Is Google too big to fail? Well, the search engine is now bigger than all magazines and newspapers… combined.
“It’s on course to do $60 billion in revenue this year, almost all of that from advertising,” reports Business Insider. This means it is pulling in more ad revenue than newspapers and magazines, which is due in part to the faltering state of print media.
Still Google’s last full year results from 2012 are nearing the historic maximum that all magazines combined achieved back in 2007 before the crash. This would mean Google will not only eclipse magazines but also becomes bigger than magazines ever were — even before there was an Internet to compete with.
Though this is good news for Google, the Internet giant has been dealing with various negative issues lately. As we recently reported, YouTube users are upset with Google for taking away the comments section on the site. They are even petitioning to have them bought back.
And people are scratching their heads over a wacky patent Google has applied for. “Google’s Motorola Mobility filed a patent for an electronic skin tattoo, or sticker. Essentially, this patent describes a noise-canceling, hand-free microphone for your cellphone that sticks on your throat,” reports ABC News. The “tattoo” connects to a communication device, wirelessly. And, this electronic skin tattoo can be equipped with a lie detector. The tattoo is temporary tattoo.
Then there is the criticism of Google Glass. “Google’s track record with the music crowd is abysmal,” reports Wired. So to Google is trying really hard to change that with its digital goggles. They just launched an array of music-centric improvements for Google Glass, including new earbuds and voice commands to help you find and play songs. And they pulled in record producer and engineer Young Guru, known for his work with Beyoncé, Young Jeezy, Rihanna, Jay-Z, to help promote Glass.
Google has gone through five music services in four years, all which have failed, such as the Nexus Q, a spherical digital hub that could stream music to your home stereo (and digital video to your TV). “But before it actually shipped to the public, the Nexus Q was cancelled and never heard from again,” reports Wired.
Now there’s this push for music fans, who have tons of options to choose from. “But maybe Google would be better off if it didn’t try too hard and just stuck with being the most boring music service out there,” says Wired.