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The 10 Things In Advertising You Need To Know Today

<b>1. Take a look at Business Insider's 10 favorite ads of 2014.</b> We won't ruin the surprise, but the theme linking all our rankings is that marketers this year are starting to harness social media to improve the reach and effectiveness of their campaigns.<p><b>2. Take our quiz and try to identify these 11</b> …

Advertising

The Co.Design Guide To Black Friday 2014

Two-sided colanders, digital notebooks, inexpensive standing desks: our favorite multifunctional goodies from 2014.<p>Products with just one function are so passe. In 2014, phones are also cameras and bracelets are also sleep trackers. Multifunctional products can save users space and money–why have …

Sketching

Top 10 food markets in Europe

Whether it’s traditional stalls or the new breed of street-food events, these European markets offer tasty treats – and more interesting presents than you’ll find at a naff Christmas market<p>Markthal, Rotterdam<p>Rotterdam’s new €175m Markthal is a sensory explosion. The building, by Dutch architects …

The Marketer’s Guide to the Benefits of Vimeo Over YouTube

<i>Brian Honigman is a marketing consultant, speaker and freelance writer. This post originally appeared on the SumAll blog.</i><p>Online video has very quickly become one of the most engaging and ubiquitous forms of content marketing. ComScore reports that in 2013 more than half of all Americans watched a …

Flickr is trying to change its image

With photo-sharing sites and storage giants like Facebook, Instagram, Dropbox and Amazon, the once-dominant Flickr has lost its place. So what is Flickr now? Its chief says we'll know in about a year.<p>In May 2013, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer was in New York City, standing in front of a sign that was …

Advertising

Sony Hackers Leaked Movies to File-Sharing Sites

A North Korean connection is still being investigated, sources said.<p>The devastating hacking attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment entered a new phase this weekend, after it was revealed that five unreleased Sony-made films have leaked onto file-sharing Internet sites; the studio confirmed that …

Venezuela's President Vows To Get Oil Prices Back To 'Where They Should Be'

For Maduro's purposes, that's at about $100 a barrel.<p>"We will maintain the depth and rhythm of our investments into society," Maduro said speaking at a military celebration. "The best response in the face of obstacles is to come together in work, in struggle — it is to have discipline.<p>On Thursday …

Venezuela

Why the collapse in oil prices is such a huge win for China

The slowdown in China's economy is so significant that oil prices, already in a free fall that has cut their value by a third since the summer, stand to remain weak for years to come, a prominent Chinese economist is warning.<p>Oil prices fell to four-year lows Thursday after OPEC member states opted …

Oil

Oil drops 6.3%, hits 4½-year low

Stocks ended mostly lower -- but with the Dow eking out a new record close -- as Wall Street separated the winners and losers tied to nosediving oil prices and kept a close tabs on Black Friday sales. The Standard & Poor's 500 also managed to log a six-week winning streak.<p>A barrel of Texas …

Dow Edges Up to Another Record

Retailers’ Shares, Led by Wal-Mart, Help Buoy Blue-Chip Index<p>The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose to another record, closing out its second consecutive month of gains as stocks head into their historically best-performing month of the year.<p>Helping to power the ascent were shares that stand to …

Stock Markets

Apple CarPlay vs Google Android Auto — full comparison (Video)

Apple and Google are back at it again and attempting to bring a safe and friendly mobile experience to your car. Android Auto and CarPlay are the two company’s re-imagining of mobile user interfaces for the car and both are gearing up for a major rollout over the next year.<p>Each system is designed …

EU votes to back a proposal to break Google search away from its other services

Following a four-year antitrust investigation in the region, the European Parliament has voted to break up Google and separate its search business from the company’s other services.<p>The Parliament does not have the power to break up Google: its vote in Strasbourg is more of a recommendation to EU …

HBO teams up with Tencent to sell its TV shows in China

China's strained relationship with the concept of intellectual property is one of the reasons that you can buy a local copy of a Range Rover Evoque for a third of the price. That's one of the reasons why western businesses are wary about selling their products in the nation, since it can often be …

