“sog’s” update on the free-range rapist, drug-slinger trigger-niggers’ escalating chimpouts in the US today

“sog’s” update on the free-range rapist, drug-slinger trigger-niggers’ escalating chimpouts in the US today

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Niggers always riot even when they are happy ..during watts riots of 65 i think it was/ in los angeles the cops shot the nigger rioters dead as they should now ..this kind of insurrection and mayhem is against the grain of normal society ..niggers who conspire on tweeter to riot or harm people should be rounded up and shot …

I know plenty of whites who get dead by the police and suicided in jails and no one cares a shit …. some worthless nigger who would have been a victim sooner or later of urban Africanization, blight violence and no one cared about anyway is now a canonized good man and a kind soul and etc, ad nausea ..

jackson-lee-idiot-nigger

Most niggers are just free range rapists and murderers and drug slingers and trigger niggers who havent been shot in retaliation by their boruhthuhs or kilt in the course of stealing something …in short most niggers are sociopath nut jobs …..

So why ooooh why, lawwwrdy, lawwrdy, deed anuthuh muh dicknigger die in poleeece custuhdee n shiyit … call dem amberlaamps n sheeyit … the ratio of police brutality is higher on whites ‘cus there are more of us and the cops kill plenty of whites every year …
the barak-roach and ho-lder and jackasscoon and sharpdik’s will turn this into a brainwashing event to weaponize the American African kafirs … once a kafir always …

eric-holder

The word idiot (e) is French in origin and denotes effeminate or used in the description of the African Muslim nigger Moors who came to France as stupid …. they are still stupid rioting worthless shit-bags .. whites could never get away with rioting .. the cops that killed this guy are just as dangerous to white people as well ..this niggers head was mostly off ..maybe it was always that way …and they were just trying to super glue the nig-noggin back on … public service …

Goddification ..good riddance to the nigger ,and as usual the stupid kokroaches are out getting revenge on any one white they can find ..the niggers didn’t even know this guy but maybe like i said his partially detached head was starting to fall off and the nice poleecmen were gluing it back on for the nice brain surgeon negro ….

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The niggers are real quiet about Jews kicking their asses out of norleens after the “flood” … remember abner louima in NYC that the cops took into custody when they were off duty and drunk, so they rammed a baton up this nigger’s ass … it was big news then I can imagine what it would do now ….

San fran had the fajita gate once to ..cops are just asshjoles to random mother fuickers, it don’t matter to a cop, they are equal opportunity head-knockers …the niggers try to say other wise and that the po lil’ niggers are set upon by the mean ol’ white 5-0 ….

Baltimo murderland is a fuckin’ pissant ghetto now … you can’t allow nigger welfare breeder stock bitches to have more than 1 mistake … preferably none … one nigger in the news was sayin thay somwhun needed to take care of her and her 12 fuckin’ chirrens … disgusting … a worthless moron apetard shiiting out worthless gang-bangers for money … ughh … ayyhe …

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How the U.S. special relationship with Pakistan lost out to China’s strategic ‘silk road’

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by Harlan Ullman

The visit of China’s President Xi Jing Ping to Islamabad and the promised commitment of some $45 billion to develop a new “silk road� through Pakistan could be a stunning geopolitical as well as economic development.

Of course, Pakistan and China have enjoyed a long-standing relationship in part impelled by India’s role as a rival and threat to both. It was President Yahya Khan who lubricated the Nixon opening to China in the early 1970’s, serving as the very silent matchmaker between Beijing and Washington.

Gwadar, Pakistan could develop into a major Chinese port.

Gwadar, Pakistan could develop into a major Chinese port.

From his first days in office beginning in 2008, President Asif Ali Zardari courted China. While he will get no credit from the PML-N government headed by Nawaz Sharif, Zardari’s patient and assiduous handling of Beijing laid the groundwork for this new relationship. And it was President Zardari who called for creating a new silk road and investment to that end on his first trip to America when he met President Barack Obama. Sadly, Obama’s White House was dismissive of that vision.

That Islamabad has turned east not surprising. When George W. Bush famously declared Pakistan as a U.S. non-NATO major ally, Pakistan expected far more than it got from its American partner in assisting in the global war on terror. That relationship always suffered from mutual misperceptions and expectations generating inherent flaws and cracks that would come apart over time and under stress.

