The S&P 500 turned negative for the year-to-date on Friday as Wall Street suffered its largest selloff in 10 months after Britain's decision to leave the European Union caught traders wrong-footed.
In the busiest trading volume for a single session in nearly five years, financial stocks led the decline on the S&P 500 with a 5.4 percent drop -the largest for the sector since November 2011. - Referenced Article
Outraged customers vented on social media Wednesday about problems with their new Costco (COST) credit cards.
They complained that they couldn't open their new accounts and couldn't pay existing balances that were transferred to the new cards. The switch was supposed to be automatic and seamless. - Referenced Article
United States stocks rose sharply on Monday as investors grew hopeful that Britain would remain in the European Union.
Asian stocks traded higher and indexes in Europe soared as the latest opinion polls and betting markets suggested it was more likely that Britain would stay in the E.U. Britons vote in a referendum on the matter on Thursday. - Referenced Article
Many people will have heard of LinkedIn: the social networking site aimed at professionals looking for a platform for business networking. Many more will have found it irritating – jokes abound on the subject of how hard it is to get the site to stop sending you emails. - Referenced Article
Iran has finalized a historic deal with Boeing to buy passenger planes from the U.S. aircraft manufacturer as part of an ongoing effort to upgrade the country's civilian air fleet, Iranian media reported Tuesday.
The deal will be announced in the coming days, Iran's minister of roads and urban development, Abbas Akhoundi, told the semi-official Iranian FARS news agency. - Referenced Article
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After all these years, it has been a shared relationship, I host their ads on my site, browsers click on those ads and the check is sent to my account each month, but you can't put a number on the qualitative value of having a wealth of information about Google's wider Search and Display Network.
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The news that Debra Lee, the chairman and CEO of BET, joining Twitter's board couldn't have come without courageously defiant people like software engineer Leslie Miley who made national news when he left his job at Twitter citing frustration over the company's approach to diversity. - Referenced Article
A $1 billion investment by Apple in a Chinese ride-hailing app is a rounding error for the Silicon Valley giant, which generates about $4 billion in profit every month and has $233 billion in cash and securities in the bank.
But Apple’s surprising interest in the company, called Didi Chuxing, and its out-of-character willingness to publicize the news Thursday evening could go a long way toward showing the Chinese government it is interested in supporting local business. - Referenced Article
GE Transportation, which recently completed a layoff of 1,500 employees, plans to move the job of converting old locomotives -- work that had been scheduled for Erie -- to other locations, including Fort Worth, Texas. - Referenced Article
Panama law firm Mossack Fonseca, the victim of the biggest data leak in history, said Tuesday a hacker stole more than 11.5 million documents that have caused worldwide controversy by linking political leaders with offshore tax evasion.
The law firm's founding partner Ramon Fonseca filed a complaint with the office of Panama's attorney general alleging the 2.6 TB of data that German newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung used to publish the so-called "Panama Papers" was stolen by a hacking attack from abroad, Reuters reports. - Referenced Article
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Aubrey McClendon, considered a maverick in the energy industry, died in a fiery single-car crash Wednesday, less than 24 hours after he was indicted by a federal grand jury for conspiring to rig bids for oil and natural gas leases.
The controversial former CEO of Chesapeake Energy, who was forced to relinquish his position as chairman of that company in 2012... - Referenced Article
The recall affects about 705,000 Mercedes-Benz cars and around 136,000 Daimler vans in the United States, the German automaker said Wednesday. It is the latest is a series of recalls prompted by concerns about Takata airbags. - Referenced Article
So this was weird. If Super Bowl 50 was indeed Peyton Manning’s last game, he was sure to get in some final plugs for several of his biggest sponsors. Manning was seen before the Denver Broncos’ 24-10 victory... - Referenced Article
Apple for the first time is accepting banged up iPhones as a trade-in from those wanting to upgrade. Until now, Apple offered credit to iPhone owners only if the device had an intact screen and working buttons.
Apple hopes that with more leeway, applicable only to iPhone 5 and later models, more people will upgrade to new iPhones. - Referenced Article
Wall Street got its first glimpse of the financial details of a new conglomerate called Alphabet on Monday. Investors liked what they saw so much that the outfit formerly known as Google is poised to become the world’s most valuable company.
Despite spending $3.6 billion a year on projects like self-driving cars that don’t make much money... - Referenced Article
U.S. and European Union sanctions on Tehran were finally lifted on Saturday, restoring Iran's access to world's markets.
Iran has been gearing up for this moment for months and could soon return to the top ranks of global oil producers. Crude prices have been tanking for months, dropping to below $30 a barrel. - Referenced Article
Toyota is following up on its billion-dollar plan to develop artificial intelligence technology that underpins self-driving cars.
The Japanese automobile maker said on Tuesday during the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas that it’s hired a squad of AI and robotics experts that will help the company build self-driving cars that can safely maneuver through roads without causing wrecks. - Referenced Article
It was the story that, over the summer, ushered in a season of discontent with the grocery store chain nicknamed by its critics “Whole Paycheck”: the accusation that Whole Foods had overcharged some New York customers for, among other items, produce and pre-packaged fresh products. Apologizing — and blaming its employees — Whole Foods quickly retreated. - Referenced Article
This week, the Federal Reserve will once again consider whether to raise its benchmark short-term interest rate for the first time since the regulator slashed it during the recession.
With expectations for an increase rising, some longtime Bank of America shareholders might be hoping a hike will boost the Charlotte bank’s stock price, which remains below its prerecession levels. - Referenced Article
The Bureau of Labor Statistics released a somewhat stronger than expected November jobs report Friday, with numbers more than solid enough to support a interest rate hike from Federal Reserve later this month. New employment data shows employers in the United States adding 211,000 jobs last month.
The report also shows the unemployment rate steady at 5% (a level previously not seen since April 2008). Economists were anticipating 200,000 payroll additions in November and for the unemployment rate to remain the same. - Referenced Article
WSJ By : RICK CAREW, DOUGLAS MACMILLAN and DAVID BENOIT
Yahoo Inc.’s board is planning a series of meetings this week to consider selling off the company’s flagging Internet businesses and how to make the most of its valuable stake in Chinese e-commerce powerhouse Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. - Referenced Article
Simmons, who has been vocal in his criticisms of the commissioner, broached the subject of Goodell by bringing up a hypothetical situation in which three of the major sports leagues were looking for a new commissioner. Simmons asked Obama whether he would be interested in any of them... - Referenced Article
"I went to school," he says. "I brought in all kinds of people who knew an enormous amount, much more than I did about this... and made sure that we had the right people around us."
It is a hiring process that continues to this day. HBO in 2015 is a fundamentally different company than it was just 10 years ago. First it created an app that made it easy to stream shows. - Referenced Article
J.C. Penney Co., the third-largest U.S. department-store company, fell the most in more than two years after signaling that sales growth during the Christmas season may slow from the third quarter's pace.
Same-store sales this year will rise 4 percent to 5 percent, the Plano, Texas-based company said Friday in a statement, repeating an earlier projection. - Referenced Article
Apple Inc has made an official statement about the incident at its retail store in Australia; earlier this week the store barred three black teenagers from entering its premises, as employees felt they might “steal something.”
As per an email sent to all Apple employees, CEO Tim Cook said it was “unacceptable” for the staff to have acted in such a manner and stereotype a particular ethnic group. - Referenced Article
This morning there’s more fallout from the Volkswagen diesel emissions scandal, as VW has now admitted 11 million vehicles globally may have the defeat software installed that lets the company cheat on its emissions tests.
At least in the US, there are approximately 500,000 TDI-branded cars on the roads that are routinely spewing out up to 40 times the legal amount of NOx, which leads to increased air pollution in the form of smog... - Referenced Article
Details of a "minor criminal offence" were referenced in the stories regarding an individual, the ICO said. Earlier links about the case had already been removed - but this act of removal itself later became news.
It is the links to those new articles, when searched for via the individual's name, which must now be removed. - Referenced Article
A New York Times article over the weekend portrayed Amazon’s work culture as “bruising” and “Darwinian” in part because of the way it uses data to manage its staff.
The article depicted a work culture where staffers are under constant pressure to deliver strong results on a wide variety of detailed metrics the company monitors in real time ... - Referenced Article
Samsung may have announced bigger products in the Galaxy Note 5 and the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus, but that doesn't take away from the fact that the company showed off a nearly 16-terabyte flash hard drive at the Flash Memory Summit this week.
This is a pretty significant announcement. Flash memory is generally faster than its disc-spinning counterpart, although it generally doesn't offer the highest amounts of storage. - Referenced Article
That's according to a report by the New York Times and ProPublica citing NSA documents obtained from former agency contractor Edward Snowden.
AT&T gave the agency access to information regarding emails sent on its networks and allowed the agency to monitor communications at the United Nations, according to the documents. - Referenced Article
Perhaps Google (Alphabet?) should have googled its new name before it decided to restructure the whole company.
The New York Times reports that Google's new parent company, Alphabet, has encountered an issue with german automaker BMW, which owns a fleet services company with the same name and the domain Alphabet.com. - Referenced Article
The name is easy enough to remember. The latest news from Google has rocked the technical world across the globe. Google is now a subsidiary of ALPHABET, which consists of a collection of companies." Alphabet described it this way,
What is Alphabet? Alphabet is mostly a collection of companies. The largest of which, of course, is Google. This newer Google is a bit slimmed down, with the companies that are pretty far afield of our main Internet products contained in Alphabet instead. What do we mean by far afield? Good examples are our health efforts: Life Sciences (that works on the glucose-sensing contact lens), and Calico (focused on longevity). Fundamentally, we believe this allows us more management scale, as we can run things independently that aren’t very related. Alphabet is about businesses prospering through strong leaders and independence... - Referenced Article
Microsoft just announced through its official blog that the recently launched Windows 10 has reached over 14 million devices just in a matter of 3 days; the operating software that was rolled out to the general public on Wednesday has been receiving good reviews from the critics so far.
Microsoft has also pointed out that many more upgrades are yet to come, as users all around the world eagerly await to upgrade to Windows 10. - Referenced Article
Jack Dorsey, the company's co-founder and interim CEO, acknowledged this sentiment on Tuesday and promised he would try to get Twitter (TWTR, Tech30) to do better.
During an earnings call with investors, Dorsey said Twitter's recently launched features had little impact on getting new users to join and stay active. "This is unacceptable and we're not happy about it," he said. - Referenced Article
Microsoft recently enabled local streaming of Xbox One games to Windows 10 computers or tablets.
This move, which it announced back in January, could have huge implications for both the PC and console gaming markets. Let's focus on how this feature fits into Microsoft's "One Windows" strategy, and how it could impact other streaming players like Sony (NYSE:SNE), Nvidia (NASDAQ:NVDA), and Valve. - Referenced Article
YouTube is unveiling a redesign to its mobile app, visible right away on Android devices and coming soon to Apple devices.
The app has a "streamlined design," YouTube says, with three main pathways: a personalized home page, a subscriptions page for channels that users have signed up for, and an account page. - Referenced Article
Combined with a bullish forecast for the third quarter, upbeat comments from company executives on Amazon's Prime delivery service and rapid growth in its cloud computing service, Amazon delivered the kind of results Wall Street is looking for.
