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When it comes to search, Microsoft is trying everything it can to become a serious player. It tried to acquire Yahoo, its latest version of Internet Explorer attempts to steer Web surfers away from Google, and then there is straight-out payola to search advertisers. I am talking, of course, of Microsoft’s Live Search Cashback promotion, which lets advertisers offer rebates to consumers who make a purchase after doing a Microsoft search. After Live Cashback launched in May, Microsoft saw an initial one-month boost in its share of the U.S. search market (from 8.5 percent in May to 9.2 percent in June). But in July, its share slipped again down to 8.9 percent, according to comScore. Although we only have two months of full data (June and July) since launch to evaluate, it doesn’t look like Cashback is having any effect. While two months worth of data is far from concl... (more)

Why Do Social Networks Increase Stress?

It’s hard to remember life before social media. How did we ever know what our distant, high school friends’ kids looked like? Or what they cooked their family for dinner? Or the fabulous places they visited on their (seemingly) bi-monthly tropical vacations? Although Facebook and Twitter feel almost ubiquitous today, according to the Pew Foundation, only 60 percent of Americans belong to a social network (For the record, our data says 61 percent but we’ll defer to Pew). Shockingly, that means well over one-third of people in the U.S. may never see a picture of their niece’s swimming trophy or know if that guy they met at the conference is nearing his two-year job anniversary. But, are the 40 percent of Americans who are un-networked really worse off? Are the active tweeters and status updaters living a more enriched life or a more stressful one? We dug into our pil... (more)

Mindbreeze InSite is "Trend-Setting Product 2013"

Linz, Austria, September 05, 2013 --(PR.com)-- Mindbreeze scored highly yet again with the KMWorld jury, receiving the prestigious KMWorld Award for Mindbreeze InSite. The “Trend-Setting Products 2013” were selected from more than 700 entries from some 300 vendors. KMWorld is the leading magazine for Knowledge Management Systems and Content and Document Management in the US. It is the sixth time in succession that Mindbreeze has won this award. “Informing website visitors accurately and quickly is a decisive competitive factor. Websites are becoming increasingly extensive and content is updated at an ever increasing frequency. Conventional search solutions mostly deliver an abundance of search results and make it time consuming to filter out the right information. Mindbreeze InSite works differently. Semantic search requests combined with intuitive and easy operation ... (more)

Google Launches Chrome Apps, Moves Beyond Merely Web Apps

Google has announced the launch of Chrome Apps on Thursday in a bid to establish the Web browser as more of a platform in itself. The new apps are similar to what the Chrome Web Store already offers, but instead of launching in the usual looking browser, it launches sans address bar and navigations buttons, essentially making them look and feel more like desktop apps you’re used to using on PCs or Macs. Chrome Apps also work offline without an internet connection, so there’s no need to stay connected if you really don’t need to or really can’t. The Chrome Apps can be launched directly from the desktop too, using the Chrome App Launcher that will be automatically installed the first time you download a Chrome App. While they’re built mostly using standardized Web technologies, there’s also some Chrome-specific coding in there too, so they’ll only play nicely with t... (more)

Business Marketing and Innovation – The Drucker Way

“Because the purpose of business is to create a customer, the business enterprise has two – and only two – basic functions: marketing and innovation.  Marketing and innovation produce results; all the rest are costs. Marketing is the distinguishing, unique function of the business.”  Peter Drucker – 1973   While nearly everything in business has changed since that statement in 73; its meaning for businesses of all sizes has not. Businesses need to innovate both their offerings (services and/or products) as well as their marketing tactics to remain competitive in today’s business climate. While the internet has blurred what we think of as word-of-mouth advertising (the humanistic kind); at the same time it has gifted businesses with tools to extend their voice much farther and more quickly via the internet. A business that complains about the lack of traffic to their ... (more)

Skyscanner Launches WhoFlies Widget

Skyscanner (www.Skyscanner.net), Europe’s most popular flight search engine, today launches the WhoFlies widget, the second in a series of ‘Skytools’ – a suite of free widgets/APIs/integrations, that allows third party websites to display Skyscanner’s flight information on their own sites. Following on from the recent release of the Cheap Flights Map widget, the WhoFlies widget can be easily embedded onto third party sites and shows visitors which airlines fly from their nearest airport to their chosen destination. Users can then click on a button to view the cheapest flights for the route on the Skyscanner website. Jules Pancholi, Skyscanner Director, commented on the new widget: “Skyscanner’s Cheap Flights Map widget (which was released at the start of October) has been very well received by travel websites and we expect the WhoFlies widget to be even more popula... (more)

Canadians to Get Android-Powered Smartphones: Rogers Wireless prepares for the Mobile Revolution with the exclusive Canadian launch of the HTC Dream and HTC Magic