That unhappy history is too well known. After the attacks of September 11th, President and Gen. Pervez Musharraf was encouraged or bullied to join America in destroying Al Qaida then headquartered in and protected by Taliban-run Afghanistan.

Afghanistan had always been of great strategic importance to Islamabad in part because it provided “strategic depth� in the event of hostilities with India and in part because Pakistan’s intelligence service, ISI, enjoyed influence over parts of the Taliban organization.

It was naïve to think that Pakistan would alter those strategic interests for unlimited support of the U.S. war on terror. Until last year, Pakistan distinguished between “good (i.e. Afghan) and “bad (i.e. Pakistani)� Taliban by aiding the former while taking on the latter. Further, while the U.S. believed it was financially generous with coalition support funding for the Pakistan military in battling Al Qaida and later with the Kerry-Lugar-Berman Act that provided $1.5 billion a year for five years in assistance, Islamabad saw that aid as miserly coming from an economic superpower.

Politically, because President Obama did not hold President Zardari in high regard, Army Chief of Staff Ashraf Pervez Kayani was treated as the de facto head of government bypassing civilian authority. Then, the case of CIA contractor Raymond Davis who shot and killed two Pakistanis and finally was freed with “blood money� paid to the victims’ families brought the relationship to its nadir.

That nadir was eclipsed with Seal Team Six’s raid in Islamabad that killed Osama bin Laden conducted without informing the Pakistani government in advance. Exacerbated by drone strikes, positive Pakistani perceptions of America were measured in single digits. And the Obama administration’s decision to withdraw from Afghanistan leaving that country close to civil war was not calming to Islamabad.

Along came China.

From Beijing’s perspective, Pakistan had been a long-term friend and potential strategic ally against India. More importantly, China understood that in the 1950’s and 1960’s, Pakistan had been a thriving economy and could become one again based in part by opening a new silk road connecting east and west and bringing China closer to the Middle East and Africa where its economic interests were rapidly expanding. Developing the Pakistani seaport of Gwadar bordering on the Persian Gulf would be the logistical springboard for this link up.

Additionally, China is providing Pakistan with eight submarines. Reports of transferring stealthy jet fighters and other military technologies to Pakistan may or may not be accurate. But China certainly recognizes the geoeconomic and geopolitical importance of a strategic relationship with Pakistan.

Some in the U.S. will view China as usurping U.S. influence. Others may argue for closer ties with India to compensate for this new Sino-Pak relationship. While both views are understandable, each is flawed.

Stability in the region is dependent on a prosperous and stable Pakistan, a condition that is very much in doubt given current circumstances. Despite its efforts, the U.S. could not deliver on that promise.

If China can, the region will be better off. Perhaps the wisdom of Sun Tzu can meet the vision of Pakistan’s chief founder Mohammed Ali Jinnah without alienating India. The U.S. should be very supportive of that prospect. That it will is very much in doubt.

Harlan Ullman is Chairman of the Killowen Group that advises leaders of government and business, Senior Advisor at Washington D.C.’s Atlantic Council and Business Executives for National Security. His latest book is A Handful of Bullets: How the Murder of Archduke Franz Ferdinand Still Menaces the Peace.

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Getting real: Five ways blacks can find success, avoid unnecessary trouble

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by Matthew R. Drayton

During the past few months, there has been numerous incidents — some tragic — where police officers were accused of brutality and abuse of power against African Americans, including Ferguson, South Carolina and New York being the most well-known.

Matthew R. Drayton.

Matthew R. Drayton.

Some of the incidents were caught on video. There are nearly 780,000 sworn officers in the United States protecting and serving 319 million Americans. Police officers have a very difficult and stressful job, but that is no excuse to use excessive force. However, we must take into account what these officers go through and understand that all police officers aren’t bad.

I have been in situations where I could have easily gotten into confrontations with police officers. Years ago, I regularly worked with local and state police officers in major cities throughout the U.S. I can tell you first hand that there are some police officers that are prejudiced or egotistical, and some that have their own agendas. I remember arriving in Texas to meet and work with local police there. When I reached out to shake one of the officer’s hands, he refused! Later during that same trip, I was almost arrested because the same police officer who wouldn’t shake my hand, failed to tell a group of his fellow officers who I was as I approached them.

