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New Battery Will Charge In One Minute

War, starvation, pollution -- I think we can all agree these take a back seat to the real issue facing humanity, which is how long it takes to charge …

The hacker evolution: From prankster to felon

Computer hacking was once the realm of curious teenagers. It's now the arena of government spies, professional thieves and soldiers of fortune.Today, it's all about the money. That's why Chinese hackers broke into Lockheed Martin and stole the blueprints to the trillion-dollar F-35 fighter jet. …


On-Demand Local Services: The End of SMB Advertising as We Know It? | Street Fight

This is the third column in a three-part series on the impact and dynamics of On Demand Local Services. The first two columns are here and here.

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How Apple’s iOS 8 changes the game for brands and retailers - Mobile Marketer - Columns

Multi Location Businesses Have No Choice But to Go Mobile with Ad Dollars

If you run a company with multiple locations and have yet to utilize location based mobile advertising, your businesses are likely missing out on a …

Location Based Geo-Targeting Boosts Paid Search Ad Performance...Or Does It?



Columnist Wesley Young discusses the importance of truly local data in search marketing …

Search Engines

Apple may be about to take on Google with its own search engine

Having gone “thermonuclear war” on Google after it discovered that it was following Apple into smartphones, Apple may be about to turn the tables on its Mountain View rivals — by entering the search engine business.

Apple is currently looking to hire an engineering project manager for something …


The Uberification of the “1099 Economy” | Street Fight

A new buzzword has emerged in the tech lexicon: “1099 economy.” Referring to the growing ranks of single proprietors and contractors, this trend is …


Groupon Founder's New App Offers Awesome GPS Walking Tours

Freaky fact: The Post Office by my house used to be the Peoples Temple, where cult leader Jim Jones recruited the followers that would ultimately …


Apple testing mysterious camera-equipped vehicles in the Bay Area

A number of minivans with what appears to be camera equipment and a LiDAR sensor mounted to the roof that have appeared around California in recent …

San Francisco Bay Area

How ‘venture builders’ are changing the startup model


If you haven’t yet heard of venture-builders — also called tech studios, startup factories, or venture production studios — let me introduce them to you: They’re organizations that build companies using their own ideas and resources.

Unlike incubators and accelerators, venture builders don’t …


Analyst Gordon Borrell sees local digital ads soaring in 2015, but not for newspapers

Gordon Borrell, among the best known of digital advertising analysts, was predicting two years ago that the newspaper business would stabilize, with …

Print Media

Google Is Developing Its Own Uber Competitor

Uber faces an ever-growing cast of adversaries that includes dubious regulators, litigious drivers, hostile members of the press, and some …


Apple Pay's success has rivals scrambling to catch up, could make PayPal an acquisition target

The strong initial success of Apple Pay, combined with the news that eBay will spin off PayPal, has led to expectations that PayPal could be a major …

Apple Pay

U.S. Retakes the Helm of the Global Economy

(Bloomberg) -- The U.S. is back in the driver’s seat of the global economy after 15 years of watching China and emerging markets take the lead.

The …

Hispanics Prefer Ads In English, Shopping On Laptop

Several factors drive the online shopping habits of Hispanic consumers, including bilingualism and acculturation. Marketers have to consider the …


LexShares is crowdfunding for lawsuits

Crowdfunding is gradually creeping into every walk of life. The latest evidence? LexShares is a new platform that lets you invest in US litigation.

Accredited investors around the world can use the site to browse lawsuits that require funding, and then put a minimum stake of $2,500 into any that …


Pay Phones In NYC To Be Replaced With Up To 10,000 Free Wi-Fi Kiosks Next Year

There were about 2.2 million pay phones in the U.S. as of 2000 and now there are under 500,000, according to the American Public Communications Council. The decline in pay phone usage is largely attributed to the ubiquity of mobile phones. The city of New York plans to replace its pay phones with up

New York

How To Create The Perfect Video Marketing Strategy

Where the people go, marketers follow. An increasing number of people are consuming online video — Youtube is the second most-visited website in the …

Online Life

Malls Fill Vacant Stores With Server Rooms - WSJ

The Internet is moving to a shopping center near you.

In Fort Wayne, Ind., a vacated Target store is about to be home to rows of computer servers, network routers and Ethernet cables courtesy of a local data-center operator. In Jackson, Miss., a former McRae’s department store will get the same …

Shopping Centers

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Everything You Need To Know About The Internet Of Things

A few months ago I wrote a post called, A Simple Explanation Of The Internet Of Things where I tried to provide some clarity around what this new connected world means for all of us. In the article I mentioned some of the driving forces behind this.

“Broadband Internet is become more widely …

It costs $50 to plug an Xbox One Kinect into your PC

What's stopping you from creating the first killer Kinect 2.0 hack? Well, now that Microsoft's released the do-all sensor's SDK to the public for free you don't have many more excuses. The software development kit is available without any fees and what's more, you can now put any finished apps up …

Microsoft Windows

Eye Tracking in 2014: How Users View and Interact with Today's Google SERPs

In September 2014, Mediative released its latest eye-tracking research entitled "The Evolution of Google's Search Engine Results Pages and Their …


Are You Ready For The Internet Of Everything?

The Internet of Things (IoT) is a term used to describe an environment in which billions of objects, such as mechanical devices, refrigerators, washers, air conditioners and even industrial production machines, can sense, predict, communicate and share information with each other automatically. …


Geomarketing ad platform xAd takes $50M to get huge

xAd announced a $50 million raise for its mobile geomarketing platform today, but the company says it doesn’t even need the money; it’s building its business on profit alone.

The funding may be yet another sign that growth funds are looking to get in on the future of mobile advertising.

Yext, a local …


IFTTT Rolls Out Powerful New Twitter Triggers For Searches, Mentions, Location Tracking And More

Just over a year ago, “internet glue” service IFTTT, which lets you define triggers to automate actions associated with your online accounts and services, rolled out a new set of Twitter triggers that complied with Twitter’s new rules for developers. Today, the company is expanding on that earlier …

San Francisco Bay Area

Apple Pay: The Real-World Test

It's finally here: Apple Pay arrived on Monday as part of iOS 8.1, which turns the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus into mobile payment machines. Just install the update, add a credit card to Passbook, and you're good to start buying stuff with your iPhone.

At least that's the theory, but is it really …

Apple Pay

Google Releases Penguin 3.0 -- First Penguin Update In Over A Year

Google has confirmed to Search Engine Land that it updated its Penguin filter on Friday. Penguin targets sites deemed to be spammy, especially those …