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Alphabet Inc, Google's parent, posted a 21.3 percent increase in second-quarter revenue, exceeding analysts' expectations, as the tech giant continued to nudge its vast advertising business toward mobile and capitalized on the boom in video. The sharp revenue growth suggests that Google is successfully navigating the high-stakes transition from desktop to mobile advertising, said Colin Gillis, an analyst with BGC Partners. Advertisers typically pay less for user clicks on mobile ads than on desktop ads, Google's traditional strength, but the strong earnings performance suggest that is beginning to change, he said.
Michael Keaton capped a glorious late-career return from the wilderness Thursday when he finally received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, almost four decades after his first movie. Dressed in a green sports jacket and open-neck shirt in the steamy California sunshine, Keaton described his up-and-down career in acting as "a never-ending quest" for self-improvement. "To say this is a dream is kind of incorrect because I really never thought about being famous," he told friends, family and a large crowd of well-wishers on Hollywood Boulevard.