Microsoft And Yahoo Are Throwing Themselves At Apple To Replace Google As The iPhone's Default Search Engine

Now, there's a chance Apple could make a similar move in 2015.<p>Apple's contract with Google, which implements Google's search engine as the default in Apple's Safari browser, is expiring next year, according to The Information's Amir Efrati.<p>Yahoo and Microsoft have already started pitching Eddy Cue, …

Safari (Browser)

Uber said to be near funding round that doubles its valuation

Ride-sharing startup is close to a $1 billion funding round that would give it a valuation as high as $40 billion, Bloomberg reports.<p>Uber is reportedly in talks for a new round of funding that would value the company as high as $40 billion, twice its current value.<p>Uber seeks to raise $1 billion, …

Venture Capital

As Ferguson anger simmers, protests in other cities are more peaceful

Protests unfolded in major cities across the nation Tuesday night as more than 2,000 National Guard troops and hundreds of police officers converged in the St. Louis area to guard against the vandalism, arson and looting that erupted in suburban Ferguson a night earlier.<p>Elsewhere, the …

Ferguson decision: What witnesses told the grand jury

Did Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson shoot Michael Brown dead as he staggered to the ground, hobbled by gunshot wounds? Or, did the 18-year-old aggressively charge at Wilson even after the officer ordered him to stop?<p>A St. Louis County grand jury heard both versions and many more from dozens …

Ferguson Cop Darren Wilson on Michael Brown’s Death: ‘I Have a Clean Conscience’

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Justice

Photographic Evidence Released In Ferguson Case

After he announced the grand jury's decision not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown, St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch released the trove of evidence -- including documents, transcripts and photos -- that was presented …

Fitmob Gets More Funding As It Partners With Gyms And Looks To New Markets

Fitness marketplace Fitmob is growing fast and looking to grow even faster, and to do so it’s raised new strategic funding from Recruit Strategic Partners. The funding will be used as Fitmob adds more options to its fitness marketplace through partnerships with gyms, and as it seeks to expand into …

Adobe’s Cloud Photoshop Suggests We May Finally Realize The Dream Of Streamed Computing

I’ve been writing about tech for nearly a decade now, and in that time, one thing has always seemed perpetually promising, and yet also ultimately unsatisfying: remote streaming consumer computing. I’m not talking about remotely connecting to your work PC to grab a couple of files, but actually …

European Parliament to call for breakup of Google, report says

The Internet giant faces yet another tussle with European officials, who want Google to split off its search business.<p>The European Parliament is getting ready to call for a breakup of Google, according to a report (subscription) Friday by the Financial Times.<p>A draft motion cited by the FT suggests …

Europe

Obama Touts Immigration Actions in Las Vegas

President Barack Obama took his immigration actions on the road Friday, trumpeting in a speech in Las Vegas his announcement that his administration …

Immigration

Call of Duty Exceeds $10 Billion in Sales

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The latest contender for your automated kitchen: the $200 smart frying pan

I’m a big fan of home automation gadgets – right down to my kettle – but even I would have thought a smart frying pan was a bit of a stretch. Seems not: a Kickstarter campaign for the $199 Pantelligent pan is almost fully-funded.<p>Frying pans have barely changed in thousands of years, but …

Foxconn to spend $2.6 billion building a factory exclusively for Apple

According to a new report from <i>Bloomberg</i>, Foxconn is set to spend $2.6 billion building a new factory in Taiwan exclusively to create displays for Apple.<p>Equipment installation for the factory is likely to begin next month, with the aim of starting mass production of panels by the end of 2015. The …

Amazon Travel Hotel Booking Service Plans Uncovered

Travel sites could be about to have a very unhappy new year. Amazon is set to enter the travel business, according to a report by travel news specialists Skift. It says Amazon has been working with independent hotels and resorts in and around major cities to prepare its new Amazon Travel …

Google bringing Material Design animations to the web

Google has been busy pushing out Android 5.0 Lollipop and Material Design to all of their phones and apps, but that is not where it all stops. The upcoming Navigation Transitions API for Chrome promises to bring much of the same Material Design animations and transitions to the web.<p>The information …

Android News