On another trip to California, a police officer stood two feet in front of me and stared me down while I waited to meet with the Deputy Police Chief. I had never met this officer before, nor did I do anything to him to warrant the stare he was giving me. In both Texas and California, I was the only African American in the group; my co-workers were not subjected to the same treatment. In both cases, I had no choice but to work through whatever issues those police officers had with me. I did not respond to their behavior towards me, and worked more closely with the officers who reached out to me than the ones who didn’t. In the end, we successfully finished our work in both cities, and I made some new friends in law enforcement.

My experiences with the police were not all bad; in fact there were more positive experiences with them than negative ones. I realize some of my circumstances and encounters with the police were of a different nature than being pulled over for a routine traffic stop, but the two situations I mentioned above were intense and could have easily become confrontational. I have been stopped and pulled over by the police numerous times over the years, and I can honestly say, I have never been mistreated by a police officer. The following tips have worked for me when I have had encounters with police officers in the past. Hopefully they can help you too.

  • Obey the law: If you are breaking the law in any way; it’s only a matter of time before you have to deal with the police. Turn on your flashers, drive slowly and pull over to a well lit busy area if you are pulled over. Cooperate if you are being questioned or arrested to avoid any physical confrontation.
  • Be polite and show respect: Greeting and treating a police officer with respect immediately de-escalates the situation. Regardless of how you feel about being pulled over or questioned, the police are authorized to do so. Mouthing off and becoming aggressive towards the police will make the situation worse.
  • Obey police officer orders: When a policeman asks you to do something reasonable, do it. Remember, these men and women are trying to do a job, and sometimes need to gather facts to do their job. Disobeying the police officer’s orders will again only make the situation worse.
  • Make lifestyle changes: Most of the things that happen to us are a result of our decisions. Alcohol, outdated license plates, and erratic driving are a few contributors to police stops. If you are hanging out late at night with known offenders, or in places where there is a high probability of a crime, there will likely be a heavy police presence there.
  • Educate your children: Teach your children at an early age about police brutality, and to be respectful when dealing with the police, and all adults for that matter. Explain current events to them in an unbiased way, and make them aware of the dangers they face if they break the law, and what can happen to them at the hands of some police officers.
Matt Drayton conducts seminar.

Matt Drayton conducts seminar.

It is not my intent to downplay police brutality incidents or to be insensitive to anyone who has suffered or died at the hands of the police. My purpose is to help African Americans understand that engaging an officer properly can de-escalate the situation, and possibly avoid a deadly altercation. I am a middle-aged, African American male who regrettably has had too many encounters with the police during my lifetime. I have never been arrested or beaten by a police officer, nor have I ever been disrespectful or mouthed off to one.

I do realize that if a police officer wants to use violence against you, he is going to do it, but I truly believe it’s harder to beat up a person who is polite and compliant. Try these tips the next time you have an encounter with the police. It cannot hurt and it may just save you. Remember, we cannot control a police officer’s behavior, but we can control our own.

Army Sgt. Maj. Matthew R. Drayton (Ret.), www.MattDrayton.com, is a corporate speaker, life coach, leadership consultant and author of Succeeding While Black. He has been mentoring youth for over a decade and is Executive Director of Great Oak Youth Development Center, a N.C.-based non-profit organization that mentors at risk youth.

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New ISIL edict: Every man In Mosul must grow a beard, or else

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By Joanna Paraszcuk, Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty

The Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) group has reportedly issued a decree ordering all men in the Iraqi city of Mosul to grow beards on the grounds that the shaving of facial hair is haram (forbidden) under Shari’a law.

ISIL operative  Umar al-Shishani.

ISIL operative Umar al-Shishani.

A report of the new ISIL decree in Mosul was posted on the Mosul Eye Facebook page on April 28. Mosul Eye is the pseudonym of a local historian who has been secretly documenting ISIL’s activities in Mosul since the militants overran the city in June 2014. While it is not possible to verify the blogger’s identity, Iraq watchers believe the accounts are credible.

Mosul Eye also posted a photograph of a leaflet that the account says ISIL has distributed in Mosul. The leaflets explain the Shari’a law basis for the ISIL edict to grow beards.

Those who fail to comply with the order to grow facial hair will be subject to punishment, Mosul Eye said.

ISIL militants have reportedly issued similar bans on shaving beards in other parts of Iraq and Syria, also based on the group’s radical interpretation of Shari’a law.

