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Maybe you are right. Iīm checking the google.vg whois records, and it seems to be registered to Google.inc at Palo Alto, Ca, US. If they dont have a local office, they have no tax advantage.
But, in any case, why do they have a Google's Site at Cocos Islands, then? Protecting the ccTLDs from cybersquatters? Maybe, but why not do the same with, say, Spanish or Norwegian ccTLDs?
1) There are 4 Google offices in Europe: London, Paris, Hamburg and Milano.
I suppose that Google's to pay taxes on these countries, don't they?
2) About why Google doesn't've registered yet 'google.es' domain, if you read 'nic.es' rules in order to register a .es domain:
you can see they are very restrictive, and only Spanish firms wich have registered the trade mark before can buy a domain.
Somehow I had the impression you where posting as a Spanish looking for job at Google. I guess Iīm wrong: My name is a Spanish name, Marcos, no Marco, what is a typically Italian name ;)
>I suppose that Google's to pay taxes on these countries,
Well, I guess they do. Unless the payment is procesed at a diferent country, lets say Panama. In that case, they would only pay taxes, if any, at Panama. To open a Bermuda or Panama "office" is a very well known trick, used by many top 500 american corporations, to reduce the fiscal cost.
>if you read 'nic.es' rules in order to register a .es
>domain (...) are very restrictive...
Iīm aware of those rules, but that will not stop any dealer of Internationalised Domain Names from registering it. A P.O. BOX at Spain, and a international branch declaration will do the trick for a few dollars.
I canīt belive that this is what is preventing Google from ofering Spanish, Norwegian or Portuges people with the same kind of localiced version they offer to, say Latvija or Cocos Islands.
Anyhow, they do not list any office at those countries, so you may be right, who knows...
Spain , in contrast to many of Google sites hosted under ccTLDs, has a totally localized Google version. Offering the option search in Spanish pages only, offering all help files etc in Spanish, offering a spanish directory, offering spanish news groups etc.
Nearly none of that is offered to the small countries mentioned above.
The problem of registering a well known brand as domain name under all ccTLDs is a problem of different laws and how and where to claim ownership of those names.
>Spain , in contrast to many of Google sites hosted under
>ccTLDs, has a totally localized Google version.
Well, Actually it does not. There is a Spanish lenguaje version, targeting the 200 Million spanish speaking people arround the glove, but that is for any spanish speaking country, like Spain, Mexico or even the US, but there is not a localized version for the country of Spain, as there are, say, a UK or Itali localized county versions. Not that I care, anyhow, but thatīs how it is.
It has Offices in the US, UK, France, Germany and Japan for one reason....these are 5 of the 6 major commercial nations in the world. I'm sure Google China will be high on the list of desired countries to attack next.
Sorry, but Spain is a poor nation, nothing personal....just fact. I'm sure Google will get to Spain when it has eaten all the cream!
Last I read Eire (Ireland) was the most prosperous nation in Europe these days....Can't wait for a Googleplex to open in Paddyland (no racial slur intended...I have a pint of Irish blood in me)....maybe we will get the SERPS displayed upside down to celebrate the opening ;)
Nonsense, Spain if the 9th world richest nation, and a fast growing economy on that. There is a plethora of reasons why Google may or may not open a office at Spain, just like Yahoo and many others did, but that is certainly not a reason. You should check out your World Fact Book again, is definitely outdate :)
>Right, but when is Google to open their office in Madrid?
I doubt they will do in the short term. Yahoo is already here, and as you may know, spanish online advertising market is dominated by well stablished portals like ya.com, Eresmas/Wanadoo, and, specially, Terra/Lycos, a company that just happens to own a 10% of Fast.
They would not be able to strike a deal with the market leader, and they would have to fight a uphill battle against local incumbents, so it may not be the best extrategic choice they could make in the present conditions. I think a Korean office will make much more sense that a Italian or Spanish office right now.
Not really, Google is first here, but corporate/institutional ads usually go for those. I guess Google is doing well with spanish adwords, but they donīt need a local office for that, and selling Sponsored links would be easy.