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  • The Westboro Baptist Church Is Going On A Silicon Valley Protest Tour

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    Typically found protesting outside Planned Parenthood locations and soldiers' funerals, the notorious Westboro Baptist Church is planning a protest tour through the heart of Silicon Valley, Valleywag reports. The extreme religious group put out a flyer detailing its route to harass nine Bay Area tech companies, including Facebook, Twitter, Apple, and Google.

    It'll be a tight schedule for the WBC, who plans on spending at least a half hour at each destination, though seemingly has not really accounted for travel time. For example, even though the group only allotted for five minutes between the "visits" to Pinterest and Instagram, a Google Maps search reveals the two are at least an eight minute drive or a 17 minute walk.

    Ironically, the WBC is taking to social media to promote its campaign. "Steve Jobs wasn't a god, he IS a dead fool who resides in hell's flames!" @WBCSays tweeted today with a link to this Instagram:

    And here's the flyer outlining the tour.

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    SEE ALSO: San Francisco protesters are slapping neon green stickers on Airbnb rentals

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  • Here's What It's Like To Be One Of Google's Most Elite New Employees

    Molly Mackinlay

    Since Marissa Mayer started Google's associate product manager program — APM for short — more than a decade ago, it has swelled into one of company's most elite entry-level positions, churning out stars like product management VP Brian Rakowski, who now runs the program, and former Facebook CTO and Quip founder Bret Taylor

    Back in 2002, the company was hiring droves of new engineers and needed to fill product manager positions fast, but experienced people from other big tech companies were used to a top-down command structure that didn't fit in well at Google.

    Mayer started the two-year rotational training program to home-grow managers who would be more "Googley." The program has since become rather legendary, and former Google CEO Eric Schmidt told Steven Levy that he expects an APM alumni to run the company someday.

    The program targets freshly graduated computer science majors in particular. "We're going to throw them in over their heads and give them a lot of responsibility," Mayer has said

    Mayer may no longer be running the program, but its ethos remains. 

    "APMing is a crazy and busy and wonderful and stressful job," Molly Mackinlay, a current APM recruit, told Business Insider. "You’re trying to keep your head over water and trying to make sure you’re doing the best you can at what you’re working on."

    Google APM Mackinlay first came to Google as a software engineering intern after her sophomore year at Stanford. She was hacking away on Google's authorship initiative but found her favorite part of the process was the design.

    She applied to be a Google APM intern, and the following summer she landed a spot in Google's Zurich office. She got a full-time APM position when she graduated.

    The program has a weighty legacy, but she says she's too busy and excited to focus on the pressure. 

    During the first year of the program the APMs don't get to choose which project they work on. The idea is that Google will place each person in a situation they might not have picked but will help them grow.

    Mackinlay landed on the Google Chrome team. She says it was exciting to jump on a project and have her engineering teammates relying on her. Since Google APMs are recent grads without preconceptions about how product management usually works, all of her experience came directly from learning how to do the best job possible in the Google environment. 

    "The way that Google sees product managers is that they’re the people who do what needs to be done, no matter what it is," Mackinlay says. "They fill gaps. They’re shape shifters. They can take on any role that needs to be taken, and juggle them in a way that makes the team work like clockwork, even if it's missing about 16 different gears."

    Google APM TripWhen Business Insider talked to Mackinlay, she had just finished the APM program's traditional, two-week international trip, which spanned four countries, including Germany and Japan. The goal of the whirlwind excursion, which was led by Mayer before she went to Yahoo, is to let the 30-odd APMs see firsthand how people are using technology in different parts of the world. 

    Mackinlay said the experience made her realize that internationalizing Google's products is about so much more than just translating everything into a different language. 

    To optimize a service or feature to someone in a different country, you have to sit down with real users, push aside past ideas of user research, and figure out what they really need, Mackinlay says. For example, when you're designing a product for people who type in characters, a visual search might make more sense.

    "The trip was probably one of the most valuable things I've done in the past six months, as far as making me better at my job," she says. 

