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  • One big reason Windows 10 should scare Google

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    With 14 million installations in its first 24 hours, Windows 10 is looking like a hit. 

    But one big question remains: Why would Microsoft give Windows 10 away for free? 

    Here's one possible answer. And it should keep Google awake at night. 

    Google gives you all of its goodies for free, from search to Gmail to YouTube, because it wants to harvest your personal data and use it to serve you more ads. 

    Meanwhile, with Windows 10, Microsoft is trying something a little different. Rather than treating the operating system itself as the cash cow, as it used to, it's now all about subscription services, microtransactions, and all kinds of other ways it can make money off of you.

    One of those money-making methods is advertising. Mostly search advertising on Bing. (Microsoft recently offloaded its display ad business.)

    By default, Microsoft collects a whole bunch of information from you and anonymously shares it with advertisers. If you sift through Microsoft's privacy statements, that includes the content of emails, instant messages, documents uploaded to OneDrive, the searches you do with Bing, and so on. 

    windows 10 edge browser cortanaIt's not super-different from what Google does, and nothing here is especially sinister by that standard. 

    But a lot of these services — these potential sources of personal information — are baked in to Windows 10. If Microsoft ships 1 billion Windows 10 devices in three years, as it hopes to do, that's a lot of personal information to sell ads against. 

    Google got where it is by giving customers a whole bunch of useful tools that work on just about any device that they have, all tied together by one account that makes it easier to track them across devices.

    Similarly. Microsoft is making all of its best stuff — Office, Outlook, even the Cortana digital assistant that comes with Windows 10 — available for free on Android and iOS, requiring just a Microsoft login. Microsoft can sell hyper-accurate information to advertisers, because you'll be using your same account on desktop and mobile alike.

    And speaking of Cortana, the whole sales pitch there is that she gets smarter the more that you use her, presenting you with ever-more-relevant news, links, and information.

    Of course, that also means that Microsoft learns even more about you, and can deliver that to advertisers. Plus, by default, Cortana and the new Edge browser both use Bing as the default search engine, goosing up the number of actual ads it delivers to users. 

    If you're worried, Microsoft has a site to opt out of advertising, and you might want to go to the "Privacy" page in Windows 10's Settings menu and turn everything off. 

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    In short, despite being way behind in search market share, Microsoft hasn't given up on Google's game: providing lots of web services that it can turn into a profitable advertising business. And Windows 10 itself could be the secret weapon that makes it a credible threat to the Google advertising empire. 

    SEE ALSO: Microsoft reveals some unexpected plans for Windows 10

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  • Microsoft could see an opportunity to poke Google in the eye with Uber investment

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    Microsoft is an investor in Uber's monster "close to $1 billion" round that values the car service company at $50 billion, the Wall Street Journal reported this afternoon. 

    Bloomberg separately reported that Microsoft is "considering" the investment.

    It's odd that Microsoft would make such a big late-stage investment in a company like Uber, which falls well outside of its recent focus on user productivity.

    But with the growing split between Uber and Google, Microsoft might see an opportunity to swoop in and have a presence in the growing on-demand market — and all the data being generated by millions of users taking millions of rides.

    Google Ventures, the startup financing arm of the search advertising giant, invested $250 million in Uber in 2013. But in recent months, the two companies have become competitors, with Uber recruiting Carnegie Mellon's artificial intelligence labs as it looks to build its own fleet of self-driving cars to compete with Google's. 

    Uber and Microsoft have also teamed up before: Uber presented at Microsoft's recent Build conference, where it showed off an integration with Outlook that would let you hail a cab to your next appointment straight from the calendar. Meanwhile, in June, Uber acquired Microsoft's Bing Maps street mapping technology and hired 100 of its workers. 

    Uber is also collecting a lot of data on things like traffic flow around cities, and there might be tie-ins with Microsoft's data analytics products and services there.

    Microsoft did not respond to a request for comment. 