Seattle-based Amazon, which last reported a profit in the 2014 fourth quarter, has often faced worries by investors that its heavy spending on new ventures will not actually pay off. - Referenced Article
The on-demand car app is taking to the airwaves in New York with a blunt message aimed at Mayor Bill de Blasio and the city's taxis. But that is just one front in the company’s worldwide fight to grow even bigger. Uber’s chief adviser and board member David Plouffe used to serve as President Obama’s campaign manager in 2008 before becoming a White House adviser. Plouffe joins “CBS This Morning” to discuss Uber's explosive growth and legal fights.
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Toshiba's chief executive is stepping down to take responsibility for doctored books that inflated profits at the Japanese technology manufacturer by 151.8 billion yen ($1.2 billion).
Toshiba acknowledged a systematic cover-up, which began in 2008, as various parts of its sprawling business including computer chips and personal computers were struggling financially. - Referenced Article
Since it opened its website in July 1995, Amazon.com Inc. has grown from a seller of books into one of the world’s biggest retailers.
Its growth has been fueled by a consumer shift to online shopping and Amazon’s willingness to sacrifice profits to expand. Here’s a look at 20 years of sales for Amazon and three close competitors— Target Corp., Best Buy Co. and Barnes & Noble Inc.—and a look how Wall Street has valued those companies. - Referenced Article
Facebook’s pages for small businesses originally started as a way for them to stay in touch with customers and hopefully generate leads, but now the social network wants to supercharge their revenue power by providing merchants with online storefronts inside their page. Facebook FB 0.61% is reportedly testing this new feature with some online retailers, according to BuzzFeed.
The new feature essentially lets merchants showcase products and let Facebook users shop directly from within the storefront in the page instead of having to go to the merchant’s website. - Referenced Article
The summer retail wars are heating up. Walmart has announced a massive online sale in an effort to compete with Amazon Prime Day. Starting Wednesday, the giant retailer will offer thousands of new online-only "rollback deals" and lower its free shipping minimum order to $35 from $50. "We've heard some retailers are charging $100 to get access to a sale.
But the idea of asking customers to pay extra in order to save money just doesn't add up for us," Fernando Madeira, president and CEO of Walmart.com, said in a statement on a company blog. - Referenced Article
"If it's not an iPhone," Apple's latest advert for its smartphone points out, "it's not an iPhone."
That might be a pretty obvious statement - infamous mimicry notwithstanding - but it comes with a bold statistic. According to Apple, 99-percent of people who own an iPhone, love that phone. It's part of a one-two punch against Android tackling not only brand-loyalty and device satisfaction, but - thanks to a second advert released at the same time - the value to be had when you make both your hardware and your software. - Referenced Article
After the death of Nintendo Co.’s president, the leadership spotlight is falling on Shigeru Miyamoto, creator of blockbuster videogame franchises such as Donkey Kong, Mario and Zelda. Nintendo said Monday that it had no plans yet for who would replace Satoru Iwata, who served as president from 2002 until his death from cancer on Saturday at age 55.
The company didn’t name an interim president but said that Mr. Miyamoto and another executive, Genyo Takeda, would maintain their roles as representative directors, a title they shared with Mr. Iwata. - Referenced Article
U.S. investors woke up to word of Greece agreeing to a bailout deal with creditors, news that is likely to deliver a relief rally to Wall Street, which had feared a Greek exit from the euro.
After marathon negotiations that began Sunday, Greece and eurozone creditors shook hands on a tentative agreement early Monday that would unlock about $95 billion in new aid to debt-strapped Greece in exchange for a spate of new tough concessions agreed to by Athens’ prime minister Alexis Tsipras, which included reforms to a costly pension system, higher taxes and the placing of Greek state assets in a dedicated fund of 50 billion euros. - Referenced Article
Microsoft's new Office apps do a good job of helping us navigate a world in which we frequently switch from one device to another - from a Mac to a Windows PC, with a smartphone or tablet along the way.
The company released Microsoft Office 2016 for Mac on Thursday and new apps for Android phones two weeks ago. New ones for Windows phones and tablets are coming this summer and for Windows PCs this fall. - Referenced Article
Apple recently announced its next iOS 9 and for the first time ever, it has released a public beta of the software.
Anyone who has a compatible iOS device can now download the iOS 9 beta. As it is still in beta, you must know that it could have its set of glitches that you- as a consumer beta tester- could report directly to Apple with Feedback Assistant.
Also, before you begin downloading the iOS 9 beta on your iPhone or iPad, it is important to backup all of the device’s data onto iTunes or iCloud. - Referenced Article
Clothing is hitting store shelves embedded with smart technology that can give you information on heart rates, breathing and calorie counts. CNET Reviews editor-in-chief Lindsey Turrentine joins "CBS This Morning" to discuss the technology transforming the fitness and health industry.
Pao also promised to improve communication between the website and its community of users. Some users and moderators of the popular discussion site have been up in arms by Pao's decision last week to let go a top executive who was popular with Reddit users.
"Today, we acknowledge this long history of mistakes. We are grateful for all you do for reddit, and the buck stops with me," Pao said in a statement posted on the site. - Referenced Article
For those of us in the technology world, digital is a technology concept – customer-driven technology to be sure, but still about the ones and zeroes in the end.
Ask someone in the advertising industry about digital, however, and you’ll get a very different answer.
It’s about the transformation of branding. “Colors and the emotional aspect of what a brand represents – those days are gone,” says Eric Pilkington, Chief Digital Officer at McCann Health, a McCann Worldgroup agency, which is owned by advertising giant Interpublic Group. - Referenced Article
New research by two prominent U.S. academics suggests that Google Inc. is harming Internet users and violating competition laws by skewing search results to favor its own services, a potentially significant twist in Europe’s long-running antitrust investigation of the U.S. search giant.
The research combines statistical testing with detailed legal and economic analysis to examine the ramifications of Google’s practice of promoting its own specialized search services, such as for local restaurants or doctors, at the expense of rivals like Yelp and TripAdvisor.
It was sponsored by Yelp, which has filed a complaint with EU antitrust authorities over Google’s search practices. It was presented to EU regulators on Friday. - Referenced Article
Detroit is jumping into Silicon Valley's "sharing economy." Ford is launching a pilot program to allow owners who've financed through Ford credit to rent their cars short-term. Fourteen-thousand American drivers in six cities will be eligible, as well as 12,000 Ford owners in London. CBS News financial contributor Mellody Hobson joins "CBS This Morning" from Chicago to discuss the car-sharing trend.
How often have you fired off an email and then immediately thought, "I maybe shouldn't have sent that"? Whether it's a typoed name, a sentence worded less-than-perfectly or simply something that your lawyer would have urged you not to put in writing, there are certain mistakes you probably don't want your intended recipients seeing.
On Monday, Google's email service debuted an attempt at a solution to these problems: the Undo Send feature. - Referenced Article
This follows similar movies by major retailers WalMart , Sears, eBay and Amazon, which all said they're going to stop selling the Confederate flag. Vanden Bosch told CNNMoney earlier this week that the flag making industry doesn't like to get involved in the politics of various flags.
"Generally speaking, as an industry, the stance has been we are not making patriotic statements or unpatriotic statements," said Vanden Bosch, who is also president of Flag Manufacturers Association of America. - Referenced Article
YouTube is the clear leader in video sharing and viewing, but Facebook is creeping up on the Google-owned giant. According to a recent survey and market research by Ampere Analysis, Facebook is on track to deliver two thirds as many video views in 2015 as YouTube does — two trillion versus YouTube’s three trillion.
Cisco CEO John Chambers is a pioneer in building the digital economy. On his watch, Cisco grew from just over $1 billion in annual revenue to $47 billion. Chambers joins “CBS This Morning” from the Cisco headquarters in San Jose, California, to discuss how companies can survive cutthroat competition in the digital age.
BlackBerry may be looking to Google's Android operating system to power an upcoming smartphone.
The struggling smartphone maker could run Android on an "upcoming slider device" that will likely be released this fall, Reuters reported on Thursday, citing sources "familiar with the matter." - Referenced Article
The international investigation into bribery, fraud and corruption at FIFA involved some surprising American names: The Miami chairman of a popular nationwide soccer league, and a major U.S. sportswear firm some believe could be Nike.
For more than two decades, the Justice Department said Wednesday, five "unscrupulous" U.S. and South American sports and banking executives helped funnel more than $150 million in bribes to officials atop FIFA, the multibillion-dollar goliath governing the world's most popular sport. - Referenced Article
A U.S. judge ordered Yahoo Inc to face a nationwide class-action lawsuit accusing it of illegally intercepting the content of emails sent to Yahoo Mail subscribers from non-Yahoo Mail accounts, and using the information to boost advertising revenue.
In a decision late Tuesday night, U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose, California said people who sent emails to or received emails from Yahoo Mail subscribers since Oct. 2, 2011 may sue as a group under the federal Stored Communications Act for alleged privacy violations. - Referenced Article
Philly.com By : Jeff Kearns, Jeanna Smialek and Craig Torres
A first-quarter economic chill won't deter the Federal Reserve from its plan to raise interest rates this year, chair Janet Yellen said, assuring investors the pace of subsequent tightening would be gradual.
Although the labor market is nearing full strength, "we are not there yet," she said Friday in a speech in Providence, R.I., emphasizing that the Fed would proceed cautiously. - Referenced Article
The long-rumored morphing of Google Shopping into a marketplace that could compete head-on with the likes of Amazon and Ebay appears to be getting closer. “Buy” buttons could start appearing on select Google mobile search ads in a matter of weeks.
The Wall Street Journal cited anonymous sources saying Macy’s is among the retailers in discussions with Google to join the launch. - Referenced Article
In May of 2010, investors were not showing a great deal of faith in Tim Armstrong and his new plans for AOL as the company once again operated as an independent company, spun off from Time Warner and one of the worst mergers in corporate history.
As AOL’s stock was falling and changing hands for just under $22, Armstrong, AOL’s CEO, decided to put some money where his mouth was, purchasing more than $11 million of AOL stock. - Referenced Article
Twitter has announced policy changes that the company hopes will limit abuse on its social network.
Twitter has updated its policy pertaining to violent threats to include "promot[ing] violence against others." Previously, the policy banned tweets that were limited to "direct, specific threats of violence against others." - Referenced Article
"What's not quantifiable is the instantaneous brand elevation that occurred," O'Connor told USA TODAY Sports. "The apparel they had on him is mainstream apparel, and it's a whole new marketing and sales platform available to the general public.
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Twitter is testing yet another interesting new feature; some brands are now able to pin their apps directly to their Twitter profiles in its iPhone app.
The change was spotted by a tipster on profiles of some verified business accounts including Periscope, Vine and Uber. It now prominently shows the company’s app, its rating on the App Store and a button to download or open it if it’s already installed. - Referenced Article
The program he uses isn't some NSA-like top-secret spy software. It's actually a part of Microsoft Office called "Delve."
You can use it too -- if your company pays Microsoft for it. Microsoft Delve is yet another cloud tool that allows team members to share and collaborate on documents with one another (see: Google Docs, SharePoint, Trello, Yammer, Slack, etc.) - Referenced Article
You've seen Google's annual lists of trendy search terms, featuring things like "robin williams," "world cup," and "ebola," but those show only the most unusually popular terms, not the most popular terms overall. In fact, the most popular searches are a lot more basic.