    Part of that value was added by the good company she was in. Mackinlay says her brilliant, interesting, and funny peers blew her away and impressed her every single day. Unsurprising, given that only the highest-caliber candidates get selected for the competitive APM program. 

    Because she's passionate about education, Mackinlay was gunning for a role with its classroom team. There were no spots open, but her excitement was so apparent she was given a trial project to work on. 

    "I was working on their project at night and [the Chrome] project during the day and trying to organize Google I/O during lunch breaks," she laughs. The hard work paid off. In August, she'll be moving to New York City to work with the Google Education team.

    Ultimately, Mackinlay's dedication is part of what makes her so "Googley." She says whenever she writes interview feedback for the company, she has to talk about what makes her subject Googley. To answer, she tries to think about whether that person would have something they could talk passionately about to someone next to them at the lunch table for 30 minutes. 

    "It’s figuring out what that person is going to add to the Google community, what makes them come alive," she says. "Being really good at juggling, or having a big collection of board games, or really enjoying playing a sport or hacking on fun projects. If they’re super-pumped about it, whatever it is, that’s what I would say makes someone Googley. Passion. It’s intellectual vitality to use the college admissions words."

    SEE ALSO: 9 Easy Tips For Finding Exactly What You Want On Google

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  • Commission Will Investigate Whether Google Went Too Far To Promote Its Products On Mobile (GOOG)

    Google Chairman Eric Schmidt speaks at a Motorola phone launch event in New York, in this file photo taken September 5, 2012.   REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/Files

    European regulators are preparing what could be a stern challenge to Google Inc's mobile software business in the coming months after a nearly four-year investigation into the company's Web search practices left rivals and European politicians dissatisfied.

    Two sources with direct knowledge of the matter said that with a new antitrust chief taking over in November, European regulators are laying the groundwork for a case centered on whether Google abuses the 80 percent market share of its Android mobile operating system to promote services from maps to search.

    The Commission has stepped up inquiries just in recent weeks, sending companies questionnaires that seek far more details than previous queries on the matter in 2011 and 2013.

    In one questionnaire seen by Reuters, respondents were asked whether there was a requirement set by Google, written or unwritten, that they not pre-install apps, products or services on mobile devices that compete with Google software like its search engine, app store and maps.

    Companies must provide emails, faxes, letters, notes from phone calls and meetings, and presentations stretching as far back as 2007 related to such deals with Google, suggesting the European Commission wants to know if Google’s behavior has been long-term. Respondents have been given until early September to reply to more than 40 questions.

    While any company is free to use the open-source Android as they choose, mobile handset makers that want to use the newest version must sign a contract that stipulates a minimum number of Google services be pre-installed on devices, according to a third source, a former Google executive with knowledge of the matter.

    The impending Android inquiry adds to a growing list of regulatory challenges that complicate the Internet company's ambitions in a vital market. Europe accounted for more than $30 billion in digital advertising spending in 2013.

    The European Commission is likely to start a formal probe into Android once it wraps up an investigation into whether Google ranks its own services higher than those of its rivals in search results, according to the two people with knowledge of the matter.

    One of the sources said going after Android would help stem a growing chorus of complaints.

    Google struck a deal with Almunia in February by agreeing to display rivals' links more prominently, but the preliminary settlement was criticized as inadequate by rivals such as Microsoft Corp, U.S. consumer review site Yelp Inc and German and Spanish publishers, as well as some European politicians.

    Outgoing European Commission antitrust chief Joaquin Almunia may decide to open a second case against Google at the same time he announces the closing of the first, the source said.

    “It’s a political game. Can Almunia afford not to bring a case? He has to bring a case,” the source said.

    WAVE OF DISTRUST

    Google faces criticism in Europe about everything from privacy to tax policies, and is wrestling with a European court’s ruling that requires it to remove links from search results that individuals find objectionable.

    Android's 80 percent market share is at a level akin to Microsoft's Windows, itself the target of a long-running European investigation.

