Fourteen months ago, to some fanfare, Google launched One Pass – its way to help publishers charge for digital content on the web, mobile and tablets.
Coming just a day after Apple announced plans for a 30 per cent tax on all app subscriptions, Google’s gambit caused quite a stir. With a more generous 10 per cent split and promises to share more subscriber data with publishers, at a time when many were spitting feathers about Apple’s diktat, One Pass was seen as a bold challenge and a tempting proposition from a company many publishers still felt was a parasite.
Yet last week, on a sunny Friday afternoon, Google quietly snuffed One Pass, whose homepage now returns only a 404 error.
What kind of West Coast innovation show worth its salt would miss the opportunity to unveil a new electric-powered skateboard?
Certainly not Demo Spring 2012 in Silicon Valley. No less than three new commuter skateboards were launched for street surfer dudes on Thursday, along with products from 80 other companies over two days, during six-minute presentations. Some top picks after the jump.
Berlin tech start-up Madvertise has bought Turkish mobile advertising rival Mobilike in what the German company sees as an important step to becoming the European market leader, writes Gerrit Wiesmann in Berlin.
The four-year-old German company, which allows advertisers to pinpoint and address potential customers via their mobile phones, is one of the more mature start-ups on the Berlin scene.
To fund European growth, Madvertise secured $10m in series B venture-capital funding late last year, and counts Silicon Valley-based Blumberg Capital as a shareholder.
How does the company that says it wants to be “deserving of great love” justify tapping into home WiFi networks and grabbing snippets of personal information by the truckload?
Simple: listening in to unsecured WiFi networks, according to Google’s lawyers, is perfectly legal. And regrettable as that may sound, US regulators have accepted the defence – though they still feel Google “deliberately impeded” their investigation and “willfully and repeatedly violated” orders to produce information.
Facebook won’t be the only new internet stock that will soon be turning heads on Wall Street. Google has just come up with a new twist of its own: a new “C” class of non-voting shares that will trade in their own right.
One intriguing question this raises: what kind ofdiscount should investors put on the new, non-voting flavour of GOOG?