Developers, and a few in the media, have been given Google Glass to play with. The company has refashioned chat with Hangouts and launched a significant challenge to Spotify and other rivals with Google Play Music All Access.
Little wonder, then, that despite some negative publicity about its tax affairs in the U.K. the Google brand is worth 5% more than it was a year ago, making it the second most valuable in the world and overtaking IBM (Fortune 500) in the process. ,
WPP and Millward Brown's ranking of the top brands in China features tech companies, oil and gas pioneers and a baijiu maker.