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October 1, 2014
yahoo-softbank-aol
Some activist shareholders are applying pressure to Yahoo to divvy itself up or merge with another company -- suggestions include SoftBank and AOL -- in order to secure a return on their investments. "Yahoo's stock does not seem to fairly value the sum of its parts, when you consider the Alibaba stake, Yahoo Japan and Yahoo itself," said Daniel Beckerman, a portfolio manager on Covestor. [More...]

October 1, 2014
There was a lot to like at Salesforce ExactTarget's Connections 2014 user conference in Indianapolis last week. Now all that's needed is a shorter name. The words "marketing cloud" need to be fitted in there too, but I forget how. Perhaps it's ExactTarget's Midwest roots, but I can see a genuine concern for the customer emanating from the ExactTarget Marketing Cloud and it plays well. [More...]

October 1, 2014
darkcoin
Darkcoin, a cryptocurrency aiming to snatch some of Bitcoin's action, just became open source. Its developers aim to differentiate it by emphasizing stronger privacy protection and faster transaction speeds. "Anyone can now go through the code and build upon it, as it has been done over the years with Bitcoin," noted fernando, moderator of the Darkcoin forum. [More...]

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...]

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