Google Annual Shareholder Meeting – CliffsNotes Version
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Yahoo: "Excited to be working with them…They were under a hostile attack and we wanted to make sure they had as many options as possible."
YouTube: New ad products in development that are neither pre-roll or post-roll.
Microsoft: "Microsoft is a very large competitor across all facets of Google for many reasons. Applications. Search. Advertising, display. Microsoft is well-funded, clever, smart, and they have a lot of advantages nobody else has."
Microsoft/Yahoo Deal: "Obviously we’re happy it didn’t happen..Had the merger gone through, we would actually have had to have a meeting about it… have a campaign against the merger."
Clearwire/WiMax Investment: "Having more competition in that space is good. And having more end-user services that need high-speed."
Economy: "There’s been no change in the impact of the economy on our business."
Finding New CFO: "…usually takes a year…we’re picky."
Shareholder Proposals: voted down regarding censorship on the Internet and human-rights issues in countries that Google does business in. Co-founder Sergey Brin abstained from voting on the proposals, saying he agreed with their spirit. "Directionally, the two proposals are correct," Brin told 200 shareholders in the audience.