    SEE ALSO: Uber is officially a $50 billion company

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  • Google is fighting back against an attempt to make the 'right to be forgotten' apply worldwide (GOOG)

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    Google is fighting back against an attempt by a French regulator to make it apply the divisive "right to be forgotten" worldwide.

    The American search giant is refusing to recognise French privacy watchdog Commission Nationale de l'Informatique et des Libertés' (CNIL) "global authority" and has formally requested that it withdraw its order, Politico reports — potentially opening the door to fines for non-compliance.

    The right to be forgotten is the principle that people should be able to appeal to search engines to have information about them that is outdated or irrelevant removed from search listings — even if the information is factually accurate.

    It was implemented in Europe following a ruling by a Spanish court in May 2014, and its introduction has pitted privacy activists against freedom of speech advocates. The former say that it is necessary so that people's pasts do not hang over them forever, while the latter argue that it restricts internet users' free access to information.

    Google strongly opposes to the right to be forgotten, but it implemented the ruling on European versions of the Google website anyway. This means European citizens can now send in requests to the search giant and, if approved, the web pages identified will be removed from search results. (The web pages themselves are not removed.) Google has approved around 1 million requests since its introduction.

    However, it is only implemented on European domains, like Google.co.uk and Google.fr — visitors to Google.com and other global versions of the site will see the full, uncensored results. This has angered CNIL. It wants Google to implement the right to be forgotten worldwide, arguing that "in order to be effective, delisting must be carried out on all extensions of the search engine."

    In practice, this would mean that if a French resident successfully appealed to have a URL delisted, it would be removed from search results across the globe — not just in countries where European courts have any jurisdiction.

    When CNIL gave the initial order, a Google spokesperson told Business Insider that the company has "been working hard to strike the right balance in implementing the European Court’s ruling, co-operating closely with data protection authorities. The ruling focused on services directed to European users, and that's the approach we are taking in complying with it."

    It has now hardened its stance, with global privacy counsel Peter Fleischer arguing in a blogpost on Thursday that CNIL's order "a troubling development that risks serious chilling effects on the web." He explains:

    While the right to be forgotten may now be the law in Europe, it is not the law globally. Moreover, there are innumerable examples around the world where content that is declared illegal under the laws of one country, would be deemed legal in others: Thailand criminalizes some speech that is critical of its King, Turkey criminalizes some speech that is critical of Ataturk, and Russia outlaws some speech that is deemed to be “gay propaganda."

    If the CNIL’s proposed approach were to be embraced as the standard for Internet regulation, we would find ourselves in a race to the bottom. In the end, the Internet would only be as free as the world’s least free place.

    As such, Google is setting itself up for a confrontation with the regulator. "We believe that no one country should have the authority to control what content someone in a second country can access," Fleischer writes. "As a matter of principle, therefore, we respectfully disagree with the CNIL’s assertion of global authority on this issue and we have asked the CNIL to withdraw its Formal Notice."

    What happens next? Politico reports that CNIL says it will respond within two months to Google's argument — and that the organisation has the power to fine Google for non-compliance.

    Whatever the outcome, it is another strain on the California company's already-fractured relationship with Europe. It dominates the market on the continent even more so than it does in the US — 91% (desktop) search share versus 77% in the US — and has become the subject of considerable ire from authorities. Issues include accusations of tax avoidance, antitrust allegations, and previous clashes with Spanish regulators over linking to news sites.

    matt brittin google europe bossAt the start of June, Google's new European boss Matt Brittin — appointed in February — gave his first public interview. He admitted that Google had made mistakes in the past, and said that "as far as Europe is concerned: We get it. We understand that people here are not the same in their attitudes to everything as people in America." Brittin identified a failure of communication as part of the reason relationships have deteriorated: "We just didn't have the people on the ground to be able to have some of those conversations as we grew."