British-based monitor the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said in December that ISIL had imposed such a ban in the city of Al-Mayadin in eastern Syria. The group also banned Al-Mayadin residents from wearing engagement rings, on the grounds that this is a Christian tradition, SOHR said.

ISIL is not the first radical Islamist groups to impose mandatory beard-wearing on men living in lands under their control, however.

In 2010, militants from the Hizbul-Islam group in Somalia ordered men in Mogadishu to grow their beards and trim their mustaches.

“Anyone found violating this law will face the consequences,” a Hizbul-Islam militant threatened.

The main role model for mandatory beard growth, however, is the Afghan Taliban, which during the height of its rule between 1996 and 2001 instigated a strict facial hair regime.

Shaving was, of course, banned (other things banned by the Taliban included kites, girls’ schools, cassette tapes and women going out without a male relative).

Afghan men’s beards had to be long enough to exceed a fist clasped at the chin. Some reports said that the Taliban had developed even more creative ways to check whether a man’s beard met the religiously mandated length, with “morality” police asking men to put their beards inside a lantern glass to see if it fit. (Those whose beards were deemed too short were, of course, punished.)

In reaction to the radical Islamist predilection for beards, there are reports that some countries with a particular fear of ISIL have associated facial hair with radicalization.

In some cases, pogonophobia — fear of beards — has been taken too far.

Police in Tajikistan this week have been reprimanded for forcing Muslim men to shave off their beards.

Deputy Interior Minister Ikrom Umarzoda told RFE/RL on April 27 that two law enforcement officers in the northern Sughd region were officially rebuked after local residents complained that they were forced to shave their beards.

“We have ordered regional police departments to talk to local residents about extremism, but have never called on them to work with people through force and pressure,” Umarzoda said.

In Afghanistan, the Taliban’s beard obsession resulted in many Afghans fearing not only the bearded Taliban but also bearded Western special operations forces, Foreign Policy noted back in 2009.

“In Kandahar Province’s Zhari district, elders refer to the ‘bearded Americans,’ who they say behave very badly, and the ‘shaven Americans,’ who aren’t so bad,” Foreign Policy reported.

Yet the association of beards with wild, untamed “Eastern” cultures dates back far earlier than the modern phenomenon of the radical Islamist.

In 1698, Russia’s Peter the Great declared a war on facial hair as part of his modernization policies, imposing a mandatory beard tax on Russians, from noblemen to peasants, who refused to shave.

In contemporary Syria and Iraq, it is not only ISIL who are promoting the beard as a religiously mandated concept. Militants from other Islamist groups wear beards also, though none have gone as far as to impose an edict making facial hair mandatory.

While female militants cannot, of course, grow beards, a group of Chechen women supporters of the North Caucasian group Jaish al-Muhajireen wal-Ansar are supporting their men by developing a range of beard care products. The first of these, a beard shampoo, is named “Desire to Jannat,” and is designed “for growth, thickness and ‘taming’” one’s beard. The ingredients include aloe-vera gel, jojoba oil, palm butter, cobra oil, and glycerin.

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ISIL more murderous than militant: Report cites 2,154 non-combat deaths

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So-called insurgents of the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant have killed at least 2,154 people off the battlefield in Syria last summer (late June) when ISIL declared a caliphate, a Syrian human rights monitor said on April 28.

Wholesale executions by beheading, stoning or gunshots in non-combat situations cry out for a global response, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said, urging the United Nations Security Council to act.

Slaughter“We continue in our calls to the UN Security Council for urgent action to stop the ongoing murder against the sons of the Syrian people despite the deafness of members to the screams of pain of the Syrian people,” the group appealed in a statement.

ISIL, which has seized and occupies territory in Syria and Iraq, is an offshoot of Al Qaida and has established its administrative system which has implemented its version of Islamic law and justice.

The organization said its reported figures also include combatants and civilians who had tried to flee ISIL or were accused of being spies. Not included were several beheaded foreign journalists, the Observatory’s Rami Abdulrahman said.

Hundreds of people believed captured by ISIL are still missing, he added.

One of the worst massacres was against the Sunni Muslim Sheitaat tribe which had been ba|tlinc iSIL in eastern Syria. ISIL has killed at least 930 Sheitaat tribespeople, the Observatory said.

