Amazon still owns the cloud. However, the moneymaking machines at the core of Amazon, Microsoft and Alphabet, the parent company of Google, are notably different. But the respective kings of online retailing, software and internet search should all credit a relatively new line of business for lifting their financial results. The three tech giants said cloud computing — through which they rent computing services and online access to software hosted in their data centers — was growing faster than their larger, older businesses. Amazon Web Services is the clear leader and the only one of the three companies that provide a clean number for its cloud infrastructure business. Amazon said AWS revenue surged 43 percent in the quarter to $3.66 billion. Multiply that by four, and you get an
Google is reportedly planning to add an ad blocker to Chrome, its web browser, and to possibly turn it on by default for all users. That seems counterintuitive for a company that makes the majority of its revenue from advertising, but it could actually be a way to beat blockers by becoming one itself. The ad-blocker, which would be available as a default setting for both mobile and desktop, could spell the end of certain online adverts which many users claim disrupt their browsing experience. Targeted adverts are likely to be those featured in a report released last month by the Coalition for Better Ads, a U.S. and European industry group, the Journal suggests. These include six desktop and twelve mobile web ad experiences which it said fell below the threshold of "consumer acceptability...
Microsoft is buying Intentional Software, a small company founded 15 years ago by Microsoft veteran Charles Simonyi who had overseen the early development of the Microsoft Excel and Word applications using the nascent graphical user interface back in the 1990s. Simonyi helped build Microsoft's Excel spreadsheet and Word document franchises. As described in a 2007 New York Times report, Simonyi's goal with the new company was to replace conventional coding with what he called intentional programming, "in which programmers would talk to machines as little as possible. Instead, they would concentrate on capturing the intentions of computer users." Microsoft has made some blockbuster acquisitions, most recently its $26.2 billion buy of professional social network LinkedIn. It has also made
Google has implemented a new feature into Chrome mobile called: “scroll anchoring”. Without getting too technical, the update will “lock content you’re currently looking at to the screen, keeping you in the same spot so you can keep reading,” all while the page continues to load. “This feature works by locking the scroll position on an on-screen element to keep our users in the same spot even as offscreen content continues to load,” Google wrote in a blog, which uses a Recode story as example (oops). In the browser without Scroll Anchoring, the page jumps back to the top after it finishes loading, while the other stays where the user has scrolled to. This is particularly helpful for mobile browsers, where more of the content gets pushed down when the page skips back up top. It lo
YouTube has announced a change to its partner program today.Creators now will not be able to turn on monetization until they hit 10,000 lifetime views on their channel. According to creator's blog, making videos on YouTube isn’t just a creative outlet for millions of creators, it’s a source of income. The tech firm set up the YouTube Partner Program (YPP) in 2007 and up to today, more creators are making a living from the site than ever before. However, with this growth Youtube started seeing cases of abuse where great, original content is re-uploaded by others who try to earn revenue from it. The new change has helped terminate hundreds of thousands of channels violating policies. By keeping the threshold to 10k views, they shall also ensure that there will be minimal impact on