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CHART OF THE DAY: Barack Obama’s Monster Online Advertising Campaign

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/chart-of-the-day-political-ad-campaigns-2013-2

comScore has a new report out about the state of web properties. Most of it is stuff we’ve covered in the past. Google dominates search, Facebook is a popular site, etc.

In the middle of the report, this chart really jumped out at us. It compares Barack Obama’s online display ads to Mitt Romney’s display ads. The gap between the two is stunning. We’re not going to say anything about the correlation between online spending and winning an election, we just can’t believe the gap between the two candidates.

Chart of the day shows display ad impressions for the Obama and Romney campaigns during the 2012 Presidential elections cycle. February 2013

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Thursday, February 14th, 2013 news No Comments

US General: Iranian Cyberattacks Are Retaliation For The Stuxnet Virus

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/iranian-cyberattacks-retaliation-for-stuxnet-virus-2013-1

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Iran’s developing ability to launch cyber attacks will make it “a force to be reckoned with,” the head of the U.S. Air Force Space Command said.

General William Shelton said the Iranians are responding to an attack on the computer operating system that runs the uranium enrichment facilities in the country’s suspected nuclear-weapons program.

“It’s clear that the Natanz situation generated a reaction by them,” Shelton told reporters yesterday.

Iran’s main uranium enrichment site at Natanz was hit in 2010 by the Stuxnet computer virus. Last year U.S. officials told the New York Times that President Barack Obama had secretly ordered stepped-up cyber attacks on that country’s nuclear program.

U.S. intelligence officials and independent analysts such as Misha Glenny at Columbia University in New York have criticized the Obama White House for taking credit for the Stuxnet attack, warning that doing so would come back to haunt the administration.

Iran has denied responsibility for a spate of cyber attacks against online banking sites that accelerated in September. U.S. banks, including JP Morgan Chase & Co., Bank of America Corp., Wells Fargo & Co. and PNC Financial Services Group Inc., have said some customers were having difficulty at times accessing their websites. Former Senator Joseph Lieberman, a Connecticut independent, was among those who have said Iran may be at fault! .

Iran’s Comment

“Iran respects international law and refrains from targeting other nations’ economic or financial institutions,” Iran’s mission to the United Nations said in a Jan. 11 statement, according to the a report on the website of the state run Press TV news channel.

Shelton said Iran poses a risk because of the “potential capabilities that they will develop over the years and the potential threat that will represent” to the U.S.

Now some of the U.S. banks are seeking assistance from a number of government agencies, including the National Security Agency, which oversees the government’s defensive and offensive cyber programs, as well as the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Treasury Department.

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Friday, January 18th, 2013 news No Comments

Google’s Search Results Page Looks Different Now

Source: http://gizmodo.com/5958651/googles-search-results-page-looks-different-now

Google's Search Results Page Looks Different NowGoogle search results are like the old beat up recliner of the internet. Your butt’s always there, and if anything changes, you notice. Well, Google changed the way its search results look. It’s a relatively small change, but you’re going to notice.

The biggest difference is that the bar along the left hand side of your searches is gone. This is where you used to break your search down into News, or whatever else. That function is now at the top of your results, along with the also relocated Search Tools. Search Tools moving means you don’t have those two butt ugly calendars with custom dates in your line of sight, which is a plus. This change has been live a day or two, and should only be a negative if you’re running a ton of searches (it’s been killing me).

Google is also featuring information from Google’s Knowledge Graph for popular searches, like “barack obama”, “mitt romney”, and “presidential election”, for example. So! Google’s a little prettier, and it’s rearranged the furniture a bit. Seems like a nice, small change, right? [BuzzFeed]

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Wednesday, November 7th, 2012 news No Comments

Obama Gets A Hurricane Sandy Bump, Pulls Back Into A Tie With Mitt Romney

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/obama-hurricane-sandy-bump-wapo-poll-2012-10

Bolstered by his response to Hurricane Sandy, President Barack Obama gained one point to pull back into a tie with Mitt Romney in the latest Washington Post/ABC News tracking poll.

According to the survey, 78 percent of likely voters polled had positive views of the way that the president has handled the “super storm” – a number that includes two-thirds of Romney’s supporters. In contrast, just 44 percent of those surveyed had a net positive view of how the Republican candidate responded to the storm. 

The chart below breaks down those results: 

wapo abc news poll chart sandy response

It is too early to tell, however, if that support for Obama will affect his overall standing in the race. The results of the four-day tracking survey include only one night of interviews with voters after the storm hit, so we will have to wait for Thursday and Friday’s results to see if the storm has any real effect on the dynamics of the presidential race. 

Overall, Obama and Romney are tied, 49% to 49%, among likely voters. Those numbers are consistent with the rest of the poll’s results, which have shown the race between one point since daily tracking began on October 18. 

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Wednesday, October 31st, 2012 news No Comments

Social Media Analysis Reveals Just How Badly Mitt Romney Trounced Obama Last Night

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/obama-romney-debate-social-media-charts-2012-10

Taykey, an advertising company that monitors social media volume and tone, passed along some of the most compelling graphs that show just how significantly Mitt Romney trounced Barack Obama in last night’s debate — at least in a social-media context.