TORONTO, May 7 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - Rogers Wireless today announced the exclusive Canadian launch in June 2009 of the HTC Dream(TM) and HTC Magic(TM) smartphones, the first cellphones in Canada powered by the Android platform, allowing for fast and easy access to a wide range of Google(TM) mobile services, including Google Search(TM), Google Maps(TM), Gmail(TM) and more. "Who else but Rogers would be the first carrier to offer Canadians the first chance to join the mobile revolution with a choice of not one, but two, handsets powered by the Android platform?", said John Boynton, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Rogers Wireless. "The HTC Magic offers a responsive touch screen and the HTC Dream delivers both a touch screen and a slide out QWERTY keyboard. Both devices offer outstanding wireless internet search capabilities and a full suite of appl... (more)

Ask.com Announces Doug Leeds Promotion to President, Ask U.S.;

OAKLAND, Calif., Oct. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Ask.com, a leading search engine and an operating business of IAC (Nasdaq: IACI), today announced that Doug Leeds has been promoted to President, Ask.com U.S. The Company also announced that Tony Gentile has joined the company as Senior Vice President, Product Management, Ask.com U.S. Leeds has been at Ask Networks since early 2006, holding various senior leadership positions - including most recently as President, Dictionary.com, and COO of Ask Networks. In this new role, Doug will oversee the U.S. business for Ask.com, and lead the development, launch and execution of Ask's U.S. strategy. Prior to joining Ask, Leeds held executive roles at Yahoo! and Vodafone. Gentile possesses more than twenty years of Internet and software industry experience in all aspects of product management and software development. Gen... (more)

Need a Tuxedo? Now There's an App for That!

JACKSON, Tenn., Feb. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Prom, Wedding or Special Occasion tuxedo? There's an App for that! Meridian, LLC, the technology leader in the Formal Wear Industry, has launched America's first Tuxedo App. For thousands of teenagers high school prom season is coming up. In addition, summer brides are beginning to go through the exciting process of picking their wedding colors. Now, for the first time ever, you have the power for vest/tie color and tuxedo selection in the palm of your hand. This Apple iPhone / iPod Touch tuxedo app contains the most comprehensive 2010 color selections and brand name tuxedo styles that will compliment any occasion. As you browse through and choose your tuxedo, vest / tie color and shoe selection, launch the geo locator to find the closest qualified dealer(s). Map it, call them, it's under your control. Have some more fun wit... (more)

Platinum and Gold Sponsors Announced for DrupalCon

The organizers of DrupalCon San Francisco today announced the platinum sponsors for the conference: Acquia, AF83, Chapter Three LLC, Gravitek Labs, Microsoft Corp., Phase2 Technology, Rackspace, and Trellon. Gold sponsors include BlackMesh, DPCI, Four Kitchens, Google, ISL Consulting, Metal Toad Media, palantir.net, Treehouse Agency, and Work At Play. This year DrupalCon will take place April 19-21 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. DrupalCon is the premier conference for Drupal, the award-winning open source content management framework used by whitehouse.gov, Warner Brothers Records, the New York Observer, Forbes, Disney, Intel, Harvard University, and Amnesty International. “Open source software adoption reached a major tipping point over the past year, and Drupal is leading the charge. From WhiteHouse.gov to the US Department of Defense official memo on ope... (more)

NetBooster et TradeDoubler annoncent un partenariat stratégique sur le marketing online

PARIS, November 9, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- NETBOOSTER (FR0000079683 - ALNBT) et TRADEDOUBLER, deux leaders du marketing online, annoncent aujourd'hui un partenariat stratégique dans le marketing online ainsi que le transfert de l'activité " Search marketing " de TradeDoubler vers Netbooster. L'activité " Search marketing " de TradeDoubler déploie des campagnes de liens sponsorisés et de référencement naturel pour des clients établis dans plus de vingt pays, notamment GAP Europe, NET-A-PORTER, Disneyland Resort ou encore QuickSilver. L'accord prévoit le transfert vers Netbooster, d'ici la fin de l'année, de l'ensemble des 55 collaborateurs de cette division de TradeDoubler, présente dans six pays européens. Aux termes de cet accord, Netbooster devient le partenaire privilégié de TradeDoubler pour les liens sponsorisés et le référencement naturel. TradeDoubler devient ... (more)

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Lori MacVittie is a subject matter expert on emerging technology responsible for outbound evangelism across F5's entire product suite. MacVittie has extensive development and technical architecture experience in both high-tech and enterprise organizations, in addition to network and systems administration expertise. Prior to joining F5, MacVittie was an award-winning technology editor at Network Computing Magazine where she evaluated and tested application-focused technologies including app security and encryption-related solutions. She holds a B.S. in Information and Computing Science from the University of Wisconsin at Green Bay, and an M.S. in Computer Science from Nova Southeastern University, and is an O'Reilly author.
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