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  • Forget The Hyperloop: Larry Page Wants Google To Build A Super-Efficient Airport The Rest Of The World Can Copy (GOOG)

    Larry Page

    Larry Page's ambitions are huge and grow bigger every day.

    Already, he has Google working on self-driving cars, artificial intelligence, robots, aging, and drones. At Google, they call these efforts moonshots.

    The latest problem Page wants to solve: inefficient airports.

    In an excellent report, The Information's Amir Efrati writes:

    With friends and colleagues, Mr. Page has talked about his desire to build an airport that would be more efficient than existing ones. For example, his argument against the hyperloop train—a concept for transporting people from San Francisco to Los Angeles in 30 minutes—is that planes are just as efficient; it’s the airports that are the problem. (Other transportation experts have expressed similar views.) It’s not clear how Mr. Page would go about building such an airport.

    Apparently, Page wants to build a model airport to show the world how it could be done better. Efrati says Page also wants to build a model city.
     Hyperloop passenger capsule version cutaway with passengers on board

    It's all part of an initiative called Google 2.0. Efrati reports that Page cleared out space on his floor of Google's headquarters a year ago and asked 100 employees to help him figure out what huge problems in the world Google could solve.

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    We published a long story about Page and his ambitions in April. The last section was subtitled "Understanding Every Want And Need."

    Here it is:

    Understanding Every Want And Need

    On March 19, 2014, Larry Page gave an interview at a TED conference in Vancouver, Canada. During the keynote, Page and his interviewer, Charlie Rose, sat in tall chairs on a stage with a table between them.

    The interview was essentially scripted. Page, his chief PR executive Rachel Whetstone, and Google’s CMO Lorraine Twohill, had spent the day before in a Vancouver hotel room working on the presentation.

    Now, Page and Rose were looking away from the audience at a giant screen above and behind the stage. On the screen, there was a video-game boxing match. One boxer had the other trapped in a corner and was mercilessly whaling on his opponent.

    The winning boxer was being controlled by an artificially intelligent computer program created at Google.

    This, Page explained to Rose, was the future of Google. Page pointed out that all the Google artificial intelligence could “see” were the same pixels on the screen that a human player could see. It had learned to play the game all by itself. Look how well it’s doing, Page said. Imagine if that kind of intelligence were thrown at your schedule.

    Rose, enthusiastic but a little confused, chuckled. Likewise, the audience had no idea what Page was getting at. The rehearsals hadn’t worked. And neither Whetstone nor Twohill were to blame.

    In terms of his ability to relate to other humans, Larry Page has come a long way since that one awkward day in July 2001. But he’s still bad at public speaking. All the content is there, but it’s buried in a jumble of half-finished sentences and digressive run-ons. Steve Jobs, Larry Page is not. He’s not even Mark Zuckerberg. As a result, the public is essentially unaware of what, exactly, Google and Larry Page are up to these days.

    As Page enters his fourth year in charge of Google again, the company is in fantastic shape. The stock price is above $700 per share, and it’s not hard to imagine a day when Google revenues will cross $100 billion per year.

    And yet, Page believes the company faces an existential question: Can Google come up with another great business after search?

    Between Google search and Android, Larry Page and Google can take credit for creating two technology platforms used worldwide by billions of people.

    But Google gives Android away for free. Android’s contribution to Google’s bottom line is that it puts Google search and Google search ads into the pockets of millions of people around the world. In that sense, it’s not a great new business for Google at all, it’s merely an extension of Google’s primary business. Google still makes 90% of its revenues from advertising; 70% of Google’s total revenues still come from search ads.

    One danger to Google is that eventually — not this year, not this decade, but inevitably — it will be so huge that it will capture nearly all the money any businesses on the planet spends on marketing. As crazy as this sounds, it’s plausible. Google revenues are already bigger than all the money marketers spend on magazine and newspaper ads combined. It already owns all but the tiniest sliver of the online ad market. Google search is running out of room to grow.

    For Page, this means he now spends much of his time asking himself what that future is going to be and how Google creates it.

    He’s got lots of ideas, and now that he’s in charge he’s got his engineers hacking away at plenty of them.

    He never gave up on the transportation system he pitched to the University of Michigan, so now he has Google engineers working on self-driving cars.