The graphs measure volume — or how many tweets are going out about a candidate — and sentiment, which gauges how positive the tweets are. 

Here’s how Obama fared over the course of the evening:

Obama Debate Social Media

Contrast that with what people were saying — and how much people were saying — about Romney:

Romney Debate Social Media

That’s a pretty significant difference, only enunciated more by this chart laying one graph over the other.

Pay attention especially to sentiment, where it’s clear that people weren’t just talking about Romney the whole time — they were also saying better things about him, too:

Romney Obama Debate Social Media

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Thursday, October 4th, 2012 charts No Comments

Romney’s 47% Video Has Been Viewed 3 Times As Often As His Convention Speech

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/romneys-47-viewed-more-than-convention-speech-2012-9

Here’s an amazing chart from Pew Research, which is being tweeted around by Charley Warzel of AdWeek, Andrew Kaczynski of Buzzfeed, and others.

It shows the number of times different convention-related videos have been viewed on YouTube.

The highlights:

  • Barack Obama’s convention speech has been viewed 5 times as many times as Mitt Romney’s convention speech.
  • Mitt Romney’s “47%” video has been viewed 2 million times more than his convention speech.
  • Clint Eastwood’s convention speech has been viewed 2 million times more than Mitt Romney’s convention speech
  • Michelle Obama’s convention speech has been viewed 3-times as many times as Romney’s convention speech–and 6-times as often as Ann Romney’s

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Friday, September 28th, 2012 news No Comments

Source: http://gizmodo.com/5887838/please-stop-making-more-pinterests

Please Stop Making More PinterestsPinterest! It is the hottest social media whatever the hell it is out there. Is there a Pinterest button on this site yet? (No? Jeremy, please get on that!) Because Pinterest should be everywhere, and everything should be Pinterest.

Pinterest! Pinterest! Pinterest!

Journalists! If you are writing a story about something, and you do not mention Pinterest, what are you thinking, really? I don’t care what your story is about, you still need to mention Pinterest. Steve Jobs? Mention Pinterest! Mitt Romney? Mention Pinterest! Genocide? Mention Pinterest! What do you mean that’s in poor taste? Mention it, Goddamn you! Mention Pinterest!

Similarly, if you are starting a company and it is not a Pinterest clone, I feel bad for you son. All the big baller VCs in the valley need a Pinterest hook right now if you expect them to relate to you. If your turd factory isn’t a Pinterest spin-off you might as well not even share your poop with me. Because I won’t care! Each and every elevator pitch is now required to begin with “It’s like Pinterest for _____

You don’t believe me? To fucking wit:

Chill: Pinterest for Video
Gentlemint: Pinterest for men
Linterest: Pinterest for Jeremy Lin!
Urbantag: Pinterest for places!
Sinterest: Pinterest for porn!
Grooblin: Pinterest for social events!
Stylesays: Pinterest for fashion!
Polyvore: Pinterest for fashion!!
Usabila: Pinterest for designers!
Shopalong: Pinterest for Shopping!
Pinspire: Pinterest for Pinterest!
Currently Obsessed: Pinterest for Stalkers!
Etc: Etc Etc

But clearly, there are some market holes. So, hang on, I’m going to start like 20 businesses for you real quick. Please immediately launch Pinterests for: Magazines, blogs, dead people, cats, the gays, sexual positions, fires, trees, the homeless, gingers, medical professionals, Latvians, figs, horses, websites about Barack Obama, air travel, banana slugs, butt plugs, anger, fear, hate, sadness, crying alone in the park, other emotions, cars, guys who like to have sex with cars, Mitt Romney’s old man balls, javascript libraries, the Taliban, pure uncut molly experiences, Skrillex, butterscotch, and of course women. That there isn’t a Pinterest for women yet just fucking amazes me. It’s obvious. Billion dollar idea.

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Friday, February 24th, 2012 Uncategorized No Comments

Obama has dinner with tech industry CEOs

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2011/02/18/caption-contest-obama-has-dinner-with-tech-industry-ceos-need/

Barack Obama is a president well known for being in touch with technology, so it’s no surprise to see him wining and dining the industry’s biggest decision makers. Larry Ellison, Eric Schmidt, Carol Bartz, Mark Zuckerberg, and yes, even Steve Jobs joined el presidente for an informal dinner on Thursday to discuss important things like jobs, education, and research spending. We’re not here for that, though, we’re here to drop zingers about one all-powerful dude and his big-time CEO buddies.

Thomas: “Here’s to project Soylent Green.”
Joe: “This sure beats the Four Loko Summit we held last summer on the White House lawn.”
Chris: “So let’s just jam through this dinner real quick.”
Josh T: “I hope no one authorizes a ‘kill switch’ on this party.”
Paul: “At this very moment we’re millions of miles from a doomed planet Earth!”
Nilay: “Gentlemen, Ballmer has neutralized the Finnish threat.”
Richard Lai: “Drink up, kids — it’s Dance Central time!”
Tim: “Zuck, it’s like Final Club, except with the President.”

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Friday, February 18th, 2011 news No Comments

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