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  • These are the biggest insider sellers of the year


    Bill Gates topped a list of the biggest insider sellers, which was dominated by the big names in tech.

    Gates sold more than $717 million (£460 million) of Microsoft stock this year, according to Sqoop.com.

    Google cofounders Sergey Brin and Larry Page sold more than $1 billion of their company stock between them, while former Twitter CEO Evan Williams sold $275 million (£176 million) of shares in the company he helped set up.

    Here's the list of the top 10 insider sellers as ranked by Sqoop:

    Company Seller Amount
    Microsoft Bill Gates $717,407,400
    Google Sergey Brin $542,622,259
    Google Larry Page $538,428,550
    Carnival Corp Micky Arison $433,700,000
    Family Dollar Stores Howard Levine $278,809,852
    Twitter Evan Williams $275,037,833
    Best Buy Richard Schulze $253,690,144
    CBS Leslie Moonves $210,033,068
    Diamond Resorts Stephen Cloobeck $176,469,679
    Quintiles Transnational Dennis Gillings $162,327,527


    Tech insiders hold four spots on the top-10 list. Sqoop doesn't say whether these are preplanned sales or not. The raw data doesn't mean the executives are bailing on their businesses. 

    Most of the big sellers Sqoop found were former executives who now work at investment companies managing other people's money, who were removed from the final list.

    "Once you weed out the Wall Street insiders on the list like Goldman, Thomas H. Lee, Madison Deerborne, and Welsh Carson, the list narrows quickly to fewer than 20 individuals out of the top 200 we examined," Sqoop's Bill Hanke's said.

    Company insiders can sell off stock as long as they inform the market and only use information available to other investors to make their decision.

    Seventeen companies sold off more than a $1 billion (£642 million) in stocks through May of this year, and the 40 largest sellers Sqoop compiled made a little over $50.7 billion in total.

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  • There's a billionaire hedge fund manager in the new Google CFO's Wall Street fanclub

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    Billionaire hedge fund manager Leon Cooperman, the founder of $10 billion Omega Advisors, is super bullish on Google and its new CFO. 

    The 72-year-old investor said in his fund's second-quarter letter that he snapped up a position in the tech giant in mid-April.

    He bought in when Google was trading at $602 per share. They're currently trading above $655, which represents a return of almost 9% in a little over three months. 

    One of the main appeals of Google is the new CFO, Ruth Porat, according to Cooperman. 

    Porat, who was widely regarded as the most powerful woman on Wall Street in her previous role as CFO of Morgan Stanley, joined Google back in March.

    She made a great impression on a lot of Wall Street analyst during her first Google's quarterly earnings call this month. One wrote that her hire felt like "the dawn of a new era" for the company.

    Cooperman described her debut as a "tectonic shift" for the way Google treats shareholders in his July letter to investors.

    Here is Cooperman (emphasis ours):

    In mid-April, we initiated a position in GOOGL on the belief that the business was not being fully appreciated by the market. At the time, GOOGL and the S&P 500 were trading at the same 16x P/E multiple. However, GOOGL had superior fundamentals on just about every financial metric versus the S&P – Revenue Growth, EBITDA Margin, Cash Flow and Earnings.

    GOOGL shares were trading at a discount because of several perceptions that had gained a following in the market such as search was dying because of mobile applications, competition from Facebook, poor capital allocation and management turnover. While we acknowledge that consumers are in fact spending more time in applications, our belief is that Search is still relevant in the mobile world and that the incoming CFO, Ruth Porat, can take a more shareholder-friendly approach to OpEx and CapEx.

    The company reported earnings on July 16th and showed a strong EPS beat vs. consensus numbers. The company announced it now has more than 1 billion users across Google Search, YouTube, Android, Chrome and Google Maps. Additionally, the strong performance in the company was driven by core Search – especially on mobile – and YouTube. Lastly, Ruth Porat made her debut on the earnings call and presented what we consider a tectonic shift for the way GOOGL treats shareholders. She made it clear that proper resource allocation stretches across OpEx and CapEx and that the company is going to be focused on making efficient and effective investments across the board. Additionally, Ruth said that her focus is on maximizing shareholder value over the medium and long-term and debt could theoretically be a part of that equation. GOOGL currently has ~$65bn in net cash of which ~$40bn is overseas.