    Then there’s artificial intelligence. Besides dominating video games, Google’s AI was also able to watch all of YouTube, learn from the experience, and draw a picture of a cat.

    There’s a Google subsidiary called Calico that’s working on solutions to the problems of aging and death.

    Google has another subsidiary, Google Fiber Inc., connecting homes in Kansas City; Austin, Texas; and Provo, Utah with Internet that’s 100 times faster than broadband. Google Fiber may soon expand to nine other cities, including Phoenix, Arizona; Charlotte, North Carolina; and Portland, Oregon.

    In 2013, Page moved Andy Rubin from the top of Android and asked him to start working on robots. Page envisioned a world in which robots could do things like take care of the elderly and load our self-driving cars with groceries and household supplies while we’re busy at work. At the end of 2013, Google bought a company called Boston Dynamics, which makes humanoid and animal-like robots — some of them for the military.

    Also in 2013, Page met former Apple executive Tony Fadell — the guy who designed the iPod — and persuaded him to sell his new company, Nest, to Google for $3.2 billion. Nest makes thermostats that are connected to the Internet. Just this month, Google purchased Titan Aerospace, a company that produces drones.

    At Google, they call the biggest ideas moonshots. There are many more of them, from hot-air balloons that broadcast the Internet spectrum — providing access to areas of the world that have lacked it — to plans to produce Android-powered watches.

    Page admits that the diversity and number of ideas leave some of the company’s investors anxious. They worry: Can Google keep its focus? Or is it about to follow in the footsteps of so many technology giants before it, spreading itself too thin, chasing too many wild ideas? And really, who needs a computer that can beat a human at a video game?

    Page’s answer to those concerns is twofold. First, he believes that it will be easier for Google to work on moonshots than on more mundane products. His logic: There’s less competition. Also, the best people will work for Google because the best people like working on ambitious projects.

    Secondly, Page argues that all of these schemes are part of providing the world better search.

    Page has, over the years, come up with a broad definition for what Google search should be.

    In 2012, he told a reporter that “the perfect search engine would understand whatever your need is. It would understand everything in the world deeply [and] give you back kind of exactly what you need.”

    During a keynote at a Google conference in 2013, Page said that in the long term — “you know, 50 years from now or something” — he hopes Google’s software will be able to “understand what you’re knowledgeable about, what you’re not, and how to organize the world so that the world can solve important problems.”

    So, in Page’s vision, if you walk into your house and feel cold, your Google-powered wristwatch will be performing a search to understand that feeling. The search result will be for your Google-powered thermostat to turn up the heat.

    Likewise, if you run out of milk and your Google-powered fridge notifies your Google-powered self-driving car to go collect some more from the Google-powered robots at the local grocery warehouse (no doubt paying with your Google wallet), it will all be a function of search.

    The key to understanding the diversity of Google’s moonshots is understanding that Page’s vision of “perfect search” only works if all the products you interact with are compatible with one another.

    For example, Google’s most advanced search product today, Google Now, is able to do things like alert Android users that they need to leave now if they are going to beat traffic and make a flight on time. But it can only do that because it has access to the Android users’ inboxes, Google Maps, Google Flight Search, Google Calendar, and, of course, the users’ smartphones.

    So while it may seem random for Google to get into businesses as diverse as cars, thermostats, robotics, and TV production, there is an overriding objective behind it all: Page is envisioning a world where everything we touch is connected with and understood by an artificially intelligent computer that can discern patterns from our activity and learn to anticipate our needs before we even know we have them. Someday, Page has said several times, this AI will be hooked directly to our brains — perhaps through an implant.

    Some of these ideas would scare people if Page were better at talking about them. He is, after all, directing billions of dollars every year toward making them a reality as quickly as possible. He’s said several times that Google should be employing 1 million engineers. With all of Google’s money, that’s actually possible.

    The good news for the world is that Page’s goal of developing a pervasively connected AI that understands and provides for our every need is not about taking advantage of us.

    He is, at heart, a passionate utopian — one who believes that technology has overwhelmingly made life better for humans and will only continue to do so.

    In a question-and-answer session at a Google conference in 2013, Page told attendees that in the future, people would look back on how humans lived their lives today the same way we look back on our ancestors who spent all their time hunting and farming, as “crazy.”