    At the same time, the company has grown so large as to inspire distrust in some corners, with a chorus of public criticism from politicians and business executives. Mathias Dopfner, the Chief Executive of German publisher Axel Springer said he was “afraid” of Google in an April open letter published in German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. Axel Springer is a member of the Open Internet Project, which has submitted a complaint against Google to the EC.

    "They are in a stormy patch at the moment" in Europe, says Alasdair Young, a professor at Georgia Tech’s Sam Nunn School of International Affairs. “It’s pretty unusual for a company to be hit by so many big policy threats at the same time.”

    The search investigation is not a done deal, with the Commission having indicated it may seek more concessions from Google before making a final decision in September.

    But the real fight may be shifting to mobile.

    Search is "like the movie everybody's already walked out of," said David Balto, a former Policy Director at the Federal Trade Commission in the United States, who has done some consulting work for Google. "People are going in there, trying to collect the popcorn boxes, but they don’t notice the movie’s over."

    Android represents a crucial channel for Google to extend its search engine into the mobile world. Regulatory action that impedes Google’s ability put search front-and-center within Android could threaten its primary money-making service.

    Handset makers such as Samsung and LG Electronics may also benefit by being freer to pre-install or alternative online services on devices. That may in turn grant better shop-window placement to rival services from Microsoft and Yahoo.

    A Google spokeswoman said in an emailed statement that Google is committed to keeping Android open and that "anyone can use Android without Google, and anyone can use Google without Android."

    "Since Android's introduction, greater competition in the smartphone market has given consumers more and better choices. Both the U.S. FTC and Korean Fair Trade Commission have examined Google's agreements around Android in depth and concluded that there was no cause for legal concern," the spokeswoman said.

    LONG ARM OF THE LAW

    But the questionnaires sent to telecoms operators and handset makers using Android suggest that the European regulators are looking for evidence to build its case.

    Regulators asked if Google had ever communicated "that it was not in favor of your undertaking manufacturing, marketing or launching a smart mobile device with your own or a third-party application or service pre-installed or set as default."

    Another question asked for examples of major commercial difficulties faced by app stores competing with Google Play. The watchdog also asked for details of revenue-sharing with Google.

    Much will depend on Almunia’s successor. The 66-year-old Spaniard, whose term as antitrust chief ends in October, has fueled a growing feeling within the Commission that he may have been too soft on Google. The incoming head may decide to take a tougher line following criticism in recent months from French and German ministers as well as European lawmakers.

    Mindful of the Commission’s power to impose multi-billion euro fines and the distraction of a drawn-out regulatory battle that could hurt the corporate image, Google will likely seek a quick end to any Android probe, said Andreas Kafetzopoulos, a lawyer at Dechert, whose practice focuses on European competition law.

    “In fast-moving technology markets, protracted adversarial antitrust proceedings rarely benefit anyone. Settlement would again be the most likely outcome of a new Google case,” Kafetzopoulos said.

    (Editing by Edwin Chan and Grant McCool)

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  • Google Apps Customers No Longer Need A Google+ Account To Use Hangouts

    Chromebox for meetingsGoogle just updated its Hangouts and Chromebox for Meetings features to make business videoconferences a lot easier.

    Effective today, all Google Apps customers will be able to access Hangouts, even if you don’t have a Google+ account. This opens up the service to more than 5 million businesses that currently use Google Apps for Business. 

    Google Hangouts will also enjoy the same Terms of Service as Google Apps for Business products, such as Gmail, Doc, and Drive. This gives Hangouts users the same business-level support, like 24-7 phone service, as other Google Apps for Business users enjoy.

    Other updates include allowing up to 15 participants in the same video conference call, and partnerships with Blue Jeans and InterCall that will let their users join Hangout calls any time. 

    Also, Chromebox for Meetings, the videoconference device that makes it easier to use Hangouts, will be available in UK and Japan in the coming weeks. Starting today, you can link two Chromebox for Meetings screens to a single device, so you could have your presentation slides on one screen and the conference call on the other. 