    While the stock has moved in our favor since initiating the position, we continue to be excited about the new approach to cost controls that GOOGL is rolling out across their organization. Cost controls coupled with a healthy core business should lead to margin expansion, revenue re-acceleration and more earnings beats. When we initiated the position we had modeled $35 in 2016 EPS at 20x for a price target of $705. Given the new disclosure, solid performance and message from the company, we raised our 2016 EPS estimate post earnings to $36 and upped our multiple to 22x given the shareholder friendly approach to arrive at an $800 price target. With the new cost controls in place we believe it is very possible to see GOOGL grow EPS north of 20% in the coming years which we feel should provide a sustained bid for the shares. Increasing leverage, share buybacks, tax repatriation and other one-off events represent additional upside to our price target. As we head into the second half of the year, we continue to believe that GOOGL shares represent an attractive risk reward.

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    The retail sector is undergoing a major transformation driven by digital. Technology is changing the way people shop, as well as how retailers operate. 

    BI Intelligence has created a slide deck highlighting the biggest e-commerce trends in retail. Some of the topics we cover in the deck include:

    • The size of the retail and e-commerce markets.
    • The breakdown of e-commerce sales by product category. 
    • How legacy retailers are faring.
    • New e-commerce players.
    • Disrupting last-mile delivery. 

    The companies mentioned in this year’s presentation include:

    Walmart, Target, Amazon, eBay, Google, Uber, JCPenney, Gap, Kroger, Kohl’s, Macy’s, Safeway, SuperValu, Albertsons, Blue Apron, HelloFresh, Plated, Instacart, FreshDirect, Peapod, Fresh Market, Harris Teeter, Whole Foods, Birchbox, Olay, L'Oreal, Avon, Ulta, CVS, Walgreens, Sephora, Postmates, FedEx, UPS, US Postal Service

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  • Google's ex-diversity chief opened a women's history museum that turned out to be about Jack the Ripper (GOOG)


    A new museum originally billed as a celebration of east London women and the suffragettes has been branded a “sick joke” by local residents after it opened as a venue dedicated to the crimes of Jack the Ripper.

    In the planning application for the site, a few hundred metres from the Tower of London, residents were promised “the only dedicated resource in the East End to women’s history”. It was approved by Tower Hamlets council earlier this year.

    But it was only when the covers came down last week that residents found the museum’s subject matter had changed so dramatically. The Ripper was the name given to the man behind a series of barbarous and unsolved murders of sex workers in London’s East End between 1888 and 1891. He has never been definitively identified.

    “It’s like some sort of sick joke,” said Julian Cole, a film-maker who lives near the Cable Street site. “You propose a museum celebrating the achievements of women and then it turns out to be a museum celebrating London’s most notorious murderer of women. I don’t have any objections to a Jack the Ripper museum, it’s a commercial enterprise like the London Dungeon and Jack the Ripper walking tours, but what I’m miffed about is the fact that we seem to have been completely deceived, in a way that is rather unpleasant.”

    Above the museum’s black and red livery frontage are two signs made to resemble London’s official English Heritage blue plaques. One of these names the notorious Whitechapel murderer as suspected culprit George Chapman, and the other names his fourth victim, Lizzie Stride.


    The man behind the venture is Mark Palmer-Edgecumbe, a former diversity chief at Google. The detailed planning document sent last July by his architects, Waugh Thisleton, in support of the building’s conversion from disused flats into a museum, included pictures of suffragettes and 1970s Asian women campaigning against racial murders around Brick Lane.