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Arab-Israel War ends: New strategic framework forged in reaction to Jihad, Iran, White House

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By Gregory R. Copley, Editor, GIS/Defense & Foreign Affairs

It is probable that history will mark early 2015 as the end of the Arab-Israeli war, a conflict which has lasted since 1948, when the modern State of Israel was proclaimed.

Israel's Prime Minister  Menachem Begin and Egypt's President Anwar Sadat at Camp David, Sept. 16, 1978. / Corbis

Israel’s Prime Minister Menachem Begin and Egypt’s President Anwar Sadat at Camp David, Sept. 16, 1978. / Corbis

However, the end of “the Arab-Israeli war� by no means marks the end of the conflict being waged for the creation of a separate Palestinian state, or the ongoing conflict against Israel by non-Arab Turkey, non-Arab Iran, Qatar, and, to a strong degree, with the support of the U.S. White House (albeit not the U.S. Government per se).

The end of the general Arab-Israeli war is the result of a growing closeness of purpose between a number of Arabian Peninsula states and Israel, particularly over issues related to the containment of jihadist forces, and, more significantly, to the containment of Iran’s growing dominance of the region.

This has been developing over several decades, largely beginning with the very discreet Israel-Oman exchanges of contacts in the late 1970s, but blossoming particularly when the late Saudi Arabian monarch, King ‘Abdallah bin ‘Abd al-’Aziz al Sa’ud and the Israeli government had common, or overlapping, concerns over Iran.

The UAE largely followed Saudi Arabia in this regard. Jordan had consistently been pragmatic in its relations with Israel, and vice-versa.

The “Arab� hostility toward Israel was not reversed, or did not decline, in a uniform manner.

The Egyptian Government of President Anwar Sadat normalized relations with Israel, beginning with the Camp David Accords in 1978, but Israeli-Egyptian relations were formal but cool during the era of President Hosni Mubarak (1981-2011), and became more pragmatic during the interim government of Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi Soliman (2011-12), but moved back to outright hostility — albeit with continued normal diplomatic relations — during the Muslim Brotherhood government of President Mohammed Morsi (2012-13).

It not only reverted to a warm relationship with the removal of President Morsi by the Egyptian plebiscite of 2013 [the Egyptian Movement for Change collected 22-million signatures calling for Morsi’s resignation, ultimately led to installation of the Government of President Abdul Fatah Saeed Hussein Khalil al-Sisi]; it led to an Israeli-Egyptian relationship based on a multi-dimensional set of mutual strategic interests.

The ending of the U.S.-Egypt special relationship, with the election of the Sisi government in Egypt in 2014 and the rejection of the U.S. by Saudi Arabia that same year, helped re-establish the profound Saudi and UAE (and Kuwaiti) support for Egypt, given that all those Arab states shared Egypt’s rejection of U.S. President Barack Obama’s (and Turkish President Reçep Tayyip Erdogan’s and Qatari Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani’s) favored option in the region, the Muslim Brotherhood.

What has emerged is now a solid bloc of newly-allied states: Israel, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, the UAE, and, to a degree, Kuwait. Oman and Morocco have their own separate relationships with Israel. They are not all of one mind on all things. Oman is cautious, as ever, of Saudi Arabia, particularly at present, on Riyadh’s handling of the Yemen situation (and, indeed, the Ibadi Muslim Omanis act as a bridge to Iran on many issues; Ibadism pre-dates Sunnism and Shi’ism). Morocco is wary of Saudi Arabia’s history of support for radical, Wahhabist ideology. And so on.

Significantly, in the “anti-Israel camp�, Iran is firmly at odds with Turkey and Qatar, and wary of the Obama Administration on all issues. Iran’s hostility toward Israel was, in any event, a recent issue, and not one which — as with the “Arab-Israeli war� — sprang forth in 1948. Iran/Persia has had a profoundly important relationship with Israel going back some 2,500 years. It is likely to do so again, once the present unpleasantness passes:

Iran has always sought a strong foothold on the Mediterranean and managed this through what is now Israel, while also maintaining strong links with the Jews of the region, dating back to the sacking of the First Temple of Jerusalem by Nebuchadnezzar II after the Siege of Jerusalem of 587 BCE. Captive Jewish tribes were gradually assimilated Eastward into the Persian Empire.