    Chromebox for Meetings will also be produced by Dell starting this September, joining Asus and Samsung as its main manufacturer.

    “The goal of this launch is to make it easier for employees and businesses to communicate by video. Our customers recognize the value of connecting face-to-face and are driving this demand,” a Google spokesperson told Business Insider.

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  • Your Google Searches Could Predict The Next Stock Market Crash

    china stock market greenResearchers from Boston University and Warwick Business School have found a way to identify what people are Google searching right before a stock market fall. 

    The researchers took the painstaking liberty of categorizing every word on Wikipedia into different topics — the words "management," "business," and "bank" would fall under the broader category of "business," according to Fast Company.

    From there, the teams of researchers used Google Trends to figure out how often each week U.S. internet users searched for these words between 2004 and 2012. 

    "By mining these data sets, we were able to identify a historic link between rises in searches for terms for both business and politics, and a subsequent fall in stock market prices," Suzy Moat, a professor of behavioral science at Warwick Business School, said in a statement.

    Their study, "Quantifying the semantics of search behavior before stock market moves," was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Their research suggests that this method could be applied to identify search terms before any real-world disaster — not just a stock market crash.

    SEE ALSO: Spain Just Passed An Insane Law Taxing Google For Linking To News

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  • The Highest-Paying Jobs At Apple [RANKED] (AAPL)

    Tim Cook Customer

    Who gets paid more at Apple: designers or engineers? 

    We've assembled a list of some of the top-paid jobs at Apple, based on data gathered from Glassdoor.

    Salary data on Glassdoor is based on anonymous salary reports that were voluntarily shared by both current and recent employees.

    Start printing your resume if you see your role on here.

    21. Mac Genius

    Salary: $41,824

    Mac Geniuses are super important to the shopping experience at Apple's stores. But they don't receive a lot of love from Apple, it seems (at least in terms of salary). 



    20. Assistant Apple Store manager

    Salary: $51,287

    Apple needs some people to help run its stores. Assistant store managers get paid better than the rank-and-file Mac Geniuses and sales representatives.



    19. Lead Mac Genius

    Salary: $52,206

    After you've spent a little bit of time at an Apple Store as a Genius, you'll get paid a little bit more.

    Lead Mac Geniuses get paid about half what a good software engineer at Apple gets paid.



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  • Spain Just Passed An Insane Law Taxing Google For Linking To News (GOOG)

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    Last week, Spain passed a law that taxes any site that links to articles published by members of Spain's newspaper association with descriptions of their work.

    The law has been nicknamed the "Google Tax" because it specifically targets Google News, as well as other news aggregation systems. 

    This sounds crazy: Google News, which lists major headlines on a given topic with a line from each piece, is great for publishers because it pushes tons of readers onto their websites. 

    As Julio Alonso points out on Medium, this law follows the precedent of one passed in Germany. In that case, Google got out of having to pay taxes by de-listing all sites from Google News unless they officially waived their right to a fee. In Spain's case, the law says it is an "inalienable right" that editors can tax any site that links to their articles, meaning that publishers can't opt-out and Google can't use the same strategy it used in Germany. 

    At this point, it isn't clear how much compensation Google and others would have to pay out per link, which publishers from Spain's newspaper association would benefit from the tax, or how cases would be tried. Quartz reports that internet entrepreneurs are up-in-arms because they fear it will stifle innovation. 

    Spanish Congress passed the law, called Canon AEDE, and it will next have to be passed by the Senate in September.

    Spanish newspapers have long argued that Google News takes unfair advantage of them. Google doesn't make money off ads in Google News, but the search giant is still considered a competitor to local industries that should be treated with caution.

    If the law becomes official, Techdirt says Google may ax the Spanish version of Google News entirely.