The clear winner around the world is "facebook," which is funny given that you could just as easily type facebook.com into a URL bar. "google" and "youtube" are also popular and likewise amusing. - Referenced Article
Looking to make bicyclists' commutes safer and more efficient, American car company Ford introduced two concept electric bicycles today during a press event at MWC 2015. Known as the MoDe:Pro and the MoDe:Me, the e-bikes are equipped with a number of smart features that connect to the Apple iPhone 6.
According to Erica Klampfl, Ford's head of mobility, the bikes were part of a company-wide challenge that asked employees and designers to come up with a smart e-bike. Referenced Article
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Google today confirmed that it is exploring the option of offering a wireless service. During a keynote at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Sundar Pichai, Google's SVP of Android, Chrome, and Google Apps, said that in order to push Android forward, you always need to be looking ahead.
That's why Google got into the hardware business with the Nexus lineup, and why it's looking into offering wireless service. - Referenced Article
Apple Inc. usually draws out the bull in analysts, but one firm is predicting destruction for the company. In fact, the $60 per share price target set by the German investment bank is so low that some of you are probably wondering if that’s a typo.
No, it isn’t. Apple Insider‘s Neil Hughes reported on the research note from analyst Adnaan Ahmad of Berenberg Bank. His biggest problem regarding Apple is its reliance on iPhone sales... - Referenced Article
These are jittery times for magazine publishers as readers and advertisers dance between the companies’ once-dominant publications and relatively new but powerful competitors such as Twitter , Facebook and Instagram.
For Joe Ripp, chief executive of Time Inc., the competitive landscape has translated into the sale of once-prized real estate, and a coming move to lower Manhattan that will save on rent. - Referenced Article
The deal struck Friday by finance officials in Brussels should keep Greece afloat and safely in the euro while it works out a long term plan for economic recovery.
Greece must still come up with a list of reforms acceptable to its creditors, including the International Monetary Fund and the European Central Bank, by Monday for the massive bailout to be extended beyond the end of the month. - Referenced Article
We all know that having a mentor is one of those things you’re “supposed to do” to be successful. But, the reality is that there aren’t nearly as many good mentors out there as there are people who need them.
What’s a guy (or gal) to do?
We suggest looking to the greats. We scoured the web for advice from the mentors we wish we had to figure out what aspects of our lives they would be drilling us about. - Referenced Article
German and Greek officials traded barbed remarks ahead of a meeting of eurozone finance ministers on Monday, signaling how difficult it may be to resolve the latest crisis over finances in Greece.
The European part of Greece’s bailout program is to expire at the end of the month, raising the risk that the country could default on loan repayments and become the first member of the euro currency union to leave it. - Referenced Article
Tablet shipments fell at the end of last year for the first time since the market's inception in 2010, according to a new report, with Amazon devices plummeting nearly 70 percent.
Global shipments for tablets fell to 76.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2014, dropping 3.2 percent from the same period the previous year, according to tech market research firm IDC. - Referenced Article
A picture of India's top corporate honchos waiting in a line has gone viral on social media. The picture had Indian businessmen and CEOs lined up for the summit with US President Barack Obama.
The US-Indo CEO forum in New Delhi on Monday evening saw Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh Ambani, Adani Group head Gautam Adani, Mahindra & Mahindra Chairman Anand Mahindra, Bharti Enterprises chief Sunil Mittal, Reliance Group Chairman Anil Ambani... - Referenced Article
Google Inc. is preparing to offer its high-speed fiber-optic Internet service in four new metro areas, the latest step in a careful expansion of the service.
Google will announce launches of Google Fiber in Atlanta, Charlotte, N.C., Raleigh-Durham, N.C. and Nashville, Tenn. in coming days, according to two people familiar with the situation. - Referenced Article
Information technology typically changes in leaps and bounds, and for collaboration in digital channels, those changes have been rather turbulent over the last decade.
While the most significant overall trend during this time has been the strategic up-leveling of corporate engagement using the social business model to foster large-scale, high impact corporate communities, the pendulum of innovation has recently swung back to more intimate and close quarters. - Referenced Article
Stocks tumbled in early trading Wednesday after a weak reading on December retail sales and a profit miss from JPMorgan added to investor worries. Hurting the Dow was a fourth-quarter earnings miss from Dow component JPMorgan Chase (JPM).
The bank posted earnings per share of $1.19, far below the $1.31 analysts' expected. JPMorgan's revenue number also came in light. - Referenced Article
New Year's resolutions are in full swing, but don't tell that to restaurant stocks. Several of them are hitting intraday all-time highs on Wednesday on the heels of Sonic's blockbuster same-store sales report. Sonic, Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, Jack in the Box, Texas Roadhouse, DineEquity, Papa John's International, Brinker International, Cheesecake Factory, Buffalo Wild Wings and Darden Restaurants all jumped to all-time intraday highs Wednesday, according to FactSet data. - Referenced Article
Pacific Investment Management Co.’s biggest mutual fund suffered about $19.4 billion in withdrawals in December, the 20th straight month of redemptions, capping a year that included the surprise departures of Bill Gross and Mohamed El-Erian. Reference Article
Aerotech has the space it needs to keep up with rising sales demand. It has the tools, too. Just not enough talent. “Our shortcoming was our human resources,” said Ashley Wellner, director of manufacturing at the O'Hara company. - Referenced Article
This holiday season, Americans spent a record $48.3 billion shopping online, up 15% on last year according to ComScore.
Of that, $5.8 billion was spent the week before Christmas, meaning millions of you spent the days prior to the holiday desperately checking online package trackers to see whether the gifts you ordered made it under your loved ones’ trees by the 25th. - Referenced Article
Thomas J. Herzfeld has been waiting over two decades for the U.S. government to normalize trade relations with Cuba, after isolating the Communist country 90 miles offshore from Florida for over a half century.
A closed-end fund Herzfeld manages called the Nasdaq-listed Herzfeld Caribbean Basin Fund (ticker: CUBA) surged as much as 50% to seven-year highs on Wednesday ... - Referenced Article
The ruble plunged by about 12% Monday, meaning it's lost nearly 50% against the dollar this year. Early Tuesday in Russia, the central bank hiked its key interest rate for a sixth time this year to 17% from 10.5%.
A double-whammy of collapsing oil prices and Western sanctions is driving up inflation. Cash is flooding out of the country and the risk that some Russian companies may default is increasing. - Referenced Article
Google said it plans to close its news-linking service in Spain in response to legislation under which publishers will soon be able to force Internet sites to pay for re-publishing headlines or snippets of news.
In a statement, the search giant said the new law makes the Google News service unsustainable and that it will remove Spanish publishers from Google News sites worldwide and shut down this service in Spain on 16 December. - Referenced Article
Instagram has something to shout about this holiday season, as the photo-sharing service announced a milestone 300 million users.
The image-centric social network has grown into a global community that shares more than 70 million photos and videos every day as a portal for users to share things like the beauty of the Nile River and the everyday silliness of Taylor Swift. - Referenced Article
In a noteworthy announcement made on Monday, Yahoo said that it will host its first-ever mobile developers conference next year.
The conference will simply be called the Mobile Developer Conference; and it will be held in San Francisco on February 19, 2015.
The conference will be a one-day event, during which Yahoo and mobile analytics firm Flurry - which Yahoo acquired in July this year - will mainly focus on what the two companies are describing as their next stride in mobile development. Referenced Article
There's a different kind of cookie coming to your computer this holiday season. For the first time in their more than 100-year history, the Girl Scouts have gone digital.
Starting Dec. 12, all you have to do is go online to buy your Thin Mints, Samoas, Tagalongs and more. Scouts can sell their cookies through personalized cookie websites and a mobile app, customizing their landing pages with pictures, text and more. - Referenced Article
South Korea's Samsung Group said on Wednesday it is selling stakes in four chemical and defense firms for 1.9 trillion won ($1.72 billion) to Hanwha Group, the latest move in the massive task of restructuring the country's largest conglomerate.
Samsung Group is reorganizing its business empire to make it easier for the children of Samsung Electronics Co Ltd (005930.KS) chairman Lee Kun-hee, 72, who has been hospitalized since a May heart attack, to divvy up the conglomerate. - Referenced Article
But so many people hate seeing them, and they often resent all the data tracking that props them up. It’s a clash that has become a major pain point for news websites and other publishers.
The rise of ad blockers, which let people surf the web without these annoying ads, is also blocking their revenue. But Google is now offering a service that addresses both sides of this rather complicated issue. - Referenced Site
In a major departure for both Mozilla and Yahoo, Firefox's default search engine is switching from Google to Yahoo in the United States.
"I'm thrilled to announce that we've entered into a five-year partnership with Mozilla to make Yahoo the default search experience on Firefox across mobile and desktop," Yahoo Chief Executive Marissa Mayer said in a blog post Wednesday.
Following two years of disappointing sales...Pizza Hut will focus on dozens of new flavor options as it mounts the 56-year-old brand's biggest-ever redo. It will add 11 new pizza recipes, 10 new crust flavors, six new sauces, five new toppings, four new flavor-pack drizzles, a new logo, new uniforms and, yes, even a new pizza box.
For those keeping count, the chain is more than doubling its available ingredients at all 6,300 U.S. locations beginning Nov. 19. - Referenced Article
Days after Warren Buffett announced his $26.5 billion buyout of railroad BNSF, he insisted that he’d paid a steep price to own a business that would benefit his company, Berkshire Hathaway Inc., over the next century.
“You don’t get bargains on things like that,” he said in a November 2009 interview with Charlie Rose that aired on PBS. “It’s not cheap.” - Referenced Article
Canada’s unemployment rate unexpectedly fell to a six-year low last month on hiring led by retailers and financial companies. Employment rose by 43,100 after a jump of 74,100 the prior month and the jobless rate fell to 6.5 percent from 6.8 percent, Statistics Canada said today in Ottawa.
Both results exceeded all economist predictions in a Bloomberg News survey that called for unemployment to rise to 6.9 percent on 5,000 job losses. Referenced Article
Social media has not always been kind to McDonald’s. And so, the fast food chain hired MythBusters co-host Grant Imahara do disprove Twitter-feuled myths of pink slime and other gross rumors as part of a new ad campaign.
The latest target in McDonald’s marketing campaign is the McRib. Although the seasonal menu offering has a cult-like following, the company took a PR hit last year when an alleged image of the uncooked food went viral. - Referenced Article
European shares fell on Tuesday as the European Commission's move to cut its growth forecast for the euro zone prompted investors to trim their equity exposure and a sharp drop in oil prices tripped up energy shares.
The STOXX Europe 600 Oil and Gas index fell 3.3 percent, the biggest sectoral decliner, tracking a drop in crude oil to a more than four-year low after Saudi Arabia cut sales prices to the United States. - Full Article
That's the question that immediately comes to mind when you pick up Google's new Nexus 6 -- the company's latest "pure Google" flagship and the first phone to ship with the shiny new Android 5.0 Lollipop software. - Full Article
Is bigger really better? That's the question that immediately comes to mind when you pick up Google's new Nexus 6 -- the company's latest "pure Google" flagship and the first phone to ship with the shiny new Android 5.0 Lollipop software. - Full Article
Japan is pumping more money into its lagging economy, expanding an already lavish stimulus effort.
