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Senior Reporter, The Information

Senior reporter @theinformation, formerly @WSJ. Fan of Internet. Read my coverage here: www.theinformation....

All Eyes on Apple as Google Search Deal Expires Next Year

theinformation.com — Mozilla’s decision last week to replace Google with Yahoo as the default search engine for the Firefox browser in the U.S. was a nice little score for Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer. But among companies still wringing billions of dollars a year from search ads, all eyes are on the upcoming expiration of the only search distribution deal that matters anymore: Apple’s Safari Web browser.

The Unicorns That Weren’t

theinformation.com — It’s been a headline-grabbing year for Internet M&A, with large-cap companies such as Apple, Facebook and Amazon.com making their biggest acquisitions in a long time, or ever. There have also been some multibillion-dollar consolidations (Zillow-Trulia, Priceline-OpenTable) as well as several high-profile spin-off announcements that could portend more deal activity next year.

Google’s China App Store Talks Heat Up

theinformation.com — Google intends to launch a version of its Google Play app store in China, hoping to exercise greater influence over a market that accounts for roughly half the people who use its Android mobile operating system, say several people with knowledge of the company’s plans.

Google Search Diaspora Shows Demand for Big Data Handlers

theinformation.com — Google has hired and trained the world’s best search engineers. And so it is no surprise that some continue to trickle to fast-growing startups like Pinterest and Airbnb well as Twitter, Facebook and even Wal-Mart Stores.

Technology Investors Chase a Tiger in India

theinformation.com — SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son last week grabbed headlines for his sudden, aggressive promise to invest $10 billion in Indian Internet startups, but he’s treading on the turf of a prowling tiger.

Amazon, Remember Your Roots

theinformation.com — Amazon.com’s unveiling this week of a video “streaming stick” that attaches to TVs was a refreshing break from its recent, troubled hardware strategy. The $39 Fire TV Stick, while essentially the same as other devices made by rivals like Google, played more to Amazon’s strength as a “horizontal” company that offers a broad array of services including online shopping, media and cloud software.

Google Exec Andy Rubin Leaving Google

theinformation.com — Long-time Google exec and former Android boss Andy Rubin told his team today that he’s leaving Google, according to people close to the company. Mr. Rubin has been working on a slew of secret robotics projects over the past year, after handing over the reins at Android to Sundar Pichai.

Google Exec Andy Rubin Leaving Google

theinformation.com — Long-time Google exec and former Android boss Andy Rubin told his team today that he's leaving Google, according to people close to the company. Mr. Rubin has been working on a slew of secret robotics projects over the past year, after handing over the reins at Android to Sundar Pichai.

Apple Eyes New Uses for NFC Beyond iPhone Payments

theinformation.com — Consumers are just starting to use Apple Pay to make purchases at cash registers and online stores. But Apple representatives have also talked to potential partners about using the technology behind Apple Pay for other sorts of transactions, including building security access and accepting tickets at public transit turnstiles.

Google Accelerates Cloud Offensive

theinformation.com — Google is getting serious about cloud services. For the past two years, the business of running applications for other customers in Google data centers appeared to be a low-priority hobby for the tech giant. But now, as Microsoft and Amazon race ahead, Google executives are prodding their engineers to make its public cloud as fast and powerful as the data centers that run its own apps.
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Nov 25, 2014

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Nov 25, 2014

RT @dannysullivan: Nice scoop from @amir at @theinformation on Bing & Yahoo wanting Google search deal, which comes due next year http://t.…

Nov 25, 2014

@iankar_ Nope. Type Lady Gaga and see which ones have the better experience.

Nov 25, 2014

If @salesforce wants Street to treat it like @amazon, growth can't slow, esp. if it spends billions on M&A. theinformation.com/Salesforce-s-S…

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