In a world where having a big online voice is key to making a name for one’s self, it should come as no surprise that an enterprising person can buy 1,000 fake Twitter accounts for less than $60 from an online vendor. Once the accounts have been purchased, they can be programmed to follow an [...]
If Snapchat has taught users anything, it’s that all things come to an end. This app, which is primarily used by teens and college students, sends messages, photos, and captions that are temporary. They (in theory) self-destruct after a certain amount of time automatically. If this idea really becomes popular and other sites start to [...]
Google and Facebook have expanded their efforts to control the Internet by investing in infrastructure. The latest is that they are planning to control more of the www’s backbone in this manner, and it’s raising tensions with a number of telecom companies. The plan involves bringing online new underground cables they have funded, inking agreements [...]
The widespread popularity of Facebook makes it very attractive as an advertising platform, and now video is entering the ring. Facebook rolled out a video advertising program in September that places video ads into users’ newsfeeds as part of their native social media experience.
The e-cigarette industry intends to run ads on television, if the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is not successful at stopping them. The FDA is expected to propose a ban on the battery-powered devices, which would treat them like traditional cigarettes, which have not been able to be advertised on TV commercials since the early [...]
Some private health care companies are gaining access to patients’ personal information without contacting them directly. They are getting the information they seek from indirect sources, such as pharmacies, data brokers and social networks. These companies use hundreds of data points, including age, race and shopping habits, to identify a target market (in this case, [...]
In Silicon Valley, times are very good indeed. Young people, who in previous decades would be graduating from college and making decisions about where to start their careers, are actually saying “No” to deals that would make them and their descendants wealthy beyond belief because they are confident they can wait for something even better.
The combination of high unemployment and high retail costs in Europe has resulted in a number of consumers choosing to rent products instead of buying them. The Eurozone crisis (or Euro crisis) and the shallow recovery have led to people getting creative about accessing products and services, such as sharing, renting or bartering.
Electronics retailers are in for a rough ride this holiday season, as their narrow profit margins are expected to be shaved even thinner by an upcoming price war. Best Buy Co. has already warned investors that it is prepared to make deep cuts to prices – even at the risk of its profit margins – [...]
Google has entered into talks with Asian suppliers to begin a mass production of a smartwatch, according to people who are familiar with the project. The new device, which is currently in late-stage development, will run the Android operating system and be integrated with Google Now, a tool used to answer questions, make recommendations, and [...]