By Mike Collett-WhiteRussia’s Winter Olympics officially got underway on the Black Sea coast on Friday with a grandiose opening ceremony that President Vladimir Putin hoped would dispel fears of militant attacks and a row over gay rights that marred the buildup.Putin has staked his reputation on hosting a safe and successful Games in the resort town of Sochi, where a colourful, sometimes muddled show before 40,000 spectators at the gleaming Fisht Stadium signalled the start of full sporting competition.“I declare the 22nd Winter Olympic Games open,” said Putin, launching an event he has personally overseen and expects will burnish Russia’s, and his own, image on the world stage.In an embarrassing early technical glitch, one of the five Olympic rings suspended high above the stage failed to unfurl, meaning that the giant structure could not be illuminated by fireworks as planned.But the show went on, blending cartoon-style inflatable domes, spectacular ballroom dancing amid towering imperial columns, and giant avant-garde shapes hovering above symbols of revolution and upheaval in a sweep through Russian history.Fireworks filled the sky above the Olympic park surrounding the arena in a rousing finale to a show that drew heavily on Russia’s rich heritage of classical music, literature and dance.As the ceremony unfolded, a security scare aboard a passenger plane flying from Ukraine to Turkey underlined concerns that the Games could be targeted, although the exact circumstances were not immediately clear.Turkey scrambled an F-16 fighter jet to accompany a plane carrying 110 passengers arriving in Istanbul after a bomb threat was made by a passenger demanding to go to the Winter Olympics venue of Sochi, Turkish officials said.The passenger was believed to have drunk alcohol and was calmed down by the crew and persuaded to let the plane land in Istanbul, according to Dogan news agency.The scare came after the U.S. Transportation Security Administration had temporarily banned carry-on liquids, aerosols, gels and powders on flights between Russia and the United States.The United States issued a warning on Wednesday to airports and some airlines flying to Russia for the Olympics to watch for toothpaste tubes that could hold ingredients to make a bomb on board a plane.Some 37,000 security personnel are on high alert in Sochi over threats by Islamist militant groups based in the nearby north Caucasus region to attack the Feb. 7-23 Games, the most expensive ever staged at an estimated cost of $50 billion.Separatist guerrillas seeking an independent Islamic state in Chechnya and neighbouring regions of southern Russia have vowed to disrupt the Olympics, which they say are taking place on land seized from Caucasus tribes in the 19th century.Despite a “ring of steel” around venues, Russian forces fear a woman suspected of planning a suicide bombing may have slipped through.Security analysts believe that an attack is in fact more likely elsewhere in Russia to humiliate Putin, who launched a war to crush a Chechen rebellion in 1999.Twin suicide bombings killed at least 34 people in December in Volgograd, 400 miles (700 km) northeast of Sochi.Putin was joined at the ceremony by leaders from China, Japan and about 40 other countries in a show of support despite international anger over Russia’s “gay propaganda” law passed last year, which critics say curtails the rights of homosexuals.U.S. President Barack Obama, French President Francois Hollande, British Prime Minister David Cameron and German President Joachim Gauck are not attending the Games, and the U.S. delegation includes openly gay representatives.Putin says legislation banning the promotion of gay propaganda among minors is designed to protect young people, and has stressed that homosexuals would not face discrimination at the Olympics.In a speech at the opening ceremony, International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach called for an inclusive Games.“Yes, it is possible – even as competitors – to live together under one roof in harmony, with tolerance and without any form of discrimination for whatever reason,” he said beneath a fluttering Russian flag.As he spoke, gay rights activists said Russian police had detained activists who tried to protest on Moscow’s Red Square and in St Petersburg.Police did not immediately comment on the reports by the activists, who said 10 protesters were detained in Moscow and four in Russia’s second city.In St Petersburg, the protesters were detained after unfurling a banner declaring “Discrimination is incompatible with the Olympic Movement”, gay rights group All Out said.Google placed a rainbow version of its logo on its search page featuring the six colours on the gay pride flag – red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple.The page also includes a quote from the Olympic charter underlining the right to practise sport without discrimination.Google Inc. declined to comment.Organisers have defended the costs of staging the Sochi Games amid concerns from Olympic officials that the huge price tag could put potential bidders off in future.They said much of the infrastructure built for 2014 was designed to be used long after the Games finished, and the plan was to turn Sochi into a year-round resort, international sports centre and amusement park.Despite grumblings about poor accommodation and tight security, the mood among competitors and officials after a handful of early qualifying events in Sochi and at the mountain base 40 km (25 miles) to the northeast was upbeat.“Conditions offered to the athletes are absolutely outstanding,” said French Olympic Committee President Denis Masseglia on a clear, crisp day.Saturday is the first full day of sporting action, with five gold medals to be decided.
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it is difficult to imagine, support Google huge search project, it turned out to be a very single search theme, as well as a very simple advertising model.
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, Google meets all of the typical characteristics of a technology company succeeded: the founder of young has become a billionaire; the number of employees about 3500 people; want to enter this company who broke the threshold. However, the real Google is completely different from the other. The Google search engine to fortune, so far, almost all the business of this company is spread around this center. Paradoxically, Google powerful search engine allows consumers to easily understand a product information, on the one hand, which will undoubtedly weaken the traditional advertising effect; on the other hand, Google is currently 99% of its revenue from advertising, but this is advertising network advertising. This single profit model can lead Google how far?
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in the near future, Google released a quarterly profit growth of nearly 5 times over the same period in the first quarter. First quarter Google net profit of $369 million 200 thousand, the main business sales revenue increased from $443 million to $155 million over the same period last year, the main business profit margin increased from 23.8% to 35.2%. Search advertising is still the main source of Google revenue.
in August last year, since the listing of Google, its share price has almost doubled, so far, this upward trend is still not declining trend. Did Wall Street investors lose their minds again? Internet bubble era proves that this is not impossible. However, the rise of Google is not the old Internet companies started to rely on advertising copy. Google keyword auction advertising is an elegant art, this kind of advertising is not directly aimed at all the audience, to some extent, is the user’s own choice of advertising.
in order to better understand this difference, we can compare the United States online and Microsoft MSN had to take the model. Almost all of these companies have television and print media, their purpose is simple: to cover a wide range of content on the web page, and then click on the page to sell advertising space. This model encourages advertising to attract the attention of the audience, so a wide variety of colorful banners, pop-up or video ads will be the eyes of the user to move away from the body.
Google style is completely different. It does not create news or entertainment content, and its web page is not colorful design to retain users. Google, on the other hand, has been pursuing a minimalist Zen aesthetic, and its search engine pages are always sending users to other people’s sites as quickly as possible. Google is never interested in attracting users.