The surprise announcement Friday highlights diverging fortunes among the world's top economies. Earlier this week, the U.S. Federal Reserve ended its own unprecedented stimulus in a sign of increased confidence in economic recovery. - Full Article
A battle line has been drawn between Tesla Motors and the state of Michigan. It started after the state's governor signed legislation that effectively bans the electric car maker from doing business there. Elaine Quijano reports.
The bulk of Europe’s biggest banks would be able to survive a financial crisis or severe economic downturn, the European Central Bank said on Sunday, concluding a yearlong audit of eurozone lenders that is potentially a turning point for the region’s battered economy. The highly anticipated assessment of European banks was intended to remove a cloud of mistrust that has impeded lending in countries like Italy and Greece... - Full Article
Financial Times By : Emma Dunkley and Martin Arnold
Britain’s biggest lenders are shutting hundreds of branches and culling thousands of staff in a push to cut costs and move towards a digitally focused model that is irrevocably changing high street banking. - Full Article
Microsoft Corporation shares rallied more than 3 percent on Thursday in extended-hours trading after the world's largest software company beat expectations and tallied record first-quarter sales, driven by the company’s cloud strength and hardware progress.
The Seattle-based company turned in a fiscal first-quarter profit of $4.54 billion, or 54 cents per share... - Full Article
Apple Inc. (AAPL:US) plans to more than double the number of stores it operates in the Greater China region in the next two years.
The number of outlets will increase to 40 in the region, which includes the mainland, Hong Kong and Taiwan, from 15 now, Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook said in an interview that was translated into Chinese and published live by Sina Corp. - Full Article
Facebook has been blocked by Chinese authorities for over five years, but company founder Mark Zuckerberg appears to be on a new charm offensive to crack the massive market.
In a move that has sent tongues wagging across China and around the globe, Zuckerberg showed off his nascent Chinese language skills this week in Beijing by participating in a 30-minute Q&A conducted entirely in Mandarin. - Full Article
Microsoft has already proven its potency in the cloud era, and is one of three companies with the scale, resources, and know-how to dominate the booming $100 billion market, CEO Satya Nadella told CNBC.
In his first television interview since becoming the software giant's third CEO, Nadella focused on Microsoft's cloud ambitions. - Full Article
We sit here in 2014 and we think we’ve “got” digital. We’ve been talking about it forever and we’ve introduced new processes, expressions, agencies.
We’ve acquired, hired and rebuilt. What more evidence is needed? How could it be in an age where Unilever has a YouTube Channel, Oreo can put tweets on cookies and where we make TV ads out of recycled vines, that we’re not on top of it? - Full Article
Google Shopping Express, rebranded to simply “Google Express” as of this morning, is no longer entirely subsidizing the costs associated with same-day delivery.
The program, which offers instant shopping gratification to consumers in a growing number of U.S. cities, is now working to transition its more regular customers into paying members, who subscribe on either a monthly or annual basis for $10/month or $95/year, respectively. - Full Article
Google Inc. brings its same-day delivery service to Greater Boston Tuesday, allowing customers to browse the offerings of local merchants online, order, and get the items within several hours. The service, called Google Express, will be available in parts of Boston, Brookline, Cambridge, Chelsea, Somerville, Arlington, Everett, Malden, and Medford.
So far, eight companies have partnered with Google: Babies R Us, Barnes & Noble, Costco, Guitar Center, L’Occitane, Staples, Stop & Shop, and Walgreens. Full Article
The Board of Directors of J. C. Penney Company, Inc. announced Oct. 13 the appointment of Marvin Ellison, currently executive vice president of stores at Home Depot, as President and CEO-Designee, effective November 1, 2014. Mr. Ellison will also join the Board of Directors.
He will then succeed Myron E. (Mike) Ullman, III as CEO of JCPenney on August 1, 2015. At that time, Mr. Ullman will become Executive Chairman of the Board for a period of one year. - Full Article
Google has claimed promising early results from its latest attempt to draw brand advertisers, following years of disappointment over the slow growth of branded display and video ads to match its search business.
Ads on YouTube, Google’s video platform, have so far failed to live up to the high expectations of Wall Street, despite the website's surging traffic numbers. - Full Article
Friday morning The Bureau of Labor Statistics released a much stronger than anticipated September jobs report.
Employers added 248,000 jobs last month, beating the 215,000 economists were predicting. The unemployment rate, which is drawn from a different survey of households, dropped from 6.1% to 5.9% ... - Full Article
Smile, gawkers, you're on Hidden-Nestlé-Boobie camera! Nestlé is taking an unusual, yet on-topic approach to raising awareness for its #CheckYourSelfie breast cancer awareness campaign with this stunt.
The jury is still out on whether this is an effective campaign... - Full Video
EBay said on Tuesday that it would spin off its PayPal payments unit into a separate publicly traded company, taking a step the activist hedge fund magnate Carl C. Icahn first demanded nine months ago.
The move will cleave eBay almost in half, separating it from the payments processor it acquired 12 years ago and built into a giant that generates almost half of the company’s revenue. - Full Article
The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will be sold across China from October 17 following approval from the Chinese government.
Apple was approved to sell the handsets following "rigorous security testing" and addressing risks of personal information leaks related to iOS 8's diagnostic tools, according to China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT). - Full Article
Psy was a completely unknown Korean pop star until the summer of 2012, when he released his smash hit single, “Gangnam Style.”
Since then, the music video has shattered all records by becoming the single most watched video of all time, reaching more than two billion views in May 2014. Two billion is a huge number. - Full Article
Earlier this year Gaviidae Common I in downtown Minneapolis unveiled a digital signage installation featuring two 40-foot-long LED banners hanging from the top level of the atrium and an LED ring positioned between the first floor and skyway.
On the skyway, two kiosks also offer an interactive display for visitors to find their way around the building, at 651 Nicollet Mall, and the surrounding neighborhood.- Full Article
A New York City family court ruled on Sept. 12 that a Staten Island man could use Facebook to serve his ex-wife with a legal notice about child support.
According to the New York Post, Staten Island Support Magistrate Gregory Gliedman noted in his decision that it was the first such decision in New York or the United States in general (excluding situations in which the person being served was overseas).
Noel Biscocho was allowed to serve Anna Maria Antigua through social media because... - Full Article
Fed up with the league's woeful inconsistencies on domestic violence and its belligerent insistence on protecting misbehaving players, Anheuser-Busch took the NFL to task on Tuesday. No, it didn't say it was pulling its $1.2 billion, six-year contract – yet. - Full Article
Bloomberg BusinessWeek By : Dina Bass and Alex Sherman
Microsoft Corp., maker of the Xbox video-game console, is in discussions to acquire Mojang AB, the software maker behind the popular game Minecraft, for more than $2 billion, two people with knowledge of the talks said.
Microsoft, the world’s largest software maker, is in serious talks with 4-year-old Mojang, said the people, who asked not to be named because the negotiations aren’t public. - Full Article
Coca-Cola, the world’s leading drinks manufacturer, has announced a multi-million pound marketing drive to acquaint UK consumers with its new low calorie drink Coca-Cola Life, throughout September and October. - Full Article
Even though the widespread privacy concerns about Facebook's Messenger app did not deter over 500 million from downloading the app from Google Play, Facebook has issued a 'Get the Facts' clarification to assuage some of its users' concerns.
Facebook is now pushing an alert to users that directs them to a page titled 'Get the Facts About Messenger' in which the company refutes reports of privacy invasion and adds that "many have been corrected." - Full Article
While rumors are heating up that Apple (AAPL, Tech30) may debut the long-rumored iWatch at a big event (that it finally officially announced) on Sept. 9, the maker of iEverything is late to the wearable party.
Samsung has just released its latest high-tech timepiece. And there's an odd-looking, Bluetooth-enabled necklace-y thing to go with it. More about that in a bit. - Full Article
Business growth in China and across Europe slowed this month, surveys showed on Thursday, providing more evidence that the world economy is stuttering and may need more monetary stimulus to keep it going. Euro zone private business activity expanded slower than expected in August, despite widespread price cutting.
This is before the full effects of sanctions imposed on and by Russia over Ukraine are felt. - Full Article
At $600 billion a year in sales, food and beverage is by far the largest retail category in the U.S. by a wide margin.
However, it's also the category that has been the least disrupted by e-commerce; less than 1% of food and beverage sales currently occur online, according to BI Intelligence's estimates. - Full Article
The report "Social Media Analytics Market by Components (Software, Services, Consulting, Integration, Support), Data Sources (Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google Plus, Others), Users (SMBs, Enterprises) - Market Forecasts and Analysis (2014 - 2019)", defines and segments the global Social Media Analytics Market into various sub-segments with an in-depth analysis and forecasting of market sizes. - Full Article
There's increasingly less room for any other platform players in the smartphone world according to the latest figures from IDC for Q2 2014, with Android and iOS dominating the landscape.
In fact, Android now has a global market share of a mammoth 84.7 per cent (with the number of units shipped up a third on last year), and iOS has an 11.7 per cent share – though that was actually slightly down on last year, when Apple had a 13 per cent share. - Full Article
More than 40,000 Land Rover sport utility vehicles in the United States are being recalled because the passenger-side air bag may fail to deploy in a crash.
According to documents posted Wednesday by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Jaguar Land Rover will recall 40,551 LR2 and Range Rover Evoque models to fix the electronic system... - Full Article
David Andrade, the CIO of Bridgeport Public Schools in Connecticut, has deployed 11,000 Chromebooks over the past year and plans to add another 5,000 in the next 12 months.
It's a major deployment, but not unusual. Other school systems are doing much the same thing. The Cherry Creeks School District in Greenwood Village, Co. deployed 18,000 last year, and Boston recently announced a deployment of 10,000 Chromebooks. - Full Article
Arthur T. Demoulas said Sunday that negotiations on his offer to buy the Market Basket grocery chain from rival family members are continuing, but he accused those relatives of countering his proposal with “onerous” terms that are blocking a deal from being completed.
Demoulas made that claim in the latest of what has become a battle of press statements waged by either side of the family. - Full Article
Google and Yahoo are joining forces to create a tool that will encrypt messages sent and received between users.
According to The Wall Street Journal, the two tech giants will create a tool based on PGP encryption that will encrypt data contained in messages, but not the sender/receiver's emails or the subject line. - Full Article
As its smartphone sales stutter and a generational leadership succession looms, Samsung Electronics Co Ltd is under pressure to reinvent itself - to be more innovative, but not lose the rigor and focus that made it a global powerhouse.
One effort this summer to foster a more worker-friendly environment and a more creative culture is to allow staff at its main Suwon campus south of Seoul to wear shorts to work at weekends. - Full Article
Following reports of a Russian ring of hackers who stole more than a billion online logins and passwords from vulnerable websites, Google has announced that its search service will give higher priority to websites that use encrypted connections to keep their online visitors secure.
Other factors, such as the quality of content on a website, still hold far more weight when it comes to search results, but going forward, Google said websites with Hyptertext Transfer Protocol Secure connections, or HTTPS, will get slight boosts in their rankings. - Full Article
Google is beefing up its Hangouts video chat feature for business users.
For starters, Hangouts is now covered under the same Terms of Service as other Google Apps for Business products like Gmail and Drive, meaning you'll get 24-7 phone support and a 99.9 percent uptime guarantee, the Web giant announced Wednesday. - Full Article
But Red Lobster is making some big changes, pulling back from deep discounting and presenting food on the plate in a more vertical fashion, in the manner of upscale restaurants, rather than with fish, rice and vegetables positioned separately on the plate.
