Page still in Google's driving seat

Recent results show Google is still every bit the search engine advertising king.

Search engine behemoth Google announced its first quarter revenue after the bell last night, meeting analyst expectations. Net revenue, excluding fees paid to partners, came in at $8.14 bn in the three months ended March 31, compared with $6.54 bn in the year-ago period.

The results show that Larry Page has settled into his new role as CEO well since he took the reins a year ago. He’s steadied the ship, got Google+ towards some semblance of proper competition against Facebook (though it has an awfully long way to go) and also signed a  $12.5 bn deal to acquire smartphone maker Motorola Mobility Inc to help get its Android and phone businesses kicking harder. For now, Google is still every bit the search engine advertising king.

Perhaps tellingly, on the earnings call Page dodged questions as to whether Google will release its own tablet to compete with the Apple iPad and its ilk. Watch this space.

Jason Stamper is the editor of Computer Business Review.

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Jason Stamper is editor of Computer Business Review

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Quiz: Can you identify fake news?

The furore around "fake" news shows no sign of abating. Can you spot what's real and what's not?

Hillary Clinton has spoken out today to warn about the fake news epidemic sweeping the world. Clinton went as far as to say that "lives are at risk" from fake news, the day after Pope Francis compared reading fake news to eating poop. (Side note: with real news like that, who needs the fake stuff?)

The sweeping distrust in fake news has caused some confusion, however, as many are unsure about how to actually tell the reals and the fakes apart. Short from seeing whether the logo will scratch off and asking the man from the market where he got it from, how can you really identify fake news? Take our test to see whether you have all the answers.

 

 

In all seriousness, many claim that identifying fake news is a simple matter of checking the source and disbelieving anything "too good to be true". Unfortunately, however, fake news outlets post real stories too, and real news outlets often slip up and publish the fakes. Use fact-checking websites like Snopes to really get to the bottom of a story, and always do a quick Google before you share anything. 

Amelia Tait is a technology and digital culture writer at the New Statesman.