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E-COMMERCE AND THE FUTURE OF RETAIL: 2014 [SLIDE DECK]

We've created a slideshow highlighting the retail categories where e-commerce is having the most impact, and where there is still opportunity for disruption. The shift away from physical retail toward digital retail is happening faster than many observers expected.<p><i>BI Intelligence is a research and</i> …

eCommerce

THE FUTURE OF SOCIAL-MEDIA ADVERTISING: Programmatic, Mobile, And Improved Analytics Fuel Aggressive Spending

New data from BI Intelligence finds that US social-media ad spend will top $8.5 billion this year and reach nearly $14 billion in 2018, up from just $6.1 billion in 2013. Social will grow faster than all other offline ad mediums, <i>and</i> faster than traditional digital formats, like desktop display ads …

Colorful Pipes In The Dalles

These pipes carry water in and out of Google's The Dalles, Ore., data center. The blue pipes supply cold water and the red pipes return the warm water back to be cooled.

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Design a Mobile Career Site That Candidates Will Love

<i>This post originally appeared on the LinkedIn Talent blog.</i><p>It’s hard to imagine that iPhone and Android devices are less than a decade old. In a few short years, smartphones have transformed how digital audiences communicate, stay productive and access information — but mobile recruiting experiences …

How Google’s PageRank Quantifies Things (Like History’s Best Tennis Player) Beyond The Web

Here are a couple of the more interesting use cases. None have contributed to as much commercial or societal impact as Google, but Gleich doesn’t …

Interview: Inside Google Brain Founder Andrew Ng's Plans To Transform Baidu

<i>Little known outside China, the Chinese search engine Baidu scored a coup earlier this year when it hired Andrew Ng to be chief scientist and open a new artificial intelligence lab in Silicon Valley. Ng, a Stanford computer science professor who headed the Google Brain AI project and then cofounded</i> …

How Wi-Fi Could Revolutionize The Way We Use The Web

"When people hear 'Wi-Fi' they say, 'That's that thing that doesn't work very well at my house,'" says Jaime Fink.<p>His company, Mimosa, works with technology that could turn Wi-Fi from a way to save money on our smartphone data plans to an internet connectivity option on par with fiber and leagues …

How eBay transformed the way people shop - and what they sell

This week in 1999 a man in Renfrewshire bought a CD single of You & I by the German heavy metal band Scorpions for £2.89. It was not a particularly interesting purchase. Scorpions are still touring, 25 years after their song Wind of Change became a worldwide hit as soundtrack to the fall of the …

Mobile internet revenue to hit $700B in 4 years, growing more than 300% (report)

Mobile revenue will jump more than 300 percent in the next four years, hitting $700 billion in revenue by 2017, according to a new report by Digi-Capital.<p>No, that’s not all gems in Clash of Clans.<p>In fact, most of the growth will be in mobile commerce, which Digi-Capital says will hit $516 billion. …

Apple vs. Google: The race is on for the wrist, TV, car

SAN FRANCISCO — Google and Apple are reaching beyond smartphones, tablets and computers to connect with our living rooms, cars and even our bodies.<p>This month, both tech titans detailed presentations to software developers, outlining their vision. Which one is closer to making it happen?<p>The short …

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Skype for iPhone: Remastered

Skype is getting a brand new iPhone app, redesigned from the ground up to create a “consistent look and feel with the Windows Phone and Android apps,” the Microsoft-owned company announced earlier today.<p>The app isn’t live yet, and it seems the company is revealing the news today to create …

Mobile-Enabled Commerce Will Yield The Next $100B Startup

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Patricia Nakache is a partner at Trinity Ventures. She has active investments in companies including m-commerce players Care.com (CRCM), EAT Club, and ThredUP.</i> <i>Phil Carter is an associate at Trinity Ventures, where he focuses on early-stage consumer technology investments particularly</i> …

Intel's cable-free future will use WiTricity's advanced wireless charging

The wireless charging space recently expanded with the introduction of A4WP's Rezence brand, followed by the participation of PC giants, Lenovo and Dell. Now, things are about to get even more interesting as WiTricity and Intel -- both being A4WP board members -- today announced their technology …

Google Owns a Satellite Now

To understand the behemoth’s $500 million purchase of Skybox Imaging, don’t look to the sky. The clouds will do just fine.<p>Google will buy the micro-satellite startup Skybox Imaging for $500 million, the company announced today.<p>While the deal isn’t yet closed, it’s a big moment. I mean, <i>Google owns</i> …

Alibaba Unveils U.S. Online Shopping to Compete with Amazon, eBay

Consumer<p>Look out Amazon and eBay, here comes Alibaba.<p>The Chinese e-commerce company has unveiled its first direct-to-consumer online shop in the United States, looking to take on Amazon.com and eBay on their home turf.<p>Sign up for top Business news delivered direct to your inbox.<p>The website, …

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Starbucks to offer wireless charging pads

NEW YORK (AP) — Soon you may not have to fumble or fight for a power outlet to charge your phone at your neighborhood Starbucks.<p>Starbucks and …

Facebook’s Ad Targeting Will Get Interest Data From Outside Websites And New Options For Opting Out

Facebook says it’s bringing more data into its interest-based ad targeting — specifically data from non-Facebook websites and mobile apps.<p>So even if your profile doesn’t say anything about your love of, say, soccer, and even if you haven’t Liked any soccer-related Pages on Facebook, the social …

Facebook Gives Advertisers More Access to Your Data. You'll Probably Be Fine With It.

Sure, this is what Facebook said it wouldn't do. But that was in 2011.<p>Facebook is going to give advertisers that want to target its users even more ammunition.<p>The social network will start letting advertisers take information about what Facebook’s users do on the site, mix it with data about the …

Are you ready for the next chapter of Wi-Fi? Meet 802.11ax

Now that the first wave of 802.11ac Wi-Fi routers and devices are making their way out the door, the Wi-Fi Alliance and the Institute of Electrical …

15 Possible Asia Tech IPOs in 2014

Box and Dropbox are among the startups creating interest in US tech IPOs right now, but there are plenty of companies from Asia bidding to join them and list publicly, both in and outside of the US.<p>A number of top Asian companies are already listed in the US — including Baidu, Sina and Tencent — …