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FairSearch Complains to EU About Google’s Mobile ‘Dominance’

Android is Pure EvilFairSearch is at it again. This time the group is petitioning the European Union about their arch nemesis Google’s evil plot to dominate the world via their mobile strategy. Thank God FairSearch is keeping an eye on this for all the world! Amen!

Calling Google’s Android OS a ‘trojan horse’ used to dominate the mobile markets FairSearch posts on their blog

FairSearch.org has filed a complaint with the European Commission laying out Google’s anti-competitive strategy to dominate the mobile marketplace and cement its control over consumer Internet data for online advertising as usage shifts to mobile.

Google’s Android is the dominant smartphone operating system, running in 70% of units shipped at the end of 2012, according to Strategy Analytics. Google also dominates mobile search advertising with 96% of the market, according to eMarketer. The complaint says Google uses deceptive conduct to lockout competition in mobile.

70 Percent of Mobile Searches Lead to Online Action Within an Hour

If you received traffic from a search engine today, send a thank you card to Alan Emtage. He built the very first computer search engine back in 1989. But sadly, he was so far ahead of his time, he didn’t see the future value in what he created so he didn’t file a patent or lay any claim to the technology.

Enter Google, who turned search into a multi-billion dollar industry then started to do it again with mobile. In the last year, Google’s mobile ad revenue went from 2.5 billion to 8 billion and that’s in a sector that’s barely begun to take hold.

There’s money in search because search is working. iAcquire and SurveyMonkey conducted a study and found that 70% of mobile searches lead to an online action within an hour.

Greatest Concern About Facebook Home? You Guessed It, Privacy

facebook-icon 1If there is one thing that we have been conditioned to do over the years whenever Facebook so much as hiccups is to wonder just what they have or have not done to the privacy of Facebook users.

Facebook has a reputation of running roughshod over its users’ privacy and then acting as if there is a ‘no harm, no foul’ attitude that we should all adopt. Whether you let them off the hook or not is your call. Most simply put up with it and move on regardless.

The level of mistrust that has developed over the years is a healthy one but let’s be realistic here. It’s mostly shared by a vocal minority that Facebook is smart enough to realize is confined in a relatively tight echo chamber. After all there are about 1 billion users of Facebook and it is probably safe to say (in an extremely non-scientific manner) that at least 95% of them either don’t have a clue about what Facebook knows about them nor do they care. When it comes to how privacy is viewed by Facebook users, Facebook knows that its best result falls under the ‘ignorance is bliss’ category. They’re not stupid. Oh, and let’s not forget, this is for Android users only which is, for the most part, a different crowd than folks using iOS for their mobile experience.

The REAL Facebook Home

Thank you to Mashable for bringing the new version of the Sunday Comics from the guys at Joy of Tech.

Facebook Home has a long way to go to first be understood and then get out into the marketplace in a significant way. In the meantime, while everyone praises it or trashes it, let’s at least have a little fun with it.

Oh and reminding us about Mark Zuckerberg’s view of what he is helping to accomplish with Facebook it never hurts to remember the dying squirrel. Ahh, yes, changing the world …….

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Facebook Home Arrives and Opinions Abound

Facebook HomeFrom time to time a new announcement comes around that gets a ton of attention that is all over the board. Yesterday’s announcement by Facebook of a sort of Facebook phone has created plenty of discussion around the industry.

Let’s take a look at what the pundits had to say:

Gigaom’s Om Malik says plenty in the title of his post “Why Facebook Home bothers me: It destroys any notion of privacy“. He also laments:

This future is going to happen – and it is too late to debate. However, the problem is that Facebook is going to use all this data — not to improve our lives — but to target better marketing and advertising messages at us. Zuckerberg made no bones about the fact that Facebook will be pushing ads on Home.

Melcher’s Latest Tablet Study is Now Available for the Tablet

the pool - screengrab 2In an average week, I skim a dozen marketing related studies, review a handful of new infographs and “check out” more than 50 articles on the subject in order to stay informed and write these posts.

What I’ve never done, was download a marketing study to my tablet – until now.

Melcher Media just released the latest finding from VivaKi’s The Pool, “an ongoing initiative to uncover advertising solutions of the future, in conjunction with advertisers and publishers.” This installment is called “The Tablet Lane” and it’s available for download through Google Play and iTunes.

I downloaded and man, this is how you deliver a presentation. The app is loaded with information but it’s organized on two levels so you can swipe through an overview, or click to get more depth.

Google Taking Lion’s Share of Mobile Ad Dollars

Mobile advertising is a growth industry. By how much depends on your source of information but no matter the source, if you don’t see a serious growth curve / upside then it’s not likely to be reliable.

Let’s take a look at what eMarketer sees as the future of growth for mobile ad revenue. Nice numbers even if you chopped them in half.

Mobile Ad Spend Forecast eMarketer

With this kind of growth you might suspect that there will be plenty to go around no matter the size of the advertising venue but in this case it will be a case of the rich getting richer. The rich being referred to is primarily Google by a large margin. Look at this chart and you will see that when it comes to mobile advertising Google is making the game quite lopsided.