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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...]

Thursday - October 9, 2014
AT&T Mobility will pay $80 million for refunds to consumers who were unlawfully billed for unauthorized third-party charges in a practice known as "mobile cramming," the Federal Trade Commission announced on Wednesday. AT&T billed customers for hundreds of millions of dollars in subscription charges -- typically in increments of $9.99 per month -- levied by other companies. [More...]

Thursday - October 9, 2014
BlackBerry is trying to rebuild itself by remaking its brand. A successful brand is one of the most important parts of any success story. However once a brand has sprouted roots, it's very difficult to remake it. It's easier to start from scratch. So what is the plan at BlackBerry -- and will it be successful? The BlackBerry brand has grown and evolved over the last 10 to 15 years. [More...]

Wednesday - October 8, 2014
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Swank videoconferences are no longer the exclusive domain of the Fortune 500. Highfive's affordable system lets any company provide face-to-face meeting opportunities. "Consumerization of IT [and] inexpensive pay-as-you-go cloud services have leveled the playing field for SMBs looking to use enterprise-class capabilities like videoconferencing," said Chris Chute, a research director at IDC. [More...]

Wednesday - October 8, 2014
Facebook on Tuesday further opened its Audience Network to third-party developers and publishers. It debuted the platform in April, positioning it as a mobile monetization tool that would leverage Facebook's 1.5 million advertisers and the millions of users who sign into apps using their Facebook credentials. The platform is now available to developers and publishers around the world. [More...]

Wednesday - October 8, 2014
With summer behind us, brands and retailers are busy finalizing their plans for the upcoming holiday rush. Like last year, this holiday season will be a short one, with just 26 days between Black Friday and Christmas. With this condensed shopping period and digital commerce on an aggressive upswing, the holiday season is no time for retailers to take chances. [More...]

Tuesday - October 7, 2014
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When Jeff Bezos bought The Washington Post last year, there was a lot of uncertainty over what he intended to do with it. Now it appears he wants to transform it into a nationwide newspaper, spread via Amazon's Kindle Fire. Coming preinstalled on the next version of the tablet -- expected to have an 8.9-inch screen -- the Post will enjoy a sudden, huge jump in readership. [More...]

Tuesday - October 7, 2014
GT Advanced Technologies and seven of its direct and indirect subsidiaries on Monday announced they had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. GT, which makes sapphire components used in the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, expects the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of New Hampshire to authorize the company to conduct business as usual while it attempts to resolve its current financial issues. [More...]

Tuesday - October 7, 2014
Various U.S. government agencies have been conducting research on how best to meet the challenge of privacy in the digital age, with investigations of a wide range of technology issues including encryption, data tagging, sensors, healthcare records and clinical informatics. As useful as this research eventually may become, the fragmented nature of these efforts poses a problem. [More...]

Monday - October 6, 2014
HP on Monday announced plans to separate its major business lines into two separate companies. HP Inc. will offer PCs and printers, while Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, will focus on IT infrastructure, software and services. HP CEO Meg Whitman will be the president and CEO of HP Enterprise. Don Weisler, EVP of HP's printing & personal systems division, will be the president and CEO of HP Inc. [More...]

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