    In 2014, Page is living an alternate ending to the Nikola Tesla biography that made him cry when he was 12 years old.

    Instead of ending his life destitute and ignored, Page, still just 41, will spend the final half of his life pouring billions of dollars and countless hours into his wildest visions.

    “Anything you can imagine probably is doable,” Page told Google investors in 2012. “You just have to imagine it and work on it.”

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  • Here's How To Keep Track Of How Much Money Tech Giants Make Every Second

    It's astonishing how much money goes into the pockets of today's tech giants.

    Take Apple, for example. In just seven minutes, the company makes more than $500,000 in profit and $2 million in revenue. And the rest aren't very far behind.

    To help you better understand the insane numbers behind tech giants' wealth, two companies — PennyStocks and WorldPay Zinc — have created real-time infographics that track how much the tech world brings in per second.

    Here's PennyStock's version: 

    Click above to view the full version [h/t PennyStocks.la].

    And you can click on the below image to see WorldPay Zinc's version:

    Click image to open interactive version (via WorldPay Zinc).

    SEE ALSO: This Is Where The Tech Giants Are Spending Their Money In DC

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  • This Vicious Job Cycle Explains Why Startups Don't Use Android Even Though It's 80% Of The Market (AAPL, GOOG)

    Alessandro Crugnola

    Alessandro Crugnola, a software developer who works for Aviary, the photo editing app, has written a thoughtful essay on why it is so hard to hire people who want to work on mobile apps for Android phones and devices.

    There are lots of people who develop for the competing system, Apple's iOS. In fact iOS development experience is one of the standard resume checkoffs for working in tech.

    But, Crugnola says, "I hear this every day. Your New York based company is desperately looking for an Android developer, and it’s damn hard to find one."

    No one wants to work on Android, apparently.

    In his answer to that question Crugnola has explained one of the strangest but most prevalent prejudices in the mobile tech industry: Companies can't be bothered with Android even though the vast majority of the world's mobile population is on Android, and even though Google provides Android to manufacturers free of charge.

    About 80% or more of everyone who owns a smartphone is carrying an Android device. Apple's iPhones only account for 12% of phones globally, according to IDC. Yet companies routinely develop for iOS first, and then only sometimes do they produce a copy for Android a bit later. Some major apps are not on Android yet, like the payments app Venmo and Instagram's video app Hyperlapse.

    Crugnola's explanation for this is interesting because he ignores the usual explanation for the anti-Android phenomenon among app developers. That explanation is twofold:

    1. Apple devices are more expensive than Android devices, which attracts richer customers, and those customers are more lucrative for developers in terms of download payments, in-app purchases and as mobile app advertising targets.
    2. iOS is easier to develop for, because 90%+ of Apple's users have updated their phones to the latest version. On Android, there are multiple versions on multiple phones, which means developers have to make multiple versions of their app in order to ensure that users can actually get it to work. (The industry term for this problem is "Android fragmentation.")

    While those two explanations are essentially true (Android, unfortunately, is for poor people) Crugnola goes a step further. He notes that because companies don't take Android development seriously, it creates a self-fulfilling vicious cycle in which developers choose not to develop for Android.

    The cycle begins because companies develop for iOS first, and then if the app is successful they make a version for Android. The Android version is always the afterthought, the copied-across version of the iOS app — and thus it's never quite as good as if it had been developed for Android initially.

    This skews the job market in app development toward iOS and away from Android, Crugnola argues:

    Android developers don’t find it very attractive to join a company where Android will be always the 2nd choice. That’s very frustrating.

    And as for developers who are approaching the mobile market for the first time, which platform do you think they’ll choose? They see all of your apps being introduced on iOS first, they see that the Android version is not as good as the iOS one, and they see you complaining about the Android market.

    The problem is further compounded because tech startups — or the really famous ones, at least — tend to be in California or maybe New York. In those markets, Apple has about a 50% share of users. But the US is actually an outlier for Apple. Globally, most people — that 80% — are on Android. In some countries (like Spain and Brazil), iPhone barely exists.

    So developers — as Crugnola notes — live in a world where "everyone" seems to be on iPhone, and everyone in their industry wants to develop for iOS.

