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Samsung Mobile’s Earnings Plummet, Thanks To iPhone 6 Plus


Samsung Galaxy Note 4

According to Samsung’s earnings, its mobile business hasn’t just continued to decline; it’s raging through a downward spiral now. The South Korean company’s first quarter mobile profits plunged almost 40% from the same time period last year, according to the AP on Wednesday. But it still has reason to be optimistic. 

From January to March, Samsung’s mobile division earned 4.63 trillion won (or $4.35 billion USD), while a year ago the division pulled in 7.49 trillion won (roughly $7 billion USD), making for a “larger-than-expected drop.” 

See also: Turns Out The Samsung Galaxy S5 Tanked Outside The U.S.

The results prompt analysts to point fingers at the iPhone 6 Plus. Apparently, Apple’s large-screened flagship, known alternately as the company’s first iOS phablet, ate into sales that were once phablet-maker Samsung’s domain. However, the numbers don’t take into account one very important factor: Samsung just put out its best smartphones yet, with its Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, and results from their global launch this month won’t be available until next quarter. 

In other words, we’ll know in a few months whether Samsung has (finally) turned a corner or not. In the meantime, let’s look for some clues. 

Take Note: The Galaxy S6 Is Selling Big

News of a 39 percent profit loss would typically be cause for alarm, and it’s certainly not making anyone at Samsung jump for joy. However, those numbers also reflect a lull in Samsung’s release schedule. More importantly, shortly after the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge’s reveal at MWC in March, Samsung revealed that it already received about 20 million pre-orders for the two versions of its new flagship phone.


Samsung Galaxy S6

For comparison’s sake, 2014’s Galaxy S5 only managed to sell 12 million units in the first three months of its release. In short, Samsung has a winner on its hands with the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge. Both devices have earned solid reviews around the web, and clearly it’s a hit with mobile consumers as well.

All that means that by the time Samsung’s Q2 profits are revealed, the company should have a much nicer set of numbers to tell investors. And with no new iPhones until at least this fall, Samsung should have a clear path to regaining its mobile supremacy in much of 2015.

Images courtesy of Samsung

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You Can’t Pad Your Pocketbook With Amazon Associates Earnings If You Live In Vermont


Did you know you could make money by referring people to Amazon from your blog, website, or social media account? It’s called Amazon Associates, and it’s a side income for hundreds of thousands of Internet users.

As of Wednesday, however, the program is no longer open to Vermont residents.  A prospective sales tax on Internet sales in the state has prompted Amazon to shutter its program preemptively, Vermont Public Radio reports.

See also: Amazon Creates New Way For Developers To Monetize Apps

Many Vermont residents used Amazon Associates to make anywhere from a few dollars to a few hundred dollars a month on commissions to Amazon, according to Vermont Public Radio. This week, each of them received an email from Amazon stating its decision to close the program as “a direct result of Vermont’s state tax collection legislation.”

“Amazon strongly supports federal legislation creating a simplified framework to uniformly resolve interstate sales tax issues,” the company wrote. “We are working with states, retailers, and bipartisan supporters in Congress to get legislation passed that would allow us to reopen our Associates program in Vermont.”

Sen. Tim Ashe, a Vermont state senator and the chairman of the Senate Finance committee, dismissed Amazon’s preemptive strike as a “bully[ing]” tactic. Ashe said Vermont’s proposed sales tax on Internet sales will not go into effect until 15 other states adopt similar provisions. Amazon’s move has incited many locals who depended on extra income from commissions, which could stifle the state senate’s plan to make this law a reality.

See also: New State Law Bumps Colorado Off Amazon’s Affiliate Map

Vermont joins Arkansas, Colorado, Maine, Missouri, and Rhode Island as places where residents are ineligible for the Amazon Associates program.

Photo of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos by James Duncan Davidson

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SearchCap: Bing Safety, Yandex Earnings & Bing Ads New Look

Below is what happened in search today, as reported on Search Engine Land and from other places across the web. From Search Engine Land: Bing Ads Is Getting A Slick New Look That Will Feel Familiar Bing is unveiling a new look that will start showing up in the web interface next week. The new…



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With eBay’s Earnings on Tap, Its Data Breach and SEO Penalty Loom Large – Re/code


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Yelp Reports Q1 2014 Net Revenue At $76.4 Million, A 66% Growth Over Last Year’s Q1 Earnings

According to Yelp’s Q1 2014 earnings report, the company’s net revenue for the quarter totaled $76.4 million, representing a 66 percent growth over first quarter of last year. Yelp claims average monthly unique visitors climbed to 132 million, representing 30 percent year-over-year…



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SearchCap: Pinterest Guided Search & Baidu Earnings Report

Below is what happened in search today, as reported on Search Engine Land and from other places across the web. From Search Engine Land: Baidu Beats Expectations, Posts 59 Pct Revenue Growth In Q1 2014 Chinese search engine leader and advertising provider, Baidu, released financials for the first…



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SearchCap: Google Keyword Planner Enhanced, Yandex Earnings & AdWords Scripts

Below is what happened in search today, as reported on Search Engine Land and from other places across the web. From Search Engine Land: Yandex Reports 62% Share Of Russian Search Market With Q1 2014 Revenue Up 36% Yandex 2014 first-quarter earnings release shows the Russian search engine’s…



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What Do Google’s Earnings Reports Tell Us About AdWords Trends?

Google published their quarterly earnings last week, but they tell us quite a lot about what is happening on AdWords across the market. Paid search budgets are growing. But what’s the story with mobile and why aren’t CPCs rising?

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Google Q1 2014 Earnings: Profits Up as CPCs Slide

Google has revealed profits for the first quarter of 2014 of $3.45 billion, up from $3.35 billion in the same period last year, but its average cost-per-click income has fallen by 9 percent year-over-year.

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Google Q4 2013 Earnings Report $16.86 Billion In Revenues

Google announced fourth-quarter 2013 earnings today. Google’s revenue targets beat estimates, while their earnings-per-share did not. Google had revenues of $16.86 billion for the quarter ended December 31, 2013, an increase of 17% compared to the fourth quarter of 2012. Google’s…



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