    SEE ALSO: 9 Easy Tips For Finding Exactly What You Want On Google

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  • REPORT: Google May Be Testing A New Feature To Make Its Search Results Even More Helpful

    GoogleTimeline

    Google already presents a bunch of useful information from Wikipedia when you search for a historical event, pop culture term, or celebrity.

    But Google may be building a new feature into its search engine that shows even more Wikipedia information, including an interactive timeline for certain events — making it much easier to view contextual information at a glance.

    Google+ user Florian Kiersch found some screenshots showcasing an interactive timeline for events based on Wikipedia information. 

    Kiersch's blog post about the new feature was first spotted by Android news blog Android Police.

    The potential feature presents a timeline showing key points in a given historical event. The timeline would appear just above the search results, similar to the way Google already presents data from Wikipedia when you search for a popular topic.

    Kiersch posted a screenshot showing what search results for "World War I" would look like with this timeline.

    GoogleTimeline3

    Google is believed to be calling this feature "Knowledge Graph," according to Kiersch.

    Users will be able to interact with this timeline by hovering their mouse over certain items in the graph, which would pull up more information about that particular event, he said in his blog post. As you can see in the screenshot below, clicking on one of those terms will launch a new search for that topic. 

    GoogleTimeline2

    Kiersch cautions this tool is likely in its early testing stages, so we probably won't see it roll out anytime soon. 

    This also isn't the first time Kiersch has claimed to have obtained information about Google's upcoming plans for search. Back in May, he reported that Google is testing a new feature for bookmarking websites known as "Stars," but we haven't heard any news about it since. 

    SEE ALSO: Google May Be Breaking Into The Phablet Market In An Enormous Way

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  • A 30-Year-Old Law Is Creating A Crisis In San Francisco

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    On July 9, dozens of San Francisco protesters gathered to rally against Urban Green, a real estate developer threatening to evict a 98-year-old woman from her 40-year home in the Mission neighborhood.

    It sounds absurd, and Urban Green eventually announced it would not evict Mary Phillips. But this isn't an uncommon fear among Bay Area residents. One particular piece of California legislation has helped this same story to play out differently over the past 30 years, forcing many out of their San Francisco homes.

    One year after a 1984 legal battle in Santa Monica, California, the state passed the Ellis Act, a polarizing law that allows landlords to evict tenants and leave the rental housing business. Since landlords cannot evict tenants without a just cause, the law gives them a simple way to kick out residents and empty a building: closing up shop.

    The law was proposed — and is still used — to protect landlords from local governments forcing them to continue renting properties to fit market needs, according to Protect the Ellis Act, a campaign supporting the law. The actual text of the law says, "No public entity shall ... compel the owner of any residential real property to offer, or to continue to offer, accommodations in the property for rent or lease."

    The 3,300-word bill uses the word "evict" once.

    But in 2014 San Francisco, the Ellis Act has become more and more associated with the housing and income inequality struggles plaguing the Bay Area.

    san francisco google eviction protestSince the tech boom in the 1990s, speculation has become fairly common practice in San Francisco, exponentially driving rent up across the Bay Area. Often, landlords who use the Ellis Act to evict tenants then sell their properties to real estate developers, technically leaving the business. The buildings don't completely disappear from the market, of course, and more often than not fall into the hands of real estate developers looking to raise rent and reap profits.

    "There's other reasons of course to evict tenants, and that would be like someone doesn’t pay their rent on time. Right? But if you're tenants in a building and you're law abiding and a good tenant, how do you get them out if you're a real estate speculator? So this is the devious way they’re doing that," Eviction Free San Francisco member Ron Winter told Business Insider.

    The next step for these speculators is to flip the properties from multi-unit buildings into luxury condos or single-family mansions. The San Francisco Chronicle reports that between 2010 and 2013, Ellis Act evictions increased 170%. With more than 100 Ellis Act evictions each year, the practice immensely limits the city's capacity for affordable housing. It's not unheard of for a flipped property to cost more than eight times its former rent-controlled price. 