On the periphery of this is the strong Israeli relationship with Ethiopia, coming at a time a) when Djibouti is seeking to rejoin Ethiopia (to which it belonged until it was leased by Emperor Menelik II of Ethiopia to France for 99 years); and b) a cautious working relationship is beginning to emerge between Ethiopia and Egypt over the sharing of the waters of the Blue Nile. Thus, Ethiopia seems logically set — reemerging as a Red Sea maritime factor — to join this new bloc.

What is emerging in this new strategic framework is creation of a newly empowered region, in which mutual investment and trade is already beginning to blossom.

The loans and investments of Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and Kuwait into Egypt in 2014-15 marked the start of true commercial investment in Egypt which would likely include the financing of the “new Cairo�, built between the existing old city of Cairo and the Suez Canal in the coming few years, also at a time when the Suez Canal’s great expansion is occurring: the broadened and more capable Suez Canal — which will be even more important in global shipping terms — is set to open in August 2015. Such a trading bloc, should it occur, would be stabilizing to the region, as well as to the Eastern Mediterranean as a whole, and to the Indian Ocean/Pacific sea linkages. And it may occur without a strong Western (ie: U.S.) influence.

Within all this, too, is the ongoing Turkish-Iranian mutual (but carefully subdued) hostility. How that plays out will determine the extent to which a surviving Turkey decides (almost certainly post Erdogan) to rejoin the region, or not.

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China search giant Baidu posts slowest revenue growth since 2008

By Paul Carsten

BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s dominant Internet search engine Baidu Inc on Thursday posted its slowest revenue growth rate in almost seven years in the first quarter of 2015, as customers spent less money on its core online marketing business.

The company’s bid to create new avenues of income from mobile in China, the world’s biggest smartphone market, also took their toll. Baidu’s profit margins sank to their lowest in a decade, or 19 percent, as promotional costs for new businesses and research and development expenses skyrocketed.

Baidu is still grappling with the effects of a shift from personal computers to mobile, where it made half of its revenues. However, customers pay less for advertising on smartphones compared with computers, an issue with which U.S. peer Google Inc is also struggling.

The number of Baidu’s active online marketing customers remained relatively steady from the previous quarter at 524,000. Despite this, those clients spent on average 9.8 percent less.

Larger rivals like social networking and online entertainment company Tencent Holdings Ltd and Alibaba Group Holding Ltd, which rules China’s e-commerce industry, also pose fierce competition.

The search company’s bid to promote new mobile-centric businesses like food delivery to compete with Tencent and Alibaba saw selling, general and administrative expenses rocket 47.2 percent to $477 million from a year ago.

Revenues of 12.73 billion yuan ($2.05 billion) came in below forecasts of 12.9 billion yuan, according to a Thomson Reuters SmartEstimate poll of 16 analysts.

Coupled with a 3.4 percent decline in net profit from the previous year, this prompted shares to slide 2.6 percent in trading after market close in New York.

Baidu said it expected second-quarter revenue to be between 16.37 billion yuan and 16.75 billion yuan.

A hiring spree for research and development also pushed the department’s expenses up 79.1 percent to $368.8 million.

Baidu’s net income, its lowest in two years, was 2.4 billion yuan for the first three months of 2015. Profit margins of 19 percent were the lowest in almost a decade.

(This story corrects third paragraph to say customers spend less on mobile advertising)

(Editing by Stephen Coates)

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Twitter pins ad revenue hopes on new partnership, acquisition

By Yasmeen Abutaleb

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Twitter Inc’s efforts to reassure disaffected ad buyers may hinge on the success of two deals that were announced along with its bleak forecast on Tuesday, advertisers and analysts said.

Twitter was forced to cut prices for its new “direct response” ads, Chief Executive Officer Dick Costolo said on Tuesday after a the company issued a revenue warning for the year. Twitter shares fell 8.9 percent on Wednesday after dropping as much as 24 percent on Tuesday.

The ads, designed to get readers to click links to download an app or go to a company’s web site, failed to deliver as promised. As a result, Twitter cut ad rates, impacting quarterly revenue by $4 million to $5 million, Costolo said.

“I don’t think Twitter will realize its potential without being able to show advertisers more specifically what their performance on advertising is,” said Colin Sebastian, senior analyst at Robert W. Baird & Co, who said the company’s new deals show its willingness to adapt to advertisers’ requests. “Twitter is a work in progress and clearly there’s plenty of work left to do.”

