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post #31 of 37 (permalink) Old 2014-07-22, 09:10 AM
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I can see where Google is losing money with business services that don't have an advertising base. Many, if not most, of Google's business units lose money is misleading because they exist either to support the advertising base or to gain market share for future advertising platforms. (Android is the perfect example.) Saying Google's business units lose money and only the advertising unit is profitable profitable is like saying a TV network loses money because only the advertising unit is profitable. You can't have advertising revenue without the other units.
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post #32 of 37 (permalink) Old 2014-07-22, 11:22 AM
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Yeah, but cloud storage isn't an advertising platform so it's not comparable to stuff like Android.
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post #33 of 37 (permalink) Old 2014-07-22, 01:28 PM
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Maybe cloud storage isn't an advertising platform yet but I'm sure Google is working on a way of monetizing it. I wouldn't be surprised if they were already scanning cloud file types and contents for targeted advertising on their other services.
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I'm pretty sure that Google's "monetize cloud storage" strategy is/was to charge users money for it, not advertising revenue.
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post #35 of 37 (permalink) Old 2014-08-20, 06:15 PM Thread Starter
 
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And here is the effect the "cloud storage wars" are having on the storage vendors.
http://techcrunch.com/2014/08/20/clo...ional-storage/

It ain't pretty...
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post #37 of 37 (permalink) Old 2014-11-26, 09:27 PM
 
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Not everything Google does is to generate revenue and/or profit. They have also taken a number of steps to "choke off the air supply" of their competitors - mostly Microsoft - funding/supporting alternative office suites, moving email into the cloud, etc.
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