    In reality, only a wealthy sliver of the global market uses iOS.

    Crugnola has some solutions to this problem, such as offering signing bonuses to Android developers. But unfortunately it's hard to see the situation changing until a company figures out a lucrative business model that is Android-first, which would make other companies copy the strategy.

    SEE ALSO: Still Don't Believe Android Is For The Poor? This Chart Proves It

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  • Audi Jumps To The Front Of The Line For Self-Driving Cars In California (TSLA, GM, F)

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    Audi announced on Wednesday that it has been awarded the first autonomous driving permit for the state of California. 

    The timing is perfect, as new regulations governing autonomous driving — or "self-driving" cars — are simultaneously taking effect.

    “Audi is a driving force behind the research taking automated driving from science fiction to pre-production readiness,” said Scott Keogh, President, Audi of America, in a statement. “Obtaining the first permit issued by the State of California shows that we intend to remain the leader in this vital technology frontier.”

    According to David Undercoffler at the Los Angeles Times, "Audi isn’t wasting any time putting its new permit to use. The automaker already has a specially-equipped A7 autonomous car in the San Francisco area that it plans to begin testing immediately."

    Audi of course isn't alone in preparing for the impending age of hands-off-the-wheel, eyes-on-something-other-than-the-road — without significant worry of an accident or threat of prosecution by legal authorities.

    After testing driverless cars for several years, Google has begun to manufacture small, self-driving vehicles that largely lack traditional controls. General Motors and Ford are also testing vehicles, and Tesla CEO Elon Musk has indicated the his company's cars will have self-driving capability in less than a decade.google car driverless self-drivingAudi's so-called "Traffic Jam" A7s won't be truly driverless: During testing, a qualified driver who is also an employee of the automaker must be at the wheel, even if he or she is doing nothing more than keeping an eye on things, sort of like pilots monitoring a jet's autopilot.

    Each autonomous vehicles operating in California will have to sport a special driverless license plate, just as vehicles did earlier in Nevada. Automakers must also post a $5 million insurance bond for each car.

    SEE ALSO: Move Over Tesla — Google Is Now A Carmaker

    SEE ALSO: This Study Revealed The Staggering Potential Of Self-Driving Cars

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  • Google Might Postpone Its Radical Plan To Change The Way Android Phones Are Sold (GOOG)

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    Google might delaying its rumored Android Silver program, a re-branding effort that would give high-end Android smartphones a more unified, premium brand similar to Apple's, according to Amir Efrati at The Information. 

    There are a few primary reasons Google could be putting its Android Silver project on hold. As Efrati reports, the July departure of Google's chief architect Nikesh Arora likely played a role in delaying the program. Arora oversaw Google's partnerships with device manufacturers and wireless carriers, a role that would be crucial to get a program like Android Silver up and running.

    Another possible reason could be that the reactions from Google's partners and people within the company have been mixed so far, according to Efrati. Phone manufacturers, carriers, and retailers would need to pay concessions to Google in order to fund the marketing necessary to fuel Android Silver sales. However, Efrati writes that there "were serious doubts in various parts of Google as to whether the program would work."

    While Android Silver remains in limbo, Efrati says Google is focusing more of its efforts toward Android One: a program that helps phone manufacturers create cheap high quality handsets for emerging markets. Android One just saw its official launch in India on Monday.

    News sources such as The Information and Android Police have been reporting on Android Silver for months, but we have yet to hear any official word from Google. According to these reports, Android Silver would be a new means of selling high-end Android devices. Google would set up special kiosks in brick-and-mortar carrier stores and offer around-the-clock customer service for those who buy phones under the Silver umbrella.

    The devices would come with a stock version of Android, but the hardware would be built by Google's handset partners. Based on these reports, it sounds like it could be part of an effort for Google to reclaim the Android platform from Samsung, its longtime partner and now one of its biggest rivals in the smartphone space.

    Some have speculated that Android Silver would mean the end of Google's Nexus line, but the company told ReadWrite in June that this isn't the case. 