    San Francisco rent rates in general are alarmingly high. Curbed recently reported the city's median rent weighs in at $3,200, with of course some neighborhoods scoring as much as $1,000 more. And while these prices might be reasonable for a Twitter or Google engineer, the median San Franciscan household makes just slightly more than that at $74,000 per year, according to U.S. census data.

    When a tenant is evicted via Ellis Act, he or she loses any previous rent control privileges, which can easily force a renter out of the city. Mission resident Benito Santiago told KQED he was issued an Ellis Act eviction from his $575 per month one-bedroom apartment with an offer to move into the future space for $4,000 per month.

    “I mean, how am I going to afford that?” Santiago said.

    At least one Silicon Valley worker has stirred up some controversy through the Ellis Act. Google lawyer Jack Halprin has recently been the subject of a handful of protests against the tech industry, almost becoming the human manifestation of the both the tech industry's and Ellis Act's effect on the San Francisco housing market.

    Halprin has been accused of Ellising tenants from his Guerrero Street property in the Mission with no plans to turn them over to another landlord. Halprin has publicly said he won't convert the units into condos, MissionLocal reports, though he does plan to continue living in the building, which formerly held seven separate flats.

    Among those evicted by Halprin were several teachers, a fact that has become a rallying point for protesters.

    Google Protest Jack Halprin

    Debra Carlton, senior vice president of public affairs for the California Apartments Association, told Business Insider these cases involving owner-occupied spaces are actually the most common, and are a major reason why the law still exists. She said the vast majority of properties Ellised hold fewer than five units.

    "You have small properties, we're not talking about apartment complexes," she said.

    Unlike Halprin's lavish living situation, most of the landlords her organization represents evict tenants under the Ellis Act in order to free up space for their own families. This is especially true for older family members who need extra care, she said. 

    Carlton said she understands that tenants are frequently taken advantage of, but suggested that San Francisco's housing problems stem from other areas besides the Ellis Act, like limited availability and building troubles. 

    "It's really ironic that landlords have become the bad guy," Carlton said.

    This spring there was a push to reform the Ellis Act, which the CAA opposed. The reform would require landowners to hold a property for at least five years before Ellising. In theory, speculators wouldn't be able to flip properties nearly as fast as they do now, though landlords would still retain their rights to leave the business in an honest way. The bill passed in the state senate but failed in the state assembly, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

    "I think San Francisco needs to be able to handle this themselves without a state law that governs what they do," Assembly Democrat Cheryl Brown told the Chronicle. Brown was one of four assembly members to vote no on the bill.

    "San Francisco can take care of their own issues."

    Winter attributes the voting to real estate lobbyists, but says a future ballot measure could reform tax law in the city, which would add unattractive taxes to flipped properties. But more than anything else, Winter advocates for tenant education on the way the Ellis Act works and strong community support for those issued evictions, like his neighbor Mary Phillips.

    "There are success stories, but we hope there are more in the future," he said.

    SEE ALSO: This one intersection explains why housing is so expensive in San Francisco

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  • 9 Easy Tips For Finding Exactly What You Want On Google

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    You're probably not using Google to its full advantage. 

    Although everyone knows how to search for something, there are a few quick tips that can help you get the exact results you're looking for, faster.

    Google offers a "Power Searching" class and we took it so you don't have to.

    In the class, Dr. Dan Russell, a research scientist at Google guides you through different lessons.

    Use these examples from his lessons to learn how to filter and focus your search results to get the answers you want.

    SEE ALSO: Awesome Google Features You May Not Have Known About

    First, let's start with some basic search features that you can use to get information you need really, really quickly.

    • Type "movies" followed by a town or city to pull up a list of movies that are showing locally.
    • Google "capital of" followed by any city to get a bolded answer.
    • If you search "weather" followed by a city or a zip code, you'll get the latest forecast. 
    • If you search a flight code — say Hawaiian Airlines 24 — you'll get instant flight information. 
    • Try Googling "time in Singapore" or any other city. 
    • Make conversions simple by searching something like "300 yards in miles" or "212F in C."



