Facebook sees surge in mobile ad sales -- report

Google still owns the biggest slice of mobile ad sales. But Facebook is increasingly carving up more of that pie, according to eMarketer.

The two giants together snagged more than two-thirds of last year's $17.96 billion in mobile ad sales, eMarketer reported Wednesday. Mobile ad spending worldwide surged by 105 percent last year and is forecast to jump another 75 percent this year to $31.45 billion.

Google is by far still the top recipient of all that spending, grabbing 49.3 percent of mobile ad revenue last year. But that number showed a small dip from 2012 … Read more

Meg Whitman: Traditional PCs drive growth, not just tablets

Hewlett-Packard executives had a lot of positive things to say about PCs in the company's earnings conference call on Thursday. And CEO Meg Whitman said she's seeing renewed interest in traditional PCs over tablets in business.

"There is some momentum in a long overdue PC refresh. What I think commercial customers are understanding from their employees, while they may want a tablet, they actually also need more traditional compute devices to do their real work," Whitman said during the company's earnings conference call for the first quarter of 2014. In the quarter, HP delivered better than expected results. … Read more

Zynga announces NaturalMotion acquisition alongside layoffs

Looking to bring its wayward financials back on track, Zynga revealed a handful of surprises during its 2013 fourth quarter earnings report on Thursday. While Zynga CEO Don Mattrick announced the acquisition of British gaming company NaturalMotion, he also said the company had to tighten its belt with company-wide layoffs. This comes with news of a 43.3 percent decrease in Zynga's revenue from a year ago.

The acquisition of NaturalMotion shows that Zynga is keen on cornering the mobile gaming market. NaturalMotion is known for popular game apps like "CSR Racing" and "Clumsy Ninja." … Read more

As Surface surges, consumer PCs soften, Microsoft says

During its second-quarter earnings conference call, Microsoft said it's encouraged by the surge in revenue for the Surface tablet-laptop hybrid. But this is happening against a backdrop of a weak consumer PC market.

Microsoft on Thursday reported fiscal second-quarter results that were better than expected. The company had sales of $24.5 billion, or 78 cents per share. Wall Street had expected revenue of $23.7 billion with a profit of 68 cents a share.

Devices and consumer revenue grew 13 percent to $11.91 billion. Surface revenue more than doubled to $893 million, up from $400 million in … Read more

Internet ad sales climb to $10.7 billion

Advertisers spent $10.69 billion on Internet advertisements in this last quarter, breaking an all-time record on ad spending, the Interactive Advertising Bureau reported Monday.

The trade group tracked a 15 percent year-over-year growth in ad dollars in the third quarter of 2013. In the third quarter of 2012, ad revenues totaled only $9.26 billion. The quarter's revenue was also a 4.2 percent rise from the second quarter of 2013.

"These figures reflect marketers' trust in interactive to deliver," Randall Rothenberg, CEO of IAB, said in a press release. "It is indicative of the … Read more

Twitter doubles third-quarter revenue to $168 million

Twitter's revenue in the third quarter more than doubled compared with last year, according to an amended regulatory filing the microblogging company submitted Tuesday ahead of an IPO expected to land next month.

The San Francisco-based company recorded revenue of $168.6 million in the third quarter, up from $82.3 million in the year-ago period, an increase of 104 percent. However, the company's net loss increased to $64.6 million in the three-month period ended September 30 compared with $21.6 million a year earlier.

Twitter also said it now has 230 million monthly active users, up … Read more

Mobile revenue growth slowing, seen declining by 2018

The heady days of wireless growth are near an end.

That's according to research firm Ovum, who warned that global wireless revenue was slowing as more and more people have signed up for cell phones. The industry will likely see its first revenue decline by 2018.

The number of global connections will grow at a compounded annual growth rate of less than 4 percent between 2012 and 2018, while global revenues will grow at less than half that rate, Ovum said. That means the number of global connections will grow from 6.5 billion in 2012 to 8.1 … Read more

Twitter IPO reveals interesting tidbits

CNET Update keeps it short and tweet:

In this episode of Update:

- Discover a few surprises uncovered from Twitter's IPO filing, including how the network is not making a profit, and it's ahead of Facebook when it comes to making money from mobile ads.

- Prepare to see video and photo advertisements on Instagram in the coming months.

- Reset your passwords if you're an Adobe user, since hackers stole personal data of 3 million users, along with software source code.

- Find big discounts on Apple's iPhone 5C and Samsung's Galaxy S4 now at Best Buy. … Read more

Google Glass could be a $3B-per-year cash cow

While Google Glass is currently a novelty product for select users, it could earn a good deal of cash for Google within the next few years.

According to AllThingsD, which spoke with financial analyst Robert S. Peck of SunTrust Robinson Humphrey, the wearable tech could be worth as much as $3.27 billion to Google in 2017, which is more than 3.7 percent of Google's estimated $86.4 billion total revenue for that year.

The big bucks will reportedly come from additional searches on Glass, enhanced ad targeting, and app sales, according to AllThingsD. Peck estimates that Glass … Read more

Android wins in app downloads, but iOS makes more money

Given that the majority of people worldwide use Android devices, it's no surprise that app downloads from Google Play far outpace those from Apple's App Store. However, Apple is still winning the game when it comes to profit.

A new report by the App Annie Index shows that during this year's second quarter, Google Play exceeded Apple's App Store in app downloads by 10 percent; but Apple generated 2.3 times the revenue of Google Play.

"Though Google Play led the iOS App Store in one key measure, there still remained a wide gap in … Read more