Google financial results looking good according to Alphabet release


Alphabet has released 2015 third quarter financial results for Google and things are looking good for the search giant. Google experienced a substantial 13 percent growth rate year-over-year in revenues, driven in large part by strength in mobile search revenues. Google and Alphabet CFO Ruth Porat noted that “with six products now having more than 1 billion users globally, we’re excited about the opportunities ahead of Google, and across Alphabet.” Read more

YouTube tries to explain selection of ‘Red’ for new service

YT Red

YouTube launched their new subscription service yesterday, called YouTube Red, and almost immediately the name started drawing some virtual side-eye looks from around the web. For those who have paid attention to the search results when they accidentally searched on the wrong term, there is another video service out there called RedTube that is dedicated to porn videos. YouTube appears to be playing a dangerous game in selecting a name so similar to a porn site for their own premium video service. Read more

You can now pre-order the 128GB Nexus 6P directly from Huawei


You may have noticed that the Huawei-made Nexus 6P is in short supply. If you were hankering after a Nexus 6P with 128GB of storage, Huawei is now offering the model up for pre-order via its online store in Aluminum and Graphite colour options. Instead of joining the waiting list on the Google Store and waiting and wondering when the model will become available again, if you pre-order directly from Huawei the estimated shipping time is late November.

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South Korean government eyes new Google Tax for next year


One of the challenges that is confronting governments around the world is how to deal with increasing globalization and companies that are no longer primarily confined to operating within one country or even one region of the world. More and more, companies like Google, Apple, Samsung and others are becoming major industries in all markets where they operate. Even though they operate in many countries, often generating significant revenues in those markets, they are often sophisticated enough to take advantage of existing tax laws to greatly minimize the taxes they may pay in any given jurisdiction. The G20 plans to take up this issue next month at a meeting in Turkey, but South Korea appears to be ready to implement new tax provisions a year earlier than what the G20 is looking at by moving forward with the so-called “Google Tax” starting in 2016.

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