Twitter delivered disappointing first-quarter earnings on Tuesday, which were reported an hour early by financial data platform Selerity and sent the stock plummeting.

But it was not just the leak that traders punished. The San Francisco-based company also missed Wall Street revenue estimates by nearly $20 million, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S data. It recorded $436 million in revenue and said its key measure of monthly active user had slowed.

Key to improving advertising will be measuring who clicks on what. Costolo said a new partnership with Google’s online advertisement service DoubleClick and the acquisition of marketing technology company TellApart, would help advertisers measure ad views, clicks and calculate investment returns.

“Twitter hasn’t proven itself to be a consistent direct response channel,” said Jeanne Bright, vice president and director of Paid Social, which buys ad space on Twitter and Facebook for brand clients, such as American Express, Sprint and Taco Bell. “I think there’s room for Twitter to adapt and change.”

Still, Twitter may face an uphill battle attracting advertisers because of its format.

Twitter’s platform, which provides users with a constant stream of news events and 140-character messages from accounts they follow, makes it difficult to convince users to stop and click on promotional ads or videos, said Debra Williamson, social media marketing analyst at eMarketer.

Facebook, which has dominated direct response advertising in social media, provides a slower-paced, more curated experience, she and other analysts said.

But some analysts and Twitter itself expressed confidence it can tweak its way to success.

“Facebook is better suited for direct response than Twitter,” said Victor Anthony, analyst at Axiom Capital. “But,” he added, “at the end of the day, you’re scrolling through a news feed on both. If it can work on Facebook,it u|tmately should be able to work on Twitter.”

(Reporting by Yasmeen Abutaleb; Editing by Diane Craft)

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Tencent pushes further in U.S. gaming with Glu Mobile stake buy

By Devika Krishna Kumar

(Reuters) – Tencent Holdings Ltd <0700.HK>, the dominant social networking and online entertainment company in China, has agreed to buy 14.6 percent of mobile game developer Glu Mobile Inc for $126 million to expand in the U.S. gaming market.

Shares of Glu Mobile, which developed Deer Hunter and Kim Kardashian: Hollywood games, rose about 24 percent in extended trading on Wednesday.

Tencent, known for investing in game developers through partnerships and minority stakes, owns League of Legends developer Riot Games and has a stake in Activision Blizzard Inc , the owner of the Call of Duty franchise.

Glu Mobile reported a better-than-expected profit for the eighth straight quarter on Wednesday, helped by strong demand for games such as Racing Rivals, Deer Hunter 2014 and Contract Killer: Sniper.

The company plans to launch a mobile game with pop star Britney Spears in the first half of 2016.

Tencent has been aggressively taking on Chinese giants such as Alibaba Group Holding Ltd and Xiaomi Inc [XTC.UL] in the technology industry.

Tencent launched on Tuesday an operating system for internet-connected devices such as TVs and watches that is open to all developers.

The Chinese company will pay $6 per share for its stake in Glu Mobile. The price represents a premium of about 11 percent to the stock’s Wednesday close.

Tencent will buy the shares in two tranches: 12.5 million shares on Wednesday followed by a further 8.5 million some time in the second quarter.

Cowen and Co LLC provided a fairness opinion to Glu Mobile’s board in connection with the deal.

Glu Mobile’s shares were trading at $6.69 after the bell.

(Additional reporting by Anya George Tharakan in Bengaluru; Editing by Robin Paxton and Kirti Pandey)

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Microsoft targets $20 billion in annual cloud revenue by 2018

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp is targeting $20 billion in annual revenue from its cloud-computing businesses by the end of fiscal 2018, Chief Executive Satya Nadella said on Wednesday, signaling a tripling of such revenue in three years.

The world’s largest software company is one of the leaders in the cloud, essentially providing computing power and storage to customers through its network of data centers.

Microsoft said last week that its total commercial cloud revenue, which includes online versions of its Office and Dynamics applications, is running at $6.3 billion per year.

Its closest rival in the cloud, Amazon.com Inc, said last week its competmng Aoajon Web Services operation took in $1.57 billion in revenue in the quarter, which would also equal an annual rate of $6.3 billion.

(Reporting by Bill Rigby. Editing by Andre Grenon)

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