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Friday - November 14, 2014
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Does Facebook's latest massaging of its privacy practices suggest a softer, gentler attitude toward users who would like to use its network without paying for it with their personal data? Not hardly. "The reality is that firms like Facebook and Google mine every aspect of our on-site activities," said the 451 Group's Alan Pelz-Sharpe. "It's how they make money." [More...]

Friday - November 14, 2014
While most people view Salesforce.com's annual Dreamforce event as the largest user conference in the cloud industry, it is also the biggest gathering of cloud companies and their growing assortment of business partners. In many ways, Dreamforce is the best demonstration that the channel isn't dead and actually is prospering in the cloud. This year's Dreamforce was preceded by a Partner Summit. [More...]

Thursday - November 13, 2014
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Amazon and Hachette finally have reached a resolution of their long, highly publicized dispute over e-book pricing, and both are claiming a victory. Certainly the free flow of Hachette books through Amazon's channel will be a relief to the publisher and its authors. As for Amazon, dissipating some of the rancor over its punitive extra-slow delivery of Hachette titles may be priceless. [More...]

Thursday - November 13, 2014
AT&T shared plenty of powerful information and insights about growth for the company and the industry in general at last week's industry analyst meeting. The wireless, telecom, television and Internet businesses will continue to grow and to change in 2015 and beyond. Whether you are a customer, a worker, an investor or a partner, understanding how change will come will be key to success. [More...]

Wednesday - November 12, 2014
Apple reportedly has formed a dedicated sales team to pitch Apple products to CIOs, and it is working closely with app developers who have a corporate presence to sell into the enterprise. Apple's increased interest in the enterprise could be part of a long-term strategy to offset declining sales in the tablet market. For three consecutive quarters, iPad sales have fallen. [More...]

Wednesday - November 12, 2014
GT Advanced Technologies, in a document made public last Friday, alleged that it "incurred losses ... due to Apple's inordinate control over GTAT's liquidity, operations ..., and decision making." The U.S. Bankruptcy Court of New Hampshire unsealed the document, in which GTAT CEO Daniel W. Squiller accuses Apple of using a "bait and switch" strategy in its dealings with the company. [More...]

Tuesday - November 11, 2014
Nov. 11 is Singles Day in China -- aka the "11.11 Shopping Festival" -- and the country's millions of unhitched celebrated the event by spending some quality time with online retail giant Alibaba. So far, the event has generated $9.3 billion in sales and 278 million orders shipped, the retailer reported. Slightly less than half, or 43 percent of those orders, were placed from mobile devices. [More...]

Tuesday - November 11, 2014
More shoppers are turning to websites as a way to connect with brands and make purchases, and companies are investing heavily in their online presence to ensure that they are delivering a top-notch experience. While the majority of retailers recognize the power of e-commerce, there remains a specific subset of sellers that are hesitant to hop on the online bandwagon: luxury brands. [More...]

Monday - November 10, 2014
President Obama on Monday leaped into the controversy surrounding Net neutrality, calling on the U.S. Federal Communications Commission to ensure and protect it. "I believe the FCC should create a new set of rules protecting Net neutrality and ensuring that neither the cable company nor the phone company will be able to act as a gatekeeper, restricting what you can do or see online," he said. [More...]

Monday - November 10, 2014
The most successful phishing attacks manage to dupe their victims a full 45 percent of the time, according to a study released last week by Google. On average, phishing's success rate is about 14 percent, but even the most obvious scams still manage to lure 3 percent of the people targeted to a fake website and convince them to turn over personal information, the report found. [More...]

Friday - November 7, 2014
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European and U.S. officials cooperated to disrupt activities in the hive of scum and villainy known as the "Dark Web," seizing illegal websites and arresting suspects, including the head of the notorious Silk Road. "While I would like to think our enforcement actions this week shut down [the bad guys], ... we're going to have to continue to monitor things," said ICE Special Agent Gary Hartwig. [More...]

Friday - November 7, 2014
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If you're one of the chosen ones, you might get a chance to buy Amazon's latest piece of hardware, Echo, a speaker with a built-in personal assistant named "Alexa" ready to do your bidding. Although Amazon introduced Echo with great fanfare, just anyone can't buy it. Perhaps after its dismal experience with the Fire Phone, Amazon wants to build desire for Echo before customers take the plunge. [More...]

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