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Google revenues and profits up

Google revenues rose strongly in the second quarter, driven by an increase in the number of paid clicks on ads, and profits per share were also up year-on-year. Analysts see promise in Google's 'moonshot' technologies.

Google's revenues were up 22 percent year-on-year in the second quarter, rising to $16 billion (11.8 billion euros). $9.3 billion of total revenues, or 58 percent, came from outside the US. The company reported earnings per share (EPS) in the second quarter of 2014 at $6.08, compared to $4.96 in the second quarter of 2013.

Capital expenditures of $2.65 billion and operating expenses of $5.6 billion, up from $4.5 billion year-on-year, kept Google's second-quarter EPS slightly lower than analysts' expectations of $6.25.

Heavy investment in new technologies and infrastructure such as data centers moderated short-run earnings. But analysts say the company's diverse portfolio of technology investments anchors its long-term strength.

"It was yet another okay quarter for Google," said Gartner analyst Brian Blau, who expressed optimism about the company's long-term prospects. "I am encouraged by Google's approach to engineering, and how they enable products by building cool tech. They try to keep their users happy."

Google announced that long-time chief business officer Nikesh Arora was leaving the company to join Softbank, a Japanese telecommunications and Internet giant, as vice chairman.

He will be replaced on an interim basis by Omid Kordestani, who was Google's senior vice president of global sales until 2009, and has since been a special advisor to the founders. Kordestani was among Google's earliest hires - he was in charge of developing Google's initial business model in 1999.

Google invests in 'moonshot' technology

Since co-founder Larry Page took over the role of Google CEO in April 2011, the tech behemoth has spent heavily on new technologies well outside its core strengths in online search software and pay-per-click online ads.

Page has used Google's strong revenues and profits to turn his company into a vehicle for 'moonshot' technology innovation projects. The company invests in new technology development both internally and by acquisition. It also funds startups by creating Google-owned venture capital funds and business incubators.

Google unveils driverless car

Many of Google's internal technology development efforts are conducted within "Google X," the company's low-profile 'skunkworks' technology innovation division. Projects include the development of self-driving cars and the launch of Calico, a company specialized in developing life-extension technologies.

Google's external acquisitions have included a slew of companies specialized in building robots or artificial intelligence systems, such as Boston Dynamics, which has built multi-legged robots under contract to the US military.

nz/ng (AFP, dpa)

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