    It said: “The museum will recognise and celebrate the women of the East End who have shaped history, telling the story of how they have been instrumental in changing society. It will analyse the social, political and domestic experience from the Victorian period to the present day.”

    The document cited the closure of Whitechapel’s Women’s Library in Old Castle Street in 2013 to stress that the “Museum of Women’s History”, as it was billed, would be “the only dedicated resource in the East End to women’s history”.

    Jemima Broadbridge, an east London campaigner and community organiser, said that local residents were not told about the change. “We haven’t had anything through our doors,” she said. “Fair enough he’s a businessman, but we object to him not being honest with the council and residents. Don’t pretend to build a museum about women – and this is a prime area for that, we have a lot of philanthropists around here – and then choose to do this.”

    She added that Cable Street was “known for Oscar Wilde and Charles Dickens, not Jack the Ripper”.

    Jenni Boswell-Jones, a resident in the area for more than 30 years, also spoke of the museum’s poor location. “I was very surprised when I saw what museum it was going to be,” she said. “I don’t think anybody in the area is against enterprise and somebody doing something new and exciting, but Jack the Ripper has nothing to do with Cable Street. Cable Street was the home of the anti-fascist march in 1936, that’s what it’s known for. The Ripper murders took place on Batty Street and the Spitalfields area.

    “The blue plaques are extraordinary. There would be public uproar if we put up a museum devoted to Fred West, or Myra Hindley, or others. People are fascinated with these murders because they were so brutal. It’s not just someone strangling and poisoning, it’s physically defiling women. It feels very mercenary and callous.”

    Jane Squire, who lives on an adjacent street, said: “I’ve got four kids aged four to 15, I don’t want them walking past there. I don’t want to have to explain to my teenage daughter that this man butchered women and ripped out their wombs.”

    Palmer-Edgecumbe told the Evening Standard that he planned to open a museum about the social history of women, but that as the project developed he decided a more interesting angle was from the perspective of the victims of Jack the Ripper. “It is absolutely not celebrating the crimes of Jack the Ripper but looking at why and how the women got in that situation in the first place,” he said.

    But the residents claim the council was “hoodwinked” and are calling for the authority to check whether there had been any contravention of planning laws. “When the original application went in I did think it was slightly odd,” Cole said. “I thought how are they going to pay for this, are they getting some sort of grant? It’s very difficult to get planning permision to change a building from a residential one to a commercial one. A women’s museum would appeal to planners because it’s a worthy cause.”

    The change-of-use application for the museum’s premises was approved in October, and the application to add a three-storey extension was approved in January of this year.

    The museum is due to open next Tuesday. When the Guardian visited on Wednesday, builders were still putting some finishing touches to the interior.

    A Jack the Ripper tour guide, dressed in a tuxedo, bowler hat and red bow tie, told passersby of the history of the area, as well as his belief that Jack the Ripper was his great grandfather.

    “I like the museum but it might put me out of business,” John Pope-De-Locksley joked.

    A spokesman for Tower Hamlets council said: “Planning permission was granted in October 2014 for the change of use of the premises to space for a museum. The council was advised at that time that the premises were intended to be used as a women’s museum and supporting information was submitted with the application to suggest that the vision of the museum was to tell the story of women of the East End of London.

    “Ultimately, however, the council has no control in planning terms of the nature of the museum.

    “The council has subsequently granted consents for extensions to the premises and the refurbishment of the front of the building. The council is aware of the Jack the Ripper imagery and is investigating the extent to which unauthorised works may have been carried out at the premises.”

    This article originally appeared on guardian.co.uk

    This article was written by Nadia Khomami from The Guardian and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

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  • Sri Lanka will be the first nation to test Google's ambitious new internet project

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    You know Project Loon? Google’s ambitious plan to provide cheap Internet access to underdeveloped parts of the world via a fleet of high altitude balloons? Well after years of testing and refining the technology, the company is finally ready to deploy it for real — and it’s starting with the small island nation of Sri Lanka.

