Google owns this news cycle, and it’s well won. The company has made another decision, this time with Verizon, though it’s not obvious its decision is definitive. This in the backdrop of a context-setting piece about how the company agonizes over issues of leveraging the data it, and no one but it, has in its possession. Don’t talk to me about Facebook or Twitter, when it comes to monumental decisions. Google still has it over them all. King Lear, you ain’t got nothing on Google.
Google Has A History of Agonizing. Will This Be a Chapter, or A Conclusion? (Searchblog) Google is so fascinating. The company struggles with its power, even as that power is eviscerated by others.
FCC Commissioner On Verizon-Google Proposal: Time To Put Consumers First (TC) Google and Verizon tried to thread a needle. I am not sure the needle wanted thread. And like China, I am not entirely sure Google will like what it’s done here after a few bright morning wake ups with its new bunkmate. Here’s Google’s post on the matter: A joint policy proposal for an open Internet. From what I can tell, this is Google saying to Verizon: “Sure, do what you want in wireless. We need you for Android.” To split wireless from wireline is simply, irreversibly wrong. I can’t say it more clearly than that.
Facebook on ‘lockdown’ as it prepares for war with Google (VentureBeat) Well, there we have it. If Facebook is taking this seriously, then, well, so should we, no? I can tell you this: As we move from a web of pages to a web of people, NO ONE has our identity locked up yet. Not Facebook, and not Google. And I predict neither of them will come out with a product we trust to be our platform for who we really are. We’re not ready. End of story. For now.
Article: Double-Digit Growth for Local Mobile Audience (eMarketer) And you’re still wondering if you should get a strategy here? Really? Location is the most powerful signal we’ve had since search. Did you hear that? Did you?!
Twitter Hires First Ad Sales Executives (ClickZ) About time.
Google To Buy Social Payment Provider Jambool (paidContent) Look, Google is serious about going social. But they don’t have someone who gets it running the whole thing. Really, they don’t, as far as I can tell. Someone social, well, someone who is a media guy. Or am I wrong? Tell me I’m wrong.
FM campaign of the day is Best Buy’s Graffiti contest on Facebook. FM is totally cross platform, has been from day one.
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