Alphabet Plays the Long Game, Expanding and Investing in R&D, with Focus on Video

Alphabet is investing in its future, spending record funds on R&D and pouring money into non-core businesses such as self-driving cars (Waymo) and its video platform (YouTube). While the company exceeded analyst expectations on the back of ever-strong growth from its core search business, it was actually trading down on Monday, reflecting investor anxiety over the cost and ultimately profitability of its many secondary businesses. 

Street Fight Daily: Publishers’ Facebook Traffic Keeps Falling, Walmart’s E-Commerce Growth Flags

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… As Promised, Facebook Traffic to Publishers Declines Again… Walmart Tumbles As Flagging Online Growth Jolts Investors… Google Chrome Blocks Irksome Ads. That’s Good, Right?…

Street Fight Daily: Amazon Launches UPS & FedEx Rival, P&G Cracks the Code on Marketing

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Amazon to Launch Delivery Service for Businesses, Challenging UPS and FedEx… Drawbridge Partners with mParticle to Help Brands Deliver Personalized Experiences… Liftoff Dating App Report Shows Cold Seasons’ User Behavior and Geographic Trends…

Street Fight Daily: Publishers Desert Instant Articles, Walmart Bets on VR

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… More Than Half of Facebook’s Instant Articles Partners May Have Abandoned It… Walmart Looks to Revolutionize Retail with VR Acquisition… Vogue and GQ Will Test Content Inside Amazon’s Echo Look…

Street Fight Daily: Black Friday Was a Bonanza, SoftBank Tries to Buy Uber Shares at a Discount

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Black Friday Sales, Click Rates Soar… SoftBank Will Try to Buy Uber Shares at a 30% Discount… Amazon Expands Its Influence on Video Infrastructure…

Street Fight Daily: Microsoft Releases Tool for SMBs, Google’s Local Services Feature Rebrands

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Microsoft 365 for SMBs Is Now Available… Google’s Contractor Marketplace Expands, Rebrands to ‘Local Services’ in Search… Loyalty Economics: More than the Value Customers Bring to Brands…

Street Fight Daily: Location to Power Local Google Search, Square Turns to Large Businesses

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Google to Use Location Data as Primary Factor for Local Search Results… Square Announces the Register, a $999 POS Device for Larger Businesses… Why Selling Higher-End Brands Gives Walmart a Fighting Chance Against Amazon…

Street Fight Daily: Duopoly’s Strength Exceeds Expectations, Pubs Struggle with Apple News

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Google and Facebook Tighten Grip on US Digital Ad Market… Publishers Continue to Encounter Problems with Apple New… Alphabet’s Waymo Wants Uber to Pay $2.6 Billion for Single Stolen Trade Secret…

Street Fight Daily: Pinterest Empowers Brands, Uber Sues an Agency

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Brands Can Now Tap Pinterest’s Pin Collective Via a Self-Serve Customer Platform (AdWeek) Pinterest formed Pin Collective last October as a way to give brands access to the social network’s best content creators—publishers, production shops and individuals—to work directly with them on their campaigns. How […]

Street Fight Daily: Inside Uber/Lyft Funding War, Small Brands Hit Roadblock on Instagram

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Funding Talks at Uber and Lyft Complicate Ride-Hailing Allegiance… Small Brands Are Finding It Harder to Get Verified on Instagram… Never Mind GDPR, Here Comes Apple’s Intelligent Tracking…

Street Fight Daily: Alexa Favors Prime Products, Newspapers Unite to Challenge Duopoly

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Amazon Is More Likely to Recommend Prime Products, New Research Indicates… News Outlets to Seek Bargaining Rights Against Google and Facebook… Waymo Drops Most Patent Claims in Uber Self-Driving Car Lawsuit…

Street Fight Daily: Snap Loses Ground to Instagram, Lyft and Waymo Partner Up on Self-Driving Cars

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Snap Installs Fall 16% As Instagram Pulls Further Ahead… Lyft and Waymo Reach Deal to Collaborate on Self-Driving Cars… What is Digital Transformation, and What Does It Require?…

Street Fight Daily: Waymo’s Suit Against Uber Goes to Trial, Gen Z’s Tech Prowess Disrupts Branding

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Waymo’s Lawsuit Against Uber is Going to Trial, Judge Rules… New Study Reveals How the Tech-Centric Expectations of Brand Z ‘Are Reshaping Brand Experiences’… Vice Balances Brand Safety with Editorial Autonomy…

Street Fight Daily: Instagram Growing Rapidly, Gannett Earnings Suggest Bleak Outlook for Newspapers

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Gannett Earnings Forecast a Bleak 2017 for Newspaper Companies… Instagram is Growing Faster Than Ever and Now Has 700 Million Users… Waymo Is Hitting Uber Where It Hurts…

Street Fight Daily: Uber to Disclose Traffic Data, Waymo Creates Its Own Sensor Unit

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Uber Extends an Olive Branch to Local Governments: Its Data… Waymo Creates Its Own Sensor Unit… Despite New FCC Rules, Verizon Plans ‘Aggressive Path’ on Ad Targeting…

Street Fight Daily: where Location-Based Marketing Is Headed, Uber Ends Self-Driving Ops in SF

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… How Location-Based Marketing Will Evolve in 2017… Uber Ends Self-Driving Car Test in San Francisco… Brands and Publishers Use Facebook Messenger to Boost PR and Sales…