    Foreign minister Mangala Samaraweera said officials signed an agreement with Google in the capital city of Colombo to launch the helium-filled, high-tech balloons over the country for the next few months. Google plans to begin releasing the balloons in the coming weeks, and hopes to have everything in place by March 2016 — at which point Sri Lanka will become the first country in the world to have universal Internet coverage.

    “The entire Sri Lankan island — every village from (southern) Dondra to (northern) Point Pedro – will be covered with affordable high-speed Internet using Google Loon’s balloon technology,” foreign minister Mangala Samaraweera said in a statement.

    So why is Google starting with Sri Lanka? Well, in addition to being relatively small in terms of land area (the entire country is roughly the same size as West Virginia), Sri Lanka is home to over 20 million people — and only a small portion of them have access to the Web. Accoring to AFP, the country currently has about 2.8 million mobile Internet users and 606,000 fixed-line users. That’s a lot of people that Google could bring online.

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    Once the company has its balloons up in the stratosphere (twice as high up as commercial airliners fly), local Internet providers will be able to tap into Loon connections to lower their operational costs. In turn, they’re expected to offer cheaper services to residents.

    This is just the beginning, too. If Google can pull off Loon in Sri Lanka, it’ll likely begin rolling out the service in other countries with underdeveloped Internet infrastructure. Pretty soon, the World Wide Web will be truly worldwide.

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  • Google has a brilliant new tool for avoiding long lines at stores and restaurants

    Google has added a new tool to its search bar that helps people avoid long lines at stores and restaurants. 

    The feature reveals peak traffic hours for millions of businesses on every day of the week, the company said in a blog post.


    The tool is accessed by searching for a retailer, and then tapping on its title. A graph appears showing average traffic for every hour of the day.

    For example, the feature shows that the Shake Shack location in Madison Square Park — which is one of the busiest locations in New York City — has peak traffic on Wednesdays around 7 p.m., Saturdays around 3 p.m., and Sundays around 2 p.m.  

    "Do you ever find yourself trying to avoid long lines or wondering when is the best time to go grocery shopping, pick up coffee or hit the gym (hint: avoid Monday after work)?" Google's post reads. "Now, you can avoid the wait and see the busiest times of the week at millions of places and businesses around the world directly from Google Search. For example, just search for "Blue Bottle Williamsburg," tap on the title and see how busy it gets throughout the day."

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    If widely used, the feature could actually help some retailers by encouraging customers to visit during off-peak hours. 

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  • Google is officially rolling out what could be a solid new revenue stream (GOOG)

    Google Play Ads

    Google is officially rolling out search ads on its Google Play app store, after beta-launching with only a few customers in February

    Now, when users search for something like "mileage tracker" or "restaurant," they'll start noticing sponsored results that a developer paid for. 

    Selling ads on Google Play is a big opportunity for Google. 

    It makes sense: The company makes billions of dollars a year from search advertising on web search and YouTube — adding Google Play just sweetens the pot and adds another avenue for mobile monetization. 

    Google Play search ads could provide a big revenue boost to Google. 

    Along with the search ads, Google is also launching a new way for advertisers to track their return on investment. 

    With "Android first app opens," Google will measure when a user first opens an app after clicking on an ad and completing an Android app install. If the company proves that people are actually using the apps downloaded because of its new Play Store ads, Google will be able to make more money from them. The tool will be available for all of Google's app promotion ads, across YouTube, the Google Display Network, and AdMob. 

    Mobile app install ads have continued to rise in popularity, with BI Intelligence data showing that US mobile app-install ad revenue will top $4.6 billion this year and grow to $6.8 billion by the end of 2019. The format has been incredibly lucrative for Facebook in particular: They cost more than three times as much as the average Facebook ad.

    "Search Ads on Google Play can provide consumers new ways to discover apps that they otherwise might have missed and help developers drive more awareness of their apps," Google said in its blog post announcing the news. 

