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Tuesday - October 14, 2014
Shine Technologies may well upend the Net neutrality issue with the launch of AdSight, an ad-tracking product in development. AdSight reportedly will allow carriers to monitor the ads being delivered over their pipes. The data provided will be very granular, including who the ads are from and the level of individual ad impressions. The technology also will be able to block ads selectively. [More...]

Tuesday - October 14, 2014
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Double Irish With a Dutch Sandwich: 1. Advertiser pays for an ad in Germany. 2. Money goes to the Irish subsidiary with the IP. 3. Tax in Ireland is 12.5 percent. The Irish company pays a royalty to a Netherlands subsidiary and gets a tax deduction. 4. The Dutch company pays the money to another subsidiary in Ireland, with no tax payable. The last company pays no tax because it is in Bermuda. [More...]

Tuesday - October 14, 2014
Salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff last month tweeted about the tentative agenda for this week's Dreamforce, and caused a tizzy revealing a keynote session entitled "Analytics Cloud." Although the company immediately denied that it was planning to unveil such a thing or that Benioff intentionally spilled the beans, Salesforce.com did indeed launch its analytics cloud, called "Wave." [More...]

Monday - October 13, 2014
Private videos and pictures shared between tens of thousands of Snapchat users -- possibly as many as 200,000 -- were posted online by hackers over the weekend in an episode dubbed the "Snappening." Much of the content is sexual, including many nude photos -- some possibly of minors. The hackers appear to have gone for maximum embarrassment and humiliation with this particular breach. [More...]

Monday - October 13, 2014
Google is offering a limited trial of a feature that offers people conducting searches of medical terms the opportunity to engage in a video chat with a health professional via its Helpouts service. Helpouts, which launched last November, connects users with experts in a variety of fields such as Art & Music, Fitness & Nutrition, and Health. The experts typically charge a fee for their service. [More...]

Monday - October 13, 2014
One of the hardest-to-decipher trends of the Internet and app world today is what's known as "ephemeral software." Epitomized by popular apps like Snapchat, Frankly and Confide, ephemeral programs revolve around bite-sized, self-destructing user interactions. Since its inception, ephemeral software has baffled many industries, with marketers struggling to develop cohesive campaigns. [More...]

Friday - October 10, 2014
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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella's heart may be in the right place, but his mind appeared to go missing for several breath-holding seconds during a Thursday interview. Nadella wore a straight face when he told Harvey Mudd College President Maria Klawe, essentially, that the ability to trust in karma rather than outright ask for a raise was a female superpower. He has quickly retracted the bad advice. [More...]

Friday - October 10, 2014
Kaspersky Lab this week reported that criminals have been emptying ATMs and infecting them with malware dubbed "Tyupkin." About 50 machines have been infected in eastern Europe, and the attacks have spread to the United States, India and China, based on statistics culled from VirusTotal, Kaspersky said. The attackers target ATMs running Windows 32-bit operating systems. [More...]

Friday - October 10, 2014
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If the U.S. doesn't come up with a solution for rebuilding the trust of foreign governments in the wake of the NSA spying furor, it won't be the tech industry alone that will suffer the consequences, warned a panel of execs in a roundtable hosted by Sen. Ron Wyden. "The simplest outcome is that we're going to end up breaking the Internet," said Google Chairman Eric Schmidt. [More...]

Thursday - October 9, 2014
Ads soon will arrive on Snapchat. However, they will not target individual users. Rather, they'll appear in a more generalized fashion within the service's Snapchat Stories feature among shared photos and videos, CEO Evan Spiegel said Wednesday. A new service for disappearing content and ads, called "Snapchat Discovery," reportedly also is in the works for launch this year. [More...]

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