The casual seafood chain, which changed owners on Monday, will keep popular, buffet-esque promotions -- like Endless Shrimp and Lobsterfest -- but will nix deals like two entrees for $25. - Full Article
Shares of Apple are above $600 again. Investors love the upcoming stock split. But where's the innovation? And can new Apple retail chief Angela Ahrendts get the Apple Stores back on track? She's being paid handsomely to try...
Twitter reported a jolt of growth in the second quarter, driven in part by heavy use of the service during the World Cup soccer tournament. The strong results surprised Wall Street, and prompted investors to send the company’s shares up 30 percent in after-hours trading.
Revenue soared 124 percent, and the average number of people using the microblogging service in June was up 6 percent from March. - Full Article
The rumor that real estate site Zillow was buying its chief rival Trulia surfaced last week in a Bloomberg report.
This morning it was confirmed. Zillow and Trulia’s boards had approved a $3.5 billion stock-for-stock transaction. Both companies are public. The deal will create a dominant digital real estate company in the U.S. market.
The closest rival will be Realtor.com, operated by the National Association Of Realtors. - Full Article
Data are wonderful things. Properly applied, data can provide insights into where to trim budget and where to increase it. Data will indicate what’s working versus what’s not, what’s a signal versus what’s an outlier.
And, data help to determine the proper media mix for the overall campaign strategy. Data-driven, performance-based advertisers reviewing their online display metrics often find it easy to justify spend on retargeting.
After all, it’s very simple to see that retargeting is a big winner when it comes to display. But beware! There’s a trap in that data. - Full Article
Google's Panda, Penguin and Hummingbird search algorithms affect around 90% of online searches, according to Search Engine Watch.
These algorithms strip out "bad searches" – sites stuffed with keywords, duplicated content and manipulated hyperlinks – and rightly so; the onus for higher search rankings has consequently been placed on the quality, originality and relevance of online content. - Full Article
The settlement is Apple's way to evade an antitrust lawsuit which stated that the company formed a conspiracy with five publishers on its bid to fix the prices of e-books.
Apple's settlement request sparked an area of concern as its provisions could undervalue the consumers' claims. One clause states that Apple will be required to pay a lower amount of $70 million if the decision from the appeals court is reversed, making the company non-liable in antitrust laws violation. - Full Article
Google’s new “moonshot” project isn’t a new fancy gadget, but the fanciest gadget of all: the human body. Announced Friday in The Wall Street Journal, Google’s Baseline Study will aim to define “healthy.” - Full Artile
As U.S. regulators continue to press mobile platform providers for failing to prevent children from making unauthorized purchases in apps, European regulators are doing the same.
On Friday, EU Commissioner for Consumer Policy Neven Mimica said in a statement that EU efforts to stop children from conducting in-app transactions without permission have been going well. "[C]hildren must be better protected when playing online," he said. - Full Article
Houston: After making billions connect socially on its network, Facebook is testing a new feature designed to let users buy products directly from ads and posts on its news feed.
"With this feature, people on desktop or mobile can click the 'Buy' call-to-action button on ads and Page posts to purchase a product directly from a business, without leaving Facebook," the post reads. - Full Article
Microsoft which employs about 2,800 people will make major modifications in the company’s organizational set-up, according to CEO Satya Nadella.
In an email to all employees on Thursday, CEO Satya Nadella said Microsoft will direct its business on making tools to make the best use of the consumer’s time in the mobile-first, cloud-first world. - Full Article
Our development pipeline owe a lot to innovation in the digital marketing industry. I can’t say, we couldn't do it without technologies that continue to make life easier for marketers, but we can all say life would be much harder without automation in this business.
If you woke up in the morning and had 130 updates to contend with, without the convenience of tools to make life easier, it would put a damper on your day. Google’s algorithm continues to demand more useful content that browsers gravitate to; it is a winning formula, because subscribers like enriched and meaningful content and it enhances the value proposition around your product or service. It is essential to understand your marketing segments and your audience’s relationship with your brand(s).
When you’ve honed this relationship, content becomes valued beyond measure. The mission at Online eBusiness Solutions is to deploy relevant content directly to subscribers that value the message in return. This is a godsend.
My sung heroes in this hourly task are the following:
1. WordPress – I love you so much WordPress. My clients are engaged and increasingly fight message wars on their own because of you. It’s simply a matter of getting on their cell phone and putting their expertise out there. On some days you can line up a litany of ideas about your brand, review industry news and simply say “Hello Dolly.” It integrates with number 2…
2. Hootsuite – has become an indispensable tool that I won’t start my day without. Being able to sync your WordPress tools, industry news with your RSS/Atom Tool and Social Media, all while collaborating with your team, is a celebration of sorts. It allows small organizations to speak as though they were giants.
3. Google Analytics – it converges a lot of my favorite tools…Google AdWords, Webmaster Tools and Google AdSense. Tracking automated reports and understanding your market penetration scientifically and tracking conversions gives you a breath of knowledge that took ten employees and a lot of logged travel time 15 years ago. All of the critical data integrated seamlessly to increase your ROI.
Vern Nicholson has pioneered comprehensive Digital Marketing Campaigns that utilize SEO, Social Media Engagement, Video Production and Advertising. He continues to demonstrate an enormous capacity to execute and maintain advertising campaigns to drive audience engagement and increase revenue opportunities in key priority segments.
Mark Zuckerberg sees the Internet as a vital service that should be made available to everyone across the world—a service that can be as vital as, say, the ability to call for emergency help on a telephone.
In an editorial published Monday in The Wall Street Journal, the Facebook chief outlined his vision for a future of universal Internet access, and the steps he sees to get there. - Full Article
Creating good SEO content is something of an unsung skill. Perhaps that's because it's a relatively new writing discipline.
There's a constant call for high-quality SEO content on the Web and an ever-growing demand for accomplished writers who understand how to create effective optimized copy.
In short, consistently publishing quality content that is SEO-aware in the form of case studies, blogs, etc. will help generate a growing amount of incoming organic traffic to your website. - Full Article
If boycotts, Congressional hearings or basic human decency weren't enough to convince Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder that it was time to change his team's name, perhaps Wednesday's decision by the U.S. Patent Office will do the trick. - Full Article
Content marketers are incredibly uncertain about how they’re measuring the success of their content. That’s the most striking takeaway from Contently’s new research report, “A Crisis of Confidence: The State of Content Marketing Measurement.”
The content measurement debate has reached a crescendo so far in 2014, as content marketers are increasingly challenged to tie their efforts to true business results. - Full Article
Some businesses and their Chrome-using customers are furious at Google's crackdown on Chrome extensions that had been hosted outside of the Chrome Web Store.
Their ire stems from Google's forced disabling of extensions that shipped with paid software that have yet to be replaced, effectively hamstringing those services. Games, financial software, third-party Windows security suites, and productivity tools are among those affected. - Full Article
Google is going for the goal in its coverage of this year's FIFA World Cup. Google launched a World Cup website — as a part of its Google Trends section — on Wednesday to make it easier for fans to get the latest stats, player news and live game updates in one spot.
Users who now search for "World Cup" or "World Cup USA" in Google will see this data pop up at the top of the results page. - Full Article
Google wants to create a better business directory and, this time, they mean business.
On Thursday the tech giant launched Google My Business, a one-stop way for merchants to manage their presence on a variety of the company's properties including search, maps and Google+. - Full Article
In the planning process, when you’re sorting through all of the tools that will be deployed, any Marketer will tell you there is something special about a good hunch; when experience, skills and training converge to make you feel even giddy about your intuition about the potential for enormous success.
I informed my client that we were not taking advantage of street traffic around the largest University in New Hampshire. My team determined we would use backpack banners with an option to text for information about my client’s services.
The hunch was we’d build brand recognition during peak traffic hours and a significant amount of students would follow the instructions on the banners. I was correct about my theory, a lot of students participated and my intuition paid off.
Marketing and the word comprehensive are synonymous to me. You’ve definitely heard, “all options are on the table” a lot lately and I like to utilize all of the latest Internet Marketing Channels in my dogged determination to engage my target audience. It's hard being comprehensive without great ideas.
A comprehensive Marketing Campaign requires an intense focus on the latest Internet Technologies to maximizing success. My company’s slogan is “ideas = solutions”. I don’t know if you can be productive without ideas in this business. You’ll find that the most successful firms flourish because there’s a synergy around ideas and a free expression of hunches no matter how outlandish they are.
When links have been snipped out of your Google search you'll know about it, according to new reports.
European lawmakers recently ordered Google to remove links to articles and online posts that contain inaccurate, irrelevant or out-of-date information, granting individuals the "right to be forgotten." - Full Article
Intel wants to completely eliminate wires from computers, and is working on a series of wireless technologies to make that a reality in the coming years.
PCs are on the way to a “true no-wire” experience, and Intel is working on technologies to remove the clutter of power cords, display connectors and peripheral cables, said Kirk Skaugen, senior vice president, and general manager of the PC Client Group at Intel, during a speech at the Computex trade show in Taipei. - Full Article
It occurred to me that a Guiding Principle would be more effective for our purposes than a Mission Statement when we started a business about ten years ago. First of all, a Guiding Principle goes into every business decision I’ve made and ever will going forward. I describe it as that angel on my shoulder.
Here are the definitions online:
Guiding Principle: an idea that influences you very much when making a decision or considering a matter – Cambridge Dictionaries Online
Mission Statement: a statement of the purpose of a company, organization or person, its reason for existing. – Wikipedia
My impression on Mission Statement was there to old fogey. They’re usually pinned up on a wall and ignored. I instituted several Guiding Principles and started every presentation off with what it wase. We condensed it into our ‘Three C’s’ (Comprehensive, Consistent and Concerted Efforts) and then went on to describe what each word meant for my business with enormous success.
So this is my discussion for my LinkedIn group. Is it Guiding Principle or Mission Statement or both?
I have to admit, when Craig Federighi called Dr. Dre during the WWDC conference I sort of cringed. It seemed very choreographed and scripted.
Dr. Dre speaking during the audience's applause and cheers of enthusiasm for a brief moment made the situation a little awkward. Craig says, "I want to make a phone call to a new Apple employee..." They talked about Dr. Dre coming in to work at Apple at 4 in the morning.
Come on people, you'd think a billionaire could work from home and telecommute. The real question is, does Dre give Apple the creds it needs to appeal to a connect savvy generation or better put, is Dre part of Apple's answer to Samsung?
Consumer prices in the euro zone ticked ever closer to outright deflation, official data showed Tuesday, making it almost certain that the European Central Bank will move to ease monetary policy this week.
Inflation in the 18 nations that share the euro rose just 0.5 percent in May from a year earlier, down from a 0.7 percent rate in April, Eurostat, the statistical agency of the European Union reported from Luxembourg. - Full Article
Days after Spotify announced that it had more than 10 million subscribers to its online music service, Apple announced that it had struck a $3-billion deal to buy the company behind one of Spotify's newest, buzziest rivals: Beats.
The challenge for both companies is the same: attracting the mainstream consumers who haven't yet warmed to paying monthly fees for music they don't own. - Full Article
After a ruling from Europe's top court that Google should remove links to 'outdated information' about individuals at their request, the search giant has opened up an online form for those wanting to be forgotten.
