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- Google Loses Another Ad Sales Exec
Google may be weathering the economic downturn better than most companies, certainly better than many of its size, but it doesn't mean it couldn't do better. As the company continues to go through a, mostly unwanted, reshuffling of its sales and advertising department execs, it looks like another high-profile exec is about to leave it, if only to return in January to another position. David Fischer, who has led the company's self-serve advertising business, Google's biggest revenue earner, will take a sabbatical leave starting September 21, according to the Silicon Alley Insider. Fischer has been with the company since 2002 and has made the advertising sales department responsible for the AdWords and the AdSense programs. Google's self-serve advertising arm now counts about 4,000 people and it makes up almost 50 percent of the company's revenue and 80 percent of its profits, with AdSense bringing in $1.68 billion in revenue in the second quarter, while Google on the whole made about $3.65 billion. The ad sales exec will leave the company later this month, but will return in a new position next year, when he will lead Google's offerings in some of the most promising and potentially very profitable fields, like geolocation, local content and payments. While Google searches for a replacement, the company's global sa...
- Google Calendar Adds Sports Calendars and Other New Features
Google Calendar, one of the most used event organizers and calendar systems out there, has added some cool new features to its impressive list. From now on, users will be able to add their favorite team's game schedule with just a few clicks inside their own calendar. Alongside the sport calendar, the company’s engineers have introduced a feature called “Contact's Birthday and Events” that will add all of the contact's birthday inside the Google Calendar.As portrayed in the pictures below, the new sports event planner comes complete with a bunch of sport categories and leagues. Currently supporting six sports with the likes of Football, Soccer, Baseball, Basketball, Rugby and Hockey, we doubt that other new sports won't be added in the near future.As it has already shown us with Google Translate, the Internet giant doesn't simply like to launch services and leave them in the dust, but actually continues to develop them, making them even better as time goes on. So, it is safe to say that leagues and sports will be added in the months to come.The idea of the sports calendar came from Ian Whitfield, a Software Engineering Intern at Google, who wanted to keep track of his favorite team through his Google Calendar, without having to add all the team's games by hand th...
- YouTube to Offer Full-Length Hollywood Movie Rentals
Google has big plans for YouTube as it moves further away from webcam videos to professional content. YouTube will start offering full-length streaming movies for rental, putting it in direct competition with the likes of Netflix or Amazon and even Microsoft's Xbox Live. The company is in talks with several big movie studios and plans to launch the program in an internal test. YouTube has already been offering free, full-length movies within an ad-supported format. However, if the talks with Lionsgate Entertainment, Sony and Warner Brothers come to fruition, the site may begin to offer a much greater selection for rental, though some of it may also be free, but with advertising. If the story, first reported by the WSJ, turns out to be true, the new movies could be available as early as the fourth quarter, though the prolonging negotiations are likely to push the date to early next year. The program was supposed to start with a three-month test beginning this month, but the date has apparently been pushed back. In an interesting twist, the trial would involve about 10,000 Google employees, roughly half of the Internet giant's workforce. The movies will go for $3.99 per rental, in line with most of the competition, though, at this price, they are most likely to be in standard definition.
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