    (As usual, you might be able to find an Easter egg or two.)



    Now for some ways to filter your results. Google has a set of "operators" that you can add to your search to give it special instructions.

     



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    Last year we introduced our new affiliate platform partner, PHG, providing added countries and unified program reporting. Today we are announcing the migration of 39 Europe and South America countries to this single platform.

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  • Affiliate Reporting Holiday Shutdown 2013-12-18T18:46:21Z

    As a reminder, the iTunes Connect holiday shutdown schedule will also impact the affiliate program tools.

    Affiliate program reporting may be impacted from approximately from Saturday, December 21 to Friday, December 27, 2013. Some of the affiliate tools will be temporarily suspended or updated less frequently.

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  • Affiliate Reporting Planned Downtime 2013-10-16T02:04:16Z

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    All sales are still being recorded and will be recognized by PHG and TradeDoubler respectively once reporting is resumed.

    • Clicks will still be reported to PHG and TradeDoubler
    • Free items will still be reported daily on the PHG platform

    Only paid items are impacted by this downtime.

    If you have any questions please contact the Affiliate Helpdesk at http://affiliate.itunes.apple.com/support.

  • 20 Additional Countries Added to the PHG Platform 2013-09-30T19:07:38Z

    We are happy to announce the continued expansion of the Affiliate Program with 20 new countries added today to the PHG platform. This brings the total of new countries to 43. The total number of countries on the PHG platform (existing plus new) is 49, providing a tremendous opportunity for iTunes affiliates.

    If you are already signed up for the Affiliate Program on PHG then you are automatically opted-in to start earning commission in these new countries.

    New Countries
    Armenia
    Bahamas Bahrain
    Barbados Belarus Bermuda
    Botswana
    Cayman Islands Croatia
    Dominica Kenya Mauritius
    Moldova Nigeria Oman
    Tanzania Trinidad and Tobago Uganda
    Uzbekistan Yemen

    Click here for a full list of all countries in the Affiliate Program.

    If you have not already signed up for the Affiliate Program on PHG you can go to http://affiliate.itunes.apple.com/apply to apply and start earning commission in all 49 countries.

  • 17 New Countries Added to the PHG Platform 2013-09-04T23:03:54Z

    We are very happy to announce the expansion of the iTunes Affiliate Program with 17 new countries now available on the PHG platform.

    If you are already signed up for the Affiliate Program on PHG then you are automatically opted-in to start earning commission in these new countries.

    Egypt India Indonesia
    Israel Jordan Kazakhstan
    Kuwait Lebanon Macau
    Malaysia Philippines Qatar
    Saudi Arabia Thailand Ukraine
    United Arab Emirates Vietnam

    Click here for a full list of all countries in the Affiliate Program.

    If you have not already signed up for the Affiliate Program on PHG you can go to http://affiliate.itunes.apple.com/apply to apply and start earning commission in all 29 countries.

  • iOS Apps from PHG and TradeDoubler 2013-08-29T19:00:43Z

    Did you know PHG and TradeDoubler offer iOS apps to keep track on how you are performing?

    Get the PHG ExactView app

    Get the TradeDoubler app

  • Important Affiliate Program Changes 2013-08-19T14:59:33Z

    We're introducing a new affiliate platform partner, PHG, which will support the Affiliate Program's expansion to more countries and provide improved reporting tools. If you are currently participating in the Affiliate Program in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Japan, Australia, or New Zealand, you will now be supported by this new platform. To continue earning commissions without interruption, set up a new affiliate account and update all existing links by October 1, 2013. Join now or learn more.

  • Tools Update 2013-06-17T21:27:21Z

    The locations for Link Maker and RSS Feed Generator have recently been updated.

    Link Maker at https://linkmaker.itunes.apple.com.

    RSS Feed Generator at https://rss.itunes.apple.com.

    Please be sure to update any bookmarks you may have as the old locations will become unavailable soon.


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