The decision on the 'right to be forgotten' was handed down earlier this month after Google appealed an order by the Spanish Data Protection Agency (AEPD) to remove links to articles about an individual published in a Spanish newspaper in 1998 by Spanish newspaper. - Full Article
Satellite TV operator Dish Network said it would accept bitcoin payments from customers from the third quarter, joining companies such as Overstock.com Inc and Zynga Inc in accepting the digital currency.
Dish said it selected Coinbase as the payment processor for bitcoin transactions with customers who choose to pay their bills online with the bitcoin wallet of their choice. - Full Article
EBay Inc said that hackers raided its network three months ago, accessing some 145 million user records in what is poised to go down as one of the biggest data breaches in history, based on the number of accounts compromised.
It advised customers to change their passwords immediately, saying they were among the pieces of data stolen by cyber criminals who carried out the attack between late February and early March. - Full Article
Saying that safety practices at General Motors were “broken,” federal regulators on Friday imposed the biggest punishment they could on the automaker and condemned it over its failure to promptly report a defect that G.M. has linked to 13 deaths.
G.M. will pay a $35 million penalty — the maximum allowed and the largest ever imposed on an automaker — and will be required to make wide-ranging changes to its safety practices that will be supervised by the government, another first for an automaker. - Full Article
So it looks like Colgate isn’t just about making sure your teeth are clean, but are also wanting to clean up some packaging trash.
Following the trend of brands making a public stance regarding packaging waste, personal care products giant Colgate-Palmolive has committed to making 100% of its packaging for three of four product categories completely recyclable by 2020. - Full Article
Individuals can ask Google to remove links to news articles, court judgments and other documents in search results for their name, the European Union's highest court said Tuesday—a surprise decision that could significantly disrupt how Google and other search-engine operators work across Europe.
The case centered on the so-called right to be forgotten, which plaintiffs argued before the court gives individuals the opportunity to request old information about them be removed from search engines. - Full Article
Apple Inc is close to paying a record $3.2 billion for Beats Electronics, two people with knowledge of the matter said, an expensive foray into music streaming and headphone gear that would mark a departure for the usually cash-conservative iPhone maker.
Both companies are hashing out details and the envisioned deal could still fall through, one person told Reuters on condition of anonymity because the discussions were private. - Full Article
Facebook will be pounding the pavement this summer in an attempt to teach its largest group of advertisers — small and medium-sized businesses — how to utilize the company's ad offerings.
Facebook, along with partners like Square, Intuit QuickBooks, and LegalZoom, is planning a five-stop event tour the company calls Facebook Fit, a series of "boot camp-style events designed to help SMBs achieve business success," Facebook wrote in a blog post Tuesday. - Full Article
Twitter’s quickly falling stock may face even more downward pressure Tuesday when about 470 million shares are eligible to enter the open market for the first time.
Today marks the end of the lock-up period in which early investors, executives and other Twitter insiders are barred from offloading their stock. Less than 20 percent of Twitter’s total stock has been publicly traded to this point. - Full Article
As he sometimes does, Warren Buffett likes to welcome the 40,000 visitors to the Berkshire Hathaway annual meeting today with a last minute deal, this time a $2.8 billion acquisition of an electric transmission company in Alberta, Canada, that will further build out the holdings of Berkshire Hathaway Energy.
This part of Berkshire Hathaway operation owns Mid-American gas pipelines, a wind energy infrastructure in Iowa and operating utilities in Nevada and other western states. - Full Article
Google says it has stopped scanning the email of its 30 million Apps for Education users, backing off its main method of targeting ads across its online services.
"We've permanently removed all ads scanning in Gmail for Apps for Education, which means Google cannot collect or use student data in Apps for Education services for advertising purposes," Google said in a blog post on Wednesday. - Full Article
Google says that cars it has programmed to drive themselves have started to master the navigation of city streets and the challenges they bring, from jaywalkers to weaving bicyclists — a critical milestone for any commercially available self-driving car technology.
Despite the progress over the past year, the cars have plenty of learning to do before 2017, when the Silicon Valley tech giant hopes to get the technology to the public. - Full Article
Digital platforms are aggressively seeking TV dollars again in this year's NewFronts presentations, which kick off on Monday.
And while the dollars shifting into digital are still expected to pale in comparison to the size of TV's upfront market, on which the NewFronts are based, advertisers are getting closer to considering these platforms on the same playing field as traditional TV networks. - Full Article
Microsoft Corp.'s corporate profit engine is steaming along under its new boss.
The Redmond, Wash., software giant on Thursday posted strong fiscal third-quarter sales from office tools, database and other programs for computer centers that historically account for the majority of its profit. - Full Article
Google has provided funding to help Samsung defend itself against Apple's patent-infringement claims, emails between the two companies revealed Tuesday.
Google patent attorney James Maccoun, in deposition testimony presented by Apple in court here, authenticated emails between Google and Samsung from 2012 that said that the Internet giant would "defend and indemnify" Samsung over its use of technology that Apple said infringed its patents. - Full Article
In the South Korean industrial town of Gumi, about a 45-minute helicopter ride southeast of here, Samsung Electronics factory workers, nearly all of them young women, are methodically applying the finishing touches on Galaxy S5s.
The launch of Samsung's newest flagship smartphone on April 11 was a little over a week away, and though most of the Galaxy S5 manufacturing process in the factory is automated, workers on this day were putting the backs of AT&T Galaxy S5 phones on or manually removing the stickers on certain tiny components. - Full Article
Google CEO Larry Page can be forgiven for being in a bad mood this weekend. On his company's Q1 2014 earnings call, his people delivered what he thought would be good news: revenues of $15.4 billion, up 19%.
Very, very few business can deliver 20% growth on billions in revenues.
By any measure, Google is on fire as a company. - Full Article
Back in the bad old days of the cold war, one of the most revered branches of the inexact sciences was Kremlinology. In the west, newspapers, thinktanks and governments retained specialists whose job was to scrutinise every scrap of evidence, gossip and rumour emanating from Moscow in the hope that it would provide some inkling of what the Soviet leadership was up to.
Until recently, this particular specialism had apparently gone into terminal decline, but events in Ukraine have led to its urgent reinstatement. - Full Article
Starbucks continues to test alcohol sales in selected stores, and appears to be on the verge of rolling out beer and wine to more of its coffee shops.
Their Starbucks Evenings concept adds selected adult beverages to an expanded food menu.
The benefits to Starbucks are clear: if they can make this work, they will increase sales during times when coffee sales are slower and, almost certainly, raise their average sale at the same time. - Full Article
Henrique de Castro's 15 months as Yahoo's chief operating officer may have ended on a sour note, but it was sweetened by a severance package valued at nearly $58 million. All but about $1 million of de Castro's severance was based in the value of his equity award in Yahoo, which began appreciating after former Google colleague Marissa Mayer joined the company in July 2012. - Full Article
Google’s next major smart phone project won’t just be competing for the same customers as Apple’s iPhone, Samsung’s Galaxy S5, or even Amazon’s rumored upcoming smart phone.
Google is aiming for the “next 5 billion” mobile consumers who are poised to jump from feature phones to low-cost smart phones as the technology and mobile access expand to further corners of the globe than ever before. - Full Article
In recent months, Intel has been under pressure to explain why personal computers haven't been selling quite as well.
But the chipmaker may have another pressing concern: losing billions of dollars on mobile. In 2013, Intel's mobile chip division lost a hefty $3.15 billion, after posting an operating loss of $1.78 billion in 2012. - Full Article
Android, which in its earliest days bore more resemblance to a BlackBerry than a modern smartphone, evolved significantly after Apple’s 2007 introduction of the iPhone.
Before Apple showed off its smartphone, Android lacked touchscreen support and depended on physical keys for control, according to an internal Google document made public as part of the Apple-Samsung trial. - Full Article
New revelations in the battle for smartphone supremacy are being released by a number of media organizations, with reports that Samsung has been planning to end its use of Android technology from Google for its smartphones as it looks to create and implement its own operating system for its devices.
A number of bloggers and observers have called the leak documents proof that Samsung is looking to leave Google behind in a move that could send shockwaves through the industry. - Full Article
Scott Farquhar and Mike Cannon-Brookes are Australia’s newest billionaires after their business software company Atlassian announced this week it had closed a financing round that valued the company at $3.3 billion.
T. Rowe Price and Dragoneer Investment Capital paid $150 million, which amounts to a 4.6% stake in Atlassian. - Full Article
Wolff Olins Global CEO Karl Heiselman is leaving the branding agency to join Apple next month in a marketing communications role, he told Ad Age Friday.
Mr. Heiselman confirmed by email that he accepted "an exciting new role at Apple after 14 fantastic years at Wolff Olins," but referred further questions to Apple. An Apple spokeswoman declined to comment. - Full Article
Apple might be accusing Samsung of infringing several of its key patents, but on Friday an Android executive explained that Google actually invented many of the “key features” discussed before Apple patented them.
The news comes as the Apple vs. Samsung patent trial reaches its second week. - Full Article
Toyota Motor Corp. is recalling 6.39 million vehicles globally for a variety of problems spanning nearly 30 models in Japan, the U.S., Europe and other places.
No injuries or crashes have been reported related to the recalls announced Wednesday. But two fires have been reported related to one of the problems, a defective engine starter that can keep the motor running. - Full Article
Amazon is testing a handheld barcode reader that'll scan stuff in your house so that you can create a shopping list of things you're running out of – that list being sent to Amazon's Fresh grocery delivery service, natch.
The company said that its Dash tool, being put through its paces in an invitation-only trial program, will combine voice-logging, barcode-scanning and wireless connectivity to help users build lists of items which can be transferred directly to order pages on the Fresh service. - Full Article
The U.S. economy added 192,000 jobs in March, according to government data released Friday morning, a concrete sign that the recovery remains on track despite a slowdown over the winter.
The Labor Department reported that the unemployment rate held steady at 6.7 percent as about half a million people joined the labor force, and the broad-based expansion touched industries ranging from health care to construction. - Full Article
Since Satya Nadella has assumed the position of Microsoft Corporation’s (MSFT) CEO, he has been quick at making changes – focusing on mobile devices, introducing new products, and shaking up the company’s management.
In a San Francisco Build Developer Conference on Wednesday, Microsoft announced free Windows licensing for devices smaller than nine inches which, of course, include smartphones and tablets. - Full Article
Samsung copied Apple's iPhone as it tried to figure out how to react and compete with the device, Apple attorneys told a court here Tuesday.
Because of that, Samsung should pay Apple about $2 billion in damages, they said. Harold McElhinny, one of the lead attorneys in Apple's patent infringement lawsuit against Samsung, said during opening arguments that Samsung realized it "simply did not have a product that could compete successfully against the iPhone." - Full Article
Hotels.com's Welcome Rewards loyalty programme recently reached 10 million members, so The Drum caught up with Matt Walls, VP of marketing EMEA at the brand, to discuss loyalty and how it interacts with the rest of the marketing mix, the role of cashback in the brand’s digital strategy, and why TV is still important. - Full Article
It’s been the subject of speculation and rumor for years. And now, at long last, Microsoft Office for the iPad is a product.
Its arrival was among the news items at a press conference in San Francisco this morning about Microsoft’s cloud and mobile strategy, presided over by new CEO Satya Nadella, in his first public appearance since his appointment to replace Steve Ballmer. - Full Article
Two thirds of the world population does not have Internet access. Facebook already has more than a billion users on its service, but before it can sign up the rest of world it needs to get them online.