    Business Insider talked to a bunch of developers back when Google first introduced the format, and reactions ranged from excitement, to the feeling that it would make the strong stronger, and the weak weaker, with small dev houses unable to afford the new ads seeing their search results buried under an influx of paid results. 

    However, in all of Google's examples, there seems to be only one ad shown per search. 

    Apple doesn't yet offer search ads in its App Store, but it will be interesting to see if Google's roll-out nudges it in that direction. 

    SEE ALSO: Developer: Paid search in Google Play Store is 'like a shot to the gut'

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    We encourage you to use Store Kit Product Sheet to provide a superior user experience and keep users in your app longer. Learn how to integrate your affiliate token into the Store Kit Product Sheet in the Developer Documentation.

    Smart App Banners

    Smart App Banners have always been commissionable in the affiliate program. Promote your app with this banner feature when a user is viewing your website in mobile Safari. Learn how integrate your affiliate token in the Developer Documentation.

  • Korea and 19 More Countries Added this Week 2014-04-17T21:17:49Z

    Korea and 19 more countries have been added this week. The Affiliate Program is now supporting 147 countries on one easy to use platform. Start earning commission today when you link to music, apps, books, and more.

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

    New Countries added April 2014
    Albania Algeria Angola
    Azerbaijan Benin Bhutan
    Cambodia Dominican Republic Iceland
    Korea Laos Malawi
    Montserrat Palau Seychelles
    Solomon Islands Sri Lanka Tajikistan
    Turkmenistan Turks and Caicos Islands  

    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

  • 33 New Countries Added, Now Over 100 Supported 2014-02-18T05:10:24Z

    We've done it again. We have expanded support of our Affiliate Program to 33 new countries added today on the PHG platform. Also, as part of our expansion two weeks ago into Europe and South America, we added six more countries that had previously not been supported. Over 100 countries are now supported.

    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 added February 17, 2014
    Antigua and Barbuda Belize
    Brunei Burkina-Faso Cape Verde
    Fiji Gambia Ghana
    Grenada Guinea-Bissau Guyana
    Jamaica Kyrgyzstan Macedonia
    Micronesia Mongolia and Tobago Mozambique
    Namibia Nepal Niger
    Pakistan Papua New Guinea Saint Kitts and Nevis
    Saint Lucia Saint Vincent and The Grenadine São Tomé and Príncipe
    Sierra Leone Suriname Swaziland
    Tunisia Virgin Islands Zimbabwe
    New Countries added February 3, 2014
    Ecuador Guatemala
    Nicaragua Uruguay Venezuela

    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 over 100 countries.

  • Important News for Europe and South America 2014-02-03T17:08:47Z

    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.

    If you are already signed up for the Affiliate Program on PHG then you are automatically opted-in to start earning commission in every country we support. If you are currently participating in the affiliate program for Europe or South America, you need to migrate your links to PHG before 3/31 in order to continue earning affiliate commission. Click here for a full list of all countries in the Affiliate Program.

    Latin & South America
    Brazil Chile
    Colombia Costa Rica
    El Salvador

    Cyprus Czech Republic
    Finland France
    Germany Greece Hungary
    Ireland Italy Latvia
    Lithuania Luxembourg Malta
    Netherlands Norway Poland
    United Kingdom

    Learn more about this transition. 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 94 countries.

  • 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.

    • The Enterprise Partner Feed will be taken offline for the duration of the iTunes Connect shutdown.

    • The Search API, Link Maker, Banner Builder, RSS Generator and Widget Builder will be kept online.

    We thank you for your understanding and wish you the best of luck in the coming weeks with your affiliate sales.

    Happy Holidays,

    The Affiliate Team

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

    As part of a planned downtime affiliate reporting will be delayed this week by 3 to 4 days.

    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
    Bahamas Bahrain
    Barbados Belarus Bermuda
    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.

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