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Mobile Marketing : Google Phone launching end of 2007?

avril 18, 2007

The on-again, off-again Google Phone rumors just got a healthy stir by Digitimes. The Taiwanese tech rag says that HTC is building the phone with initial shipments set to hit by the « end of 2007 » — globally in 2008.

They cite « handset component makers » as their source. The phones will feature Texas Instruments’ 3G platform with EDGE and of course built-in G-Mail and Google Maps. Unfortunately, they will not be GPS enabled. The handsets are also said to sport both Google and carrier branding with « sources » claiming that European’s Orange might be the first carrier to see the hotness. Digitimes doesn’t have the best track record with rumors so please everybody… exhale and let’s wait for secondary confirmation.

Google Phone launching end of 2007? – Engadget

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YouTube serving 100 million videos a day

octobre 16, 2006

Video sharing site YouTube, which was acquired by Google earlier this week, is now serving a staggering 100 million videos a day.

Statistics released by web monitoring firm comScore show that YouTube served an average of 100 million video streams a day during July.

The site was visited by 63 million people aged 15 and over during the month, with an average of 6.2 million users a day. YouTube was the 17th most visited site worldwide for the month.

YouTube served nearly three billion video streams worldwide in July, representing slightly less than a quarter of the total activity streamed to US locations.

On an average daily basis for the month, 96 million streams were served worldwide and 21 million in the US.

« Several media outlets have reported that YouTube streamed 100 million videos daily in July, and the results of our recent study corroborate this report, » said Gian Fulgoni, chairman of comScore Networks.

« In fact, our daily streaming data shows that YouTube first surpassed the 100 million threshold on 17 July, which coincides with YouTube’s own announcement that it had reached this impressive mark.

« Our streaming data covering more recent months will be published shortly, and will show that YouTube’s streaming total now far surpasses 100 million per day. »

Google agreed to acquire YouTube for $1.65bn in stock earlier this week. YouTube will continue to operate independently, and will keep its own headquarters and employees.

YouTube serving 100 million videos a day – vnunet.com

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Google agreed to pay $1.65 billion in stock for YouTube – Video Message from Chad and Steve

octobre 11, 2006

A profitless Web site started by three 20-somethings after a late-night dinner party is sold for more than a billion dollars, instantly turning dozens of its employees into paper millionaires. It sounds like a tale from the late 1990’s dot-com bubble, but it happened yesterday.

First a Message from Chad and Steve 😉

Google, the online search behemoth, agreed yesterday to pay $1.65 billion in stock for the Web site that came out of that party — YouTube, the video-sharing phenomenon that is the darling of an Internet resurgence known as Web 2.0.

YouTube had been coveted by virtually every big media and technology company, as they seek to tap into a generation of consumers who are viewing 100 million short videos on the site every day. Google is expected to try to make money from YouTube by integrating the site with its search technology and search-based advertising program.

But the purchase price has also invited comparisons to the mind-boggling valuations that were once given to dozens of Silicon Valley companies a decade ago. Like YouTube, those companies were once the Next Big Thing, but some soon folded.

Google, with a market value of $132 billion, can clearly afford to take a gamble with YouTube, but the question remains: How to put a price tag on an unproven business?

“If you believe it’s the future of television, it’s clearly worth $1.6 billion,” Steven A. Ballmer, Microsoft’s chief executive, said of YouTube. “If you believe something else, you could write down maybe it’s not worth much at all.”

In a conference call to announce the transaction yesterday, there were eerie echoes of the late 1990’s boom time. There was no mention of what measures Google used to arrive at the price it agreed to pay. At one point, Google’s vice president, David Drummond, gave a cryptic explanation: “We modeled this on a more or less synergistic kind of model. You can imagine this would be hard to do on a stand-alone basis.”

The price tag Google paid may simply have been the cost of beating its rivals — Yahoo, Viacom and the News Corporation — to take control of the most sought-after Web site of the moment. It was also perhaps the only price that two YouTube founders, Chad Hurley, 29, and Steven Chen, 28, and their big venture capital backer, Sequoia Capital Partners, were willing to accept, given that they most likely could have continued as an independent company. A third YouTube founder, Jawed Karim, left the company to pursue an advanced degree at Stanford.

The deal came together in a matter of days. After rebuffing a series of other overtures, YouTube’s founders decided to have lunch on Wednesday with Google’s co-founder, Larry Page, and its chief executive, Eric E. Schmidt. The idea of a deal had been broached a few days earlier. The setting was classic Silicon Valley start-up: a booth at Denny’s near YouTube’s headquarters in San Bruno, Calif. The Google executives threw out an offer of $1.6 billion and autonomy to continue running the business.

That set off a marathon of meetings and conference calls over the next two days, which kicked into even higher gear on Friday, when news of the talks began to circulate, putting pressure on Google to sign a deal before a rival bid emerged. In fact, the News Corporation sent a letter to YouTube seeking to start talks but never received a response.

Dot-Com Boom Echoed in Deal to Buy YouTube – New York Times

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Google, diffuseur mondial de spots publicitaires en ligne

juillet 20, 2006

Le format de publicité vidéo « click-to-play » est désormais disponible sur tout le réseau Google, y compris pour les annonceurs français.

Google étend son offre de format de publicité vidéo « click-to-play » à son réseau mondial, y compris pour les annonceurs français. Jusqu’ici, cette offre n’était réservée qu’aux annonceurs de l’Amérique du Nord.

Le moteur de recherche souhaite dépasser le simple cadre des annonces textuelles pour proposer des formats plus novateurs et attractifs. Les publicités vidéo click-to-play peuvent être ciblées sur des sites spécifiques ou de façon contextuelle. Elles peuvent bénéficier de l’option de ciblage géographique, permettant de cibler une ville en particulier.

Comment Google facture-t-il ce nouveau format publicitaire à travers ses deux programmes de publicité (AdWords et AdSense). Le prix d’une publicité click-to-play est calculé soit sur la base des pages affichées (CPM ou coût pour mille), soit sur les clics générés (cost per clic ou CPC).

Concernant les enchères publicitaires, les publicités vidéo ne changent rien au modèle tradtionnel de Google : elles sont en concurrence avec les autres formes de publicité (texte, image ou flash) pour la visibilité sur les sites.

Absence de frais connexes pour héberger une pub vidéo

La régie publicitaire de Google a cherché à simplifié les démarches des annonceurs qui souhaitent s’exposer en vidéo. Il suffit au client de télécharger le fichier vidéo (d’une durée de deux minutes maximum) vers un serveur vidéo dédié. Aucun frais d’hébergement ou de distribution nest exigé.

Côté utilisateur, ils peuvent visionner les publicités en cliquant sur la fonctionnalité « play » sur la barre de contrôle au bas de la fenêtre pour lancer la vidéo. Des données d’analyse sont transmis aux annonceurs concernant l’efficacité de leurs annonces : taux de visionnage des vidéos, taux de clics pour accéder à leurs sites cibles et durée d’attention des utilisateurs.

VNUnet.fr – Google, diffuseur mondial de spots publicitaires en ligne

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