    SEE ALSO: 10 Beautiful Design Details In Google's New Android Software

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  • CHART OF THE DAY: Amazon Spends A Ton Of Money To Advertise Itself On Google

    Google's main source of revenue is its advertising platform, AdWords — but it’s also the key portal for businesses to have their products seen on the web, and in search results. Companies pay millions of dollars to Google each year for quality real estate in Google, but no company spends more than Amazon, which reportedly dropped $157.7 million on US search ads in Google last year.

    According to a new ranking from Ad Age DataCenter charted for us by Business Insider Intelligence, Amazon spent nearly more than double the amount on Google search ads as the next group on the list, Priceline Group, which owns several properties related to travel-related purchases like airline tickets and hotel stays. But even though Amazon is spending a lot of capital to put its business ahead of others in search and display ads, the company also generated $750 million in ad revenue last year, and is expected to earn more than $1 billion this year, according to eMarketer.


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  • Peter Thiel: Google Has Insane Perks Because It's A Monopoly

    Peter Thiel

    In his new book "Zero to One," PayPal cofounder, billionaire tech investor, and suit-hater Peter Thiel argues that Google is a monopoly — and every company should want to be one, too. 

    Thiel says a monopoly is "a kind of company that's so good at what it does that no other firm can offer a close substitute," a company that's "10x" better at what it does than anybody else.

    Google hasn't competed in search since the early 2000s, Thiel says, when it definitively leapt ahead of Microsoft and Yahoo.

    And while Google doesn't claim to be a monopoly, Thiel argues that is most certainly is, though clever positioning obscures the fact. He provides the following stats: 

    • Google owns about 67% of the global search market

    • Google owns less than 3% of the global advertising market

    • Google owns less than 0.24% of the global consumer tech market

    Thiel says that Google frames itself as "just another tech company," which allows it to sidestep scrutiny. But he assures us it's a monopoly, since competitors Microsoft and Yahoo lag at 18% and 11% marketshare in search. And he says you can't expect "to Bing" to enter the Oxford English Dictionary like "to Google" has. 

    But such monopolization is a good thing, Thiel says, and it's what's enabled Google to become America's it company. 

    It's allowed for Google's Utopian HR policy, with perks that "aim to ensure that Googlers remain happy and healthy in all aspects of their lives." 

    The differences between monopoly and competition go further than just profits, Thiel argues.

    Eric Schmidt Peter ThielIn a super competitive market where you're not that different from your competitors, you have no choice but to ruthlessly "squeeze out every efficiency," he says, which is "why small restaurants put grandma at work at the register." 

    Then you have Google, which doesn't have to compete with anybody, thus giving Larry, Sergey, and the gang the elbow room to actually care about their workers and their effect in the world — don't expect to see Grandma Page manning the reception desk anytime soon.

    Thiel goes further: 

    Google's motto — "Don't be evil" — is in part a branding play, but it's also characteristic of a kind of business that's successful enough to take ethics seriously without jeopardizing its own existence. 

    Monopolists can afford to think about things other than making money; non-monopolists can't. In perfect competition, a business is so focused on today's margins that it can't possibly plan for a long-term future. Only one thing can allow a business to transcend the daily brute struggle for survival: monopoly profits.  

    Getting to a monopoly, then, is a matter of inventing something 10x better than any peer product, or discovering an entirely new category. 

    Society doesn't need to be scared of monopolies, Thiel says, since upstarts will always come along to dethrone them, as Apple's iOS did to Microsoft's decades-long operating system dominance, and as Microsoft did to IBM before them. In this way, Thiel says, "monopolies drive progress." 

    That's why, the investor continues, businesses are succesful to the extent that they do what others can't, that they "escape competition" with other companies, thus hamstringing the ability to make profits, take care of their employees, and plan for the future. 

    "Monopoly is therefore not a pathology or an exception," Thiel concludes. "Monopoly is the condition of every successful business." 

    SEE ALSO: Why Peter Thiel Doesn't Hire MBAs, Hates Suits, And Thinks Silicon Valley Can Be Awful For You

    READ AN EXCERPT FROM THIEL'S BOOK: Creating World-Changing Companies Requires Exploring The Unknown

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  • REPORT: Google's Next Tablet May Arrive Oct. 8 (GOOG)

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    The next tablet in Google's Nexus line could be coming on Oct. 8, according to a new report from Portuguese news source 4G News (via PhoneArena).

