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September 15, 2014
Alibaba's forthcoming IPO will have a significant impact on Yahoo, but it's not likely to cause many ripples in the U.S. e-commerce market overall. Although this one deal will make Yahoo more money than it has made in years of struggling, it could lead to its demise as an independent entity. "Since Yahoo's total Alibaba stake is worth about $36 billion and Yahoo's market capitalization is $42 billion, it would only take about $6 billion to control Yahoo, with all its users and still-popular properties," said Covestor's Barry Randall. [More...]

September 15, 2014
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Minecraft players can build just about anything they want to in the game, but Microsoft is betting big bucks that the game can help it build something its been missing for a long time: a strong position in the mobile market. Minecraft "is one of those franchises that has a wide demographic, and it is successful on every platform it is on," noted gaming analyst Lewis Ward. [More...]

September 15, 2014
If you want to make an old-school salesperson flinch, just bring up the idea of data-driven selling in conversation. To sales pros, especially those who started in the game more than 10 years ago, the idea of data driving the sale is sacrilege. It minimizes the sales person's talent, and it suggests that sales are driven by a bunch of desk bound propeller-heads who never talk to customers. [More...]

September 15, 2014
Apple's unveiling last week of its Apple Pay NFC mobile payments system has triggered a clash between banks and the retail industry. Apple has lined up support from banks and credit card companies, but Best Buy and Walmart have said they will not support Apple Pay, according to reports. Instead, they will go with a competing mobile wallet application, CurrentC. [More...]

September 12, 2014
Facebook has updated its ad policy with two changes. One gives users the option of explaining why they don't want to see a specific ad in their News Feed. The second update takes this new policy a step further by giving more weight to the feedback provided from users who rarely hide ads. Facebook's goal is to identify ads that aren't good fits or are generally offensive. [More...]

September 12, 2014
Google on Thursday announced its acquisition of online polling startup Polar. "At first, it was difficult to find the connection ... opinions and polls?" mused marketing and social media expert Lon Safko. Upon reflection, "the acquisition was about driving engagement and audience to websites," he said. "Polar makes it easy to engage with your followers." [More...]

September 12, 2014
DoD is committed to pursuing cloud-based services and steadily has been improving its capabilities to utilize the technology. The latest evidence of its embracing the cloud is approval of a protocol that will facilitate the use of the technology at higher security levels. DISA has granted provisional authorization for the use of cloud services to levels 3 to 5 of its Cloud Security Model. [More...]

September 11, 2014
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Checkout lanes across the U.S. soon will sport NFC readers, now that an Army of iPhone wielders is mobilizing. Other smartphones already support NFC, but there hasn't been a unified effort to get consumers and retailers interested in using it. Apple Pay will do the trick, and the timing couldn't be better. Customer data thefts at high-profile retailers could become a thing of the past. [More...]

September 11, 2014
Marvell recently launched its Kinoma Create construction kit for consumer electronics on Indiegogo. Should a $6.5 billion company turn to crowdfunding to raise money? Are large companies drying up a source of funding that otherwise would be available to startups? Is that morally reprehensible? "Ethics is a personal set of standards and beliefs," noted marketing prof Larry Chiagouris. [More...]

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