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October 1, 2014
paypal-ebay
eBay is finally letting go of PayPal, and it seems most Wall St. thumbs are up over the decision. "It's about unlocking the value of the companies," said Patrick Moorhead, principal analyst at Moor Insights and Strategy. "PayPal and eBay together are worth less than eBay and PayPal as separate companies with separate stocks." Competition from Alibaba and Apple Pay may have spurred the decision. [More...]

October 1, 2014
The U.S. is facing a retirement wave; 76 million Baby Boomers are beginning to hit the 65-year-old mark. By 2025, the number of people between 65 and 85 will account for 16.6 percent of the population. In the U.S., the elderly prefer aging in their own home, but it can be risky. Connectivity and technology advances are enabling more sophisticated devices and tools to help consumers and caretakers. [More...]

September 30, 2014
ello
If Ello doesn't rapidly figure out a way to keep the lights on without destroying their fundamental promise, they're doomed," noted Jim Tobin, president of Ignite Social Media. "For Ello to succeed, it will have to convince people to try it first, and once they arrive, it has to show a more compelling user experience." [More...]

September 30, 2014
amazon-lab126
There are indications that Amazon is injecting more resources into its Lab126, the experimental hub for its new product designs. The latest scuttlebutt suggests the company is tasking its engineers and designers with creating new ways of shopping using Internet-connected gadgets. "There is a lot of CAPEX and OPEX being poured into [Lab126], so it had better be real," remarked A&M's John Rossman. [More...]

September 30, 2014
Snow flurries and the smell of pine needles. Eggnog and hot apple cider. Gingerbread men and latkes. Stockings and dreidels. Ornaments and menorahs. Trips to see family, and... visits to the customer service department? The holiday season is upon us, and it isn't complete without a customer service interaction or two. Remember when there was an actual customer service counter in department stores? [More...]

September 30, 2014
The ambitious health information technology program now under way at the U.S. Department of Defense has garnered attention from some of the major e-commerce companies in the U.S. The DoD soon will evaluate bids for its 10-year, multibillion-dollar program to enhance its health IT capability, with an emphasis on electronic health records. [More...]

September 29, 2014
atlas by facebook
Although Facebook hasn't revealed the precise details of its targeting and measurement approaches, "this does represent a breakthrough in theory for marketers, with better audience targeting and cross-device and even offline measurement," agreed Greg Sterling, vice president of strategy and insights for the Local Search Association. Users, however, may be less enthusiastic. [More...]

September 29, 2014
bash-shellshock
There was no weekend break for a lot of IT staff, particularly in the banking and financial services industries, who worked overtime to patch a vulnerability affecting many Linux, Unix and OS X systems. Discovered in BASH, or Bourne-Again SHell, the vulnerability has been dubbed "Shellshock." Left unpatched, cybercriminals can exploit it to inject malware or take control of systems. [More...]

September 29, 2014
Sales people love leads. They want lots of them, and they want them now. The more leads, the more money -- because sales is a numbers game, right? Well, yes and no. Some believe in an equation that says X number of leads will produce Y number of closed deals. If you make X greater, Y will be greater, too, right? That's a quaint thought, but it's not the way it works. [More...]

September 29, 2014
The Internet of Things is expected to be a $7 trillion market in six years. However, many small to medium-sized IT firms that do not have the capital to acquire the Nests of the world are left to wonder how they can benefit from this lucrative trend. SMBs with little or no IT in-house support can monetize this new market without reinventing the wheel. [More...]

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