    The tablet, presumably called the Nexus 9, is said to be built by HTC and could debut at the company's next major press event next month. 

    We haven't seen a new tablet from Google in about a year, so it wouldn't be surprising to see a new Nexus device appear next month.

    Last October, Google introduced its Nexus 5 and Android 4.4. KitKat update in October, which means 4G News' timing would line up with Google's current product launch cycle. 

    HTC is holding a press event on Oct. 8, where it's been widely reported that it will introduce a waterproof Go Pro-like action camera that can connect to Android smartphones and tablets. As it turns out, there's also a chance that we'll see this so-called Nexus 9 tablet turn up.

    The report comes just after we've seen some of the most convincing evidence yet that the Nexus 9 is indeed coming soon. Chip maker Nvidia mentions the device in a recently-published legal document, writing that its new K1 processor will be featured in a Nexus 9 tablet set to debut in the third quarter of 2014.

    Although the tablet will likely be released under Google's Nexus branding, we may see some design influence from HTC. Rumors suggest it will feature a metal design that's similar to HTC's line of One smartphones. 

    SEE ALSO: REVIEW: Here's What It's Like To Use A Giant Android Tablet That's Also A Phone

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  • Germany Just Asked Google To Do The Impossible: Reveal Its Secret Search Algorithm (GOOG)

    Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin

    German justice minister Heiko Maas is calling on Google to become more transparent by disclosing exactly how it ranks search results.

    This, of course, will simply never happen. The algorithm is the heart of Google, the source of all its wealth and power as the planet's best index of knowledge. Google is just never going to give that up. CEO Larry Page will fight to the death.

    Nonetheless, in an interview with the Financial Times, Maas explains that Germany is unhappy with the search giant's actions in Europe and wants it to reveal the details of its search algorithm in the interests of consumer protection.

    Google Search remains the most important part of Google's business, with advertising on the platform forming the majority of its $60 billion in annual revenue. But now, Germany's government has escalated its antitrust case against the company by requesting that Google publishes how websites are ranked on Google Search. 

    Google has apparently pushed back against the request, claiming that publishing the search engine algorithm would mean revealing its business secrets and opening up the service to exploitation by spammers. 

    The EU has been working for four years to try to break up Google's dominance over web search in Europe. As The Wall Street Journal reports, Google handles over 90% of web searches in Europe, a larger percentage than its 68% share of the American search market. The EU has continually pushed Google to make concessions in the way it displays search results, the most notable of which is the "right to be forgotten" law that means private individuals in the EU can force Google to delist web pages about them. Last week the EU rejected a proposed compromise from Google, meaning that the company could still face a $6 billion fine.

    NOW WATCH: 5 Awesome Google Features You Didn't Know About


    SEE ALSO: Google Is Having Trouble Determining The Legitimacy Of Europe's 91,000 ‘Right To Be Forgotten’ Requests

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  • TIM COOK: Here's Why Your Personal Data Is Safer With Apple Than Any Other Company (AAPL)

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    Apple CEO Tim Cook sat down for an interview with Charlie Rose last week, the second half of which airs Monday night on PBS.

    In the interview, Rose pressed Cook on Apple's privacy policies, which recently came under scrutiny during the iCloud hacking scandal.

    Cook deflected off of Apple and reminded viewers that their data is in the hands of other companies like Google and Facebook, whose business models depend on your personal information. (He didn't mention those companies by name, but it's clear who he was talking about.)

    "We take a very different view of this than a lot of other companies have," Cook said. "Our view is, when we design a new service, we try not to collect data.  So we’re not reading your email.  We’re not reading your iMessage."

    "You’re not our product," he said.

    Cook suggested consumers "follow the money" to determine whether or not a company is actively protecting their data.

    "If [companies are] making money mainly by collecting gobs of personal data, I think you have a right to be worried," he said.  "And companies I think should be very transparent about it."

    Apple's CEO said he thought privacy would continue to be a "key topic."

    "We’ll reach higher and higher levels of urgency as more and more incidents happen," he said.

    SEE ALSO: How Steve Jobs Surprised Tim Cook In 2011 By Asking Him To Be CEO

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    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.

  • 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.

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