The social media company announced a new step in its ambitious plan to bring affordable, basic Internet access to "every person in the world. - Full Article
BlackBerry Ltd. has won a lawsuit to keep one of its most senior executives from jumping ship to Apple Inc. – at least temporarily.
A ruling released by the Ontario Superior Court this week offers a glimpse of the uncertainty within BlackBerry’s senior executive ranks late last year, as the company struggled through a painful transition and the installation of a new CEO. - Full Article
The New York Times announced two new subscription plans on Wednesday, including NYT Now, a lower-priced app curated for a mobile audience, as part of the company’s push to expand its digital offerings and increase its revenue.
The other plan, Times Premier, provides access to content like Times Insider, a new feature that will aim to give readers a behind-the-scenes look at the newspaper and its journalism.
With any luck, on the day of its IPO, perhaps Vice will choose Dennis Rodman to ring the market’s opening bell.
In an interview with Bloomberg TV, Vice Media co-founder and Chief Executive Officer Shane Smith revealed that the Brooklyn-based alt-journalism factory—the same outfit that last year sent Rodman on an ill-fated diplomatic stunt mission to North Korea—is now weighing an initial public offering. - Full Article
Hastings sounded off Thursday on the likes of Verizon, Comcast, and others, accusing them of "sacrific[ing] the interests of their own customers" in demanding fees to ensure quick delivery of content from Netflix and other data-intensive services.
The dispute flared up earlier this year following news that Netflix streaming speeds for customers of major ISPs were slowing, as these firms attempted to extract a fee from Netflix in exchange for connecting directly to their networks and resolving the issue. - Full Article
The White House is testing smartphones from Samsung Electronics Corp. and LG Electronics Inc. for internal use, a person familiar with the matter said, threatening one of the last and most high-profile strongholds of BlackBerry Ltd.
The devices are being tested by the White House's internal technology team and the White House Communications Agency, a military unit in charge of President Barack Obama's communications, the person said. - Full Article
Toyota agreed to pay $1.2 billion to settle an investigation by the U.S. government, admitting that it hid information about defects that caused Toyota and Lexus vehicles to accelerate unexpectedly and resulted in injuries and deaths.
Attorney General Eric Holder said Wednesday that the penalty is the largest of its kind ever imposed on an auto company. - Full Article
U.S. stocks and bonds fell as traders saw in the Federal Reserve’s latest policy statement some hints of rising rates.
The Fed announced another reduction in its monthly bond purchases, as expected. It also emphasized that it would keep rates low for some time after its bond purchases wind down entirely... Full Article
It's an outage you may not notice -- until it holds up the next update to Candy Crush, Plants v. Zombies or Clash of Clans. But developers are furious.
The publishing system known as Google's Developer Console first crashed mid-day Sunday. Many app developers still found themselves blocked from uploading to the Google Play Store on Monday. - Full Article
Better known for producing third-world poverty and political mayhem - as well as a world-class rum - the Western Hemisphere's least developed country has made a surprising entry into the high-tech world with its own Android tablet. - Full Article
Making the jump from the traditional Office suite to Office 365 was big for Microsoft but in a world where there are numerous free alternatives to Office, a new version of the software is being released at a cheaper price point.
For only $6.99 per month ($69.99 per year) Microsoft is providing Office 365 Personal, a somewhat limited version of the software that still comes with 20GB of OneDrive storage... - Full Article
The U.S. said it plans to hand over control of the system for assigning website addresses to a non-government entity, the final phase in an effort to fully privatize and globalize management of the Internet’s backbone.
The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, which has managed the system since 1998 under a U.S. government contract that expires next year... - Full Article
Quiznos has filed for bankruptcy protection, five days after the Sbarro pizza chain did the same.
Executives at the restaurant chain, known for its toasted sandwiches, agreed to a restructuring plan that will reduce its debt by more than $400 million, the company said in a statement Friday. - Full Article
The CEOs of Russia's two largest firms are on a list of those who may be hit next week with European and U.S. sanctions over the Crimea crisis, a German newspaper said on Friday, suggesting tougher than expected measures against Russia's elite.
Moscow shipped more troops and armor into Crimea on Friday... - Full Article
You could just suck it up and pay the freshly hiked rates for Amazon Prime. Or you could get a little creative, save some money, and still enjoy free shipping. The idea that’s been floated for a few months has become a reality... Full Article
Google has begun routinely encrypting Web searches conducted in China, posing a bold new challenge to that nation’s powerful system for censoring the Internet and tracking what individual users are viewing online.
The company says the move is part of a global expansion of privacy technology designed to thwart surveillance by government intelligence agencies, police and hackers who... - Full Article
Google Capital, the online-search firm's newest investment vehicle, unveiled a second investment this month, leading an $85 million funding round for consumer-finance and tech company Credit Karma. Google Inc. formed Google Capital last year, but formally disclosed it had done so last month.
It announced a $50 million investment in online real estate marketplace Auction.com a week ago, and in February disclosed a $40 million investment in education-software firm Renaissance Learning Inc. - Full Article
Speaking today at the SXSW conference, Google's SVP of Android and Chrome, Sundar Pichai, said that in two weeks, Google will be releasing a developer SDK that will make it easier for companies to create wearable devices that run on Android.
Pichai didn't drop any hints as to whether or not Google itself was working on any devices, but instead said that when it comes to wearables, he thinks about it "at a platform level." - Full Article
Although he didn't get into specifics, Google's chief executive Eric Schmidt told a packed house in Austin on Friday that the company has completed its efforts to secure user data against unauthorized access.
On the first day of the annual South by Southwest Interactive conference, Schmidt told panel moderator Stephen Levy of Wired that the solution to governmental intrusions was, "to encrypt data more." - Full Article
The number of Americans filing new claims for jobless benefits hit a three-month low last week, suggesting some strength in a labour market that has been hobbled by severe weather.
Other data on Thursday showed a second straight monthly decline in factory orders in January, likely because unusually cold and snowy weather disrupted activity. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits tumbled 26,000 to a seasonally adjusted 323,000... - Full Article
Every year the breakfast chain gives a free short stack of flapjacks to its customers. In return, IHOP asks that diners make a donation to Children's Miracle Network Hospitals or other specified local charities.
You may want to get up a little early Tuesday to take part in a beloved IHOP tradition: National Pancake Day. - Full Article
Microsoft's founder Gates was propelled to the top spot primarily because of a rally in the software company's stock, said Forbes, which published its annual list of the world's richest billionaires on Monday.
Gates is now valued at $76 billion, compared to $67 billion last year, when he was No. 2 on the list. - Full Article
Apple sold more than $US1 billion ($1.1 billion) of Apple TV set-top boxes in 2013 and is investing heavily in the next generation of products, chief executive Tim Cook said at the company's annual meeting on Friday.
Apple's ability to again transform the fast-moving technology arena is the central question in investors' and Silicon Valley executives' minds as the company's growth slows, and rivals like Samsung and Google take chunks out of its market share. - Full Article
The Oracle of Omaha has done it again. Berkshire Hathaway, the investing conglomerate billionaire Warren Buffett chairs, posted a record profit last year of $19.5 billion, the company said in its annual report released Saturday.
The company also released its anticipated annual letter to shareholders from Buffett, one of the most successful and widely followed investors of all time. - Full Article
Google Barge is about to be on the move, relocating from its current berth alongside Treasure Island in the middle of San Francisco Bay to Stockton, Calif., a delta city about 80 miles east.
But what does that mean for the future of the project, expected to be a floating showroom for Google X products and concepts like Glass, driverless cars, and more? It's hard to say for sure, because no one in the know is talking.
What is known is that the $35 million project, made out of dozens of shipping containers, and intended to float from location to location around the San Francisco Bay and beyond, is unfinished and not ready for prime time. - Full Article
A British intelligence agency reportedly intercepted and stored millions of images from Yahoo users' video chats. Under a program code-named Optic Nerve, the Government Communications Headquarters, or GCHQ, would collect still images in bulk from users when they chatted with others via webcam through Yahoo, the Guardian reported on Thursday.
The report cited documents provided by U.S. surveillance program leaker Edward Snowden. During a six-month period in 2008, the GCHQ collected images from more than 1.8 million Yahoo users through the Optic Nerve program, the report said. - Full Article
After jumping to a four-month high, domestic crude oil could be close to topping out for now and heading to what could be the lowest prices of the year. West Texas Intermediate sold off Tuesday, ahead of government inventory data that are expected to show a buildup in supplies.
The report is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. ET on Wednesday.
WTI crude for April delivery settled at $101.64 per barrel, a decline of $1.18 a barrel. - Full Article
Comcast, the country’s largest cable and broadband provider, has reached an “interconnection agreement” with Netflix to ensure that its videos would be streamed directly — and thus faster and more reliably — to Comcast’s customers, both companies announced Sunday.
The terms of the multiyear agreement, including whether Netflix was paying for its direct connection, were not disclosed, other than to say that the company “receives no preferential network treatment.” ...Full Article
Barclays came out this week cautioning investors that Apple is on the decline and cited several reason for this.
Among them were: There is increasing concern that Apple is the Microsoft of the late 90s to early '00s, Apples buyback plan in and of itself will not cause the stock to rise and the market itself determining that "...your main product will remain slow for a long time, there does seem to be a visible pattern for multiples to sustain lower levels for a long time even if revenues grow."
Google today announced Project Tango, an Android-based prototype 5″ phone and developer kit with advanced 3D sensors out of its Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) hardware skunkworks group.
Using its sensors, the phone doesn’t just track motion, but it can actually build a visual map of rooms using 3D scanning.
The company believes the combination of these sensors with advanced computer vision techniques will open up new avenues for indoor navigation and immersive gaming, among many other things... Full Article
Tesla Motors announced Wednesday that it delivered 22,477 Model S sedans in 2013 but expects to deliver more than 35,000 cars this year, sending the stock soaring more than 12 percent in after-hours trading.
Tesla also said more information about its planned battery "gigafactory," which it says will reduce the cost of its battery packs, will be disclosed next week... Full Article
Facebook is buying buzzy messaging app WhatsApp for a whopping $19 billion in cash and stock, the social media giant announced in a regulatory filing late Wednesday.
WhatsApp is a messaging service that works on all major phone operating systems, and it transmits users' text and video messages via their Internet data plan -- it doesn't "charge" the messages to users' texting plans, even if the text is being sent internationally.
The app is free to download, and its service is also free for the first 12 months. It costs 99 cents annually after that first year... Full Article
The year 2013 has seen smartphones cross an important milestone.
The global smartphone shipment hit the billion mark for the first time, with 800 million contributed by Android. It is clear that Android dominated the smartphone market with Apple’s iPhone shipments maxing out at 153.4 million.
These stats are according to data published by IDC on Wednesday.
Out of the total 800 million units Samsung Electronics was responsible for making 39.5% of them, helping it keep the crown of largest smartphone manufacturer... Full Article
Results are in for the sixth year of the competition sometimes called the $1 million bet, and Warren Buffett—once a piteous straggler in this 10-year wager on stock market performance—has opened up a sizeable lead over his opponent, New York asset manager Protégé Partners.
