.
Fundamentals dont support any of this upside. Just free money virtually to banks to manipulate markets up. All this to make it a recovery or look like one. In reality it has screwed the average person. Just all gaes by FEd. They must pay with a massive free fall on reality. POnzi schemes only once again.
I'm tired of the "Insufficient Storage Available" error messages on my Android tablet. My tablet has 8gb of storage, but less than 1gb is available for Apps in the /data paritition. Other Android tablets have less then 512k of storage available for Apps. I did a web search for sollutions to this problem. There were lots temporary fixes, but the problem always comes back. Then, I found a permanent sollution called iPad. The iPad does not have a tiny App limit like Android does. Hello iPad, bye bye Android!
Sentiment: Strong Sell
Enough of these manipulation games world wide. Time to pay up for games of greed only buying. Easy to do with free money from governments/agencies at .25% . Wake up America get out while you can with your money.Never seen markets so manipulated with these games and do nt even keep it a secret.In reality inflation is massive they just dont count the highly inflated materials. Thats the real joke/