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Coach Has Dealt A Massive Blow To Internet Counterfeiters

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/coach-wins-257-million-counterfeit-suit-2012-11

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Coach just won a lawsuit against internet counterfeiters, which could set a precedent for the rest of the industry. 

The company won $257 million in damages from the companies, the largest settlement of its kind, Alexandra Steigrad at Women’s Wear Daily reported. Under the judgement, Coach can also seize 573 domain names linked to counterfeit brands, stopping the copycats in their tracks. 

Tory Burch, Hermes and Burberry have also won similar settlements recently. 

Coach is one of the most-copied brands out there, and hundreds of websites were selling fake purses, glasses, accessories and more, according to WWD. 

Many of the sites even used photos taken from Coach’s actual website, confusing consumers into thinking they were the real deal. 

Going after domain names is the only way for companies to take back the power, according to WWD

Although he called the award a “warning,” (Coach and its) colleagues in the legal world have acknowledged that at least part of the judgment is purely symbolic. That’s because no brand is able to collect the millions in monetary damages, as it’s nearly impossible to physically locate the culprits running the illegal Web sites. Having the ability to shut down infringing sites is where companies begin to wield some power.

Still, the Coach settlement shows that retailers have legal power over counterfeiters.

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Source: http://gizmodo.com/5892170/does-this-zip+together-chair-bend-the-laws-of-physics/gallery/1

Does This Zip-Together Chair Bend the Laws Of Physics?At first glance Igor Lobanov’s Wormhole chair looks like an impossible object that could only exist as a computer physics simulation. But once you wrap your head around its zip-together design, it not only seems plausible, but also pretty genius.

Each chair is composed of two flat, but rounded, frame pieces that each fold into a C-shape and completely zip together. So they end up creating a self-supporting place to sit that looks like someone has torn a wormhole into another dimension. It won a much-deserved Red Dot design award, but is sadly still just a concept waiting for an unnamed yet popular Swedish maker of flat-pack furniture to license the design. [Igor Lobanov via Core77]

Does This Zip-Together Chair Bend the Laws Of Physics?
Does This Zip-Together Chair Bend the Laws Of Physics?

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Sunday, March 11th, 2012 news No Comments

Source: http://gizmodo.com/5892170/does-this-zip+together-chair-bend-the-laws-of-physics/gallery/1

Does This Zip-Together Chair Bend the Laws Of Physics?At first glance Igor Lobanov’s Wormhole chair looks like an impossible object that could only exist as a computer physics simulation. But once you wrap your head around its zip-together design, it not only seems plausible, but also pretty genius.

Each chair is composed of two flat, but rounded, frame pieces that each fold into a C-shape and completely zip together. So they end up creating a self-supporting place to sit that looks like someone has torn a wormhole into another dimension. It won a much-deserved Red Dot design award, but is sadly still just a concept waiting for an unnamed yet popular Swedish maker of flat-pack furniture to license the design. [Igor Lobanov via Core77]

Does This Zip-Together Chair Bend the Laws Of Physics?
Does This Zip-Together Chair Bend the Laws Of Physics?

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Sunday, March 11th, 2012 news No Comments

The 2012 Academy Awards In Charts And Data

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/the-oscars-for-quants-the-2012-academy-awards-in-charts-and-data-2012-2


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Sure, The Artist did well at the Academy Awards. But what does that really mean, statistically?

As usual, our friends at AddThis, a company that provides social media sharing tools for web publishers, tracked their network of 11 million sites and 1.2 billion unique users per month to find out which Oscar events really drove chatter among consumers.

The data show that the real Oscar winners were the iPad, Pinterest, Sacha Baron Cohen and Twitter. Losers included Ryan Seacrest, Facebook and Billy Crystal.

 

This was the background chatter in the weeks prior to the Oscars. Note that ‘Hugo’ dominates.




Demian Bichir peaked when he was nominated for a SAG award for ‘Better Life.’ But interest faded. More people were interested in George Clooney than Jean Dujardin of ‘The Artist’ in the week before the Oscars.




Prior to the show, the people’s choice for Best Actress was Viola Davis, not Meryl Streep.



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Tuesday, February 28th, 2012 news No Comments

On your mark, get set, GOMC!

Source: http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2011/12/on-your-mark-get-set-gomc.html

Professor registration for the 2012 Google Online Marketing Challenge (GOMC) is now open.
GOMC is a global online marketing competition open to professors and their students in any higher education institution. Professors sign up for the contest and then serve as guides and mentors to their student participants throughout the competition. Over the course of three weeks, student teams are tasked with developing and running a successful online advertising campaign for real businesses or nonprofit organizations using Google AdWords. In the process, they sharpen their advertising, consulting and data analysis skills. (Note: student registration will open on January 31, 2012 and students can only enter if their professors have signed up already and must sign up under their own professors).

After running their online advertising campaign for three weeks, students summarize their experiences in campaign reports, which they submit online. Based on the performance of the campaigns and the quality of the reports, Googlers on the GOMC team and a panel of independent academics select the winning teams.

The global winners and their professor will receive a trip to Google headquarters in Mountain View, Calif. The regional winners (and their professor) will win a trip to local Google offices, and the social impact award winners will be able to make donations to nonprofit organizations that were part of the GOMC competition.

Last year’s challenge had 50,000 participants representing 100 countries, and this year we expect even more. For more information, visit www.google.com/onlinechallenge. Professors, here is a chance to help your students sharpen their marketing skills and make a global impact!

Posted by AJ Pascua, GOMC Team


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Wednesday, December 28th, 2011 news No Comments

IDC and Gartner award smartphone growth prizes to Apple and Google

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2010/05/19/idc-and-gartner-award-smartphone-growth-prizes-to-apple-and-goog/

Get ready to rumble, the latest Gartner and IDC smartphone numbers are out to give us a pretty good idea of how things shape up globally. Remember, IDC measures vendor shipments while Gartner measures actual handset sales to end users. So what does the data tell us? Well, to start with, in terms of smartphone devices, Gartner claims a 48.7% increase in smartphone sales of 54.3 million units in Q1 2010 compared to Q1 2009 — IDC pegs growth at 56.7% on 54.7 million units for the same period. Both estimates easily outpace the 17% or 21.7% growth in worldwide units of mobile phones moved according to Gartner and IDC, respectively.

IDC’s list of top 5 smartphone device makers (pictured above) has Nokia at the number one spot repeating its 39.3% share as it did in Q1 of 2009 while RIM is down slightly from 20.9% in 2009 to a 19.4% market share in 2010. Apple (up from 10.9% to 16.1%) more than doubled its device shipments in the last year as HTC (up from 4.3% to 4.8%) and Motorola (up from 3.4% to 4.2%) all managed to increase their shares on higher volumes.

Regarding smartphone OS market share, Android’s global numbers echo its success in the US jumping from a 1.6% market share to 9.6% in just one year. Gartner claims that sales of Android-based phones increased 707% year-on-year to displace Windows Mobile in the top 5 for the first time. Apple’s iPhone OS also saw growth from 10.5% in 1Q09 to 15.4% in 1Q10 as both RIM (down from 20.1% to 19.4%) and Symbian (down from 48.8% to 44.3%) dropped. See the OS numbers broken down into a no-nonsense table after the break.

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