Buffett's horse in the bet is a low-cost S&P index fund, and Protégé's is the averaged returns to investors (after all fees) of five hedge funds of funds that the firm carefully picked for the contest... Full Article
Google seems to have settled a competition investigation by European authorities, so avoiding a fine that could have been as much as 3.5 billion euros.
The probe followed complaints from rivals that the search engine was promoting its own services at their expense. Google has now offered further concessions and the European Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia was satisfied...
New Year's tax planning can be especially profitable for high earners looking to offset the sting of 2013's tax code changes.
These include, for couples filing jointly with modified adjusted gross income above $250,000, a new 0.9% tax on wages above that amount, plus 3.8% on some investment income; and for couples over $300,000, new caps on exemptions and deductions... Full Article
Ten years and 1.2 billion users into its existence, there's no question that Facebook has changed our lives.
Whether it was an inspired vision, deft execution, a bit of dumb luck or a combination of all three, Mark Zuckerberg's social juggernaut has ingrained itself into the daily lives of digital-age users in a way that forebears like MySpace and contemporaries like Twitter could only imagine.
Which is not to say it's all "likes" and "shares" and happy kid pics... Full Article
Google's earnings are still rising at an impressive clip even as a long-running slump in its ad prices deepens and management gambles on risky ventures such as its unprofitable purchase of smartphone maker Motorola Mobility.
The latest evidence of the company's moneymaking prowess emerged Thursday with the release of results covering the holiday shopping season and the advertising blitz it produces. Investors evidently liked what they saw because they drove up Google's stock by 4 percent in extended trading to position the shares to reach a new peak Friday.
Although the company's earnings rose 17 percent during the fourth quarter, there were further signs of deterioration in Google's ad prices despite efforts to close the gap between rates for mobile devices and for traditional computers... Full Article
They can work with either transparent or shaded lenses (additional $150 for the tinted shades, which also comes in three styles) and Google currently offers custom fitting by optometrists at locations in SF, LA and NYC, with plans to seed the program in more cities worldwide.
There are only 200 doctors currently versed in the fitting system, but Google tells CNET it hopes to increase that number to 6,000 by year’s end. Google is working with eye care insurer VSP VisionCare to get the training done, and the insurance partnership should help with adoption, too... Full Article
Samsung Electronics Co. has signed an agreement with Google Inc. to cross-license their patents, reducing the risk of costly legal disputes over intellectual property and likely fostering greater collaborate between the two tech giants.
Seoul-based Samsung said Monday that the deal covers patents to be filed over the next 10 years as well as existing patents. - Full Article
The good: Microsoft's Xbox One integrates live TV in an innovative fashion and can control your cable or satellite cable box, TV, and receiver.
Most games present noticeably improved graphics over those on the Xbox 360. The One has a slightly better roster of exclusive launch games compared with the PS4's.
The bad: The live TV integration is fraught with frustrations: Kinect voice commands don't always work, the new dashboard is more confusing than it needs to be, and the system lacks full DVR integration. - More
Last week Princeton researchers released a widely covered study saying Facebook would lose 80% of its users by 2015-2017.
But now Facebook’s data scientists have turned the study’s silly “correlation equals causation” methodology of tracking Google search volume against it to show Princeton would lose all of its students by 2021.
A Facebook spokesperson says “the report that Princeton put out is utter nonsense.” Indeed, it’s flawed throughout. - More
Facebook started as a social network for college kids, and it really took off from there.
But now, it may have reached a saturation point among that group. A new study shows teens are turning away from Facebook. So who is liking the social network these days?
Facebook might be more for grandpa these days, and junior is turning away. The social network was once a hallmark site for teens and young users, but now, Facebook seems to be falling out of favor with that age group. - More
Google has come up with another eye wearable device, this time a lens made out of soft contact material that might help diabetes patients keep track of their glucose levels.
The company revealed a functional prototype Jan. 16 that doctors are saying has the potential to replace not only the current continuous glucose monitors implanted under the skin, but perhaps one day even the painful finger-pricking blood tests.
The so-called smart lens, a tiny wireless computer chip that contains a glucose sensor and an antenna thinner than a strand of hair, is implanted between soft contact lens material, which is worn on the surface of the eye. - More
Following tests of Twitter-style Trending Topics on the web and mobile in August, Facebook today officially launches a redesigned “Trending” section on its web homepage’s sidebar in the US, UK, Canada, India and Australia.
The richer design shows personalized lists of the most mentioned words and phrases of the moment with short explanations of why each is blowing up. A click-through leads to a Page of mentions by friends, Pages, and public posts by anyone who lets people “Follow” them.
If Facebook users find the Trending section atop the right sidebar of their homepage useful, it could encourage public sharing, drive return visits, and most importantly — make Facebook better known as a news source for current events. - More
DirecTV, the biggest satellite television distributor in the United States, appears to have replaced the Weather Channel with WeatherNation, a 24-hour channel that DirecTV has been promoting as an alternative.
"This is unprecedented for the Weather Channel," said David Kenny, CEO of the Weather Channel's parent company.
"In our 32 years, we have never had a significant disruption due to a failure to reach a carriage agreement." - More
It started off as a concept, but by later this year (and I mean later) the Socialmatic camera will exist. Instead of ink-jet prints, the 14-megapixel camera will spit out Polaroid's Zink (zero ink) prints.
With built-in Wi-Fi, GPS, and Bluetooth, and running on Android, the camera will also be able to share shots straight to social networks. - More
Twitter Co-Founder Biz Stone revealed his top-secret new startup Jelly, a mobile app that enables users to ask short questions of their social network through pictures.
For instance, Stone snapped a photo of an art piece in San Francisco, asked his network what it was, and got a few dozen answers.
Since this morning’s announcement, there’s been a swirl of confusion and criticism about Jelly, especially because it seemed odd to limit an information utility to short questions within one’s own relatively small social network. - More
Following the release of its latest pair of flagship smartphones, the iPhone 5s and the iPhone 5c, Apple is growing its share of smartphone sales, month on month, according to the latest figures out from Kantar Worldpanel.
However despite its flashy new flagships giving it a short-term boost, Apple’s marketshare is continuing to be eroded year-on-year by smartphone rivals using the Android and Windows Phone platforms, the data suggests.
Apple’s new iDevices went on sale towards the end of September, with the two models racking up sales of nine million between them, over the launch weekend. - More
Google apparently cares more about giving the best search results than punishing spammers, as it’s returning lyrics site Rap Genius to its high rankings for searches after it was exiled for SEO spam 10 days ago.
What looked like a death sentence for Rap Genius’ traffic has turned into a slap on the wrist.
Today Rap Genius detailed what it did wrong, and how it ditched the spammy links to get back in Google’s good graces. - More
The AP is reporting this morning that the Netflix CEO will get a healthy pay raise in 2014. According to a regulatory filing, Reed Hastings’ annual salary will jump to $3 million, up from the $2 million he earned this year.
His annual stock option allowance also improves to $3 million from the current level of $1 million. - More
JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM) agreed to pay $5.1 billion to settle Federal Housing Finance Agency claims related to home loans and mortgage-backed securities the company sold to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, resolving part of a $13 billion accord the firm is negotiating with the government.
The deal includes $4 billion to end the FHFA’s 2011 lawsuit accusing JPMorgan of selling Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (FMCC) faulty mortgage bonds, the agency said yesterday.
The remaining $1.1 billion settles claims that the firm sold the companies defective loans that they packaged into their own securities. - More
The second a device is out of the gate, the rumor mill about the next-gen version begins churning, and that's exactly what's happening with the Samsung Galaxy S5. Samsung's next flagship smartphone is now rumored to rear its head as early as January. - More
Barclays Equity Research has an interesting theory about Apple's new 64-bit A7 chip and how it could change the future of the iPad. The gist: think bigger, both in physical size and what it can do.
In a note to investors Tuesday, the firm laid out why it believes the new 64-bit architecture paves the way for a 13-inch model of the iPad that would be aimed squarely at replacing laptops for both casual and business users.
That includes some of Apple's Mac portables with more productivity features. - More
Congress is sowing the seeds of a debt ceiling crisis: If lawmakers don't raise the limit on federal borrowing soon, they will put the nation at risk of defaulting on some of its legal obligations. When exactly? Much has been made of Oct. 17 as the drop-dead date. But that's not quite right. - More
Intel is developing a strong interest in wearable technology, and has invested a "significant" amount of capital into a firm which could shape up as provider of technology to rival Google's Glass headset.
On Thursday, Intel announced the investment, saying the "significant investment" in to wearable technology developer Recon will support product development, marketing and global sales expansion. - More
If the federal government shuts down next week, the economic impact would be small at first but grow quickly.
A partial shutdown would cut the economy's annual growth rate in the fourth quarter by 0.2 percentage points, to 2.5%, even if it ended in three or four days, Moody's Analytics chief economist Mark Zandi told the Senate Budget Committee Tuesday. - More
It’s turning into a busy week for Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) providers, and the tech companies that love them — particularly Google. On Monday, Udacity co-founder and CEO Sebastian Thrun and California Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom announced the Open Education Alliance, a consortium of online organizations dedicated to closing the skills gap, developing standards for career readiness and providing the content that will help get students ready for the workforce. - More
Hearsay Social, a startup that provides social media sales and marketing tools, has raised $30 million in Series C financing led by existing investor Sequoia Capital with participation from existing investor New Enterprise Associates.
Founded in 2009, Hearsay provides tools for companies that have multiple local branch offices, such as insurance companies and banks. - More
Microsoft said it has reached an agreement to acquire the handset and services business of Nokia for more than $7.1 billion, in an effort to transform Microsoft’s business for a mobile era that has largely passed it by.
In a news release late Monday night, Microsoft and Nokia said 32,000 Nokia employees will join Microsoft as a result of the all-cash deal. - More
China's manufacturing strengthened in August, an official survey showed Sunday, offering hope that the country's slowdown is stabilizing.
The China Federation of Logistics and Purchasing's manufacturing index rose to 51.0 percent from July's 50.3 percent, the second monthly expansion in a row. The federation said it was the highest reading and the biggest increase this year. - More
Experts say that these ups and downs could continue. Volatility is back.
The key metric for measuring market volatility, the VIX (VIX), has spiked nearly 40% since early August.
The index jumped 12% Tuesday as the possibility of a U.S.-led military strike on Syria rattled investors. And CNNMoney's Fear & Greed index, which tracks the VIX and six other gauges of market sentiment, has swung into Extreme Fear mode. Just a month ago, it was showing Greed. - More
Traders said if consumer durables data, due out later in the day, turned out to be weaker than expected the dollar could drop further.
Forecasts are for demand for durable goods to drop in July from a month earlier.
Amid thin trading conditions due to a market holiday in London, the dollar slipped 0.2 percent versus the yen to 98.50 yen, below Friday's high of 99.15 yen, the U.S. currency's highest level since August 5. - More
Federal authorities have opened a bribery investigation into whether JPMorgan Chase hired the children of powerful Chinese officials to help the bank win lucrative business in the booming nation, according to a confidential United States government document.
In one instance, the bank hired the son of a former Chinese banking regulator who is now the chairman of the China Everbright Group... - More
New-home construction in the U.S. climbed in July, reflecting a rebound in multifamily projects that overshadowed a slowdown in single-family properties.
Housing starts climbed 5.9 percent to an 896,000 annualized rate from a revised 846,000 pace in June that was higher than previously reported, figures from the Commerce Department showed today in Washington. - More