Tagged: Internet

Google/AdMob deal okayed

May 21st, 2010 in Technology 0 comments

Google on laptopDespite concerns that Google could extend its Internet marketing dominance into the emerging field of wireless devices, federal regulators approved the company’s $750 million purchase of its mobile advertising rival AdMobLaw Professor Keith Hylton, an authority on antitrust law, said it looks like the right decision given rapid changes in the market such as rival Apple buying the third largest mobile ad network, Quattro Wireless.  Besides, he said, Google doesn’t seemed worried about antitrust threats from the Obama administration.

“[Google] appears to have the administration working diligently on its side on the net neutrality issue, and that is probably worth a lot more than these relatively minor antitrust issues.”

Contact Keith Hylton, 617-353-8959, knhylton@bu.edu

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Google & Yelp, maybe not

December 22nd, 2009 in Technology 0 comments

Google-Yelp logosTalks have broken down after a flurry of stories saying Google was about to buy the online local search and business-review provider Yelp in order to expand search advertising opportunities.  School of Management Professor N. Venkat Venkatraman, chairman of the Information Systems Department, says a Google acquisition of Yelp could benefit both.

“Yelp could play an important part to Google’s social media content and different from simply highlighting Twitter or Facebook results.  For Yelp, it is about investment for growth and finding a good strategic fit with a company with traction.”

Contact N. Venkat Venkatraman, 617-353-7117, venkat@bu.edu

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Apple/Google co-opetition

December 11th, 2009 in Technology 0 comments

Google logoApple Corp. logoAfter years of staying out of each other’s way and thriving, Google and Apple now fight over the same start-up acquisitions and develop competing products.  School of Management Professor N. Venkat Venkatraman, chair of the Information Systems Department, says it embodies the shift under way in how companies compete in the era of convergence shaped by information technologies.

“Managers who fail to see evolving competitive landscape under conditions of convergence will find themselves trapped into rigid business arrangements. This battle should serve as a wake-up call.”

Contact N. Venkat Venkatraman, 617-353-7117, venkat@bu.edu

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Google blinks at publishers

December 2nd, 2009 in Media 0 comments

Google logoGoogle has agreed, as a concession to publishers of paid content news, to let them limit the number of free articles accessed through the Internet search engine.  Journalism Department Chairman Lou Ureneck calls it a positive development for the media indusry, and ultimately for consumers.

“The free traffic in articles that news organizations have put significant money into developing is unsustainable in the long term. This moves the Internet and media closer to a consumer-paid model.”

Contact Lou Ureneck, 617-353-4095, lureneck@bu.edu

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Readers will have final say on newspapers

May 14th, 2009 in Media 0 comments

College of Communication Professor Lou Ureneck, the former Philadelphia Inquirer deputy editor who now chairs the Journalism Department, says the clear public demand for good journalism as measured by online readership could bode well for the troubled newspaper industry.  “If the public’s demand is real,” he says in a Boston Globe op-ed, “the challenge is principally one of packaging and pricing news on the Internet.”

Contact Lou Ureneck, 617-353-4095, lureneck@bu.edu

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