Google is paying Apple billions of dollars to support you from using … Bing

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That number comes from Bernstein analysts, who expect Google will fork over that much to retain its status on Apple devices. The amount is likely to increase to about $20 billion in 2022. Those estimates are based on patterns found in the latest available financial documents from both companies. And unless something changes significantly in the next year, Google is likely to continue to pay many billions to stay front and center for iOS users.

Google appears to have no qualms about squandering money in order to maintain its position as the preferred search engine. According to documents, Google pays developers to promote their games through Google Play and gives financial incentives to smartphone manufacturers to put its app store front and centre. In exchange for remaining the default browser in Apple’s Safari browser, the business pays Apple a sizable sum—estimated to be about $15 billion this year.

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  • Considering the word “antitrust” is floating around Google like an errant fruit fly, analysts note this arrangement could be considered a regulatory risk. If it’s seen as evidence of Google’s anti-competitive practices, Bernstein analysts estimate it would cost Apple a potential 4-5% decrease in gross revenue. Google could also decide to stop paying Apple altogether, but analysts believe that won’t happen as Google “is likely paying to ensure Microsoft doesn’t outbid it.”

  • How to Use Google Assistant on the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4. Jane Horvath, Apple’s senior director of global privacy, said earlier this year that the company defaults to Google because it’s the most popular search engine. And Safari allows you to switch from Google to another search engine if you choose. It seems Apple and Google have a sort of symbiotic relationship as a result of this deal. The big payout from Google technically falls under Apple’s Services division, which has undoubtedly helped Apple increase that revenue line over the years. That’s helpful, as the company has diversified its business beyond hardware.

International travel, severed heads, and farting. Those were three of the highlights of the 20th anniversary of Attack of the Clones panel held Friday at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim. Stars Temuera Morrison, Daniel Logan, and Anthony Daniels were joined by designer Doug Chiang, effects wizard John Knoll, and sound designer Matthew Wood to talk about the groundbreaking prequel, and were even joined by stars Hayden Christensen and Ewan McGregor for the last few minutes. The voice of Ahsoka Tano, Ashley Eckstein, hosted. (And sat next to Christensen!)

Google still makes a majority of its cash from advertising revenue. The company posted a record $61.9 billion in profit, led by search, which made $7 billion on its own. But it’s unclear exactly how much Safari contributes to Google’s bottom line, and whether paying Apple billions is really worth it when the alternative is… Bing.

The panelists spent most of the time reminiscing about the great memories they made during production, and the incredible technical achievements the film attained (including being the first feature length film filmed digitally). But the highlights were, of course, the personal stories.

Jango Fett himself, Temuera Morrison (who recently starred in The Book of Boba Fett), kicked things off with a cautionary tale about speaking up for yourself. He said that while shooting the scene in his room on Kamino where he tells his son, Boba Fett, to pack up because they’re leaving, he noticed George Lucas was shooting him from the waist up. He thought the line would be better captured in close up but didn’t feel comfortable suggesting that to the master filmmaker. Fast-forward several months and Morrison gets a phone call. He’s needed in London to do Attack of the Clones reshoots. So he files from New Zealand to England, which takes over a day, gets to the studio, suits up… and delivers the exact same line in a close up. That was it. He was done.

For the actor who played his son, Daniel Logan, he explained that he knew Jango Fett died in the film—but it wasn’t until the premiere when he realized what the scene of him holding Jango’s helmet meant, and he said he was the only person in the theater excited. He thought that meant he was coming back for Episode III and let out a cheer. Which, of course, didn’t happen. “Hey, they gave me a Lego game,” he joked. Later, after McGregor came on stage, he couldn’t recall much about filming the rain-soaked fight with Jango Fett, but did have a very clear memory of the scene when he showed up to the door of the Fett apartment. Boba answers the door and, apparently, Lucas wanted him to look suspicious of the Jedi. Take after take though, Logan couldn’t get it. Then, McGregor took the young actor aside and said to him, “When I open the door, act like I’ve done a terrible fart.” It was the perfect motivation—and seeing as how well it worked, Lucas thought so, too.

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