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Google Stock Gets Another "Buy" Sign with this New Deal

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Google stock is one of our favorite tech plays. It got even better with the Feb. 23 announcement that Google will purchase the mobile payment company Softcard (formerly known as Isis).

Essentially, the search engine company is buying Softcard's technology to use as Google Wallet.

The purchase also guarantees pre-installment of Google Wallet on all Verizon Communication Inc. (NYSE: VZ), T-Mobile US Inc. (NYSE: PCS), and AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) Android phones in the United States starting later this year.

New FAA Drone Regulations Could Kill These GOOG, Projects

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New FAA drone regulations proposed Feb. 15 aren't what tech giants Google Inc. (Nasdaq: GOOG, GOOGL) or Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN) had hoped for.

"...Once you spend some time looking at them, some of the things proposed would be devastating to the future of the industry," Small UAV Coalition executive director Michael Drobac said to The Wall Street Journal Monday.

Here's what GOOG and AMZN investors need to know...

How to Profit from Elon Musk's "Space Internet"

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More than 3 billion people on Earth still have no or poor access to the Internet. Elon Musk wants to build a network of hundreds of low-orbiting satellites that will deliver high-speed, low-cost Internet to the most remote places on Earth.

But he won't be building this "Space Internet" alone. One tech company is already helping him make his dream a reality.

Here's the company poised to reap big gains by helping Musk...

GOOG Earnings for Q4 Among the Most Remarkable in Company History

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GOOG earnings were released post-market today (Thursday)...

Google Inc. (Nasdaq: GOOG, GOOGL) reported fourth quarter earnings per share (EPS) of $6.88 - $0.20 under projections. Revenue came in at $14.5 billion (16.9% growth year over year), also under expectations by $110 million.

Our advice: ignore the bottom line miss. Ignore chatter about how Google's advertising has lost steam (the average price of Google's digital advertisements fell 3%).

This was one of the most remarkable Q4's in company history - and we'll show you why...

Comcast Haters Rejoice: Google Fiber to Rollout in Four More Cities

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Google Fiber is about to expand to four more cities: Atlanta, Ga., Nashville, Tenn, and Charlotte and Raleigh-Durham, N.C. That's cause for celebration for those lucky denizens...

You see, the American Customer Satisfaction Index ranks Comcast Corp.- Google Fiber's main competitor - as the most-hated company in the U.S. in 2014. It was followed closely by Time Warner Cable Inc., another huge American ISP and Fiber rival.

In fact, customer satisfaction ranking in the ISP industry currently falls below the health insurance industry and airlines.

That's why Google Fiber is a welcome alternative to ISP customers. And so far, the service has glowing reviews...

Google Mobile Service Plans Will Revolutionize Costs and Service in 2015

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Your next wireless cellphone service plan could be with Internet giant Google Inc. (Nasdaq: GOOG, GOOGL)...

Google mobile service plans are in the works, according to a report this afternoon (Wednesday) from The Information. Google is almost ready to "sell mobile phone plans directly to customers and manage their calls and mobile data over a cellular network."

GOOG's mobile service project, codenamed "Nova," is likely to launch sometime in 2015. Some employees have already tested it.

Here's how Google cellphone plans will shake up the U.S. wireless market...

$1 Billion Google-SpaceX Partnership Will Bring the Entire World Online


Updated Jan. 21, 2015: An exciting Google-SpaceX partnership was formed Tuesday evening. Together, the visionary companies will attempt to bring the remaining two-thirds of the globe online...

You see, more than 60% of the world's population is still offline, according to a September 2014 study by McKinsey & Co.

After a day of rumors, the Internet giant and Fidelity confirmed a $1 billion investment in Elon Musk's SpaceX around 5 p.m. ET Tuesday. A source close to the deal said Google valued SpaceX north of $10 billion.

A Google-SpaceX partnership formed late Tuesday. Together, Google-SpaceX will work to bring the remaining two-thirds of the world's population online...

Dow Jones Today: Another Fed-Fueled Rally – or a "Quadruple Witching"?

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Good morning! The Dow Jones today Friday could ride yesterday's Fed-driven 421-point surge. Or it could fall on "quadruple witching" - a market-dropping phenomenon that occurs when the expirations of single-stock futures, index options, index futures, and stock options all happen the same day.

Today, investors will listen to two speeches from members of the Fed Open Market Committee. They'll also watch for the S&P 500 to continue its 4.5% run since Wednesday morning.

Here's what else you should know about the stock market today - including your "Money Morning Tip of the Day" - to make it a profitable Friday...

Most-Googled Terms of 2014 (Nasdaq: GOOG)

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Get the ten most-Googled terms of 2014 - with a twist...

A look at hottest searches provides a fantastic measure of the year's most important happenings. And as a bonus to the regular list format, we've paired each term with a link to one of our favorite 2014 Web articles on that topic. Check them out for a quick refresher, a moving read, or exceptional visual content.

Out of the roughly 140 billion Google searches that took place in 2014 (and massive amount of Web content you can find on each), here are the ten most-Googled terms with our corresponding story "faves"...

Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) Gets Pushed Out by Europe, One Piece at a Time

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Bit by bit, Europe is mounting pressure on Google Inc. (Nasdaq: GOOG, GOOGL) to give up its 90% market share in Europe. New laws in Spain and Russia pushed the tech giant to announce an exit from the two countries this week.

Here's why Google News is leaving Spain, why Google engineering is leaving Russia, and what all this means for GOOG stock investors...

Why Google Stock (Nasdaq: GOOG) Investors Love Europe's Breakup Vote

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On Thursday, the European Parliament will decide whether to force Google Inc. (Nasdaq: GOOG, GOOGL) to unbundle search from the rest of its commercial services.

A "yes" vote could shrink Google's vast market share. The company currently accounts for 90% of all Web searches in Europe.

But it also means a very lucrative event is one step closer for Google stock investors...

Understanding the Key Threats to Google (GOOG) Stock

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Google Inc. (Nasdaq: GOOG) has grown to be the fourth most valuable U.S. company , with a market capitalization of $370 billion.

Only Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL), Exxon Mobil Corp. (NYSE: XOM), and Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) are larger. In 2015, the company will likely generate more than $60 billion in revenue and more than $17 billion in net income.

Analysts expect it to continue growing at 15% to 20% for the foreseeable future despite its increasing size, a growth rate rivaled only by Apple among mega-cap companies.

That rate of growth continues to get more tightly squeezed...

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