Archive for September, 2010

Top Ten Annual Value Creators Rankings

Friday, September 10th, 2010

Companies From Emerging Markets Dominate Rankings of World’s Top Shareholder Value Creators, Says Report by The Boston Consulting Group

Top Ten Performers in BCG’s Annual Value Creators Rankings Are All Based in Asia–Five in China, Two in Hong Kong, and One Each in India, Indonesia, and South Korea

BOSTON, One side effect of the Great Recession has been to accelerate the ascent of companies from rapidly developing economies to the top ranks of the world’s creators of shareholder value, according to a new report by The Boston Consulting Group (BCG). This is the core finding of Threading the Needle: Value Creation in a Low-Growth Economy, the twelfth annual report in BCG’s Value Creators series.


Texas opens inquiry into Google search rankings

Saturday, September 4th, 2010

Google Inc.’s methods for recommending websites are being reviewed by Texas’ attorney general in an investigation spurred by complaints that the company has abused its power as the Internet’s dominant search engine.

The antitrust inquiry disclosed by Google late Friday is just the latest sign of the intensifying scrutiny facing the company as it enters its adolescence. Since its inception in a Silicon Valley garage 12 years ago, Google has gone from a quirky startup to one of the world’s most influential businesses with annual revenue approaching $30 billion.

A spokesman for Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott confirmed the investigation, but declined further comment.

The review appears to be focused on whether Google is manipulating its search results to stifle competition.

The pecking order of those results can make or break websites because Google’s search engine processes about two-thirds of the search requests in the U.S. and handles even more volume in some parts of the world. (more…)